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Skye's Wedding Dress

Monday, 2 November 2015 17:00:25 Europe/London

Sometime last year, one of our bloggers approached us about making her own wedding dress and incorporating it into a blog post. Skye has been with us since the very beginning (she was one of the very first bloggers to contact us!), so we jumped at the chance to help her out on one of the biggest days of her life. It's safe to say it was a bit of a hard slog, but here's the blog post, in whch Skye has been open and honest about the whole creative process. We just want to say - Skye, you looked absolutely beautiful & congratulations!

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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. 
 
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Below is the finished corset.
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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.
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Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Coming Soon!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:58:53 Europe/London

We are so pleased to announce a series of fantastic tutorials and how-to's, featuring some of our amazing bloggers.

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First, we're going to be featuring an Ice Princess costume sew-a-long with Charlotte from Musaville. If you'd love to make the ideal Halloween or Christmas party costume for your little wanna-be Elsa, Charlotte will guide you through creating a bespoke outfit, in a small series of sewing blogs that you can easily follow along. We'll also be offering a complete kit at a great price so you can get all the supplies you need in one click!

Speaking of Christmas - instead of trawling the high street looking for the perfect dress, why not create your own? It will fit perfectly, be completely unique and you'll avoid last minute panic buying mistakes. Amanda of Sew Deputy will be showing you how you can make your very own gorgeous,  bespoke Christmas gown, so be sure to join us for this one! Again, we'll include a one click kit for your project.

Finally, we are so happy to announce that one of our very own bloggers is getting married! Skye will be tying the knot and we'll be keeping up to date with her plans for making her very own wedding dress. You can read more here. Skye has already taken a look and swatched some of our gorgeous bridal fabrics and we're pleased to say she's found the perfect lace for her dress. We'll post updates to the blog when Skye has some news....but of course, without ever revealing too much before the big day!

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We hope you'll join us for what we hope will be useful, informative, helpful sew-a-longs packed full of ideas and inspiration.

If YOU have an idea for what might make the perfect sew-a-long project, then please drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you. 

 

Comments | Posted in Tutorials & how-to guides By Lisa Washington

Bridal Season

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:00:23 Europe/London

Bride and bridesmaids

With Spring in full swing and Summer just around the corner, it's safe to say that Wedding Season is well on the way. With the average cost of a wedding dress being approx £2000, brides-to-be everywhere are searching for a more affordable alternative and increasingly, they're all arriving at the same conclusion - make their own, or employ a seamstress. What better way to create a one off dress that nobody else out there has an exact copy of? You get to choose the design, the fabrics, the colour and it will be a truly unique dress.

So how can WhiteTree fabrics help with this and save you money?

Let's start with the dress pattern. We have many gorgeous Vogue designs to choose from, from £15.30 each (that's including VAT). We've held our pre- April 2014 prices so there's a saving straight away! We've chosen pattern V2842 as an example:

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The dress above has been made using lace with a floral design and scalloped edges, and the main plain material can either be taffeta or duchess satin.  The dress is also fully lined. We suggest the following fabrics from our collection:

Plain Lightweight Satin (lining), product code: 0578-01 : £3.00 per metre

Lining satin bridal

Premium Duchess Satin (main body of the dress), product code: 4238-35 : £8.75 per metre

duchess satin bridal

For the lace, we suggest our 6719-02 : £7.90 per metre. It has a lovely Chantilly look, scallops on both edges and a beautiful floral design. With this lace having scallops, you won't need a separate trim as you can create the neckline and sleeves from the pretty scalloped edge:

chantilly lace bridal

Now let's work on the assumption that you need 6 metres of everything, just to be sure you have enough fabric! That's only £117.90 on fabric.  We also supply bridal pins, buttons, threads etc.....if you set your budget at £200, you will have enough for the fabrics, haberdashery supplies and then money left over for other things! Doesn't £200 sound more appealing that £2000? All you need is a good sewing machine, some skill at dressmaking and lots of enthusiasm.

Take a look at our inspirational bridal collection today. If you're making your own wedding dress, WhiteTree fabrics are your ideal partner!

Comments | Posted By Lisa Washington
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