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Dashwood Designer: Jilly P

It’s always exciting when a new collection leaves the studio and goes into production, especially when we’ve had such an overwhelming response to the sneak peaks we’ve been sharing on Instagram and Facebook. Our upcoming Mori Girls collection is one such collection which has captured the hearts of our fabric loving fans.

Mori Girls

Mori Girls is the debut collection from illustrator Jillian Phillips. Inspired by her love of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo and featuring her little dachshund Bertie, there are a mix of florals, conversationals and sweet repeats.

Jilly P Mori Girls

This week on the blog, we’re chatting with Mori Girls designer Jilly P and discovering how the collection came to life, her influences and a behind – the – scenes of creating it:

How did you start working with Dashwood?

Dashwood Studio got in touch last year after seeing my website and work online. I had been looking for a fabric company to work with for a while so I was delighted to be offered the chance to collaborate on a collection!

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

What patterns or ideas in mind already before starting the process?

I had a vast collection of prints which I getting ready to show my clients, so I passed these on to David (our creative director) to see if there was anything he liked as a starting point. He chose a girl print which had other elements like trees, cats, dogs and flowers, and it just flowed from there really.

Bertie Jilly P Mori Girls

What was the inspiration for the collection?

I love to draw inspiration from my annual trip to Japan, and also from my own little dog Bertie. I tend to draw a lot of girl characters and florals when I doodle, definitely my favourite subject.

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MORI 1147

Do you have a design process you follow?

I spend some time doodling and playing around with very rough ideas. Then I move on to working on the computer, adding textures and detail where I think it’s needed. It can take about 2-3 hours to get the characters right, but some designs take a bit longer. This year is the first time in ages I’ve started using sketchbooks as a way of storing ideas. They are a lovely record of all the great things that I see and can spark an idea month’s after drawing/finding them.

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MORI 1149

Where do you design?

I work from home in my spare room, it’s a tiny room, I’d love to have a big studio space one day, but for now it’s the spare room for me.

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MORI 1148

Do you have company whilst working?

Bertie sits close by each day, we have 6music on the radio.

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MORI 1151

What’s a typical working day like for you?

I start work between 8 and 8.45am, depending on when I’ve come back from the morning dog walk. I have to have a cup of tea while I sit and read emails, then it’s a case of starting the first design job for the day. I try not to work too many late nights these days- I used to do 12 hour days but I don’t like doing that anymore if I can help it. If I do work late these days, I’m usually doing something like sketching ideas for new prints- away from the computer!

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MORI 1146

What would you like to see made with the fabric?

Childrens’ quilts, bedding and little dresses.

Will you be making anything?

I’m going to attempt(!) to make some dresses and bedding for samples to show clients… My sewing skills are a bit rusty!

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MORI 1152

What are you working on next?

I’m just about to start on a spring summer range for Dashwood, so I’m really looking forward to that. It’s always fun.

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MORI 1150

Quick Fire Questions

Who or what inspires you?

I love beautiful photography, Japanese craft and design books and scandinavian home ware.

What blogs do you love?

Fine little day and Hello Sandwich

What’s your favourite instagram account?

Too many to choose from! But check out emilymisabella, mirdinara, aikofukawa, choidecoco

Which print from Mori Girls is your fave?

Has to be the bertie print – the sausage dogs!

Tea or coffee?

TEA, all day long :)

Favourite afternoon snack?

ooh, on special occasions a chocolate biscuit is perfect.


Jilly’s website: http://jillyp.co.uk/

Find Jilly on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jillyp_studio/

New Collections Sneak Peak: Twist, Mori Girls & Cotton Candy

If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely seen a few sneaky peaks of some of our upcoming collections. But in case you haven’t (or you just want to see them again because they’re just so tempting) then we’re giving you a sneaky peak of 3 collections hitting our stockist’s stores very very soon.


First up, we have a new co-ordinate collection called Twist, to compliment the other collections and to support your sewing projects. Flurry has been the staple co-ordinate for Dashwood fans since we launched over two years ago, so it seemed about time to bring another pattern into the mix.

Twist Dashwood Studio

Twist Strike Offs In From The Mill

Currently available in 6 fresh colours, Twist will be with our stockists in the next month or so, ready for you to add to your (every growing…) stash! View the full collection here.


Jilly P has been busy designing a really cute Dashwood collection called Mori Girls, inspired by a Japanese cultural style of ‘forest girls’. This collection features whimsical Mori girls, cute dogs and florals in a modern Eastern style.

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

Mori Girls Strike Offs

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

Mori Girls Collection Sheets

Mori Girls Dogs Dashwood Studio

Mori Girls Dog Print

Mori Girls is on the website now for you to look at, and we’ll be interviewing Jilly P very soon on the blog. It’s due to be stocked later in Autumn, so keep your eyes peeled for exact dates soon!


This is a super sneak peak of Cotton Candy, the latest Dashwood Studio collection by Susan Driscoll. It’s not even up on the website or back from the mill with strike offs, but we know just how much you guys LOVE geometric prints, so we couldn’t resist giving you a taste of this collection coming this winter.

Cotton Candy Dashwood Studio

Cotton Candy Collection Sheets

Cotton Candy Dashwood Studio

Cotton Candy Collection Sheets matched to our Twist co-ordinates

Which collection are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!


Dashwood Designer: Rachel Cave on her collection Bloom

On the blog today, we’re talking to Rachel Cave – the designer of our latest collection ‘Bloom’ which features a myriad of graphic flowers in contemporary muted colours. Whether you like your florals in straight lines or scattered, there’s a piece of nature for everyone in this collection and we’re excited for Rachel to share a little sneak peak into the process of creating it:

Rachel Cave

How did working with Dashwood Studio come about?

I had spotted fellow designs had ranges produced and so I contacted Dashwood as I was after having my own range produced. Luckily David was aware of my work and it was great collaboration!

Bloom Fabric Collection Rachel Cave

Did you have the collection designed already or did you create it for Dashwood from scratch?

I designed the collection from scratch exclusively for Dashwood after sending some ideas through that I had.


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What inspired the collection?

 A floral theme, influenced by Scandinavian prints.

Where do you start with designing and how does it grow and develop?

I start off with drawing floral elements that I want to include and it grows from there. It’s quite an organic process. When designing a collection I try and create them all together so that they all sit well and there’s enough variation within the collection. Then I pull out my favourite ones and get them looking just right.

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BLOO 1138

Were there any challenges or moments of pure joy whilst designing Bloom?

Getting the right balance of prints can be tricky, but I found this collection came really easy and flowed from the moment I started creating it. Deciding on colours can sometimes take a while, but I had my ideas from the start and It only needed a few tweeks to get it looking right.

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BLOO 1139

Where do you design? Do you have your own office/studio space? What’s it like?

I design from my desk in my living room. It looks out the window into the garden so perfect for plant inspiration. It’s quite tidy as I need a clear head when designing!

Do you have company whilst working?

My husband also works from home so there’s always someone popping in and out. Plus there’s my house rabbit Alfie who sits at my feet most days.

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BLOO 1143

What’s a typical working day look like for you?

Depending on my work schedule a typical day I’ll be at my desk by 10, and work through till the evening. Some briefs can be quite tight so I’ll be very busy. But other days the work calms down and I can get out the house and head to the beach, the joy of being freelance!

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BLOO 1141

How did you get into design? Did you have specific training?

I studied Fashion/ Textiles at Wiltshire College and went on to do a Degree in Surface Design at London College of Communication. A great course, that was mainly screen printing, but it helped me gain the skills to design full time once I left.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

The key for me has always been a great website that really showcases your best work.

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BLOO 1144 blue

What would you like to see made with your fabric?

Kids clothes, cushions, toys..the list is endless.

Do you sew? If so, will you be making anything using the collection? 

Even though I sewed alot during my college course, I was never that good and have since sold my sewing machine. I’ll leave it to the professionals!

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BLOO 1142

What are you working on now? What’s coming up project-wise for you?

I’ve got a few briefs in the pipe line creating food packaging, a really exciting venture that I’m getting involved with more and more. As well as creating patterns for my agent who sells internationally.

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BLOO 1144 gold

If you could design another collection for Dashwood, what would it be like?

I’d love to create another collection, maybe a geometric to balance out all the florals.

Bloom hits the shops later this summer. You can check out the full Bloom collection here, and head on over to Rachel’s website to nosey at her beautiful portfolio.

Studio Shoot: Suffolk Garden Makes

This week, photographer Yeshen Venema came to the studio to shoot our latest collections and all the wonderful makes we’ve received in the last few months as props for our trade shows.

We’ve some fantastic makes to share with you, but we thought we’d start with the Suffolk Garden collection by Brie Harrison, as it’s a playful collection of prints and it’s been a hit with our suppliers since we launched at the start of this year.

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Dolls by Anita of Quirky Genius

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Lynne Goldsworthy‘s lovely Suffolk Garden Quilt.

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Purses by Susan Dunlop

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Bag by The Cheshire Design House Dashwood Studio

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Cushions by Nikki at The Ochil Tree

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 Do you have any Suffolk Garden or other Dashwood makes to share with us? Email them in and we’ll feature them in our next round up!

Competition Winner’s Dashwood Makes

We ran two competitions over the summer, giving away some fabric, fabric scraps and bits and pieces pre-made with Dashwood fabric.

The lucky winners have been busy bee’s making their own creations using the fabric they’ve received a prize, and have shared some of those makes with us. So, we decided to pass them on and share them with you.

First up, Val won a September Blue fat quarter bundle and has been busy making some gorgeous items for her daughter.


First is this pretty collar using the pink and mustard prints from the collection that ties together with a cute ribbon bow.


Next is this pretty September Blue dress Valerie made for her daughter. It’s a great use of the prints together and we like the dungaree style and bound hem.

Here’s what Val told us about the process of making the dress:

“My daughter picked out all her favourite prints and decided where they should go on her dress. She also chose to have a bound hem, so I made some bias binding. Vintage buttons finished it off! I think it showcases the September Blue collection rather well!”


Val says she still has heaps of fabric left, and is thinking of trying to make a panelled skirt for her other daughter, so she can mix up the fabrics again!


Secondly, we have some cute makes from Emma, another of our competition winners. The first make she sent through was a cat cushion, which uses the teal print from our Annali collection for the back and tummy. What do you think?

cat cushion

The second make Emma sent through is a little Petite Street purse with felt rainbow appliqué – which is a great idea for using up small pieces of fabric left over from bigger makes:


We can’t wait to share even more makes with you from our competition winners, and promise to have another giveaway before Christmas (not long now!) so you too can have the chance to get your hands on some Dashwood goodies!