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Tag Archives: Dressmaking

  • Haberdashery- Bra Accessories

    There are a variety of products within our Haberdashery range that many of our existing and new customers don't actually know about or don't think we sell for example our collection of bra accessories that come in a large selection of styles especially for your lingerie. Our bra accessories are made to ensure your underwear garments last as long as possible and fit comfortably to your body type which is what every woman wants when they have spent a lot of money on a good quality piece of underwear. Shrinkage in material, weight gain and pregnancy can be some facto… Read More
  • Gutermann Threads

    When it comes to our range of sewing threads, our Gutermann Threads are definitely the most popular with our customers both in store and online due to the range of colours and designs we have to choose from. Our range of threads include sew-all threads, all cotton threads, sulky cotton 30 threads, sulky rayon threads, hand quilting threads, sulky metallic threads, sulky silver threads and top stitch threads that are all great for different uses within your dressmaking projects. Our most popular out of the range has to be the Gutermann sew all polyester threads as … Read More
  • 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 Fabric to recreate Bafta glamour

    Last Sunday saw one of the biggest British awards ceremonies take place, the Bafta Film Awards. Often dubbed as the British Oscars, stars walked the red carpet in designer outfits with cameras flashing and journalists shouting 'who are you wearing?' before they sat down for the evening's event. Even if you didn't watch the awards themselves, it is always fun to flick through the paper or nowadays, scroll through the Internet and admire (or silently judge!) what dresses have been chosen by the celebrities. The same night saw the Grammy's take place in L.A so Mond… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabrics for Children's clothes

    I'm at that stage in life when everybody around me seems to be having babies or already have children and I have noticed that with a lot of people, their time and money all tends to be spent on the children as they are the most important thing in their life. One of the fun things to spend your money on when you have children, especially girls, is cute outfits for them to wear. If you are creatively minded then you may like to try a little bit of Dressmaking and hand make some clothes for your little ones. This can be a cost effective way of dressing your child … 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
  • New Year at Calico Laine

    As we look forward to the New Year here at Calico Laine and reflect upon the months gone by, the first task for our buying team is to decide which fabrics are likely to be the best selling of 2017. Just as soon as Christmas is over the fashion world will begin to focus on the upcoming spring/summer season and one of the best ways to stay up to date with upcoming trends is by keeping a close eye on fashion weeks. The first fashion weeks of the year will focus on what is known as pre-fall fashion and it is at these shows that designers reveal their smaller collectio… Read More
  • Dressmaking Fabric - Back to school

    It may only be the beginning of august but the school holidays are flying by and before we know it the start of a new school year will begin. The price of school uniforms has increased dramatically over the years with many parents opting to buy Dressmaking Fabrics to make their own or buy the fabric in bulk to pass on to a dressmaker. Here at Calico Laine we have an extensive collection of gingham fabric perfect for summer/autumn dresses and shirts. The gingham most commonly used for this purpose is the polycotton gingham. It is lightweight and breathable, a… Read More

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