As we charge ahead into autumn, I’ve been looking back at the glorious summer we had. It’s been all go in the studio, and it’s about time I shared with you some of the amazing work that my students have produced. We’ve had an array of beautiful dresses (some of which have travelled to far-flung places)…. A fabulous collection of shirts… Summery gorgeousness… And some lovely things for little people… And then of course there was Jade’s Prom dress, wow! If you’ve been inspired and think you’d like to learn to make your own clothes then get in touch… Book here to join on one of our courses. See you next week, happy sewing!
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of creating a dress for this stunning bride, Katie. I wanted to share the dress with you the moment it was finished by obviously that isn’t possible with wedding dresses as it would be a disaster to let anyone see the dress too soon. I’m glad I waited until now as last week a handful of pictures from the actual wedding day arrived in my inbox! I was on a skiing holiday with friends back in January when Katie first got in touch… “I’m getting married in July (this year) and am just not finding THE dress out there, despite my searching many, many bridal shops. I’m keen to go down the route of having my dress made from scratch to make it totally my own. I have an idea of my perfect dress in mind…” Our journey started with an initial consultation when we talked... read more
I love wearing vintage clothes but it’s not always practical for daily life. They are often too delicate or fragile, and can often be difficult to launder so don’t stand up to the requirements of everyday wear and tear. The other problem for many of us with wearing vintage is that gals were shorter and thinner back then. In addition to their smaller frames ladies would usually wear foundation garments to give them a defined waist and curvier silhouette. Even as a UK 10 I struggle to find dresses from the early 20th century that fit properly, without resorting to this kind of thing… If you simply can’t find vintage clothes to fit then why not cheat and make your own? There are some fantastic patterns available, here is one of my favourites from Simplicity… I made it in a wool/viscose mix from Ditto and used some scraps of red... read more
Over the years I have been lucky enough to make many dresses for really fantastic clients. In 2011 on a very rainy February day, Angelina wed Jo, wearing a bespoke gown and jacket that I made for her. The process of having a bespoke dress made is very special and I often become good friends with my clients during this important journey. Since Angelina’s wedding dress, I have made her a very special maternity party dress for her Birthday… and now a dress in fabulous red silk to wear to the wedding of one of her bridesmaids. And there is another commission in the pipeline, a green silk flapper style party dress. Watch this space… Here is a mini-tutorial about how to make rouleau loop fastenings: I just wanted to show you this before it is lost forever, I am using Louis Feraud haute couture fabric, feeling a bit posh! Lay... read more
Last week I popped into Ditto to have a look at the new season fabrics, and totally fell for this beautiful vintage looking viscose crepe. Not sure what I’d make I bought 2.5m (my standard impulse-buy length), this way I knew there’d be enough for anything from a maxi dress or lining for a long coat. Spurred on by the beautiful weather, I made my gorgeous fabric into a retro smock-dress over the weekend. It’s perfect for this time of year as it can be worn with leggings, boots and an oversized cardi, or ballet pumps and bare legs. The pattern I used was Burda 6967. Never content with keeping life simple and using a pattern just as it is I decided to alter the neckline, losing the oversized collar and adding contrast piping to define the yoke and new neckline. I always doodle my ideas out first to see... read more