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Dressmaking Fabrics – Wimbledon 2016

Following Britain's exit from the EU and England's crushing defeat at the hands of Iceland earlier this week, there is a distinct sense of disappointment and uncertainty around the country - however, there is good news on the horizon! One of the world's biggest sporting events has commenced right here in England. The Wimbledon Championship is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world and is renowned not only for great sporting triumph but for its strict dress code. The players themselves are permitted to wear only white whilst on court and spectators are also expected to adhere to the strictest of standards if they wish to take up their place on Centre Court. Wimbledon has long been a by-word for smart summer fashion and every year we see some of the world's most famous style icons sashay into SW19, anyone who is anyone from reality stars to royalty, showcase a variety of stunning designer pieces crafted from the most luxurious Dressmaking Fabrics on the market.

kate Kate Middleton at Wimbledon in a gorgeous all-white ensemble.

The usual dress standard for spectators visiting the prestigious club is a suit or tailored jacket for gentlemen, with a shirt, tie and dress shoes whilst female companions are expected to be dressed to a similar exacting standard. The strict dress code however does not stop fashion icons from experimenting with Dressmaking Fabrics - only two days into the 2016 championships and Pippa Middleton has already caused a stir, arriving at the All England Club on Monday afternoon wearing a stunning fitted dress crafted using a gorgeous cream Dressmaking Fabric emblazoned with poppies. Pippa's dress by designer Suzannah is way out of budget for most of us and is available only by appointment with the designer herself however, with our range of stunning Dressmaking Fabrics you can recreate this perfect summer look yourself for a fraction of the cost. Featuring a pretty frilled neckline and dipped hem, this look is perfect for any formal summer gathering from a garden party to a wedding reception. Crepe Dressmaking Fabric is perfect for achieving the stunning drape and flow of this design. A fabric of particularly sumptuous appearance crepe is particularly comfortable to wear and is the ideal choice for both summer and winter clothing items.

Both Pippa and her sister Katherine are big tennis fans and have quickly become a fixture on Centre Court for the duration of Wimbledon fortnight. Katherine has long been renowned as one of the world's leading style icons with some of the world's best known designers clamouring to dress the Duchess - anything Katherine wears is guaranteed to sell out within minutes whether it is a designer or high street piece. Kate's Wimbledon wardrobe is of the same impeccable quality we have come to expect from her with one of her stand out fashion moments the Murray v Gasquet match in 2011. Kate took inspiration from the players themselves by choosing a gorgeous all-white ensemble by Alice Temperley. White is the perfect choice of summer Dressmaking Fabric for many reason - not least minimising the impact of escalating summer temperatures. Katherine looked effortlessly stylish and comfortably cool in what was something of a dressier take on traditional tennis attire. Featuring layers of pleated fabric and beautifully intricate detailing at the shoulder is effortlessly chic.

kim Kim Sears at the 2013 final in a beautiful mint lace Dressmaking Fabric.

Kim Murray (nee Sears) is considered Wimbledon royalty - partner of Britain's highest ranked player Andy Murray, Kim has been a constant presence on court for many years and has quickly become one of the country's foremost fashion icons. Kim is a paparazzi favourite and like Kate, perfectly merges both designer and high street pieces into her sought after wardrobe. Over the years Kim has showcased a variety of stunning outfits and luxurious Dressmaking Fabrics and is undoubtedly the undisputed champion of Wimbledon fashion. Kim's crowning moment came at the 2013 championships, with the pressure on for Andy to become the he first British man to win the single's title since Fred Perry in 1936, the eyes of the world were on Kim and she made sure she was ready to face the flashbulbs with a host of breathtaking outfits. Armed with her trademark Mulberry tote, Kim cemented her status as a fashion icon in some stunningly beautiful summery outfits including a body con dress from high street sort Zara - crafted from a stunning floral Dressmaking Fabric and paired with a pair of simple and stylish tan wedges. Floral cotton spandex is the perfect choice of Dressmaking Fabric for creating summer dresses, skirts and tops and are available to purchase in a variety of beautiful summery colours. Composed of a cotton and elastane mix, cotton spandex feature a slight element of stretch making this a fabric that is very comfortable to wear and is the perfect choice for both special occasion and smart/casual clothing designs. For the big final itself Kim had saved what was undoubtedly her best outfit for last. For what was surely one of the most exciting and high profile appearances of her like Kim chose a stunning sixties inspired shift dress by Victoria Beckham. Created with a gorgeous mint Dressmaking Fabric the long sleeved crochet lace dress  was the epitome of style and elegance. Lace is particularly versatile and has long been one of our best selling Dressmaking Fabrics due to its delicate and feminine appearance.