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grey school pinafore dress

Grey Viscose Poly Elastane School Dress

Kitcat in her tiered skirt school pinafore dress Fabrics and Notions: Grey viscose poly elastane gaberdine Green and white gingham check cotton (lining bodice and tiers) Piping Concealed zip

wool tweed skirt

Mixed Fibre Tweed Skirt and Mohair Wool Coat

Jacoba in her mixed fibre tweed skirt and mohair and wool coat. Fabrics and Notions: Suit: Mixed fibres tweed Venezia lining Invisible zip Pattern: Butterick 4461 Coat: Wool mohair coating Viscose satin lining buttons Viscose iron-on interfacing

wool tweed double cloth zippy dress

Tweed Double Cloth Zip Panelled Pinafore Dress

Bess in her prototype tweed dress she made for her final collection with six zips opening up the panels (the zips have extra pullers so can be undone in a multitude of ways for different silhouettes). Fabrics and Notions: Laurent Garigue double sided wool tweed in charcoal and ivory Big spot poly satin Black continuous […]

sequin and organic cotton mini dress

Sequin Dress

Bess wearing her sequinned tulle and organic cotton jersey dress (made in one hour!) Fabrics and Notions Silver/Black penny sequinned tulle #1926 Black organic cotton jersey #2916 Stay tape Bess made sleeves and lined her sequin dress in cotton jersey because she is fairly intolerant when it comes to suffering for fashion (and sequins are […]

silk dupion strapless evening dress

Silk Dupion Bellville Sassoon Posh Frock

Jacoba wearing her posh shot silk dupion dress. Fabrics and Notions: Silk dupion Silk organza (interlining) Fluffy iron-on interlining (bodice) Boning Venezia lining Pattern: Bellville Sassoon for Vogue, 2481

quilted jersey jacket and jersey draped skirt

Quilted Hooded Jacket with Worsted Wool and Jersey Draped Skirt

Becky modelling Lucinda’s quilted cotton hooded jacket  with laser cut leaf embellishments, and worsted wool shaped yoke with jersey draped skirt (made using the Julian Roberts sub-cutting method) Fabrics and Notions: Skirt: Marble print viscose and elastane jersey Chocolate brown English worsted wool Red viscose and elastane jersey Invisible zip Jacket: Dyed calico Laser cut […]

cotton sweatshirting hoody with ears

Cotton Sweatshirting Hoody with Ears

Bess made this hoody with ears for her father (modelled here by her husband, Rob) out of white cotton sweat shirting which she dyed blue with Dylon machine dye. Fabrics and Notions: White cotton sweatshirting Navy Dylon dye Stay tape Wool wadding (for ears) Bess believed that EVERYONE should have a hoody with ears in […]

quilted jersey hoody with ears body warmer

Sleeveless Wool Wadding Quilted Jersey Hoody with Ears

Bess made this sleeveless hoody with ears for Lulu using the lightest, softest jersey and interlined with wool wadding (sold in bed sized sheets). Fabrics and Notions: Stripe viscose elastane jersey Charcoal Marl Viscose Elastane Jersey Wool wadding Binding

stretch velour mouse costume

Stretch Velour Mouse costume

Or is it a leopard? Kitcat wearing leopard print velour mouse costume ready to meet Father Christmas (who is very scary). Fabrics and Notions: Leopard print stretch velour Wadding (to stuff tail and ears) Elastic All made by Clair.

simple fleece skirt

Simple Fleece Skirt

Pip posing in printed fleece skirt made by Clair. Fabrics and Notions: Fleece Elastic.

smocked kaffe fassett christmas tree print dress

Christmas Smocked Cotton Dress

Miaow’s christmas tree print smocked cotton dress with petticoat made by Jane. Proper smocking is a laborious business, but Jane doesn’t get put off by labour. No detail was spared in the making of this outfit. It is amazing.  

silk dupion posh frock

Posh Silk Dupion Frock

Sue with her daughter in her shot red silk dupion posh frock (made in classes). Fabrics and Notions: Red shot silk dupion Venezia lining Invisible zip Lightweight iron-on interfacing Piping

reversible jersey dress with scoop neck and cap sleeves

Red Reversible Jersey Dress

Bess made this reversible jersey dress as a dummy run for her final collection. The plain side in a linen viscose jersey, and the spotty side is viscose elastane. The pattern was designed on the stand. Fabrics and Notions: Linen Viscose jersey Viscose elastane polka dot print jersey Lightweight knitted iron-on interfacing Stay tape  

wool and mohair skirt suit

Green Wool Boucle Skirt Suit

Skirt suit made by Carole using green wool bouclé from Scotland. Fabrics and Notions Green wool bouclé Self cover buttons Venezia lining Invisible zip Viscose iron-on interfacing Edge tape Pattern: McCall’s 5335

ballerina tutu and jersey wrap cardigan

Ballerina Tutu and Cardi

Kitcat ready for ballet in her dress net tutu and dyed organic cotton cardi made by Clair.  

big flower print a-line skirt

Big Flower Print Cotton Skirt

Jacoba wearing big flower print lined cotton skirt. Fabrics and Notions: Flower print cotton #1580 Cotton lawn lining Invisible zip Bias binding

pucci print silk crepe de chine dress

Pucci Style Multi Colour Print Silk Dress

Jacoba wearing Pucci inspired print silk crepe de chine dress. Fabrics and Notions: Printed silk crepe de chine Stay tape Lightweight iron-0n knitted interfacing Invisible zip

black and white polka dot print dress

Polka Dot Print Cotton Belted Dress

Jacoba wearing black and white polka dot printed cotton dress with collar detail and purchased belt. Fabrics and Notions: Polka dot print cotton Lightweight iron on knitted interfacing Invisible zip

tulip print stretch cotton sateen skirt

Printed Cotton Stretch Sateen Skirt

Jacoba wearing her John Kaldor tulip printed stretch cotton sateen skirt. Fabrics and Notions: John Kaldor tulip print stretch cotton sateen Invisible zip Medium weight iron-on knitted interfacing

red brocade skirt

Red Viscose Brocade Skirt

Jacoba wearing super-slinky and versatile red viscose brocade panelled skirt. Fabrics and Notions: Red viscose brocade Invisible zip Red Venezia lining Lightweight iron-on knitted interfacing

multicolour daisy print toddler dress with knickers

Flower Print Button-Back Dress

Kitcat’s daisy printed cotton a-line dress with daisy buttons and matching knickers. (Made for Kitcat by Jane) Fabrics and notions: Printed cotton Rickrack trim Daisy buttons Elastic Spotty bias binding  

ballerina tutu

Pale Pink Tulle Tutu

Kitcat wearing pale pink tulle tutu with satin trimmed waistband and bow made by Clair.  

baby tutu

Baby-gro Tutu

Miaow in bought baby-grow that Clair added pale pink tulle tutu to. So sweet! (I’m not biased)  

blue and white gingham dorothy dress

Blue and White Gingham Dorothy Dress

Blue and White Gingham Dorothy Dress made by Clair. Kitkat is only *slightly* obsessed with the Wizard of Oz. (this dress needs to be surgically removed, sometimes) Fabrics and Notions Blue and White Cotton Gingham White Poplin shirting Invisible zip Buttons White Cotton Stayflex iron-on interfacing Piping cord  

red jersey squid costume

Red Cotton Jersey Squid Costume

Fenton wearing his red cotton jersey squid costume made by his clever granny, Anna   Every child should have a squid costume!  

amy butler printed cotton button back top

Amy Butler top with contrast detailing and button-up back

Naomi in her fabulous Amy Butler tunic using two printed cottons Fabrics and Notions Amy Butler printed cotton Kaffe Fassett spot printed cotton Cover buttons Bias binding Light-weight knitted iron-on interfacing Pattern: Amy Butler tunic.  

spotty and gingham cotton frill dress

Cotton Spotty and Gingham Dress

Kitcat’s combined spotty/gingham dress Fabrics and Notions: Red and White cotton gingham Blue and red spotty printed cotton Rickrack trim

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 […]