When the costume department of the Staatsoper Hamburg bought some Lipari Dattilo from us we were curious as to how they were going to use it, so it was great to be sent some photos of it on stage. Love the shot effect under the lights in this production of Das Lied von der Erde – a ballet by John Neumeier.
Feast your eyes on sumptuous woven textiles from rising star of UK textile design, Margo Selby. Margo’s trademark three-dimensional fabrics result from a combination of innovative hand-woven constructions and industrial machinery.
Margo’s work is sometimes described as ‘quilterly’ and her love of saturated colour fits right in with our own ethos. So, up until Monday 4 April 2016 (9.00am UK time) you can claim 20% off Margo Selby products by using the coupon code OAKSHOTT at the checkout on www.margoselby.com.* If you haven’t got to this post until after that date you still need to check out her fantastic range of furnishing fabrics, bedlinen, jackets, scarves, rugs, towels, throws, art, and her famous cushions:
Thanks to Jenny Putney for letting us have these charming photos of her granddaughters in the beautiful dresses she made and smocked for them using Oakshott fabric (plain and checked purple) purchased several years ago:
“The fabrics were a joy to work with by hand and machine. I used my smocking pleater to gather the fabric and matched the colours in the check weave to do the smocking which was my own overall design using ideas from a number of smocking books. The scariest part was cutting the rectangle of smocking to the shape of the pattern and making sure that it was symmetrical … Thank you for selling such a range of high quality fabrics to delight us all.”
Lizzie Lenard has just become a fan of the new Calluna Herringbone (“it gives a very smart look to a garment”). Her aim was to make best use of a metre to make an adult’s garment, and she had just the tiniest amount of the Harebell material left over.
“It has been a great pleasure sewing with it. It was because I knew the cotton would hang well in gathers that I made a point of testing it with pleats. Top marks, it holds a beautiful crease.”
Read all about the process in detail on her vintage sewing website and see more chat about the top, and vintage sewing more generally, on the fascinating We Sew Retro blog.
We first met Fiona across a crowded exhibition aisle in February 2010 and have been having fun with her approach to sewing ever since!
Fiona Pullen runs the online sewing directory as a central UK online platform for sewing businesses to promote themselves and as a one stop site for people who love sewing so they can find details of suppliers, sewing workshops, free projects, sewing techniques, industry news, competitions, events etc.
She gets 60-70,000 visitors a month so she gets plenty of offers to contribute content, particularly if it involves free fabric since they get to keep and enjoy what they make. For instance there’s a husband wearing this tie to work now and loving it.
This was one of two projects The Sewing Directory ran as a fabric challenge with Oakshott. Fiona shared the details of the fabrics on her site and invited people to submit ideas of what they would make with them. She then chose her two favourite ideas and sent them the fabric to make up their items and write the tutorials (go to her original post here).
The second project was a perfect little evening bag (instructions here) by Anna Wilson (you can find more projects from her on her blog www.awilson.co.uk or find her handmade products on Etsy.
The Calluna Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight. Imagine abeautiful, quality men’s shirt, from the sort of gentlemen’s outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna. It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses. It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.