Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Over a cup of tea I showed her my accessories designs ( flower brooches, fabric bead necklaces, petal necklaces and picture buttons)
Catherine is holding a sale at her studios in September and she has invited me along to sell my accessories. I’m excited about this as there is a much more direct and hands-on approach when you can talk to potential customers face to face rather than over the internet. She is also planning to hold a Christmas vintage/crafts fair somewhere in Southampton and hopefully I will be invited back for that.
I also bought a badge-it badge making machine off Ebay so the picture buttons are soon to become picture badges. yip yip
Friday, 10 July 2009
Also got a pile of stickers which are very soon to be adorning everything I own.
Still hankering after those Iron Fist shoes, one day they will be mine.....
Cheers Iron Fist
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
It was a treasure trove of colourful printed dresses, appliques, vintage patterns and costume and bakelite jewellery. It was all rather lovely especially some of the printed neck scarves (£35) and a stunning cherry brooch (£85) . I didn't think the prices were quite justified but not wanting to go away empty handed I did snap up these rather fetching earrings for a fiver...After some lunch and an ice-cream we jumped on the tube where I released a book and saw it immediatley picked up by a pretty lady. We headed to the Art Car Boot Fair(ACBF) in Brick Lane to meet Anna's boyfriend Jr. Brick Lane was crazy busy and the ACBF had a very arty, carnivally, anything goes vibe. Jr was selling some printed canvas bags with jelly moulds and jelly inside which complemented his show Backwash which was held at Gallery Primo Alonso. There was some live music which was mostly being ignored and tons of weird and wonderful stalls to visit (including a cloakroom for you to leave your emotional baggage) and loads of objet d'art for sale. Again, some of the prices were not justified, there was no way I was going to pay £60 for a store bought t-shirt that some "artist" had drawn a barnet on, I could do that myself for a fiver. I did however come across some awesome buttons that had been made by artist Hayley Bates. There were 4 little button noses or two big ones for £4 so I got a couple of sets of the little ones.... no idea what for yet but I couldn't resist them. Then it was back on the bus to Streatham and back in the car for the journey home.
Monday, 8 June 2009
I’ve made my grey linen trousers. They are modelled on the Thai Fishermen’s style Pants that I wear for yoga so they are loose, wide and baggy. I’ve made them more suitable for everyday wear by making them a bit longer, adding a jet pocket and having poppers as the fastenings instead of ties. They are super comfortable and easy to make.
In other news I got some Polaroid film for my old camera. Although they are a little bit redundant in this “digital” age there’s definitely something very charming about a Polaroid picture. I want to do a shoot on Polaroid film with my Yohji Jacket, Fabric Necklace, Linen Yoga trousers, Short Shorts, Flowers and Skulls Shirt and Leather B.A.DoubleG perhaps in some yoga poses……
My dress for Matt and Carly’s wedding (17th July) is nearly ready. I’ll show you all when it’s done. I think my brother wants a white shirt for this wedding as well.
I also released my first book into the wild last week. If you like treasure hunts, reading and FREE books then check out www.bookcrossing.com
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Joy of Joys, I have been accepted as a “Street Team” member for Iron Fist. I first found the Fist whilst searching for shoes on Ebay... (as I am known to do every now and then). I went straight to their website at www.IronFist.tv and discovered that not only do they do great heels but that they are are a wicked-cool men and womens clothing brand. If you have not seen their designs then hot foot it over to their website to check out their stuff which is ‘Made with love for a heartless world’! I'm mad for their crazy prints, especially love their spring summer 2009 genocide heels.....
......and their heels with robots destroying the city on them (also available as a polka dotty t-shirt). Acccording to Jen from Iron Fist my "street team" start-up kit will be sent this week. I look forward to promoting such a cool company, I hope to mingle some of their garments and shoes in with my everythingforever photoshoots and I look forward to seeing what treasures I shall receive.
A lot of my listings on Etsy expired this week so I am having a cabinet reshuffle and am going to update the shop, I’m not going to relist a lot of the stuff that hasn’t had much interest and I am going to add some fresh new items on there so ch-ch-ch-check it out. www.everythingforever.etsy.com
Friday, 8 May 2009
My 1st customer, Katie from
Anna took all the measurements for me for my 2nd customer, Christine. I posted a rough toile to her which Anna then fitted for adjustments. I went up to London on Saturday and fitted Christine's 2nd toile. It went well and only a few tweaks were needed to perfect the pattern. I got the dress finished over the weekend (with moral support from AJ) for Christine to wear to the May Ball on Thursday and her response was also very positive “Thanks so much for the dress, I truly love it.” It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I first made this jacket a few years ago in black wool and wore it everywhere. It is a Yohji Yamamoto pattern and is available to download for FREE from Show Studio. (http://www.showstudio.com/projects/ddl_yamamoto/gallery.html)
It’s a bit of a challenge to construct as it’s made of 2 large unusual pattern pieces with very minimal instructions. (The first time I made it I made a mini maquette first and took a long time looking at the photos to figure out the construction). I made it again recently in a grey linen (bought from
The difference with this one is that I wanted to line it, I found this beauty at Fabricland
and decided to use it for the lining. It is more floral and girly than I would usually go for but I love the edgy subtle addition of the skulls in the print. I have lined the jacket in such a way as to make it reversible.
I have enough flowers and skulls fabric leftover to make a shirt. I’m going to use the Liz pattern from Burdastyle as the starting point cos I like the style of the armholes (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/1137). I like working with drapes and layers so I’m going to incorporate this into the re-design of the collar. I also have enough of the grey linen left to make some trousers to go with it.
I got my leather hides, leather needles, magnetic snaps and brass feet through last week (all from Ebay) and found a cool Amy Butler Print cotton to line it with, the leather in particular is spectacular.
It’s everything I need to knock together this clever little bag (http://needled.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/tk.pdf) with a little pattern alteration to accommodate the little brass feet. I haven’t worked with leather for a while so I’m expecting to have to be slooooooow and patient.
Photoshoot is on the cards…..
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
The African fabric projects all turned out pretty well and I also made the high waisted black skirt to go with the green shirt(as pictured). I'm pretty happy with the necklace too although I've got alterations I am going to implement for the next one. I'm currently working on an African fabric dress that has the dimensions and allure of a bed sheet at the moment but will look great when I've finished.
I've received my 2nd order, it's for another draped back dress but this one is with a fitted pencil skirt and a rounded neckline. My customer is in London so I've made up the pattern and put together a quick toile and have sent it to AJ to fit to the customer before I make the real thing, she wants it for a ball on the 7th May. It's going to be in Black Silk Dupion with a Parasol print cotton in the drape.
Friday, 10 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Woop Woop, My first Etsy order for the dress is finished and looks good. I mailed it last Saturday in time for my customer to wear for her wedding dinner rehearsal at the end of April. I’m more nervous now than when I was actually making it, she should receive it tomorrow or early next week and I really hope it fits her well and that she loves it. If she sends any pictures of her wearing it I will be sure to post them here.
I made a mustard yellow corduroy bean bag cover last weekend (mmmmm!) I'm planning a Bank Holiday weekend of working with my African print fabrics that I bought last summer (and shockingly have done nothing with yet). Shirts, Skirts, Dresses and Necklaces are all gonna get the funky African print treatment...
I was given a DVD with a few episodes of Project Runway on last week and I immediatley became hooked. I thought I’d just watch one episode at a time but ended up watching all 4 that were on the disc and immediatley made B dowload the last two episodes so that I could watch them too. Heidi Klum cracks me up…
Friday, 3 April 2009
We now seem to be spinning a tangled web on the internet with our Blog linking to our Facebook group which links to our Etsy shop which links to our Blog which links to Burdastyle which links to Etsy etc etc...
Watch this space (and all the others) for more exciting updates coming soon....
Monday, 16 March 2009
My spare room has transformed from just “a room with a sewing machine in it” to my Studio. I got the B-boy to put up a notice board and a shelf for me (the sturdiest straightest shelf I have ever witnessed!) and I have cleared out and organised my fabric stash. I also did my good deed for the week by freecycling a whole bunch of fabric scraps (check out www.freecycle.org it’s a brilliant web group for passing on and getting unwanted goods in your local area and preventing large amounts of usable items ending up as landfill, check it out, other people get rid of all sorts of cool stuff).
I got my dress form through from ebay (recommended seller: donangelicom) and also my 275m roll of pattern cutting paper (from www.morplan.co.uk).
There’s still room for improvement in the studio as I am currently doing all my pattern drafting on a big bit of wood on the floor (which makes for pretty creaky knees) so I would still like to set up a proper work surface and there are still some other things on my wish list (especially a full length mirror and some non-flowery curtains). Last month a humungous IKEA opened here in Southampton so I guess this would be a good excuse to go and have a look and check out their fabrics and eat some meatballs.