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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)

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% […]