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applique detail long wool skirt

Wool-mix Jersey with Flower Detail Skirt

Judith wearing wool mix double jersey skirt with a clever flower detail Fabrics and Notions: Wool mix double jersey Knitted medium weight interfacing Invisible zip

big flower dress and knickers

Big Flower A-Line Dress and Knickers

Kitcat’s simple a-line dress with matching knickers, and appliquéd flower pocket. (made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Flower printed cotton #1580 Elastic Spotty bias binding

spotty cotton dress and raincoat

Green Spotty Dress and Raincoat

Clair wearing Off-white raincoat with Kaffe Fassett Green spotty panelled dress. Fabrics and Notions (raincoat): Proofed cotton Kaffe Fassett spotty printed cotton (lining) Double cover buttons Piping cord with self-made bias binding Viscose iron-on interfacing. Pattern: McCall’s 5525 Fabrics and Notions (dress) Green Kaffe Fassett spotty printed cotton Green Venezia lining Invisible zip Piping cord […]

tutu skirt and waffle cotton cardigan

Waffle Pink Cotton Wrap Top with A-Line Printed Skirt

Lulu wearing green and pink spot print cotton skirt and pink LG cotton waffle wrap top. (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Pink and green printed spot cotton Pink waffle cardigan jacket type Cotton Viscose interfacing Invisible zip Tutu: model’s own  

white waffle cotton chanel jacket

White Waffle Cotton Jacket with Silk Grosgrain Trim

Luka the siamese cat in cashmere coat (Model’s own). Bess in Laurent Garigue waffle cotton boxy jacket with red silk grosgrain trim (made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Laurent Garigue waffle cotton Red silk grosgrain Large poppas (self covered) White Bremsilk lining

aubergine wool coating issey miyake coat

Issey Miyake Coat

Poppy returning to the shop in her wonderful Issey Miyake designed alpaca wool tweed coat. Fabrics and Notions: Alpaca wool tweed Pattern: Vogue (Issey Miyake) This pattern has been going for years, it is cut in classic Issey fashion in that you don’t know what on earth is going on until it is all put […]

pleated cashmere pinafore dress

Black Cashmere Pleated Pinafore Dress

Clair sporting her black cashmere wool pleated pinafore dress. Fabrics and Notions: Black 100% Cashmere wool Silk Velvet (belt and bow) Velvet piping Puple Venezia lining Medium weight knitted iron-on interfacing Pattern: Burda 8072

grey check wool tweed pencil skirt with frill

Grey Harris Tweed Check Skirt

Clair in her grey and chartreuse check tweed frill skirt Fabrics and Notions: Grey line check tweed Venezia lining Velvet piping Pattern: Simplicity 3881

ladybird spot boiled wool girl's skirt and jacket

Ladybird Spot Boiled Wool Suit

Kitcat the Ladybird in boiled wool skirt and jacket with patch pockets. (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Wool mix printed boiled wool Stretch binding Elastic buttons

printed acrylic jersey dress

Designer Printed Brushed Jersey Dress

Carole from our Cloth Club trying out stretch fabrics on her new overlocker machine Fabrics and Notions: Poly Viscose Brushed Jersey Stay tape Pattern: Vogue 8575 Overlockers are a worthwhile investment for the keen sewer, they are not essential for sewing jersey fabrics but they make life much easier, and quicker!

wool challis tunic dress

Teal Wool Mix Dress

Ann from our Cloth Club wearing her teal wool mix draped dress Fabrics and Notions: Wool mix flannel Venezia lining Self made bias binding A dress in this relaxed syle rarely needs a zip closure- just make sure the neck is big enough for your head to get through.

red wool duffle coat

Red Duffle Coat

KitCat in red cashmere mix duffle coat (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Red cashmere mix coating Black chicken printed cotton Toggle buttons Viscose iron-on interfacing

orange boiled wool unlined jacket

Orange Boiled wool Unlined Jacket

Carole from our Cloth Club wearing her orange boiled wool unlined and unstructured jacket Fabrics and Notions: Burnt orange 100% boiled wool Pattern: Butterick 4707 (modified) Boiled wools vary in thickness and quality and thus vary in care instructions too – despite what the name suggests, a boiled wool with a high wool content is […]

abstract print viscose and elastane sun dress

Abstract Print Jersey Dress

Kit relaxing in her poly spandex slinky jersey dress Fabric and Notions: Printed Polyester Spandex printed single jersey Stay tape Pattern: Vogue 8358 This was the first time Kit had sewn jersey, and the first outing for the Vogue pattern, she was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. (I keep telling people this but […]

embroidered linen shift dress

Purple Embroidered Linen Shift Dress

Dee wears this elegant purple embroidered linen mix shift dress Fabrics and Notions: String embroidered linen mix Purple Venezia lining Medium weight knitted iron-on interfacing Invisible zip It is a good idea to make a toile (a roughly made up dress in inexpensive fabric) when making a shift dress with this flattering wide neck style […]

shell embroidered linin skirt with spotty frill

Green Linen Skirt Embellished with Shell Buttons

Clair wearing her green linen skirt embellished with lots of shell buttons and a spotty frill Fabrics and Notions: Green heavy linen Kaffe Fassett Green Spot print cotton Approx 45 shell buttons Fine piping cord and self made bias binding Embellishing a plain cloth with buttons or beads can be a really effective way of […]

purple linen shift with chiffon trim

Purple Rose Trim Shift Dress

Clair wearing her silk and linen scoop neck shift with rose chiffon trim. Fabrics and Notions: Purple silk and linen Purple Venezia lining Purple rose poly chiffon trim Invisible zip Pattern: Burda 3477

red robot print cotton dress

Red Robot Print A-Line Dress

Cheryl stood outside our shop wearing a red robot printed cotton dress Fabrics and Notions: Red robot print cotton Invisible zip Medium weight iron-on interfacing This style dress is easy to make and will often not even need a zip, a great choice for beginners, or those who want to knock something up quickly. For […]

plasticised cotton strawberry print marimekko raincoat

Strawberry Marimekko Raincoat

Bess testing the waterproofness of her strawberry print Marimekko proofed cotton, lined in Kaffe Fassett spotty print cotton and fastened with oversize green plastic buttons Fabrics and Notions: Proofed Cotton from Marimekko Kaffe Fassett spotty cotton lining 50mm green textured plastic buttons Viscose iron-on interfacing By lining a proofed fabric with cotton you regulate the […]

jersey and sequinned degree show dress

Jersey and Ombre Sequinned Mini Dress

Alice’s jersey and sequinned mini dress made for her degree collection. Fabrics and Notions: Viscose elastane single jersey Ombre printed sequinned tulle Stretch Iron-on Interfacing  

black jersey and faux fur degree show dress

Jersey and Faux Fur Dress

Alice’s jersey and faux fur midi tube dress made for her degree collection. Fabrics and Notions: Viscose elastane single jersey Black long pile faux fur Stretch iron-on interfacing  

jersey and sequin bodysuit

Jersey and Sequin Bodysuit

Alice’s jersey and sequinned bodysuit made for her degree collection. Fabrics and Notions: Viscose elastane single jersey Ombre printed sequinned tulle Elastic  

tina givens cupcake dress in pink and yellow spotty bubble cotton

Pink and Yellow Cupcake Outfit

KitCat with her Tina Givens cupcake ensemble in pink and yellow bubble cotton Fabrics and Notions: Pink and yellow spotty bubble cotton Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Button Elastic Pattern: Tina Givens Cupcakes Bubble cotton, like the rest of the seersucker cotton family, is a great choice of fabric for children as there is minimal ironing […]

Brandon Mabley vegetable print cotton shift dress

Vegetable Printed Cotton Dress

Clair wearing Martha Negley printed cotton shift dress Fabrics and Notions: Martha Negley printed cotton Venezia lining Fine piping cord and bias binding Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Invisible zip Pattern: Burda 3477

red spotty cotton ra-ra dress

Red Ra-Ra Dress

Red embroidered cotton ra-ra dress made by Clair Fabrics and Notions Red Cotton Embroidery Anglaise Invisible zip Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Pattern: Burda 5085

quilted cotton bag

Amy Butler Bag

Bag made up with Amy Butler printed fabric (the instructions and bag pattern is printed on to the fabric) Fabric and Notions: Amy Butler printed cotton Vilene fleece interlining Printed cotton lining

Brandon Mabley printed cotton dress and ruffle hem skirt

Kaffe Fassett Printed Cotton Dress and Skirt

Jane and Clair in matching ‘corporate colours’ dress and skirt using Kaffe Fassett printed Cotton Fabrics and Notions: (Jane) Kaffe Fassett printed cotton Piping and self made bias binding Cotton lawn (lining) Invisible zip Pattern: Simplicity 3881 Fabrics and Notions: (Clair) Kaffe Fassett printed cotton Venezia lining Invisible zip Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Pattern: Vintage […]

Black and White Chanel type tweed suit from Mahlia Kent

Black and White Cardigan Jacket

Clair wears black and white traditionally made cardigan jacket with matching straight skirt Fabrics and Notions: Mahlia black and white mixed fibres tweed Purple silk habotai lining Silk thread (for quilting) Beaded fur trim Decorative chain (for hem) Silk organza (stabilising) Salvaged Chanel ribbon The trick to making a cardigan jacket look authentic (amongst other […]

tina givens birdy printed cotton coat and trousers

Tina Givens Jacket and Trousers

KitCat wearing Tina Givens birdy printed cotton jacket and matching trousers (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Tina Givens printed cotton Medium weight iron-on interfacing Elastic Buttons

navy embroidered silk dupion wedding dress

Navy Blue Wedding Dress

Gemma wears Navy silk dupion wedding dress with embroidered and beaded silk dupion waist panel. (made by Lulu) Four-month-pregnant-Lulu wears printed viscose jersey wrap dress (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions (Gemma): Navy silk dupion Embroidered and beaded navy silk dupion Medium weight knitted iron-on interfacing Silk habotai lining Invisible zip Fine piping cord and […]

pink silk dupion party dress

Pink Silk Dupion Party Dress

KitCat posing in her silk dupion party dress for her God-monster’s wedding (Made by Clair) Fabrics and Notions: Shot pink silk dupion Cotton lawn (lining) Rick-rack braid Lightweight knitted iron-on interlining

red linen jersey a-line dress

Red Linen Jersey Dress

Bess dancing at her cousin, Gemma’s wedding, in her super-comfortable red linen cap sleeve jersey dress. Fabrics and Notions: Red linen single jersey Stay tape (shoulder seams) Pattern: Custom made

silk dupion dolly dress

Dolly Dress in Silk Dupion

KitCat sporting Dolly Annabelle’s dress as hat, made using the offcut silk dupion from her party dress and trimmed with ricrac braid (made by Clair) Fabrics and Notions: Silk Dupion (remnant) Ricrac Braid

Tina Givens printed cotton flared dress

Cotton Round-Neck Dress

Kit in her Tina Givens designed birdy print cotton dress with belt Fabrics and Notions: Tina Givens printed cotton Invisible zip Silk habotai (lining) Pattern: Very Easy Vogue 8469 Putting a lining under a cotton dress such as this immediately makes the dress feel more special, it adds weight which aids the drape, and helps […]

Turquoise spotty Kaffe Fassett cotton flared dress

Cotton V-Neck Dress

Kit wearing printed cotton dress with V-neck and in-seam pockets Fabrics and Notions: Kaffe Fassett spotty printed cotton Silk habotai (lining) Invisible zip Stay tape Cotton lawn iron-on interfacing Pattern: Vogue 8392

spotty cotton peter pan collar dress

Spotty Peterpan Collar Dress

Ottie in her sweet polka dot dress with button detailing and Peter-Pan collar. Fabrics and Notions: Red and white spot print cotton Red buttons Lightweight cotton lawn iron-on interfacing

Red laser cut spotty worsted wool tunic dress

Cut-out Spot Wool Worsted Dress

Ottie (age 14) wearing Laurent Garigue stretch worsted wool spot dress. (made all by herself) Fabrics and Notions: Bonded stretch worsted wool / nylon tulle Standard dress zip

red chicken printed cotton trousers

Chicken Trousers

KitCat sporting her red chicken printed cotton three quarter length trousers (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Chicken printed cotton Red and white frill trim Elastic

printed cotton ruffle hem skirt

Kaffe Fassett Turquoise Blue Frilled Skirt

Jane wearing her Kaffe Fassett printed cotton frilled knee length skirt (Made by Clair). Fabrics and Notions: Kaffe Fassett printed quilting weight cotton Velvet piping (for waist stabilising) Venezia and cotton lawn (for the frill) lining Pattern: Simplicity 3881

polka dot printed viscose and elastane dress

Black Polka Dot Jersey Dress

Bess in her black and white polka dot viscose jersey dress (So good she made it twice) Fabrics and Notions: Polka dot Viscose jersey Stay tape (shoulder seams) Polka dots are a great flattering print which withstand the fashion cycles. Bess wore this versatile dress to death and so made another one, it is so […]

black worsted wool frill skirt

Black Wool Worsted Frill Skirt

Jane wearing fine black wool worsted skirt with spotty satin lining. Fabric and notions: Black Worsted wool Spotty Polyester Satin (Frill lining) and Black Venezia (lining) Medium weight knitted Iron on interfacing Piping and piping cord Invisible zip Pattern: Simplicity 3881

cotton herringbone suiting skirt and jacket

Navy Linen and Cotton Herringbone Suit

Bess wearing Navy Linen and Cotton Herringbone suiting jacket and skirt. Fabric and Notions: Linen/Cotton Herringbone Doublecloth Suiting Venezia Lining Large anorak snap fasteners Invisible zip Viscose iron-on interfacing Pattern: Custom made (variation on a bought NafNaf suit)

cartoon print jersey dress

Cartoon Print Jersey Dress

Bess (the day after her wedding) wearing cartoon print jersey dress. Fabrics and Notions: Cartoon print cotton and elastane jersey Elastic Bess thought the jersey a bit lightweight for her taste so made it double (rather than lining it in a tricot which she didn’t feel was heavy enough). Also worn at Womad for her […]

red floral printed cotton lawn dress

Red and White Muslin Dress

Kitcat in Amsterdam modelling her super-soft printed muslin dress (Made by Jane) Fabrics and Notions: Red and white floral print cotton muslin White Riviera cotton lawn Shell button Using a cotton lining inside a fabric such as cotton muslin is not always a good idea as the fabrics are liable to ‘stick’, but in this […]

spotty tulle frill skirt

Black Spotty Tulle Skirt

Clair wears black spotty tulle skirt Fabric and Notions: Nylon flock spotted tulle Black fashion net Black Venezia lining Wide satin ribbon Invisible zip Bias Binding Pattern: Custom made (variation of bought Karen Millen skirt)

silk and linen mix shift wedding dress

Turquoise Silk and Linen Wedding Dress

Lulu wearing her lovely silk and linen shift wedding dress, holding her daughter, Kitcat, in her printed cotton seersucker ruffled dress and matching headband. Gemma to her right wears an embroidered cotton bridesmaid dress. Fabrics and Notions (Lulu): Turquoise silk and linen Silk habotai lining Silk organza feather trim Invisible zip Iron-on lightweight interfacing Fabrics […]

retro floral print panel dress

Vintage Floral Printed Linen Dress

Rebecca wearing her princess line floral print linen dress Fabric and Notions: Printed Linen Medium weight knitted iron-on interfacing Invisible zip Pattern: McCall’s 8107

purple needlecord frill skirt

Purple Needlecord Frill Skirt

Jane wearing Purple cotton needlecord frill skirt. Fabric and Notions: Cotton Needlecord Venezia and cotton lawn (for frill) Lining Medium weight iron-on knitted interfacing Piping and bias binding Invisible zip Pattern: Simplicity 3881

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)