Couture Charlee News

New collection of beautiful white on white night dress and dressing gown.

This is the beautiful white on white collection the development of it and how it is going

I am producing a collection of designer nightwear and lingerie which will be made from 100% cotton and trimmed with guipure lace which is embroidered onto the cotton and then the fabric trimmed away. I have then hand painted a beautiful white design onto each garment. As you can see on the front of this beautiful dressing gown the hand painting enhances the gorgeous cotton fabric and guipure lace, this is the first of my collection and the next is an elegant nightdress made in the same way as the dressing gown  I will keep you posted on the progress of the collection. You can order the dressing gown and nightdress on my website
  1. Deciding which lace to use and the finish
    Deciding which lace to use and the finish
    The lace I decided to use was pure cotton guipure lace and also I wanted to be scalloped to add interest to the design.
  2. Hand painted white on white
    Hand painted white on white
    I wanted to add small hand painted detail to the dressing gown but with no colour.
  3. Choosing a design to paint
    Choosing a design to paint
    I decided to paint some beautiful flower from the lace
  4. Trying out the different designs
    Trying out the different designs
    I tried out quite a few designs before I settled on one.
  1. Gorgeous finish
    Gorgeous finish
    As you can see from the pictures the finish is absolutely beautiful.
  2. Making sure the lace works when trimmed back
    Making sure the lace works when trimmed back
    Once the lace has been attached the fabric has to be trimmed back to show off the beautiful lace.
  3. Mitred corners on the lace
    Mitred corners on the lace
    All the corners where they join have to mitred and matched too
  4. Lace is embroidered onto the fabric and trimmed away
    Lace is embroidered onto the fabric and trimmed away
    The lace is embroidered onto the fabric using satin stitch and the fabric is trimmed away.
Beautiful cushions
I decided to make some wonderful handmade unique cushions which you can now buy these on my website store if you like the look of them
Soft toys
There is a small collection of soft toys which are made out of remnants and recycled garments
Gnome on a shelf
My store now stocks many different crafts for sale like cushions, soft toys, bags, and comming soon will be fabrics and notions for sale too. As well as all of my courses.
These are also made out remnants and recycled garments.
Beautiful handmade designer handbags from Two Elevens, by Sandra who is one of my most talented students
Sandra has been coming to the Sew ‘n’ Chat groups for about four years now and started with me as a student on one of my pattern cutting courses. She is excellent at any challenge she chooses to do and has recently started to make beautiful handmade designer handbags. She took some to the Christmas craft fair and received excellent sales and feedback. She has now got her own designer label called Two Elevens and bags can be viewed and purchased via her website and also in my store. They would certainly make a wonderful Mother’s day gift.

Gorgeous tartan bag

Beautiful soft pink handbag

Animal fabric handbag
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We now have a new schedule for our chat 'n' sew group

We now have a new schedule for our chat 'n' sew groups, these run every week and are for people of varying capabilities from beginner to accomplished, they are for a maximum of eight people in each group and one staff member for four people.
We have groups for people who get together to sew and make a range of sewing projects of their own choice. You do not have to bring your own sewing machines or sewing equipment as it is all provided for you to use. We also have fabrics and notions you can purchase if you want to or you can bring your own with you. The price each week is £8 for two hours a week and you pay for six weeks in advance when you start and every six weeks after that. I will help you create whatever you want to sew and you can have a lovely friendly chat and a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink with our wonderful groups. I have places available on the following days- Monday morning 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00, Thursday 13:00 to 15:00, Friday 10:00 to 12:00. So if you would like to sew with other likeminded ovely people give Diane a call on 07542956375.
Please take a look on our Chat ‘n sew group's page for more details.

New upholstery courses  are now available

Upholstery courses

 Upholstery courses are now available. there is upholstery for beginners or upholstery for the more advanced. You  have a choice of making a scatter cushion or re-covering a high back dining chair. Please take a look on my studio courses page for more information or if you would like to come on one of my courses go to my store and purchase the course of your choice. 
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Coming soon

Fabric design drawing and painting on fabric- half a day course

Fabric design drawing and painting on fabric intermediate. This course will show you how to paint and draw designs on fabric and where to find inspiration from. It is a half a day course which is held on a Friday morning or a Monday afternoon. All of our courses are run on a maximum of a 4 to 1 ratio or a 2 to 1 ratio which means 4 students to one tutor or two students to one tutor. This course will start at 10am and finish at 1pm and I would like you to arrive at 9-30am so that you can settle in please. £49.00

Soft tracing board

Soft tracing board where you can trace off your patterns with your tracing wheel without marking your table. The size of the soft board is 75cmx75cm so is easy to store.
Press for the Store

Pattern cutting manuals

I have produced a collection of pattern cutting manuals which are now available to purchase on in my store. The first set of manuals contains 4 manuals these are the titles-1. How to pattern cut a tailored skirt block, 2.How to pattern cut and design skirts with fullness, 3. How to pattern cut and design skirts with pleats, 4. How to pattern cut and design skirts with panels and flounces.
Quick sewing tips
How to do a make covered buttons
This is a video on how to make covered buttons, using a device called, a covered button maker.  Here is a beautiful bridal gown which has covered buttons they go all the way down, the centre back of the gown. Covered buttons come in, many different sizes, and many different types of fabric can be used. I will now show you how to make fabric covered buttons. If you have enjoyed my video please press the like button and subscribe to see more of my videos thank you. If you like my video and have found it useful please sign up for my newsletter below or check out my free video pages.
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