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The Poppyseed Bettine

Monday, 18 April 2016 10:36:43 Europe/London

One of the things we love most in our shop right now are the Liberty fabrics. Even better, our collection of rare and retired prints which is steadily getting smaller and smaller....when Bridie decided to use one of these beautiful prints with a Tilly pattern, we were so excited to see the results....which are fantastic! Take a look....

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

Jo's Wicked Halloween Costume

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:52:49 Europe/London

When Jo decided to tackle a Halloween costume for one of her WhiteTree projects, she came up with a truly challenging idea. We're pleased to say she pulled it off with spectacular results. Here's a clue .....

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

Bridie's Peach PJs

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:09:54 Europe/London

We've got another fantastic project for you, from the Sew it Yourself challenge team. This time, Bridie shares her make with us!

So these have been a long time in the making, I decided my first project as part of the White Tree Blogging Group would be to make some Pajamas as I'd never made anything like this before! Needless to say life has gotten in the way of me making them until recently. That is the only downside to the challenge, when your jeans get holes in them and you need to make a new outfit, that comes before pretty pajamas that I defiantly shouldn't go outside the house in!

The pattern I picked was Vogue 7837 I loved design and the amount of options available to make. The pattern gives you a few fabric suggestions but decided to go with Crepe Back Satin after receiving some samples from White Tree and liking the quality and feel of them. I was in two minds between the royal blue and navy or the peach and white. In the end I went for the Peach and White, I thought the blues would wash me out. I also had some cream vintage lace trim that would work really well with the Peach!  

I decided to make shorts and cropped top first I'm not sure why I just thought they looked really pretty and a far cry from the flannel pajamas or huge T shirt I'm used to!   


I read through the instructions a couple of times and found them easy to follow, I'm dyslexic so always appreciate clear diagrams! I also liked the fact that the lay plans use up all the material with little wastage.


So here we go, I'd not used Crepe Back Satin before so wasn't too sure how it would handle but I didn't have any issues cutting it out. This might be because I pinned the pattern pieces to the wrong side (its not silky so didn't slip when cutting) of the fabric.


I decided to use a french seam on the side seams and shoulder seams this isn't in the instructions but I don't have an overlocker and wanted a neat finish plus I do love a french seam! They look really professional but are really super easy once you know how!




Then came the binding, now I won't lie bias binding in Crepe Back Satin is a slippery sucker that does not want to do as it's told, but be patient it's worth it I promise. You'll need a lot of pins to! 

Then came the finishing touch of the lovely vintage lace trim lace which was a lot easier to apply then I thought it would be! You pin it to the right side of the fabric, sew it in place then cut away the excess fabric underneath. I am glad i picked a lace trim with a straight edge though it did make life simpler! 


Top done and I have to say I was pretty pleased with it!


Then came the bottoms, which have no binding so were so much quicker to make! Like the top I french seamed the side seams but couldn't use a french seam in the crouch seam ( I wish you could use french seams every every where but sadly you can't ) so used my pinking sheers instead.
The waist band was simple enough to! That is until it came to threading my elastic through, I had made the waistband a little narrow so it took some serious, pulling and wiggling along with a lot of perseverance to get the elastic through but I got there in the end!  
The final finishing touch was the lace trim, I had run out of the lace trim from the top but found some that was a pretty much spot on colour match, just a little narrower but I think that works well on the shorts!


So these are my pretty pajamas all finished and I'm really happy with them! I would usually post a pic of me modeling them but I'm not that brave this time! I will say they look lovely on! 
I'm going to be making another set soon with the longer pajama bottoms in white so I can mix and match so keep an eye out for those.


Hope you enjoyed my post!
Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Jo's Chiffon Wedding Guest Dress

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:01:07 Europe/London

When Jo decided to create her own dress to wear to a wedding, she decided on chiffon as the main fabric for the dress. Chiffon is a sheer, floaty fabric which can sometimes mean it's a labour of love to sew with. However, the results are so rewarding when you have a gorgeous, light, flowing dress at the end of your project, as Jo discovered. Here's how her make went!

Chiffon Dress

As many of our lovely blog readers are aware, we have joined forces with the fabulous White Tree Fabrics and become part of their blogging team.  So here is my first project post. I have to admit this project has pushed me to the max and almost had me in tears when I had a very close call with an iron. 

I chose a wine chiffon with a red lining for my dress and I seem to be loving the colour red at the moment and it can be worn in any season.

So here’s a link to my vogue pattern and how it's supposed to look, and as many people will know I like to chop and change things and alter and embellish. 

So first steps of using a pattern that isn't mine is to read the instructions, they are there for a reason. They tell you how lay out your pieces on your fabrics to make sure they all fit with out wasting fabric and give you a step by step guide on how not to mess up your dress. Then its time to cut out. 

This is where my first alterations to the pattern happened. I wanted the lining of the skirt to be shorter so the full length of the chiffon is shear. This involved carefully folding the skirt panels to the correct length, another idea would have been to trace over the pattern but adjusting the length.

Chiffon Dress 1

Now for the sewing, I started with the skirt of the dress. (Yes I did read the instructions, but I also tend to muddle them up a bit when I start, and it worked for me, but if you are not an experienced sewer then please don't risk not doing it properly) 

Anyone who has ever worked with chiffon will know that you need to invest in pins, new pins that are sharp and lots of them. Any blunt pins will cause the fabric to pull and pucker. Every time this happens, somewhere a fairy drops done dead. Just kidding, but it is heartbreaking to watch. 

Here's some pictures of the lots and lots of pinning!

Chiffon Dress 2


Once I had sewn the seams of the skirt I then did the same for the lining of the skirt. 

I then decided to make the elasticated waist of the dress a feature of the dress instead of hiding it away. So I used a thick black elastic that I cleverly recycled from an old pair of trousers that I no longer wear. I attached this to the skirt with a zigzag stitch, stretching the elastic as I sewed to create a gathered waist. 

The skirt also has a slit up the left leg to add a cheeky bit of sex appeal.

After a few days off sewing due to crazy dreams of pins falling from the sky, I realised I only had two evenings left after very busy work shifts to complete my dress. My skirt needed a top, so for this bit I followed the instructions for the front of the dress, attaching the lining to the chiffon and the triangle panel in the centre. 

chiffon dress 7

I then stupidly decided to press the top without checking the temperature of the iron, the lining melted in a second and I wanted to cry. With quick thinking I sewed the burn hole together and luckily it is not noticeable through the chiffon. Panic over!

I then hemmed around the bust of the top to give a neat finish. I never ironed the dress again until it was completely finished.

Chiffon Dress 3

The back of the dress I chose not to add the triangle shaped panel that was supposed to be gathered into the back. I attached the top to the skirt to create my dress, but this wasn't enough, there was something missing, it needed something else. So out came the large glass of red and my box of tricks and the embroidery began.

chiffon dress embroidery detail

And now the finished garment, which I wore to a friends wedding over the weekend and I got some great feed back. This dress was totally worth all the stress of pinning and nearly burning and a very slippery hem that would not do what I wanted, but I got there and the fabric felt and looked fantastic. I never did iron the dress again, I was far too scared and had to get my mom to do it for me. I also had time to make a cheeky pair of matching earrings, however, I rushed out of the house and forgot to wear them with the dress. I will have to find another occasion to wear the outfit again.

Chiffon Dress 6

We think Jo's dress is so pretty and feminine and best of all it's a one off, custom fit, handmade beauty complete with hand beading! We hope Jo has inspired you to have a go at making something like this yourself. Here's what you need:

The Sewing Pattern is ► here.

Find the red/wine chiffon ► here

You'll also need the lining, which is ► here.

Co-ordinating threads available ► here.

Beads are available ► here

Total supplies cost: approx £43.00 (in VAT & free delivery).

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Laura's Damson Dress

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:43:28 Europe/London

For this post, we're bringing you something from one of the Sew it Yourself Challenge Team. This creation is from Laura, and she's made the perfect custom fit dress, in our gorgeous Damson Chiffon.

Here's Laura's make in full:

Damson Dress 1


It may surprise some of you but I have never sewn from a bought pattern before.....I have always just made my own that way I know it will fit me perfectly, so this was a new venture for me.

I read the instructions through word for word and got to cutting out the right pieces for the dress.

I stitched a simple toile for this dress to ensure that it would fit me right. I'm glad I did because I had to make a few adjustments to the skirt and round my bust to give me more space to breathe but other than that it fitted well.

The damson chiffon fabric is fairly see through so for the lining I used a light blue cotton I had spare. Underneath the chiffon you can barely tell its there. 

Chiffon can be a tricky fabric to cut and sew with. I had to buy a new pair of scissors for this fabric as my others just weren't sharp enough no matter how much I tried to sharpen them.  Lots of pins and weighing the chiffon down and it was pinned and ready to cut. With my new scissors it was a dream to cut.
The dress was fairly quick to sew together, the biggest issue I had was deciding how to finish the seams inside. When I first started this project I was set on doing French seams but the chiffon fabric did not want to press into place so I took the brave decision to over lock the seams. It took some time to get the lining and the chiffon to line up perfectly. 

Another beautiful dress to add to my collection of possible dresses to my Brother-in-laws wedding in August Think this is a good contender.. I may need to have some wardrobe changes throughout the day so I can wear them all.
Sew it yourself challenge

If you fancy having a go at making this dress yourself, here's what you'll need:

Vogue V8947 Sewing pattern ► Here

Chiffon fabric, available in other colours as well as Damson ► Here

You'll need a zip too! Get one ► Here

Thread to match the Damson chiffon ► Here

Feel like sharing anything you've made with our fabrics? We'd love to hear from you - just drop us a line here.

Happy Sewing!

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our Bloggers - The Sew it yourself Challenge Team

Monday, 2 June 2014 15:37:56 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome The Sew it Yourself challengers to the WhiteTree Blogging Team!

sew it yourself challengers

The Sew it Yourself team is a group of 4 friends who decided to make their own clothes for a year and not buy anything at all (other than the essentials!). Meet the first team to join the White Tree Blog Team!



Bridie is 27 and recently became a mum for the first time to a beautiful little boy. Bridie set the challenge for herself originally because after being pregnant, her body shape changed. She needed a whole new wardrobe which would cost a fortune! Bridie was also getting fed up with buying clothes and not having them fit properly or lasting and seeing other people in identical outfits. So she thought "I've got all this fabric" ( she's a bit of a fabric horder ) "and the skills why don't I make more clothes?" So she set this challenge and asked her best friends if they wanted to joined in and they loved the idea. Which has made it so much more fun already ! 



Laura is 25 and  recently got married to a wonderful husband who she met through work at the local pub/restaurant. Since graduating university 4 years ago feeling like it was unlikely that she could get a job in the industry, she left the fashion world behind and carried on working in the pub industry. For Laura, this challenge is a way to get back into making clothes again but for herself this time. She's itching to get started, having forgotten how much she loves designing and making clothes.



Lu has a serious shopping addiction and loves all things outrageous and tacky. When Bridie asked her to join her on this mission Lu was both excited and terrified. She's looking forward to getting back into pattern making.
Lu's background has been eclectic to say the least. She's more in touch with designing & making menswear than women's. When she left University, she worked as an intern for a couture house which was definitely an experience she will never forget! Then Lu's big break happened and she went to live in Guangzhou as a designer for a menswear company for 7 months until she was made redundant.  So currently working her way up the ladder again but on the way she's going to make some fabulous garments!  So here goes nothing and everything! Challenge accepted girls!



After 3 years of fashion, 6 months of International fashion business at Nottingham Trent to get a PG Cert, Jo completely changed her career path to become a nurse. With one year of nursing training to go, working as a health care assistant in hospitals and being constantly broke, this challenge has come at the right time to re-use, recycle and remember her sewing skills. Lets see if she still has her creative side!

We are so thrilled to welcome the girls onboard and we look forward to seeing what they come up with for their project with us.

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Comments | Posted By Lisa Washington
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