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  1. A History of Clothing Manufacturing in Britain

    Early Days Before the textile revolution of the mid 18th century, clothing in the United Kingdom was a cottage industry. Most garment wear in Medieval Britain was influenced by either Scandinavian invaders or the Roman Empire. The rich would wear imported silk, linen and patterned wool. The poor would wear local or homespun wool - often without colour and edged...
  2. The History & Design Of Winceyette Nightwear

    Winceyette is a term many are familiar with. But how many of you actually know what it means. It often pops in clothing product descriptions, so let’s enlighten you... Traditionally, winceyette is a cotton fabric made from a twill weave. Its design is similar to that of flannel, only it is a slightly thinner material that does not share the...
  3. Bra Fitting Advice

    Hello again, Just thought I would pop back on to upload a blog post from our old website. Its about six months old, but its still good stuff! This article is good read for getting a great fit with your new bra, written by our very own work force. Thanks to Joyce, Sharon, Jacquie, Sue, Barbara, Judy and Anna for...
  4. Ordering Information

    Order Availability -  We do our utmost to maintain high stock levels but sometimes demand can take us by surprise and leave items temporarily unavailable. In these rare cases we will tell you when we expect more deliveries. -  Products made in our workshop are made to order and can take up to 21 days for delivery .-  To avoid delays, items will be dispatched when available. With multiple product orders expect multiple...
  5. British Manufacturing - Carr and Westley 1967

    AT AN OLD MILL BY THE STREAM... A 'rag trade' booms - in country style Did you know that with every C&W made product you are not only supporting British manufacturing, but buying into a little bit of history. In this post I have in included an article from the Tonbridge Courier from March 31, 1967. Bourne Mill is located in...
  6. A Distinguished Gown...

    Another hidden gem from the Carr and Westley archive... - Advert placed in the News Chronicle on February the 6th, 1939. Invoice and receipt of payment inculded for 19 pounds and 8 shillings for one half tone ad. Transcript of Advert: A DISTINGUISHED GOWN In Super-Weight, Super Quality, Art Silk Satin Back Marocain The delightful gown illustrated is faultlessly cut and made in what is assuredly the...
  7. The Story So Far.... Carr and Westley History

    The last place one would expect to find a clothing manufacturer is in a country mill where corn was ground in the 11 th  century. But for the last 57 years clothing of a special kind has been made at Bourne Mill, Hadlow. The mill that we call home was built in the late 11 th  century and was used to grind and crush...

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