Ribbons

Prepare yourselves, these photos are in focus, oh yes.

I’ve thought about making clothing adjustable by ribbons for ages so I’m not sure why it took me quite so long to do so. Either way I have now done it. And I have to say I’m actually quite pleased with it!

Side

So the idea is if a body part, say waist, is smaller than average then you just pull on the ribbons more at the bottom and keep them looser higher up. Practical, and cute, what more could you ask for?! But seriously, ask for it.

Front
 I thought such a pretty little crop needs a matching skirt to go with it so here you go! The skirt is full circle which tends to be my default skirt of choice when creating, in fact I can’t really think of any skirts I own that I haven’t made. They’re all the same shape. Perhaps I need to branch out in my style but I just love the flowiness. If that wasn’t a word before, well, it is now.

Back

Here’s the back, just to make a nice trilogy of photos.

This fabric isn’t available again until next year so I have a limited amount I can make in this pattern and colour. Therefore these are made to order. And of course I am offering them in Petite, Regular and Tall. I’ve currently got sizes 8-14 available, if you fit outside those then let me know you’d like to order and I can make the correct size for you. It is now available to buy from my nice new website www.be-stitched.co.uk and here have a 20% discount code: OPENFORBUSINESS

What colours/patterns would you like to see next? I do have some plain red, yellow, blue and white sitting next to me. But that’s not enough, it never is!

Rachel.

All the colours

Some of you may have seen that I was at a vintage fair last weekend and wondered how it went. Unfortunately cos it was such a beautiful warm day hardly anyone turned up! I’m trying to do a handmade fair in Brighton soon so hopefully that will yield better results. Anyway, onto colours.

I’ve always known that besides different necklines, sleeves and lengths I wanted to offer different colours so I ordered enough to make one dress in each. Please excuse the photos as I am both a terrible model and photographer! Mind you my camera has been dubbed “Rachel-proof” so I’m not sure if it’s the best…

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Pink Petite Size 8

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Blue Petite Size 10

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So they’re totally professional right?! Anyway you may be wondering why they’re all Petite. The answer is I’m in denial of my height and deemed myself Regular sized as opposed to Petite. I’m obviously short. When I came to make the Petite sizes I looked at the pattern pieces and realised they are waaaaytoo short. Like ridiculously short. Child size short.So Regular became Petite and Tall became Regular. I have made new Tall patterns and will be reeling in a friend who is very blessed in height to test them :)

The colours of the Purple dress are not that accurate in the photos and my camera/phone cannot seem to capture it so I will rectify this as soon as possible

Let me know which colours you like and the one with the most interested will be available alongside black once I’ve set up my website :)

Rachel.

 

 

Setting Up

I think people will have been wondering what I’ve been doing all this time. Certainly my parents have. My answer would be a lot of trial and error. Really, a lot. Nearly a year’s worth before I finally decided what it was I wanted to make, and then I had to make sure I could make it. Well, I think I can finally say that I can!

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I always knew I wanted to make clothing that could fit a wide range of people because I think that’s something that’s missing from a lot of high street shops. I was going to start with the skirts I’ve previously posted about but if I’m honest I found them tricky. I think I will go back and revisit them if I do get any interest and figure out a simpler way to make them. It got a bit overcomplicated…

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So, I decided on a stretch fabric to allow many different people who are many different shapes to fit my clothing. One problem I have heard in high street shops and online is that a lot of dresses are too short so I want to offer Petite, Regular and Tall in all the clothing I make. I also want to offer a bit more than that. I want it to be fully customisable. Any neckline. Any sleeve length. Any colour. Because I am on my own, I can’t do this all at once so I’ll be rolling it out gradually. 

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I’ll be launching soon, just a couple of things left to do eg. labels to arrive, get packaging etcetera etcetera etcetera. At the moment I have two sizes, two sleeve lengths, two necklines. Oh and I changed the name again… 3rd times a charm right?

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I just know I’m gonna look back on these posts in a while, probably tomorrow, and cringe at how I sound yeeeurgh. Um, too late, already cringing :/

Rachel.

Mildly Late Second Post

If you liked the yellow skirt I posted all the way back in August but weren’t sure about the colour, well how do you like red?

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They are full circle skirts in 100% cotton with a polycotton lining.  A hidden zip and 4 white buttons fasten at the side.

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I have two of these skirts to sell. Both are for a 70cm waist (just over 27 and half inches). I’m 5 foot 3 so I find it a bit long for my liking, but perfect for someone a bit taller or if you like your skirts longer. If you’d like a skirt but would like it shorter I am happy to take it up for a little extra money. I’ll be selling these for £25 plus £3.70 for P&P.

If you need any help thinking of styling options I think either of these two tops would go perfectly

boohoo crop

White crop – Boohoo.com

Heart crop – Black Milk Clothing. This has not been released yet but will be on sale from 13th Feb 11pm GMT for a limited period of time (I forget). It’s the same make as the crop I wore in the photos :)

If you want to leave me any feedback or even better buy one then just drop me a comment. The third post won’t take nearly so long again! I hope!

Rachel.