What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide

I love cotton drill. It’s very versatile and is a great utility fabric that we stock in some very vibrant colours and best of all it’s really great value too.

Drill has a twill weave which makes it a very strong, dense medium to heavy weight fabric. It’s a really popular choice for uniforms and work clothes but the vibrant colours lends itself to all sorts of other exciting garments including both tailored and casual designs, as well as children’s wear and home furnishings. It’s even used to line shoes! Continue reading “What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide”

Some Thoughts About Textile Waste & Sewing Your Own

Well it’s been a while since I penned anything for the blog, these past few months have been a whirlwind of activity here at Plush Towers. I can assure you I’ve been as busy as a busy thing and I’ve just not had time to sit down to write anything, but I’ve not been resting on my laurels. There are lots of things going on that I’m not quite ready to share with you yet but I hope today’s post will show you I’ve been beavering away in the background and not slacking off, oh no sirree. Continue reading “Some Thoughts About Textile Waste & Sewing Your Own”

Easy Make: Reversible Halloween Dress

ImageThat spooky time of year is almost upon us and I was determined not to get caught short this year so I’m well prepared and have already made Baby Plush’s Halloween dress.  Continue reading “Easy Make: Reversible Halloween Dress”

Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern

makower-sew-retro-2358-images-of-retro-dressmaking-pattern-cotton-patchwork-craft-fabric-8494-p-1If and when you decide to venture into the world of creating a garment to wear for yourself or a Santa suit for your pampered pooch this guide will hopefully answer some basic questions.  Many of us have learned how to use patterns and sew from a family member or a close friend, and there are many different techniques and shortcuts that people use to make it easier.  If however this is not the case for you, pulling out a pattern to create something special can seem very overwhelming. We hope this will help see you through your first simple steps and will make life a little  easier. Continue reading “Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern”

Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag

Image I had a very rare child free day off yesterday so I decided to do a bit of sewing. I had a brilliant time doing a trolley dash in the morning swiping some prints (which really is *the* best part of this job!) and then I set to work. Very pleased with my day’s work I must say!

My little girl looks amazing in red and I adore the Paintbox collection from Michael Miller, co-ordinating the range is super easy and everything looks so amazing together. I made this dress using Butterick B773 pattern.  Continue reading “Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag”