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embroidered and hand painted Italian linen shirt

Hand Painted Linen Shirt

Jane’s shirt made up once again in an embroidered and hand painted Linen from Italy. Jane was pleased with how economical this shirt was, getting all of it out of a metre (the facings were cut from the unpainted selvedges) -handy when the fabric is £85.00mt!

daisies and sequined grass embellished cotton piqué coat

Embroidered and Embellished Cotton Piqué Coat

Bess made this turquoise cotton piqué coat for a wedding, wanting something very plain that would go with all her dresses. All the best laid plans and all that – Bess HATED it plain (felt like a doctor’s coat), so cut up some daisy trim and sewed them all over, and couched some yellow vintage […]

Floral digital printed cotton canvas shift dress

Floral Digital Print Shift Dress

Jane wearing her floral digitally printed cotton dress. This cotton is a light canvas type with a soft brushed finish. The pattern is Jane’s block which just has bust and waist darts so the pattern is minimally cut. The dress is unlined and has an invisible zip.    

embroidered and hand painted Italian linen dress

Possibly the Poshest Embroidered Linen Dress in the World

Jane’s amazing embroidered Italian Linen dress. This fabric is hand painted on top of the embroidery and doesn’t come cheap –it’s enlightening to discover what things cost when they are made properly and the artisans are paid a fair wage. With such an amazing fabric you only need a very simple shift pattern, Jane used her block which just […]

digital printed cotton drill trousers

Digital Printed Floral Cotton Trousers

These fabulous floral cotton trousers were made by Claire who came to the shop with her friend and spent 2 hours poking about in all the corners (We welcome anyone who is brave enough to do that). They came armed with lists of things they wanted to see and seemed to leave with a whole […]

viscose cowl neck top

Lilac Printed Viscose Cowl Neck Top

Elaine wearing her printed viscose cowl neck top (Butterick 4132). She put a brooch on the cowl to weigh it down nicely but for the next one she will put a curtain penny weight in the facing. These tops drape beautifully in a fluid fabric like viscose and to add to the drape the fabric is […]

lion print cotton t-shirt and panelled cord skirt

Lion Print Cotton Jersey T-Shirt

Elwen wearing her lion print cotton jersey T-Shirt using the Burda 6820 pattern. I’m pretty certain this print is more effective at cheering oneself up than any prescribed drugs, she was definitely very pleased with herself the day she came into work wearing that. Worn with a panelled mini skirt made using remnants of cotton needlecord. […]

hand painted spotty Irish linen skirt

Hand Painted Spots on Irish Linen Skirt

Not content with the £33mt fabulous blue Irish shirting weight Linen, Bess (with clearly too much time on her hands) hand painted spots all over it before making up this much loved A-line skirt. There are belt loops sewn around the top and a length of picot edge petersham ribbon added as a belt. The skirt is […]

blue floral print stretch cotton shift dress

Blue Floral Stretch Cotton Dress

Gill from classes wearing her floral stretch cotton dress. This stretch cotton is not quite as heavy as a stretch cotton sateen so it was deemed necessary to line it, she used Venezia because this dress was made for holidays in sunnier climes.

stripe double jersey acrylic mix Coco Dress

Printed Double Jersey Shift Dress with Sleeves

Jan made up this brilliant “Coco” dress (from Tilly and the Buttons) using an acrylic mix double jersey printed with an irregular abstract stripe. This jersey has only a little stretch in it – much like a Ponte Roma jersey. We love the way she has managed to match those stripes at the side seams […]

viscose and ramie John Kaldor printed dress

Floral Printed Linen and Viscose Dress

Ann from classes wearing her floral printed ramie and viscose mix shift dress with frill hem. Ramie is a natural fibre similar to Linen, like linen it breathes well so is excellent to wear in the heat.

sea green stretch cotton piqué pleated dress

Sea Green Stretch Pique Pleated Dress

Helen made this fabulous pleated dress for an afternoon tea get-together in London. She’d had a bit of a slump before this with a couple of disastrous projects and this put a proper smile back on her face (yay!). She used sea green stretch cotton pique with daisy trim decorating the hem. The pattern is McCall’s […]

Laurent Garigue bouclé knit Chanel type Jacket

Black Wool Mix Bouclé Chanel Jacket

Tracey (in French France) made this fabulous boxy Chanel type jacket using the wool and cotton Laurent Garigue bouclé knit. She quilted it by hand (as per tradition) to black Venezia lining and used lead weighted piping on the hem to make it hang nicely.

black and white spot print cotton 60's mini dress

Black and White spotty 60’s Mini Dress

Elwen sporting her unlined LG black and white spot print cotton 1960’s mini dress, made for a party in which she was supposed to dress in the decade she was born. Either Elwen has aged incredibly well or she cherry picked the decade because she fancied this print. The cotton is a lovely poplin weight […]

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Lulu wearing her Tom and Linda Platt (Vogue 1348) yellow and turquoise poly/lurex brocade dress, made by Jane. The pattern has box pleats with bizarre instructions (Jane followed them once then did the rest her way). It has a concealed zip, silk underlining and velvet ready made piping around the armholes and neck. There is a petticoat in […]

cotton drill fluted hem bellville sassoon skirt

Blue Digital Print Cotton Drill Fluted Hem Skirt

Rachel wearing her blue digital print skirt with a fluted lowered hem at the back, this skirt works in both soft drapey fabrics as well as this stiffer cotton drill. The pattern is a Bellville Sassoon for Vogue, now discontinued but you might find it on the world wide interweb, V1296. Use the heavy cotton or […]

triple crepe coat and dress

Triple Crepe Coat and Dress

Margaret is wearing a polyester triple crepe shift dress with matching lined coat. Triple crepe has a fantastic weight and drape to it, it’s not the easiest thing to work with but hangs beautifully (you need to make sure you have it absolutely square before you start as it is easy to pull it off grain).  […]

Desigual inspired brocade embellished coat

Brocade Desigual Inspired Coat

Lulu wearing her Desigual inspired coat made by Jane using an assortment of brocade suitings, odd buttons and various trims. She used an old Vogue pattern (V2005) which has been made up a number of times for Lulu in various fabrics and always works. It is lined in vivid chartreuse green satin lining with a […]

wool mix coating cape with wool look acrylic foldover binding

Tartan Coating Wool Mix Cape

Angie made this fabulous coating weight wool mix up into this oh so cozy cape. The edges are bound in wool-look fold-over binding (which has been mitred on the corners beautifully).

British wool tweed check mini skirt

Wool Tweed Check Mini Skirt

Elwen wearing her English Wool green and pink check  Tweed mini skirt. This is the first time she matched checks, we think she did extremely well. Lined with Venezia lining, and trimmed with a picot edge grosgrain ribbon.  

graffiti digital print wrap jersey top

Graffiti Printed Wrap T-Shirt

Rachel wearing her fabulous digitally printed graffiti cotton and elastane jersey wrap t-shirt. Rachel had made up this t-shirt before in a Liberty pure cotton jersey but there’s a lot of elastane in this jersey (6% -double what you usually get), which makes it super stretchy and caused a few alterations to be made, she got there […]

Liberty print wrap jersey top

Liberty Print Cotton Jersey Wrap Top

Rachel terribly pleased with herself after making this t-shirt in Liberty pure cotton jersey. She used Burda 6848 mock wrap t-shirt pattern with minor alterations to enable a good fit. Other than a bit of seam tape in the shoulders and ballpoint machine needles no special equipment or extras were required.  

teal basket weave coat

Teal Basket Weave Tweed Coat

Chandra wearing her fabulous basket weave swingy coat made in Social Fabric with Saj. We think she has done a brilliant job with those pockets and we love the great big cover buttons You can find lots of basket weaves and Chanel type tweeds HERE

Green jumbo cord mini skirt

Green Jumbo Cord Mini Skirt

Elwen wearing her jumbo cord mini skirt using Burda pattern 8237. Elwen has the sewing bug quite seriously at the moment, to the point where she was binding her seams on Christmas Day. That’s dedication! She lined the skirt in a peacock Venezia lining and asked us politely to not look at the invisible zip (it’s really […]

purple paisley wool challis dress

Purple Paisley Wool Challis Dress

Judy from the Cloth Club wearing her lovely wool challis dress made for a family wedding. She used a Simplicity Lisette pattern and said the fabric sewed up like a dream!

peacock lace shift dress

Peacock Lace Shift Dress

Elwen in her peacock leaf design cotton mix lace shift dress with lime green Venezia lining. Using Burda pattern 8213, she lengthened it a bit (Elwen says it’s quite short but it’s more that she’s quite tall). The lace is overlocked (by Bess because Elwen was being a proper wuss), the lining was cut 2 sizes bigger […]

missoni chevron wool mix fabric

Technicolour Missoni Jacket

This is Jacoba wearing her woven Missoni jacket, she said, “I am very pleased with it even if it is a little wide on the shoulders. I used Vogue 8933 but changed how the collar fastened at the end. It was too high for me in the original style despite my long neck so I just let […]

winter white fur coat

Winter White Faux Fur Swing Coat

Rachel wearing her super soft faux fur coat. It is a travesty of modern technology that you cannot feel the softness but trust me, it’s soft. Made in a jiffy and lined in elephant print stetch poly satin, this coat is equally happy walking the mental worm dog as it is keeping the chills off […]

tiger stripe boiled wool cape

Tiger Stripe Boiled Wool Belted Cape

Lizzy wearing her tiger stripe boiled wool belted wool cape. Lizzy made it without a pattern (nor much of a clue about what  she was doing) Brilliant, huh? Lined in a poly fleece and belted in with a custom made belt, this is a super cosy coat that grabs the attention of  passers by.

green bamboo jersey

Green Bamboo Jersey Tunic

Anastasia made this fabulous tunic using bamboo jersey, click for more information and a pic of the patterned viscose tunic

white spotty brushed cotton

Spotty Brushed Cotton Shirt

Amy made this fabulous spotty brushed cotton shirt using 4483. She goes into detail about the making of it on her blog Almond Rock. Click to see a detailed pic of her beautiful stitching!

medium weight linen

A Gaggle of Linen Shirts

What’s the collective noun for linen shirts? For bullfinches it is a bellowing, I rather like that. A bellowing of linen shirts. These are all made by Lesley using a discontinued Vogue pattern No 1476. All the linens are light to medium weight, you can find more linens HERE

pale grey bouclé wool coating

Light Grey Bouclé Wool Coat

All together now: Awwwwwwwww! This gorgeous little girl is modelling a bouclé wool coat made by Anna Ash, you can find her HERE (she makes them to sell so if you don’t feel up to it drop her a line). Bouclé wool is brilliant for coats as the loops make it light and airy, and […]

Red Linton Tweed

Red Linton Tweed Chanel Jacket

Ann-Marie here modelling her fabulous red Linton Tweed Chanel jacket, in keeping with the traditionally made Chanel jacket she quilted the fabric onto some silk lining, this not only stabilises the tweed but also strengthens the whole jacket. A Chanel jacket should be soft and cardigan like, with no heavy interfacing, there is a fair […]

navy sandwashed cupro fabric

Navy Blue Cupro Flared Lynn Mizono Dress

Navy sandwashed Cupro dress made by Irene using the Lynn Mizono for Vogue pattern 1312. Sandwashed cupro looks and behaves much like a sandwashed silk crepe but is harder wearing. Find more Cupro HERE, you could also use a viscose or wool crepe from HERE

moonstone embroidered silk moroccain dress

Moonstone Beaded Silk Dress with Tail

Jane made this silver grey Silk Moroccain crepe cowl neck wedding dress for her eldest daughter, Jessie. It is beaded with thousands of moonstone chips (Jane has the patience of a saint). To ensure the fabric had enough strength the silk was blocked onto Venezia lining (those chips are very heavy). All in all the […]

pink printed cotton kaftan

Child’s Pink Cotton Lawn Kaftan

Malin made up this Pink aztec printed cotton lawn kaftan for her daughter to go to Morocco, with rick rack trim and ribbon ties. I want one! You can find other cotton lawns HERE

spotty denim kaftan

Child’s Spotty Denim Kaftan

Malin made up this spotty kaftan for her daughter to go to Morocco. With rick rack trim and ribbon ties. I want this one too. You can find other denims HERE and spotty fabrics HERE

grey viscose jersey dress

Vogue Designer mix and match Jersey Dress

Lynne made this fabulous grey marl bamboo jersey mixed with an aqua and grey stripe viscose jersey dress using Vogue 8975 You can find more drapey lightweight jerseys like this HERE She loves it so much she made another.

Aubergine spotty jersey T-Shirt

Purple Spotty Cotton T-Shirt

Liz K made up this t-shirt as her first ever knit project using New Look pattern 6216. Check the twin stitching! You can find other cotton jerseys HERE and various spotty fabrics HERE  

Tina Givens printed Cotton circular skirt

Yellow Giraffe Circular Skirt

Gracie wearing her pink giraffe print circular skirt made by Lizzy, with yellow lining and fuchsia pink netting. This was the first (clothing) sewing project Lizzy had done for years, she was really happy with the results (and Gracie loves it too). She overlocked both the skirt hem and the raggedy hem of the lining. […]

cotton dobby lawn dresses

White Cotton Dobby Flower Girl Dresses

Kitcat and Miaow wearing their white cotton dobby flower girl dresses. (They were so excited about being flower girls I thought they might pop). The necks were too wide (the joy of making clothes for girls who live 200 miles away) so Jane made little tucks sewn down with french knots (so not a mistake, […]

Red ribbon embroidered jersey dress

Red Ribbon Embroidered Jersey Shift Dress

Red ribbon embroidered jersey shift dress made by Jane for Jessie. The embroidery stabilises the jersey so it is not that stretchy, and although the base jersey is quite fine the embroidery adds a lot of bulk so it is only necessary to face the neck rather than fully line the dress. This dress was […]

polka dot ponte roma jersey dress

Spotty Ponte Jersey Dress with Scalloped Collar

Helen wearing her spotty print ponte roma jersey dress using Simplicity pattern #1609, she opted for the scalloped collar using a plain white cotton poplin. You can find those heavy stable ponte type jerseys HERE and poplin cottons HERE

black sequinned velour

Black Sequinned Velvet Dress

Helen wearing her heavily sequinned black stretch velour 60’s cut dress from Simplicity (pattern 1609). You can find stretch velours HERE, and sequinned fabrics are HERE

cream wool crepe wedding dress

Wool Crepe Wedding Dress

Becky wearing the fabulous cream pure wool crepe wedding dress made by her mum, Anna Ash. Wool crepe is the perfect fabric for this style of dress -it has enough body to hold those pleats yet soft enough to drape beautifully.  

Tina Givens printed cotton circular skirt

Giraffe Print Quilting Weight Cotton Circular Skirt

Mia-moo wearing the giraffe printed circular skirt using #5102 -a quilting weight cotton– made by Jane (making the pattern AND making it took less than an hour). She has a frou frou net skirt to go under here when she’s feeling more frou-frou. You need to remember your school geometry lessons to make a circular skirt […]

cotton seersucker playsuit

Lime Green Seersucker Cotton Playsuit

Kitcat wearing her Lime Green cotton seersucker playsuit using McCall’s pattern M6733. Kitcat is a proper little squinge so we found the straps too long, but found if we crossed them over at the back they fitted just perfect. It’s not bodging, honest. You can find some more cotton seersuckers HERE

Tina Givens unicycle print cotton

Unicycle Printed Cotton Dress

Mia-moo wearing the unicycle printed quilting weight cotton dress made by Jane (Granny). This dress has sweet darts on the hem that pull it in. Fabric: Quilting weight cotton by Tina Givens #5101 Pattern: Burda 9544

taupe boiled wool jacket

Boiled Wool Short Swing Jacket

Nikki with her boiled wool loose swing jacket made a wool mix boiled wool and batik printed bias binding around all edges. The boiled wool is excellent for these loose style unlined jackets as they are virtually the same either side so look nice when it swings back.    

animal print wool challis shirt

Wool Challis Animal Print Shirt

Manju wearing her beautifully made wool challis short sleeve pin-tucked animal print shirt. She has a blog, you can read all about it HERE.

leather shopper bag

Leather shopper bag. Modelled as hat.

Rob (Bess’s worse half) modelling the shopper bag she made for a Christmas present. She thinks he looks better this way. The tan brown leather was from a stash from possibly 15 years ago (See! I told you it would be useful one day!), the chartreuse green straps are a new acrylic webbing we have […]

flock printed jersey top and washable wool mix trousers

Flock jersey printed top

Carole from our Cloth Club wearing her flock print jersey top using Butterick B5826 and basic trouser pattern she uses again and again, Butterick B3826 using a navy washable trousering #4343

black and white coat with reversed contrast collar and pockets

Black and White Wool Coat

Carole from our Cloth club made up this fab black and white coat utilising the reverse for contrast collar, pockets and facings. This was her first attempt as a coat and proof that everyone should try it! Pattern is Vouge V8933 which was selected for it’s simple shape and the use of snaps rather than […]

brown wool melton and tweed coat

Brown Wool Melton and Tweed Coat

Brown wool coat made by Lesley (Twice!) “I thought you might like to see the before and after of my coat.    The photo below is using a vintage vogue pattern which just looked so bad on that I only wore it twice.  So 2 years on, not wanting to waste the the fabric and with […]

Liberty Lantana wrap dress with cotton lawn on reverse

Liberty Lantana wool and cotton reversible wrap dress

Miaow (age 4; not staying still for the camera) wearing her reversible wrap dress made using Liberty Lantana (80% Wool 20% Cotton) animals in the forest print with a spotty cotton lawn on reverse. Made by Bess.  

grey blue wool melton

Grey – Blue Wool Melton Jacket

Carole from our cloth club wearing her lightweight wool melton jacket using McCalls pattern M5668 which she chose due to their being no buttonholes and only the sleeves are lined. (Carole thinks she is a novice but we think she undersells herself).  

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