How to be sustainable

 

  1. Have friends who find old mannequins at the dump (2 found so far).
  2. Discover some fabric in a local charity shop.
  3. Eco dye some vintage silk.
  4. Then use a vintage pattern for the skirt and a minimal waste pattern (Shape Shape 2) for the vest!

Slow Fashion Show

  

I was madly finishing my entries for this today and just made it to the post office in time. Should be a great event – can’t wait!

Click here to find out more about this exciting event.

Slow and steady wins the race!

 
Hand basted silk binding on a commission order – a drapey vest made out of a vintage damask tablecloth from the client’s collection, which I first eco dyed. The basting will be removed later. 

The series continues.

Couldn’t resist seeing how this cotton top looks on a mannequin! I love this combo with one of my eco dyed camis and a silk skirt, set off by a gorgeous necklace by Rosemary Harper.

Eco dyed cotton remnants; vintage pattern Style 4043.

Getting ready …

… to hand stitch some appliqué circles – silk top, silk appliqué, silk thread.

 
This top was pale pink originally; steamed for 2 hours after dipping in tea, then layering with red rhododendron flowers and red onion skins. The applique fabric was dyed in purple carrot water + alum, then layered with leaves and brown onion skins and steamed for 1.5 hours. Both were wrapped around a rusty trampoline spring.