Whats been happening

Whats been happening

Whats been happening? Well I’ll tell you its been a busy few months over here in BTT HQ! I’ve had sparkly sequin bridesmaid outfits on the go which are all ready to be posted out for a December wedding.

I also had a custom jacket for a Beetlejuice themed wedding which I made back in September… I mean how cool is that.

The bride made a definite decision that she want red and a black and white striped lining to be involved, so for the back patch we went for a red glitter heart and a pearlised white leatherette for the ‘wifey’ writing, both elements are all cut out and handmade specially to use on one of my jacket which are also handmade from scratch. 

I found this awesome black and white striped fabric online and knew it was a must to use for the lining, everything was starting to team up really well and went with the theme of the wedding deliciously. 

The shape and style of the jacket was cropped which meant the length was cut shorter, with this style sits nice and fitted into the waist. This is also a perfect choice if you didn’t want to hide any detailing you had on the back of the dress. 

Last week I received this awesome picture of the bride who had finally eloped to Vegas to marry the man of her dreams. Don’t you just love the whole look and how rad does the jacket look with her kickass red dress – Goals right there! 

Here are some more close up shots for you to feast your eyes over. My 2018 books are now closed but if you are looking for your very own personalised handcrafted leather jacket for 2019 then contact me today so we can discuss! 

Essential sewing starter kit

Essential sewing starter kit

So, I’ve been thinking over the past few weeks what interesting skills and creative tips I can share with you that would help you if you were looking into starting to sew.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have seen my first top tip Tuesday where I share some useful info every week in my stories and I thought I would share the ones that are most important on here too.

You want to start sewing but don’t know where to begin, well first of all you will need a sewing kit. It doesn’t have to be all bells, whistles and fancy gadgets, just the basic good essentials will do and last you a lifetime if you look after it.

I’ve taken a picture of all the tools that I think will help you get started, going from left all the way round:

+ Pins – help you pin fabrics together and hold in place. Don’t place pins in your mouth when sewing, it’s a terrible habit of mine but trust me it’s worth not doing it, so if you can start without that habit your on to a winner!

+ Tape Measure – A must! Helps you take your own measurements, measure the grainline on a pattern and a handy tool around the house, also a little extra tip keep one in your handbag if you spot anything in a shop and want to measure all those little deets!

Then you can take that info home and make something yourself.

+ Cotton – No brainer here, you need it to keep the stuff you make together, make sure you don’t scrimp on cotton though buy a decent one like Gutterman or Moon.

+ Stitch unpick – This is my best friend when sewing, helps you take out all those thread mistakes you make but I don’t doubt for a second, you’ll use it much because you’ll ace it. Make sure you buy a sharp one.

+ Needle threader – helps you thread the cotton through a needle and saves so much time.

+ Tailors chalk – you use this to chalk around your pattern onto fabric, which I highly recommend rather than just pinning.

+ Needles – Good quality hand sewing needles is what you need, they do come in all different sizes so it best to ask in the shop or read about them online when you’re buying.

+ Thimble – Saves those fingers when hand sewing and helps you push the needle through when hand sewing.

Now I’ve gone through all of those essentials I’ll move on to the scissors.

+ Paper scissors – use these to cut your patterns out and any crafts you’re doing.

+ Fabric scissors – these are perfect for cutting those fabrics out but only fabrics!

Seriously though don’t use your fabric scissors for cutting anything else, it will blunt them and send them out of line and if you’ve paid a decent amount for them you really don’t want that to happen.

My pink ones are from Ernest Wright  and supports breast cancer.

+ Thread Scissors – small ones are perfect for when you are working at a machine, I also find it handy to pop them on a bit of fancy ribbon, so you can place it round your neck.

Saves time looking for them when you want to snip.

+ Metric set square – Mainly used for when you want to create your own patterns, but it does come in handy when you want to measure anything. You can get these from Morplan.

When you have all your super-duper kit just keep practicing with it and you’ll be a pro in no time!

So, there we have it my essential guide to a sewing kit, I really hope that helps when starting out.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

A while back I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across Ashley’s super cool photography account. I absolutely loved the look and vibe of the photos and knew in an instant that I had to follow.

Roll on to a few months back and after many likes and comment exchanges, we decided to collaborate together. I mean who wouldn’t say no to a shoot in Vegas!

I highly recommend you go check Ashely out if you’re in need of a photographer for your wedding.

For the shoot I decided to use champagne matt sequin wiggle dress that I had made a few years back accompanied with my pink wild side jacket, which can be ordered here

The photos as expected looked incredible, I mean hats off to the model as well because she looks cool as.

I’m pretty excited that I can share these images with you, I never even thought that I’d get a chance like this to showcase my work like this, so I’m celebrating every moment.

It’s amazing how a small little app can bring people together and collaborate in such a way.

Hands up who wants to go to Vegas right now.

Embrace your style

Embrace your style

There is something so therapeutic about sitting at a sewing machine and creating a garment, it’s always been in me to make people feel amazing especially in the clothing that they wear.

It’s a big thing, right? In what you choose to wear, you should be feeling fabulous everyday so that’s where Born to Thread steps in and helps you.

This is what I pride my business on the fact that all my products are handmade from my off the peg items (which can be found in my shop page) to my bespoke made to measure items. I make them for you! I help you create confidence in the outfits you wear.

I think there is so much pressure for people to fit in and look a certain way. ‘You should be wearing this, or you should be wearing that. Oh, you’re into that music so therefore you should dress like this! Bollocks I say.

Embrace anything, your style is your style and if you want to wear that pink shirt with leopard print trousers and listen to Celine Dion, the why the hell not!

So now I’ve got me preach out of the way here few little photos of a jacket I’ve been working on this week.

The bride is going for a black sleeveless jacket with an epic backpatch which I have spent the weekend drawing out. It’s been a tricky one as the surname was quite long, but I got there in the end and looking forward to the finish product.

I love the fact that my jackets are so diverse from wearing them at weddings, festivals and even everyday wear. Also, did you know that I ship worldwide, yes that’s right. So, no matter where you are you can still order one!

River Mills Ballroom Photoshoot

A celestial dream is what this shoot is all about, sumptuous gold, navy blues and clean white settings all styled by the fabulous Kook Events

I had the honor thanks to Marry Me Ink for asking me, to be a part of a collaborative shoot back in January at River Mills Ballroom which by the way is such a beautiful venue, do check it out as it has such quirky little rooms dotted around inside the place.

I wanted to keep in with the colour theme, so I decided to go with a white sleeveless biker jacket and my rebel girl biker jacket, so they toned in well with the bridal theme.

For the sleeveless jacket I decided to create a design with stars as if they were floating through the sky almost like in the milky way. I alternated the colour ways to pale pink, gold and navy then swirled them in pattern around the jacket. I loved the design so much you can now order one from my online shop here.

A sleeveless jacket?! I here you say…

Well yes let’s have a little chat about them, they can look so simple and cute over your wedding dress and it add something a little bit different for the day rather than your typical ‘boloro’ it also doesn’t hide too much of the dress either which is always a winner!

So, you can look beautiful and awesome at the same time!

You only have to check out these amazing pictures by Tux and Tales Photography to see what I’m talking about. My jackets were worn over a Legend Bridal dress – alternative STUNNING bridalwear.

Also check out the other talented suppliers that were involved on the day.

Floristry: riverandroseuk
Stationery (Navy Suite)/Signage/Decor: suzanneoddydesign
Prop Hire: addvintagedotcom
Hair and Make Up: nataliewmakeup
Stationery (Ivory Suite) blush_and_gold
Bespoke Biker jacket

Bespoke Biker jacket

So, you want to order a bespoke biker jacket but not sure what I offer, then fear no more this post is to tell you what entails when you order one of my super-duper jackets.

What makes my jackets different?

A lot of people are shocked when they find out that my jackets are made from scratch, yes that’s right people all of it from the design, pattern cutting, cutting out of the fabric to the sewing the god dam thing up, Pretty neat huh?

So, your basically buying a on off jacket that made entirely just for you!

When it comes to ordering a jacket all you have to do is go to my shop page and I have a listings available where you can either order through my shop or if you’re looking for something in particular then just drop me an email at hello@borntothread.co.uk, we can then discuss your ideas further.  For Payments I accept PayPal or Bank transfer via an invoice. I have several options when it comes to payment: Pay the full amount or if you would like to do a payment plan I usually ask for a 50% deposit from the full amount to cover costs of the fabrics, then you can either split the rest of the costs down in to one or two final payments, all I ask is for the payment to be completed before I post the jacket out.

Now here is the fun part the design: anything goes with me, I’m open to giving any idea a go so if you have a particular theme to your wedding or colour pallet I am happy to work with that to create a special design. My jackets aren’t just for weddings either they can be ordered just to wear every day, at events, for businesses or festivals so same goes as above looking for a particular design give me a hola!

I wanted to offer something a little bit different when it comes to patches, so I use glitter and faux leather fabrics which are sourced from small business in the UK to create a hand appliquéd design, each design is drawn out first to make sure you are 100% happy. I then transfer this design to a template to help me cut it out in the fabric. A lot of time and care goes in to these patches, so they are glued and then stitched on in place to make sure they last and don’t budge! The great thing about these is they don’t have to be on the back they can be anywhere on the jacket.

Just want a plain jacket? No problem I am more than happy to make one.

My jackets are made in standard UK sizes from size 8 to 18 online but I can go up to a size 26. My designs can be adapted if needed for example shorter, longer, petite, different sleeves this can all be accommodated all I ask for you to contact me via email for this as the price can vary and I need to accommodate the fabric.

I use high quality vegan friendly faux leather for my jackets that have been tested to stand wear and tear for a long time, I have spent a long-time fabric sourcing to get the right fabric to work for my designs. All my fabrics come from the UK

I pride myself on creating the perfect fitting handcrafted garments to make you feel empowered because yourself expression should shine through every day in what you wear. when you wear a piece of Born to Thread I guarantee you will feel that.