ponte roma

What is a Ponte Roma? And How Do I Sew It?

If you’re a fan of Tilly & the Buttons, specifically the ‘Coco’ pattern you may already be intimately acquainted with Ponte Roma fabric. If you’re not, let me introduce you… What is Ponte Roma? Ponte Roma, otherwise known as…

scuba

Scuba Fabric: What is it? How Best to Sew it?

  Scuba fabric seems to be causing some confusion among newer sewers at the moment, so we thought we would try and explain what the fabric is and the best way to make it up. Scuba has been used…

Sew your own - croft mill fabrics

Sew your own – a bib and burp cloth for the new baby

  With a new little Prince born, we thought it appropriate to do a “baby” sewing project. We have two very useful items, a baby bib and baby burp cloth, free download .pdf pattern. The baby bib and burp…

Croft Mill Poly/cotton fabrics

Poly/Cotton fabric is the home sewing enthusiasts perfect friend.

Poly/Cotton fabric is the home sewing enthusiasts perfect friend. Easy to care for, suitable for so many sewing projects. In this blog: What is Poly/cotton fabric? Chart of properties. Showcase of Croft Mill Fabrics poly/cotton. Preparing your fabric for…

Sew your own

European Shirting Fabrics

  In This Blog: Italian chambray shirting – Cutting and sewing info. Italian shirting fabrics – Introducing our range, cutting and sewing info. Chino trousering –  Chino fabrics from Germany, cutting and sewing info. Cotton shirting – Caring and…

Sew your own

Denim Bucket Hat

    Make your own Bucket Hat, free pattern. In this Blog: Denim through the ages, trends and interest. Croft Mill Fabrics – review on New Denim and their “best For” uses. Download and Make – Croft Mill Fabrics…

Denim Fabrics

Denim Is Back!!!

    Denim fabric is back, make your own denim jackets, skirts, skinny jeans and bootcut jeans. Our new denim fabric range has something for everyone. From the traditional dark blue, hard wearing denim fabric for work wear, to the…

Making a bardot top

Sew Your Own Bardot Top

  The bardot top (or off the shoulder top) was a huge trend last year. This year it looks set to return with a vengeance. They are perfect for when the weather gets warmer, keeping you cool and helping…

Make yourself a happy dress

Printed Fabrics: Make Yourself a ‘Happy Dress’

  Are you feeling happy right now? By that I mean really happy. The kind of happy that has you humming a tune on your way into work and smiling even when you get caught in a shower. If…

Chiffon Fabrics

Get the Look: Designer Inspired Chiffon Outfits to Make at Home

  Normally when I think of chiffon fabric , I think of evening dresses and princess-like girls at a special gathering. During the 2017 Spring Fashion Weeks though, a number of designers re-imagined the cloth. Long-length Skirts Both Dior…

How to hem a pair of trousers

How To Hem a Pair of Trousers

  Buying a pair of trousers is never as simple as it sounds. Sometimes you can spend hours shopping, only to find the perfect pair, try them on and realise they are far too long in the leg for…

sew your own Christmas gifts

Sew Your Own Christmas Gifts

  We are fully in the swing of sewing Christmas gifts here at Croft Mill. I am leaving hints around the office for a tweed coat. How well my pot-it notes work, will have to be seen. This is the second…

Sew the perfect gift for men

Perfect Gifts to Sew For Men

  On the run up to Christmas it can be hard to find a special present for your someone you care about. We think a really good way to impress is to make something and give them a hand…

Sewing Bee News

The Great British Sewing Bee: Semi-Finals

This week, we had minor heart palpations. We tuned into BBC 2 at 9pm, and found tennis instead of sewing. We do like tennis, however we do like sewing more… A quick look at the TV Guide reassured us…

The Great British Sewing Bee: The Quarter Finals

The quarter finals of The Sewing Bee was all about getting physical last night, with the remaining contestants dealing with some of the hardest challenges yet. All three rounds focused on Active Wear – which was a twofold challenge…

The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 5

This week we stepped back in time with The Great British Sewing Bee – as the 1960’s was the theme of the week. The 1960’s were a time in which sewing was still enjoying post-war popularity and the rise…

The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 4

Maybe it is just a coincidence that the Euros are starting this week, where all the national football teams get together for a kick about. Maybe the brains behind The Great British Sewing Bee had just planned this week’s…

The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 3

The third episode of The Great British Sewing Bee was all about how the sewers managed with delicate fabrics. As such, what better way to test them than to have lingerie as the theme? As the programme began, we…