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embroidered denim mini skirt

Embroidered Denim Skirt

Bess with her ‘Credit Crunch’ free-embroidered denim skirt. Fabric and Notions: Dark blue dark wash cotton denim Viscose interfacing Gutermann silk thread (for embroidery) Invisible zip Pattern: Burda 8237 (modified pockets) One of the back pockets is upside-down so she couldn’t stuff them full of rubbish, and so she didn’t have to line them up. […]

wool melton frill skirt

Blue Wool Melton Frill Skirt

Jane wearing wool melton skirt with frill hem. (Made by Clair) Fabric and Notions: Wool Melton coating Shot Taffeta Frill lining, Venezia Lining Viscose iron-on interfacing Piping with bias binding Invisible zip Pattern: Simplicity 3881 Wool melton is traditionally used for coats and heavy jackets, but can be used on other garments when the structural […]

fuchsia pink and lime embroidered jacket

Fuchsia and Lime Linen Jacket

Jane wearing a linen jacket to Bess’s wedding, made with pink and green panels, embellished with machine embroidery. Fabrics and Notions: Fuchsia Pink & Lime green heavy washed linen Small self-cover buttons Satin bias binding and piping cord Venezia lining Viscose iron-on interfacing Pattern: Custom made

smocked linen baby dress

Smocked White Linen Baby Dress

Kitcat modelling smocked white linen dress with lined sunhat (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: White medium weight linen Pink and green embroidery threads White cotton Riviera lawn (lining) Self-cover buttons Traditional smocking is time consuming and quite tricky to do well. It is important you pick a fabric that has an even and straight […]

quartz beaded white linen wedding dress

Beaded Linen Wedding Dress

Bess’s amazing quartz-crystal covered white linen cap-sleeve a-line dress. (made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: White heavy washed linen. 4kg quartz crystal bead chips Stretch silk satin (bodice lining) Covered boning Fine white Riviera cotton lawn (skirt lining) Red satin bias and fine piping cord Invisible zip Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Pattern: Custom made The […]

stretch denim strapless bridesmaids dresses

Stretch Denim Bridesmaid Dresses

Jo and Lulu sporting matching bridesmaid’s dresses for Bess’s wedding, made out of strecth cotton denim, net underskirts and covered belts. (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Stretch cotton denim Cotton voil lining Nylon dress net Covered boning Invisible zip Petersham (waist stays) Pattern: custom made When using a ‘less posh’ type of fabric such […]

proofed linen mac

Proofed Linen Mac

Bess in her proofed linen mac (originally white, but had a little accident in the washing machine. It’s fine! She likes pink too) Fabrics and Notions: Ivory proofed linen Red proofed cotton Anorak snap fasteners Viscose iron-on interfacing

turquoise cotton corduroy jacket

Turquoise Corduroy Boxy Jacket

Bess wearing her turquoise corduroy jacket with big 1960’s buttons and lined in Kaffe Fassett printed cotton. Fabrics and Notions: Turquoise corduroy Kaffe Fassett printed cotton Big 1960’s period buttons Jeans rivets Bias binding Black stayflex cotton iron on interlining 5 years on (not pictured) Red grosgrain foldover binding (around cuffs to cover fraying)

embroidered wool a-line skirt

Black Wool Embroidered Long Skirt

Jane with her superb Austrian border-embroidered long skirt with split. Fabric and Notions: Border-embroidered Wool Flannel Silk Habotai Lining Viscose iron-on interfacing Invisible zip Pattern: McCall’s 3341

red check wool tweed coat quilted with wool wadding

Wool Quilted Coat

Bess with her super-warm wool wadding quilted wool tweed coat The hood unzips to flatten out as a collar, and the sleeves have big box pleats that get graunched in at the cuff. The Gucci coat that inspired it was made from proofed nylon and stuffed with down. Fabrics and Notions: Shetland Wool Tweed 100% […]