Sunday, 31 October 2010

Twilight Zone

Just a quickie.

As I was about to draw the curtains this evening, I was side-tracked by this amazing sky:

What a perfect sky for the 1st day of winter

and halloween.

Que Michael Jackson's Thriller-style laughter....

Friday, 22 October 2010

Fasten your seatbelts...

A few posts back I showed you some pics of Jo - one of my summer brides and her dress as it was being made. I want to quickly revisit Jo and show you some more of her pictures, purely because they make me smile - she looks so relaxed and happy *sigh* :o)

Before I forget, all the following pictures are courtesy of Kerpixel.

Here she is walking towards the ceremony with her Dad...

These next set of pictures are what I call the 'swishing series'!

All systems ready...

Preparing for take-off...

We have lift off!


And rest...

A close up of the back detail

The happy couple!
I will visit this wedding one more time with some cute bridesmaid shots, but I'll save those for another day.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

A dress and something for the chaps...

Good morning! Today I'm going to tell you about the services of a previous client of mine, Peggy, and show you the dress I made for her to wear at her wedding a few years ago. Peggy is a textiles designer and trained at the RCA like me, although we weren't there at the same time and only met later on when she was searching for a wedding dress.

Here she is wearing the dress on the day with her new husband. I love this picture, (and my apologies in advance to the photographer for no acknowledgement - whoever you are, just let me know and I'll link you to the post).

Peggy will be launching her new collection of silk neckwear this month at Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London, from 28th - 30th Oct.

Silk neckwear means scarves for the ladies, and ties, scarves and cravats for the gentlemen. Here's some of Peggy's work for the chaps:

All work is designed, printed and made in Britain by Peggy and she takes commissions and bespoke orders too. Apart from being great for weddings, with Christmas fast approaching they make great gift ideas and there's a colour matching service as well!

These are from the womens range, the pink one is silk...

and this one is wool...

If you like wearing scarves, and love a man in a cravat, get yourself down to Chelsea to see Peggy and place an order! Incidentally, she's also showing at the Millenium Grandstand, Newmarket Race Course from 5th-7th Nov if you happen to be nearby.

Finally, back to Peggy's dress - these were taken while under construction, but almost finished. This dress was a bespoke design.

The dress was made in silk crepe with a silk georgette overlayer and hand beading, plus some tiny inserts of lace around the neckline.

That's all for now, back soon.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Season of lists and mellow fruitfulness...

I love the classic poem by John Keats 'To Autumn'. Here's the first verse, in-case you're unfamiliar:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er brimmed their clammy cells.

I can't help thinking of it each year when I open my curtains on an Autumnal scene. However, this year, the mists and mellow fruitfulness don't appear to be as forthcoming as what seems to me, the almost constant rain we've been having here.

There's something comforting and inspiring for me in this type of rainy weather though. I can't say I find it great to go out in, but for me, it's list making weather - lists of things to make!

Here's the 2nd completed item on my autumn list: (Please forgive the picture quality - I'm still learning.) Its a new gown for my new collection:

There's something about this dress that reminds me of cooler months - perhaps its the icey blue silk underlayer; the overlayer of twinkly oyster coloured lace? Or perhaps the multi-layered cobwebby tulle skirt layers? Who knows? It's a 3/4 length dress, and depending on your height, certain bits of the skirt hems may touch the floor in this particular sample, but they don't have to in real life folks as everything is made to fit! It is literally hot off the sewing machine, and is unnamed. As is my custom, I like to leave items 'resting' for a while while I decide what, if any, modifications are needed.

Here's the back:

Almost identical to the front. I'm pondering whether to put a bow on the back, or not. If you like the dress but not bows, it will be an optional feature. A brooch or a flower could work just as well, or just some covered buttons at the back...When its completed, I'll post another pic with full adornment.

Anyway, onto my next Autumn project, which I'll post about shortly.