Classic Couture

Two frocks for wedding celebrations were begun at workshops this week.  Using the same vintage, very full-skirted pattern, two very different fabrics have been selected.

A collaborative effort for a bride – one is an elegant slub silk (under wraps until the big day).

The other is a colourful ‘tea rose print’ using some recycled fabric donated by Sew-in-Company’s friend in Eastbourne.

Photos of the finished garments to follow!


French Wedding

On a bitterly cold February day,  m-o-b began to sew fifty lavender bag favours from some beautiful old French linen.

The wedding took place on a gloriously hot day in July – everything was perfect – every inch of the linen was used to help make the occasion special.


Perfect Summer Wedding

A beautiful bride (the ideal groom), five lovely bridesmaids – a perfect creative opportunity.

One steamy Sunday in June,Sew-in-company helped m-o-b, bride and a bridesmaid assemble the bridesmaids’ gowns – the pattern came from an old Anne Ladbury book (previously seen here) .

Sid performed an inspection and approved! 

So did the bride’s team!

Finally, one bridesmaid (wearing Ghost with altered sash to improve fit) and her mother wearing Sew-in-company jumpsuit and bespoke hat (thank you Helen) …




… with m-o-b and everyone’s favourite Granny in her favourite wedding outfit with her grandson in his!


Quiet Time

May and June have been fallow months for creating – too much gallivanting and way too hot in the sewing room!

Despite the heat, the DofE student has made progress with her project, wedding suits have been altered, darts added to a linen dress, curtains made and shortened (my least favourite tasks) and a stunning wedding gown adjusted – providing three different fabrics to create a plaited headband.

The fabric cut from the curtains will be used for a quilt – the hunt is on for complementary scraps!

Bridesmaid Dresses – Alterations

I am often asked to help adjust ‘off-the-peg’ bridesmaid dresses, not my favourite task (it’s much more satisfying to start from scratch) but I am willing to oblige!

The pale green dress was taken in, an additional lining was inserted, a sash created and the strap adjusted.

Waist Definition Required

Waist Definition Required




Much better fit!

Much better fit!

The royal purple dress (on the right) was shortened and the straps were adjusted to address an ‘underarm’ gape.

Right-hand Bridesmaid, Dress Alteration

Right-hand Bridesmaid, Dress Alteration

Photo courtesy of Mister Phill 

Pat’s Wedding Ensemble

Great Grandmother Pat is a popular wedding guest and wanted something special made from a remnant of synthetic fabric bought in the 1960s from Gordon Thoday’s – Cambridge’s most popular, much missed fabric emporium.  The bluey-green print with ochre overtones was not the easiest colour to match – but the blue silk is complementary.

The outfit has now enjoyed three weddings and is hoping for more!

Wedding Party

Yorkshire Wedding, July 2016

Cambridge, July 2013

Cambridge, July 2013