Here he is with his new owner Kyle 🙂
This Babbitt was ordered for Christmas for a little girl in Brentwood Essex along with a copy of Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. If you’d like to order a Babbitt for a birthday, Christening or yourself just email me at email@example.com I can make boys or girls and material/colour suggestions are welcomed!
This Babbitt was made for a 2 year old little girl in Cardiff named Poppy 🙂 accompanied with a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
If you’d like to order a Babbitt and book for £25 just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I was commissioned to make 2 Babbitts for a brother and sister in Sydney Australia. Otto, their cousin named them Mr Edwards for Rory and Birgitta Mae for Izzy! Rory and Izzy love their Babbitts and so does their mum, talented furniture restorer of Demain Reclaim visit the Facebook page 🙂
I was commissioned to make a Babbitt by My friend, Zoe, of Zoe Beck design for a christening present for Beau. Zoe gave me some fabric she had designed and printed and I created the Babbitt from this, so it was a design collaboration 🙂
Beau and mum Dawn of Fairytale Occasions visit the Facebook page loved the Babbitt and book and sent these photos to me 🙂
Thank you for the great photos Dawn and great collaborating with you Zoe, let’s do it again soon!
If you’d like to order a Babbitt, just email me at email@example.com
I have now listed my first Babbitt on Etsy!
Handmade soft toy ‘Babbitt’ inspired by one of my favourite childhood stories.
This Babbitt (name invented by Theo aged 2) is inspired and accompanied by Alpaca by Rosemary Billam, a storybook I read with my dad in the early 80s.
The Babbitt is handmade, hand washable, is made from locally sourced fabrics and has a hand embroidered face and paws. It is inspired by the Alpaca in the book and by my house rabbit Nigel.
Easy to care for and will withstand everyday life with a baby and toddler.
I’m hoping this will help children and their parents enjoy more bedtime stories together and build strong loving bonds.
I went to a great event on Saturday 12 July organised by the Barbican, with VOGUE GOES ROGUE and the extraordinary Lyall Hakaraia leading a folk art-inspired fashion procession and ceremony, alongside work by designers Craig Lawrence, Louize Harries and Laura Shepherd.
Giant handmade totems by Lyall Hakaraia, Craig Lawrence, Louize Harries and Laura Shepherd paraded through East London from the Barbican to Ram’s Place in Hackney, followed by talks from Nicola Bowery (Leigh Bowery’s wife) and Lyall Hakaraia, music from folk singers and entertainment from drag act Jonny Woo.
The market was on from 12 – 20 July 2014, Ram Place (off Morning Lane)
Every now and again I decide to cycle around central London for the day visiting exhibitions and catching up on culture.
Bailey’s Stardust, National Portrait Gallery, 6 February – 1 June 2014
On my recent visit I decided to go to Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery and Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican. Two people I love and two galleries I love, the former for it’s architecture and grandeur and the latter for it’s exciting fashion exhibitions and it’s brutalist architecture. Cycling into very central London is always quite scary for me even though I cycle into Kings Cross, where I work most days, past there the roads get bigger and busier, bus lanes get busier and faster and drivers get angrier! The Stardust show was worth the scary ride though, lots of images of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, blah blah blah oh and David Bowie and Mick Jaggar, Seal, but what really blew me away was the room of portraits from Papua New Guinea and Mozambique. These were beautiful and personal and delicate. I thought it was a real shame Bailey only photographed Aboriginals from Brisbane and Cairns and not their holy lands in traditional costume, I think he would have got so much from a visit to the outback. But Australia is huge and also Aboriginals are opposed to having their photos taken I think, I just think they could have been captured in a beautiful way like the people of PNG and Mozambique. The other amazing room was the family portraits, I just thought it was a window into his family life and I thought it was a real honour to be invited in.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014
The Gaultier show at the Barbican was completely different, very interactive, you could take photos and hashtag them so that they became part of an online conversation, taking the exhibition to a whole new level. I loved this, but I’m sure some people find it takes away the special feeling of visiting the show in person. I loved the different ways of displaying Gaultier’s creativity and was amazed about how many forms this took, Spitting Image on TV, illustrations, clothing, film, etc. The exhibition inspired me to learn more about Gaultier and his muses.
A thoroughly amazing and inspiring day!
Otto, my friends little boy in Singapore loved his jacket. He he is wearing it…
So I’m making these to order now at my Etsy Shop. Order one today for presents or your kids!
Whilst I was on holiday in Borneo, on Turtle Island to be exact, I came up with ideas for a new sunny wellington collection. It takes inspiration from my travels and is for ladies who travel. Comfortable useful pretty clothing that is sun bleached, worn, battered, patched and colourful. Fabrics and shapes from around the world, taking inspiration from the Japanese kimono and Indian dhoti.
This is my inspiration board…
The first thing I started to make was the kimono. I researched how a kimono was made, sketched out the basic pattern, took guesstimate measurements and cut one out. The first one I make of everything is always for me, so I can test it out, make practical changes. I grows and changes as I sew and wear it. After sewing it up and trying it on, I decided to unpick it all and add a different lining, so it would hang differently and the soft cotton lining would juxtapose the bright sari outer layer.
This weekend I had a surge of sewing activity and made a pattern for a summer jacket, a pair of shorts, a sweatshirt. Here is my progress so far
I decided to make my Christmas presents this year, I had a lot of fun doing it, but it took a long time and a lot of effort. I was very pleased with the results though and hopefully my friends and family liked them too 🙂 Here are some snaps, during the making and the final products…
(Wonky) Mosaiced vase for Trish
Pillows I’ve been making…ideal Christmas presents???
Individual cushions/pillows: small = £3.50, long = £4, big = £5, big with edging = £6
Assortments of cushions/pillows: 3 small = £10, 4 small = £12, large/long/small = £12, 3 large = £15
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries or would like to order anything you see…
World Press Photo at the Festival Hall is an annual exhibition of the worlds best press photos. On until 5 December.
Move: Choreographing You, performance installation at the Hayward, on until 9 January, £10
Lucy and Jorge Orta at the Natural History Museum, art documenting trip to Amazonian rainforest, free ends 12 December.
Gauguin at the Tate Modern until 16 January
Bridget Riley on at the National Portrait Gallery until 20 march
Treasures from Budapest: European masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele at the Royal Academy, ends 12 December, £12
Newspeak: British art now – part II, Saatchi Gallery, free til 16 January
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929, ends 9 January at the V&A, £10
Shadow-catchers: camera-less photography at the V&A until 20 February, £5
Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland at the Wallace Collection until 3 January, free.
Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro, and the Surrealists, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh until 9 January, £7
The next night I saw Yeasayer at the Roundhouse, an amazing venue for music…they were good but were a bit too experimental in some places for me! We were in the mosh pit at the front though and the kids loved them! A cross between Kula Shaker and Spiritualized…
A few weeks ago LCF hosted an international conference called Fashion Media: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. I sold tickets, promoted the event, managed enquiries and helped out at the event. It was a fantastic event organized by the wonderful Penny Martin and Djurdja Bartlett. It brought together academics, industry and students to investigate and discuss the fashion media of past present and future and indeed on and offline. The audience enjoyed a jam packed agenda with papers from members of UAL staff: and academics from around the world including Valerie Steele, Elizabeth Wissinger and leading people from industry. The Pecha Kucha session http://www.pecha-kucha.org/ was inspirational and added to the fast pace of the conference. 4 students were given 6 minutes 40 seconds to present their research projects in 20 slides. Dr Ane Lynge-Jorlen started the session presenting her work from her recently awarded PhD: Felice McDowell and Suzzanne Neita from LCF also presented with Cheryl Roberts from Brighton University finishing.
I also went to the RCA’s research degree open day posing as a prospective student and my boss was my mum! They had all of the PhD work displayed, which was a mix of films, art, glass, ceramics, fashion, textiles and some students talked about their work too, very interesting. I walked back along the park and got on an old fashioned bus without doors or bells, it was interesting trying to get off!
In the studio since I got back from Skiathos I have been updating my wardrobe…here are some snaps…
I have also made a start on some new ideas, cushions…
and knickers! Was thinking of a label called JillionsMillionsFrillions!
And some purses…
And some iPod cases…
In the next few weeks I am going to be hanging out with my new friend Tiana and mosaicing shelves! Her sister over in Oz is an art teacher and has mosaiced some furniture to make it look absolutely fabulous! Some inspiration…
Here are the results of 2 girls mosaicing for 8 hours straight!
I have also been making some Rude Boy pants for my friends as quite a few people have liked mine when I’ve worn them to work and out and about 🙂
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…
I just thought I’d start off by showing you where the magic happens, or where sunny wellington gets creative and I make all my clothes…well, usually I have things spread out all over my flat usually but this is supposed to be the hub of the activities!
This week I finished a pair of trousers which I designed with Rihanna’s song Rude Boy in mind! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e82VE8UtW8A
The pants were very easy to make, just lightweight cotton fabric and a basic loose trousers pattern I had made at University. I then added elastic at the waist and at the bottom of each leg. The grey bits were white at first, they made the trousers look a bit too loud and gaudy, especially as I wanted to wear them for work and around Romford (not the most accepting audience!). So I decided to dye the trousers with grey Dylon, I think they have turned out well and I have already had 2 orders! They are really comfy, especially on a hot summers day and can be dressed up with heels or down with gladiator sandals…Let me know what you think…
This week I also finished a top which I started to make ages ago but it was going nowhere and had just looked like a piece of sack for a while, then I got inspired by the high neck, in at the waist blouses which were around and big sleeves from the 1940’s. There is a really good exhibition on in the gallery where I work at the moment, which is open to the public about Fashion and Fascism, curated by Judith Clark…come along and visit here: http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/5661.htm
See below for my butterfly top…
I had a lovely puffy pink skirt which I loved wearing so much that the zip and waistband had worn out, so I decided to update and upcycle it with a new zip and waistband. I added a bit of a sunny twist by using flowery fabric and mismatching buttons though! I also had some silky fabric left over from an old nightie which I had transformed into a lace vest. With the remaining silky fabric and some buttons I created a simple but smart, chic backless cream top.
The last thing I did on this week’s granny sewing day was to turn a stripey tee shirt into a backless dress with buttons on! Just by cutting the back away and adding elastic to the sleeves so that they were ruffled and then adding some sunny buttons I created a comfy adaptable dress that can be dressed up or down and worn both in the summer and winter…
What will next week’s delights have to offer? I’m thinking some last minute adjustments for my Glastonbury wardrobe! I’m thinking about making a Phil Collins tee shirt and flag as this is our groups theme. I want to also graffiti my good old green Dunlop wellies too…will post the results soon.
sunny w x
This is one of my last weeks of working at London College of Fashion, I have enjoyed working there for 4 years now and have met some truly inspirational people. I though I’d post a little snippet about a few of them as I thought they may inspire others…
Penny Martin, approachable, bubbly, dynamic and uber positive. Penny worked at SHOWstudio with fashion photographer Nick Knight before arriving at LCF. SHOWstudio is a website/blog which allows ‘normal’ people to get an insight of the fashion world and behind the scenes…have a look: http://www.showstudio.com/
Penny is also involved in the creation of The Gentlewoman, the female alternative of Fantastic Man http://www.ftape.com/media/?p=7487
Penny has also curated exhibitions, one of which was at Somerset House, last Autumn about SHOWstudio. I visited and found the interactive live fashion shoots and videos really inspirational. http://showstudio.com/project/fashionrevolution/
Somerset House has some really interesting stuff on this summer, Film 4 is screening films on a huge outdoors screen, just like a drive thru without the cars J http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film/default.asp
And, of course the Martin Margiela exhibition is on until September http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/fashion/maison_martin_margiela_20/
So thank you Penny for being so inspirational and thank you for my Vivienne Westwood Active Resistance broach! http://www.activeresistance.co.uk/
Helen Storey works at LCF, she has been a fashion designer since the early 90s, you can find information about here here:
Helen is almost unearthly when you meet her, she is truly amazing. She is so calm but so productive, is able to turn things on there heads and come up with crazy ideas and explain them to anyone. She is not scared to ask questions, push boundaries and loves to learn. Amazing! She has been involved in projects which have created disappearing dresses, washing powder which purifies air and plastic bottles which melt once they are no longer needed…true story.
Chris Breward worked at LCF until 2004, whilst there he built up the research community, he has written many books about fashion and worked at the Royal College and the V&A. A few weeks ago he spoke at an Away Day for LCF research students, I found his friendly and open manner along with his incredible knowledge of the fashion world truly amazing.
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!
Ta ta for now, sunny w xxx
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 email@example.com with your suggestions. These orders can be made up and sent out within a week, £2 for P&P.
I started to consider my fabrics more for this collection, I used more recycled fabrics than I did in 2006.
Flowery fabrics with sustainable jerseys and unwanted vests have been used to create a pretty, fresh and embellished collection of beautiful clothes.
sunny wellington is an eco-friendly fashion label for women. It was started by Rachel Jillions in 2004 after she graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a First Class BA Hons in Fashion Design, Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion. For her final collection Rachel sourced her fabrics from local ragtraders around the West Yorkshire area, Rachel found the sourcing of these fabrics exciting and more fulfilling than working with new fabrics. She accentuated the worn, battered and weathered feel of the fabrics and highlighted them within the individual designs of the clothes. This is why each piece of clothing is completely individual and special for each new customer.
The first sunny wellington collection was sold in Facile Clothing, Leeds and Fenella’s, Essex in Autumn/Winter 2004, it sold out within 2 weeks of being stocked in the Leeds shop.
sunny wellington went on to design, create and produce a collection each season, expanding it’s customer base by showing at different shows, fairs and stocking in more shops and boutiques around the UK. By 2006 sunny wellington was stocking in 5 shops in Leeds, York and Essex and taking part in UpMarket Brick Lane over the summer and Christmas months.
Rachel started her MA in Design Management for the Fashion Industries at London College of Fashion in 2007, with working full time at the College as well, she decided to stop sunny wellington until she finished her MA studies. Her MA dissertation and final practice-based project was about on and offline communities and bringing people together through a shared interest in crafts and recycling. The results can be found at http://www.wordpress.com/communitybricolage
This Babbitt was ordered for Christmas and is now being loved by a beautiful little girl in the Midlands who loves reading with her Babbitt and mummy or Auntie Vicky. Thank you for the photos Auntie Vicky xxx