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Oyster Dress

Alexander McQueen

Spring/Summer 2003

A number of gowns in Alexander McQueen’s “Transitions” collection of spring/summer 2003 appear to be poetic renderings of a disaster at sea. While a similar dress appeared colored like the plumage of a tropical bird, this gown of sand-colored organza recalls the mille-feuille ridging on the surface of a shell. The hem of the skirt, like the wavy lip of a giant mollusk, further emphasizes the seashell quality of the gown. But unlike Aphrodite, who was born in the foam of the sea and borne to shore on a scallop, McQueen’s beauty is a bruised pearl encased in a deconstructing oyster, the tumbled survivor of the violent action of waves. 

Recreate Iconic Fashions with Fabrics from Calico Laine

Jessica Rabbit

Making it’s first appearance in the 1988 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, this striking design with its daring neckline and tantalising thigh split, is still being copied on the red carpet today. For your own version of this truly show stopping creation, our range of Showtime Fabrics are perfect. Our own dressmaking specialist, Zoe created this stunning piece using our Purple Round Sequin Fabric teamed with a pair of satin gloves. Zoe lined her creation with our gorgeous Dress Lining Fabric and made a corset made from cotton steel boning to achieve that hour glass shape which is guaranteed to stop traffic.

Showtime Fabrics 

Our Showtime Fabrics are all about bright, bold colours, glitzy diamantes, spots, netting and much more.  Whether you are creating a selection of beautiful dance costumes for a dance school show, a bespoke cheerleaders uniform or a selection of costumes for your childs school play our range of beautiful, flamboyant Showtime Fabrics are the perfect choice for ensuring your act will shine as they take centre stage.

Red Round Sequin

115cm wide
Polyester Knit
Non Fraying

Audrey Hepburn  Black Dress and Pearls

This is the perfect look for almost any black tie event, from Christmas parties to a company dinner this design will really set you apart. This look can be achieved using many of our dressmaking fabrics but for a truly luxurious design which will feel wonderful against your skin, our black Soire Silk Fabric is an ultra elegant fabric which drapes extremely well. For a cost effective design, a more wearable version of this dress can be achieved using our Memphis Bi-Stretch Fabric. This comfortable and easy to wear Fabric is ideal for an office gathering or family dinner but don’t forget your string of pearls

Satin Fabrics

Satin is often a more cost effective choice than Silk whilst retaining the high end, glamorous properties to make the wearer feel extra special.  Satin is a stiffer Fabric than silk so consequently is more effective at holding its shape, for example if you are creating an A Line skirt. 

Black Soire Satin

147cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% Polyester
Made in Japan

Marilyn Monroe - The Seven Year Itch

In not just one of the most iconic dresses of all time, but one of the most iconic images ever to come out of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe is pictured standing over a subway grate with her white dress billowing up around her. From the 1955 smash hit movie, this is one of the most iconic dresses of all time and most certainly of the 20th century. Many have tried to to achieve Marilyn’s movie star look for many events including fancy dress parties. Marilyn’s outfit was crafted using a rayon-acetate crepe fabric with a zipper at the back of the bodice and tiny buttons adorning the halter. Our Crepe Dressmaking Fabric is a heavier weight material meaning you can achieve the same traffic stopping look but without the chance of having a ‘Marilyn moment” at the slightest gust of wind.

Crepe Fabrics

Made in Germany, our Crepe Fabric is a heavy, top quality Fabric favoured by Dressmakers. We also stock Melody Crepe Fabric, a heavy, high quality Crepe with a sideways mechanical stretch for comfort. This Fabric is 100% Polyester and made in Japan. 

Winter White Crepe (Col1)

150cm wide
64% Polyester / 33% Rayon / 3% Spandex
Made in Germany
Machine washable at 40ºc

**Photography Credit to Beth Dooner https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Dooner-Photography/148460791866549?fref=ts

Dressmaking Fabrics for Dance Costumes

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Cerise Round Sequin 
115cm wide
Polyester Knit
None Fraying

£3.29 per metre

Whether you are creating dancewear, an ice skating costume or a fancy dress costume our stylish and glitzy Showtime Fabrics are the perfect choice.

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Orange Penny Foil Organza

Usable width 150cm
100% Polyester
Made in EEC
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£4.49 per metre

Whether you are creating dancewear, an ice skating costume or a fancy dress costume our stylish and glitzy Showtime Fabrics are the perfect choice.

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Purple Crushed Velvet

150cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% Polyester
Made in the EEC

£3.49 per metre

Crushed Velvet is a luxurious Fabric which is not only aesthetically pleasing but is beautiful to the touch. Crushed Velvet is the ideal Fabric for a wide variety of uses such as fashion, accessories, fancy dress costumes, theatre and dancewear.

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Flo Orange Lycra

150cm wide
Approx 208gsm
80% Nylon / 20% Spandex
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

£8.49 per metre

Lycra is a synthetic fibre known for its exceptional elasticity and is largely used in the manufacture of dancewear, sportswear and ice skating costumes. Lycra is a lightweight and breathable Fabric known for its quick drying properties.

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Lime Green Taffeta

150cm wide
Approx 72gsm
Made in Germany
100% polyester
Machine washable at 40ºc

£5.99 per metre

Taffeta is a stylish and contemporary dressmaking fabric that is smooth to the touch and has a crisp feel when gathered. It is popular for the ‘rustling’ sound it makes when created into garments. This is a perfect fabric to be made into dresses and skirts.

Red Heavy Corded Lace

53% Cotton / 47% Nylon Corded Flounce
130-135cm wide
Made in Korea

£8.99 per metre

Due to its versatile nature, Corded Lace has long been a popular Dressmaking Fabric. With its floaty and airy appearance this Lace Fabric is perfect for dressmaking and can be used on dresses, skirts and shrugs .

Little Black Dress Fabrics

The Little Black Dress is a timeless classic and will always be a wardrobe staple for all seasons. 

Black Bi-Stretch

147cm wide
Approx 183gsm
100% Polyester
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

Black Cationic Chiffon Crinkled Yoryu

137cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% polyester with a slight crinkle
Made in Japan
Hand wash recommended

Black Crepe

150cm wide
100% Polyester
Made in Germany
Machine washable at 40ºc

Black Dress Lining

150cm wide
62gsm
100% Polyester
Made in Germany

Black Super Soft Duchess Satin

150cm wide
100% Polyester
Approx 226gsm
Made in Far East
Dry clean / Hand wash recommended
**Cool Iron**

Black Heavy Corded Lace

53% Cotton / 47% Nylon Corded Flounce
130-135cm wide
Made in Korea

Black Soft Leather Look Fabric 

142cm wide
Approx 536gsm
PVC front / Polyester back
Made in EEC

Lace Dressmaking Fabrics

Lace is one of the most popular fabrics in the fashion industry; this elegant fabric is delicate and feminine and is ideal for a wide range of dressmaking projects. 

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Cerise Heavy Corded Lace

53% Cotton / 47% Nylon Corded Flounce
130-135cm wide
Made in Korea

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Black Heavy Corded Lace

53% Cotton / 47% Nylon Corded Flounce
130-135cm wide
Made in Korea

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Pink Lightweight Lace

Excellent quality 100% Polyester lace
Approx 47gsm
115cm wide
Made in EEC

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Gold Lightweight Lace

Excellent quality 100% Polyester lace
Approx 47gsm
115cm wide
Made in EEC

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Veridion Soft Corded Lace

132cm wide
100% Polymide
Made in Japan
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Pink Soft Corded Lace

132cm wide
100% Polymide
Made in Japan
Machine washable at 40ºc

To view our full range of fabrics please visit us at www.calicolaine.co.uk

Stretch Fabrics for Dressmaking

Stretch fabrics are especially comfortable to wear and are popular for their ease of movement and figure hugging qualities. Our wide variety of stretch fabrics are popular for a variety of dressmaking projects from formal wear to casual jersey dresses.

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Violet Bi-Stretch

147cm wide
Approx 183gsm
100% Polyester
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Pale Pink Bi-Stretch

147cm wide
Approx 183gsm
100% Polyester
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Turquoise Lycra Jersey

150cm wide
80% Polyester / 20% Lycra
Made in Japan
4 way stretch
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Aqua Lycra Jersey

150cm wide
80% Polyester / 20% Lycra
Made in Japan
4 way stretch
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Flo Pink Lycra

150cm wide
Approx 208gsm
80% Nylon / 20% Spandex
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Silver Lycra

150cm wide
Approx 208gsm
80% Nylon / 20% Spandex
Made in the EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Cerise Cotton Jersey

160cm wide
Approx 156gsm
100% cotton
Made in EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Lilac Cotton Jersey

160cm wide
Approx 156gsm
100% cotton
Made in EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Purple Viscose Jersey

162cm wide
Approx 195gsm
94% Viscose / 6% Spandex
4 way stretch
Made in UK
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Emerald Viscose Jersey

162cm wide
Approx 195gsm
94% Viscose / 6% Spandex
4 way stretch
Made in UK
Machine washable at 40ºc

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Jade Double Knit Jersey

150cm wide
Winter Dressmaking weight
74% Polyester 23% Viscose 3% Spandex
Made in UK

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Grey Marl Double Knit Jersey

150cm wide
Winter Dressmaking weight
74% Polyester 23% Viscose 3% Spandex
Made in UK

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Black Stretch Dress Lining

150cm Wide
Approx 54gsm
100% Polyester
Made in Japan
Washable at 40 degrees

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Silver Stretch Dress Lining

150cm Wide
Approx 54gsm
100% Polyester
Made in Japan
Washable at 40 degrees

Fabric for Winter Sleepwear

Now the cold, dark nights are upon us you may want to start thinking about how to keep your family snug during those chilly evenings. Have a look at our gorgeous range of fabrics ideal for sleepwear and pyjamas for all the family.

Cerise Multiflower Fleece

150cm wide
Approx 280gsm
100% polyester
Made in Germany
Machine washable at 40ºc

Blue Football Fleece

150cm wide
Approx 280gsm
100% polyester
Made in Germany
Machine washable at 40ºc

Cheetah Velboa

145cm wide
Approx 265gsm
100% polyester
Made in EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

Dalmatian Velboa

145cm wide
Approx 265gsm
100% polyester
Made in EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

Cream Towelling

150cm wide
Approx 300gsm
90% cotton/10% polyester
Made in EEC
Machine washable at 40ºc

View our full range of fabrics online at www.calicolaine.co.uk or call 0151 336 3939 for expert advice.

Brushed Cotton Fabric

Brushed Cotton is a practical, breathable fabric which is ideal for winter garments due to its warm comfortable quality.

Cranleigh Brushed Cotton Check



150cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% Cotton
Made in Portugal

£6.99 per metre

Breathable and comfortable, this fabric is ideal for dressmaking with and can be made into skirts, dresses and even shirts.

Royal/Black Clydella Floral Cotton Print

Turquoise/Jade Clydella Floral Cotton Print



147cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% super soft cotton print 
Made in Portugal

£7.99 per metre

Breathable and comfortable, this fabric is ideal for dressmaking with and can be made into skirts, dresses and even shirts.



147cm wide
Dressmaking weight
100% super soft cotton print 
Made in Portugal

£7.99 per metre

Breathable and comfortable, this fabric is ideal for dressmaking with and can be made into skirts, dresses and even shirts.

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