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Make your own undies!

Monday, 15 August 2016 11:14:22 Europe/London

This has to be my favourite blog picture! Click read more below to see how these pretty undies were created....

sew over it knickers

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

Louise's Wedding Guest Dress

Monday, 15 June 2015 10:34:42 Europe/London

Take a look at the lovely dress Louise created with Tilda Cotton fabric and a By Hand London dress pattern. The results are wonderful!

by hand london elisalex

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

Louise's GBSB Inspired Lace Dress

Monday, 16 March 2015 12:56:51 Europe/London

We're pleased to share another fabulous lace creation with you, this time from our lovely blogger Louise. This black lace dress is definitely a winner!

   GBSB Lace Challenge



Black Lace Dress 1

Did you catch the Great British Sewing Bee final? Well done to Matt – I think he was my favourite from the start! However, did you see all those lovely lace skirts they made last week? Last year for GBSB Series 2 I took part in my very own ‘Sewing Bee Sleeveless Top’ challenge (you can see how that make went here). Not one to break with tradition, this year for GBSB Series 3, White Tree Fabrics were very kind to set me another challenge! This time it was a lace challenge – though ‘challenge’ is perhaps an understatement.

The pattern I used for my GBSB lace challenge was the Vogue V8949 dress, an ‘Easy Options’ sewing pattern that features both long sleeve and sleeveless dresses with a lace overlay. I chose to make view C for the a-line skirt but then added the lace sleeves from view B to make it a bit more ‘demure’ and more like an evening dress.

The fabric I used is the black large flower lace from White Tree Fabrics – the same black lace that Neil used in the Sewing Bee episode – with a simple, ivory-coloured lining underneath. The lace has a lovely scalloped edge which I think looks just lovely around my dress hem. If you’ve never sewn with shiny lining and silky, stretchy lace before (like me) then my goodness you’re in for a bumpy ride. These fabrics are gosh-darn slippery! Basting and pinning are your friends for this project, believe me. I got quite frustrated with this dress at one point and put it away for a few weeks whilst I calmed down – I really don’t know how those Sewing Bee contestants managed to cope in such a small time-frame! No walking away from the challenge for a breather in that room…

great british sewing bee neil lace skirt

The pattern itself is made up of lots of separate panels for the skirt, a front bodice, a back bodice, a waistband and two decorative peplums over the hips. I quite like the added peplum feature, it’s not something I’d ever have thought to try but the end result is quite effective. Definitely one I’ll be keeping in mind for future projects! I also rather like the addition of lace sleeves, although I did make them a little too big for my liking. You live and learn – and I certainly did learn a lot whilst making this dress.

vogue 8949 lace dress gbsb

Overall this GBSB lace challenge was exactly that – a challenge!  I’ve learnt such a lot about delicate fabrics and sewing techniques through making it. Practice makes perfect! Who knows, this time next year you might be watching me on the TV as I battle with these fabrics in public rather than in them privacy of my living room ;)

What do you think? Have you ever sewn with lace before? Has the episode inspired you to try? Here are a few of the other White Tree Fabrics bloggers makes (which are all so much better than mine!) – check them out!

Black Lace Dress 2

Louise's Honeymoon Cosy Coco

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:23:33 Europe/London

Our popular warm jersey fabric has proved to be a huge hit with our customers and our bloggers. This versatile fabric is just perfect for fashion, as our bloggers have proven. Take a look at these previous projects which include dresses, t-shirts, cardigans and hoodies:

Louise's Purple Coco Dress

Skye's Charcoal long sleeve Tee

Katie's Gold Cardi

Erin's snuggly Purple Hoodie

We're so pleased to be able to bring you a wonderful make from our blogger Louise, who wore her creation on her Honeymoon in Iceland! I guess this fabric really puts the 'warm' into warm jersey, plus this garment is in the gorgeous festive red shade. Over to Louise....

Cosy Coco


Here it is, my latest make for White Tree Fabrics  and a super cosy Coco dress for my Icelandic honeymoon! The pattern is the good old Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress , but this time I made it with a funnel neck and cuffs as previously I’ve only made the dress sweet and simple and thought it was about time I gave myself more of a challenge!


The fabric I used was the warm jersey in red ,which has a one-way stretch, meaning that it hugs around your body absolutely wonderfully. It also makes it very snuggly and the perfect material for that fold-down funnel neck!  I think I used 1.5m altogether for this dress, including the extra details and the pockets, as well as a reel of red thread.

Cosy Coco

I have to say that this dress was absolutely perfect for Iceland, where it frequented minus 10°c on more than one occasion. I love the red colour too – it’s so vibrant and very festive. It also matches the colour of my bridesmaids dresses which is a happy co-incidence! There’ll be a few images of both my wedding and my honeymoon popping up on the blog soon once I’ve had chance to edit so keep an eye out for those if you’re interested :) In the meantime, here are some more pics of my 4th Coco!

Cosy Coco

Huge congratulations to Louise on her marriage - we can't wait to see the wedding pictures, and of course the other dress!

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

Louise's Vogue Floral Dress

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:45:15 Europe/London

Not every make is a roaring success. However, when a blogger has worked so hard on a project, hoping for good results but not quite getting what they expected, we're still going to share it with you. Every dressmaking project helps a sewer to expand their experience and knowledge and hopefully what they have encountered on their sewing journey might help someone else further down the line.  This time, it was a sizing issue on a dress pattern.

Here's what happened when Louise attempted Vogue's 8764 dress.


Oh how I wish this dress had turned out better. The pattern, V8764, is for a 3/4 length sleeve dress with an a-line skirt, invisible back zipper, top-stitching and lovely little V detail at the neckline – I love the illustration on the envelope, it looks so elegant! Such a great looking dress for work, tea parties and trips to the shops don’t you think?

louise tilda dress

The fabric I used is a Tilda Martine cotton in blue/grey from White Tree Fabrics – you can find it here.  It’s a lovely cotton fabric to sew with – very soft and flowy and doesn’t fray. I love the little ditsy floral print too, it’s very dainty and perfect for a tea dress like this. The dress also has a lining in the bodice and the skirt making it feel like a very luxurious garment. I’ve never sewn a proper lining before so it was great to learn how it’s done!

Now, here’s my problem with this pattern – whilst it’s full of loveliness, it’s also wayyyy too big for little people like me. I cut the pattern to the smallest size and, due to all the seams and lining and top-stitching, didn’t find myself with a lot of opportunity for fitting until it was too late! The length isn’t a problem to alter and the waist fits ok (perhaps adding some belt loops would solve this further!) but that neckline. I just cannot deal with that neckline! Maybe it’s because I’m quite petite, but it’s so wide on me and gapes horrendously at the front. It’s making me a bit sad because I do really like the dress and the fabric – if the top was more fitted/had a higher neck then I dare say it’d become one of my go-to dresses. I’m not sure I can edit it without re-cutting my pattern pieces now that I’ve attached the lining and zip and top-stitched around the neck. What do you reckon?

Tilda Dress


That’s not to say that this dress will turn out badly for everyone though – I did a quick online search and found some great examples of people who have done a much better job – take a look!


We hope Louise finds time to re-visit the project and salvage her dress! It looks beautiful and elegant, just such a shame about the neckline and sizing. We wonder how others have found sizing on Vogue patterns to be? Feel free to contact us about it, we'd love to hear from you.


Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Louise's satin PJs

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 16:57:27 Europe/London

When Louise from Sew Sensational selected some cornflower blue duchess satin along with Vogue sewing pattern V7837, we knew that her first project for White Tree was going to be something special. We were not disappointed.

Here is Louise's fantastic make in full!

When WhiteTree fabrics asked me if I wanted to be on-board with their blogger project, I have to admit that I hesitated. I’ve never sewn with satin, lace, silk, net, crepe or any of the other marvellous fabrics that they sell. What on earth was I going to make? And then I remembered my mantra: ‘try it and see’. And that’s just what I did with this project – a satin pyjama set!

PJs - Louise

The pattern I used for my pyjamas is the Vogue V7837 and is the same one that the lovely Simon used on the series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee for the silk nightgown he made (click here for a reminder!). I chose to make view D, which is the shorts and cropped camisole top, with a lace trim and a bow at the back. What could be easier than that?!

Sewing Pattern

My fabric choice is a lovely, cornflower-blue duchess satin, which you can find on the White Tree Fabrics website for just short of £9/metre.

The pattern itself was easy enough to follow but there are are an awful lot of skills involved, ie sewing a channel, inserting elastic, attaching lace, mitring the lace at the points, neck and arm binding…nothing that I’ve not done before but definitely something that it’s worth taking your time over. The satin is quite thick too and, although lovely to sew with, can get quite bulky when sewing seams and binding, so make sure you do lots of clipping! 

satin pyjamas

What do you think to my finished summer satin PJs? They fit and feel comfy to wear but I’m not sure I’ll get around to wearing them very frequently… they’re a bit different from my usual cotton 2-pieces!

We love Louise's first make with us. These satin Pjs look light, comfy and perfect for those balmy Summer nights.

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our Bloggers - Louise

Thursday, 22 May 2014 14:29:08 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome Louise Hobson to the WhiteTree Blogging Team.


Louise is a self-taught stitcher, sewer, dressmaker, knitter and crafter from West Yorkshire who began sewing in 2010 and has been hooked ever since! She began sewing an array of homewares -from cushions and coasters to bags and blankets - but has recently turned her hand to creating her own handmade wardrobe. Spots, stripes and sailor blues are her favourite colours to work with and she loves nothing more than sticking on a season of Project Runway, grabbing a big mug of coffee and spending the weekend with her head buried in yards of lovely fabric.

You can read about Louise's adventures in sewing over at her blog: Sew Sensational. We're really excited about Louise's first project with check back regularly for updates!

Sew sensational

Comments | Posted By Lisa Washington
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