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Black wide leg wool trousers with striped braid

Black Stretch Wool Trousers with Stripe Braid Side Seams

Bess was covetting those Gucci wide leg trousers spotted on the interweb for AGES and then eventually gave in and made herself some. Never mind the fact the Gucci ones would never have fitted these have saved her a small fortune (which she can spend on more fabric). The pattern is Burda 6613, the wool […]

Black Pinstripe double wool jersey hoody

Black and White Pinstripe Hoody

Bess made this hoody from an old Burda pattern on the day before going off to a festival and realising she had nothing warm for the evenings. Being somewhat busy she got up a bit early and made it before breakfast – even though it was a pattern she hadn’t used before (needed to be […]

space print pyjamas made by Miaow (mostly by herself)

Space Rocket Print Cotton Jersey Pyjamas

Miaow made these space print cotton jersey pyjamas with a little help from Granny (Jane). Hardly any help really, Mia pinned out the pattern onto the fabric, cut them out, overlocked them together and even made ‘Arfur’ the rabbit a matching nightshirt and nightcap. The only thing Jane did was hem them (which she did […]

tropical toucan print viscose piqué playsuit

Tropical Toucan Print Viscose Piqué Playsuit

Miaow very pleased indeed with the viscose piqué playsuit granny made her (Jane). The print is huge and you barely get a toucan across that waif-like chest but it looks fabulous, don’t you think? Mia thinks so! The pattern came out of the Burda magazine (06/2018)  

red designer print cotton voile shirt dress

Red Designer Print Cotton Voile Dress

The lovely Sian here visiting all the way from Australia* wearing her lovely red cotton voile shirt dress that she made with her purchases from her last visit. The pattern is Burda 6353 (lengthened in the skirt), it’s lined in an equally fine cotton lawn  to keep the lightness and coolness. (and it is very […]

nani IRO print linen from Kokka made up using Vogue 1412 Karl Lagerfield sewing pattern

Nani IRO printed Linen Karl Lagerfield for Vogue Dress

Jane made up this old Karl Lagerfield pattern FINALLY after it lurking in the pattern drawer for nearly 20 years. The Linen is the Japanese designer nani IRO for Kokka. Jane had a bit of tweaking to get it right – too small on the bust but massive everywhere else – such as life goes […]

towelling jersey hoody

Towelling Jersey Hoody

Miaow on the beach wearing the the big beachy hoody Jane made for her. The pattern is McCall’s 7044 (Jane extended the length). A twin needle was used for the hems, all the seams were done in a jiffy on the overlocker.

jersey circular skirt made by Kitcat (age 11)

Jersey Circular Skirt

Kitcat (age 11) made this viscose jersey skirt more or less all by herself. We would say she is clever but don’t want to be accused of favouritism 😉. No pattern used, just a circle and a straight elasticated waistband 😊

tilly and the buttons arielle skirt

Coloured Denim Arielle Skirt and Viscose Blouse

This is Joy who came by the shop wearing this fabulous outfit of chartreuse geometric print viscose lawn blouse (New Look K6471) with a turquoise coloured denim skirt (the Arielle by Tilly and the Buttons). ❤️❤️❤️

evil eye print cotton poplin

Eye Print Cotton Poplin Sleeveless Shirt

Bess made up this sleeveless shirt using a fabulous eye print poplin cotton. The pattern is taken and amended from an old White Stuff shirt, the buttons are wiggly eye buttons but how long they will last is debatable as she keeps ironing over them! As the poplin is very stable and Bess wanted the […]

Washed Linen Cuff Top

Washed Linen Assembly Line Cuff Top

This is a woven shot lightweight linen top made by Sue in France using the Assembly Line cuff top pattern. It’s a lovely simple make with elasticated cuffs, she plans to make it up in velvet for Christmas pressies. Perfect!

a pair of strawberry print t-shirts

Strawberry Print T-Shirts (a pair of strawberry tarts)

When we received the email entitled ‘a pair of strawberry tarts’ we weren’t quite sure what we were opening. 🙀 This is Rachel and Rachel wearing their matching strawberry print cotton and elastane jersey t-shirts along with wolfy the dog (whippet the whippet was locked outside after rolling in fox excrement). This is possibly our […]

yellow seersucker pineapple print cotton dress

Yellow Seersucker Sundress

Jane made this lovely pineapple print yellow seersucker sundress for Mioaw, she chose the fabric herself which has proved a good move as she has lived in it all summer (YAYYYY!). The pattern is Burda 9417.    

White Broderie Anglaise dress from Burda magazine 06/2018

White Broderie Anglaise Dress

Bess nearly didn’t make this white cotton broderie anglaise dress because she was worried about cursing the summer but in the end decided 2018 sunshine was a dead-cert. Yayyy for proper summers! The pattern came out of the June 2018 Burda magazine, it’s supposed to have wing type things over the armholes but Bess decided […]

rainbow stripe print viscose jersey t-shirt

Rainbow Print Viscose T-Shirt

Bess couldn’t resist this dichroic glass mirror in Amsterdam for a selfie of her rainbow print viscose T-Shirt (pattern drafted from a fallen apart Great Plains linen T-Shirt). The neck is bound with the same jersey and a stay tape is inserted on the shoulder seam to keep it stable. Photobomb of Kitcat was unavoidable.

evil eye patch iron-on patches on sweatshirt

Black Sweatshirt with Eye Patches

Bess embellished this simple black sweatshirt with iron-on eye patches, she intends to sew them on but so far (6 months down the line) they are mostly still attached so in the name of indolence she hasn’t done it yet. She will. Honest.

yello linen self drafted circular skirt dress

Yellow Self Drafted Linen Dress

This is Braenna wearing her self drafted yellow linen circular skirt dress; made all on her own in the summer holidays. Isn’t she amazing? We ❤️❤️❤️!

space travel print cotton jersey t-shirt

Space Travel T-Shirt

Rachel in her brilliant space travel print t-shirt using a self drafted pattern. The neck is bound with the same jersey cut binding. 😍😍😍

Japanese nani IRO printed linen shift dress

nani IRO Printed Linen Shift Dress

Jane wearing her superb self drafted shift dress made up in Japanese nani IRO printed linen. Lined in Venezia and piped with fine satin (self made) piping. Isn’t it fabulous? And we ❤ the shoes too!

floral print spotty brocade pleated skirt

Pleated Brocade Spotty Floral Print Skirt

Daiga full of the joys of summer in this wonderful floral print spotty jacquard pleated skirt using a knipmode pattern. 😍😍😍 This is the first time Daiga has made a pleated skirt and drew it first on her MyBodyModel, which is frankly a stroke of GENIUS 😊

pink dogtooth jacquard jersey shift dress

Pink and Plum Dogtooth Jacquard Jersey Dress

Julie made up this super jacquard jersey into a three quarter sleeve dress and is really pleased with it (as are we!). The pattern is self drafted and works brilliantly with this stable jersey that behaves much like a ponte roma jersey does (although this is a lighter/looser weave).  

bluebell velour stretch dress

Bluebell Velour Dress

Daiga here again in this super flattering and beautiful bluebell velour stretchy dress. FABULOUS!  

vera wang wedding dress made up in ivory silk brocade

Ivory Vera Wang Wedding Dress

Prue made this amazing Vera Wang wedding dress in silk brocade. The pattern is discontinued #2118 but sometimes you can find them on Etsy and such like. There are 32 tiny little fiddly buttons down the back which for that alone Prue should get a medal, but how stunning is this dress? (the answer is […]

Black pure British wool worsted suiting pinafore dress with pleats

Black Wool Pleated Pinafore Dress

Clair teaching in Sunny Spain wearing this beautiful Black British pure worsted wool pinafore dress, the pattern is self-drafted and the pleats were a dream to press. She says it’s too good for work but she’s always worn lovely clothes to work (she used to work for us and we can verify she always wore lovely clothes then).

hot pink and acid yellow rose print stretch cotton sateen shift dress made from Wendy Ward's book The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Acid Yellow and Hot Pink Rose Print Shift Dress

Moira sent us this pic of her wearing this amazing hot pink and acid yellow rose print stretch cotton sateen shift dress made from the Wendy Ward’s “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” Book. Isn’t it fabulous?  

indigo blossom print japanese cotton francoise dress from Tilly and The Buttons

Blossom Print Japanese Cotton Françoise Shift Dress

Karen came to the shop wearing this brilliant blossom print Japanese cotton shift dress, she made it using the Tilly and the Buttons Françoise pattern, it has been lengthened and a with bit of tweaking to the french darts (hardly visible in this fabric) this has become a firm favourite in Karen’s wardrobe. This cotton has […]

worsted wool trench coat using ready to sew Jack pattern

Worsted Wool Trench Coat

Lis made this amazing trench coat using worsted wool suiting. She lined it with floral print cotton lawn wine red lining fabric for the sleeves to make to easy to slip on and off. It sewed up beautifully and Lis loves wearing it. 😊  The pattern is Jack from Ready to Sew you can find Lis on […]

multicolour parrot print cotton canvas print dress kwik sew K4097

Multicolour Parrot Print Canvas Dress

The wonderful Julie cheering up a decidedly grey day with this amazing parrot print heavy cotton canvas made up into the Kwik Sew K4097 dress. We love it. We love it!  

needlecord shirtwaister dress

Navy Blue Needlecord Shirtwaister

The lovely Sandra here modelling her navy blue needlecord/babycord cotton shirtwaister with matching classic marble effect buttons. The pattern is McCall’s 4769. She is really please (as she should be) and has had a lot of wear out of it 😊).  

red and cream spotty silk twill shift dress

Red and Cream Spotty Silk Twill Shift Dress

Petra sent us this pic of her dress made up using spotty silk twill from LG. You will notice the spots are arranged inline rather than offset which makes them a super finnickity to match but she did it really well. She said: A week ago I googled dress fabric shops in the uk and […]

royal blue wool crepe shift dress with sleeves

Royal Blue Wool Crepe Shift Dress

I know we always say this but is there anything out there better and more versatile than a wool crepe? Here we have Bernie (from French France) at her son’s wedding (in the UK) wearing this lovely shift dress expertly fitted by Bernie’s teacher Brigitte. The pattern was out of the Burda magazine (and they […]

Sorona and Linen mix closet case patterns Kalle Shirt

Navy Linen and Sorona Mix Kalle Shirt

Sue (from French France) made this fabulous linen and Sorona mix shirt using the Closet Case Patterns ‘Kalle Shirt’, Sorona is a new fibre made from corn starch that we hope will take off because added to linen it adds a fabulous softness and suppleness (less creases! Yayy!!). Sue used a bias maker to make […]

white linen jersey with sequinned rick rack trim

Linen Jersey Cardigan with sequin Trim and Iron-On Patch

Bess made this fab linen jersey cardigan using her tried-and-tested t-shirt pattern that has been cut up the front. The trim is a sequinned rick rack. It is possible Bess’s life is complete now there is sequinned rickrack in the world.  (more…)

foxglove purple felted wool child's coat

Purple Felted Wool Child’s Coat

Catharine made this delightful coat for her daughter, she said she doesn’t normally send in photos but has had so many compliments about this coat she decided she really ought to share. The fabric is a lovely foxglove felted wool from LG. Lined with her favourite Frozen fabric (not from us) and sleeves lined with […]

LG multicolour stripe tweed coat

Stripe Tweed from LG Wrap Coat

Sarah out on the river with her amazing technicolour stripe tweed coat. Belted, and lined in vivid turquoise lining (you will just have to take our word for it there). 😍

pussycat and floral digital print viscose jersey t-shirt

PussyCat and Floral digital print T-Shirt

Bess made up this T-Shirt for Lulu (her sister – not the mannequin) , the pattern is Vogue elements 9926 size small with xs sleeve, zigzag hems and a self bound neck. It took 1 hour (most of which was looking for scissors)

feather print cotton and elastane t-shirt

Feather Print T-Shirt

Bess made up this feather print T-Shirt for her little sister using lovely stable Cotton and Elastane Jersey with lots of stretch that makes the binding on the neck a cinch. Plus there is the added bonus that as the fabric is so wide and Lulu is such a squinge Bess can make up the […]

seaweed and underwater print child's sundress and matching sun hat

Child’s Cotton Dress and Matching Hat

This is Christine’s Granddaughter Georgia, who was nearly 5. She’d just been to stay, and as soon as her parents had dropped her off she wanted to ‘do sewing – a hat and a dress!’ They found a lovely free bucket hat pattern online – from Oliver + s – a PDF, a first for […]

dusky purple wool melton coat with psychedelic print satin lining

Dusky Purple Wool Melton Coat with Psychedelic Lining

Here we have Melody with her dusky purple coat made up beautifully and lined in psychedelic digital print poly satin. The pattern is the Clare Coat from Closet Case patterns. Melody said the printed pattern is not the best but their site has a brilliant tutorial for making it. It comes as a zipped version […]

seagull print cotton jersey t-shirt

Seagull Print Cotton and Elastane Jersey T-Shirt

Lynn has been making clothes for herself, friends and family for years. She works mostly in soft furnishings and upholstery now so making clothes is a real treat, and what a treat this t-shirt is? Made from 95% Cotton 5% Elastane lightweight jersey with a fun seagull print (seagulls are not best friends in Devon but […]

self-drafted lightweight polyester satin vest top

Taupe Geometric Print Polyester Satin Vest Top

Trish came to the shop wearing her fabulous taupe geometric print polyester satin vest top, she self drafted the pattern (clever old sticks our customers are). This top is as versatile as a top can be – perfect for a trip to the shops but equally at home dressed up with some snazzy trousers for […]

embroidered denim Cleo by Tilly and the Buttons dungaree dress

Embroidered Denim Cleo Dress

Heather in the sunshine wearing her lovely embroidered denim Cleo dress by Tilly and the Buttons. Sooooo Good!  

geo print cotton needlecord dress

Geo Print Cotton Needlecord Dress

Marion wearing her mauve and blue geometric print cotton needlecord shift dress with short sleeves and princess seams. made and designed by Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead)

multicolour stripe pattern dress

Multicolour Stripe Stretch Cotton Dress

We have been looking at this stretch cotton sateen multicolour stripe for a while thinking “something FANTASTIC could be made out of this”, and here we have the proof. Marion, with her dress made and designed by the clever stick Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead). We love the chevron detailing on the back, and […]

linen colour block shift dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Pamela sent us this photo after a season of wearing this self proclaimed favourite dress made up from her stash of heavy linen. Aside from the generally pleasing aesthetics of a colour block dress you get to do some quality stash busting. Win/Win! For the best results use like fabrics (weight/drape) and make sure they […]

green and black spotty ponte roma jersey long sleeve dress

Spotty Green Ponte Jersey Dress

Patricia working in the shop wearing her fabulous cut and super comfy long sleeve ponte roma dress. (Pattern cut herself)

tulip statement print poly twill taffeta shift dress and wool crepe bolero jacket

Tulip Print Shift Dress with Wool Crepe Bolero Jacket

The lovely Anne here in full glory doing the Mother of the Bride thing wearing this statement tulip print poly twill taffeta dress and classic wool crepe bolero jacket. Anne had help matching the tulips at a sewing class in Bath (the pattern is Vogue 8997). The wool crepe in the bright pink for the jacket […]

silver satin prom dress with guipure lace

Silver Satin Prom Dress with Guipure Lace

Penney made up this dress for her daughter Rosie using silver satin and overlaid on the bodice with silver guipure lace, originally the plan was to have the lace all over but they opted (quite rightly, we think) to stick to just the bodice, even though Penney had already matched up all the pieces (doh!). […]

tweedy check wool flannel jacket and navy worsted wool trousers

Wool Check Tweedy Flannel Jacket and Worsted Trousers

Emma sent us this pic of her brilliant jacket and trousers combo using an ex designer tweedy wool flannel check for the jacket with leather accents, and worsted wool for the trousers. She cuts the patterns herself (our customers are clever aren’t they?)

green linen jersey with scroll sequin trim

Green Linen Jersey Cardigan with Sequin Trim

Bess made this green linen jersey cardigan purely because she needed an excuse to use the fantastic scroll sequin trim. This trim is not confined to cardigans, and whilst it may look like it is a pig to attach it really wasn’t (Bess sewed it by hand). The pattern is a basic t-shirt pattern with bust […]

white broderie anglaise embroidery dress

White Broderie Anglaise Shift Dress

White Broderie Anglaise embroidered cotton dress made by Jane for Lulu using Vogue pattern 1942 (discontinued). IT is trimmed with turquoise blue satin bias, soft cotton bias and piping around the neck, and lined in cotton voile.    

peacock print cotton jersey dress

Peacock Print off the Shoulder Dress

Aiste made this most fabulous green peacock print cotton and elastane jersey made up with black ribbing on the neck and cuffs (cut on the fly – as is Aiste’s speciality)