I'd been thinking about making hats for a while, but found it a seemingly impossible task, so instead I had a go at making some fascinators and this is one of the finished pieces. I was going for 1930s Schiaparelli vibe - very glamorous. I wore it to a friends wedding yesterday and had some lovely comments.
Handknitted collar below, in cotton yarn, with front button fastening adapted from my pattern for the lace collar jumper worn in the fashion show.
Maternity dress for my lovely friend Ruth, modelling the dress and the fascinator and collar above. This dress is perfect for summer (I made it a few months back and have only just got the photos!) Would love to make some more dresses like this, or similar, especially with pockets...
Thanks to the folks at Bantock House in wolverhampton for putting on a great 1940s themed weekend. Our stall was in the garden under a little gazebo, with great views and just the right amount of room! I was very impressed with the amount of people (and staff) who dressed up for the occasion. I felt rather at home!
Will have photos to follow soon....
Thank you to Andy Bonnell for these fabulous photographs of Grandma Chic's catwalk show at Ort last week.
I'd like to thank everyone involved for all their help and support!
Musicians - Dan Hartland (also our perfect compere for the evening), Amit Dattani, Sam Fox, Rich Harris, Kate Wilkins, Washboard Dan (special thanks for his technical support), Laura Mattison and my amazing sister Abie Budgen; Models - Layla Tutt, Sam Fox, Amy Woodget, Jennifer Babey, Olivia Winteringham, Cristina Pinero Maese, Kate Wilkins, Ruth Angell, Emily Ayres, Giovanna De Gregorio, and Anna Adams (you were all fantastic!); Pete the soundman; Josie Reichert and everyone at Ort; photographers - Andy Bonnell, Dan Bonnell and Angel amongst others; and hair stylist Sarah Cromwell. Also thank you to Melissa Morris, the lighting people, Alex for helping clear and move furniture, and finally Andrea Bonnell, Jennifer Babey and Giovanna De Gregorio for their wonderful work!
Olivia wears upcycled jumper with handknitted collar in merino wool and handmade gingham shorts.
Layla wears handmade corduroy shorts and upcycled jumper with handknitted neckline in rib.
Emily wears handmade sMary dress in black, white, green and red striped cotton, with lined skirt.
Jenny wears handmade linen and cotton panelled skirt with arrow detail and mix of machine and upccyled knit jumper with scarf detail neckline and ruffle sleeves.
Giovanna wears hnadmde and upcycled Audrey top in cotton jersey and upcycled pleated polyester skirt.
Sam wears blouse upcycled from a man's shirt, with new collar and handmade arrow skirt in wool tweed.
Cristina wears handmade skirt in red wool and jumper made from mens' jumpers and a handknitted central panel in lace rib, in wool silk mix.
Amy wears cotton jersey t-shirt made from secondhand t-shirts and handmade panelled wrapover skirt with button fastening.
Ana wears handknitted waistcoat in lace rib, handmade shorts made from trousers and handmade jersey top in cotton.
Kate wears upcycled arrow jumper made from machine knitted cotton and linen mix yarn and cotton jumper and cardigan, with handmade pleated skirt in polyester mix.
Ruth wears handmade maternity dress in vintage floral cotton with pink cotton trim.
First finale showing my collection and Andrea's own handiwork...
Finale with The Brave Sons Of Elijah Perry performing...