Ciment Pleating, Haberdashery and Tailoring supplies London

Tailoring and bespoke sewing services in the UK

These days, we’re a bit spoiled for choice by the tonnes of lovely online fabric and haberdashery shops that it’s almost a bit hard to know where to look for things. And whilst I know exactly where to go for my everyday dressmaking supplies, if you’re wanting something a little bit more specialist like tailoring or corsetry supplies – it gets a lot harder…

But on the subject of tailoring, here are a few excellent sites I’ve come across recently that are great for sourcing more unusual dressmaking and tailoring supplies.

Bernstein & Banley’s aka The Lining Company

Apart from a bit of an annoying YouTube video that starts playing as soon as you hit their products page (seriously, when will companies learn!!) – this site sells pretty much everything you need to make a suit – a range of linings (good place to source bemberg linings in the UK) and a broad range of interlinings. *Update – and very friendly customer service according to Anne from Compulsive Seamstress *.

Bernstein & Banley, Haberdashery, Tailoring supplies, London

Kenton Trimmings – They have shop near Notting Hill and Queen’s Park but are online too.

This shop stocks everything you need to make a suit with lots of interesting different haberdashery like Melton under collars. I’m assuming that’s like a contrasting piece of fabric under a collar? I love a colour pop! Perhaps it’s time I planned a coat with a hot pink under collar…

Where to buy tailoring supplies, undercollar wool

Gill Arnold – Again, thank you to Anne for letting me know about this one! You can get a range of interfacings and interlinings here. And she also offers starter tailoring kits!

Gill Arnold, Tailoring supplies, UK

Looking for buttons, belts and button covering services?

D M Buttons, Central London – You don’t have to be a big fashion company to get buttonholes and buttons covered for you. If you pop in, this little place will do buttonholes while you wait and you can send your buttons in via  post to be covered.

DM Buttons, Tailoring Haberdashery supplies London

Harlequins – Mail order button and belt covering service. Send in your fabric (and no broken needles on my sewing machine later) and you get perfect belts back in the post. They also make up rouleau loops – definitely something I’d get someone else to do!


Harlequin, Tailoring Haberdashery supplies London

I tried harlequin a few years ago after trying to make my own belts and not liking the results. So I sent in my fabric and my buckle and below is what I got back – beautiful!

McCall's M5525


Taylor’s Buttons, Central London – Buttons, Button Covering Service, bespoke belt and buckle covering service

Taylors buttons, Tailoring and Haberdashery supplies LondonAnother little find, this shop is based in central London but also have a mail order service for button covering! 

The Button Queen, Central London – Another shop catering in buttons and who also do a button covering service – which you can do via mail order!

Button queen, tailoring and haberdashery supplies london

Lastly (and not leastly) – Ciment Pleating

Yep, you can send in fabric to be pleated 🙂 Did you know it takes 3m of fabric to make 1m of pleated fabric?!

Ciment Pleating, Haberdashery and Tailoring supplies London


Know any other companies that should be on this list? Let me know!

n.b. I am in no way affiliated to any of these shops, nor have I received any kickbacks from the companies mentioned.

 * This post was last updated on 26.02.2015 *





Top 5 Inspirations…



1Fellow seamster’s and seamstresses  – online and in the real world. I love reading everybody else’s blogs. I’ve met some lovely people in real life last year and I love that I’ve found true friends who I can chat with about my sewing obsession and theirs. And they don’t tell me off about how much fabric I’ve got 🙂 True friends! I’m looking forward to meeting more of you in 2014!

2 Technical Genius – I love reading books on technical sewing. 2013 was a pretty good year for technical sewing books (in my opinion): The complete course to draping by Karolyn Kiisel and Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques by Claire Shaeffer. Both are pretty interesting reads. I really prefer reading books that aren’t project based but just teach you the nuts and bolts of something or the background about it.

I’ve also picked up some great vintage sewing books and I do think that second-hand books are a great option for people learning to sew, the older books sometimes have a lot more detail that you just don’t see in more modern books.


Even the pictures in older books are beautifully drawn… I also love their language. No beating around the bush. In one of my vintage sewing books about pattern alteration it bluntly says – most pattern alterations are unnecessary if you lose weight. Not sure you can get away with saying that today!

3People whose productivity is overwhelming (in a good way)… Like Roisin from But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett and Lauren from Lladybird

I mean Lauren is like a machine! 86 Projects last year… I’m not even going to highlight my dismal efforts 🙂


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4 Fellow Lingerie bloggers obviously… One of my favourite blogs/pinterests is The Lingerie Addict.


I love it because it highlights products from small independent lingerie brands as well as big commercial brands. Plus it takes promoting a positive body image pretty seriously too whether you are small/petite or plus size, there’s no body bashing talk.

5Street style… I have a love/hate relationship with London but even I have to admit that London is a pretty damn cool place to live in sometimes and I love that. I love how people mix up what they’re wearing and prove that you don’t have to be head to toe in designer labels to prove you’re stylish and fashionable. You just have to have the confidence to pull it off.

Like this guy – sadly, I only got a picture from the back but he was dressed top to toe in orange… orange turtleneck, orange trousers, orange shoes, everything orange!


I’m sad that I didn’t get a picture of the other regular characters that live near to where I used to work – like the safety-pin lady. Covered head to toe in chains of safety pins. Or the parrot man. He walks around with a parrot on his shoulder in normal clothes. First time I walked past him, I thought it was a puppet. It wasn’t! Ok, so it’s not really their fashion or style that inspires me but it’s more their attitude of ‘dare to wear’.

Afternoon Tea…

What’s one of the best things about living in London? Why, Afternoon Tea of course! I love Afternoon Tea, it’s always such a treat.

Yesterday I was treated to a fabulous afternoon tea from my friend. London is full of great and unusual places to have Tea. One such place is the Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley for Fashionistas. Well, I’m not much of a fashionista, but I do enjoy fashion and I love cake!

Each little cake and biscuit is based on one of this season’s key pieces. And the cakes and biscuits are changed in line with the fashion seasons, so here we have the A/W 2012 collection served on Paul Smith fine bone china…

This season’s Burberry Trench Coat…

And if you still have room in your tummy, you get these cute little takeaway handbags to take home…

If you do find yourself in London and at a loss of things to do, I would definitely recommend coming here with some of your girlfriends (but do remember to book in advance). It’s a great way to while away an afternoon nattering away. A plus side for the Berkeley is that for your set price, your tea and cake are unlimited. The plates are refilled as many times as you can manage! (Which is not always the case in other establishments.)

Back to School…

I’m off to school this week! Well, i’ve signed up to do some evening classes in garment making… I’m keen to practice, practice and do more practice! What I hate is making clothes and ending up with something that looks very obviously homemade. I aspire to be able to finish garments off neatly and professionally looking. Maybe one day to couture standards – but hey, you have to start off somewhere!

Thought I’d share with you some of the places I have found in London that offer sewing classes that may inspire you. It’s definitely NOT a comprehensive or exhausting list:-

London College of Fashion (C London) Short Courses – They offer the widest range of courses but are pricey!

Kensington and Chelsea College (C/SW London) – Offer standard Clothes making course and some lingerie courses, much more affordable than LCF

The Make Lounge (N London) – Excellent beginner sewing workshops especially the knicker making one!

Oh Sew Brixton! (SW London) – Basic range of dressmaking courses – averagely priced

The Papered Parlour (SW London) – A couple of basic ‘make a dress in a weekend’ type courses

And with that in mind, I am going to cycle off to my class and let you know how I get on…

Addendum: Also Fashion Antidote (E London) is worth checking out as well!