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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 […]

grey dobby cotton lawn dress

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?  

Cotton Voile with houses print dress

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!  

plum rose print stretch cotton sateen

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.

machine dyed cotton sweatshirting trousers.

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.    

floral print linen and cotton flared dress

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.  

white spotty jacquard cotton school shirt and green gingham shorts

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 […]

flecky cotton sweatshirt jacket

Navy Flecky Sweatshirting Jacket

Bree was pleased as punch with this jacket she made in record time entirely on her sewing machine (no cheating with an overlocker), it is a blue cotton sweatshirting with multicolour flecks, she used McCall’s pattern 6844. FABULOUS!    

jumbo cord cotton dress with jersey circle inserts.

Corduroy and Cotton Jersey Circle Dress

Eloise modelling her bright blue jumbo cord dress with jersey circle inserts and inseam pockets. Made by Aunty Bess who would really like one for herself but suspects she’s too big.    

Alice in Wonderland printed cotton jersey nightwear

Alice in Wonderland Sleepwear

Kitcat and Miaow with their Alice in Wonderland print cotton jersey nightime ensembles (complete with matching dolly nightie). Made by Jane, who doesn’t at all spoil her grandchildren.

aqua and black bird print linen dress

Aqua and Black Frigate Bird Dress

Bess made this super fine linen dress with black bird print for her holiday in Tobago, it’s made using her basic block with just the shaping from bust darts and a centre back seam. Nicknamed the frigate bird dress as the print is similar to the ubiquitous birds of the Caribbean. It is unlined and the neck is […]

designer textured wool jacket

Designer Textured Wool Jacket

Mrs Stutt at the shop showing off her superb designer textured wool jacket made up in a simple boxy Chanel style. Lined in Venezia and trimmed with leather binding.  

3D floral print stretch cotton sateen pleated skirt

3D Floral Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Pleated Skirt

Tracey in French France wearing her fabulous 3D floral printed Stretch Cotton Sateen pleated skirt using McCall’s 6706, there is cotton lawn lining (pink, of course) and pink and black tulle underskirt.

worsted wool waistcoat with jacquard lining

Worsted Wool Waistcoats

Vanessa again with these beautifully made worsted wool waistcoats lined in jacquard coat lining. They are made using Burda 7799 pattern. Look at those beautiful collar notches!  

teal coco sweatshirt

Teal Reversible Fraser Sweatshirt

Vanessa came to the shop with this Fraser sweatshirt (from Sewaholic), made with a reversible cotton sweatshirting so the stripe contrast shows on cuffs and neck binding. It is super warm and comfy (not to mention stylish).  

kid's lime green stretch denim mini skirt with matching belt and floral contrast pockets

Green Denim Kid’s Mini Skirt & Jacket

Jane made this lime green denim mini skirt and jacket for Miaow. The jacket was a pattern downloaded whose author shall remain anonymous due to the derogatory comments that have come out of Jane while making it. It was a battle to find a kid’s denim jacket pattern at all, it would have been quicker (and […]

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 Burdastyle.com 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 […]

justmoosey-tulle-baby-dress

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.