Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Another Weekend, Another Dress.

I have been finding it harder and harder to find free time to make things for my Etsy Shop... which is due to being on an intense fashion internship, where I am actually working from 9am to about 7pm (even though 'home-time' is at 5:30, but I stay until I finish what I'm doing because I love it so much!)... and then it takes me about an hour to get home, then when I do, I am absolutely exhausted!
So, I decided to spend my weekends concentrating mainly on the clothing sector of my Etsy shop, which was becoming a bit neglected, and to at least finish one garment each time.

So far, it has been going quite well, and the 'Womenswear' section of my Etsy Shop, has now grown from 1 to 4! The weekend just gone, I finished this blue, plaid georgette tunic dress. It's short enough to be a top, but just about long enough to be a dress, which you would need to wear with thick tights or leggings! This one was quite easy to do as I had already made one for myself and it is quite a simple shape which is what I love so much about it, because I can wear it loose, or with a belt/piece of ribbon.

Unfortunately, I am away from home this weekend so won't be able to finish anything... which is such a shame as I recently bought some beautiful black crushed velvet fabric, and black polka dot tulle! I wanted to make some 'little black dresses', which I know is such a cliche, but I always end up wearing one when I can't find anything else to wear. So, because I only make things that I would use myself, I thought it would be important to include some in my shop, which is pretty much a reflection of my own, personal taste.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

My New Aurora Borealis Necklace.

If you've been following my steady purchase of vintage jewellery, I have yet another piece to add! It is from a fellow Etsy seller (who just happens to also have the sweetest name), poppylou.It is all the way from Canada and arrived a few days ago. It is such a perfect vintage piece in a choker style and fits so beautifully around my neck. I have also mentioned before how much I love aurora-borealis, so this was definitely a must-have! This item instantly dresses up anything I wear, which is perfect for me as I tend to buy clothing (dresses) that is versatile enough for me to wear day or night - so having an accessory that helps me with this is even better.

Friday, 21 November 2008

James Bond - Quantum of Solace.

I watched this a few weeks ago, shortly after it was released, and thought it was brilliant! There was action straight from the start and I loved the opening. Ever since I was very young, I always enjoyed watching the opening sequence, with the silhouettes of women dancing and slinking around in a juxtaposition of shapes and colours and so many more exciting things going on. I think it just reminded me of a high-fashion photoshoot! With Quantum of Solace, I wasn't sure if it would be the same as for the first few minutes, you only see Daniel Craig walking around on a desert. But then amazingly, you start seeing huge, moving female sand figures rising up from the desert and provoking him to fall over which is actually quite funny when I think about it.
I've also always loved the theme songs and for Quantum of Solace, it's a song called 'Another way to die' and is written by Jack White from The White Stripes which he performs with Alicia Keyes, I thought it was great, and really edgy, with a great video, which you can watch below! (Don't have your volume on too loud, because it's quite a loud start!)
However, my most favourite James Bond song is 'Live and Let Die', although 'Another way to die' does come a close second.
I'm not going to write much about the film, I think you just have to watch it, I don't need to convince you! The new Bond Girl, Olga Kurylenko was perfect for the role, and it was refreshing that she wasn't such a cliche. It was almost as if she had a story of her own in the film, she wasn't just a 'Bond Girl'. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a spin-off film about her.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Cocosa.

I was recently invited and signed up to Cocosa, "...an invitation-only fashion destination offering members to exclusive private sales of luxury brands...". It is still very new but a very slick site! The images of garments and accessories are all very clear, so if you like your luxury brands and also like a good, and extremely heavy discount from the original price, Cocosa is a wonderful place to go. Because it is invitation only, you can become a member if you enter 'nuvonova' into the 'I've been invited' box... this is only available until the 28th November 2008, after that, you will need to find someone else who has an invite code, or you will need to go on the waiting list!
As it is still new, I feel the site is still missing a lot of content, but I can definitely see it heading towards being a fantastic virtual sample sale destination - so you don't have to put up with the freezing cold if you're after sample sales in London! The site also has an amusing countdown timer for when new garments for a specific brand is being launched, and how long left you have to buy. Again, this has a similar concept as samples sales do, as of course, they're always only on for a couple of days, sometimes just one day, and sometimes just the one day that you can't do!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Busy Bee.

It seems that my advent calender pouches have been a hit for the Christmas run up and I've been busy making several sets! I think this is the longest time I have gone without blogging! So, I thought I'd give you all a sneak preview of two dresses I had been working on. I am so pleased with them, and should hopefully be putting them up for sale some time soon, along with the blouse in my previous entry!
The dress below is made from a hot pink crepe-de-chine fabric. The longest part of it was actually the bow, I played around with so many different ideas as I didn't want a traditionally tied bow.

So, I decided to incorporate my amazing button covering skills and embellished the bow with self-covered ones!
I was so happy with this dress design, which has a very deep scoop back (1920's influenced) that I attempted another with champagne coloured crushed velvet...

... and although it was tricky to sew, completely setting of my hayfever and sparking off a series of sneezes and a runny nose, I adored the outcome! I intend to do a black crushed velvet version too. I'd also love to read your suggestions for other colours this dress could look pretty in, maybe contrasting bow and contrasting buttons?!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

What I did with my lace.

I published a blog entry a month ago about my sudden urge to buy lots of lace, and this is the first thing I used it on!I had made a sleeveless blouse out of taupe crepe-de-chine fabric that I had sourced from a very small, discreet fabric store (they always have the best things!) and it just had the sweetest irregular-shaped polka dots! I was ready to sell it in my Etsy shop but when I had bought the lace trimmings, I thought a particular piece could look really sweet on my blouse. As I'm very much a bow-loving person, I instantly used it as a decorative bow and I love the look of it! It will be available in my Etsy shop (once I get round to making labels and taking more photos of it!), along with some other garments I have been working on and incredibly excited about!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Cameos.

So, you've seen some of my vintage jewellery pieces, but my collecting doesn't stop there, it branches out into cameos! I've been collecting cameos for a few years now, I don't mind if they aren't the traditional, shell-carved type, I just love the whole idea of a beautiful image being intricately carved into a piece of material, Here are some of my favourites!
These four Gibson Girl cameos are so cute, I found the rhinestones acting as a necklace very sweet!

I also love the majority of the carved subjects; usually Greek or Roman mythology... which is actually where a lot of cameos originally derived from. Here are some of my Roman soldier cameos! Some are also called intaglios, where the image is literally carved into the material, so that the background is raised higher.

... I've come across very unique cameo-inspired cabochons also, such as these gunmetal ones with a simple outline of a woman's profile.

Instead of just collecting the cabs (which I have been designing jewellery around and hopefully my father can make it all up for me one day!)...I've also been looking at other things that have cameos, and my most recent purchase has been this little trinket box with Athena at the front. (Well, I like to think it's Athena!)

I'd love to own one of those really really intricate shell cameos such as this outstandingly beautiful Medusa one, made in 1880 and set in a hand carved jet frame. Wow!