Thursday, 14 May 2009

Butterflies in an Iron Fist

I have got my third customer!! Jacyln from Minnesota. She wants my open back butterfly dress which is cool. I have found the same butterfly fabric in a black colourway so I have offered her the choice am awaiting her response so that I can buy the fabrics and get cracking with the dress this weekend.
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 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.

Peace Out

Friday, 8 May 2009

Actions and Re-Actions

My 1st customer, Katie from Seattle, has given feedback for her dress, she says: “EverythingForEver made this dress for me in exactly my size. Candy is amazing! I want to wear it everywhere. Thank You!”

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.

From then on it was all about making stuff for me……

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. (

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 London at the weekend).

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 ( 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 ( 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…..