Sunday, 18 May 2014

F6 @ Fashion Front Row - The Photos

Ok, now is the calm after all the rushing about. I had to bail out from the stitching on last Sunday night to return to work and left everyone sewing, talk about feeling terrible, so can take very little credit for anything much in the following pictures in this post bar a little minor sewing and general chit-chat. 

Isn't this dress absolutely stunning? Photo credit: Dan Graham Photography

I did not attend FFR itself with it being on a "school night"*boo, hiss*. All the fabrics in these pics was designed and printed either by Helen (Kahtash) or a beautiful woven fabric from Lydia (Bayly). Tiago, my room-mate also helped out with some design/sewing (Galvan). They did not use my cincher on the night so no pics of that but, hey, I actually made something and did some sewing!

Effortlessly stylish and so Summer chic. I love this outfit.

Comes is a range of colours too!
The yellow is so summery. Photo credit: Dan Graham Photography
I am really loving the idea of shorts for this Summer. This is coming from the woman that does not expose any skin, ever! I mean look at these blue ones.

I really love this fabric. I looks fabulous here but SO much better in real life.

I am so incredibly proud of everybody and it was a brilliant couple of weeks actually spending time working with each other. We have something else up our sleeves for later on in the summer which I will be making more stuff for, in a BIG way.I am already designing things in my head so the mojo is definitely back working overtime. I will leave you with another couple of beautiful dresses. 

That print!

If you want to read more about our escapades and the collaboration between fellow F6-er Melanie Kyles  and the luxury lingerie brand, Tallulah Love then please click over to the F6 Blog.

Another amazing print. Photo credit: Peter Reed

Anyway, I was also at The Late Shows this weekend where loads of art venues open up to the public in Newcastle and Gateshead. Sprogzilla and I ate, drank and Instagrammed our way round. There was loads going on and I took many, many photos, especially of the handbag exhibition. However, I forgot to pack my USB cable so can't download them off my phone until I get into work tomorrow. Doh!

Anyway, I am starting to waffle so this is enough for one night. I hope that you are all enjoying the sun wherever you are.

K xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Sewing for Newcastle Fashion Week

Well this weekend was a bit hectic. Lots of sewing going on. However, this will be a short post as I can't show you anything.....yet that is.

I made a little waist-cincher and some other random bits of sewing. It is really tiny, about 20 inches closed but it is for Newcastle Fashion Week. As you know, some of us at F6 Studios are collaborating for Fashion Front Row, the "young designers" showcase (I feel it may be stretching the definition a bit with me) but it is looking good. FFR is on Wednesday night and I will post pictures as soon as I have them but I am sworn to secrecy until then. I do have to say that everyone has worked so hard and produced the most amazing things. I am so proud of them. I will do a proper post about all the things and the designers after the event.

We have all been sat in the sewing room working together and it has been really invigorating to spend time with such creative people. I am really missing my sewing machine now.

Image totally stolen from the NFW Facebook page... Oops :) But hey, it is advertising, right?

If you are in the Newcastle area you should pop along to some of the events which are running from the 9th May until the 17th. If you are interested in seeing the program you can click here. Newcastle is a pretty stylish city. People really make an effort when they go out (even if it is a bit OTT with the fake tan sometimes) and take clothes fairly seriously. There are some great colleges and universities in the area too with a very high standard of work from the students.

Anyway, I won't rant on and will post some pics as soon as I have them.

Hope the sun shines on your week!
K xx

Monday, 5 May 2014

NFW Collaboration Part 2.

Wow, has this weekend been busy. Well actually it has been a busy long weekend as I have been off work Thursday and today. I have been mostly in the Studio helping Helen and Lydia with the F6 items for Newcastle Fashion Week. This year we are all collaborating. I just don't have the time at the moment to sew up a collection for the catwalk on my own and was a bit unhappy with that so I am really delighted to be collaborating with such talented designers.

The weather has been great and we have had lovely light in the garden.

To be honest with everything that has been going on in the past year I have been a bit down and was seriously considering giving up the corsetry and even sewing. I have just been a bit disillusioned and burnt-out. Reading through the blogs that I follow (and that is a lot) I know that I have not been on my own thinking this way. Maybe it is the time of year? Anyway, the last couple of weeks I have been feeling a bit more energized and think that I might just be getting my mojo back. I am sure that it is partly that the girls from work that came to learn sewing are so enthusiastic. They are doing really well with their dresses. Quite an ambitious project for a first attempt.

Loads of sewing going on making lovely summer dresses.

Anyway, I can't tell you what I have been helping to sew up but I have been doing loads of handwork, thread-tracing pattern pieces and tacking everything together. Even some tailoring stitches I haven't used for almost 30 years since my tailoring hand Saturday job!

I do have a couple of sneaky peaks of what we have been up to. Here is a shot of Helen dyeing fabric. This was just at the start of the process as she was applying dyes and the colours are now much more diffuse and vivid. I am always really interested in other peoples process and this was fascinating to watch. No pics of the final fabric for just now.

Helen dyeing fabric

Here is another shot from the sewing room. You can just see a bit of Lydia's amazing fabric. She has woven three colourways. The red is one of them. We had to use strips of fusible interfacing to stabilise where the stitching lines would be and just into the seam allowance as it is quite loosely woven in places.

Lots of interfacing going on.

Anyway, apart from that I don't have much to report. I haven't made anything for myself but have invested in some new fabrics. I even bought some ponte knit fabric in a truly wild splodge pattern as I am terrified of sewing knits but have the Cake Patterns Tiramisu dress pattern in my stash so mean to give it a go fairly soon.

Hoping all is well in your world.