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Odd jobs

One of my favourite things (and sometimes most worrying must be honest) about my job is that I never know what I’m going to be doing next.

Today I did one of the oddest but amazingly interesting jobs to date, I spent the day in ascot racecourse, A place I have never been before in my life and if your planning on making your first visit honestly get a map, I got lost trying to find my way around!

And that’s only the precession lawn not the actual racecourse!

I spent the day Assisting with the set up of EcoAge’s ‘Commonwealth Fashion Exchange’, http://eco-age.com/commonwealth-fashion-exchange/, a display of 31 amazing collaborations between fashion designer and artisans over the 51 commonwealth countries. And there are some inspirational dresses on display down there:

If your are heading down Royal Ascot this season be sure to stop by and have a feast for the eyes! It is located either side of the escalators for the royal box in the royal enclosure.

My personally favourite was this amazing green dress with an Uber long train and flower detailing down the back:

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Happy Mother’s Day

I am a big fan of Mother’s Day, my mother is brilliant and has done so much to encourage and support me over the years, so like most of you on Mother’s Day I like to give back.

The only problem is I don’t exactly earn enough to treat her in the way she deserves, on top on that her birthday is like a week after! So instead of 2 big payouts I try and splurge on her birthday and use my making skills to try and make Mother’s Day special.

Last year I knitted her a hat and matching scarf, which as I was new to knitting is a bit snug but bless her she does actually wear …when I’m around at-least πŸ˜‰

This year I’m going on a Winnie the Pooh theme, she loves the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff (points if you get the reference) And has these Winnie the Pooh embroidered towels I remember from when I was younger which are turning a bit thread-bear (pun unintended but I like it).

I carefully cut away the embroidery from the old towels and trimmed back to make it easier to transfer. Pinned it onto a fluffy new towel and secured it with a embroidery stitch with a matching thread.

Then once the outside was secure I worked into any work away patches with a matching thread and secured it in place with some stitch lines so it wouldn’t come away and bubble after a few washes.

All in all I am well impressed with the final outcome the colour match is pretty damn good and the finish is pretty professional if I do say do myself. So Happy Mother’s Day everyone make sure to treat your mother even if it’s just a coffee and a catch up or a new fluffy towel!

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Working in Wonderland?

This month I am lucky enough to be working wardrobe on a modern dance piece at THe Print Room up in London and I’ve gotta say this has to be one of the coolest theatres I have worked in!

And not because it is all modern or huge and well known quite the opposite actually! It’s the cute little theatre down Notting Hill way that you could quite easily walk past not realising what it was. But inside it’s a different story.

Inside it is filled with this quirky style that just makes me feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. There are quirky stylings everywhere you look, I’ve counted atleast 10 tables that appear to be sprouting from the walls and more mirrors then Debenhams home section!

The best bit is that unique environment doesn’t stop from the of house, the embellishment continues back if house although the colour scheme may get darker the added extras can be found in every hallway and dressing room.

The wardrobe itself is split into a few rooms at the top of the building and is a bit creepy with the bare walls and wooden floorboards and textured wall decorations making me not 100% sure it’s not haunted but it has its own armchair and foot stall (located the other side which I haven’t photographed) so as long as said ghost doesn’t decide to juggle the laundry equipment I’m fine with it πŸ™‚

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Company Alts

As wardrobe you get a lot of requests some strange, like creating wellies that look like the grinch, and some simple, like this ripped shirt sleeve.

This was a relatively simple transformations, cutting the sleeves to create short sleeves, backing the back of the rip with surplus’s fabric and secure it with some machine darning in the corresponding colour.

Though I am pretty proud of the finished product πŸ™‚

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Bye bye balletΒ 

This week equals the end of my dance adventure, last leg of the tour at Sadlers wells, the swankiest venue I have even worked in to date, the backstage monitors were bigger then my TV at home! (and if that’s not swanky then…well I’m probably using that words wrong but it was impressive none the less) 

Such a brilliant venue and lovely helpful staff πŸ™‚ the show ran smoothly despite the accessories committing suicide and needing recussitation with needle and thread or worse transplant via sewing machine. The set looks great on the big stage, their electronic fly system moved the props super smoothly and the fancy fog machines added a new dimension to the lights. 

Had such fun on this project but looking forward to some time off before I jump into the Christmas job πŸ™‚ 

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StoryTime

Whoops didn’t press send, this was meant for yesterday, The fifth and final of my pinewood workshops, it’s been super fun have loved being back in a learning setting. Finishing off the work and trying to squeeze as much knowledge as possible.

Ok I know I promised gunshot wounds but as I started working my story developed into something, atleast I think, is more fun πŸ™‚ 

My story: ‘amature adventurer heads though the desert to break into Area 51, once inside she comes across a cute little alien creature, thinking it is a scared captive she bends down to help it. The creature grabs onto her arm and claws it’s way up her arm it’s skin reacting with her blood, before it burrows into her arm and out through her back killing her.’

The great things about aliens πŸ‘½ you don’t have to colour match correctly coz nobody knows πŸ™‚