Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A wintery scene!

This was the scene that I looked out on this morning, quite inspirational and rather charming . It made me get quite excited about Christmas and everyone coming home. Harry returns on the 10th and Izy back from Bath on the 17th. The house is incredibly cold but maybe not so cold as outside! I shall certainly make it welcoming, as we have missed them terribly!
After a pretty scary journey to Georgeham Christmas fair, sliding all the way down the hill sideways. I did extremely well . A big Thank you to all my lovely friends who supported me and bought some lovely gifts!

Friday, 26 November 2010

More cushions!

A long week of making curtains and roman blinds! I just had to break it up a bit with these gorgous lilac velvet cushions with appliqued cupcakes on the front. So very tactile and a must have for your little girls bedroom or perhaps yourself.
Georgeham Craft Fair Tuesday 30th 1 until 4 pm, a great place for unsual Christmas gifts, and lots from me too!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A classic gown.

Good morning everyone, so sorry I have not blogged for a while, we have had rather alot of illness in our house!
Herewith is one of my favorite gowns. A classic 1950's fichu neckline which sits elegantly just below the shoulder line, and crosses over to the side- finished with a gold and ivory organza flower. This fitted bodice is made in a dark Ivory Taffeta and is delicately laced at the back. It worn with a beautiful 'Aline netted skirt. Such a elegant look and incredibly feminine
This week I am busy again making crafty things for Christmas fairs, and suddenly I have lots of curtains and alterations, although I would much prefer a gown or two!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Royal Wedding!

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton! I love a good wedding especially a Royal one, we so know how to do things properly in this country!
Yes of course I would love to design and make her gown... I am waiting for the phone to ring!
Choosing the gown is the hardest part of planning for the great day. Every girl regards her gown as the dress of her dreams. But this is not just any girl, nor is it just any wedding gown. A future Queen of England needs to think long and hard, so much to take into consideration. My bet for the Royal designer will be Stuart Parvin..... classic and timeless or maybe Phillipa Lepley. Another designer that Kate uses is an Brizilian designer Daneiella ''Issa'' Helayel.I only wish it was me, maybe if I had started out when I did and not stopped, I would be up there now, and a real consideration!

Sunday, 14 November 2010


What a busy weekend! I have been getting ready for Christmas. I have quite a few Christmas fairs coming up and I have been making lots of lovely things to sell. I will let you know where I am shortly.
Flora has been busy helping me get an add ready for Wed Magazine which comes out for the 5th December, it looks fab!
On Friday afternoon William is on Radio Gloucester giving an interview about the new Cotswold book and then he is book signing in Broadway at the Blandford bookshop. Fame at last!!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Its a cats life!

Bear had decided that it was far far to windy and wet to venture out today. So she found a rather snug place and made a lovely warm bed in my ribbon box. She slept there for at least 5 hours and occasionally opened her eyes to watch me sew at my machine.

Monday, 8 November 2010

A Winter Wedding!

I love winter weddings, its a great time to use other textures and to use luxurious fabrics and colour.
Here I have designed a gown using a navy blue silk velvet.It has a fitted bodice with long sleeves and a huge blue velvet bow and tails falling down the back of a full skirted gown in Ivory silk taffeta. This gown looks amazing with a full and long train.
For me the neckline is perhaps one of the most elegant styles, a fichu neckline taken from the 1950's. It frames the neck and shoulders, which cleverly elongates the neck. For winter it looks gorgeous and very sophisticated. Finished off with tiny ivory covered buttons down the back. Wow!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Travel time!

Today I have been making things to add to my studio, pretty things with lace ,ribbons and bows.
I love using up all my scraps, so I have had a relaxing day making garters with some exquisite vintage lace. I managed to make a 6 ring cushions too!
Tomorrow my son Harry is off on his travels to SirLanka to surf for a few months , I hate it when someone leaves my nest! Good Luck Harry and be safe!
William's gone to the Cotswolds to sell our new book and Izy is coming home for the week.
I had a beautiful Bride visit this week . I would love to design her gown. She had lovely ideas and loved the vintage look. My beautiful model sent her to me... Thank you Rachael!
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