Its getting into Autumn here in Melbourne, a bit wet around the edges and a lot cooler (I am English and I flatly refuse to complain about Autumn and Winter in Australia…) which means warmer clothes and inspiration to make cosy layers to keep everyone toasty warm!
I just wanted to share with you folks some new peices I’ve been working on, in my big push to make stock for my stall at Rose Street Market which is in 2 weeks!
Here is my first go at a new pattern I’ve been working on for a simple jacket design, specifically for quilted material. I found this amazing vintage quilt at a thrift store near me and fell in love with it straight away…its what gave me the inspiration to recreate my favourite quilted jacket that I absolutely live in. Here is a collage of the process and the finished peice! This beauty is not everyones cup of tea and is definately made for us funky ladies that want to be bright, colourful and cosy. Its already got some hot admirers so this little one may not even make it to the market stall but fear not for I still have about 2 more jackets worth of the quilt left.
I’ve also wanted for a while now to make some cute little clutch bags, pouches and shoulder bags for the market stall and finally got around to having a play! So far I have created two peices, both out of recycled materials, one which is designed as a small laptop or Ipad holder (or anything you can imagine: makeup, notebooks, knitting, stationary etc etc) and another which is a fold over shoulder bag with a magnetic fastener. Both designs are fully lined with zip fastening at the top and come with really gorgeous little recycled button details on the front. Im so happy with how these have turned out! Its a great way of using up smaller peices of material and I’m also planning on making some pouches in a similar style specifically to house laptops, IPads and Mobile Phones. Its coming up to Mothers Day here in Australia and I think these would make great funky little gift ideas.
I just want to make loads and load of these now! More photos to come soon ❤
Im in the sticks of organising myself for my first market since I moved to Australia a year and 5 months ago, and it really is starting from scratch as I am now working solo and under a new name. My old business was called ‘Sawdust and Diamonds Clothing’ and was a collaborative project with my wonderful friend Jenni Joule (go check out her amazing solo work at Jenni Joule Wearable Art on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenni-Joule-Wearable-art). So starting afresh with a new name, no independent project and no one else to fall back on/get inspiation from has been a really interesting experience!
I’ve been busy over the last few weeks sorting out business cards, labels, swingtags, bags, as well as the most important part which is things to sell! Its been full on fitting this in alongside my other commitments (I work as a Nanny, this thankfully pays the bills!) and spending some much needed snuggly moments with my wonderful partner Tom.
Here is my hilariously basic stall brainstorm for Rose Street on the 4th May. I get a 3m x 3m space with a large table from 11am – 5pm on the Saturday ($70 per day), so have been trying to plan and get organised so I can make my stall as eye catching and yummy as possible. I am not the most organised person in the world so Im really pushing myself with this one…I WANT IT TO WORK! ❤
My basic aim is to make back the $70 fee…if I do that then I will be happy. If I make a few more sales to cover material costs then that will be a massive bonus! (But i’m also a natural pessimist most of the time and have been to markets where I havn’t sold a single thing…) So just a couple of sales at least please cosmos!
I’m planning on selling a range of cheaper and more expensive garments and accessories and have been thinking up of some fast and easy designs that I can sell for under $20. I’ve been working on some really gorgeous stretch lace French Knickers to display on my table that Im really happy with. They are a super flattering shape, really soft and comfy and soooo pretty.
Here’s a quick snapshot I did late at night after making my first pair. Ahhh I love my new Overlocker ❤
Im also planning on making some basic jersey dresses, a few pairs of leggings (possibly with a fold over lace waistband/skirt (photos to come!), and some other nice basics to work beautifully alongside my more intricate patterns and designs like the Hooded Pixie Dresses, Waistcoats and Jackets.
So little time!
Just wanted to update quickly on what I’ve been up to in the studio over the last few days!
I’ve been working on this Hooded Pixie Dress on and off for a little while, and I finally picked it up again yesterday and got cracking on it again. Im so happy with how it has worked out, its so comfy to wear and the 4 darts on the front and 2 on the back mean it sits perfectly and accentuates those curves we’re all learning to love =P
This piece is super special and made out of the scummiest hand-dyed organic cotton. I dyed it myself using Fibre-Reactive dyes (wont fade, bleed, and are non-toxic), and the fabric is fairtrade organic cotton that has been woven on huge antique looms in rural India. The bodice is fully lined in the same material and the hood is lined in beautiful patterned Indian Cotton that was recycled from an Indian Skirt. There is a zip on the side seam under the arm to fasten. Onto the hem and the hood’s edge I added inticately embroidered Sari edging that I bought in India when I was on my travels.
Just bloomin’ gorgeous! Im really happy with it!
I’ve also been working on this design too, I’m calling it the Gypsy Queen Top, and this one is made out of olive green velvet which is recycled and vintage, as is the trim I added onto the bottom hem. The top fastens with a zip on the back. This pattern is just so flattering with its boat neck and low scoop back, and its great worn on its own as a crop top with jeans or skirts, but it can also be worn over a jersey dress and leggings or with a simple top underneath.
Both these peices are for sale and fit a UK12-14 / US10-12 best. Feel free to message me if you are interested and would like to know the full measurements.
I am asking $100/£75 for the Hooded Pixie Dress and $75/£50 for the Gypsy Queen Top. All prices include free shipping internationally ❤
More new pieces coming soon! Everything that I am making at the moment will not be going onto my Etsy store as I am creating a stockpile for my stall at the Rose Street Market on May 4th so if you would like to purchase just get in contact with me on here or via my email firstname.lastname@example.org
I made this awesome little number this week, thought I’d share a quick photo of it with you ❤
I found a 1.5metre remnent of this amazing gold painted blue cotton in my local fabric factory and fell in love with it, its amazing stuff! I hope that I can find some more, Im going to have a delve later on in the week when I get a chance to go back! It’s awesome to work with and is oh-so-soft unlike most shiny materials which are usually polyester at the very least.
And this is the almost finished peice(I’m waiting for waist/bust measurements so I can add fastenings..I think its going to be poppers instead of buttons).
I absolutely love this pattern I created a while ago now, I’ve made so many of these jackets and they all just turn out beautifully. I took the pattern from a favourite vintage cropped jacket of mine and then added the wrap front and the cowl neck.
This little beauty is actually going to be owned by my wonderful sister-in-crime Kim Boekbinder, who is an amazing musician-astronaut-woman who just so happens to be Tom’s brother Jim’s girlfriend (check her music here: http://www.kimboekbinder.com). I thought of her the whole time I made this jacket, it’s just soooo her, so it’s fitting that it’s going to be owned by her ❤ Just to give you an example of what I’m talking about:
You get me now?!
All is good in bex-land, been setting aside/prioritising some more sewing time most days and starting on getting a nice collection of peices together for Rose Street Market. A wonderful friend of mine and another fellow Batt-woman, Amie, (Tom’s brother Ben’s Girly) gave me this amazing pattern for a Sling Bag that she found. I tried it out last night with some seriously scrumptious Beetroot-Red Corduroy I had a remnent of and some Indian Sari Cotton that I bought in Delhi a few years back. It turned out so nicely, I love the length as it sits perfectly on shoulder, across body and also worn harness style with both arms through and around neck for bike riding. Its the perfect size too =) Im going to be tweaking the pattern a little so that the seam is in the front instead of all the way around the sides to save on time and fabric and then I will be making lots of these beauties for Rose Street Market on 4th May! Great way to use up fabric that I dont have enough of to make a full garment.
Thats it for now! Just a little update on what I’ve been creating. Im going to go and have a play with some new cotton velvet remnents I found too, and cut out some more jackets and maybe a hooded waistcoat or two too!