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Maria's Sportwear Collection

Friday, 26 February 2016 15:18:02 Europe/London

There's something you may not realise about WhiteTree fabrics......but we offer a great selection of fabrics suitable for dance, swimming and sports. Once we realised Maria enjoyed sewing sportswear, we challenged her to use our fabrics and the new Sewaholic sports range. The results were fantastic - read on and take a look!

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

Maria's Green & Black Evening Dress

Monday, 30 November 2015 11:28:10 Europe/London

We're so pleased to bring you think wonderful blog post from Maria. Using one of our geometric black laces and a beautiful Christmassey coloured satin, she's created the most eye catching evening dress! Take a look below....

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Maria's cotton print blouse

Thursday, 8 October 2015 11:53:21 Europe/London

It's still Spring in Australia, but it's hotting up! It will be full blown Summer soon and so it's still perfectly acceptable to be using lovely cool, Summer cotton prints like Maria! We love this beautiful eye catching blouse. Read how Maria made it....

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

The Perfect Jeans

Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:09:56 Europe/London

I'm wearing my jeans more and more these days, and I spent the weekend packing away my crops and shorts. The evenings are getting darker sooner and it's definitely getting chilly! If you're looking to add some vital pieces to your Autumn wardrobe, there's no greather basic essential to add than a great pair of jeans. Maria tried the Sew Liberated Skinny Jeans pattern and it was so good, she made herself 2 pairs!

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

Strawberry Brynna

Monday, 17 August 2015 12:48:23 Europe/London

We love the combination of patterns and fabrics that our bloggers come up with and we love seeing what they create from them. Maria chose the Sew Liberated Brynna dress pattern and teamed it with the classic Liberty Strawberry Thief. Here are the results!

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

Winter White

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:35:30 Europe/London

Did you know it's Winter in Australia? It's probably still warmer than here, but as the Aussies are used to a lot of heat, they'll be wanting to keep warm at the moment. Maria took a remnant from another project and managed to create a lovely, winter white top.

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

Satin & Lace

Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:45:09 Europe/London

Satin and lace are the perfect fabric combination to create classic, elegant occasion and evening wear. Here's what happened when Maria put the two together.


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

The Perfect Fit Bra

Thursday, 9 April 2015 15:30:30 Europe/London

According to research statistics, 80-85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It's not exactly an appealing idea to trot off to Marks & Spencers to get measured on a busy, sweaty Saturday afternoon or pay some of the high prices out there just for one piece of underwear. So what can you do to save money and ensure the perfect fit? Make your own of course.

Our affordable bra kit gives you enough supplies to make 2 bras with. That's just £15 for the most comfortable bra you will ever wear. Maria from How good is that? has road tested the bra for us, with fantastic results. She also collaborated with us on the idea of the kit, bringing to our attention the fact that there is a real need out there for an all in one bra kit. Take a look below.

Bra Kit Test

Here's a sweet convertible bra using powermesh, lace and bra notions from White Tree Fabrics UK. This is an idea Lisa was happy for me to work on and I've used Kwik Sew 3300 as my bra template. I say template because the pattern doesn't provide the cross back feature. This bra style is something I developed following a 'ready to wear' bra that I own.

Custom made Bra

The power mesh is soft and stretchy so I've used two layers of powermesh on the bra band. This gives the bra band more stability and I've cut one layer on grain and one layer cut off grain.

Custom made Bra

Now the flesh colour tricot fabric and underwire piping was from my stash. The bra hooks provided by White Tree Fabrics give you the convertible version (slider, o-ring and garter hook).

Custom made Bra

What I found is the best result for bras is to have the notions either the same width or wider than the bra strap.

Custom made Bra

I used the lace across the top of the bra cup only and I tried to balance the bows in the lace.

Custom made Bra

Here's where I was deciding on how long the underwire piping should be. I ended up lining the whole cup with underwire piping even though this hemline underwire is a half wire shape.

I wore this bra on a humid Summer's day and it was very comfortable and supportive.

Custom made Bra

The cups are lined and all the seams are enclosed so I think that helped me feel comfortable.  The bra you see has been wash a couple of times now so I know this bra is durable as well as lovely. Thanks White Tree Fabrics for letting me indulge in sewing a new bra using lovely lace for Summer.

Check yourself

Since we're talking about bras - what better time to encourage all of our lovely female readers out there to remember to regularly check their breasts? WhiteTree are proud to be working with Butterick Sewing Patterns, who in turn support the Eve Appeal, fighting against women's cancers.  You can read more about how buying a sewing pattern will benefit this worthwhile cause. Butterick are donating to the Eve Appeal for every Walk Away dress pattern sold. Now there's some lovely news!

The Outlander Dress

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 10:00:43 Europe/London

Now for something completely different. Maria brings us our very first historical period piece make, and it's wonderful! The work that has gone into the corset on this amazing outfit is just fantastic - take a look below at what inspired this make.

The dress

 The dress - needs no introduction really.

And it's a significant part of the Outlander story, hence I didn't attempt to make this as is. Terry's work on this dress is amazing. There's lots of detailing involved. You can read about it on her blog.  So I've taken elements of this dress as I've never made a corset. My version is not a replica. It couldn't be. But this is a reminder of the awesome work the show's costumers put into the original dress. White Tree Fabrics provided the fabrics and they were excited with this dress concept. 

Here are my starting fabrics from White Tree and I used Simplicity 3809.
 
Outlander 
 
It was the white bonded fabric that spurred on my idea to make something like the wedding dress. White Tree Fabrics has the 'right' fabrics to make the dress. Sometimes it's hard to get everything you need from one place but not this time. The bonded fabric is a knit so I interfaced so it morphed into a woven fabric. The silver fabric is much finer than the original dress so I lined the skirt as well as the bodice.
 
The cream fabric was perfect for the underblouse. I used two layers on the blouse sleeves and pulled the hem edges for a similar fringed edge. This fabric doesn't fray too much so it was easy to create a similar fringe.  The silver fabric is metallic so I cut it out using paper scissors. I used fabric scissors for the other fabrics.

Then came the fun part, adjusting the bodice for the corset.

What you see here is my test version using quilting cotton and the boning. This was good practice. You can also see a close up of the corset being prepped with boning. The boning is sewn onto the lining and not in the seams. There is the inside after I finished the seams. I hand stitched the lining onto the zipper seams. And internal layer of fabric could have been included for a firmer fit. The silver fabric is very light so I used white calico for more firmness but less bulk. 
 
Outlander 
 
Below is the finished corset.
Outlander
 
The back of the corset is higher than the front neckline. I've also used an open ended zipper for the back centre seam.
 
So what does this outfit look like on me.....
Outlander
 
This dress weighs much less than the original wedding dress in Outlander. There was plenty of work in creating the corset and I enjoyed this process.  It's very simple and uses the elements that work for me. Thank you White Tree Fabric for these fabrics. They've kept me busy while waiting for the next part of Outlander to hit our screens in April.
Outlander
Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Sewing with lace Part 2

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:16:13 Europe/London

Further to this fantastic step-by-step post from Maria, we can now bring you some beautiful close up shots of the wonderul jumpsuit that she created, as well as the fantastic photo shoot in full. Can anyone think of a better location or backdrop? No, neither can we!

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit

Functional and practical is what I've always strived for when I've sewn clothes for myself. The proportions have to be balanced and not swamp me because I'm short. Jumpsuits are really practical and if they're made using a knit fabric, that's the most comfortable option I can create and perfect for travelling.
 
White Tree fabrics asked me if I would be able to make something using this really open lace and I immediately thought 'jumpsuit' with a contrasting underlayer. This lace is really lovely to see and I wanted the lace circles to show up and not be hidden if I have used a matching blue under layer. #GBSB series 3 episode 5 featured lace in the semi final.
 
And here it is.
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
Ok, so you can't really see this jumpsuit too well when I'm sitting under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 
 
Here's the close up view.

Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
What about this view with the Sydney Opera House in the background.
 
Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
Here's a close up of the collar lace detail. It clearly shows how lovely this lace knit is. I've hand stitched the collar facing to the contrasting lining. The fabric doesn't unravel so you could cut out the circles for other projects. 
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
The inside seams of the collar and lapel provide a strong blueness to emphasis these edges.
 
Maria's lace jumpsuit 
 
I've used satin bias binding to finish off the sleeve edges and on the back collar seam. Even the soft knit lining doesn't unravel but I did overlock the seam edges.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit

We (Mr V and I) were having such a ball taking photos along the harbour foreshores we forgot to take a photo of the back of the jumpsuit.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit


Here's an 'on the hanger' close up so you can see where the buttons were placed. There was definitely a lot of work planning how to cut this fabric. 

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit 
 
The buttonholes are hand sewn because this fabric is quite textured and may have needed nerves of steel to machine sew them. This was the main hand sewing I needed to do.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit
 
So now you've seen my first White Tree Fabrics piece and you can certainly figure out how gorgeous Sydney's Summer has been too.
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