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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.

annabelle-orange-sequin-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

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.

Marion-jersey-cat-print-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).

kitcat-pink-denim-lace-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 […]

silk crepe de chine dress

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 […]

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 nightie for Ayla the dolly.). 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 cardigan jacket 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).  

lime green and pale pink denim jackets

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 […]