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.”
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.