Category Archives: Clothing

Lipari at the Opera

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.

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If you want to read about the production, The Song of the Earth, then the Staatsoper’s website is

Lily’s Quilts bloghop with Oakshott Lipari

We’ve been waiting on tenterhooks to announce a new blogshop hosted by Lily’s Quilts with eight talented quilt-bloggers using a Lipari Fat Eights Pack


First up is Allison Dutton of, so hop on over to see what led up to her making, guess what …


Here’s a diary of the blogs for you to follow:

5 May     Allison Dutton
10 May   Nicholas Ball 
12 May   Helen Purvis
17 May   Lynn Harris  
19 May   Kitty Wilkin 
24 May   Jessica Skultety 
26 May   Karin Jordan 
31 May   Elisabeth Vaughan

Find out more about the inspiration for this collection here.

Saturated colour

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.

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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* 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:


*Furniture, carpets and the Osborne & Little collection are excluded from this offer. See offer on Oakshott website.

Jersey Waistcoat

We aren’t surprised that this fine sight has made ripples:


This is Richard, married to Sarah Matlock, who wears this:

“with his rag coat when he joins the Morris Men – he plays the squeeze box for them!  And he makes the melodeons that he plays!!”

Sarah has now been commissioned to make this design in Oakshott Lipari which

“is going to be much more elegant”

Which we can’t wait to judge for ourselves, ‘cos we like the Colourshotts just fine:


Why Jersey in the title? Well they are based at La Robeline Cider and Sausages on that lovely island – looks like a fine life!

Grand smocking

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:

Jenny-Pudney2-2 Jenny-Pudney1-2 “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.”

A summer herringbone top

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.”

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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.

Sharing colour since 2010

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 Emoji 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.


It was designed by keen crafter Miriam Faulkner.  You can find Miriam blogging at moremiriam. Instructions are on the sewing directory site.

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 or find her handmade products on Etsy.

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Our mouths watered at the sight of Kerry’s clothing adventures with our new Calluna Herringbone fabric. There’s info and pics on and detailed making instructions on verykerryberry.blogspot

Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone
Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone

The Calluna  Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight.  Imagine a beautiful, 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.

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Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01