Monday, 20 August 2018

As Autumn Arrives







I've been away for a short break which does you a world of good. First to Scotland for a few days to visit relatives who are visiting from New Zealand and then to The New Forest for a bit of down time.
Both were great and I feel ready to plough ahead with new ideas for the rest of the year.
It most definitely feels just a little autumnal in the last few days but for me that heralds the need to buy a whole different weight of fabric like wools and tweeds, velvets and corduroy.
Today I purchased quite a few new lengths of different cloths so next week will be working out what I want to make with them.

I've posted a few images of the last wedding pieces that were made just before I went on holiday.
The veiled bridal headdress was worn with a teal chiffon gown and the bride looked utterly amazing.
Bottom two pictures are a couple of items that are being made from a lovely piece of soft jersey knit fabric. It's turning into a mini collection with flat cap,scarf, clutch bag and a neck wrap that's not quit finished.
I shall be bogging about the various events I will be attending or selling my wears at later in the year. So far I will be at The Hepwoth Winter Fair on Friday 30th dec and Ripponden Fair on Sat 1st Dec. Both events are a pleasure to attend and I will look forward to meeting lots of  lovely people.
Trying not to rush the year away but you've got to get organised !







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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Perfect Weather For A Wedding










Hello have you been enjoying the sunshine. Such great news for summer weddings as so many last year were bothered by too much grey cloud and rain especially last Aug.
This year however it's keeping cool that's been on every ones mind.
Now that is a change for our British weather !
Brides have been basking in glorious sunshine for weeks now and thoughts of how to cover up if it's chilly have been banished altogether.
The first hat was made for a mother of the bride for a garden wedding to compliment the gorgeous silk dress from Temperly which was just beautiful. The silk was like soft butter and the print was fun yet just right for a garden wedding.
I made a navy blue blocked beret and trimmed it with silk flowers attached to quills that I curled in various shapes.
I also have bought some lovely roll up straw sunhats and to date I have sold 40 ! I normally buy roll up panamas but this year decided to go for something a little cheaper. They still look smart and everyone has loved them so far. If you'd like one get in touch they are easy to post. 
Headbands continue to be popular for those ladies who want something smaller. The ivory and teal silk petal band sold on Saturday and now a dress is being found to wear with it.
Busy making holiday bags and accessories too like the stripey cotton cross body bag with matching large zip up pouch perfect for stuffing all your beach needs and more, plus it's washable when you need to give it a quick refresh.
Next weekend Sat 21st I will be closing the shop from 3pm but the shop will be open the following week Tues - Thurs as normal just closed  Fri 20th & Sat 21st and re open Tues 31st as usual.
Having a little break.
Chrissie x






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Saturday, 16 June 2018

A June Wedding







Well after the earlier non appearance of any sign of spring these last few weeks have sent the flowers, trees and shrubs into overdrive and it's absolutely glorious everywhere.
wonderful news for all the brides and wedding parties over the last few weekends.
However we have had hay fever hell in our house but eventually the times passes and everybody can breath again.
I am now well into my wedding hat making and race day events plus other fabulous parties that happen in the summer months.
There have been some amazing dresses that I have designed a hat for and these are just a few. 
I am blocking and sewing in every colour you can think of at the moment.
The two classic navy hats were a joy to make and I love trilbies it's one of my favourite hats.
Often I also make a bag to match the hat in many shapes and sizes the paisley silky clutch shape is very popular as it has a wrist strap making it really easy keep hold of it while you have a drink.
So if you are still looking for a hat or a bag get in touch and I will do my best to help.
Chrissie x






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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Hats Made to Match





So as you know I am always making hats to match clients outfits. It can be a dress or a suit or sometimes a trouser suit and anything in between.
Last week the dusky pink hat was worn to a wedding by the mother of the bride.
The dress was very interesting made from a heavy crepe fabric with large bow like details on the sleeves by designer Roksander.
The hat was a blocked beret with a large trim of petals / leaves in soft kid leather, silk and organza.
I also used some beads form a bracelet to finish off the trim. The same necklace was worn to finish the outfit off which was stunning. 
The first image is a navy blue blocked beret to wear with a Ted Baker drees. I used buttons to trim the hat in similar tones to the dress. It's been teamed with a navy blue jersey knit blazer and will be off to Buckingham Place for a garden party in June.
It's the best job making people feel really good about themselves.
Chrissie x


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