There is a sprinkling of japonica flowers in my patchwork hedge – I can’t decide if they’re early or late. The leaves are turning yellow or have already dropped and there is a rather impressive display of crabapples in the hedge too.
I created this dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe last Spring.
I love playing with shadows and I love working with lace, so yesterday when I finished a guipure lace dress I decided to try something different when photographing it.
The client and I decided on a classic 50’s silhouette – pencil skirt and a defined waistline which is emphasised with grosgrain ribbon. It’s left sheer so the colour of the slip can be changed and the back does up with 23 small silk covered buttons.
There was extra joy in making this dress as the client has become a close friend after first designing her wedding outfit 13 years ago. Coincidentally I commenced cutting the lace on her wedding anniversary so I decided to name the dress ‘anniversaire de mariage’.
This dress fits her like a glove – it’s classic, feminine and sexy. Tonight she steps out in it for the first time worn with a black slip.
I’d like to play some more with lace shadows and I think I’ll suggest to my friend she keeps a diary for this dress – to tell the story of where it takes her and whether it was a champagne or martini occasion!
I recently caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, it was wonderful sharing time together and one of the things we did was create these passionfruit flower designs for my Garden Fairy’s wardrobe.
As mentioned in Serendipity & Teacups it was no surprise she would choose to do a pant suit. A few years ago, after her wedding, she exuded 1940’s Hollywood glamour when she changed into silk satin lounging pyjamas and boarded a seaplane at the bottom of her garden.
Just the other day I walked past a different passionfruit vine with fabulous pink flowers – I immediately thought of my friend – she’d have liked them too.
“Brushstroke Prints: Spring’s most striking artistic expression. Fashion and art have always crossed paths, and for Spring / Summer 2013 the relationship is as literal as ever.” – fashionising.com
This season the hydrangeas in my garden appear to have been dabbed with a paint brush too – I love the colour palette of soft greens, pinks and burgundy.
The week started off with warm days and balmy nights but by the end Autumn’s presence was felt, leading me to make myself a coat out of French matelassé in a paprika and metallic black using a pattern traced from a vintage 60’s evening coat.
I can’t remember from where or when I acquired the vintage coat but imagine I was attracted to the fabric – an emerald green & gold rose patterned brocade – as much as the cocoon shape cut.
I traced off the pattern a few seasons ago, it was the perfect shape to create a coat for a client from an exquisite gold thread embellished vintage sari she had bought on her travels.
My Garden Fairy’s green leaf coat is a similar cut with the added detail of red berry cuffs and collar.
Dear Summer, I hope you linger a little longer even though Autumn has arrived.
Today is Chinese New Year’s eve and Gong Xi Fa Cai is the traditional greeting that means “wishing you prosperity”.
Tonight I am celebrating the occasion at a banquet cooked by a fabulous friend. The invitation requests guests wear something red, symbolising good fortune.
Red also happens to be one of my friend’s favourite colours so it’s not surprising that she grows red roses which she shared for this Garden Fairy’s dress.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s festivities and in the spirit of the day – Gong Xi Fa Cai to you!