Saturday, 19 November 2011

Disabled Clothing

I was asked to design an adult bib and  make a couple of coats for disabled wheelchair bound clients in a sheltered home. The brief was they needed to be fashionable and  functional. 

Where do I start,  Well fashion is what some of us use to assert our personality and identity, additionally we use fashion to enhance or hide our imperfection, and I would argue that is the same if not more so for disabled people. As these clients spent the day in a wheelchair which encases their back for support, it was important that the coats were comfortable with design features that enabled the care attendants to get the coat on and off with ease.

Some of the design featured I styled the coat with were a trapeze or wide Aline shape which helps conceal excess bulk around the stomach, and would allow for a blanket to be placed underneath wrapped around the legs for extra warmth. I added raglan sleeves as they are easy to get in and out of and adding shoulder pads can enhance the silhouette of the coat.
The coat was designed with a longer front which falls over the knees and a shorter back, so in the sitting position the back falls to the seat, and the client does not have excess bulky fabric bunching behind their back waist .

The false front design give the impression to the outside world of a normal coat front fastening design, but the opening is at the back and fastened with Velcro, which allows for ease in placing, without too much discomfort to the client.
I think I have met the brief for both the clients and the care attendants.
What do you think

I will be posting the bib and send coat here soon.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New In My Etsy Shop

Update your work wear with this sexy fishtail skirt
A playful skirt for work and play, to show off your hourglass figure.
This knee length skirt is styled with a wonderful flared fishtail at back hemline that is fun and eye catching.
Features includes a straight silhouette styled with panels to elongate your figure, fitted waistline with side zip fastening and fully lined.

The skirt is made in a mixed wool dark green flecked weave

**If you are interested in a custom made Fishtail Skirt please contact me and I am more than happy to work with you to achieve the size colour and fabric you would like.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Holiday buys

Hand up those of you who have bought a wonderful piece of fabric on your travels, full of good intentions to make something amazing, but once home they get relegated to a bottom draw. Guilty as charged.

 A client was given two pieces of fabric which has been langushing in her bottom draw for years, as she is not a sewer she asked me to make these up. With no real idea of what she wanted, I made these two tunic, making use of design in the fabric which graduates from the hemline getting less intense as it rises to the neckline. I think she plans to wear it with black trousers.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Blue and Cream

I love blue and white porcelain, which inspired me to buy this fabric.
Blue and white porcelain originated in China. My fabric originated from my local fabric store, that I am afraid is as much as I know about its origin. 
The willow pattern is considered one of the most popular blue and white or should I say blue and cream  porcelain designs. although the design of this fabric is not willow, you must admit it is really striking.
I am really please with the end result, and I feel it will make a  perfect dress for Christmas.  I have added loads of details, like the mock wrap which has been finished with a flattering pleat detail.  I have added spaghetti straps to the fitted bodice fo added extra security.
I hope you will agree this is a beautiful dress. I have since made a suit and a dress from this fabric, sorry no time to take photos. I will be making a jacket with the last piece. Hopefully I will have time to take photos before the client picks up.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

New Blog Name

I started blogging to promote my Etsy shop which I named Rose Glen,  then Rich Mix Fashion. My post have developed as a showcase for my custom made items, as the demand for these grew, I decided to create a dedicated label  to use for my custom made clothing, I have now decided to streamline my image, by renaming my Etsy shop and my blog which will now be called Cheeky Rose Studio. I hope you like it, and will continue to follow.
My custom clothes label