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Tag Archives: Dressmaking

  • Popular Dressmaking Fabrics at Calico Laine

    Dressmaking is a popular hobby all year round and at Calico Laine we love all the different dressmaking fabrics for each season. Today I am going to go through some of our most popular fabrics and explain their content and also what they can be made into. Rose and Hubble Cotton Prints: These are perfect for summer dresses and make up and wash really well. They are all 115cm wide and made from 100% cotton. Leather look dressmaking fabrics at Calico Laine. Leather Look Fabrics: A very popular fabric at present and very much in demand, these range of fabrics are ide… Read More
  • Dressmaking with Fabrics from Calico Laine

    Over recent years, consumers have been turning their backs on mass produced high street designs for a number of reasons, particularly due to economic and ethical concerns. As a result, the demand for handmade, bespoke items has seen a steady rise with many customers returning to dressmaking as a much loved and useful pastime. Many customers, old and young alike, are taking up the hobby for the first time. Upcycling of old clothes is a great way of creating a beautiful garment when working to a budget, whilst designing and sewing your own beautiful items is the per… Read More
  • WANTED : Guest Bloggers at Calico Laine

    Here at Calico Laine, we know many of you are talented dressmakers, designers and seamstresses and we believe that many of our customers would love to benefit from your knowledge and expertise, which is why we are always on the lookout for guest bloggers to write about your experiences as a dressmaker. We are currently looking for a dressmaker to write a guest blog once a week to talk about your creations and impart your knowledge to other budding designers. We will provide one to two metres of free fabric per week to a dressmaker who can commit to one blog each w… Read More
  • Sewing Accessories

    If you're a keen sewer and dressmaker like me then you will more than likely have a large box that you keep your sewing supplies in. Recently I have added a number of new items to my Haberdashery box. This brings me on to the topic of my entry today - the latest new sewing items that are available here at Calico Laine. As a general rule we don't stock or sell anything that we haven't tried or used ourselves. Below I will list some of my favourite new items: Milward Machine Needles: These are a high quality machine needle and if you are like me, then there is noth… Read More
  • Rose and Hubble Dressmaking Prints

    For elegant designs and excellent quality fabrics perfect for long lasting garments, our Rose and Hubble prints are the perfect choice for dressmaking projects whatever the weather. Here at Calico Laine we are proud to stock a wide range of Rose & Hubble cotton lawns, always one of our most popular collections in all seasons. With their range of classic and seasonal designs, Rose and Hubble prints are the ideal choice for achieving that luxury feel and finish at an affordable price. Straight from the world renowned design house to the shelves of our store, the… Read More
  • Using Haberdashery for Decoration

    In previous blogs about Haberdashery, we have spoken about the many uses of different types of various products for within Crafts and Dressmaking. Today I would now like to look at some of the uses of  Haberdashery in a slightly different way. Here at Calico Laine we have several  options that can be used for the purposes of decoration, and I would like to talk about how they can be used and incorporated into your projects.... One of the first Haberdashery items that is often used for decoration is Feathers. Feathers can be used in a variety of ways whether th… Read More
  • Traditional Duchess Satin Bridal Fabric

    There are several different options when it comes to choosing the perfect Bridal Fabrics for your wedding requirements. When purchasing your Bridal Fabrics from Calico Laine you can be confident that you are getting only the highest quality of Bridal Fabrics. We stock a variety of Bridal Fabrics ranging from traditional Duchess Satin Bridal Fabrics to beautifully sheer Bridal Fabrics such as Chiffon. Every type of taste can be catered for in our range of Bridal Fabrics, and there are options for traditional Bridal Fabrics as well as Bridal Fabrics for the more c… Read More
  • Using Bi-Stretch in Dressmaking

    When it comes to selecting the right Fabrics for what you require, here at Calico Laine we now stock a  wide range of Dressmaking Fabrics to suit all of your  needs. The Bi-Stretch fabric that we stock is a medium weight Dressmaking fabric with a 4-way give. This material can be described as having ‘give’ more than being a very stretchy material, and is a popular choice of cloth due to its comfort and stylish look when created into garments. There are many garments that can be made out of Bi-stretch Dressmaking Fabric, and here are just a few of them: Tr… Read More
  • Basic Dressmaking

    Calico Laine strive to bring you the widest choice of dressmaking fabrics, crafts, Haberdashery and much much more. Whether you are an accomplished dressmaker or are just starting out there are certain basics that you cannot live without! Firstly, when you have decided what sort of garment you are making and what fabrics you are going to work with whether it is evening wear, bridal wear or more casual clothing you will need certain products to complete your projects.. Dress Lining is an important product which is available in a huge choice of colours. We can also … Read More
  • New Children's Prints

    Over the last few weeks we have been adding to our range of children's prints so now is the time to get your projects for the kids started. We have a great selection to choose from so whether you are making something for a girl or boy you will be sure to find something they will like. Our newest addition to the range is our Camper Van Children's Print. This is a 100% cotton fabric so is ideal for children's products because it is easily washed in a washing machine which we all know is a must with children. It is available in both black and white backgrounds and at… Read More

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