Summer Kimonos

Summer Kimonos

I really love making these kimonos. Well, they aren't strictly kimonos, but a floaty summer layer inspired by. They are made from saris, sarongs and any other reusable fabric that comes my way. The trimmings I do buy new from my travels, the rest is all upcycled...

From Rag to Riches Handbags

From Rag to Riches Handbags

Sometimes you might find a piece of fabric, a garment or in this case a ripped rag rug in a charity shop that you don't know what to do with to start with, but later on it becomes clear why you picked it up. Yes it was ripped but the colours was so yummy I couldn't...

Chalk Paint Furniture

Chalk Paint Furniture

Sometimes I get the urge to paint furniture instead of working with textiles. Even tough in some cases I'm really against it. If you have a good condition, antique hard wood piece of furniture, please don't ruin it with chalk paint! This piece however really needed a...

Made to Order Giant Floor Cushions

Made to Order Giant Floor Cushions

I have lost count of how many of these giant floor cushions I have made and sold in Brighton. A lot of flats and houses in this town are very small, so it can be hard to fit enough seating. These cushions are ideal for those kind of spaces. Plus there is something...

Chequered Coffee Tables

Chequered Coffee Tables

My client had a nest of tables that she wanted painted in chequered black and white. I knew there was going to be a lot of layers of paint and masking tape involved but I took on the job as I like a challenge as well to learn new techniques. This was a style of...

Festival Season 2016

Festival Season 2016

Wow! Festival season 2016 is going down in history, and maybe not for the best reasons. The weather gods were definitely playing their wicked little games on us all. Torrential rain, mini tornado, you name it we had it! We opened the season with Glastonbury where it...

Festival Bra Tops

Festival Bra Tops

June is finally here and its officially summer!  Not long until Glastonbury, which is our first stop this year. These neon bra-tops are an ideal festival staple for this summer. Flattering and fun! Modelled by the lovely Leah. Hat and feathers by Feathered Fantasy....

Summer Festival Season 2015

Summer Festival Season 2015

Another festival season bites the dust!  Glastonbury, Latitude, SGP, Boomtown Fair, Shambala and Number 6. This year you might have noticed that we have started trading under our shop name Shaboutique. Which also means we have other makers and designers under our...

Luxury Handmade Kimonos

Luxury Handmade Kimonos

  The sun is out and summer is on its way. Our festival preparations are coming along nicely. We have been mainly busy with making our festival staple, the kimono cover up. It's a more modern, casual and airy take on the classic Japanese variety. We use vintage...

Patchwork Tub Chair No 7

Patchwork Tub Chair No 7

I couldn't resist to make another one! Had all these gorgeous bits of velvet left from the wing back armchair project that I wanted to use and a tub chair came into Shabitat this week so perfect timing! Its up there with my favourites this one. I do have some more of...

Cushion Cover Making Classes in Brighton

Cushion Cover Making Classes in Brighton

A great way to utilise smaller bits of fabrics is cushion making. You could either sew a patchwork top with the smaller pieces you have, or if you have big enough pieces (half of a meter should be plenty)  create a simple cushion cover with a zip like these below. Not...

Eco Gifts- Hot Water Bottles

Eco Gifts- Hot Water Bottles

That particular time of the year is approaching fast.  People are stressing out about what to buy for each other and end up getting something completely random and unwanted. One thing to take in to consideration is how much we buy around Christmas and how much of...