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During lockdown, many people have been taking the opportunity to learn new crafts and skills. I tried knitting (again!) and thought I’d share some resources and tips that helped me.

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I love getting stuck in to dressmaking projects. Some of the projects below have been for customers, but most are just for my own enjoyment.  There’s few things more satisfying than wearing and being complimented on something you’ve made yourself! Some of these pictures are of simple alterations or repairs such as trousers hem shortening – I am always happy to take on this kind of work. I particularly love Tilly & The Buttons patterns at the moment.  Excellent colour photographs included in the instructions, rather than dismal black and white line drawings as is the case with other brands! Skirts Dresses Tops   Alterations Shortening bootcut jeans   To widen the waist on this skirt I removed the waistband, eased out the gathering slightly and added a new waistband in a contrast fabric   Suit trousers shortened and hand stitched   I added some pocket detail to these plain…

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Made-to-measure curtains really give a room a “finished” look, and because they are handmade with care, will last for many years. Here’s some examples of my recent work, which include taped and hand pleated headings.

I recently made these made to measure outdoor sofa cushions to fit a bespoke garden sofa! The cushions seats are made from 4 inch blue (firm) foam, and the back from 2 inch foam, making it very comfortable. The covers are made using a bargain heavyweight ikea cotton, which is a great for outdoor furniture as it’s durable and washable. All the covers have zip closures so they can be removed and washed or changed whenever required, and they are piped using cotton piping and black binding, which gives a lovely effect. I really enjoyed this project, and love the bold stripe.  There are two bolster cushions to be finished, so another photo will be added when the whole thing is complete.

This week I visited the Fashion at Liberty & Co exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles Museum in London. And what a treat it was! The Exhibiton Beautiful clothes and textiles were exhibited dating back from the late 1800s, showcasing the elegant designs and luxurious quality of Liberty fabric.  There were no display cabinets around most of the exhibits and it was a real challenge to restrain myself from reaching out to touch the soft, silky kimono sleeves!  I’ve included some photos here, although these do not do the exhibits justice. I was surprised to learn that Liberty do not keep their own textile archive, and so visiting this exhibition really was a rare privilege.  Most of the items were on loan from private collectors who have kept them in immaculate condition. The exhibition journeys through Liberty’s styles of fabric and fashion throughout the ages, including wonderful examples of Eastern…

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I made this bespoke waistcoat for someone who was going to the Goodwood Revival last summer. Shopping for vintage items or clothing with a retro style can be time consuming, and a little frustrating.  This is especially true if you have an exact picture in your mind of what you’re looking for.  Additionally, wearing true vintage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! We overcame that problem this year by making this vintage inspired pinstripe waistcoat, with stylish curving lapels and covered buttons in a contrast colour.  I was so pleased with this as it looked really smart.  Being made-to-measure really helps keep a look sharp.  It was worn with a white shirt, blue burgundy tie, navy chinos and a trilby hat on the day. If you’re thinking of having something made for a special vintage occasion, maybe a wedding or the Revival, here’s some little tips on where to start.. Research If…

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Made to measure curtains are an investment, and as such usually have a higher price tag than ready made curtains.  So what are the benefits of made to measure curtains, and how can you reduce the potential costs without compromising on style and quality?  Here’s some practical hints and tips to help you with bespoke curtains on a budget. What are the benefits of made to measure curtains? Quality Hand made, bespoke curtains are more likely to be made from good quality, longer lasting fabric which is naturally more costly than poorer quality fabric.  The benefit is that your curtains will not need replacing at the rate that poorer quality ready made ones would.   Finish In addition, made to measure curtains, especially from a smaller company, will be hand finished with attention to detail.  This means neat corners, straight lines and lots of care taken.  This takes time and skill,…

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