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Sun is in the sky, oh why oh why would I wanna be anywhere else…

I went to London for the day on Wednesday, it was so beautifully and sunny. The sunshine makes me feel so happy, I was sitting on the train on the way there with my iPod on and it just felt like a perfect day. This little printed summer dress seemed very appropriate, I also took a few detail shots:

I’ve had loads of compliments about my nails the past couple of days, nobody could believe when I say I did it myself.

Dress: Primark

Cardigan: Topshop

Necklace and Bracelet: Accessorize

Brogues: Topshop

When I got into London, I had a lovely lunch with some people from Anna Scholz and then headed off to Goldhawk Road to do some fabric shopping. Stefanie had told me that she had seen a lot of pleated fabrics in one shop in particular; UK Textiles and so I headed there first. The sheer amount of fabric shops on Goldhawk Road was pretty overwhelming, I wish I’d had more time there really. Unfortunately none of the pleated fabrics I found were quite what I was looking for but I got various colours of silk chiffon for two of the womenswear dresses and a gorgeous silk cotton mix for one of the childrenswear designs. Since I bought the silk cotton, I’ve decided that I would really like to use it for the third womenswear dress so I’m going to try and contact the shop to see if I can buy some more over the phone.

If not I may just go again within the next few weeks as I didn’t have time to visit the Yoji Yamamoto exhibition at the V on Wednesday.


Getting Fabric Professionally Pleated….

I’ve been meaning to write this post for about a week now, I sent two samples of fabrics to be professionally pleated after I decided that the pleating attachment for my sewing machine wasn’t going to work well enough. I had been told that synthetic fabrics hold pleats much better than natural fibres and so I sent 1 metre of silk crepe georgette and 1 metre of polyester chiffon to the pleaters so that I could compare. I also had two different types of pleats, the silk is 15mm accordian pleats and the polyester is 15mm flat knife pleats:

Silk Crepe Georgette set with 15mm accordion pleats.

Polyester Chiffon set with 15mm flat knife pleats

At the moment the silk seems to be holding the pleats just as well as the polyester, I assume that it would not withstand any washing or dry cleaning processes but this isn’t really an issue as they are not actually intended to be worn anywhere other than the catwalk show. I would actually like the pleats  to loosen a little so that they look more like this:

I’m hanging it up for a bit to see if they will loosen a bit.

These are terrible photos but I just draped each piece over my shoulder to see what they would look like as a sleeve:

This is the accordion pleats:

And this is the knife pleats:

I love how they both look, but I think I prefer the accordion pleats. I’m going to use the chiffon to toile the child’s dress sleeve, I don’t want to waste the silk on a toile as I may actually use it but I think it’s important to see how it will actually look with pleats in.