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cat lady printed vinyl rucksack

Cat Lady Print Vinyl Rucksack

Bess made this rucksack for her niece, Miaow using an existing bag as a rough pattern. She blocked the vinyl onto a lilac showerproof fabric before constructing the bag – as the bag has all the seams on the outside this meant it was instantly lined -yay! The seams were bound in red ottoman bias […]

zip off peplum pencil skirt

Panelled Pencil Skirt with Zips and Removable Peplum

Aiste wearing her Black Watch tartan check panelled peplum pencil skirt she designed at college. The skirt has a central panel that can be unzipped and swapped for contrasting panels and the peplum is removable. The skirt was designed to a brief for sustainability allowing the wearer complete freedom to change colours and silhouette using minimal […]

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Grey Bouclé Tufted Tweed Dress with Velvet Gimp Trim

Jane made this “Channel” inspired dress using a LG tufted bouclé mixed fibre tweed for her daughter Lulu. The pattern is a discontinued Mizrahi vogue pattern that has been altered by adding a sleeve. The whole dress was quilted to purple silk habotai lining – Jane cut all the pieces bigger and recut after the quilting […]

paisley print stretch velour dress

Paisley Print Stretch Velour Dress

Linda was waiting in for a delivery and thought she’d make a dress for Hogmanay… as you do. So here is what she made. It’s a New Look 6000 pattern with the gathered side made here in stretch velour. Isn’t it amazing? 

super woman princess dress

Red, Blue and Yellow Princess Dress

Bess was supposed to be making a princess dress for her niece Eloise but it kind of mutated into a Wonder Woman dress instead. This is what happens when you sew with no real idea of what you are making! The skirt is made up of many layers of tulle with a Venezia lining, the bodice […]

gold lamé jersey leggings

Gold Lamé Jersey Leggings

Jane made these gold lamé leggings for her grandchildren Kitcat and Miaow because every 7 year old and 9 year old needs gold leggings. Of course they do. She was surprised how easy it was to sew – we don’t usually buy this kind of ‘fancy dress’ fabric, but we made an exception for this […]

pink tulle tutu with sequins

Pink Tutu with Sequins

Bess made this pink tutu for her niece Amélie (who is 16 months) for Christmas, numerous layers of tulle were gathered and pleated (there is a few layers of cream underneath), and then fitted to a silk dupion waistband and drawn in with elastic. Then, Christmas being Christmas and the bling level needing to be […]

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers

Pink Tulle Tutus with Feathers and Sequins

Bess made these two tutus for her nieces Kitcat and Miaow with a loose brief of Nutcracker in mind. There are a gazillion layers of tulle gathered and pleated and sewn onto a silk dupion elasticated waistband and embellished with feathers and sequins.  3 colours of tulle were used to get a greater depth to the […]

black and white silk organza halter-neck wedding dress

Floral Embroidered Silk Organza Halter-Neck Wedding Dress

Sue looking STUNNING in Greece getting married, wearing the dress she made using fabulous embroidered silk organza.  Sue slightly amended the Vogue Original pattern so she could make best use of the scalloped edge, removing part of the lining to allow for 180” of skirt material being gathered into 27” (few sleepless nights there) but all in all, […]

grey wool challis oversized shirt

Grey Wool Challis Oversized Shirt

Here is Lesley’s latest shirt to be added to the collection.  The wool challis drapes so well, it was a good choice for a warm winter shirt.  She added detail on the pocket with a couple of Thermofax Screen prints and the buttons were sewn on with orange thread just to add a bit of […]

porcupine faux fur gilet with leopard print Liberty tana lawn lining

Porcupine Faux Fur Gilet

Jane made these fabulous porcupine faux fur gilets for Kitcat and Miaow (grandchildren). Lined in Leopard/Jaguar Print Liberty Tana Lawn. Because they are such squinges Jane managed to cut all pieces out of the width of the fabric (just 40cm). Hoorah for squinges!

siamese cat in netting

Siamese in Tulle

Rudi is a Siamese boy who has a healthy obsession with tulle and netting. He says he wants to be a ballet dancer when he grows up (except he’s so heavy he can’t jump). Here he is hanging out with the Action Man fairy and not looking remotely suspicious.

Cotton Dobby Voile School Shirt

White Dobby School Shirt

School shirts don’t have to be made out of polyester to be easy care, why are all the school shirts in the shops either horrid stiff cotton or polyester? Jane makes Kitcat and Miaow’s school shirts in supersoft cotton dobby lawn which hardly needs ironing at all, just flatten the collar and they are good to go! Made using […]

green cotton and modal school jumper

Green School Jumper

Miaow told Jane that she didn’t want her to make her school jumper because she was too slow, she wanted Bess to make it…. which was a cunning plan of a 7 year old to get granny proving otherwise. The jumper was made the very same day as the request, and in the post for her […]

Turquoise sequinned tulle dress

Turquoise Mermaid Blue Sequinned Dress

Jane made this sequinned tulle dress for her grandchildren Kitcat and Miaow (they share). The armholes are bound in lightweight satin bias binding, the hem is taken up with turquoise lycra binding and the neck has a plain mandarin collar made from cotton jersey so the scratchy sequin factor is minimised. This dress makes all the […]

cobalt blue polka dot needlecord tunic

Blue Polka-Dot Needlecord Tunic

Susie wearing her super cobalt blue polka-dot printed cotton needlecord tunic pattern made from the indie pattern company Wiksten Tova. 

red and jade abstract printed linen and viscose tunic dress

Red and Jade printed Linen and Viscose Tunic Dress

Jacoba on the amazing Wahiba Sands in Oman wearing her printed linen and viscose tunic dress – the perfect fabric to cover up yet remain cool in the blistering heat. Look at that blue sky ~looks out of window at drizzle ~ look!   And here, just because the sand is amazing, a photo sans Jacoba.

red silk tweed lined and interlined a-line skirt

Red Tweed A-Line Skirt

Jacoba matching her kitchen fabulously in her red silk tweed skirt that was interlined to save getting a ‘bum’, and lined. Fabric stashed from years ago which just goes to reiterate our mantra -buy fabric when you see it – it won’t go off in the cupboard 😉

red white and blue Linton Tweed Coat

Red White and Blue Linton Tweed Coat

Red Blue and White check Linton Tweed made up in Burda 7041 (sadly discontinued but there are similar). It is quilted in 2″ lines to silk organza for stability and then lined in spotty silk satin. There is black satin piping round the collar and down the front and a heavy chain fixed to the […]

cartoon print viscose dressing gown

Cartoon Print Viscose Lawn Dressing Gown

Kitcat here (age 9 going on 14) wearing the dressing gown that she made with granny (Jane) in the summer holidays. She insisted she wanted a slinky dressing gown (like Mummy has) and was adamant that this fabric was the one. Surprisingly, despite viscose lawn being a harder fabric to sew with (we were trying to […]

navy wool jersey cover up

Blue Wool Jersey Cover Up

Julia (apologising for the quality of the photos) wearing her navy wool jersey cover up using Burda 6850. She was really pleased with both the weight and drape of the fabric. This is a really nice simple Autumn cover-up!

hawk birds digital print viscose maxi dress

Hawk Digital Print Viscose Dress with Velvet Bodice

Anna from Munich (brightening up a dull day in Totnes) wearing this fabulous maxi dress. It was made up in digitally printed viscose lawn and velvet for the bodice, the pattern was taken from a dress bought in the market.  

Tropical bird print cotton canvas bag

Tropical Bird Print Cotton Bag

Miaow (age 6) made this tropical bird printed cotton canvas bag (with help from Jane). With appliqué parrot dangling. How cool is this?  

dragon print cotton culottes

Dragon Print Cotton Culottes

Bernie in the South of France wearing her blue and cream dragon print cotton culottes made using a pattern taken from the Burda magazine no 195, March 2016. She made adjustments (intentionally) and took out the pleat in the front simply by seaming it down.  The culottes were finished by then but felt they were far too […]

kitsch cat digital print jersey dress

Kitsch Cats Print Jersey Dress

Kitcat wearing her terribly kitsch cat digital print cotton and elastane jersey long sleeved dress (made by Jane). The pattern is Burda 8455 but Jane pieced together the yoke and hem so as not to cut up the print. Kitcat is such a squinge it is cut to age 6 but lengthened in sleeve and […]

green stripey water resistant cape

Proofed Cotton Green Stripe Cape

Lesley made this fabulous chartreuse and camel stripey proofed cotton cape. This was a cape pattern picked up at a Quilt Show in France which she embellished with flowers cut with a Sizzix machine attached using the Bernini Eyelet accessory and printed with Thermofax screens.  It was fun to make!

wrap leopard print skirt

Leopard Print Jersey Wrap Skirt

Rachel channeling her inner Bette Lynch in this leopard print scuba jersey wrap skirt. The pattern is Simplicity 1322, large lacquered coconut buttons were added for fun and modesty -the skirt makes her feel quite saucy with the open wrap front (which is a good thing). The skirt is lined in Red Venezia.

Liberty print cotton jersey

Red Liberty Wrap T-Shirt

Rachel with her red Liberty printed cotton jersey wrap T-Shirt. The pattern is Butterick 5084 and works equally well in a stretchy viscose and elastane mix jersey as this pure cotton jersey (and also heavier cotton and elastane jerseys too).

Tula Pink for Free Spirit cotton

Woodland Animal Print Swirly Skirt

Rachel wearing her Tula Pink for Free Spirit woodland animals print cotton skirt using Vogue 8588 pattern, the hem is bound in satin bias binding. She was worried she was going to feel like mutton dressed as lamb (as if), but actually feels fabulous wearing it. There were debates about adding lace to the hem to […]

red scuba jersey Chado Ralph Rucci dress

Red Scuba Jersey Chado Ralph Rucci Dress

Jacoba triumphant in her Chado Ralph Rucci dress made up in red scuba jersey, she said it’s been great to do some sewing again. The (minor) changes made to the pattern were raising the front slit by 2 inches, omitting the front panel pockets (didn’t want the extra bulk), and also slightly changing the curve on the shoulders. She said […]

light blue cotton broderie anglaise panelled dress

Light Blue Broderie Anglaise Panelled Dress

Bess wearing her super summery light blue broderie anglaise cotton dress at the Pimm’s stall at the village fête. The dress is her same Jaeger dress pattern with the neck cut lower and lined in ivory cotton lawn. The neck is piped with red satin piping (made with a super lightweight bias binding and piping […]

stretch denim 1970s shift dress

Vintage 1970s Denim Dress

Lulu in her vintage 1970’s dress made in stretch denim with a lime green wash. Accented with patch pockets, the dress is unlined and has bias binding around the armholes/neck. She made this maybe… 15 years ago? So doubly vintage then! Dresses in fabrics like classic denim that fit well will never go out of style.  

Amy Butler print laminated cotton raincoat

Amy Butler Printed and Laminated Cotton Raincoat

Julie made up this fabulous Amy Butler print laminated cotton raincoat using Burda 7047. We love the spotty cotton lining and the drawstring waist which gives it just enough shape. Sewing laminated cotton can be a bit of a challenge, if you find it sticking to your feed dogs and not feeding through the sewing […]

blue spotty proofed poly mac

Blue Spotty Button Up Mac

Julie made this blue big spotty button up Mac using quick drying proofed microfibre some years ago – and still her go-to coat for a rainy walk to work.  

Orange spotty short sleeve shirt with daisy buttons

Orange Spotty Cotton Shirt

Jessie wearing her orange polka dot cotton short sleeve shirt made by Jane with daisy buttons and no interfacing. If the sun doesn’t shine in the glorious British summer just wear orange.

purple stretch cotton piqué dress

Purple Stretch Cotton Piqué Panelled Shift Dress

Bess was looking at this purple piqué for well over a year before she decided she was able to wear purple, and is rather loving the extra colour in her wardrobe. The pattern is a long tried and tested pattern she took from a Jaeger dress (seen here in many guises). This time it is unlined […]

stretch tulle lace maternity dress

Cream Daisy Lace Maternity Dress with Pink Yoke

Clair made this cream daisy lace maternity dress with pink linen viscose yoke for Rosie for a Scottish high summer (ha ha) wedding… on the morning of the party! The toile had been sorted out previously (see pic below in embroidered linen and viscose). The pattern is a 80’s /90’s vintage McCall’s pattern found on Ebay.

orange sequinned silk georgette coat

Orange sequinned Silk Georgette Coat

Annabelle in her fabulous orange sequinned silk georgette coat trimmed with pink diamanté buttons. ED. It is normal for me to have sewing envy when posting up pics of your makes but this is at a whole new level. I need an orange sparkly semi sheer coat! I need it!  

pink sequinned tulle dress. Back view

Pink Sequinned Tulle Dress with Georgette

Michaela made this fabulous pink sequinned dress for one of her clients, it has a v-neck, a lovely georgette pointed collar (on the back) and georgette sleeves.

3d floral print stretch cotton sateen

3D Floral Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress

Shirley made this fabulous 3d printed stretch cotton sateen up into a shift dress, it is lined in Venezia lining and the neck and armholes are piped very thinly in black.

brown floral linen mix shirt

Brown Floral Linen Mix Shirt

Shirley made this floral print linen and cotton shirt after a long hiatus in sewing (I’m wondering if this is Shirley’s sewing after a break how good was it before?!). Cut with a v-neck band and 3/4 sleeves, this shirt is a great Summer wardrobe staple.

cat print cotton jersey dress

Cat Print Cotton and Elastane Jersey Dress

Marion on her silver wedding anniversary cruise wearing her fun and easy cat print cotton jersey dress designed and made for her by the genius Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead).

Pink Denim Jacket and matching skirt

Pink Denim Skirt and Jacket with Lace Trim

Jane made this Denim jacket and matching skirt with stretch pink denim for Kitcat. It is trimmed in black lace (because Kitcat is 9 going on 19). The skirt is a great little pattern from Burda (9480) – the back was made slightly wider so elastic could be put in. The Jacket was an utter […]

pink denim jacket and skirt for dolly

Pink Denim Jacket and Skirt for Dolly

Kitcat came up with the bright idea that when Jane makes her an outfit her dolly, Ayla should get one too. This concept is like a red rag to the bull to Jane so here we have a matching pink denim jacket and mini skirt to match her life size one; even down to the […]

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Green Lace Print Silk Crepe Dress

Kerry wearing her green lace print silk crepe de chine princess line dress using Simplicity 2247, which she said she would not make again in such a delicate fabric but we think it looks fabulous. Hems were hand rolled.

Geometric print Cotton needlecord dress

Geometric Print Needlecord A-Line Dress

Daiga made this aqua, brown and chartreuse green geometric print cotton needlecord up into a great retro inspired dress for a nine year old and embellished the seams and front with lace and does up with a concealed zip down the back.  

digital floral print jersey a-line dress

Multicolour Floral Digital Print A-Line Dress

Daiga made this floral digitally printed viscose jersey up into a fabulous dress for a 6 year old using simplicity 1146. The neckline is embellished with diamanté (what little six year old doesn’t love a bit of bling? And what mother doesn’t love a dress that can be screwed up into a little ball but […]

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Grey Cotton Dobby Voile Dress

Maxine came to the shop with her bag stuffed with nearly finished projects and wearing this fabulous creation. Made using a Marcy Tilton for Vogue pattern (9171), it’s a shirt/tunic which she has lengthened a bit. The fabric is a grey dobby cotton lawn. Isn’t it lovely?  

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Turquoise Houses Print Pleated Dress

Cammie came to the shop with a sewing bug after making up this fabulous cotton voile dress. She used Simplicity 1873 and lined it in cotton lawn. Well done Cammie! It looks ace!  

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Rose Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Cap Sleeve Dress

Celia looking stunning in her rose print stretch cotton sateen dress made using Burda pattern 6920 (slightly lengthened). The dress is unlined as the fabric is already quite structured. Celia loves these stretchy cotton prints, as they are so easy to make up and fit beautifully.

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Dyed Cotton Sweatshirting Trousers

Bryan looking terribly dapper wearing his machine dyed cotton sweatshirting trousers made by Rachel. They have extra deep pockets for stashing various things that a man needs whilst still having hands free for the zimmer. Genius! Dyed using Dylon machine dye (denim blue), the waist has elastic with a drawstring at the front.    

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Floral Print Cotton and Linen Flared Dress

Celia showing off her floral print linen and cotton flared dress made using New Look pattern 6390 (lengthened a bit).  It is fully lined in cotton lawn and has an invisible zip in the back.  

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School Shirt and Shorts

Summer ready and super stylish Kitcat in her white spotty jacquard cotton school shirt and green gingham shorts. There is also a matching belt (covered by Harlequin). This girl will not be showing her knickers whilst handstanding in the playground! To make the gingham a little heavier for the shorts Jane backed it with cotton lawn […]