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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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?