Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sticking With Summer Dresses





Even though the sun has disappeared and a grey sky has replaced the piercing blue one of a few days ago, I am sticking with summer dresses for the moment.

 A perfect dress for a hot day. Too bad it is bloody freezing here!







Monday, 28 May 2012

White Dress With Kimono Style Sleeves

 Inspired by the baking hot temperatures over the weekend to create something cool, light and comfortable to wear.


The detail on the front of the dress was created by doing some tied tucks - puffing and gathering the surface of the fabric with hand stitching.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Another Dress With A Twist



This dress is incredibly light and comfortable to wear and although the twist at the bottom looks tight, it isn't! If you need to run for that bus, full stride, you can!



 The drape is soft, subtle and incredibly flattering.


But it is the neckline that, I think, really makes this dress...





Saturday, 26 May 2012

Black Cheesecloth Dress


This is one of those dresses that you can throw on when in a hurry.


It is stylishly comfortable, simple and requires no fuss. A beautiful cuff works perfectly.


The dress is made from a heavy weight cotton cheesecloth. I made the dress, pressed all the seams, left the hem down and then washed it in a cold wash and let it dry with all its creases intact and the pleats of the dress all soft. I then hemmed the dress.


This dress is made to order as I am keeping the one in the photo. It was hot yesterday and this dress was the perfect solution to my declaration of 'I have no summer clothes!'

Friday, 25 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by Lucie Tales


"As a teenager, I used to wear only pants..." by Lucie Tales
click on link for full blog post





This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Off To Climb Some More Hills



...and if this rain ever stops, go to the beach!

Be back soon x


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by LaTouchables (Part 2)


"The above t-shirt was worn by my husband..." by LaTouchables
click on link for full blog post



This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Two Italian designers from two very different eras with similar themes but with very different approaches.



The Classical: 'explores the designers' engagement with antiquity through the gaze of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.'


Hard Chic: 'explores the influence of uniforms and menswear to promote a minimal aesthetic that is intended to both deny and enhance femininity.'


 The Surreal Body: 'illustrates how both women affect contemporary images of the female body through Surrealistic practices such as displacement, playing with scale, and blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion as well as the natural and the artificial.'


Just one more reason to want to go to New York.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
10 May - 19 August 2012





Thursday, 10 May 2012

Meeting Emma, Phyllis and Amelia at The Market


Considering that we probably frequent the same craft fairs and cake shops around town, I knew that I would bump into Emma Lamb at some point. And it was very nice to do so at The Market a few weekends ago. 
The Market is about creating links within Edinburgh's design community, while allowing the public the chance to see for free the incredible talent on their doorsteps. A key element of The Market is the showcasing of new and student talent, which I hunt down myself, alongside successful, established artists, to give them the contacts and selling experience which are often lacking at art college. I also always offer a free table to a local charity, allowing them to share their work with a new audience for free. - Amelia Smith, 'dedicated woman behind The Market and owner of little red
As well as being able to buy some of Emma's lovely work, 

Haven't had the heart to stick a pin into phyllis yet.

and a brooch from little red,

magazine collage and resin

there was cake to be eaten too.

Dough Re Mi
via Emma Lamb

For the full photographic story go here, here, here, here and here, all courtesy of Emma Lamb.

Wishing them lots of success and look forward to the next meet up of The Market.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tunic Dress With A Twist



Another version of my tunic dress but with a twist at the bottom.


This version is made from a very fine cotton voile with a silk crepe lining.


The front and back neckline have a fold detail.


This dress is a small size so sits too tight for me across the bust and shoulders...as you can see! Larger sizes to follow.


Wardrobe Memories


"Aunt Gwen's Skirt"


This was an immediate and easy choice. I love this skirt and it is always fun to wear. But what I hadn't realised until I started to write was that this skirt stood out for more reasons than I first thought. 



This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.




Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by With needle and stick


"My memory is a shirt..." by With needle and stick
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This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by LaTouchables


"My mom made this for me..." by LaTouchables
click link to go to full blog post


This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Still 'Out of Fashion'

The word “fashion” is synonymous with trends, fads, immediacy and a fleeting exercise of life in the moment. Yet in the very ebb and flow of fashion’s passing fancy, an accumulation of lives, stories and materials collects into an ambivalent history. South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art

Out of Fashion artist, Stephanie Liner's work 'explores the connection between the human body and architecture, specifically the relationship between Interior and Exterior.' Using traditional methods and materials associated with the declining furniture and textile industry of the Southern United States, Stephanie's work looks at and questions the connections between 'decorative interiors, sexuality, gender and architecture.'  

Formally, the use of historical floral patterns, feminine colors, Queen Anne details, and ornate trimming elaborate on the idea of femininity and the decorative while the use of upholstery and carpentry techniques and furniture framing speak to the traditional masculine.  I adopt these specialized, craft-based skills that have until recently formed the identity of the furniture and textile belt, both to preserve them and question their impact. - Stephanie Liner

Momentos of a Doomed Construct
4 May 2012- 30 June 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by donauluft


"I was approx. 16 years old..." by donauluft
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This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Wardrobe Memories by The Latest Story


http://thelateststory.com/2012/05/03/out-of-fashion-a-project/
"Once upon a time..." by The Latest Story
click on link for full post


This is totally inspired by the photographic project, The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen, and the stories hidden in our wardrobes. If you would like to share, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story).  All "Wardrobe Memories" can be found here

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Inspired by 'The Memory of My Wardrobe'

I like Ida Taavitsainen's small photo essays on pieces of clothing she loves and wears. These are pieces of our lives, somehow, and I would love to see a blog post project among any blogger who wishes to participate. I know I would... Dawn of La Touchables
The Memory of My Wardrobe by Ida Taavitsainen




Untitled (American dress)
After the war there was a shortage of everything necessary, including pretty summer dresses. Luckily help was sent from America.
I’ve had the dress for years, but I’ve hardly ever worn it. It’s so fragile I’m scared I’ll lose it.








If you do feel like participating, please send me a link to your blog post (or your photo and story) as I would love to share.

Original post about Ida Taavitsainen's project

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