Dust Settles – Not Your Usual Alternative Wedding Fair

Dust Settles – Not Your Usual Alternative Wedding Fair

The other week I packed up my badass jackets in Delores the mini and hit the road to go exhibit at the Dust settles – alternative wedding fair hosted by The Costa Sisters at The Shack Revolution in Hereford.

I had an absolute blast at this Las Vegas themed wedding fair and probably one of the most chilled out ones I have been too.

Not only were the other vendors incredibly talented and fun to meet but the entertainment was spot on too — more about that later

As I rarely do wedding fairs I had to get my thinking cap on as to how I wanted my stall to look. I wanted it to be inviting, relaxed to browse and my jackets had to be on show as I found been on rail doesn’t do them any justice.

I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it too look so I took it to paper and luckily enough my dad the handy man was able to build me the stands that I needed. Boom it was just what I wanted and perfect for showing off my jackets too because that was the main thing.

My kick ass stall at Dust Settles 

The best thing about this wedding fair was it started at 5pm so there was no rush to get there early and had the majority of the day to set up – it was all chill! 

I got to meet some fantastic couples who were excited about getting married and it was lovely to know that most of them followed me on instagram already to which they were interested to see my jackets in real life. So thank you if you are reading this and came along that day it was awesome to hear that.

Now nothing makes an alternative wedding fair like all the other vendor involved and here is just some of the kick ass suppliers involved that I highly recommend you check out if you are looking for your wedding

Peach and Wolfe – Dreamy badass stationary 

Skin and Bones Jewellery –  Incredible designs and just beautiful

The Cake Spa – Marshmallows to die for and the yummiest cakes you’ll ever see. 

Pink Palm Events – The raddest events planner

The House Of Love Illustration – Live illustration at your event – how cool

This Will Be Forever – prop hire to die for

But wait there is more and you can find the whole line up of vendors to view here

Now for the entertainment… well all I need to say is what a show they put on from fire breathing badass babes, killer catwalk to a drag bingo and a Trump drag act which was just hilarious and would just be the best thing to shock your auntie at the wedding with but on a serious note do check out these peeps because if you are looking for something alternative for your wedding then look no further.

The babes of Steel Cats fire breathing 

Im going to leave you with these stunning pics taken by Alt Wedding Co who have also taken the photos that I have used in this blog post. 

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Last year I had the pleasure of making this totally unique bespoke wedding dress for Kate who was getting married in New York – amazing I know right just wait till you see the pictures.

As I have currently stopped my wedding dress service to focus on my leather jackets this dress was an absolute stunner to end on. Find out more about my bespoke leather jackets here 

Kate came for a consultation way back in 2018 to have a chat about her ideas on what she wanted. We talked about colours, shapes and fabrics plus it’s also a great way to get my clients to feel relaxed within my studio and find out how I work.

Her ideas back then were completely different to what she ended up having in the end, It’s amazing how much you change in just a year.

Fast forward to 2019 and after many discussions we decided on the shape, style and fabric. Which was the best choice in the end because it just fit so well with the whole look and feel of the wedding.

This is the final design we decided on.

So let’s talk about the fabrics and the shape.

When it came to the fabric I was looking for something elegant and soft, I came across this incredible tulle fabric that had delicate sequinned stars embroidered on in silver and pale gold which looked absolutely stunning.

I knew with the style we were making this had to be used and we did. The bespoke wedding dress was in two parts.

The under dress which was made with a  sweetheart neckline with boning for structure and a gradual flared skirt which was slightly up at the front to show off Kate’s kick ass boot from McQueen.

This was made from a subtle gold duchess satin fabric to tone in well with the tulle fabric.

The second dress was an over dress but the top half was made into a shirt style which look so elegant in the star fabric. The skirt part was the same as the under dress.

The over dress was made separate and with the intention to be worn again — which is even more cooler.

Oh but how could I forget the badass leather jacket she also had made to wear with her dress.

This was also made from a subtle gold leather to tone in with the wedding dress.

It was like everything just fell into place when we found the fabrics.

The sleeves being made up in the tulle star fabric
The collar being sewn in place 

The making of the bespoke wedding dress.

I started with working with Kates measurements to create a bespoke pattern that was unique to her, I could then develop on this if anything was to change. The next step was to take this into a toile which is a sample garment that helps through the fitting stages.

This is made from a plain fabric to help study the shape and fit of the dress.

Once I was happy with the pattern and the sample garment was fitting to how I liked, I then cut Kate’s dress out in the actual fabric. This is the best bit because you actually start to see the dress come to life as you can see from the photos below.

The under dress being made with leopard print lining.

The top half of the shirt being prepared for the buttons 

Final check of the collar 

Working on the sleeve for the leather jacket 

Final checks to see how it is looking 

I started to make the bespoke wedding dress up in the actual fabric 6 months before so it gave us plenty of time for any amendments.

The most fiddly part of the dress was to get the shirt style top to sit right with it being made in a tulle fabric especially around the neck. It was very fine a delicate to sew too, it tested my skills but I got there in the end.

I was so please with the outcome of the dress and the best feeling ever was when Kate brought her friend for a fitting and she burst into tears because she loved it so much. I think we were all nearly in tears at that point.

Having a bespoke wedding dress made is such a unique experience, you see your actual vision come to life in different stages. I truly believe if you are thinking about going for it… do! It’s an incredible journey for the seamstress and the client.

Now I know you’ve all been waiting for the photo so scroll and enjoy these killer photos shot by New York Dream Weddings 

Oh and they honeymooned in Vegas … I mean come on!  Goals right there. 

How to order from my Bespoke Biker jacket service

How to order from my Bespoke Biker jacket service

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 badass 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 unique bespoke biker jacket all you have to do is go to my personalised your own service where you can check out the shapes and styles that I offer through this service.

This service is includes creating a jacket to your personal taste, so if you are looking for a particular design or even just to change some design details that works for me.

But here is a little bit more information on how the design part works.

I am open to creating any design for you and 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 just drop me an email at hello@borntothrea.co.uk and we can discuss further

The fabrics

I wanted to offer something a little bit different when it comes to patches, so I work with a mixture of textures including glitter and faux leather fabrics to create these unique designs.

All fabrics 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 the designs/ patches. They are glued and then stitched on in place to make sure they last and don’t budge!

The great thing about these designs 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.

But wait… my bespoke biker jackets can be adapted if needed for example in length i can do shorter, longer, petite – 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 price the fabric accordingly.

I use high quality real leather for all my jackets and I have spent a long-time fabric sourcing from ethical leather merchants to get the right fabric to work for my designs.

All my fabrics come from the UK and sourced sustainably.

Payments:

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.

I accept PayPal or Bank transfer via an invoice.

I pride myself on creating badass leather jackets to last a lifetime and bring out the rebellious babe in you.

When you wear a piece of Born to Thread I guarantee you will feel like an icon.

check out my #borntothreadicon on instagram for badass babes rocking their jackets.

Photogrphy by : State of Love & Trust

Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

 

Bespoke Clothing

When it comes to the word bespoke or handmade it sounds expensive right?

And yes it might seem that when first enquiring but hear me out when you sit and think about how much you spend on fast fashion that doesn’t last then in the long run it actually works out a lot less in money.

Why?

  • its made to last a lifetime
  • Its made with care
  • Its made sustainably
  • Its made for you! 

I believe you have to look at it from a mindset view, when you decide to go bespoke you will probably look after the item of clothing and enjoy wearing it so much more than what you would spending on something that you just buy for the sake of buying.

When it comes to bespoke clothing its an investment piece that is made to fit you so it will not only will it make you feel incredible, it will also last a lifetime.

The biggest cost usually when comes to a handmade outfit is the fabric but I believe if you use high quality fabrics then the end result will be high quality.

So what happens in a bespoke service?

 

I love to know everything you want from an outfit from your personality to the shapes you desire and style you are going for, I can then take that information and see what would work out best for you.

I work with sketches and fabric samples of your choice as a starting point to create your unique garment.

Working one to one with me is an incredible journey too because not only will you see how the construction of a garment comes together it will be to your exact measurements and that’s not something you from the high street.

Now don’t get me wrong there are some amazing companies on the high street that are turning to being more sustainable but if you are looking for a completely unique piece then I suggest you think about going bespoke-I guarantee it will be the best decision you make

In the words of Vivienne Westwood

“Buy less Choose well”

 

Fancy reading more on bespoke clothing then check out my blog on

5 myths about handmade clothing 

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Jo And Jonny celebrated their Las Vegas wedding earlier on in the year.

I had the honour of making them both their very own personalised leather jackets. 

It’s been one of my favourite designs to create so far and was a challenge to say the least! 

To get a more of a vibe of what they were into I invited them to come to my studio so we could chat more about their wedding and where I was happening and I they had a theme they wants to go with. 

They defiantly wanted something that represented them both and also wanted to bring that they were getting married in Vegas, I mean who doesn’t. 

They both have a passion for reptiles and even have them as pets themselves so they chose to have a snake incorporated around a heart. This was a tricky one to draw but I got there in the end.

To incorporate the Las Vegas theme I thought it would be cool to do the writing like they do on the biker patches so it stood out and I had to stick some dice in there because I believe the couple were rolling into good times! 

The design

With all my designs I start by sketching a hard copy out then I transfer it to my iPad to re draw it through procreate so I can use colour to get more of feel to see how it looks, its also easier to send to my clients as they can see what it will look like too and not just black and white. 

I keep my client updated as I’m drawing it to make sure it exactly as they want it.

This was the first time I had ventured into making a man’s leather jacket so that was an added extra challenge on top. The pattern all had to be drafted differently to a man’s size but with he making I just took the same principle as what I use for the ladies jackets. 

I took both of their measurements to make sure the jackets were of a perfect fit for them. 

For Jo went for a soft rose pink jacket and kept the design colours complementing the colour. I used my leopard print lining to line the jacket as the pink colours really went with jacket.

With Johnny’s we went for a classic black and used similar colours for the design but used a red for the heart instead of pink, It was fully lined in a classic red lining too. 

I love how the black and white lettering just pops out of the jacket.

I was so excited when I saw the pictures of them wearing it in Las Vegas, it just looks so blummin cool and badass. 

They took to the streets of vegas at night with jackets in tow. 

If your looking for a personalised jacket to represent you on your big day pleas do drop me a message here

Leather jackets – What fabrics do I use to make them

Leather jackets – What fabrics do I use to make them

It’s a no brainer that the clue is in the title when I use leather for my leather jackets but its not just about that, I wanted to basically explain why I use real leather in my designs and where it comes from. 

All my leather is sourced from a high quality leather merchants within the Uk called GH Leathers. They specialise in sustainably sourcing there hides through ethical farming. This was a big one for me as I knew that if I wanted to use leather for my jackets then I needed to know it came from a place like this. I actually visited G. H. Leathers last year and they were very helpful and open to talking about their range of hides and where they were from. 

Their range of hides were unbelievable and I spent a good few hours just looking and vast range of colours. 

If you would like to know more about the company, they have a more in-depth article on their website here

I started using real leather about a year ago and I can honestly noticed a big difference from using PU leather. Not only is in not plastic the longevity in the produce has a bigger life spam the what faux leather would.

The difference between PU and real leather:

PU

  • Its made from plastic
  •  Its easily torn
  • It doesn’t have longevity
  • It won’t decompose due to it being plastic
  • Its not sustainable for the environment

Real leather

  • Its made naturally and ethically
  • It gets better with age
  • It won’t loose its value
  • Its higher in quality
  • Its more sustainable for the environment
  • It will last longer

In a world so heightened in sustainability I knew this would be the right option to make my business into fully using leather. Yes, the PU leather may come across as being vegan friendly but it is no way sustainable for our future.

All my jackets are tailored made by hand and if you would like to find out more information, check out my personalised jacket service