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.
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.
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.
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.