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By villagemaker, May 31 2015 05:44PM

Hi there GF,

Well, it been a long quiet winter on the Maker Update front, and after some manic months of DIY, moving house, and juggling the mini makers, I thought the perfect way to restart for spring, was to join in the fun of the Simplicity Blogger Challenge.

I selected the 'Best dressmaking project' and the pattern is from NewLook and is a very cool shift dress (pattern number 6145 The challenge was to use the pattern as a basis for your own bespoke creation and "The only rule is that there are no rules!"

The biggest challenge for me was how can I work this into a capsule wardrobe??? As I have mentioned a few times lately, I am trying to select a core range of about 12 garments to be the base of my wardrobe and will be making and sharing some key items over the coming months. I looked at this pattern, picked it up and put it down and finally decided it was actually a very clever pattern, classic but with several alternatives to make it unique, fun sleeves, various necklines and suitable for a range of fabrics.

So, my initial reaction was go bold GF! Just do it. I had received the Skinny la Minx range of organic cotton and I thought this was a fabulous option for a fun summer shift. I'm loving the mustard colours at the moment and this graphic is very scandinavian and on trend.

And then, ....... I rained myself back in and went on a very seasonally inspired denim hunt. I didn't want anything too heavy and I wanted it to be cool for summer. Perfect for the school run, but feminine and able to be accesorised too. So I visited the lovely Ditto fabrics in Brighton - one of my 'go-to' shops for goodies I don't stock, do visit if you get the chance, fabulous. I ended up buying several other goodies, as you do GF, including some lovely Hemmingway prints........but alas I will save that for the next update, but I did get a beautiful chambray, perfect for the job (

So away I went with fabric in hand and a spring in my 'I just bought new fabric' step. I let the pattern speak for itself and selected the very cool pleated sleeves, love them. The fabric sits beatifully, and was lovely to sew, and even including a concealed zip. I did think an exposed metal zip would have been a good match too GF. So, here she is. I have accesorised for day with flats and hot orange bag, alterntively for a vino date, with necklace and a heel. I dont think anything other than a hot red lipstick would seal the outfit for me, just sayin.

Village Maker Simplicity Challenge Dress Day Look
Village Maker Simplicity Challenge Dress Day Look

Well, thats what I've been up to lately. I hope you have had some time to get your make on and get into spring with a litte something new. If your feeling inspired, dont forget to check out the Simplicty website for patterns And dont forget to check out what other fabulous makers have whipped up for Simplicity Bloggers Challenge!

Happy Making GF.


By villagemaker, Apr 10 2015 01:54PM

CottonVoiles at The Village Maker
CottonVoiles at The Village Maker

"Let's Have a Party! is all about celebrating friendship, getting all dressed up, and coming together to make some FUN! Designed to make you sway and twirl when you're out with your girlfriends, this collection is filled with bright inviting colors, charming happy movements, and geometric shapes that dance to the beat of your heart.

Cloud9 Fabrics use only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. They work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct. This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment."

We now have in stock some new Cloud 9 voiles from the Let's have a Party ! range. We have choosen our favourites and think they will be yours too. Soft and bright and exactly what you need for something fresh this summer.

What is Voile GF?

A voile is a fine, soft, sheer fabric and in most cases cotton, but you can find bamboo, polyetser and linen blends. It is similar to a lawn or muslin, but they all have slight variables. The name is of French origin and by defition means Veil, with reference to the transparency and light weight nature.

So............What can I use it for?

These voiles make up beautiful into blouse, tops, skirts, drawstring trousers and dresses. Too many choices! The weight and density make it perfect to gather around a waistband or go retro on a dress. The fabric is ideal for a summer scarf (infinity or not) to add a zing or colour or to be on trend with the geometric prints. some would say old fashioned, but perfect for a hankerchief as dispayed on Avrils website

The Village Maker is offering at £16 per metre, minimum cut is 25cm.

Enjoy this summer and Lets have a Party!


By villagemaker, Jan 14 2015 02:26PM

Happy New Year Girlfriend! Can you believe it's 2015 already. They say as you get 'older', the time passes faster and I must confess I am feeling it. I love Christmas and all the excitement, but the decorations are now down and it all seemed so long ago. It will soon be Mr Makers birthday and time waits for no man, pardon the pun.

Well, while the Cattleshed is getting some love to start the new year with new insulation and heating, its time to sort out those UFO's GF. I know, how many UnFinished Objects can one maker have, but you'd be surprised. I dare you to take a look.......

I started making roman blinds for the house last year (maybe the year before if truth be said) and then changed my mind and moved some around and lost enthusiasm. The little maker has been waiting since the summer for a curtain - any curtain at all. I had bought a beautiful bright yellow to liven up her room, but that is as far as I got. Likewise, I tried to match some existing blinds, and ordered the wrong colour, natural instead of white, a problem for another day and it joined the to-do pile. Both put on the back burner to get on with other things, nice big sparkly objects that were easier and more fun.

I also decided to garter stitch a plain grey cardy for said mini maker and at the rate I knit and at the rate I am going, it will be next winter and being handed down before its ever been warn. I do love the feel of soft Rowen wool though and with the sleeves now in sight, I might just get there for the end of January. I also have a blouse to cut out and make and a file of TO MAKE projects on my mind. To end the year, I was given a lovely merino wool kit all the way from NZ. Beautiful Touch wool. Delicious colours. I can confess I have made one fingerless mitten, but only the one. The wool sits lonely in my knitting basket, waiting for its call up.

I have great intentions this year for some fabulous makes, and I look forward to sharing them with you, but I have promised myself to play catch up first. I am not sure what is worse, the guilt of sitting down and making, the guilt of not making or the guilt of not finishing something you promised to make. So none the less, I will ask you to hold me accountable and I will have those blinds and cardy on display soon and hopefully by the end of the month.

Here are some tips to get that UFO off your radar for 2015

By villagemaker, Dec 10 2014 01:26PM

Hi Girlfriend,

Well it is definitely starting to feel a bit like Christmas in the Maker household and I hope things are warming up for you too.

I wanted to share a Make with you that I have done and really enjoyed. It’s the classic felt decoration, simple and fun and you can do it in front of the fire or the telly if you like. Use up some bits y ou already have and enjoy. the sewcial therapy amid the madness of the season.

So you like the look of the Scandinavian felt decorations and would like to give it a try – fabulous.

By villagemaker, Nov 22 2014 11:09AM

The Cattleshed is Open for Business

We are delighted to announce that the Cattleshed workshops on Randolphs Farm are now open & our first tenants have been moving in this month!

Cattleshed Workshops

Nestled in the beautiful Sussex countryside on the outskirts of Hurstpierpoint, the Cattleshed sits opposite The Barn on Randolphs Farm. It is now the new home to four exciting new businesses and we are delighted to work alongside such wonderful people, helping them to develop & grow their business.

SW14 Pre-Loved Furniture & Accessories

The vintage-loving husband & wife duo Caroline & Dave have been selling their wonderful array of old pine & shabby chic furniture, nostalgic toys & vintage homewares since December 2013 here at The Barn. They were also the first to snap up a workshop in The Cattleshed giving them the perfect space to expand their range and explore their passion for retro furniture.

Ruby Watts Lighting Boutique

Sisters Clarissa & Carolyne have just launched ‘Ruby Watts’, an exciting new brand offering an eclectic assortment of individual, quirky pieces of lighting and boutique style furniture. The girls spend their days searching far & wide to find exclusive, stylish lighting, both retro and contemporary in design. The Cattleshed has given them a space to display their amazing collection whilst receiving online marketing support to help them develop & grow their business online.

Annie Sargent Upholstery

Annie graduated from Brighton University in the Summer and like many other graduates, was at a complete loss as to what to do next. She spent three years studying Media, only to realise that it was not an area she wanted to work in. When her Mum returned from France with a van load of furniture, she suddenly realised that this was something that she would really enjoy so she signed up for an upholstery course & got to work, learning her new trade.

Annie admits that she is still a complete beginner in the upholstery world, but she hopes that the Cattleshed will be somewhere where she can come each day to improve and evolve. She will be surrounded by like-minded people who share her passion for up-cycled furniture and we are all very excited to have Annie join us.

The Village Maker

Due to move in the 1st week of December, The Village Maker is an exciting new Haberdashery business run by the lovely Fleur. The Cattleshed will be the new home to her ‘sewcial’ classes where she will be offering the local community an opportunity to get crafty together.

We are so excited about our future here on Randolphs Farm. The Barn & Cattleshed has given Danny & I the opportunity to combine our passion for vintage furniture with my experience in online marketing and Danny’s experience in running a successful small business.

We will be offering all tenants at the Cattleshed free online marketing & business support with the inclusion of their products &/or services on our website. We believe this offers fantastic value to small businesses in the local area whilst creating a unique place for people to visit and talk directly with the artists & makers.


We do still have a few workshop unit available to let in The Cattleshed so if you would like to work alongside creative, like-minded individuals, get in touch. Units measure approx 300 sq ft. and cost £300 pcm plus electricity with a 6 month, easy in-out contract. There is ample parking, security cameras, a communal ‘snug’ area with a kitchenette & lots of natural light. The Cattleshed offers a stunning, rural location, as well as online marketing & business support to all tenants with the inclusion of their products / services on the Cattleshed website.

For more information about the workshops, please contact Rachel or Danny on 01273 835454 or email

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