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Simona's Fifi

Friday, 18 March 2016 09:13:29 Europe/London

We were so pleased when Simona selected the Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern Fifi as her next project. We've seen so many lovely, cute versions of Fifi and now we have this fantastic set to add to our blog! Take a look:

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

Simona's Wedding Guest outfit

Friday, 9 October 2015 14:56:31 Europe/London

Chiffon and satin and corsetry - Simona really set herself a challenge with this make, but the results were stunning! Read on....


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

Fancy Pants by Simona

Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:17:22 Europe/London

We're so happy to bring you the latest creation from our blogger, Simona. After all the lovely lace posts and the skirts, dresses and tops, Simona has a great post for you featuring some fantastic pants...


Fancy pantzy pants for White Tree Fabrics

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Oh, goodness this has been a long time coming!  I actually finished these pants last year! I was aiming to have them blogged by Halloween, but I have a few set backs and the Murder Mystery costume intervened as well. 

This was my second project for the White Tree Fabrics blog.

It took a while for me to get  all the fabric needed,  as when I picked it on the website I did not realise it was see through.   So I had to order some black satin to use underneath the see-through fabric.

I forgot to take a picture of all the fabric and notions I received. It took me a while to cut all the pieces and tack them together before over-locking all the pieces.  Originally I also wanted to make a fold over bag to go with it! I am still working on this - it is on my UFO pile. Need to decide if worth finishing, since I am not too happy how the fabric looks like once I added the interfacing to give it more body.

I chose for these pants the free pattern that came with Love Sewing from issue 5 - the Katherine Wide-legged Trouser, which you can download here. I decided to cut a size 12 and made view 2 with  the pockets. I could not be bothered to try to figure out how to add the zip into the side not the back seam so ended up putting it in the back seam, even though I thought it might be a bit un-confortable to wear.

The only pieces I did not overlay with lace were the pockets and inside waistband facing for a bit of contrast. I only used the instructions for constructing the front with the pocket. The rest was pretty easy to put together, so I did not need any help! The fabric is very hard to catch in pictures! It looks lovely.


When I over-locked the edges I did not pay enough attention and did not realise that the machine was ‘eating away’ from  the seam  allowance and in the end I have to us a 0.5cm seam on the inside of the  leg. But they still fitted ok. Also made a bit of a mess of the invisible zip. It was a see through one. But you could still see the contrast so I had to improvise. I thought that since I will always have something covering my behind I will get away with just using black marker and colour the teeth in. Ha, Ha , bet you did not expect that! But I did not fancy undoing the zip and starting again not with this fabric anyway and one can't really tell. You can see my handy work:

katherine detail

I will probably make them again, but not with underlining. And having the zip in the centre seam is not as bad as I thought. I did not even realise it was there! Dahh.. Silly me!

The fabric was a bit challenging, but with  a bit of patience I got there in the end. I am still discovering that temporary stitching  can save a lot of trouble later. But still struggle to convince myself of using it as a technique while making my projects.


Do you also apply silly solutions to projects that don’t actually go as planned like me? What are your tricks to hide your mistakes?

I have some of the purple fabric left, and I think the slouchy cardigan from the last Great British Sewing Bee book would be a good project to do with it.


1) animal see through fabric –

2) back satin :

3) WhiteTree Fabrics also provided me with the zip and thread

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

Simona's Autumn Wrap top

Friday, 19 September 2014 14:08:13 Europe/London

We love this latest blogger make, which is perfect for Autumn. It's long sleeved, with a wrap front and it looks quite warm and cosy! Simona made this using our ingenious 2-in-1 bonded lace; a fantastic fabric that features lace fixed to a satin background so that there is no need for a separate lining. We'll let Simona do the talking about how easy the fabric was to work with.....

Simona wrap jacket

For my first WhiteTree Fabrics blog project  I chose to  make a top I have seen on the blogosphere some time ago and just fell in love with it.  It is Vogue 8926 and I used the black satin bonded lace that WhiteTree have on offer. Have you seen Lucie’s Honeymoon bag for which she used the white version of this fabric? Exquisite! That’s what I say!

WhiteTree Fabrics sent me everything from the fabric and pattern to the notions such as thread and bias tape.  I decided to make View C. I was hopping to use it as a jacket! The fabric was more difficult to cut than to actually sew it up! I think in the future, when I use this type of fabric I will cut each piece on single layer, to be more accurate when cutting rather than double layer. Think that using my new heavy tailor scissors did not help the issue either as I am not used to cutting with such a heavy pair!  And I think saving time will have to be sacrificed for accuracy!

wrap front top

It did not take me long to put it together think it was about 5 to 6 hours from tracing my size to finished garment!  In the end I had to make my own bias tape, because when I told Lisa about what bias tape I need, gave her the wrong dimension and it was way too thin for my project. Oops!  But it did not take me long to make it, especially since I have the Simplicity Bias Tape  Maker , which I love using all the time.  

wrap front top

This pattern is a perfect one for autumn!  Sewing with this fabric is a dream, especially after having a bit of difficulty cutting it in the first place.  I did not use the instructions, other than checking I am adding the bias tape correctly.  And I am thinking of making it again for an evening outfit, maybe silk or satin!  Not sure which one yet!

wrap front top

The project did not pose many problems and  I believe even a beginner will make this in no time! I decided to make two openings for the belt to go through, one on both sides , just so I can close it both ways and because I was to lazy to actually do one side and then check and do the other. Just wanted to save me the trouble of having to use the unpick! It would have been a nightmare unpicking stretch stitch – black tread on black fabric?! Don’t even want to think about it. 

wrap front top

Fancy having a go at something like this yourself? Here's what you'll need!

Find the sewing pattern ► here.
2-in-1 bonded lace is ►  here
Black thread available ► here.
Bias Binding link is ► here

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our Bloggers - Simona

Friday, 19 September 2014 12:30:15 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome Simona to the WhiteTree blogging team.


Simona hails from Bolton and is in her early 30s – and she loves sewing!

As a child she loved drawing clothing and still has a few drawings from then (the 90's). Simona just loved clothes and dreamed of one day knowing how to make them. She even made a few clothes for her dolls as child.

When she came to UK some time ago, she was gifted a sewing machine. Ever since her first stitch, she just loved sewing. Simona says; "Making your own clothes often comes from the desire to have unique garments that you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for and the need to learn new things and keep yourself entertained. You also feel great when a project comes together."

Simona started her blog,   Sewing Adventures in the Attick as an outlet for her to keep track of self-made projects, to improve her English and to share her passion for  sewing with others.  She also loves the support and lovely comments her readers leave for her.

Simona loves fabrics and patterns. Every time she ends up in a fabric shop (there is one close to her house),  she cannot help touching the fabrics and grabbing a few to add to her stash. Simona’s mum even told her that at this rate she will end up opening her own fabric shop!  No chance for that, because she cannot let the fabric go that easily. It will all become something she day!

You can stay up to date with Simona's sewing adventures over at her blog.

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team By Lisa Washington
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