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Autumn/Winter Fashion Colours.....

Pantone choose Radiant Orchid as it's colour for the year although I'm not convinced that its a fashion colour for autumn/winter. A few shades darker and I'd probably roll with it.
Truthfully I'm not completely taken with this seasons colour report but then I'm old skol so brights and pastels for summer, mutes and jewels for winter.

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My colours for this autumn/winter are likely to be ox blood red, greys, dark purple, burnt orange, mustard and teal, with a little pink and pale, almost ice blue thrown in for good measure .....



Which colours are you likely to be wearing?

Halterneck to Strapless to Skirt....

Whenever my mother goes away to somewhere hot I joke that she gets holiday head as she buy's things that she wouldn't normally look at twice. This 'dress' however an exception of sorts.
 Bought in spain it started life as a halterneck. My mother doesn't do halternecks - her boobs are big and she self conscious about them, so for her halternecks are a no-no.  Now had you seen the size of the cups for this halterneck and my mums boobs you would have too laughed uncontrollably because there was no chance in gnats arse  her assets were going to fit.  'did you try it on' - ' no. it was too hot' - 'and what part of you thought that you'd get 'those' in there' ...and so the conversation went .... 'could you alter it' - 'yeah, like into a skirt or something' - 'hmm - no I was thinking just take away the straps, fold this under here and stitch it down'- 'hmm, yeah I could do or I could take away the halterneck…

Runway Inspiration: S/S15 - Part 2

When I was really young, sometimes I would stay up late watching a t.v show called euro trash, some years later when fashion became first became my 'thing' it was sparked by a certain Jean Paul Gaultier. Probably a coincidence looking back, somehow I've only now made the realization that it was Jean Paul Gaultier who presented Euro trash (see i told you I was very young!!)   To say I'm a little sad that spring/summer 2015 was his last rtw show is an understatement. Although to hear it's to concentrate on other projects and more notably his couture line, does fill me with a certain amount of joy and almost relief.  You see, for a while I feel like couture and custom made has been lost, and that fashion is changing far to fast and not so much thought gets put in, just the ability to turn it out as quickly as possible. The fast fashion, wear it once and chuck it mentality ensures it enters a vicious circle. 
However I do feel the rumble of a change, with vintage bein…

Experimenting with Draping

I bought 2 meters of soiled chiffon sometime ago, purely just to have a mess about with, well for 2 euros I couldn't pass upon it.... this is the result of that messing...  
I split the fabric into three rectangles and just pinned it to the mannequin, creating pleats until I was happy.

 To keep the pleats in place I basted them by hand whilst it was still on the mannequin. Once removed I gave it a quick press using the steam setting with the iron.






The skirt/bottom half I didn't drape on the mannequin. I stitched the sides together, to act as a side seam, from there I figured out roughly where the center front and center back should go and stitched the top (bra pieces?) to the skirt part.

 As I wanted a gathered look I used narrow elastic around 5mm wide. Cut this to length by loosly tieing  it around the waist. Then pinned it to the skirt piece in a few sections before sewing it in place, stretching as I went....



With the elastic in place, I turned it over on it's self and…