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Showcase Of Our Tilda Christmas Fabrics And Ribbons.

Showcase Of Our Tilda Christmas Fabrics And Ribbons.


Christmas is on its way so today I am highlighting some of our fabulous Christmas fabrics and ribbons from Tilda. I know you will all love them!

The photo collage below showcases the fabrics and ribbons from the 'Christmas Play' collection by Tilda.

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If you would like to make some patchwork Christmas stockings this year then how about buying a charm pack of Tilda ‘Christmas Play’ fabrics. In this pack you get 42 fabric pieces and each square measures 12.5 x 12.5cm. There is a tutorial on the ‘Basic Grey’ blog that shows you how to make a lovely Quilted Patchwork Christmas Stocking.

If you would prefer to buy bigger pieces of fabric then you will be pleased to hear that we also stock all the Tilda ‘Christmas Play’ fabrics in fat quarters, 1 metre lengths or on a 10 metre bolt. You can see all the available lengths by looking through the Tilda ‘Christmas Play’ category on our website.

The fabric in the ‘Christmas Play’ collection are :-

The Tilda ribbons available in the ‘Christmas Play’ range are :-

There are also a few other ‘Christmas Play’ products, such as gift wrap and craft paper, that you can buy to match up with the fabrics and you can see them all by clicking here.

Now , as if that isn’t enough….Tilda also have another beautiful collection of Christmas fabrics, ribbons and lace available! It is called 'Sweet Christmas'.

This collage below shows the fabrics and embellishments in the ‘Sweet Christmas’ collection.

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As with the other Christmas collection , you can buy a charm pack of the ‘Sweet Christmas’ fabrics but even better is that you can also buy a fat quarter bundle as well. There are also other matching craft products in this collection and you can see them by clicking on this link.

The fabrics in the ‘Sweet Christmas’ collection are :-

The lace / ribbons available in the ‘Sweet Christmas’ range are :-

I told you that you would all love these Tilda fabrics. :-)

I am sure that you have all guessed that my favourite Christmas collection is the ‘Sweet Christmas’ one because of the gloriously spotty fabric. You all know how much I love my polka dots!

Happy ‘Christmas’ Sewing!

Best wishes, Kim



Comprehensive List Of Simplicity Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns Plus Haunted Fabrics And Ribbons

Comprehensive List Of Simplicity Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns Plus Haunted Fabrics And Ribbons


Halloween is just a matter of weeks away so here is a showcase of the Halloween inspired sewing products from our website Sewing-Online.com

We stock lots of Simplicity Halloween sewing patterns plus we have spooky Makower UK fabrics and eerie ribbons from Berisfords. I have had WAY too much fun putting all the photos of the costumes and products into collages for you. As you can see, I went to town on the Halloween theme.

Hope you enjoy looking at all the ghoulish things!

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Halloween Inspired 400g Bag Of Mixed Buttons - This bag of buttons would be perfect for making Halloween themed button pictures or for using as an embellishment on a costume. The 400g bag of button is currently on sale at £9.57.

Extreme Face Painting Book - This book has lots of different face-painting designs for you to follow and we are selling it for £16.99.

Happy Halloween Ribbon - This Berisfords Halloween ribbon is available in a green/orange colourway as well as a orange/purple colourway. It is £13.27 for a 20 metre reel.

Skull And Cross Bones Ribbon - This Berisfords skull and cross bones ribbon is available in a white/black colourway as well as a black/orange colourway. It is £13.48 for a 20 metre reel.

Witches Hat Ribbon - This Berisfords witches hat ribbon is available in a purple/black colourway as well as a black/orange colourway. It is £13.27 for a 20 metre reel.

Haunted House Ribbon - This Berisfords haunted house design ribbon is available in an orange or green colourway. It is £13.27 for a 20 metre reel.

Chillingsworth Skeleton Panel - This Halloween themed panel is made by Makower UK and it is £6.98. It measures approx 60 x 112cm (24” x 44”)

Chillingsworth Circles Fabric- This Halloween themed fabric is made by Makower UK and it is £5.59 for half a metre.

Chillingsworth Damask Skull Fabric- This Halloween themed fabric is made by Makower UK and it is £5.59 for half a metre. It is available in a couple of different colourways.

Chillingsworth Text Fabric- This Halloween themed fabric is made by Makower UK and it is £5.59 for half a metre.

Chillingsworth Border Fabric- This Halloween themed fabric is made by Makower UK and it is £5.59 for half a metre. It is available in a couple of different colourways.

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Simplicity 1294

Simplicity 1299

Simplicity 1300

Simplicity 1301

Simplicity 1347

Simplicity 1732

Simplicity 1772 

Simplicity 1819 

Simplicity 2067

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Simplicity 2072

Simplicity 2172

Simplicity 2331

Simplicity 2525 

Simplicity 2777

Simplicity 3677

Simplicity 3685

Simplicity 4046

Simplicity 1349 

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Simplicity 2333

Simplicity 2486 

Simplicity 2895

Simplicity 4923

Simplicity 5840

Simplicity 1304

Simplicity 1350 

Simplicity 1768

Simplicity 1769 

Simplicity 2071

Simplicity 2788

Simplicity 5927 

Hope you have enjoyed this post.

Best wishes, Kim



Vogue 1341 - Stitched By Karen From Willowwears

Vogue 1341 - Stitched By Karen From Willowwears


Here at Sewing-Online we love to see photos of the garments that our customers create with our sewing patterns. It is always fantastic to see how the finished creation looks.  It certainly serves as great sewing inspiration for us all to see what can be achieved with a bit of time, a length of fabric and an interesting sewing pattern.

In today’s post I want to share with you some photos of Vogue 1341 that has been handmade by Karen from Willowwears. I am over the moon to see what this pattern looks like stitched up as Karen had asked me for some pattern suggestions a while back and I had said to her that I thought the style of this dress was her cup of tea. She decided to go for it and bought the sewing pattern from our website.

I adore her choice of fabric and I really think the dress suits her. It is such a stylish piece and I think the construction of it is amazing. It actually has no side seams but instead is made up of shaped pieces of fabric sewn together to wrap round the body and create the dress. You can find out all about the dress and what was involved in making it by reading Karen’s latest blog post …’It’s A Wrap’ . She says it was a challenge at first because of the unusual construction but she is really happy with the final result. I think she did a fabulous job!

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To read her review of the pattern on the Sewing Pattern Review website then here is the link - http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/103190

If you would like to purchase this pattern then please stop by our website and add it to your basket. http://sewing-online.com/haberdashery/sewing_patterns/vogue_patterns/dresses/vogue_pattern_v1341_misses_dress/ 

We have the Vogue dress pattern available in two different sizes. There is the pattern envelope that has sizes 6,8,10,12 and 14 and the one that has sizes 14,16,18,20 and 22.  The pattern costs £15.00.

It is part of the Donna Karan Designer Collection and to be absolutely honest I think you can definitely tell this is a designer pattern. It just looks so fashionable and bang on trend. I’m sure you can imagine how much it would cost to buy a dress like this in a boutique! The best thing about making your own version though - rather than buying one - has to be the fact that yours will truly be a one-of-a-kind original as you can use whichever fabric takes your fancy and add pretty embellishments as you see fit.

Here is the photo of the dress from the pattern envelope :-

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It would be lovely if you could stop by and LIKE Karen’s Willowwears facebook page. It is the place where she posts about her latest creations and it is fascinating to see how the garments look on their journey from a piece of fabric into wearable clothing! She is now working on Simplicity 1280 and Burda 7576. And her other recently finished patterns are New Look 6144 and New Look 6950. She is a very busy ‘sewing’ bee!

Hope you hall have a great week. Please feel free to stop by and have a chat with me on facebook or twitter. I always love to natter about sewing.

Best wishes, Kim



5 Free Sewing Patterns / Tutorials For Making Cushions

5 Free Sewing Patterns / Tutorials For Making Cushions


I know how much you all love it when I share links to online sewing tutorials with you so…. today I have links to 5 free patterns for sewing a cushion.

There are 2 for patchwork cushions and 3 for regular cushions with variations in their design.

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I think my absolute favourite has to be the Bling Cushion from the Roma and Mary blog. I love the sash detail with the pretty diamante buckle.   If you fancy making one yourself then we sell diamante buckles in our online sewing shop.

Here are the links for you :-

Hope you all enjoy sewing these projects. :-)   

If you ever need fabric to create these cushions with all you need to do is pop over to Sewing-Online and have a browse through our selection of fabrics. We sell so many different designs!

Best wishes, Kim



6 Facebook Pages That You Must ‘Like’ If You Are A Fan Of Sewing!

6 Facebook Pages That You Must ‘Like’ If You Are A Fan Of Sewing!


Today I thought I would share some links with you to sewing themed facebook pages that I love! All of the pages in my list are people I have been following for a couple of years.

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The first facebook page in my list is…….

  • Sewing-Online That’s right I couldn’t resist mentioning our page first! I would absolutely love it if you would stop by and Like our page. :-) I have been managing the social media accounts for Sewing-Online since January 2012 and the blog since August 2011 and I cannot tell you how much I love getting to chat with people on there about their latest sewing projects. I feel honoured that people take the time to share a photo with me of their special handmade creations. If you choose to stop by our page I would love it if you’d upload a photo of your latest make to our wall. I’d love to take a look. Also if you take a look down our ‘Posts To Page’ on the left hand side of our wall you will be able to see lots of links to other sewing enthusiasts who you can pop along and have a natter with about all things needle and thread.
  • Willowwears - It would be fantastic if you could all go and follow Karen from Willowwears. I have been following her dressmaking adventures on facebook since about April 2012. She has made countless amazing dresses and tops and I am so envious of her sewing skills. She is such a lovely lady… so friendly and a great online sewing friend. We have never met but we know each other well through chatting on social media. I like to think I know her style when it comes to sewing patterns and she has bought quite a few of my sewing pattern suggestions over the past 2+ years and it is always such fun to watch her create the garments and document their progress on her page and blog. I can envisage her starting to make dresses for other people to buy and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she doesn’t start designing her own patterns too. She is so talented and would be a fab dress designer/maker. She couldn’t do it without Dolly though! Her beloved dressmaking dummy that she bought from us.
  • Bagolo - Sarah makes such unique handbags. I urge you to go and take a look and treat yourself! :-)  She started on facebook in July 2012 and I believe I was her first fan… she now has over 5000 likes on her page and each and every one of us, her fans, love her bags. She has done so well and I am so happy that I have been able to witness her sewing journey since the start.  She uses the most glorious fabrics for her handbags and they are always in high demand as people all want to own a ‘Bagolo’ bag.
  • Starbright Designs - I have been chatting to Charlie since February 2012 as we were both making applique duvet covers at the same time. I’d made one with polka dots for my daughter and she had made one with stars. She is as mad about stars as I am about polka dots …so we get on very well! :-) I’ve really loved watching her handmade sewing business take off…she makes appliqued items and they are all so fabulous. If you are looking for a handmade gift for somebody then you must stop by her etsy shop. Her tippees are gorgeous and would make a fantastic Christmas gift.
  • Stitchless TV - Tree from Stitchless TV has been inspiring me with her creative but simple sewing projects since the middle of 2012. She makes the most unique garments by altering existing clothes in her wardrobe or by sewing new garments from scratch but being experimental in their construction. You really must stop by her You Tube page and watch her sewing tutorials. One of my favourite makes of hers was the beautiful tailcoat made with printed photo fabric and spray-on fusible web which she bought from us at Sewing-Online. Tree has a knack of making everything in her sewing tutorials look so easy and achievable. She is a star and definitely one to watch! I’m going to sit here now and try to predict the future…I think  one day Tree will be on the TV presenting her own sewing show. Fingers crossed I’m right!
  • Mama Says Sew - Anne has been supporting our page for ages by regularly sending new likers my way and congratulating me when we reach another milestone. I really appreciate her encouraging words that she has to say to me when we are just a few hundred more likes away from another big number. We are currently at 15,873 likes so getting close to 16K. It’s sew exciting!  :-)  On her website she sells PDF quilting patterns for cushions, quilts and homeware and she has some amazing designs that I’m sure you’d love. It would be great if you’d stop by and like her page and then visit her online shop.  If you need any patchwork fabric to make her designs with then make sure to look at our fabric section on our site. She is so lovely that she can be often found telling people on her page about our fabrics and she is forever being kind enough to promote our sales. Thanks Anne.

Have a great week everyone.

Best wishes, Kim



We Have Sewing Machine Cabinets At Sale Prices!

We Have Sewing Machine Cabinets At Sale Prices!


Have you always wanted a purpose-built sewing machine cabinet to use with your beloved sewing machine? If the answer is yes then now is the time to treat yourself as we currently have a sale on all the sewing machine cabinets on our site!! Yes some of them are still quite a big investment but with savings to be made this is the time you could get away with treating yourself. Just think of the fabric you could buy for your stash with the money you are saving :-)

                                                       

In this post I will talk about just 5 of the cabinets we stock but there are more to be seen in our online sewing store. Here is the link to the rest of them - http://sewing-online.com/equipment/sewing__machine_cabinets/

All of the cabinets featured in today’s post are made by Arrow Sewing cabinets.

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This sturdy sewing machine table offers freearm and flatbed sewing with an adjustable platform. It has steel locking legs which give the table a sturdy base but they fold up neatly for easy storage. It has a tough melamine surface which is mar-resistant. This will accommodate sewing machines no larger then 44.5cm (17 ½”) wide x 18.8 cm (7 3/8”) deep. This is currently on sale for £99.99

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This Shirley cabinet has cute, vintage styling and will look amazing in your sewing nook / room. It offers freearm and flatbed sewing with an adjustable platform to accommodate different heights of machines. This cabinet has four drawers so you will have plenty of storage space for your sewing essentials. This will accommodate sewing machines no bigger than 11” (27.94 cm) front to back, 17” (43.18cm) left to right. Here is a list of sewing machines that we know will not fit in this cabinet.  This is currently on offer for £175.00.

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This adorable cabinet is one that your sewing friends will be super envious of! It has a durable design with composite construction and a vinyl laminate.  It has two drawers and beneath them are two large storage spaces. This has a simple 2-position mechanism which allows you to sew flatbed or free arm at any height and in any position you want. The cabinet will accommodate machines up to 24.1cm (9-1/2”) front to back by 47cm (18-1/2”) wide. This is currently on offer for £225.00.

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This cabinet has all the features of a larger cabinet but in a reduced size.The airlift will move your sewing machine up and down like an elevator into 3 sewing positions: free arm, flatbed and storage of the machine. It has four drawers which offers plenty of storage for your sewing essentials and there are two fold out leaves so that you can have a large work surface for all your projects. This also comes with a universal insert to fit most sewing machines creating a flush sewing surface. A custom insert can be ordered separately to accommodate a specific machine. This cabinet will accommodate sewing machines which are 12-9/16” (31.09 cm) front to back (deep) by 18-7/8” (47.94 cm)left to right (wide) by 13-1/8” (33.33 cm) tall. Here is a list of sewing machines that will not fit on this cabinet. This is currently on offer for £349.99.

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This is the ultimate sewing machine cabinet! It has a quilt leaf at the back of the cabinet so that when you sew delicate quilts you don’t have to have the quilt drop to the floor, instead it can lay on the work surface behind the machine. This features a vertical air-lift design to move your sewing machine up and down.The cabinet will accommodate machines up to 24.1cm (9 1/2”) front to back by 47cm (18 1/2”) wide by 33.3cm (13 1/8”) tall. This is currently on offer for £599.99.

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If you do decide to buy yourself a fancy, new sewing machine cabinet then I would love to see a photo of it when it’s all set up in your sewing room. You could tweet me a picture to @sewing_online or post it on my facebook wall - www.facebook.com/sewingonline

It’s time for a lot of the kids to start back at school this week so I am sure lots of you are looking forward to having a little bit more sewing time on your hands! :-)  If you are looking for any back to school crafting bargains then take a look here.

Best wishes, Kim



Can You Help ‘I Am Super Capes’ By Sewing Capes For Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town?

Can You Help ‘I Am Super Capes’ By Sewing Capes For Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town?


Hi everyone. Today I want to introduce you to a very special lady. Her name is Claudia Beard and she is the lady behind ‘I Am Super capes’.  She dedicates all her spare time to sewing superhero capes for children who are ill and in need, both in this country and abroad.

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Claudia started this venture back in November 2013 after the devastating typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. At first her and a friend collected supplies to be sent over to the Philippines and they managed to fill over 350 boxes with medical supplies, clothing, baby goods, tents etc by contacting people they knew and asking them to help. The boxes were sent out via the Bath based charity ‘Mercy In Action UK’. Once the boxes had all been sent out Claudia decided that she still wanted to do more to help.

She decided that she would like to do something to help the children who had lost parents because of the typhoon. She knew that what they had been through was heart-breaking and she felt that she wanted to try and bring a smile to their faces and hope into their lives. This was when her idea of making superhero capes for them came about.

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Claudia was inspired by a lady called Robyn from the USA who was making superhero capes for ill children in hospital. Reading the inspirational story of how TinySuperHeroes brightened up kid’s lives by making them capes really inspired Claudia to do the same and start up ‘I Am Super capes’.

"Every child deserves to be a Superhero, no matter who they are, where they live, whatever they are going through.  Every child deserves the right to be a child, to have some time to be able to get away from the hardships and stress of the situation/environment they are in.

That is why I Am Super capes was born.  We are wanting to send capes to these children.  To help light up their imaginations, to give them a moment of respite from what is around them.  To give them the POWER to be children!”

I myself am inspired by Claudia and her vision of bringing smiles to kid’s faces by sending them their very own superhero cape and that is why I asked her if I could write today’s post all about what she is doing.  I would love it if any of you reading this could help Claudia with ‘I Am Super capes’, even if it is only in a small way such as retweeting one of her tweets or in a much bigger way such as sending her your spare fabric or even better, by getting involved in the cape making by volunteering your time and spending it sewing capes for children who need them.

Currently she is on a mission to sew 600 superhero capes to send to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town in December. If you would like to sew some capes for her then please get in touch with Claudia by using the details in the photo below.

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If instead you would prefer to send her some of your spare fabric then she would be very grateful for your kindness. You can post fabric to Claudia Beard, I Am Super capes, Bourne View, Bourne Fields, Twyford, SO21 1NY.

Please take a moment to follow ‘I Am Super capes’ over on twitter and facebook . It would be absolutely amazing if you could also share on your own social media accounts and blogs that she is looking for people to kindly sew capes or send in spare fabric to her. Thanks so much everybody.

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If you sew for charity or for a good cause and would like to be considered for a feature on this blog then please get in touch with me via twitter or facebook.



Comprehensive List Of Birth Record Cross Stitch Kits To Celebrate A New Baby Being Born

Comprehensive List Of Birth Record Cross Stitch Kits To Celebrate A New Baby Being Born


Hi everybody. Today I have compiled a huge list of Birth Record Cross Stitch Kits that we have for sale in our online sewing shop. When I started the post I thought we had a fair few kits to choose from but after going through the stock listings on the website it seems we sell an amazing amount of different designs….73 different kits to be precise! :-)

It is such a lovely gesture to stitch a birth record for a new born baby. It will be treasured forever and I’m sure it will be displayed proudly on the nursery wall. Instead of framing the finished design you could always sew it onto a baby blanket instead and then the new little baby can snuggle up beneath your handiwork.

Fingers crossed that if you are in the market for a birth record cross stitch kit that we sell the one you are looking for.

Here is a collage photo of 11 of my favourites (The kits shown in the collage are numbers 21, 63, 8, 71, 59, 18, 68, 31, 48, 55 and 47 ) and in the bullet point list below you can see links to all 73 of the kits. 

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  1. About Boys by Dimensions
  2. Gift From God by Dimensions 
  3. About Girls by Dimensions
  4. Baby Princess by Dimensions
  5. Cuddly Bear by Dimensions 
  6. Toy Shelf by Dimensions
  7. A Gift Of Love by Dimensions
  8. Alphabet by Dimensions
  9. Pet Friends by Dimensions
  10. Royalty by Vervaco
  11. Sheep by Vervaco
  12. A Star Is Born by Dimensions
  13. Baby Blocks by Dimensions
  14. Baby Squares by Dimensions
  15. Baby Express by Dimensions
  16. Baby Drawers by Dimensions
  17. Sweet Baby by Backyard
  18. Happi Backyard by Dimensions
  19. Birth Record For Baby by Dimensions
  20. Sweet Dreams by Dimensions
  21. Baby With Teddy by Vervaco
  22. Sleeping With Teddy by Vervaco
  23. Teddies In Garden by Vervaco
  24. Pooh And Friends by Vervaco
  25. Zoo Alphabet by Dimensions
  26. So Sweet by Dimensions
  27. Little Sports by Dimensions 
  28. Baby’s Friends by Dimensions
  29. God Gave Us by Dimensions
  30. Baby Hugs - Savannah by Dimensions
  31. Happi Transport by Dimensions
  32. Barn Babies by Dimensions
  33. Train by Dimensions
  34. Twinkle Twinkle by Dimensions
  35. Noahs Ark by Vervaco
  36. Hands by Vervaco
  37. Booties by Vervaco
  38. Clowns by Vervaco
  39. Feet by Vervaco 
  40. New Arrival by Vervaco
  41. Teddy by Vervaco
  42. Teddy On Clouds by Vervaco
  43. Baby With Teddy by Vervaco
  44. Sleeping Baby by Vervaco
  45. Baby Bottle - Pink by Vervaco
  46. Zoo Animals by Vervaco
  47. Holding Tight by Vervaco
  48. Farmyard Animals by Vervaco
  49. Animal Train by Vervaco
  50. Stork And Pram by Vervaco
  51. Teddy And Blanket by Vervaco
  52. Animal Fun by Vervaco
  53. Funny Bus by Vervaco
  54. Cuddle Teddy by Vervaco
  55. Caravan Trip by Vervaco
  56. Treehouse by Vervaco
  57. Hello Kitty by Vervaco
  58. Birds by Vervaco
  59. Hello Kitty Birth Record by Vervaco
  60. Kitten by Vervaco
  61. Balloon Teddy by Vervaco
  62. Animal Cheer by Vervaco
  63. Fire Engine by Vervaco
  64. Clown Delight by Vervaco
  65. Owl by Vervaco
  66. Baby Booties by Vervaco
  67. Tractor by Vervaco
  68. Gnomes by Vervaco
  69. Circus by Vervaco
  70. Sheep by Vervaco
  71. Lickle Ted Sleeping by DMC
  72. Bootees by DMC
  73. Ten Tiny Toes Sampler by DMC

Hope you all have a fantastic week.

Best wishes, Kim



Top Fashion Icons Of The 20th Century

Top Fashion Icons Of The 20th Century


Today I have a guest post for you all. It is about the top fashion icons of the 20th Century.

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From models and actresses through to designers and singers, the world of fashion has no end of shortages. As fashion has evolved over the years we still find that many dressmakers, designers and stylish crafters look to previous styles to find inspiration and influence. Here at Sewing Online, we now take a look back at some of the most memorable fashion icons of the 20th century and determine who left lasting impressions that still survive to this day.

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn is probably one of the most celebrated fashion icons of this century and became famous for her elegant style and fragile beauty which has since become synonymous with 20th century Hollywood glamour fashion.

After coming to prominence after her Best Actress Oscar win for her onscreen role in the film Roman Holiday she went on to define the notorious Little Black Dress (LBD) in her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s wearing iconic fashions defined by Hurbert De Givenchy which catapulted her to success and saw her being featured on many fashion front pages during the 50s.

Off-screen Hepburn was often seen wearing full, waist cinching skirts, knotted scarves around her neck and ballet pumps, which are wardrobe staples for most women of today.  

The actress often kept things simple, and never really followed fashion trends, which is what made her such an iconic figure, although colours were often plain, she was seen in bolder brighter colours – accessories were always subtle.

Tip - To recreate Hepburn’s iconic look consider using ribbon to clinch dresses at the waist for that more feminine look and if working from a dressmaking pattern opt for a dressmakers dummy that will help you create a more accurate finish and help you see how your outfit is progressing as you make it.

Kate Moss


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There are very few things in fashion that have longevity but Kate Moss is the anomaly having chimed her style with the changing times, since her first appearance on the catwalks in the 1990s. Her image is completely omnipresent from her off-screen paparazzi shots through to her model advertising campaigns for make-up right through to her own self-designed clothing range at Topshop.

Having appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine more than 20 times in her career, a discussion about fashion icons wouldn’t be complete without her. From shorts and wellington boots in her more casual appearances through to sequined slip dresses to showcase her signature party lifestyle.

Tip - Kate Moss is a firm advocate of dressing for her shape and with her great legs, is often seen wearing mini dresses and skirts, don’t be afraid of creating an outfit in black.

Twiggy

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Twiggy, also known as Lesley Hornby, was the World’s first supermodel at just 17-years-old, and came to prominence in the late 60’s. Initially known for her skinny build and boyish looks she propelled miniskirts, bee hives and spider eyelashes into 1960s fashion.

Her phases of fashion were brief, bare and daring which made her a trendsetter and all started with ‘the mini’ and ‘shift dress’ looks. Seen in dresses and skirts that hit around six and seven inches above the knee, she provoked scandal which eventually turned into an excellent marketing campaign for fashion designer Mary Quant and saw ‘the mini’ spread.

The shift dress, which she often wore with an exaggerated collar, was designed in pastels and showcased her incredibly slim frame perfectly while letting her legs take centre stage.

Tip – A lot of Twiggy’s looks were block colours so attempt to keep things simple.  Add trims where necessary for a little more appeal. Be liberal and brave with your designs.

Princess Diana

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As much as Princess Diana was known for her public compassion, kindness and demure approach her dress and fashion sense was often watched closely by the press and public. From a young princess first in the limelight her style was romantic and modest but as her confidence grew in the public eye her style developed into a more elegant and thought out fashion. She had the ability to represent the fashion, age and size of her mass following unlike any royal before her.

The Princess embraced everything from the shoulder pads and cinched waists of the 80’s, represented in her feminine suits, right through to ruffled blouses and dress trims of the 90’s and even created her very own version of the LBD. Princess Diana worked with many of Britain’s leading fashion houses to create some of the most iconic styles including Catherine Walker and Bruce Oldfield.

Tip - Diana may have created iconic looks but she did everything in moderation so don’t be too flamboyant. Look to current fashions and trends and see how you can make them different.  Take a look at some of our dressmaking patterns.

Elizabeth Taylor

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A silver screen beauty and style icon, Elizabeth Taylor was a picture perfect fashion icon; she redefined the classic Hollywood look in the 40s but remained a close focus for fashion inspirations until her death in 2011.

From diamonds, luxurious fabrics and various hair styles, Taylor was the epitome of risqué with plunging necklines and thin straps ready to slip off her shoulders. While she mainly kept to evolved fashions she always opted for bolder twists opting for luxurious accessories such as fur and velvet wraps.

Tip – Consider diamante accessories or pairing a simple feminine design with lace or faux fur trimming for that more glamorous finish.

Victoria Beckham

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From a Spice Girl renowned for her LBD as Posh Spice through to her fashion designer status today, Victoria Beckham has become a household name in fashion and is known for understated elegance both on street and on the catwalk. After setting many trends and experimenting with numerous hairstyles and clothing reinventions, she now favours a more iconic, pristine and body contouring look which adheres more to a classic style status than fashion trends.

However, her looks still make her a fashion chameleon with many of her styles being adopted by people of all ages.  Inclusive of the LBD, many of her iconic looks are very feminine and include pencil dresses, short dresses to showcase her legs and minimalistic colours and simplicity.

Tip – If you want to mix colours, think less is more. Opt for haberdashery accessories like gold beading or bolder coloured and bigger buttons.

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Be Inspired By This Corner Shop Where Everything Is Made From Felt!

Be Inspired By This Corner Shop Where Everything Is Made From Felt!


Now I know you all love to be inspired and this humble little corner shop in East London will do just that.  It is a one-of-a-kind corner shop that is run by artist Lucy Sparrow. The things for sale in her corner shop are a bit more expensive than your regular corner shop though. For example a pint of milk costs a whopping £20! However…it’s well and truly worth it. Do you know why it’s worth it? Because it has been hand-crafted by Lucy herself. The pint of milk is in fact sewn from felt and embellished with fabric paints so that it resembles a real carton of milk.  The shop doesn’t only have dairy products though, you’ll also find packets of biscuits, cereals, frozen foods , sweets, vegetables and more. You name it….Lucy had handmade it in felt!

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The Cornershop is an art installation and it will be at 19 Wellington Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 7BB until the 31st August 2014. It is open everyday from 10am until 7pm. Sadly I live too far away to go and visit but if you live closer please do go and take a look. It is a unique shop that any crafty person would love to visit.

There are also going to be sewing classes offered at certain times - so well worth going to those. I am not sure how much they cost but you can find out more about them by emailing Lucy on sewyoursoul@gmail.com or calling her on 07779 971521. Here is a link to the sewing workshop timetable - http://sewyoursoul.co.uk/2014/08/05/sewing-workshop-timetable-at-the-cornershop/  I love the sound of the ‘Sewing Pick and Mix Sweets’ class! Yummy! Just a shame you can’t eat them.

To find out more about The Cornershop please visit The Cornershop Blog or Lucy’s personal website  ‘Sew Your Soul’. You can also follow her on twitter - @sewyoursoul

If hearing about Lucy’s felt cornershop has inspired you to get sewing then please stop by our website and buy some felt to start creating with. The 10 piece pack of felt is just £3.06 but we do have lots more to choose from over on our site.

I think one of my past blog posts will inspire you - ‘Comprehensive List Of Yummy Felt Food Sewing Tutorials’.

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Hope you have a wonderful week.

Best wishes, Kim