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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.    

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

pink tweed coat on top of the devon cliff

Pink Wool Tweed Casual Jacket

Bess on top of the South Devon Cliffs wearing her fabulous pink tweed jacket that was made by Jane a couple of Birthday’s ago and still going strong. The lining is chartreuse satin lining on the sleeves and multicolour chevron printed cotton (quilting weight) for the body. The collar and facings are red jumbo corduroy because […]


Grey Bouclé Tufted Tweed Dress with Velvet Gimp Trim

Jane made this “Channel” inspired dress using a LG tufted bouclé mixed fibre tweed for her daughter Lulu. The pattern is a discontinued Mizrahi vogue pattern that has been altered by adding a sleeve. The whole dress was quilted to purple silk habotai lining – Jane cut all the pieces bigger and recut after the quilting […]

porcupine faux fur gilet with leopard print Liberty tana lawn lining

Porcupine Faux Fur Gilet

Jane made these fabulous porcupine faux fur gilets for Kitcat and Miaow (grandchildren). Lined in Leopard/Jaguar Print Liberty Tana Lawn. Because they are such squinges Jane managed to cut all pieces out of the width of the fabric (just 40cm). Hoorah for squinges!

Cotton Dobby Voile School Shirt

White Dobby School Shirt

School shirts don’t have to be made out of polyester to be easy care, why are all the school shirts in the shops either horrid stiff cotton or polyester? Jane makes Kitcat and Miaow’s school shirts in supersoft cotton dobby lawn which hardly needs ironing at all, just flatten the collar and they are good to go! Made using […]

green cotton and modal school jumper

Green School Jumper

Miaow told Jane that she didn’t want her to make her school jumper because she was too slow, she wanted Bess to make it…. which was a cunning plan of a 7 year old to get granny proving otherwise. The jumper was made the very same day as the request, and in the post for her […]

Turquoise sequinned tulle dress

Turquoise Mermaid Blue Sequinned Dress

Jane made this sequinned tulle dress for her grandchildren Kitcat and Miaow (they share). The armholes are bound in lightweight satin bias binding, the hem is taken up with turquoise lycra binding and the neck has a plain mandarin collar made from cotton jersey so the scratchy sequin factor is minimised. This dress makes all the […]

kitsch cat digital print jersey dress

Kitsch Cats Print Jersey Dress

Kitcat wearing her terribly kitsch cat digital print cotton and elastane jersey long sleeved dress (made by Jane). The pattern is Burda 8455 but Jane pieced together the yoke and hem so as not to cut up the print. Kitcat is such a squinge it is cut to age 6 but lengthened in sleeve and […]

Orange spotty short sleeve shirt with daisy buttons

Orange Spotty Cotton Shirt

Jessie wearing her orange polka dot cotton short sleeve shirt made by Jane with daisy buttons and no interfacing. If the sun doesn’t shine in the glorious British summer just wear orange.


Alice in Wonderland Sleepwear

Kitcat and Miaow with their Alice in Wonderland print cotton jersey nightime ensembles (complete with matching nightie for Ayla the dolly.). Made by Jane, who doesn’t at all spoil her grandchildren.

Harry potter cape costume

Harry Potter Costume

Mia casting spells in the bathroom wearing her Harry Potter costume made by Jane for World Book Day. The cape was made to directions found on in Black poly viscose elastane suiting and lined in burgundy heavy poly satin lining. (We bought the wand and the badge on Ebay).

Kitcat stood by fireplace wearing jimjams

Embroidered Whales Seersucker Jimjams

Kitcat wearing her whale embroidered babydoll nightie and cropped jimjams made by Jane (the granny). The babydoll is Butterick pattern 6659 cut out in a size 6 despite Kitcat being 9 (she is tiny). A few different shorts were made but only one pair had the wales the right way up due to the new […]

sequinned dress singing little angel

Sequinned Dress for a little Angel

Kitcat singing us all Christmas carols in her sequinned dress made by Jane. It is lined in heavy tricot and the armholes and neck are bound with jersey binding. You get fabulous movement with this sequinned fabric as each sequin is black on one side and silver on the other, so every move is exaggerated […]

black polka dot printed viscose jersey top and pencil skirt

Black Jersey Ensemble for an 8 (going on 18) Year Old

Kitcat wearing her black jersey skirt and cropped T-shirt which she made HERSELF. Jane helped (with hyper alertness) as Kitcat was burning along at break-neck speed with the overlocker. There is probably a really important life-lesson learned here but we are not quite sure which it is, or for whom. Meanwhile, Kitcat has a fabulous outfit […]

Lurex and polyester brocade zipped bodice

Brocade Zipped Bodice

Lulu wearing her cloqué brocade bodice made by Jane. It is lined in cotton poplin as we needed something a bit beefier than normal lining to protect her sensitive skin from the lurex. The neck and armholes are bound with jersey bias. Because the zip needs to be open end and colours are limited the zip […]

dobby cotton school blouses

White Dobby Cotton School Shirts

Kitcat and Miaow all ready for school wearing their blouses made by Jane and Elwen in dobby weave cotton voile. The pattern is Burda 9417, there was an awful lot of ‘awwwwww! soooo sweeeeeeet!’ coming from the sewing room when they were making these, especially those cute little puff sleeves. Kitcat has little black and […]

floral stretch cotton sateen shift dress with cap sleeves

Blue Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen Shift with Cap Sleeves

Jane at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition flaunting her floral stretch cotton sateen dress. The pattern comes from her block -which if you look at flat on the table looks absolutely barmy but fits her fabulously so don’t argue- Symmetrical, she is not! The dress is lined in Venezia and there is a concealed zip up […]

spotty cotton shirt and rococo printed stretch denim skirt

Spotty Summer Shirt and Printed Stretch Denim Skirt

Jane’s daughter Jessie wearing her LG polka dot printed cotton short sleeve shirt and her Rococo printed stretch indigo denim skirt. Jane wasn’t sure her 40+ year old daughter would want daisy buttons but she did. The skirt had to be taken in a bit because that denim is quite stretchy. The pattern for the shirt […]

embroidered and hand painted Italian linen shirt

Hand Painted Linen Shirt

Jane’s shirt made up once again in an embroidered and hand painted Linen from Italy. Jane was pleased with how economical this shirt was, getting all of it out of a metre (the facings were cut from the unpainted selvedges) -handy when the fabric is £85.00mt!

Floral digital printed cotton canvas shift dress

Floral Digital Print Shift Dress

Jane wearing her floral digitally printed cotton dress. This cotton is a light canvas type with a soft brushed finish. The pattern is Jane’s block which just has bust and waist darts so the pattern is minimally cut. The dress is unlined and has an invisible zip.    

embroidered and hand painted Italian linen dress

Possibly the Poshest Embroidered Linen Dress in the World

Jane’s amazing embroidered Italian Linen dress. This fabric is hand painted on top of the embroidery and doesn’t come cheap –it’s enlightening to discover what things cost when they are made properly and the artisans are paid a fair wage. With such an amazing fabric you only need a very simple shift pattern, Jane used her block which just […]

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Lulu wearing her Tom and Linda Platt (Vogue 1348) yellow and turquoise poly/lurex brocade dress, made by Jane. The pattern has box pleats with bizarre instructions (Jane followed them once then did the rest her way). It has a concealed zip, silk underlining and velvet ready made piping around the armholes and neck. There is a petticoat in […]

Desigual inspired brocade embellished coat

Brocade Desigual Inspired Coat

Lulu wearing her Desigual inspired coat made by Jane using an assortment of brocade suitings, odd buttons and various trims. She used an old Vogue pattern (V2005) which has been made up a number of times for Lulu in various fabrics and always works. It is lined in vivid chartreuse green satin lining with a […]

moonstone embroidered silk moroccain dress

Moonstone Beaded Silk Dress with Tail

Jane made this silver grey Silk Moroccain crepe cowl neck wedding dress for her eldest daughter, Jessie. It is beaded with thousands of moonstone chips (Jane has the patience of a saint). To ensure the fabric had enough strength the silk was blocked onto Venezia lining (those chips are very heavy). All in all the […]

Liberty blossom print tana lawn cotton dress in Vintage Vogue pattern

Liberty Tana Lawn Cotton Print Vintage Vogue Dress

Amazing Liberty blossom printed Tana Lawn cotton dress made using the Vintage Vogue Pattern V2960 (the dress has been altered from the pattern), made by Jane for Lulu. If you can’t face the fiddle of making the belt yourself (we couldn’t) send the fabric off to Harlequin—they will do it for you along with covering […]

magenta and camel check wool worsted skirt

Magenta Pink and Camel Check Worsted Wool Skirt

Jane wearing her neat little check skirt with kick pleat split in the back. You can’t tell by this photo but those checks match PERFECTLY (as if Jane would not match her checks). Turned on the Venezia lining with velvet piping on the waist Fabrics and Notions: Magenta and camel check wool worsted #3489 Shot […]

Alpaca knit jacket and wool crepe skirt

Alpaca and Wool Boucle Knit Jacket and Wool Crepe Skirt

Dolly wearing Alpaca and wool mix bouclé cardigan jacket with bluebell blue wool crepe A-Line skirt. To stabilise the loose weave of the jacket Jane mounted it on to cotton muslin before sewing. Made by Jane for Kath. Fabrics and Notions: Alpaca wool and acrylic cardigan jacket type tweed/knit #3197 Cotton Muslin (interlining) Ivory silk […]

Indian princess organza and satin dresses

Indian Princess Satin and Organza Dresses

Kitcat and Miaow wearing their coordinating princess dresses made using viscose satin coat lining and nylon shot organza. Fabrics and Notions Pink viscose satin coat lining Shot pink and orange nylon organza Orange silk dupion Pink silk dupion Remnant of Sari Flower buds Satin bias binding Concealed zips.

Kathy Davis floral printed cotton skirt

Floral Printed Cotton Pleated Skirt

Kitcat wearing Kathy Davis Free Spirit floral printed pleated skirt made by Jane (and holding up her name-just in case we had forgotten). Kitcat likes PINK. Fabrics & Notions Kathy Davis for Free Spirit printed cotton Elastic (in back of the waistband) Cotton lawn lining with ricrak trim    

dyed cotton guipure lace top

Turquoise Guipure Lace Short Sleeved Shirt

This amazing shirt made by Jane (for Lulu) was made with white cotton Guipure lace that was dyed turquoise (along with the cotton lawn lining and button-hole trim) with a Dylon machine dye. The front and back darts were appliqué seamed rather than sewn normally so are almost invisible. Fabrics and Notions: White cotton Guipure […]

spotty laminated cotton raincoat

Laminated Cotton Hooded Raincoat with Pink Linen Trousers

Jane (the boss lady) wearing her laminated cotton pink spotty raincoat with stripe yoke and contrasting spotty lining with detachable hood, and pink linen fly-front trousers. Fabrics and Notions: Jacket: Pink and turquoise spotty laminated cotton #3021 Pink and turquoise stripe laminated cotton #3022 Anbo spotty American printed cotton. Separating turquoise chunky zip. Dyed turquoise […]

Vintage Vogue cotton dress with linen bolero jacket

Vintage Vogue Cotton Dress and Linen Jacket

Lulu wearing vintage Vogue dress made with swimmers printed cotton and pink linen bolero, all made by Jane. Fabrics and Notions: Dress: Swimmers print cotton Riviera cotton lawn lining Cover buttons Covered belt Bias binding Pattern: Vintage Vogue V2960 Bolero: Pink Heavy Linen Swimmers print cotton Button Piping

reversible showerproof jacket

Reversible Proofed Cotton Coat

Reversible coat made by Jane for Lulu using stripe proofed cotton and printed cotton lawn. Fabrics and Notions: Pink stripe proofed cotton Pink and multi peacock printed cotton lawn Cotton lawn (interfacing) Shell buttons Medium weight iron-on knitted interfacing Piping  

Missoni knit dress and linen christening dress

Chevron Knit Dress and Christening Linen Dress

Lulu wearing Italian Designer knit dress, and Miaow wearing her heirloom embroidered linen dress. Fabrics and Notions: Lulu: Italian Designer knit cotton and mixed fibres Stay tape Bias binding Miaow: Off-white linen Riviera cotton lawn Zip Button Lace inserts Ribbons

Chanel Wool Tweed Jacket and Skirt

Tweed Cardigan Jacket Style Jacket and Tweed Check Skirt

A rare photo of Jane taken in London wearing her mixed fibre tweed jacket quilted in the traditional cardigan jacket manner with added chain weight and fringe trimmings. Turquoise and chartreuse wool tweed skirt with kick pleat and pink lining (made by Bess). Fabrics and Notions: Jacket: Mixed fibre cardigan jacket type tweed Printed silk […]

Missoni knit A-line dress

Chevron Knit Dress

Lulu wearing Italian Designer chevron knit dress Fabrics and Notions: Cotton and mixed fibres Italian Designer chevron knit Lycra binding Bias binding Stay tape The selvedge on these knits are often usable as an edging, they may need a bit of tidying up as there is often threads that come loose, but  look good when […]

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

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.  

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

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

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 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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