Dream it, do it … Fabric Godmother

This month we were delighted to welcome Josie of Fabric Godmother to the pages of the magazine.

Josie launched Fabric Godmother, her fabric and haberdashery business, after becoming frustrated by not being able to find attractive, reasonably priced dressmaking fabrics (as well as all the other bits and pieces you require when sewing) online. She’s passionate about finding and specialising in fabulous on-trend dressmaking fabrics including ends of rolls from Italian designers such as Prada, Chanel, Pucci and many others.


As well as fabrics and notions Josie also stocks patterns and runs classes too (however does she find the time?!).  I have noticed that her next class begins in the new year and is entitled “get to know your overlocker”.  I really wish that she was nearer me so I could go along, as I do lack confidence in my overlocking (or serging) skills, though I am delighted to have got my serger up and running again and have completed several jersey baby blankets for Rosie.

Like so many of the talented entrepreneurs we’ve featured over the months, Josie is quick to emphasise just what hard work running your own business can be, but she’s also eager to remind us all that running your own business should be enjoyable too – and that you shouldn’t forget to ask for help when you need it!  Just click here to visit Fabric Godmother  and keep up to date with all Josie’s news over on Facebook too.

Thanks so much for being a part of the December magazine Josie.

And now I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our team here at Bustle & Sew, or should I say team members?!  We’re delighted to welcome Debbie (and her very handsome collie/labrador cross Hamish) to our team.  Debbie is helping out while Rosie is on maternity leave, and will be with us for the next six months or so. ..


I asked Debbie to write a few words to introduce herself, and this is what she said …

“Hi, I’m Debbie and I live in Somerset with my husband, 14 month old dog Hamish and three cats – Jack, Harry and Ted.  I’m very lucky to have my two grown-up children close by as well as they live in Bristol not too far away.

Joining Bustle & Sew is a real change for me as I’ve worked with children for the whole of my working life up until now.  At home you will find me either in the garden or the kitchen.  At the moment I’m working hard on creating a new garden in the courtyard of the medieval building where we all live – hard work, but lots of fun!  And when I’m not gardneing I just love cooking  – sweet, savoury, jams and chutneys.  I even entered our local agricultural show this year in the scones, traybake and chutney categories.

I’m really enjoying being a part of the Bustle & Sew team and I do hope I’ll get to know some of you over the weeks and months ahead”

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