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  • Happy Christmas from everyone at Calico Laine.

    Happy Christmas from all of us at Calico Laine.   Calico Laine would like to wish all of our customers and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you have received everything you wished for including lots of sewing goodies and we look forward to seeing what creations you come up with in 2014. … Read More
  • How To Make A Maxi Dress

    With the new year approaching, you might be thinking about next year's wardrobe - what fabrics will be fashionable? What items of clothing will be essential and stylish? What dressmaking fabrics should you use and wear? One item of clothing that never seems to go out of fashion is the well-loved maxi dress - these dresses can be worn for any occasion, from casual to formal, and they look fantastic in practically any colour or pattern. In today's blog, we'll be walking you through how to make your very own maxi dress using our dressmaking fabrics, ready for spring … Read More
  • Great British Sewing Bee - Christmas Special

    For those of us who have been eagerly awaiting the return of Patrick Grant and May Martin for series two of The Great British Sewing Bee, last night's Christmas Special of the hit BBC 2 show was just enough to whet our appetites for all things sewing and get our creative juices flowing just in time for the hotly anticipated second series due to hit our screens in 2014. There is no better way of relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas with the family than to spend a few precious hours sewing and making in front of the fire and last night saw some grea… Read More
  • New Sewing Arrivals at Calico Laine

    Sewing has really taken off recently and there are a number of reasons for this from television shows through to the economic climate. Next year Calico Laine celebrates it's 40th birthday and we have seen many things over years come and go but sewing and dressmaking always remains a very popular hobby and pastime. Next year we have a number of big plans ready to celebrate our 40 years in business and really can't wait! In my short entry today I am going to cover some new items that have come into stock and are perfect for all your Sewing and Haberdashery needs. T… Read More
  • Sewing Zips in Garments

    For someone making their first attempt at Sewing, using a zip in your dressmaking project can be a little daunting if you're not sure how to install it in your garment. In today's blog, I'll be walking you through a tutorial on how to sew a zip into your dressmaking project. What you'll need: A regular dress zip measuring your desired length A stitch ripper Pins A zipper foot (this will make your sewing much easier!) Step One Take your garment, bag or whatever project you are working on and work out where you want your zip to be sewn in. Take the two edges of f… Read More
  • Sewing with Sheer Fabrics at Calico Laine

    Whether you're Sewing that beautiful evening gown or a cool, billowing blouse for everyday wear, it's important to choose the right fabric to work with. Using a sheer fabric can completely change the look of a garment, or add a new dimension to one by acting as a floaty overlay. In today's blog, we'll be talking about the sheer fabrics that we have available here at Calico Laine for you to purchase and use in your own sewing projects. Chiffon - Currently available in thirteen different colours, our chiffon is great value for money and is lovely to work with. It is… Read More
  • How To: Create a Tutu from Dressmaking Fabrics at Calico Laine

    If you're the parent of a young child, you'll know how much kids love to dress up and play. Sometimes, dressing-up kits and costumes can be expensive, especially as they are not worn day-to-day and children will eventually grow out of them. it can be cheaper to make your own, generic costume pieces that can be applied to many different types of fancy dress, and in today's blog, we'll be covering how to make a simple tutu using our dressmaking fabrics here at Calico Laine. What you'll need: 2 metres of dress net A cotton reel to match your dress net A length of 1"… Read More
  • Sewing - an ancient hobby

    Sewing is one of the oldest textile arts in the world and is used within a variety of industries, most notably fashion and footwear. Before the industrial revolution, sewing was still very much a skilled industry with many people working out of their own homes, offering their services as seamstresses and tailors. With the invention of the sewing machine by Thomas Saint in 1790, sewing was soon to become an even bigger and more lucrative business and reduced the burden on housewives, moving the sewing and maintaining of clothes from within the home to factories. … Read More
  • Essential Sewing Accessories

    Any dressmaker has that one item in their sewing kit that they can't work without - whether it's a stitch ripper or a needle threader, there's always one tool that makes a dressmaker's work that much easier. In today's blog, we'll be talking about some items that we think are essential to anyone's sewing projects. Needles - Obviously a big staple of sewing, needles come in both hand and machine varieties with many different types to select from. Sometimes the number of choices can be a little overwhelming, especially if you're not sure which type of needle is righ… Read More
  • Sewing with Glass Diamante at Calico Laine

    Sometimes, that item of clothing you've just finished making (or even one that you've bought!) needs a little something extra to give it that final sparkly touch; or maybe you have a bag that you think could use a little sprucing up before Christmas time this year. Here at Calico Laine, we offer many different types of diamante items that you can use to embellish your garment or accessory of choice. From buttons and buckles to beaded embellishments and even pendants, we are bound to have something that suits your requirements and tastes. We have lots of items avai… Read More

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