Rose Street Market prep

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Hey lovelies!

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.

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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.

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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!

Xxx

More new designs!

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Hi folk,

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!

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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.

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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 rebekahsjs@gmail.com

Speak soon!

Bex

All things Metallic and Shiny.

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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).Image

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:

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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.

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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!

Bye!

Bex

Janome love and new designs!

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Hey folks,

As my last post said I bought a Janome Overlocker a few days ago, I bought it secondhand from a lady just round the corner from me who has hardly ever used it.  Its a Janome Mylock 204D and it’s a real beauty!

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I’m super happy with it so far!  It took me about an hour, some long tweezers and some serious swear words to get it threaded up, but I got there eventually, and the last 2 days have been *rather(!)* productive!  Here are some of my new prototypes I’ve been working on!  All the material that I’ve been using are remnents from the fabric factories close to my house… they are all  the last few metres from the end of fabric bolts and thus are being saved from being chucked in the landfill!

This badboy is called the Cowl Neck Pencil Dress, is a backless halter number which hugs those curves tightly down to the knee creating a booty-ful sillouette!  (I’ve got leggings under it in these photos but you get the general gist)

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Next peice that I’ve been working on is this awesome basic dress design, a low plunge tank dress that I’m calling the Shake-It Dress…for bloomin’ ovbious reasons! I mean, LOOK AT IT?! 482386_10151305603801765_1249524063_n

And finally, I’ve just finished making a prototype pair of leggings out of the yummies 4-way stretch fabric in a yummy Ocean-y Blue.   They have a thick elastic waistband, that is super soft and won’t dig in.7845_10151307900321765_612614404_n

I’m so excited to be able to work with stretch fabrics!  It’s taking some serious effort to master the art, and is TOTALLY different to sewing non-stretch fabrics, but its so exciting.  I live in leggings and long tops and jersey skirts and I’ve been dying to be able to make myself some new things and be completely self suffucient so I dont need to really buy anything now from highstreet stores!  YAY!

I’ve been dying to make a dress like this one shown below, that my beautiful friends Miriam and Gabby bought in Goa in 2011…I didnt buy one and I’ve regretted it for the last 2 years! They are a really simple design, so feminine and flattering, but I havn’t been able to have a go making them because it just wasn’t even worth trying to use stretch fabrics with my normal sewing machine.  So I’m so excited I’ve finally got a chance to play around with making my own version of this beautiful dress and can’t wait to make some more versions!!

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Until next time beautiful people,

Bex xxx

Exciting Times!

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Exciting times!  If you would like to catch me in person and try on some beautiful new Selkie garments, then come say hello on Saturday 4th May at the Rose Street Market, in Fitzroy, Melbourne!  The Rose Street Market is a stunning crafts market with food stalls, live performance and music, amazing local designers and artists and a really lovely festival like atmosphere.  It is open every weekend throughout the year and there is a great selection of hand picked designers selling a range of gift ideas, fashion and everything else in between. 

Its an honour to be able to sell here, and I cant wait!  Here is a link to their website: http://www.rosestmarket.com.au/

I’m also picking up a new OverLocker today, wooo!  Its a pre-owned Jenome 204D and I AM SO EXCITED!  I cant wait to be able to venture properly into stretch fabrics!  Pretty much the only thing that I still have to by from highstreet stores are leggings and basic jersey tops/dresses…and I cant wait not to have to do that anymore.  Im going to be making a variety of basic layering peices for Rose Street on the 4th May; leggings, basic jersey dresses, yoga pants, and maybe some cowl neck tops too.  Im in the process of sourcing some organic jersey materials at the moment, but I have also found an awesome source of stretch fabric remnents (ends of rolls from Fashion/Textiles Industry that would otherwise get chucked into Landfill!) close to home too!  So exciting!

Ill post some pics of the newest member to the Selkie studio when Mr Overlocker arrives safely.

Until then,

Bye!

My Ozzie Autumn Wishlist

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Hey beautiful folks,

I havn’t created an Etsy Wishlist for a while now, so here is my new autumn wishlist! Its a compilation of Clothing, Accessories and HomeWares from some of my new and old favourite shops on Etsy.  Prices and Links below photos- Support hand-made!

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Sticks and Stones Set by American based independent jewellery designer ColbyJune ($225) http://www.etsy.com/listing/74615002/sticks-and-stones-set

Im absolutely in love with this set of stackable hand-made rings, made out of a mixture of Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Bronze.  I could imagine having these as alternative wedding rings, and the natural theme really hits the spot.  These are perfect for people like me, who love to wear gold and silver jewellery together.

 

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This beauty is made using handdyed recycled and natural materials by the wonderful Norwegian designer LinusManus ($277) http://www.etsy.com/listing/124854487/victorian-forest-corset-tutu-dress-in

Super bohemian and built onto a stretchy cotton top it looks so comfy and perfect for any gypsy queen or woodland pixie.  Her style of clothing reminds me very much of wonderful Oona’s work at Moonalia (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Moonalia) but with more earthy greens and browns that I absolutely love.  I also love the Victorian spin on this dress with the corsetting designs on the back.  Yum.

 

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This stumbled upon this amazing Blue Fall Jacket by French designer Malam recently, and Im in complete Jacket heaven ($355) http://www.etsy.com/listing/107658085/blue-fall-jacket-teal-blue-embroidered.   I love the dramatic cutout and sleeve details, and the embroidered royal blue fabric is stunning.  I’ve been in love with a lot of peices by French designer Malam for a few years now and her new wedding dress design makes me almost want to go down on one knee just so I could have the excuse to buy it!

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Amazing pixie style Wedding dress and Bolero set by Malam- (Dress $2150, Bolero $245) http://www.etsy.com/listing/57723204/wedding-dress-with-swallowtail-lace-up

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Something completely different now, these scrumptious handmade bike panniers by Tiny Tank Tech are perfect for any self-respecting peddle-propelled person- ($160) http://www.etsy.com/listing/120353528/lrg-bike-panniers-set-of-2-green-floral .  They are water resistant (handwaxed fabric!) and come in a variety of different fabrics, but these are my fav’s.  So beautiful!  I can imagine them looking rather fancy on my new Melbourne Steed (see photo below!)- She’s called ‘Lady’ by the way….

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Carrying on with the Bike theme… check out these amazing bike planters!  They are made by WearablePlanter ($45) http://www.etsy.com/listing/92828783/bike-planter-in-teal.  Great for green fingered growers everywhere, and if you like me are deprived of a garden (though I am very much looking forward to planting out our balcony when I get back!) then these are a fantastic mini urban alternative…. Ive got images of bike baskets filled with strawberry bushes….whatever next?  😉

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This little gem is actually a backpack (im a BIG fan of backpacks) and I stumbled upon this one on my hunt for a new leather backpack to replace my much loved faux leather one I used to death.  This beauty is 100% the real deal, in a beautiful teal blue waxed canvas with tan leather straps and clasps and fully lined with a scrummy red fabric lining.  It is made by Turkish designer OttoBags ($69) http://www.etsy.com/listing/107510393/green-waxed-canvas-mini-backpack-with

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This is my other fav Backpack that I found, made in Portland, Oregon by designer ColleenPeddycord ($40) http://www.etsy.com/listing/118161595/floral-corduroy-backpack.  It is made out of recycled materials and is fully lined and versatile.  I love that it just looks SO homemade!  My mother used to make little drawstring style bags out of old materials and this is like a trip down memory lane.  There is absolutely nothing flimsy about this pretty little thing though- it has a sturdy denim base, is lined throughout and has strong closures and canvas straps.

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I just absolutely live in leggings, they are just so comfy and versatile, but these stunners are in a league of their own.  Nashville based designer CarouseLink creates these amazing designs from scratch, firstly illustrating, then screenprinting and sewing her designers.  They are super funky, and I want a pair right now.  Im serious.  ($32) http://www.etsy.com/listing/120125878/red-victorian-city-leggings-womens

And thats all for now folks, so many beauties so little time!! Dont forget to check out my homemade wares too, just follow this link (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSelkieFolk) to my online shop ❤

Have a lovely day everyone!

Bex