Sunday, 2 December 2012


Actually this room does not have a view at all, in fact it doesn't even have a window.
However, it does hold an abundance of textile type treasures,which are best stored away from heat and direct sunlight.

 I recently purchased some shelving from Carla from Emotional Baggage, who has moved her business out of the business incubator. It was too much to pass up a  purchase of  shelving which would be carried to your door, no construction or transport required!

It has been a fantastic voyage of discovery grouping collections of fabrics into tonal colour piles. Unpacking boxes and unearthing much loved, and long forgotten treasured vintage pieces.

Will there come a day that the world runs out of vintage? I would like to learn more about the printing processes used. Many vintage fabrics have a subtle tonal effect,which is not photographic, but seems much more varied than screen prints would allow?

I love sitting in this store room. I love standing in this store room....for extended periods of time! So much inspiration comes from just being in this store room - seeing the colours collecting them selves, and feeling the textures of the fabrics.

I have started on my block colours shelf as well now, which also has stripes and textured fabrics to mix up with the vintage.

You may spy many of the pieces from this collection in the garments we are constructing this Summer.

So will there come a day that the world runs out of vintage textiles?

Sunday, 18 November 2012

night forest


I have an extensive collection of vintage fabrics. I love to sit in my store room, and just look at them! The beautiful colours, texture and subject of the prints mesmorizes me!

I have decided that I have I have to stop hoarding,and get these special fabrics back out into the world.

The black and white tree print is on a medium weight cotton drill. I would estimate that it was printed in the late 60's to early 70's judging by the feel of the fabric, and the subject matter.

Black and white made a very modern, alternative statement in that period. The average home would  have been dressed in loud florals of 1970's vintage, or the more traditional rose bouquet type floral print.
 This is a limited edition skirt,as I only have a metre or so of the tree fabric.

We have cut an asymetrical panel in the 'night forest' fabric, with the black and white stripe fabric running across the front and back on the right hand side.

The front has a band in black stitiched in between the stripe and feature panel, with two buttons on the lower front.

We have stitiched a sneaky little faux placket at the back,this is stitched down, and serves no purpose other than to add a bit of 'quirk'.

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Pushing little daisies


This is a little cotton top we have been working on in the Berserk studio.

We have called it the Cottage top, and this design has 5 pintuck pleats in the centre front. It has become the pintuck cottage top!

It has raglan sleeve with black stretch cotton bands. The neckband is quite wide, which shows off the collar bone. We have put fusing into the neckband which ensures it will stand up through plenty of washes!

we do our best to make pieces that will last and become wardrobe favourites.

The daisies fabric is all cotton, the black bands have a little stretch.