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Sun Skirt Tutorial

I’ve just added my first sewing tutorial video to YouTube, showing you how to make this sun circle skirt!

To make this skirt you’ll need 2 yards of the sun fabric I designed for this project from my Spoonflower shop, I’ve used their Sport Lycra, but you can also use their Modern Jersey or Organic Cotton Knit.

I’ve also designed similar fabric with earth and the moon, which are both available to order from my Spoonflower shop.

The sun and moon skirts are both available handmade to order from my Etsy shop if you’d rather I make them for you!

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Bristol Fashion Week

Last night I went to the fashion show at The Mall. I’ve been to every one since they started, and it never disappoints! As it’s based in a shopping centre, it features clothes, shoes and accessories from high street shops like Marks & Spencer and Karen Millen. I love that everything in the show is accessible and affordable, and available in a wide range of sizes. After the show, you only need to walk from the temporary pavillion back over to the main shopping centre and you can buy everything you’ve just seen!

This year it was hosted by Mark Heyes and Denise Van Outen, who did a great job! 

  
I particularly love the diversity amongst the models. Of course there’s nothing wrong with being young, white and skinny – but I love that they choose to represent a much wider demographic, making it a much more inclusive experience for everyone in the audience.

  

As it was the Autumn/Winter show, I wanted something autumnal to wear, so I made myself a velvet skater dress. I loved the deep wine colour of this fabric when I bought it a few weeks ago, and I although I planned on making it with plenty of time to spare, I ended up starting on  it a few hours before I had to leave! I also dyed my hair to match and wore my new Irregular Choice dice shoes – the whole outfit got lots of lovely comments when I was wandering round the shops after the fashion show!

  
As always, there was a goody bag at the end for everyone! The fabric tote bag is great for shopping (especially now there’s a charge for plastic!) and it’s always filled with vouchers, product samples and little treats. 

  
There are still tickets available for today and tomorrow, so if you’re in Bristol or you can get here easily, I’d highly recommend it! 

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For Luke

An old friend took his own life recently, and as I had nothing funeral appropriate to wear, I made myself a black velvet circle skirt.
I’ve always been more of a doer than a talker, so in an effort to feel slightly better about something so tragic, I’ve decided to sell these skirts and include a 20% donation to PAPYRUS UK, a charity which aims to prevent suicide in young people. By raising money and awareness for such a wonderful charity, hopefully I can help to prevent at least one person from being in my friend Luke’s position, and countless more in his friends’ and family’s position.

The skirt is handmade to order in sizes UK 6-36, its £35 including a £7 donation to charity: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/247255222/black-velvet-circle-skirt-includes 

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