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Tag Archives: Dressmaking

  • 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
  • Bridal Fabrics for a Beach Wedding

    With the cost of your perfect wedding day and honeymoon continuing to rise, many couples are choosing to combine the two by marrying abroad. Couples may choose to marry away from home for a number of reasons not least that it is impossible to guarantee the weather in the UK regardless of what month you choose to marry. Many couples opt for a more intimate ceremony or to marry alone with just their witnesses and have a party when they return home. This can save a lot of money and is often the easier option in families with a complicated dynamic and takes much of th… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics : Get the Golden Globe Look with Fabrics from Calico Laine

    Last night, the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Historically, The Golden Globes are a great night for British cinema and television, and this year was no different with British film '12 Years A Slave' bringing home the coveted Best Film award. Of course, we were all glued to our televisions and social media channels throughout the night to see who else would be triumphant and (more importantly!) who was the best dressed? Even before the last glass of champagne has been drained the Best Dressed lists are alre… Read More
  • Bridal Fabrics 2014

    Now the party season is over and Christmas is a distant memory, many of our clients are turning their thoughts to the upcoming wedding season. Whether you are a bride to be or a professional dressmaker working on a very special commission, our extensive range of stunning Bridal Fabrics will be everything you need for the perfect bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. Queen Victoria's lustrous gown sparked a gown for white wedding dresses. Surprisingly, the white wedding dress is something of a modern phenomenon. Prior to the 19th century, brides rarely purchased a n… Read More
  • Haberdashery Treasures - Shoulder Pads

    When we think of shoulder pads we automatically think of Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, with shoulder pads almost up to her ears! Whilst shoulder pads are certainly a piece of haberdashery synonymous with the 1980's, according to many of the leading fashion publications they are back, albeit in a more subtle way than the over exaggerated power dressing trends of the eighties. During the eighties, shoulder pads were worn as big as possible and were paired with enormous hairstyles, a look which was designed to create an upside down triangle effect, resulting in t… Read More
  • Fabrics : The Best Dressed of 2013

    Like any dressmakers, or anybody else keen on fashion, we always have one eye on the red carpets throughout the year, looking to be inspired by the latest celebrity trends and 2013 has seen a whole host of stunning looks, many of which will go down in fashion history. This year, the red carpet has been awash with sumptuous fabrics, elegant lines and breathtaking designs. In 2013 it was Valentino who was responsible for dressing the most red carpet starlets, however we also saw some incredible designs by Alexander McQueen, Dior and Oscar de la Renta. Possibly one o… Read More
  • Haute Couture Fabrics

    Gabrielle Coco Chanel once famously said "fashion fades, only style remains the same", and as with anything fashion related, Coco was always right. Coco Chanel was of course an expert at creating elegant, simple classics which were guaranteed to stand the test of time. The inventor of the Little Black Dress, Coco knew better than anyone what fabrics and elegant lines would most flatter a woman's body and was influential in the rise of couture clothing. Haute Couture is a French term meaning "high sewing" or "high fashion" and refers to exclusive, custom made cloth… Read More
  • Merry Christmas from Calico Laine

    As 2013 comes to a close and we all enjoy some well deserved time off I always find Christmas a time of both celebration and a time to review the past 12 months. A lot has happened this past year  at Calico Laine including the opening of two new units and the launching of our new website. Both of these projects took so much work and planning and I'm sure will help make our business even better moving forward. In February 2014 we celebrate a large milestone in our business life as we will be celebrating 40 years in business. I am immensely proud of this as I have … Read More
  • Haberdashery Treasures - Boning

    An early corset, circa 1910. Boning is one of the most useful yet most overlooked items of haberdashery in our collection. When you think of boning you automatically think of bustiers and structured evening gowns and of course boning is an extremely useful way of adding light structure to your formal garments and for holding in place embellishments such as ruching detail. Boning, of a sort, has been used in the art of corsetry from as far back as the 16th century when a wooden busk would be placed down the front of a corset in order to mould the upper torso into … Read More
  • Fabrics for Smart Wear at Calico Laine

    Sometimes, our customers visit us in store or search our website for fabrics that are suitable for smart business wear, and are often not entirely sure what we offer that would be a good choice. In today's blog, we'll be suggesting a number of different fabrics that would be great for this purpose, which will hopefully aid you in making the right purchase for yourself. Bi-Stretch - This fabric is named for the fact that it has a slight stretch on its bias, and it is perfect to use for office wear as it barely creases at all and therefore needs very little ironing.… Read More

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