Lots of things inspire me, but things that are old, weather beaten and lovingly restored pull me in like a magpie to sparkles! I love fruit crates, wood that has been battered by the sea and all things found at the seaside! Here are a few…
MAXI DRESS: Inspired by all of the maxi dresses around this summer and also by the fact I will be attending Glastonbury and wanted an easy-to-wear festival wardrobe I decided to make my own version of the patterned maxi dress. Riffling through my ever-growing collection of fabrics I came across a box of second hand sari’s, and thought this would be perfect to make a long dress with. I decided early on that I would need to make the dress with 2 layers of fabric so that it wouldn’t be see-through. I thought the silky fabric would be difficult to work with, but it was very adaptable and suited the pattern and cut fantastically.
I am really pleased with the dress so far, I just have the front top section to work on, gathering it to make it presentable and shapely…I have marked this with a light blue circle, any suggestions would be great! The back top section proved difficult but I overcame this by pinning the dress on to my mannequin and creating pattern pieces to fill in the gaps! A bit unreliable but it worked…this time!
CARDI/DENIM JACKET: After a recent trip to a jumble sale where I came across a denim jacket and a fantastic blue and white stripy cardigan I decided to fuse the 2 to make a button up long jacket. I cut the arms and the collar off of the denim jacket, leaving a denim waistcoat behind. I hand sewed the arms and the collar on to the cardigan, as you can see the hand sewing is quite crude, giving a real handmade look. I then added some more gold buttons and a broach. This makes a very adaptable jacket that is warm and can be worn with lots of different things, lovely!
HEADBAND: Again, thinking along the festival wardrobe look I wanted to create lots of hairbands that I can use to decorate my hair which may become a bit dirty after a week of Glastonbury! So I found an old hairband I didn’t want and then lots of pretty fabric scraps and a sequined decoration, glued it all together, et voila, easy peasey!
CLASSIC SUNNY WELLINGTON SKIRT: OK, so I always re-create this draped and gathered skirt again and again, but it is me, my design, it just happened at first when I bought a table cloth and only had a needle, thread and some buttons at hand! And no I am not going to stop making it as each one is very different and they always get a lot of attention and it makes people that wear it feel special, that’s what sunny is about!
TREASURE CHEST:This is the start of a project really…I am going to make this into a seat, of sorts and pad out the top and make it pretty, but it will obviously have to match my black furniture and red signature wall…
More to follow, I’ll keep you updated on any developments….
TV and films that I watched whilst creating: The Duchess, Skins Series 1, 24 Series 1 and Abigail’s Party…
Music I listened to: The Luminairies, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Cycle Club, The Foals (new album), Willie Nelson, Slash! and a few more all featuring at Glastonbury this year!
As a spin off of sunny wellington Rachel decided to create ‘Little Things’ which is a children and baby clothing line. At first she reworked tee shirts, cleaning, repairing, and making old unwanted tee shirts pretty again!
These tee shirts can be made to order, in an array of colours with different things stitched on, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. These orders can be made up and sent out within a week, £2 for P&P.
My final collection at the University of Huddersfield whilst studying for the BA Hons in Fashion Design, Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion was based on childhood nostalgia, adults dressing up like kids…
I used old unwanted fabrics which I sourced from a local ragtrader in Batley, which I found out about when I was freelancing for Blue Rinse, Leeds (http://www.bluerinseleeds.co.uk/). I loved the vast array and jumble of the fabrics available at the ragtraders and just sorting through it, at the time I was a ‘poor student’ so the low costs of the fabrics appealed to my purse too!
I tried to accentuate the scale of the adult clothing on kids when they dressed up, I made clothes which were upside down, inside out and just oversized. My project was fun and amusing but with a serious note about recycling fabrics.
I decided to create promotional material for the label with kids in mind, I thought that it would appeal to the nostalgic and creative side of my potential customers.
In this photo, Gemma, Semphra and Eleri are having a tea party…
To promote the launch of the label I planned to have tea parties with cake, tea and champagne at the boutiques around the UK which stocked sunny wellington. At these parties the customers were allowed to try on the sunny wellington clothing in the privacy of a small intimate party.