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  • Dressmaking with Lace Fabrics

    When going out for a special occasion you want to look your best and have an outfit everyone wants. Here at Calico Laine we seek a wide range of Dressmaking Fabrics for you to create your perfect dress. One of my favourite Dress Making Fabrics at the moment is our variety of Laces. Laces we have include Heavy Corded Lace, Soft Corded Lace and Lightweight Lace. Heavy Corded Lace is my personal favourite. This lace comes in a variety of colours and is the perfect Dressmaking Fabric. This Lace has become more and more popular and can be used for any occasion whether … 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
  • Ladies Day - Satin Dressmaking Fabrics

    Liverpool celeb Coleen Rooney is never far from Aintree on Ladies Day. One of the biggest events of the year in our neck of the woods is of course the Aintree Races. The biggest and possibly the best horse racing meeting in the country is also one of the biggest weekends for fashion and the ladies of Liverpool are famous for the fashionable outfits, outlandish headpieces and gravity defying shoes that grace the famous racecourse over the course of the weekend and if you really want to see the cream of the crop putting their best fashion foot forwards then Ladies … Read More
  • Children's Dressmaking Fabrics

    After working with fabric and making my own craft items and cushions for many years, I feel it is about time I branch out into experimenting with Dressmaking Fabrics. However attempting to make an item from scratch by following a pattern is a daunting prospect, particularly the thought of having to open up a pattern and follow it from beginning to end. To ease myself in I've decided my first attempt at working with Dressmaking Fabrics will be making a child's summer dress. I have looked through the range of patterns we have here at Calico Laine and I have deci… Read More
  • My Favourite Fabrics at Calico Laine

    Shopping for clothes can sometimes be a hassle - a garment that fits one area of your body may not fit another, and while you might be one dress size in a certain shop, often you are a completely different one in another. If, like me, you struggle to find clothes that both fit you well and look good, you might be inclined to make your own clothing for yourself. This way, you are guaranteed to get the perfect fit for you, and the only limit to your creation is your imagination. In today's blog, I'll be talking about a few of my favourite Dressmaking Fabrics, and so… 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
  • Dressmaking Fabrics at New York Fashion Week

    As a company, we receive a lot of our custom through fashion designers and dressmakers who are commissioned to produce high fashion items for style conscious clients who are wishing to reproduce catwalk designs at an affordable price. Although many clients may be working within a strict budget that does not mean that they wish to compromise on style or quality. It is for this reason that we keep such a close eye on high profile events in the fashion world including everything from awards shows to movie premieres and of course the many fashion weeks which take plac… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics - The Brit Awards

    Following the Golden Globes in January and before the much anticipated Oscars next month in LA, awards season is in full swing and it is not only the stars of film and television who are being honoured as Tuesday night saw musics finest grace the red carpet at the O2 Arena in London for the annual Brit Awards. If there is one thing that music history has taught us it is that The Brits can always be relied upon to deliver memorable moments that will be talked about for many years to come. Who can forget Robbie Williams squaring up to Liam Gallagher or Jarvis Cocker… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics : Fabulous Figure Skating Costumes

    Last week saw the launch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and we were all thrilled when Jenny Jones of Great Britain brought home our first ever Olympic medal on snow by winning bronze in the snowboarding event. As a keen spectator, one of my favourite events is the figure skating which I have adored since watching Torvill and Dean take gold in 1984 with their incredible Bolero and as a dressmaker, the figure skating costumes always pique my creative interest. Ice skating costumes are  designed to catch the eye of the judges and the imagination of the audience l… Read More
  • How to use Cord in Craft and Dressmaking Projects

    Cords are an essential item of haberdashery and a great addition to your sewing box, our extensive range of Cords vary in structure and width and start at as little as 1mm and are one of the most versatile items we sell. Cords are an item that we do not think of often but we use almost every day. Cords are useful for a range of projects and are particularly valuable in clothing and dressmaking. Our range of 3mm Anorak Cord and 4mm Polyester Cord are particularly useful for dressmaking applications and are often used in jackets, trousers and hoodies. To provide som… Read More

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