Friday, 18 April 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier at The Barbican

Went to see this exhibition last minute whilst I was in London fur the Italian Fashion exhibition and the V&A. It was amazing!! So inspiring and beautifully presented with talking mannequins! Well worth a visit. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fuller skirt

Played around with net and tulle to get the skirt looking fuller. There are two layers of nylon net and four layers of nylon tulle. Still got a top layer of silk organza to go! 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tailored conductor's jacket

It's been a while since I made a tailored jacket, but I really enjoyed re-learning all the specialist methods to create this jacket for a musician friend. It took hours, but mostly because I'm a perfectionist and wanted it to be 100% perfect! The fabric is cotton sateen, the buttons are silk satin  and the lining is a liquid gold satin.

Warhol at FTM Artist Textiles

Grading patterns and making dresses

Busy week so far, started work on a wedding dress I'm making for a friend and finally got round to grading the Camp's Bay and Betty's Bay tunic top PDF patterns. Lots of people have asked for them in other sizes, so they will be available on etsy in a little while. 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Vintage floral dress

Went for a pencil skirt. Almost finished and only had to buy a metre of lining and a zip!

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Vintage floral dress

Working on a vintage- inspired dress using some vintage curtain fabric. Can't decide on a full skirt or pencil skirt...

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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Giant crochet progress

Loving how quickly this is growing, but it takes a lot of fabric! Need to stock up on old tshirts!

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

West Country quilt show

Had a lovely day out with mum last weekend. We went to the West Country quilt show and saw lots of beautiful quilts by Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, Alicia Merritt and the like. We attended a workshop run by the latter. Very inspiring and managed to not spend too much money!

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Giant crochet

Beginning of my giant crochet rug, using recycled jersey T-shirts and a 20mm hook. I was inspired by the giant knitting and crochet I saw at the West Country quilt show last weekend.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sheer panels

Cutaways and sheer panels seem really trendy at the moment. I've seen it in lots if couture garments and high street shops alike.

Donna Karan


I've got a staff Xmas do to go to in a few weeks and thought I'd make a skirt inspired by this trend. Work in progress below:

Reverse appliqué detail:

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New fabrics, new projects

I've mixed up my new purchases with fabrics I had in my stash. Just need to decide what to do with them! I'm thinking of trying out circles for my next quilt project.

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Friday, 15 November 2013


I'm loving my new fashionary and most of my students now have one too. It's so good for fashion sketching when your drawing ability of the anatomy isn't great.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Finished polka dot dress

Finished my spotty dress for work. I based the style of the bodice on a Stella Jean dress. It's a good for, but why does everything I make always look better on the stand?!

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Productive Saturday

I love this quilt made from Tula pink fabrics, so thought I'd try sewing a circle patch/ drunken path design.


Easing the curved seam together:

Not bad!

Progress on my polka dot dress. To pleat or to gather, that's the question...

Bought lots of gorgeous cushion covers on India that just sit on a shelf, so stapled one to a frame and it's now on the wall!

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