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 saris, cotton sarongs, salvaged trims and a lot of love making these. They are all one of a kind statement pieces perfect for your summer festival or holiday wardrobe. These are all coming to the festival circuit with us, but if there is one you like, get in touch and grab it before it goes!
Modeled by the beautiful Lucinda Kennard. Feather headdresses by Feathered Fantasy.
Repair and Embroidery.
Everyone loves a pair of jeans. Whatever the cut might be is a personal choice, but when I find a pair I love, I wear them until they are shreds. The places that tends to wear out first are usually pockets, crotch, and knees. So instead of getting rid of them why not repair them? Add some contrast fabrics, hand/machine embroidery etc.
Not sure how to do it yourself? You can post them to us and we will return them to you with some added pizazz.
Ethnic Prints and Folky Fabrics.
For the summer I wanted to create a collection that was vibrant and casual but using some more traditional fabrics. The lovely Chloe is my model and the award winning Naomi from Namnam’s did the face painting.
South American Cloth.
This was a table runner that became this easy fit dress.
This lovely piece of fabric was used as a curtain by my ex housemate Rebecca. When she moved out I re-purposed it into an A-line dress. Apparently the print is for a women’s vote campaign.
This fabric was salvaged from a pair of trousers that I unpicked. I love the vibrant colours of this print.
This piece of cloth just came to me, like most bits of fabric do. Not sure if it used to be anything in a previous life. There was just enough to make this cheeky number out of it.
This was an Indian cotton bed throw that I cut in half and made two dresses from. Boned for extra support.
Made to Order Luxury Jacket and Hat.
Kim works for the sustainability team at the Council. She wanted me to make her a striking stage outfit. We decided on a blue-purple colour palette. I think I got a little carried away with the beading. Hours and days later I stopped. She was very pleased with the outcome and had great comments from the crowd. Yay!
Dark Fairy Godmother Dress.
I got asked to take part in this years Brighton Fashion Week. How exciting! The only thing I need to come up with now is a 10 piece collection. Eeeek!
I had to start somewhere, so I started with a black corset top that I had lying around. The idea was to turn it into a tutu like dress. Something a dark fairy god mother would wear. I experimented with different techniques in hand embroidery and added lots of mother of peal buttons.
Don’t really want to think about how many hours I spent on this piece, but it was not done in a week, I can tell you that.
Watch this space to see how it all turns out. Still got until June so no pressure, right?