Friday, 26 February 2016

I made a dress!

I've just completed a 3 week dress-making course here where I made this gypsy dress using second-hand fabric I bought a few years ago. I've got the sewing bug now so I'm making the long-sleeved top version of this dress currently out of vintage fabric I got from here where I now work! If you're ever in the area come by and say hi - we have some amazing vintage/antique/interesting curiosities and the stock is always changing :) x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Good Girl

Something I've been thinking about doing for a while now - turning my drawings into something wearable. I was bought fabric pens for my birthday but actually decided to use sharpies instead because I have a wider range of colours so I'm hoping they'll be pretty permanent although I wouldn't mind a bit of fading to soften it slightly. I'm teeming with ideas for other ones, I want to do a rosette one like in the drawing at the top and a tartan one - turn all my drawings into t-shirts! If anyone has any advice on how to fix this better (I ironed it) or to make the line smoother etc I'd love to hear!

1970's Jewel Gowns

From left to right: Jean Muir; Ban-Lon; Trina Lewis and Marjon Couture
Been getting into 70's clothing recently, the cut and drape of the clothes are really form-enhancing and some great unusual bold colours to be found. The Jean Muir feels killer on and I can't wait to go dancing in the Ban-Lon!

With my brother at my cousin's wedding last summer, wearing with sky-high 70's tapestry platforms!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Etsy Outfit Construction

Swimming costume, wedges

Coat, platforms

Cheer skirt, platforms, underwear set
One of my favourite things to do is to have a really good delve on Etsy - favouriting things left, right and centre and constructing cute outfits in my head. There's such a huge range of stuff there, it's like one big never-ending vintage wardrobe but also I've been getting more into the modern stuff, especially lingerie, there are some really well-designed, fun and affordable shops out there. So this is where these outfit illustrations have come from. In a magical, silly world I would have a never-ending wardrobe full of all this but now I feel I can settle for these neat book-sized representations which don't take up much space in my life. I'm going to aim to do one of these illustrations a day because they're quick and fun and satisfying. It also helps me visualize my inspirations more clearly. I find I use Etsy for inspiration mainly, it's great to be able to easily find high-quality photos of intricate details, unusual materials and rare designs in one place.

I'd love to get into creating outfits on certain themes or for people looking for inspiration/with a specific budget so please get in contact if you're interested! X