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Tag Archives: Dressmaking

  • Dressmaking Fabrics for Retro Fashion : The Eighties

    The Eighties are a time that most of us will be old enough to remember fondly and were a time of great social and economic change, remembered by many as a simpler and happier time, The Eighties were defined by its outrageous fashion, cheesy pop music and rapid changes in technology. The Eighties brought us the first mobile phones, much larger than the sleek smart phones we have become accustomed to today, and computers that were almost the size of your living room. Many years before The X Factor was even a twinkle in Simon Cowell's eye, our Saturday nights were sp… Read More
  • Thinking Ahead - Springtime Fabrics at Calico Laine

    As the year comes to a close, here at Calico Laine we’ve been looking at which colours are chic for Spring 2014. We love colour and nothing gets us more excited than combining two of our favourite hobbies, fashion and sewing.  Fashion is ever changing with styles looping in and out and modernising each generation. The bridal world is no exception with 2014 honouring some fantastic shades and styles. This spring black and white, a timeless classic is bigger than ever. The bold combination can be paired up perfectly with any shade of grey. Here at Calico Laine w… Read More
  • Sewing Tutorial from Guest Blogger, Lisa Sheridan

    Here, at Calico Laine we love nothing more than seeing what gorgeous creations our customers come up with. Over the years we have been awed and inspired by the wonderful (and yes, sometimes weird!) designs which have been showcased both on our website and our social media channels. We know that many of our customers, some with many years experience of sewing and some who are brand new to the hobby, are often inspired by other dressmakers designs and creations and often contact us wanting to know how to create specific designs for themselves. Over the past few week… Read More
  • Cold Weather Dress Fabrics

    It's a cold winter's day today up on the Wirral and as I write this it's blowing a gale and raining cats and dogs! With this awful weather in mind it brings me onto the topic of today's blog and that is dressmaking for the cold weather! Below I am going to talk about three of my favourite fabrics to use when the weather is cold. These include: Beautiful quality double knit jersey at Calico Double Knit Jersey: This is a beautiful quality heavy jersey that is perfect for keeping out the cold. It is 150cm wide and has an excellent weight and body to it. There are va… Read More
  • Dressmaking with Jersey Fabrics

    Jersey fabrics are always one of our most popular Fabrics for dressmaking whatever the season. These fabrics are so versatile making them perfect for almost any dressmaking project including t-shirts and dresses. Popular due to its element of stretch and beautiful drape, this range of comfortable fabrics provide excellent insulation possibly explaining why jersey fabrics were once strictly associated with undergarments. In 1916 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel had a vision and became the first designer to use jersey fabrics for outerwear. Chosen primarily for its low cost… Read More
  • Dressmaking for your Christmas Party

    Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and is the ideal time for exploring your creative side. With the party season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your outfits. Forget about traipsing around the busy high street trying on a variety of uninspiring outfits which will make you blend into the crowd, and have a look through our wonderful range of Dressmaking Fabrics and dress patterns ideal for dressmakers of all abilities. With our extensive range of fabrics and haberdashery you do not need to run the risk of wearing the… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics to emulate a style icon!

    As the world came together last week to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the tragic death of the much loved 35th President of The United States, John F Kennedy Jr, we remember not only what a legendary figure JFK is, and what conspiracy surrounds his death, but what an icon his wife Jackie Onassis Kennedy, was. From 1961 until her husbands assassination in 1963, Jackie O was The First Lady admired around the world for her timeless style and grace. Jackie was a lady who was famous for her classic outfits of simple silhouettes, classic colours, perfect tailoring … 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
  • Essential Haberdashery - Sewing Machine Accessories

    We have spoken a lot about dressmaking, sewing and tailoring and the wide range of fabrics on offer for creating your own bespoke designs however, we sometimes neglect to give our Haberdashery the credit it deserves. After all, having a vision of your perfect party dress and spending a small fortune on a piece of stunning fabric would not be enough if we did not have the necessary tools required to construct our finished design. For any dressmaking project, whether you are a seasoned designer or are just starting out with a new hobby, one of the most important pie… Read More
  • Tartan Fabrics - On Trend Checks for Autumn

    Like any dressmaker, I have been keeping a close eye on the catwalks for a sneak peak of the latest trends. Last season, it was all about monochromes, which as a result saw sales of our black and white dressmaking fabrics soar. For Autumn 2013/14 the rigid monochrome prints look set to give way to the softer prints of traditional tartan fabrics. Tartan, traditionally associated with the national dress of Scotland, is back and in a big way. The designer collections gracing the catwalks of Autumn 2013 have paved the way for skirts, tops and dresses in a range of che… Read More

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