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Rose Street Market(s)

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Hello lovely folks,

Sorry for the long gap between my last post! Ive been updating lots on my personal facebook page but need to remember to transfer that to my business page and blog =) All is well, winter is in full force here in Melbourne with its beautifully crisp clear mornings and cosy evenings next to our little gas fire. So here is a little update post with some pictures of my last 2 Rose Street Markets.

Rose Street Market is an all-year-round market in the seriously funky neighbourhood of Fitzroy, Melbourne.  It is an Artist/Handmade market which has been going for about 10 years now and is run by 2 lovely brothers from Melbourne.  Chris is the brother that I have got to know through doing the market, he is so helpful and supportive, and I love that he always comes round at the end of the day to check in and see how the day went for you.  He is very helpful and efficient, even though he is insanely busy throughout the day.  I love this market, not only for the amount of footfall that it receives, but also that the organisers are so so friendly, its super special because of this and thus has a very loyal following.  The market, espececially during the summer months, has a very festivally sort of vibe with colourful stalls and musicians playing throughout the day.  There is also an outside cafe which sells amazing tastey homemade food and drinks for stallholders and customers at reasonable prices.  At the moment the market is less packed then it usually is due to it being cold and wintery but a lot of stall holders brave it out no matter the weather.  The market is actually an olds mechanic yard just off of Brunswick street, so there is a large inside trading space as well as an outside concreted yard filled with sellers, so even on really rainy days the inside space is still totally usuable.  I love this market because there is such a large range of products on offer, and they seem to really stear clear of the ‘vintage’ stalls too, focussing on local artists and designers instead, with the occasional stall of customised vintage clothing.  There are stalls with quite high-end fashion peices that are $100 and up, as well as handmade peices for men, women and children made from recycled materials for lower prices.  There is a variety of stalls specialising in Jewellery, graphic design, candles and home decor as well as the occasional stall popping up cutting hair and painting nails….the stalls are different every week and so interesting to browse through.  I love wandering through when I get a minute and seeing how everyone lays out their space.  When you book a stall on either the saturday or the sunday slots you recieve a space, a gazebo(if you arrive early enought!) and a variety of different wooden cubes to use to create a table and display your peices.  Here are some images that I have taken in my last 2 markets, the first being early may and the second being late june.

 

Saturday Market 4/5/13

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I shared this market stall with my lovely crafty friend Millie from Makadactyl (https://www.facebook.com/Makadactyl) who creates awesome jewellery peices, crochet pins and handsewn badges etc, beautiful colourful creations!  Though the day was autumnal and a bit grey to start off with, it was a lovely first day at Rose Street, we met some lovely customers who left with some homemade goodies, and also connected with some fabulous other local artists particularly the LOVELY Jade from Tibbs and Bones who creates amazing headdresses and reworked vintage peices (https://www.facebook.com/TibbsAndBones).  I came home with a profit, which was more then I was expecting as I just wanted to cover the $70 stall charge and anything more was a major bonus.  My handmade French Knickers were a definate success, and I also ended the day with a commission for a low back brown velvet dress from a lovely local lady.

 

Sunday Market 23/6/13

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I ended up doing this market on my own, minus the lovely Millie who was poorly.  I was pretty apprehensive going solo but the day panned out to be a beautifully crisp morning with warm winter sunshine by midday bringing in lots of people off the streets after their sunday brunches.  I spent my day crocheting panels for some tops I have in the works, and chatting away to the lovely Kirri from Kirri-maDe (https://www.facebook.com/kirrimaDe) who creates beautiful funky resin jewellery, and the fabulous Miranda from MDdrawn (https://www.facebook.com/McDrawn) who is an illustrator/painter and graphics wizz and had amazing prints, clothing and cushions for sale.  Lovely ladies who you should definately check out! 

The day was warm, relaxing and flew by until about 3 30pm when the sun got a bit too low and the temperature dropped!  I sold a fair few of my recycled kids leggings (which got everyone maternal and went down a real storm) and a couple of pairs of my French Knickers.  The clothes rail got some notice, but noone seemed to want to strip of their winter layers to try anything on, a hazard of winter market selling which I WHOLEHEARTEDLY understand.  All in all a lovely day, with some very happy customers.  I came out of the market with a realisation that kids clothes SELL, especially during winter when noone wants to try anything on…so onto making a big collection of recycled kids leggings and dresses I think!

I havn’t got any more Rose Street stalls on the calendar yet, but may well be taking over some of my new friend’s unwanted stalls over the next month or so.  I love the experience of learning how to greet customers and make my stall interesting and inviting, and its a lovely feeling to see people’s excitement about my products whether they purchase something or not.

Thankyou all for your lovely comments and support, its wonderful to have some subscribers and I’ll make sure to keep this page more regularly updated with my new creations, inspiration and pictures.

Bye for now!

Bex

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More new designs =)

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Ello!

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.

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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.

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I just want to make loads and load of these now!  More photos to come soon ❤

Bex xx

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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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

New Listings (& still lots of amazing Sale items!)

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This little beauty has just been listed.  Its handmade using Handwoven/Organic/Fairtrade Cotton which I have hand-dyed using Fibre Reactive Dyes(totally fade resistant and non-toxic to adults and kids).  Check out more photos and full details here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121097736/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest

 

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This beautiful Beetroot Red version is made from recycled cotton and recycled tibetan silk.  Find out more here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121099812/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest?ref=v1_other_1

 

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And finally this little beauty is made from recycled cotton which I have Fibre Reactive Dyed to create the softest scrumiest colour.  The hood and side panels are made using Organic/Fairtrade Indian Blockprinted fabric, which is dyed using natural plant/mineral based dyes.  Check out it out on my online shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/119627131/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest?ref=v1_other_1

 

Also up for grabs are these beautiful handcarved stretcher earring sets.  Imagehttps://www.etsy.com/listing/121102919/unique-hand-carved-bone-stretcherplug?ref=v1_other_1

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Andfinally dont forget to check out my amazing Sale clothing still available with at least 30% discount of their original price! Check out my Online Shop- http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSelkieFolk

Lots of love!

Bex

Dye Experiments part 2

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So the Beet dying session ended up a bit of a shambles, and all the fabric finished off a very very very weak shade of pink.  I HATE pink, so for the last couple of days Ive been playing around redying the material and some beautiful little doilies and bits of cotton lace i picked up, this time using chemical dyes.   Ive been playing around with 2 colours from the RIT dye range, ‘Wine’ and ‘Chestnut Brown’.  I intend to go back to playing around with natural plant dyes in the next few weeks, my mother is posting me out a parcel with a great book on natural dyes so I can see where I went wrong.

Here are a few images of the dye batches that I have been working on:

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This image above was my first attempt, using the ‘Wine’ colour way.  Some of the material took the dye well and came to quite a good shade but there were a few peices that were far too pink for my taste so today I set about creating another dye bath, this time in Chestnut Brown.  I want to have a lot of different shades so I kept the best peices of the Wine dye bath, then quick dipped a few peices in the brown and long dipped some others.  The results are great and im really happy with the mix of the 2 colours.

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The chemical dye range that I used for these tests was RIT dyes, which you can by in most fabric shops in Australia.  They are super strong and Id really recommend doing the dye baths in a really well ventilated area and thoroughly washing the material before wearing it.  Something that I really liked about these dyes is that they are SUPER cheap (half the price of Dylon, $6.99 instead of $13) and that they suggest you add a cup of salt and a tbsp of laundry detergent to the dye bath.  I’d never heard of adding these things to the dye before and it really did the trick, the colour is pretty stayfast and very vivid especially on white material.  I also really love the RIT website for this amazing colour ways chart (http://www.ritdye.com/colorit_color_formula_guide) which shows you the quantity and mix of colours needed to create different shades.  This is obviously not exact as every fabric is different, but is a great place to start to get an idea of mixing dyes.

So final outcome is looking really good.  I’ve suprised myself by being super organised and taking dye samples and writing down all the details of the dye processes Ive done.  Here is a little snap shot of my new textiles sketchbook!

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Ive been coming up upon a bit of a textiles ‘dilemma’ at the mo, one that I have experienced in the past as well: where is the line between taking inspiration from other people’s work/creations and just down right copying their styles.  Ive seen this happen countless times, most obviously in the Goa clothing scene in India but really all over the world and through out the entire fashion scene…i mean really thats how the industry works.  But when it comes to small time designers creating small amounts of hand made peices that does seem to need to be a line that one doesnt cross.  I find that hard sometimes, as I constantly trawl through the internet and facebook looking for inspiration and see things that I just love and want to recreate, and thats usually how I create…copying a favourite dress, trying to recreate something ive seen on someone else…. But there comes a point where I am starting to wonder whats MY style?? What do I make that is really unique?

Its a tough lot of questions and ones that i dont have an answer to just yet.  So for now I will post some amazing images I am getting a lot of inpiration from at the moment, and may be what inspires my use of the materials Ive been dying.  I particularly love this first image by Oona (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Moonalia).

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I really love the natural tones of the materials that Oona dyes,and also her use of remnant fibres for applique.  The shapes are also really flattering and love the asymmetrical hems on a lot of her peices.

So thats it for now.  As of tomorrow I am working solely on Holly’s wedding dress until it is complete and ready to ship THEN ill get to play around with all my new dyed fabric!

Bex

In-Seam Pocket Tutorial – perfect for Dresses.

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So I am a completely self-taught seamstress.  I grew up watching the women in my family sewing, embroidering and making and learnt nearlly all of my skills by watching them and also trial of error, apart from a learning some seriously basic skills at GCSE level in school thats pretty much my fashion education.

I’ve been wanting to find a really simple tutorial on in-seam pockets for a while now and I spumbled upon this one today whilst in the middle of sewing my green velvet 60’s shift dress(previous post).  I thought I would share it with you guys as I found this online tutorial really useful.

The process can also be  found here:

http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/sew-in-seam-pockets

I just literally drew a mittenlike shape a little larger then my hand in the same shape as the one in the first image.  I cut out 4 peices in the same shape out of my velvet (2 right side, 2 wrong side), and then followed the steps.  As you guys know from my last post, i dont have an iron so i had to do with out and just made doubly sure as i was pinning… it worked fine, even without an iron, and now i have MASTERED the side seam pocket! HORRAH!

Here is a photo mid action.  Have a go at it….put pockets in your favourite pattern! Mmmmm…poooockets……(oh dear ;-P)

ENJOY!

xxx

Sunday Sewing Sesh, with PJs and a cup of Tea.

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Mmmm, you gotta love a bank holiday weekend! Tom (my partner) and I went to a Fancy Dress 50th party last night dressed up as a gentleman and a hippy mother sporting full suit tails and a mahoosive pregnancy belly, pretty hilarious especially on the train ride over there (im not pregnany by the way though it was RATHER convincing).  After a long lie in this morning, Im finally getting round to making a green velvet dress I’ve been planning on making myself for about a month now.  The pattern is based on a beautiful McCalls 1960’s shift dress pattern that I have altered over the years, by making it have a boat neck at the front leading down to a deep plunge at the back of the dress.  The pattern is about a modern UK 10 when made up, so I always have to add a few inches to the hips when making for myself (Im a UK12-14).  Ive made and sold garments using this pattern quiet a few times already.  Here are some of the previous variations/reincarnations:

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The first image is the same basic variation as I am making today, though I will be making it a little larger at the hips.  The second is a cropped asymmetrical top version with a beautiful lace trimming on the base (great for layering).  The third is a dress I made for myself out of some beautiful batik fabric I picked up on one of my travels to Indonesia, its still an absolute favourite and great with leggings and over jeans, and the fourth photo shows it in its reincarnation as a cropped waistcoat in some awesome upholstery fabric I picked up for free and amazing mother of pearl buttons….it is pretty steampunk-esque.

The pattern is a favourite, once I fall in love with the fit of a pattern i have a tendancy of using it again and again and creating new patterns from the original, though it’s been hidden away in my pattern folder for over a year now.  A few days ago I took it out, blew off the cobwebs and made a beautiful variation on the original out of purple lace with a contrasting lining fabric.  This time instead of using biased binding to finish the neck edges, I used a small ‘lip’ of lace to the edge instead.   I saw a dress very similar in ‘Friends Couture’ on Degraves St in Melbourne which gave me the inspiration to take this pattern out and try this added feature.  Here is the finished dress I made a few days ago.

(This dress is a UK10/US8 and is available for purchase for $65 on my online shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSelkieFolk )

So all that background aside, this is what I have been up to this morning….excuse the pyjamas but I did warn you!

Excuse the crumply fabric, the iron has gone haywire, so i’ve had to do with out it today….pain in the ass as all you creative people know!

So yeh, thats where im at so far! Now lots of darts to pin in, and fingers crossed it should be ready by 5pm for the sunday evening pub gathering i’m heading too later. Photos of finished dress to come!

I’d love to hear from you all about your favourite patterns, maybe even see images of alterations of the same pattern! Just post responces in the comments ❤

Much love everyone and HAPPY SUNDAY!

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