Drawings

Do you ever get those moments in life when you are completely itching to make something but just don’t have the time? Or you’re not sure what to do first? Or you just don’t have enough motivation just yet?
Well it gets me all the time. Like I find myself incredibly busy…always.
Even though I do find not having time to make all the pretty things in my head pretty frustrating but drawing relieves it a little bit. Even if they are not a true representation of what I actually want to make.
I find fashion illustration fun.

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This is one of my favourites, I haven’t made a skirt like this or the boots but I’m interested in experimenting in shoes. It’s always something I wanted to do. And hopefully something I can start to do soon, when the money flow allows me to buy some prettys:’)

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I really really love shoes. Some of these are historical however shoes are beautiful no matter how old right?!

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This drawing is something I’ve never really wanted to make, sometimes the drawings are just simply to look pretty. Excuse me for the quality it looks very edited because I had to darken it because of how light the pencil looked in the picture, same goes for most of the drawings on here. Bummer.
A few years back I discovered henna and to date really I have been interested in it. the cultural values and meanings fasinate me.I think it is a lovely way to make yourself and others beautiful. Because of this I started to design my own.

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I apologise for the quality again but I wanted you to be able to see it.

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Just an example of what I was drawing. What do you think?

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I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life

Today I’ve been commissioned to make lucet cording for my boyfriend. Poor love doesn’t have any thing to do up his clothes for this weekend.
At this point I should say we are reenactors and dress up in historical self made garments some weekends.

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It’s a very easy technique as its so repetitive trouble is I get bored really easily and I have a lot to make in like three days..
Wish me luck! My fingers are going to be killing! He is definitely making up for this..

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If you’re interested on this or want to know how it works feel to ask.

Recent make

Party’s are the perfect excuse to make pretty things in my book.
My mother bought me a skirt a few years ago and although the silk fabric was stunning the skirt just wasn’t anywhere near to my taste. But the colour is stunning. The weft is red and the weave blue so the most radiant purple is created and it slightly changes and kind of shimmers when you move. So I felt guilty in not wearing it and so I decided last week that I would make something that I would actually wear from it. (Really wish I took a picture of it before hand to compare to but never mind.)
I made the skirt into a little dress, straps resting just off my shoulders with a little bit of embroidery detail around the neckline. Then I made it fit the theme of the party I was going to slightly more by adding accessories, all I really cared about was the dress though.

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Here you can see the free machine over the binding and the previous embroidery on the strap which I left in the other side is pretty similar.

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The back -hemmed just a little longer than the front.

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Boots: local shoe shop (Swansea) Belt: thrifted Sword: borrowed from my father(?)
You can’t see it but all my jewellery is from Topshop or H&M
Excuse the background, I don’t have access to the studio at the moment but I want to publish my things anyway.

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The skirt then of the dress is nicely gathered in and to be fair there was nothing difficult in what I did. Binding is such a pain but that’s just me being lazy!

60s Marilyn Monroe dress

It was a few years ago when I first discovered up cycling and all the really awesome things that that meant I could do. I really think if you’re looking to make something you should look up JunkieStyling first because its mind blowing what they have created there -big fan.
Turning this old ugly bed sheet, old skirt, chair cover or balloon silk into something incredibly cute and wearable is a fantastic idea. Why isn’t everyone doing this already!?

This dress I made for my GCSE in textiles, but I still totally adore it and the best part is it wasn’t even that hard to put together. I’m not going to brag about having a high mark because that really doesn’t matter.
I don’t remember what pattern I used but it was your basic sixties style shift dress which I modified anyway -I shortened and slightly adapted it to get what I wanted from it.

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For the face of Marilyn I used fabric paint and stencilled her on, at the back where the darts are her face has become a little bit pinched but she’s still gorgeous to me.
Front upper is made of a plastic coated poly cotton -there are no room for mistakes because the stitches show up luckily for me it went well.
At the back I didn’t want for it to be boring, I wanted the whole dress to stand out so I just made up a little bit of patchwork which worked out a lot better than I first thought. The colours seem to slightly clash but really work together and at the same time it’s not too busy. What’s not to like?

Something to start off with

Being as I have just started this blog, I didn’t really know what my first post should be about. I figure then this should be where I say what I am all about.

I really enjoy making things, anything and everything I see has the possiblity to become something awesome. At the moment I’m really into up cycling things.
I make a wide range of textile, fashion and replica historical garments. Quite a mixture huh?
Even though I don’t live in the USA I am a massive fan of thrifting, I buy things all the time to make into really cute outfits. The trouble is finding time to make them into the cute things I visualise.
The reason why I wanted to blog about what I do is because I could talk the socks off someone and I would really like to showcase the things I have made. Also I would really love to see what people who don’t know me think of my stuff and have some creative people to talk to.
So hopefully as I get round to taking pictures and writing about things I have done and plan to do this site will get full of interesting things.