A first introduction to welcome you to my precious machinery which make all the lovely clothing I sell. I love the old vintage machines because the speedy, strong and sturdy, build to last and give me a sense of love as I imagine their previous owners and what they might have made using them.
Both machines came from factories here in the UK. The PFAFF Lock Stitch actually came from a factory in Plymouth which is where I bought it so i'm pleased to be able to keep it here in the Southwest. The simplicity of the PFAFF makes it very easy to thread (I use Nylon Bonded) and run, once you get used to the speed. It runs off a 6 Volt motor which is heavier on my electricity bill I do work more efficiently by cutting, preparing and sewing all of the products so they're all finished at the same time.
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This week i had a request to re-create a dress for a young lady to wear to a prom next summer 2018. As we can see from the photo below the princess dress has a sweat heart bust line, fitted bodice (which is boned for shape) beaded and detailed with royal blue bias binding.
The skirt section of the dress us constructed in layers using fishing line to give it a fluttery look, stitched with blue thread and is fitted with battery operated lighting. Wowzers..... so much and detailing, There's probably around 70-100 hours of sewing to make this look beautiful.
After deconstructing the components of the dress i decided to tackle the "lettuce Hem" to give me practice in creating this kind of hem line. The lettuce hem or flutter hem as i like to refer to it is created using a light organza fabric, a rolled hem foot and 100lb memory fishing line. NB opt for memory line as this one keeps the shape once its cooled and stitched in.
The fishing line is wrapped around a plastic pipe, secured and heated in boiling water for 10 seconds like so.
This heating molds the fishing line into a circular shape which is then fed in to the rolled hem foot (using a zigzag stitch) and
So, here's my first attempt at making a flutter hem using organza fabric and fishing line and i totally love the effect and natural weight created. Its given the dress a softness and bounce which complements the embroidered detailing on the bodice. I'm looking forward to creating another dress with my new technique.
This weeks been a really time considering it only the first week of November (i'm counting down to my next event in Truro), i'm buying fabric for dress samples, making lists upon lists for products i need to replenish as well as trying to plan for next years collections. This year saw a tremendous of flamingo and unicorn printed fabrics, I went with Flamingos as the prints styles represented a vintage theme so it fitted in well with my other pieces
With summer fast coming to a close and the season changing we begin to move into part season and i hasten to add the BIG "C" !! Christmasssss just around the corner i've been madly machine to bring some lovely new girls dresses to my online store as well as replenishing some old favorites.
My idea for this display is the change in season, Autumn weathers, my love of flowers and the need to make something different. I started by purchasing around £100 in dried fabric flowers and removing them off the stems to prepare them for gluing to the dress. The dress is is made in a size 2-3 yrs, a full circle dress, made from cotton with a mustard yolk and zipper back and netting for fullness. My first job was to start flower arranging to decide where the flowers will fit best to feature on the dress.
Flowers were bonded into place and took 3 days to fully dry.
Bridal veiling will be overlayed over the skirt to encase the flowers and give a soft dewy look.
Here is the finished table at www.ccmarkets.co.uk where i was trading for three consecutive days. Everyone loved the dress, the response was amazing. I'm now in talks with some prospective customers to make their flower girl dresses for their weddings next year, exciting times ahead.
The finished Dress
If you would like to come and visit me and my Christmas themed Display i'm heading back to Cathedral City Markets, Lemon Quay November 24th + 25th + 26th (3 days).
christmas-girls-dress-giveaway-competition-2017.html. This month has seen me make many changes to my business model. I've moved from the onslaught of the weekly St Ives markets to opting for a monthly weekend market in Truro. My reason being i've realized that i'd like to make lovely special one-off pieces, to be able to do this i need to give myself time to sew everything, hence if i change to monthly ive got a good 4 weekly cycle to prepare.
Other plans include further development of the e-commerce website and some new advertising ideas, Facebook Live feed announcements, and updates on the Blog. Christmas will soon be upon us and with that in mind i'm planning the launch of my christmas-girls-dress-giveaway-competition-2017.html, party dress collections, 2018 pre launch Christening and flower girl dresses.
Which bring me to my new idea of a monthly Dress Display october-2017-3d-dress-display.html. A way to showcase my talents, bring something new and use my trading space as a display area and the clothing as a piece of art. Hopefully as i become more inspired in my sewing journey this will transpire through the garments i intend to make in the future.
Exciting and busy times ahead!
Welcome to our Christmas Giveaway 2017
This is your chance to win a handmade dress in and size from aged 1yrs - 10 years. Competition is open until 2 November 2017.
Over the next few months I hope to inspire & share my love of all things beautiful by walking you through some of products I design and sew from my little studio in Cornwall. Being a seamstress is a way of life for me, literally an addiction and one I love dearly. I'm totally immersed in fabric and spend endless hours of the day thinking & planning what my next collections will be and when i'm going to launch them.
Fabrics and sewing has been around me all my life, my nanna made her own clothes, mum studied fashion it was a total way of life being around women and chatter whilst the needles clicked and new crafts emerged. It's the way it was when i was a kid, sitting as a small child in the launderette (the womens meet) listening to all the women put the world to rights whilst their washing dried, those were glorious days. I used to think the fabric shops went on for miles (i was only about 8 year old) all the bright colours, different patterns and textures, listening to my nan discuss their uses, she loved fabrics that didn't crease, polyesters were her favourite. There was of course a several years where I never made anything but once the bug finally caught me I was hooked and could think of nothing else. Now i'm privileged to turn what was a hobby into a thriving business.
Over the years I've diversified into several different markets and as my business model continued to evolve and I found out which products liked making the most. In later years I began to dabble in childrens clothing and being a mum and now grandmother it's really come in handy because i've been able to make lots of clothes for my family. My business started from the small beginnings of simple baby accessories later developed into designing a full fashion collection. These days I love the ideas of making limited pieces or one-off items, this way have the chance to make a really beautiful childrens garment and one that no one else is going to have. My inspiration comes in a variety of sources from watching designer fashion shows, trend spotting and fabric sourcing. Where possible I try to use local suppliers and UK wholesalers for my cottons. My size range from newborn up to aged 10yrs and i make no more than 20 of the same item this way my fashion trends are always current and fresh and customers buying a piece of clothing i've made with in the last month. Fashion lines in my childrens collections are always up to moment and every changing with the seasons and times of year.
So hope you like what you see and will pop back next week for further installments.