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  • Haberdashery Items at Calico Laine

    With The Great British Sewing Bee in full swing, a lot of customers new and regular have been frequenting our stores and website a lot more often, feeling inspired by the projects that the contestants take on each week. An important part of any dressmaker's projects is their sewing kit - there are plenty of Haberdashery items that are essential to anyone's sewing tasks, no matter what they are making. In today's blog, we'll be talking about a few Haberdashery items that we think are definitely needed by any sewing enthusiast, and they are all available to purcha… Read More
  • Wool Melton Tailored Jacket - Q & A with Queesra King

    We talk a lot about dressmaking for women but of course it is not only ladies who appreciate the unrivalled pleasure of handmade clothing. Mens tailoring has dominated the fashion scene since the days of Louis XIV or Louis le Grand, as he was sometimes known. Determined for France to become the most influential country in the world, fashion was one of many weapons in Louis' armoury; the King of Fashion knew that image was of great importance. Today, more men than ever are coveting the classic English style of tailoring as key to projecting confidence and pow… Read More
  • Vintage Dressmaking at Calico Laine

    Recently in-store, I have had a slowly-increasing number of customers come in and ask for advice on vintage Dressmaking – co-incidentally, this is one of my favourite themes when it comes to my own sewing projects. The most popular choice with our customers seems to be 1950s dresses, which just so happens to be my area of expertise! We sell quite a large number of vintage reproduction Butterick and Vogue Dressmaking patterns, which I am always sure to point customers towards, but quite a few of them are stumped when it comes to the right Fabric choice for an aut… Read More
  • The Influence of the Great British Sewing Bee

    With 2.7 million people tuning in to watch the Great British Sewing Bee final this week, it is clear that there is a definite growth of interest in Sewing. With the recession in the past few years, we noticed the old war time spirit of Make Do and Mend was on people's minds and the Great British Sewing Bee has continued this feeling. We are seeing new customers who have been inspired by the Sewing Bee to begin Sewing and dressmaking as well as regular customers becoming more adventurous in their Sewing projects. Tuesday night saw Heather Jacks crowned the overall … Read More
  • Sewing : Trend Report, Spring 2014

    Now it looks like the sun is finally making it's way out from behind those grey clouds, hopefully to stay, it is finally time to start thinking about your Spring/Summer 2014 Sewing projects. I particularly enjoy Sewing at this time of year, not only because of the fabulous fabrics we have coming into stock at this time of year including gorgeous floral prints and pastel shades, but most of all I love sitting outside in the warm sunshine with my stitching and on a really lovely day when you just cannot stay indoors I may even drag out my Sewing machine! As dressmak… Read More
  • Up-Cycling in Sewing Projects

    If you are following The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC this year, you will know that one of the challenges that the contestants are set every week is to turn an item of clothing they are given into something new. This is commonly called ‘up-cycling’ by sewing enthusiasts all around the world, and can be a great - and money-saving - way to breathe life into an old garment that would otherwise be destined for the charity shop or the garbage. This week’s up-cycling challenge on GBSB especially appealed to me, because I make costumes for a hobby that I wear to… Read More
  • Vintage Sewing Inpiration - Art Deco

    In sewing, we take our inspiration from everything around us including the catwalk, film and TV and of course; the past. Never has vintage fashion been more popular than it is today and thanks to the likes of films such as Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby, The Roaring Twenties are back with a vengeance. Costume makers, dressmakers and theatre groups are embracing The Jazz Age with sewing projects influenced by the symmetry, geometric shapes and angular designs of Art Deco fashions. Influenced by Aztec motifs, the Art Deco Fashion of the 1920's was a period of great … Read More
  • Sewing & Summer Fabrics

    With all of this cold weather we're currently suffering, a lot of our customers are staying inside and cracking on with a lot of Sewing projects to keep themselves busy. As I am personally looking forward to the summer this year, I am working on a number of dresses that I can wear when the weather is a bit warmer and the sun is shining. In today's blog, we'll be covering a few fabrics that would be that perfect Sewing project for summer those summer clothes, so that you can prepare for the heat well in advance. Cotton Lawn - Our cotton lawns are incredibly soft to… Read More
  • Sewing Essentials for Beginners

    Learn to sew your own creations including one of a kind, custom made prom dresses. For the modern woman, style is everything and an important part of that is ensuring that you always have the right outfit to wear to any occasion, whether it is an important business meeting, dinner with friends or a weekend sightseeing trip. For most of us, keeping up with the latest fashions can be more than we can afford when buying off the rack. One of the best ways to ensure that you keep abreast of the latest developments in fashion and ensure that you always have a wardrobe … Read More
  • Essential Sewing Items 2014

    Now that 2014 is in full swing, our customers are snapping up our products and getting inspired for their sewing plans this year - and we've even had a few customers come and visit us hoping to help a younger relative, such as a daughter, grandchild or niece, start sewing their very own projects. In today's blog post, we'll be covering some items that we think are essential to anyone's sewing kit. Threads at Calico Laine. Threads - Here at Calico Laine we sell a lot of threads, our most popular being our Gutermann Sew-All Threads and our Moon Threads. We stock a… Read More

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