I took a group of sixth form students to London this week to see the Hollywood costume and the British ball gowns exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert museum. It was amazing! Had such a wonderful day. Unfortunately, we couldn't take photos, but we all did lots of sketching.
Erdem ball gown
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
Harrods lit up for Christmas!
Toilet tiles at the V&A
Vivienne Westwood men's suit- love the draped waistcoat.
I've recently discovered nail art can be quite stylish- I used to think of trashy two inch nails with revolting designs when I heard 'nail art'. But I've been investigating on pinterest and found some very cool ideas. I had a go at marbling this morning. Some have worked better than others, but for a first attempt it's not bad.
Having a blast in South Africa, working with street kids teaching them how to sew. Bought some fabric and dye to show them tie-dye this week. Also purchased some traditional shwe shwe fabric in gorgeous prints.
My mum found this tutorial, which explains colour theory in photographs. It's great for all forms of art and design, but especially helpful for putting together quilting fabrics for projects and even fashion design.
I have recently discovered the wonders of oil cloth, so did a search for tutorials, as I struggled to prevent the stuff sticking to the presser foot of my machine. I used tissue paper in the end, but a teflon foot would probably work better. One Shabby Chick uses a walking foot, but suggests using painter's tape (masking tape?) to prevent sticking. I love her tutorial for this box bag and will be having a go at one! Find it here.
The sun is out and I've been using up my stash of fabric to make two new tops. I bought a remnant of gorgeous echino fabric and made that into an asymmetric tank and a cap sleeve design out of blue and white seersucker. The latter isn't quite finished as I need to add 3 buttons to the placket. I drafted these and made them in a couple of days- so nice to have some free time to fully focus on making things!!
Two new tops!
Design idea and pattern adaptation sketch for the cap sleeve top
Design idea and pattern adaptation sketch for the tank