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Beat the Heat!

Thursday, 2 July 2015 16:36:01 Europe/London

Read about how Amy is staying lovely and cool in her fresh floral flora dress!

almond rock by hand london flora tilda cotton white tree fabrics

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Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Amy's Teal Dress

Thursday, 5 March 2015 09:52:56 Europe/London

One thing WhiteTree fabrics are proud of is our extensive selection of laces. Stretch, rigid, with a scalloped selvedge, without, floral, geometric, all different colours and designs.....we have over 700 designs to choose from. So when we saw that The Greart British Sewing Bee were going to be featuring a Pencil skirt challenge where the contestants had to work with lace, we reached out to our bloggers and challenged them to make a garment of their choice, the only rule being that that had to work with lace too.  Amy chose our beautiful Teal Leaf Lace. Take a look at the fabulous results below.

 GBSB Lace Challenge

GBSB Lace Challenge

Hello Sewing Bee fans!

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

In advance of tonight's episode White Tree Fabrics gave me 2 metres of the lovely teal/aqua coloured leaf lace seen in the show and in the accompanying book, used on this gorgeous pencil skirt.

GBSB Sewing Bee Book pg. 188

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

The lace has such a pretty scalloped selvedge I wanted to showcase that. So I thought if I made a strapless dress I could include a scalloped neckline and hem.

I used my tried and true Butterick 5351 as a starting point. This is a non-stretch lace and I found a teal rayon to use as a lining. I underlined the lace using tiny hand stitches and then changed the order of the construction to line the bodice and added fabric covered boning. I decided not to line the skirt and just underline it; the skirt pieces are just two gathered rectangles.

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

I don't personally think this is the type of lace to worry about pattern matching. The leaf design is quite free flowing so seam lines don't interrupt the print too badly. I bet I'd get marked down on the sewing bee though.

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

Before I started I washed the lace on the cool handwash setting of my washing machine, and because it's a cotton lace there was a little shrinking but no colour fading. There's not a massively clear difference between the right and wrong sides either. It was a really nice lace to work with.

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

So there you have it! A sweet new blue dress paired with a black patent belt and shoes.

GBSB Teal leaf lace dress

Amy's Sparkly Skater Dress

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:26:43 Europe/London

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We're really pleased to bring you this sparkly skater dress, created by one of our talented bloggers Amy Thomas, who blogs over at Almond Rock. It's always so interesting for us to see fabrics made into something amazing, as our usual view of our materials is a warehouse full of racks and racks of rolls of fabrics. It's so hard to imagine these rolls becoming anything it's always wonderful to see when they do! This fantastic garment is the perfect dress to take you from daytime to evening you some Summer sparkle, whilst you stay cool. We love this one! Here's the make in full:

Sparkly skater dress

Today I’m really happy to share a lovely sparkly number. This is a happy little dress that makes me smile while wearing it!!

This is the perfect skater dress (McCalls 6754) made in metallic foiled jersey.

I made this dress in association with a new online store, White Tree Fabrics, who specialise in dressmaking fabrics, haberdashery and patterns.

The dress has a darted front, dipped back, and brilliantly swishy circle skirt. I really like the other options in the pattern and will definitely be making it up again.

Skater dress

The jersey is pretty lightweight so I backed the bodice with some blue medium-weight jersey I had in my stash.

One thing to note is not to wash or iron this fabric on too high a heat. High temperature can destroy the sparkle in the fabric and at worst, can melt under the heat of your iron and be rather messy! (Note from White Tree - see here for our recommended wash care.)

The arm and neckholes, and hem are turned under and topstitched (I used a twin needle). And I used my serger to construct all the seams except the darts.

Sparkly skater dress collage

So it turns out it’s reeeeally hard to photograph something metallic without having your camera flash turned on (when we did it looked like the sun had exploded).

The dress looks silver on these photos but in person it definitely has a gold sheen.

Here’s my final attempt, inside with all the lights pointed at me.

Sparkly Skater Dress close up

I can confirm after buying some of White Tree’s spotted mesh fabric recently (trust me I do still buy fabric) that the price was great, delivery was quick and my fabrics came wrapped around card which was nice.

If you'd like a go at creating this dress yourself, here's everything you need:

Shop for the Metallic Jersey ► Here.

Shop for linings here ► Premium Viscose Lining,  Formaldehyde Free Lining (suitable for childrenswear too!) & Taffeta Lining.

Shop for the Sewing Pattern ► Here.

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our Bloggers - Amy

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:57:57 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome Amy Thomas to the WhiteTree Blogging Team


Amy hails from Leeds and is about to turn 30 (although we don't think she looks a day over 21)!

In addition to being passionate about dressmaking, she also loves gin cocktails, fluffy cats and James Bond. Amy bought her first sewing machine back in 2010 - she didn't think sh'e be any good at sewing, but discovered that it was amazing fun and has enjoyed sewing with a variety of fabrics. She now owns a handmade, bespoke wardrobe that is full of colour and print, all created by her own two hands. Amy blogs about her sewing adventures over at She also tweets and shares images on instagram under the name @almondrock_sews, so feel free to get in touch as Amy loves to hear thoughts on her makes and get feedback, as well as chatting about all things crafty.

Check back soon for Amy's first project with WhiteTree fabrics.....we know what's she's working on and are so excited to see it.  Stay tuned!

Amy Thomas 3

 Almond rock

Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team By Lisa Washington
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