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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)

brown geo floral babycord shift dress with sleeves

Brown Geo Floral Babycord Shift Dress with Sleeves

Marion wearing her super dress made with brown and yellow geometric floral print cotton babycord, there are clever princess seams that are piped and curve out to the side seams below the waist, which is a very flattering design feature. Made and designed by Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead)

navy and white polka dot print viscose shirtwaister

Navy and White Polka Dot Print Viscose Shirtwaister

Sandra visiting the shop on a super sunny day wearing her light and breezy navy polka dot viscose shirtwaister dress. The pattern is McCall’s 6891 and has various length and sleeve options.  I suspect every girl needs one of these dresses, right?

viscose 'learn to sew' halterneck girl's dress

Butterfly Print Viscose ‘learn to sew’ Halterneck Girl’s Dress

Madeleine overjoyed with her butterfly print viscose halterneck dress made by Granny, Alisa. The Pattern is ‘learn to sew’ McCall’s 7589 as Alisa has had time out from sewing and needed to ease herself in gently, she was back for more fabric the following week so I think it worked!

floral stretch cotton sateen wide leg trousers

Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen Wide Leg Trousers

Aiste is showing off her fabulous wide leg trousers made up in floral print stretch cotton sateen using Burda vintage (re-published) pattern #6966, she used the narrower of the two options. The fit of these trousers is fantastic -partly due to the elastane content of the fabric but also because, for some reason, Burda trouser […]

Big digitally printed tulips on polyester twill a-line skirt

Big Digital Tulip Print Poly Twill A-line Skirt

Jacoba did an excellent job of making up this big digital tulip print polyester twill fabric into a simple A-line skirt. Lots of people are scared of big prints but when used carefully they are stunning.

rose print on black and white spotty stretch cotton sateen dress

Rose Print on Black and White Spotty Stretch Cotton Sateen dress

Jacoba in red roses on black and white polka dot print stretch cotton sateen dress. We’ve said this before and we shall say it again, Stretch Cotton Sateen is a girl’s best friend when it comes to shift dresses. You can look smart AND be comfortable! 👍 😀

pink floral and spotty cotton brocade dress

Pink Floral and Spotty Cotton Brocade Dress

This is Sophie who has a degree in Costume Design and keeps turning up at the shop with friends and family working out what she will make next. She is quite an inspiration. The pattern was drafted herself and is using a cotton brocade which is heavy enough to hold shape but drapey enough to swing […]

Purple Faux Fur Short Jacket

Purple Faux Fur Short Jacket

This luxurious Purple faux fur jacket was made by Pauline using Butterick 6328 pattern, which is illustrated here as overshirts but as you can see works very well in faux fur. The pattern is unlined but Pauline wanted lovely yellow satin inside so she drafted a lining pattern by the following method. The neatest and […]

green PVC peplum skirt

Bright Green Laminated PVC Peplum Skirt

Back when The Great British Sewing Bee were after applicants for the next show (before they went and upset the BBC) Pauline was rather hoping to get on it, and being the kind of person who will happily sew brown tweed and bunny print cotton most of the time she thought she better widen her […]

Watermelon print Cotton A-Line Dress

Watermelon Print Cotton A-Line Dress

Pauline made this delicious summery watermelon print cotton up into this great a-line dress from McCall’s (M2401). The cotton is pretty lightweight (somewhere between a lawn and a poplin) and could have got away with no lining but Pauline went for the smarter option and lined it in cotton voile.  

jersey mock wrap top and maxi skirt

Jersey Mock Wrap Top and Maxi Skirt

Sue had never sewn jersey before so approached this project with a little trepidation, a few days later she was showing off her skills with both the white wrap top made in cotton and elastane jersey and the maxi skirt made in multicolour digital print lightweight viscose and elastane jersey. I think it is fair […]

Spring Green Cotton Jersey with inset Lace T-Shirt

Spring Green Cotton Jersey with Inset Lace T-Shirt

Jane B made this fresh and lovely spring green cotton jersey top with lace inset on the shoulder. She used Butterick 6418 view D – made longer – but bound the neckline as it would not have worked simply turning a hem over.  Very pleased with it! 👏

waterfall hem jersey tunic top in magazine print and stripes

Waterfall Hem Tunic in Magazine Print and Stripes Viscose Jersey

Wendy visited the shop all the way from Welsh Wales to check us out ‘in the flesh’ (we don’t think she was disappointed). We couldn’t resist getting a photo as she was wearing this fab tunic Katherine Tilton for Vogue patterns. We love the combination of the two prints which just look spectacular together. Thumbs […]

Silver Stretch Brocade Fitted Shift Dress

Silver Stretch Brocade Fitted Shift Dress

Frances made up this fabulous silver grey stretch brocade shift dress for her sister who was needing an outfit for her son’s wedding – she didn’t want anyone else to turn up wearing the same dress! She knew what she wanted and was delighted with the result (Obv!) The pattern was copied from a dress that was bought […]

Pink and Turquoise Spotty Raincoat

Pink Spotty Kid’s Raincoat

Anna from I ❤️ Sewing made this funky little fully lined spotty raincoat from laminated cotton and finished it off with snap fasteners

digital print meadow floral cotton canvas skirt

Meadow Digital Print Cotton Canvas Ruffle Skirt

Ann came in smiling wearing this skirt that gets her stopped in the street to ask her where it’s from 🙂 Made from meadow print slightly brushed cotton canvas with just a centre back seam, elasticated waist and a ruffle hem. It only took an afternoon which is fairly impressive, until you see every single […]

Wide Leg Crepe Simplicity Trousers

Floral Print Wide Leg Trousers

Here we have Lyn who only nipped in to replace some fabric that was spoiled by a bad iron but was collared for a photo on the way wearing her Simplicity floral print polyester crepe trousers that look both smart AND comfy.

Grey stripe velour hooded sweatshirt made by Pearl at the Steiner School

Grey Stripe Velour Hooded Sweatshirt

Pearl made this grey stripe velour hooded sweatshirt at the Steiner School, great care was taken lining up the pocket so the stripes stayed straight, which can’t have been easy in this fabric but she did exceptionally well 🙂 👏 👍

washed heavy linen green coat

Green Linen Coat with Grosgrain Trim

Bess made this heavy washed green linen coat on a weekend retreat by staying up practically all night for two nights and not skiving at all. She had even come prepared with her two grosgrain trims sewn to each other already and the pattern fully adjusted to fit and toile tweaked. The linen had been pre-washed […]

Raspberry Heavy Washed Linen for Mother-of-the-Groom Dress

Raspberry Heavy Washed Linen for Mother-of-the-Groom Dress

Here is Andy (the Mother of the Groom) wearing a fabulous raspberry heavy washed linen dress made for her by Anna Ash of  I ❤️ Sewing . The pattern is Vogue V1410 which has a wrap front rather than a front opening. The whole point of dressmaking is making exactly what you want* so of course these details are […]

floral viscose twill jumpsuit

Floral Viscose Twill Jumpsuit

You know those days when you make something and you decide it is a mistake so you hide it away, and then a few days/weeks/years later you try it on again and decide actually it’s fine? This is one of those projects. Pauline came into the shop wearing it and it looks fab (we were […]

cars and landscape print cotton shirt

Cars and Landscape Print Cotton Shirt

Another superb shirt made by Rachel and modelled here by Luke. Again the fabric is a quilting weight cotton which is great for casual shirts. There is a light knit interfacing in the collar, cuffs and front placket.

Digital print viscose jersey wrap t-shirt

Digital Print Viscose Jersey Wrap T-Shirt

Jane busy sampling wearing her digital print viscose jersey mock wrap t-shirt made by Bess. The Pattern is Kay Unger for Vogue V1519 which has a cap sleeve, Bess used the sleeve off another top (that just so conveniently fitted) so as to have a longer one. As it was quite a complicated design and […]

pink felted wool kimono coat

Candy Pink Felted Wool Coat

Lauren made this amazing kimono sleeved coat for her final year degree show using pink felted wool coating. It’s tied together through oversized eyelets, has an extended hem at the back and an embellished shawl collar. Soooo beautiful!

Printed pajamas in brushed cotton

Printed Pajamas in Brushed Cotton

Two little sweeties here (like butter wouldn’t melt) wearing their printed brushed cotton pajamas made by Aiste. Love the funky flared cut. 

Wool Tweed Ulster Coat

Blue and Red Wool Tweed Ulster Coat

Emma from Sweden is wearing her classic wool tweed 1970’s ulster made from the wonderful navy wool tweed she bought in the Autumn. She also made her dog a matching coat! 🙂 She loves the fabric! The pattern is Very Easy Vogue 8699 from the 1970’s, (see picture). She made the coat a bit longer […]

Plummy Pink Wool Melton Coat with Shawl Collar

Plummy Pink Wool Melton Coat with Shawl Collar

The lovely Wendy with her plummy pink shawl collar jacket-weight wool Melton coat. It is super soft and lightweight, the lightness is continued with wool wadding in the collar and front facing. It is lined in jacquard coat lining, and there are tailored shoulder pads to add shape and help with the structure. There were a […]

Roy Wood stage coat in bottle green and wine red wool crepe

Roy Wood Wool Crepe Stage Coat

This bottle green wool crepe coat with wine red cape was made by Catherine Davis as a remake of an original stage coat worn by Roy Wood (from Wizard & Electric Light Orchestra). Time was limited and decisions over the colours had to be done on the telephone which is not something we recommend but […]

Blue Cotton Lace Shift Dress

Blue Cotton Lace Shift Dress with Sleeves

Julie at her daughter’s graduation wearing the navy lace shift dress she made with fuchsia pink lining (the Champagne was made in France). This looks like a very simple dress that is easy to make but as with many simple things, the devil is in the detail and Julie has become an expert on fitting dresses beautifully […]

best dressed lemon curd pots in town

Best Dressed Lemon Curd Pots in Town

To suggest lemon curds can’t go on the catwalk would be discrimination against lemons, and these hats in yellow and multicolour underwater print cotton are fabulous.

Jacquard wool mix jersey batwing asymmetric dress

Jacquard Wool Mix Jersey Batwing Asymmetric Dress

Aiste playing with jersey again here with a jacquard weave heavy wool mix knit. The pattern was taken (and modified) from a purchased top. The fit is fabulous – this is why we love jersey! and the asymmetric cut makes it interesting from all angles.

green floral viscose elasticated waist dress

Green Floral Viscose Elasticated Waist Dress

Kitcat in the shop for the holidays wearing her elasticated waist viscose dress made by Jane using Burda pattern 9367 (age 9). Jersey bias was used for the elastic casing and was set lower so the fabric blouses up. a drawstring was added to the front and the same jersey bias was used to case […]

Multicolour digital print poly lightweight jersey skirt

Multicolour Digital Print Poly Lightweight Jersey Skirt

Aiste had a moderate case of P.S.F. (phobia of stretchy fabrics) which we said was irrational and she should get over it. So she did. This is her first attempt at sewing jersey – possibly not the easiest of choices but The Girl Did Good, the stitching is beautiful and we think this might be […]

pleather bootleg trousers

Black Pleather Bootleg Trousers

Did you know you can sew yourself sassy? Rachel couldn’t help but wiggle and saunter about in these leather look trousers she made using a viscose stretch trousering with a PVC coating. They make her happy therefor we are happy 🙂

best dressed mannequin in Totnes

Floral Print Polyester Twill Dress

Here we have the headless beauty Molly the Dolly modelling the kind of dress only mannequins can model -namely that pins are poked into her at strategic places to hold it just so. Don’t do this at home kids 😉 The fabric is an amazing polyester twill that has wonderful saturated colours in the floral print. It […]

green proofed linen raincoat with pixel daisy organic cotton lining

Green Proofed Linen Raincoat

Miaow wearing the proofed linen raincoat made for her by Jane using #32 Ottobre pattern from the winter 6/12 catalogue. It is lined in pixel daisy print quilting weight organic cotton (which adds a reasonable amount of weight). It has been top stitched with pink thread (two standard threads through the same eye of the needle), Also […]

Vinyl records print man's shirt

Vinyl Records Print Shirt

Rachel made this fabulous vinyl records print shirt for Luke, perfectly matching everything, of course. Shirtmaking is an art Rachel has mastered to a tee. The fabric is a quilting weight cotton which is on the heavy side for a shirt but great for casual (and fun!) projects. There is a light knit interfacing in the collar, cuffs […]

1970's Simplicity Jumpsuit

1970’s Denim Jumpsuit

Pauline made this fabulous denim jumpsuit using a 1970’s jumpsuit pattern from Simplicity (3322), she used a soft medium weight linen mix denim with floral painted buttons and hand embroidered pocket details.