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Close Up Details Of Couture Clothing

Hiya!  I'd like to think I've got a treat for you today. Below are a number of close-ups of some the Haute couture designs that graced the runway last week.  Being obsessed with sewing I'm a complete geek when it comes to the construction know how. I can often be found mauling clothing especially if it's fancy, pawing all the tiny details and pondering how it's been constructed (a proper nosey parker, me). So when I came across these photo's on style bubble I just had to share them with you. 
P.s If you look closely on the third image down you'll notice the printed fabric is a copy of dot and cross pattern drafting paper, complete with balance lines!!

And to think all these dress's and embellishments are all sewn by hand, wowzers!!!!!

All images are from and to see lot's and lot's more close-ups click the link.

Mens fashion week

Jonathan Saunders

Alexander McQueen
Paul Smith

Richard James
Richard Nicholl

Vivienne Westwood
They say inspiration is everywhere, and of course my love of fashion doesn't extend just to women's wear! I can often be found wandering round men's wear departments looking at they way clothes have been cut and the styles being perceived. In fact, I think men's clothes in terms of design is still largely unexplored but that's another topic in itself.

It was the suits in particular which caught my eye, probably because I'm quite keen on the idea of making myself a tailored jacket, and would it sound crazy if I said I wanted matching trousers a lathis previous post! I hope not?!

Also I had to include this image of Vivienne Westwood herself, rocking an oversized suit, (probably a men's one) which I think she looks very stylish in even if a little over baggy but those shoes and hat definitely finish it off. Now where does my boyfriend keep his wool suit....…

Life In The 1950's Now

Hands up, who would like to live in the 1950's?.................................... Well you can!! 1951 to be exact!

In an American town there is a huge rockabilly community, where they not only dress, but live their whole lives just as they would have in the 1950's! They not only dress but decorate their houses complete with 1950's appliances and drive immaculately preserved Cadillacs!

Photographer Jennifer Greenberg has been photographing this unique community for over 10 years and at first thought it was all about the fashion, before quickly realising that it was hugely centralised around community. Greenberg also tells of their not being one single type of person living there. Teachers, bankers, doctors and lawyers are all present in this cultured community.

What it is also quite lovely, is that this fabulous community isn't at all strict either. You can divulge into it as much or as little as you like. Some people rock it to the full and others take a more hybrid …

Couture Fashion Week Inspiration

Alexis Mabille

Armani Privé


 Zuhair Murad


Elie Saab

 Jean Paul Gaultier

 Looking for sewing inspiration has become a past-time for me. I love looking for it just as much as I enjoy sewing! The downside is that sometimes I feel overwhelmed by it all and it leaves me with too many ideas and not knowing what to make next, do you ever get that feeling?

If you'd like to know more about couture you can read my post 10 facts about haute couture Here.

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All other images from

10 Facts About Haute Couture

Haute couture is my favourite type of clothing (and workmanship). Seen as it's Couture fashion week I though I'd share some interesting facts that I've learned along the way.
Some facts really took me by surprise when I first read about them which in turn made me admire couture even more so, even if it meant I didn't admire the design.

1. To officially be called Haute Couture and to show designs at couture week the fashion house must belong to the 'syndical chamber of Haute couture' which is regulated by the department of industry in Paris, France

2. The syndicate is a strictly members only. Fashion houses that are considered worthy designers of 'True' couture are 'invited' to join. Currently there are around 18 members, with a new list being drawn up each year.

Vintage couture by Chanel (left) and Dior (right)
3. Members include Dior, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and this year it also includes Schiaparelli for the first time in over 60 years.

4. Wh…