I’m in print so it must be true – the “Fashion & Embroidery Show” leaflet arrived on Saturday and my name is in print.
The ideas I need have finally crystallised with absolute clarity. Really could have done with starting in November, but its OK – once I know where I’m going I can push on and create.
I’ve quite a large “room” at the show, 4.5x5m double sided – the idea is to take what remains of the Translations Exhibition, along with some new wall pieces, a few Towers and costumes.
I’m a long way from being a dressmaker, but I love making costumes to showcase the colouring and embroidering of fabrics.
Using original Edwardian patterns I’ve been making up in cheap scrim-like fabric.
The above dress is from this pattern – looks like a jacket and dress to you? Did to me too. It’s not. It needed some alternations so I took the scissors to it.
I cut the back neckline into a square.
Above looks better? I think so too.
Other patterns were scaled up from “Patterns of Fashion” by Janet Arnold. I loved doing this part – reminded me of scaling up artwork at school (oh WHY did I give up art at 16?)
The scrim and a cutting mat made the job of scaling up 1/8inch=1 inch a doddle.
No skirt parts just yet, as I wanted to ensure I had enough fabric to create the bodices as these require precise fitting.
This one had me confused? why such a large centre panel?
The back looked interesting, but too “modern”, so it was put back how it’s supposed to be.
And again I took the scissors to it. The costumes are to be based on original patterns – not faithful copies.
The start of the “collection”.
A mixture of Project Runway and House of Elliot meets Downton Abbey.
How good is it to have this as my job?
2012 is going to be a wonderful, wonderful year. I have certain exhibitions planned (are you ready for this?)
1. F&E -NEC – March
2. Pins & Needles (with the Twyne Textile Group) – Newcastle – March
3. Loch Lomond Quilt Show – May (showcasing Goddesses)
4. Solo exhibition – Baliffgate, Alnwick – June
5. “Linens & Lace” Solo exhibition at Old Gala House – Galashiels – September > October.
Plus working on a Uni course via distance learning – which I’d planned to take a break from for a few months but I need to cram it into Feb – Oct to beat the governments fee hike (it changes from affordable to you have got to be kidding expensive).
Thanks you guys in parliament, I REALLY needed something else to be doing!!!
So New Year Resolutions? None, instead a word for 2012……..
It could only be
(or an alternative trendy phrase)
Images created in the iPad using the Noteshelf App – later today I’ll add my (private) notes and scribbles.