Cold frosty mornings Ice on window pain Huddle under coats keep the warmth in Tiptoe down the stairs all quiet and hushed barge through the door to see what’s waiting for us. A Christmas tree sparkling, multi coloured lights, large shiny baubles, and an angel smiling with delight.
Paper chains, garlands bells, stars and balloons dangling from the ceiling. Pine from the tree, fresh cooked bread, cakes, jam tarts and scones,
these are the scents waiting for us. A coal fire burning warmth is in our hearts singing along to carols on this cold and frosty morning. This day may not be THE day, but it is deep down in our hearts.
Today is my birthday and I have received so many good wishes on Facebook, I am touched. This community is so so supportive, bearing in mind we don't even know each other, other than the odd post. The love from these well wisher have made my day. WHY?
I attend an interview today, I so wanted this job, as it was just right and the money was right. But unfortunately I failed the first test as I had no idea how to work it out. However I felt I did well on the other two test. Coming home I opened my email to find pending post on Facebook, its been a long long time since I have received so many well wishes and it has made my day. As for the interview, well tomorrow is another day.
This beautiful wool skirt was sold before I had a chance to list it in my shop, and I have one order pending, I think it is a winner.
A classic pencil skirt set on a wide waistband, with a bold tone on tone print of squares and circles in red and white.
Skirt is fully lined and comes just below the knee on an average height on someone 5’7" (170cm).
I was asked to design an adult bib and make a couple of coats for disabled wheelchair bound clients in a sheltered home. The brief was they needed to be fashionable and functional.
Where do I start, Well fashion is what some of us use to assert our personality and identity, additionally we use fashion to enhance or hide our imperfection, and I would argue that is the same if not more so for disabled people. As these clients spent the day in a wheelchair which encases their back for support, it was important that the coats were comfortable with design features that enabled the care attendants to get the coat on and off with ease.
Some of the design featured I styled the coat with were a trapeze or wide Aline shape which helps conceal excess bulk around the stomach, and would allow for a blanket to be placed underneath wrapped around the legs for extra warmth. I added raglan sleeves as they are easy to get in and out of and adding shoulder pads can enhance the silhouette of the coat.
The coat was designed with a longer front which falls over the knees and a shorter back, so in the sitting position the back falls to the seat, and the client does not have excess bulky fabric bunching behind their back waist .
The false front design give the impression to the outside world of a normal coat front fastening design, but the opening is at the back and fastened with Velcro, which allows for ease in placing, without too much discomfort to the client.
I think I have met the brief for both the clients and the care attendants.
What do you think
I will be posting the bib and send coat here soon.
Hand up those of you who have bought a wonderful piece of fabric on your travels, full of good intentions to make something amazing, but once home they get relegated to a bottom draw. Guilty as charged.
A client was given two pieces of fabric which has been langushing in her bottom draw for years, as she is not a sewer she asked me to make these up. With no real idea of what she wanted, I made these two tunic, making use of design in the fabric which graduates from the hemline getting less intense as it rises to the neckline. I think she plans to wear it with black trousers.
I love blue and white porcelain, which inspired me to buy this fabric.
Blue and white porcelain originated in China. My fabric originated from my local fabric store, that I am afraid is as much as I know about its origin.
The willow pattern is considered one of the most popular blue and white or should I say blue and cream porcelain designs. although the design of this fabric is not willow, you must admit it is really striking.
I am really please with the end result, and I feel it will make a perfect dress for Christmas. I have added loads of details, like the mock wrap which has been finished with a flattering pleat detail. I have added spaghetti straps to the fitted bodice fo added extra security.
I hope you will agree this is a beautiful dress. I have since made a suit and a dress from this fabric, sorry no time to take photos. I will be making a jacket with the last piece. Hopefully I will have time to take photos before the client picks up.
I started blogging to promote my Etsy shop which I named Rose Glen, then Rich Mix Fashion. My post have developed as a showcase for my custom made items, as the demand for these grew, I decided to create a dedicated label to use for my custom made clothing, I have now decided to streamline my image, by renaming my Etsy shop and my blog which will now be called Cheeky Rose Studio. I hope you like it, and will continue to follow.
This dress formed part of my 1950s inspired collection in the summer and recently I received a custom order to make an identical copy for a client. I managed to complete the dress as per the client request, but as I did not have enough fabric to finish the pockets, I used some creative licence and trimmed the pocket flap with black. I think it worked really well with the print of the dress. What do you think?
Custom orders are always a challenge as each clients body is individual to the person. There are times when having completed a garment great doubts set in, as the shape is not what I expect of the finished garment, but once the client has it on, doubts fall away. This customer order was one of those doubtful moments, but thankfully the fit was perfect, and the client was over the moon with the result, so much so, she order has another dress. Keep a look out I will be posting them here.
This delightful dress is made from a liberty print. The neckline was changed from a skirt neck to a V neckline, as the customer did not feel comfortable with the collar.
For ease in dressing there is button front to the waist and a side zip closure, long enough to allow the client to step into the dress.
The dress was made for a late holiday wardrobe and the clients loved it so much, she is coming back for another one. I can see it made up in a lightweight wool fabric with three quarter length sleeves, but the clients wants a cotton print.