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siamese kitten and green gingham school skirt

Gingham School Skirt

Rudi the Siamese kitten getting in on the picture with Kitcat’s school skirt (he is so vain). Green cotton gingham with elasticated waist and slant pockets.

blue Irish linen smock dress

Blue Irish Linen Smock Dress

Elwen ready for her travels in her blue Irish Linen shirting weight smock dress. The yoke is a batik printed cotton. Armholes and neck are bound with bias and there is no zip.

pposh silk satin frock with fitted jacket

Silk Posh Frock

Rowena being a very glam Mother of the Groom in her black and magenta abstract print silk satin flared dress and matching dupion silk fitted jacket. She was a busy bee as she also made her hat and bag plus grooms men’s cravats and hankies. Also her daughter in law’s lace gown (which she beaded!) her veil and headdress. Blimey! Now she […]

Harry potter cape costume

Harry Potter Costume

Mia casting spells in the bathroom wearing her Harry Potter costume made by Jane for World Book Day. The cape was made to directions found on in Black poly viscose elastane suiting and lined in burgundy heavy poly satin lining. (We bought the wand and the badge on Ebay).

white cotton school shirt and green gingham school skater skirt

School Shirt and Skater Skirt

School shirt made for Kitcat (by Jane) with white cotton seersucker using Burda 9744 pattern. Green gingham cotton skater skirt using MCall’s 6918.

white cotton school shirt and green gingham school skorts

School Shirt and Skorts

School shirt made for Miaow (by Jane) with white cotton seersucker using Burda 9744 pattern. Green gingham cotton skorts (The shorts bit underneath is green cotton and elastane jersey) using MCall’s 6918.  

Kitcat stood by fireplace wearing jimjams

Embroidered Whales Seersucker Jimjams

Kitcat wearing her whale embroidered babydoll nightie and cropped jimjams made by Jane (the granny). The babydoll is Butterick pattern 6659 cut out in a size 6 despite Kitcat being 9 (she is tiny). A few different shorts were made but only one pair had the wales the right way up due to the new […]

Bess wearing black circles lace dress holding a glass of bubbly

Black Guipure Lace Dress with Cream Silk Lining

Bess enjoying a glass of bubbly wearing her black guipure lace dress which was lined in cream silk rep suiting. The pattern is her very basic dress block that only has bust darts and a centre back seam for shape. It’s tricky to tell in this photo but the lining is 3″ shorter leaving the […]

digital print cotton drill

Digital Bird Print Cotton Drill Skirt

Rachel surrounded by toiles and all things dressmaking at the sewing retreat weekend in Bromsgrove, wearing her bird digital print stretch cotton drill skirt and purple fleece with roll neck.

Grey Jersey Victory Dress

Grey Jersey Victory Dress

Kate outside the shop wearing her Grey Cotton mix jacquard jersey ‘Lola’ dress made from a Victory pattern. It has fabulous deep pockets that go all the way round the side seams. The neck, hem and cuffs are all finished with cotton ribbing.

Ruched wool tartan skirt

Wool Tartan Swishy Box Pleat Ruched Skirt

Jane came to the shop wearing her fabulous Wool tartan ruched skirt. It is lined in cotton and has a pair of box pleats front and back. It has a really good Swish!

alphabet print viscose jersey

Alphabet Print Viscose and Elastane Jersey

Jessie wearing black and multicolour alphabet print viscose and elastane jersey T-Shirt made by Bess for her Christmas Present (has been worn to death since!). The pattern was taken from a favourite Jaeger Breton T-Shirt so it was designed for heavier interlock type jersey but works very well in this slinky viscose jersey. The square neck […]

white loopback sweatshirting top

White Sweatshirt

Bess made this uber-simple top using loopback sweatshirting from an old favourite Vogue t-shirt pattern. She bound the neck in self fabric and hemmed with a simple zigzag stitch.  

blue and green big check shetland wool tweed cape

Blue and Green Check Tweed Cape

Amanda made this fabulous cape using British Shetland style Tweed. You can find Amanda on Facebook as Fascin8 Millinery and on Instagram as Amanda587.

Green and Purple wool tweed straight skirt

Purple and Green Wool Tweed Check Pencil Skirt

Carolyn sent us this picture of the skirt she made from the lovely wool tweed fabric she bought from us.  The full cost including thread, zip, lining and material came to under £35.  Difficult to beat that on quality and price from any department store!  Next project is in the planning stage…  Another trip to Totnes shortly.

Christina wearing tartan silk flared skirt

Lilac Tartan Silk Dupion Flared Skirt

Christina showing off her navy and lilac silk dupion flared skirt made for Burn’s night. Silk dupion is a very papery fabric which holds it’s shape well for skirts like this. Kudos for matching those checks!  

wool flared coat with faux fur collar

Wool flared Coat with Faux Fur Collar

Emma sent in a pic of the winter coat she made – She bought the fabric AGES ago (her words- all of five months – that’s not ages in our book) as she thought it would take a while to make this coat. And it was indeed quite time consuming! The outer is wool/polyamide melton coating, and the lining is turquoise blue […]

fuchsia pink boiled wool coat

Fuchsia Boiled Wool Waterfall Coat

Julie cheering up the drab winter at the shop in her fuchsia pink boiled wool coat. The edges are bound with fold-over binding. This coat is unlined, the boiled wool has plenty of body to it so it holds its shape nicely.

sequinned dress singing little angel

Sequinned Dress for a little Angel

Kitcat singing us all Christmas carols in her sequinned dress made by Jane. It is lined in heavy tricot and the armholes and neck are bound with jersey binding. You get fabulous movement with this sequinned fabric as each sequin is black on one side and silver on the other, so every move is exaggerated […]

blues and greens themed patchwork duvet cover

Patchwork Duvet Cover

Jane hiding behind the patchwork duvet she made for her granddaughter Miaow, using up all the scraps of cotton we have accumulated over the years. We don’t really do patchwork cottons we generally stick to patterns that work better for dressmaking so getting these prints to work together was a challenge, but Jane did a grand […]

black ballet print dress

Ballet Print Chiffon Dress

Sarah looking pleased as punch in her poly chiffon circular skirt dress made exquisitely by Joan, her Grandma. The pattern is Vogue 9141. We’re a bit speechless with how well this dress is made, Joan must have the patience of a saint, chiffon is not easy!

Lizzy wearing boiled wool circle skirt

Printed Boiled Wool Circular Skirt

Lizzy with her boiled wool circular skirt. Lizzy has a paper pattern phobia and so usually just wings it. Luckily circular skirts are easier to wing than patterns so here we have a completed project and a proud owner 🙂 The boiled wool is quite stretchy so the waist came out bigger than anticipated. She […]


Just Moosey Tutu

Clair made this sooo sweeeet baby satin dress and tutu using viscose satin coat lining (much too good to hide inside a coat) and light pink tulle tutu.

leopard print mock wrap t-shirt and ponte leather look jersey jeans

Leather look Ponte Jersey Jeans and Leopard Print T-Shirt

Rachel (with her whippet who knows she’s not really allowed in the shop) wearing black leather look ponte jeans (beautifully made) but not fitting brilliantly*… prototype #2 coming soon, and slinky dink leopard print poly jersey mock wrap t-shirt. She does love a bit of Kitsch, does our Rach, and this is definitely in the kitsch […]

kitsch cat print cotton and elastane jersey top

Kitsch Cats T-Shirt

Rachel with her kitsch cats print cotton and elastane jersey mock wrap t-shirt made using Burda 6848 pattern (with minor alterations to enable a good fit) and black leather look ponte jersey skirt.

Wind in the Willows outfits at Chatsworth House

Wind in the Willow inspired Velvet Outfits.

Kitcat and Miaow (having been told to smile)* wearing cotton velvet fitted jacket, yellow dogtooth fitted jacket, acetate crushed velvet plus-fours and a dogtooth check waistcoat, all made by Jane (the granny) for a trip to Chatsworth House for their Wind in the Willows themed Christmas decorations. Despite over two years between them their size difference […]

Brown Faux Fur Jacket

Brown Cheetah Spot Faux Fur Jacket

Kitcat all wrapped up in her faux fur Burda 9501 jacket. It is lined with aubergine satin coat lining (oh-so grown up!). She’s a bit fed up with us cuddling her now, but that jacket is sooo snuggly!

black polka dot printed viscose jersey top and pencil skirt

Black Jersey Ensemble for an 8 (going on 18) Year Old

Kitcat wearing her black jersey skirt and cropped T-shirt which she made HERSELF. Jane helped (with hyper alertness) as Kitcat was burning along at break-neck speed with the overlocker. There is probably a really important life-lesson learned here but we are not quite sure which it is, or for whom. Meanwhile, Kitcat has a fabulous outfit […]

Red guipure lace coat with feather trim

Feather Trimmed Red Guipure Lace Coat (squawking obligatory)

Bess in her not-very-over-the-top coat at all made using red guipure lace and 6″ feather trim. The coat was prepared ever so slowly making sure the spots matched and everything would line up properly and then it was izzywhizzied together on the overlocker in about 3 minutes. Then the feather trim was hand sewn on […]

White embroidery on black cotton lawn dress

Black and White Embroidered Cotton Dress with 3/4 Sleeves

Gill from classes in her black and white 3/4 sleeve dress adjusted from her block, It is lined in cotton lawn and has a concealed zip down the back. This dress bears very little resemblance to the original McCall’s pattern M2401 but that’s what it is.

wool mix with cashmere soft tweed jacket

Fawn Wool Mix Tweed Fitted Jacket

Anastasia modelling her fabulous fitted jacket made using Burdastyle magazine pattern 112b (from 3/2015). This fabric is jacket weight wool mix with cashmere soft tweed that looks super in such a well fitting little jacket. Lined in printed polyester satin : This jacket was made last May and Anastasia has worn it a LOT through Scotland’s […]

Liberty Alice in Wonderland printed cotton Lawn Dress and Shirt

Liberty Alice in Wonderland Print Cotton Dress and Shirt

Kitcat and Miaow visiting Granny (Jane) at the shop wearing their matching Liberty tana lawn Alice in Wonderland print dress and shirt. The pattern is Burda 9417 (as seen already for school shirts), they tie in at the back. Jane didn’t use any interfacing for the collars, the sleeves puff with elastic in the hem. […]

Navy corded lace shrug with scalloped edges

Navy Corded Lace Shrug

Debbie modelling her shrug made using navy corded lace with scalloped edges.  She was very pleased with it as it really updated a dress she had had for a long time.  She drafted the pattern using a short sleeved shrug she already had as a pattern. Debbie had to do a bit of juggling with the scallops and hand stitching […]

lion print fleece romper suit

Lion Print Romper Suit

Awwww! Jasmine’s nephew wearing the romper she made him using lion print polar fleece. Soooo cute!!!  

stretch needlecord skirt

Navy Stretch Needlecord Asymetric Skirt

Daiga wearing her lovely navy stretch needlecord skirt made from the 9/2013 Burda Magazine model 103. She said it was both lovely to work with and wear!

Italian linen with crewel embroidery shift dress

Brown Crewel Embroidered Linen Shift Dress

Clair is Sunny Cadiz wearing her crewel embroidered Italian linen shift dress (her tried and tested pattern which Jane helped to fit many moons ago). We can’t emphasise too much how useful a good basic dress pattern is! Whilst linen is notoriously creasy these heavy embroidered linens really don’t crease badly at all.

christmas reindeer print cotton and elastane jersey nightie

Christmas Reindeer Print Cotton Jersey Nightie

Kitcat modelling her christmas reindeer printed cotton jersey nightie in the shop. Made by Jane, it has raglan sleeves and jersey binding around the neck. Everything was sewn on the overlocker apart from the hems and the binding. Made using Butterick 5129 (now discontinued but you can sometimes find them)  

christmas tree print cotton and elastane jersey nightie

Christmas Tree Printed Cotton Jersey Nightie

Miaow wearing her Christmas tree printed cotton jersey nightie in the shop. Made by Jane, it has raglan sleeves and jersey binding around the neck. Everything was sewn on the overlocker apart from the hems and the binding. Made using Butterick 5129 (now discontinued but you can sometimes find them)  

neon green pvc strappy top

Neon Green PVC Strappy Top

Pauline saw this green PVC and had to make a top for her friend, Davinia in it. 🙂 So she did! There was a certain amount of swearing involved –she now knows what a teflon foot is and when you want to use it –but anyway she did it so Hoorah!  

cloud print cotton and elastane jersey pyjamas

Cloud Print Cotton Jersey Jimjams

Sol here again proudly wearing his cloud print cotton and elastane single jersey pyjamas made by mum, Pauline. Finished with 1″ Elastic on the waist and a smile  

fox print cotton and elastane jersey

Squirrel Print Jersey Jimjams

Pauline made these pyjamas for her son, Sol, out of squirrel print cotton and elastane single jersey. They are finished with 1″ elastic on the waist.

Gold silk twill bow-tie

Gold Silk Bow Tie

Pauline made this bow tie out of gold twill silk for her son (Magnus) to match his father’s at a wedding. Altogether now! Awwwwwwwww!  


Taupe Brown Boiled Wool Long Skirt

Marlene visiting the shop in her fabulous light weight wool mix boiled wool skirt. She used her standard a-line skirt pattern but had to take it in a bit due to the stretch in the fabric. Then she finished the hem with bias binding after trying (and failing) to hand stitch the hem. It’s unlined […]

Pink Chanel type tweed shift dress

Pink Chanel type Tweed Shift Dress

Nicola wearing her fabulously fitted pink Chanel type tweed dress. It is interlined in silk organza and lined in Venezia lining so is lovely to wear, and despite being sleeveless is lovely and warm.    

geometric print cotton and elastane t-shirt dress

Geometric Teardrop Print Cotton Jersey Child’s Dress

Frances made this dress for her grand-daughter to go to the school Oscar awards. It’s an easy pull on dress using McCall’s Pattern 7079 and made with a t-shirt weight cotton and elastane single jersey. It’s a good idea to stay the shoulder seams with a bit of tape on t-shirts and dresses, you can […]

Child's fur coat with bunny rabbit print lining

Child’s Fur Coat with Bunny Rabbit Print Lining

Jane and Elwen made this sooo sweeet fur coat using Burda 9501 pattern, They lined it in bunny rabbit print quilting cotton and used toning toggle buttons. There is no interfacing -not even on the button holes which Jane insists is fine and they didn’t need it. She can break the rules because she has […]

hand embroidered children's drawings onto wool tweed skirt

Hand Embroidered and Painted Wool Tweed Skirt

Bess used her 5 and 8 year old niece’s fabulous drawings as inspiration for the embellishment on this wool tweed A-Line skirt. First she used white fabric paint and then embroidered using a heavy thread and added beads and sequins. It was all done by hand as the tweed is quite a loose weave and […]

Lurex and polyester brocade zipped bodice

Brocade Zipped Bodice

Lulu wearing her cloqué brocade bodice made by Jane. It is lined in cotton poplin as we needed something a bit beefier than normal lining to protect her sensitive skin from the lurex. The neck and armholes are bound with jersey bias. Because the zip needs to be open end and colours are limited the zip […]

orange bouclé wool mix knit braced skirt

Orange Bouclé Wool Mix Knit Braced Skirt and Jacket

Holly made this tangerine orange cotton wool and viscose mix bouclé heavy knit from LG as part of a Plymouth College of Art Fashion project to make a ‘skirt’ and cape as part of her university project. The not so practical skirt has large pockets – the entire front and back panels, braces to hold it up and […]

plasticised linen jacket

Plasticised Linen Vogue 9035 Jacket

Sarah made up Vogue 9035 jacket pattern in this funky plasticised lightweight linen. She has used the reverse of the fabric for the cuffs and the hem panel on the back. Very clever!

turquoise blue linen short wrap skirt

Blue Short Linen Wrap Skirt

Clair in Sunny Cadiz (okay, not sunny right now but it usually is!) wearing turquoise blue linen wrap skirt. The brown legs help. Fabulous.

printed linen shift dress

Printed Linen Shift Dress

Christie wearing her classic shift dress in this fabulous soft printed linen print. A well fitted shift dress is hard to beat, eh?  

floral stretch drill vogue 8998 dress

Floral Stretch Cotton Vogue 8998 Dress

Maxine wearing her very first sewing project using a floral printed cotton and poly mix stretch drill with Vogue 8998. This is the perfect fabric for a structured dress such as this. We think this girl will go far!