What I have been doing lately is a lot of thinking and also a lot of doing, but in a slow way. At the end of each day (sometime's it's night by the time I finish my classes) I feel that I haven't done enough. Nevertheless, at the end of the week I look back and count how many dresses I've cut out or made, classes I've taught or stuff Ive sat down and hand finished and It's actually quite a lot. These past few weeks have been worse leading up to the Renegade Craft event in London. I felt better because at Stitch and Bitch last night, James Thorpe- whose a very good photographer offered to photograph some of my work. So here they are. I think he's done a lovely job. It does make me feel a whole lot better when I look at them.
This is just a close-up detail from the front panel and collar.
I was trying to make a pattern which had more shape than a bolero, but also had a bit of a Japanese feel about it.
Same style but with furry cuffs. All of the fabric is either vintage or re-cycled. This wasn't a deliberate choice, it's just the stuff which went well together.
This is my favourite dress. Although It's not apparent in the picture but this dress has lovely deep side pockets- for hankies, conkers or worms, very useful. The fabrics I brought a few weeks ago from a friend who has a huge collection of elderly and vintage fabrics. I spent a fortune! but got his lovely collection . I made the collar from a crochet dressing table doilley. I purchased some fabrics-all vintage which Ill be selling by the metre. Ill be posting these up when Ive got a minute.