Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker or another word in French used is a couturier. 

After spending 20 years as a haute couture designer in Paris Tilly comes back to her hometown and brings her Singer Sewing Machine. 

She is forced to deal with the hypocrisy  of her small county town. She transforms the women and becomes the new popular dressmaker of the town. Critics said the tailoring was more consistent than the storytelling and in some instances delightful in its nuttiness!!

Personally I enjoyed it, so many home truths. If you get an outfit perfect for a client it gives them the power to feel good about themselves and confidence abound. When Tilly dressed herself in red at the football game the men couldn't concentrate on their game and she was able to achieve the score line she wanted for her town. 

Always good to make someone feel good about their shape and so often the line, the cut and the design of an outfit is the secret. I love the use of embroidery to great effect. Here are some examples. 

Some appliqué work all embroidered in the same tone. 

Some colourful embroidered flowers sewn on some lace, very popular at present. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

It's a Woman's right

100 years ago today Women won the right to Vote. The spirit of the women who fought for the right to vote was rooted in the revolutionary belief that women were not second class citizens, not inferior to men and should not be subordinate to men. We have come some way. We have women in every walk of life influencing the running of the World leading a fine example. 

What interests me more than their politics is what gives them the motivation and encouragement to keep strong. Being comfortable in our own skin is a big part of having courage and commitment. Confidence has to be key and part of that is how we look and how we feel. Your suit of armour is your clothing. Style and personality all important. I appreciate that when a client comes to me for an outfit for a very special occasion the pressure is on me to read the women's personality and create a style that she feels makes her feel at her very best. 

To fight for equality always was, and still is, to confront conventions and the establishment. It’s only women’s persistence and solidarity which makes change.  So if a women wants something different and unconventional I will listen to her thoughts and feelings.   Some days I feel my job is more about psychology than my ability to sew and create for my client. If I do my job right I have a client who once she puts that outfit on it gives her the confidence to go out and enjoy her special day.

We must celebrate the incredible advances previous generations have made. But as we recognise the battles they fought and won, we need to regather our strength and determination for further battles. We can’t stop yet. The job’s not yet done.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Planning your music for your wedding

Anyone planning their wedding songs at the moment? Most couples I chat with put good music (hi, epic dance party!) at the tip-top of their must-have list, but it’s not something that always comes through in all those pretty real wedding photos we share. My Wedding Songshelps couples plan the tunes behind each and every moment of the big day, from the processional and first dance to the grand entrance, bouquet toss, and everything in between.
Create Your Wedding Playlist with My Wedding Songs | 100 Layer Cake
On My Wedding Songs, you’ll find hundreds of wedding playlists that are searchable by genre, era, wedding artist, and even words in the title. Their Top 50 Wedding SongsNewly Released Wedding Songs, and Greatest Wedding Songs lists are all regularly updated and will help get the creative juices flowing. From there, create your own DIY playlist and mix in any other faves you come across during your search.
Create Your Wedding Playlist with My Wedding Songs | 100 Layer Cake
And don’t know about you, but we have to agree with all the 100LC couples we’ve talked to in the past: the dance party is TRULY of utmost importance. Duh! Check out this list of top 10 dance party songs from My Wedding Songs:
Create Your Wedding Playlist with My Wedding Songs | 100 Layer Cake
Top 10 Wedding Dance Party Songs (varies by location)
1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
2. Havana – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
3. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
4. Despacito – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
5. Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
6. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) –  Whitney Houston
8.  Yeah! – Usher feat. Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
9.  Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
10. Something Just Like This – Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Music gets me through everyday. While I'm sewing, sketching, sparkling I need music. It's interesting to know what you would pick. 
However lastly, my tip don’t be too restrictive when planning the dance party! If you’ve hired a DJ or entertainment, you’ll also want to give them freedom to keep the party going. See their whole party top 200 here, and visit for more playlist ideas. Happy listening!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Wedding Dress that had them talking at Paris Couture Show

Every bride wants to be the centre of attention on their wedding day, right?

If a princess-poofy white dress isn't your vibe, you might want to consider one of the risqué gowns showcased at Paris Couture Fashion Week, where the crème de la crème of the industry exhibit their unique visions for bridal fashion this season.

If you consider yourself part-glamourpuss, part-nudist, then the 'naked' gown by French fashion house On Aura Tout Vu is the dress for you.

The innovative frock was part of the designer's bridal couture collection for spring summer and features a luxuriant jewelled bodice and a sheer ivory skirt that leaves very little to the imagination.

In fact, the only part of the body that is completely covered is the torso as even the sleeves are sheer.

The gown also happens to come with an opulent feathered headpiece, which could be just the ticket for those brides channelling a Game of Thrones aesthetic.

If you want the illusion look I would prefer to inspire you with some of these. 

Friday, 12 January 2018

The essentials in Styling a Bride

Here she reveals the essential things she believes when it comes to helping to style a bride for one of the most important days of her life.

Listen to the Bride

“As brides walk through our doors, they are welcomes into our beautifully tranquil boutique,” Joanne reveals, “where she will always have exclusive use of our salon, making it a very intimate experience for her and her bridal party.

“I listen to her ideas and inspirations, as well as what look she wants to achieve on her wedding day. It is an incredibly exciting time for her and one we head towards with fun and honesty.”

Explore Bridal Trends

“With my brides, it is essential that my ability, experience and skill is of the highest grade,” explains Joanne. “I trained in not only fashion, but bridal retail and trends. I keep up to date with as many bridal and fashion shows in order to know the most exciting and innovative trends each season.

“It is with this that we create the looks each season, by exploring what’s new and current in design and haute couture and transform it into bridal.”

Challenge a Bride

It’s important to encourage brides to try something different, says Joanne “As our brides share their ideas, it’s our job to take her to the next level. She has arrived at our salon for her love of great fashion, so here we ask her to take a risk to be extraordinary on her day and create a look that is both individual and visionary.”

Attention to Detail

Joanne loves to quote Coco Chanel: ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.’

“The same is true of bridal,” Joanne explains. “After we get our bride in the gown, we love nothing more than to be over the top and pile on skirts, tiaras, veils, leather jackets, shoes, jewels… anything the bride may have considered before slowly removing each piece bit by bit to reveal her true vision of her bridal self.”

Have Vision

"At the studio, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of fashion and will turn your vision into your reality,” says Joanne. “We will explore your ideas with the bride, and with passion, creativity and knowledge, create her individual look and unique bridal style. And we’ll have a great time ‘playing’ whilst we do it!”