Monday, 27 May 2013

Some of my Rings

Bracelet Ring Topshop 
Tortoise Ring Miss Selfridge 

My fingers look weird x Vintage Ring 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Applique Pouch

 I was inspired by the applique on Prada's Totes the technique is simple but effective.

So I decided to make my own pouch made in a similar way......

I cut two pieces of white synthetic leather of the same size. Then using white silk I made blooms. The blooms are made by first, cutting an even circle. 

Then using a gather stitch, carefully hand sew around the circle 4mm (0.16in) form the raw edge. 

Draw up the threads to gather the edges of the circle until they're touching the centre

Pass the needle through the centre of the puff and fasten it to the back to finish
From Haynes Sewing Manual 
After making the silk blooms I used embroidery thread to sew them on to the leather. I then attached beads to the centre of the blooms by hand sewing them on, this hid any fraying edges. I used a black satin lining.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Prada Real Fantasies SS13

Prada has used a collage of layers including hand drawn and painted shapes to create imaginary cinematic scenes for the Real Fantasies look-book. I like how some of the photos look like something from the 60's. And I love the clothes, obviously.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Turning Seventeen

Seventeen, the year where I will learn to grow up a bit and maybe live a bit more. Seventeen is an awkward year, stuck between 18 and 16, I can't get alcohol but I'm too old to order food from the child's menu. To be honest I was quite happy being 16 for a while, give it another year and I'll be more prepared for my seventeen self. But the time has come, I turned 17 last Friday. 

I used to be excited with growing up, by this age I wanted to have started my own business, designing, sewing and selling stuff to people, it would be a small enterprise but it's a start. At night I lay in bed and I ponder about everything I want to do.....but in the morning it's there, the realization. it sneaks up from under the bed and when i wake up it practically punches me in the face! I have NO TIME, where do you people get it from? I read so many exciting blogs and the activities people get up to, but how do you do it? 

Basically through this whole school year I have had two lists:
  • School stuff- it works in a circle, once you've finished one thing a teacher shoves something else in your face
  • My second life list- I call it my second life list as it is a list of everything I would do if I had time. It is endless as time is endless in my imaginary life. However in reality this list is everything I will attempt to do in the Summer (a six week time scale).  And I probably won't end up doing half the stuff or any of the stuff. 
Sorry Rambling! The biggest thing about becoming seventeen is DRIVING! Live in the UK? Get off the roads. Luckily for other drivers I am unorganized and a bit stupid, I lost my passport so I can't get a provisional licence yet. The only place I have driven is in my Grandmothers drive in a Renault Scenic. My family were very concerned. You see I don't really have a speed range, I have one speed, full throttle! My dad was shouting slow down, brake!... which i did eventually, just before the car entered the nearby river.  

But I guess there's a time for everything, even if it's very limited. If I'm not seventeen now when will I ever be again? xx


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Blast from the Past

I remember as a young girl spending hours fiddling about on paint, on the computer. But then I got bored, I wanted to use something more sophisticated; Corel Draw, now that was the bomb! I used to make these graphic images, I can't even remember how I did them but at the time I thought they were amazing. I printed them off and put them in a folder. The other day when cleaning up and I found it. They don't look like anything in particular so I just called them abstract.