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Summer 2017 at Dress fabrics

Summer 2017 at Dress fabrics

First of all – a Big thank you to all who supported our summer sale.

We understand it’s not the perfect time of year to be stockpiling fabrics as theres so many other distractions and expenses with kids off school and holidays so a big thanks.

Royal Canal, Westmeath – Longford Border.

We have had a few short camping trips and days away and are planning on another camping trip (weather permitting) before the boys are back in school and the Autumn begins. The boys have had their best summer ever  – they’ve got to do a few summer camps that they really enjoyed and other day trips and workshops that were right up their street. Its means that I have had little time or energy for sewing – I had a bit of a list but I have barely made a dent in it. Anyway in a few years time – they will be older teenagers and won’t need me so much!!

My Self Drafted Linen Coat – Nearly there!!

I’ve made significant progress on my linen coat – I decided I would try waterproofing it to make it more useful in an Irish Autumn so that put a delay on it. I googled it and decided to try a few waterproof sprays I had for shoes (they say they are suitable for fabric too). The Punch one seems to be fine and after performing rigorous tests it does make it a bit ‘showerproof’? So I now don’t know whether to spray it before I put in the lining or to wait til if finish it completely and then spray? More procrastination!!


Another big project I wanted to start this summer in preparation for a return to the Grafton Academy this winter is a Jacket for Laurens. I’ve made the initial block and it fits ok apart from the shoulders/ sleeves which is to be expected. That’s parked now until I can find the energy needed to puzzle it out – more procrastination..

Back to business –

We have some new fabrics in stock that arrived earlier in the summer and dare I mention the ‘C’ word???
We have new christmas fabrics online if you want to make a start on your xmas decorations etc..

We also have a selection of Halloween fabrics if that more your thing!

We have a few new prints that just arrived this week along with a restock of some regular fabrics.

Find all our NEW Fabrics here..

Ponte De Roma - Black Floral Design
Ponte De Roma in a Black Floral Design
Black Floral Print Poly Crepe
Black Floral Print Poly Crepe


[box]Don’t forget there’s still free shipping when you spend over €50!![/box]


Payment Details Update:

We have expanded the number of ways you can pay for your orders online and by phone. We have added Stripe as a method of credit card payment. Simply choose the option to pay by Stripe and it will prompt you for your card number and usual details. Its a secure way to pay without having a Paypal account.

I would ask you all to consider switching to Stripe – it’s as secure or more so than Paypal, it was started by an Irish person and the fees are substantially lower than paypal, so I can save an average of €1 every transaction. This in turn  means I can keep costs down – not increasing the shipping costs for example and maintaining the fabric prices as they are.

Previously customers who phoned in an order – had to send a cheque or postal order to pay for their fabrics. However, now thanks to Sum Up we can take credit card details over the phone and securely process the payment so your order can be sent to you straight away.



[box]Sewing Classes:

We will be starting our sewing classes for adults again in mid September. There will be 2 hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and evenings. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please get in touch – or 0874395792.  I will text all of our existing students and those on the waiting list in a few weeks with all details for the first term.[/box]


Kids Workshop – Applique Cushion

[box]Kids Workshops: Our children’s workshops are proving popular so we are going to start holding monthly sessions on a Saturday afternoon. We will have the first one towards the end of September to allow everyone to settle back into the old routines. If you have a small person (age 9+ / teenager) who would like to learn to sew – get in touch. Our workshops are generally 2.5 hours and include all materials, a machine is not necessary but if you have one – bring it so they can get used to it.[/box]

[box]Open Day:

We will be announcing our Autumn OPEN DAY next month. It will be sometime at the end of September or beginning of October. Keep an eye on our blog posts or newsletters and the usual social media outlets 😉 [/box]


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Spring Summer 2017 Open Weekend

Spring Summer 2017 Open Weekend

 6th & 7th May 2017

You are all invited to our Spring /Summer Open Weekend, the shop is bulging at the seams so it’s the perfect time to showcase our fabrics.
We have our full range of summer fabrics in stock as well as all our old favourites. We also have lots of ex designer remnants that have just arrived and all hugely discounted.
All regular stock is reduced by 10% during the Open Weekend (in store only).
Refreshments and cake for all visitors!

We’ve stocked up on lots of new fabrics including a delivery of the ex designer samples that were such a great hit last year.
There are so many beautiful prints suitable for summer dresses, skirts and tops in these bags. Also some Chanel type fabrics for lush looking summer jackets and coats (cos this is Ireland after all).
All of these fabrics will be available to see and buy at our Open Weekend, some have gone up online but the majority won’t go up until after the open weekend so you get a better choice if you call in person – like these exclusive fabrics:


New Fabrics

We had our annual tour of the fabric wholesalers over the easter break. We picked up lots of lovely summer prints to add to our expanding selection of fabrics.  Click on any of the fabrics to bring you to the website.

Yellow Floral Print CottonPolka Dot Printed Denim

Large Floral Print Cotton Jersey Fabric


Things to do in our area:

If you want to make a day out – there are loads of things to do and see in our area. Check out some of these links:

Visit Oldcastle
Loughcrew Cairns – Megalithic tombs (similar to Newgrange)
Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
Historic town of Kells
Loughcrew Gardens and Adventure Centre
And there’s lots more  a short drive away – Fore Abbey, Mullaghmeen Woods, Girley Bog….



Open Days in October!

To find us – we are situated between Oldcastle and Kells on the R163, approx 1 km the Kells side of Ballinlough Village. If coming from M3 / N3, take the exist north of Kells at Drumbaragh. There are signposts for Oldcastle/Ballinlough and Loughcrew. We are about 3 miles from here and we will have big signs (like in the above photo) at our entrance.


Contact us if you need more information. Hopefully see you soon!

If you can’t make it  – you are always welcome to visit anytime by appointment, just contact us by email – or on 087 4395792.