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Tag Archives: Dressmaking Fabric

  • Dressmaking Fabric - Beginners Guide

    If you're new to the world of Dressmaking it can be a bit of a daunting task choosing the right dressmaking fabric for your project. Here are a few tips to guide you through the maze to your perfect dress. Beginners guide to Dressmaking Fabric The Dressmaking Fabrics you'll be looking at will either be woven or knitted, and range from fabrics made from animal fibres like wool/silk, plant fibres such as cotton/linen or man-made fibres like nylon. You'll find that knitted fabrics are far more stretchy than woven ones. Here is a brief list to help you decide … Read More
  • How to give your Dressmaking a more accurate finish

    It is great to create your own clothes through Dressmaking but unfortunately sometimes, if you aren't careful, your garments can look a little 'homemade' rather than having a more professional finish. By taking a little bit of time at the end stages of your sewing project you can accomplish more accuracy which will give your garment a more polished look. The first stage of achieving accurate Dressmaking is getting a neat finish when you are cutting out your fabric. Although, here at Calico Laine, we use fiskars Dressmaking scissors to cut our fabric, when you… Read More
  • How to avoid Dressmaking disasters

    So the sun is shining, the weather is starting to improve and you're feeling inspired to do a bit of Dressmaking to brighten up your summer wardrobe. The only problem is you have about a dozen half finished projects in your cupboard that you really must complete before starting something new. Am I right? Don't worry, you're not alone, we're all guilty of it because a particular garment has proven to be an unflattering fit or too short or imperfect for some other reason. The item then gets banished to back of the cupboard in the hope that one day we'll muster up th… Read More
  • Dressmaking & Bridesmaids Dresses

    Like many other brides, my sister in law (to be) has just realised with great excitement that she’s getting married this year! Obviously with my Dressmaking background the bridesmaid dresses have fallen to me.  I love dressmaking so I’m honoured she’s asked. It’s a summer wedding with 5 bridesmaids ranging in age from 2 up to 35 years. I initially thought it was going to be hard choosing a style that will suit everyone and a colour that will flow through the age ranges nicely. Luckily the colours, the theme and the dresses had already been pencilled in. M… Read More
  • Dressmaking fabrics for decorating a wedding

    Over the Christmas holiday and New Year, many loved up couples will have got engaged as this is one of the most popular times of the year to propose to someone. It may be a little early to be preparing for the big day however some brides to be are so excited they want to start planning things straight away. Here at Calico Laine we have a selection of wedding accessories for your wedding day as well as many Dressmaking Fabrics which can be used for a number of different things on your big day and not just for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. If you are plann… Read More
  • Winter Dressmaking Fabric at Calico Laine

    This morning has been chaotic on the roads as we have seen the first bit of snow of the season on the Wirral. The sun may be shining but there is definitely a chill in the air and my hands are like icicles as I write this post! What we could all  do with is some beautifully warm Dressmaking Fabric to create a cosy winter outfit. At Calico Laine we a stunning collection of winter fabric which would do just the trick! We have a large selection of winter Dressmaking Fabric both online and in store that are sure to keep you toasty and warm with their heavier… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics - Fleece

    With the cold chill of winter now in the air, many of our customers are well into planning their winter sewing projects, creating a variety of stylish and comfortable pieces to keep them warm during the cold weather. One of the most popular Dressmaking Fabrics at this time of year is fleece - this is always the first fabric we recommend to customers creating winter clothing items and accessories and is guaranteed to keep you toasty during even the coolest weather conditions. Every year our fleece Dressmaking Fabrics are the most popular in our collection and we a… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics for Lining

    When embarking upon a new dressmaking project it is important to choose the correct Dressmaking Fabric for your project to achieve the required finish. If you choose to proceed with a lightweight Dressmaking Fabric you may also wish to consider using a dress lining. A dress lining is a second layer of fabric which ensures that your garment will not be see through when warm and will ensure that the wearer is warm and comfortable during cooler temperatures. Many Dressmaking Fabrics do not require a lining however the designer may choose to use it anyway to achieve a… Read More
  • Lace Fabrics at Calico Laine

    Lace Fabric is currently very fashionable with different variations and colours seen on the catwalk for several years now. The trend looks to remain for the foreseeable future too. What we currently see on the catwalk and in fashion magazines are very modern takes on a timeless traditional style. Lace fabric was first regarded as fashionable as early back as the 16th century when the only rich aristocrats and royalty could afford such delicate handmade opulence. As the years passed lace fabrics continued to gain in popularity but remained an expensive commodity. T… Read More
  • Winter Dressmaking Fabrics

    Following the conclusion of the big four fashion week shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris our talented buyers have been hard at work sourcing the best quality Dressmaking Fabrics to keep your designs bang up to date for the new season. There are a number of key Dressmaking Fabrics that took centre stage on the fashion week runways and it is these fabrics that we anticipate will be the biggest selling over the next couple of weeks. For months there have been murmurs in the fashion world of the return of military style outerwear and these rumours were confir… Read More

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