Style is a state of mind – Born to Thread x Kezia Gill  


Style is a state of mind – Born to Thread x Kezia Gill  


When it comes to clothing you want that feel-good factor and I believe style comes from the heart and your mind and when you tap into that and on what you wear then that is where the magic happens. 

Letting your personality shine through 

I have just started working in partnership with Kezia Gill a fierce singer-songwriter based in the Midlands who is known for her individual and incomparable style. Kezia has been singing for 15 years and performs all over the UK and also worldwide her eclectic sound brings a wave of energy when she performs that flows down into her unique style. 

With new material in the pipeline, I’m incredibly excited to work with Kezia to create a bold badass leather jacket through my custom service that represents her personality and her music. 

We align so well together through a love for music, style and to be able to create something that screams her personality using my knowledge of design and sewing is just the most empowering collab  

Born to Thread x Kezia Gill
So why music and style? 

Music and style go hand in hand and that’s not to say that you should dress a certain way just because of what you listen to it’s about feeling the energy and expressing yourself. There’s already so much pressure for people to fit in and look a certain way, that shouldn’t define you. 

It’s about reigniting that passion for who you are and kicking ass with style I know this from personal experience.

When I struggled with grief and low self-esteem I disliked everything about myself, It’s taken for me to reignite my passion and work on my mindset to feel 100% confident in my rad style again.

Music has been a big help throughout all of my life. I am and always will be a big fan of the 80s and love the power dressing that comes along with it. It brings a sense of edge when it comes to styling. I love certain icons like Madonna, Cher, Dolly Parton and the queen Stevie Nicks they’re all iconic people with empowering style who aren’t afraid to be who they are not to mention some killer leathers in their wardrobe.  

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, then why the hell not!

Kezia’s styling is a huge part of her stage presence this is what she had to say:  It’s so important that I feel good on stage and if I feel fierce in a great outfit it takes my confidence up a notch. I also love the way clothes can move on stage. Tassels that swing and sequins that shine as you move all add special little details to a performance. The music and fashion all come together!

kezia gill

I have always preferred classic and vintage fashion as opposed to throw-away fashion. If I’m lucky enough to get my hands on a ‘piece’ that I love, I’ll wear it time and time again. Like my green tassel boots! I bought them in Australia whilst on tour and they’ve become as much a part of my image as my red hair and tattoos! I’m a big believer in a sustainable fashion. People don’t expect you to sing a different song every time you perform so why the need to wear a different outfit? Have a wardrobe collection that you love and you will always feel good on stage.

With Kezia’s love for vintage and timeless pieces and my love for creating one of a kind slow garments this is going to be a very unique badass leather that will last a lifetime, so come follow us on our socials to see the magic unfold between us.

Oh and to celebrate this collab we will have a goodie bag up for grabs filled with BTT x Kezia Gill treats – so that’s another reason to come follow us both

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. 

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 the couple were into I invited them to come to my studio so we could chat more about their wedding, where it was happening and did they have a theme they wanted to go with. 

They defiantly wanted something that represented them both and also wanted to bring a sentimental vibe 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 as they do on the biker patches so it stood out nice and bold. I also 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 which then gets transferred to my iPad to redraw it through procreate, this means I can use colour to get more of a feel see how it looks. It was also easier to send to my clients as they can see what it will look like too and not just black and white. 

I can also 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.

When working with Johnny’s size the pattern had to be drafted differently but luckily I had my handy men’s pattern book to help me along the way.  It was worth it, in the end, to see how it turned out.

I also took Jo’s measurements to make sure the jacket was perfect rocking for her too. 

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

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 both 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 custom jacket to represent you on your big day or any day in fact then check out my rocking personalised jacket service 

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

The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

First of all, I want to explain to you the difference between bespoke and couture.

The two are similar and can be classed as ‘made to order’  with custom measurements. They both suggest high-quality materials with quality construction.

“Bespoke” is English and means ‘made to order’ mainly from the customer’s measurements and alterations to the customers taste. Customers choose the fabric and the design and very much have their personal input into the whole process. 

A bespoke garment is usually constructed mainly be a machine but still has the integrity of high-quality materials, design and construction, but would not be considered as couture. 

“Couture”  means ‘highly handmade’ and is a French word for sewing or fashion.

About 60% of the garment is hand sewn, not by machine. This means hand-finished seams, hand-finished hems and possible hand-beading or other embroideries.  

“Haute Couture” is a very specific term and only certain fashion houses are legally allowed to use the term and they all have to meet a criteria list for membership which includes: design made-to-order for private clients with fittings, have a workshop in Paris with at least fifteen ateliers, at least twenty full-time technicians on hand and present a collection of at least fifty designs twice a year.

Official top designers include: 

Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier. 

I see a lot of people throw these terms around without doing the proper research and mainly to make their work seem better, which can be very frustrating for the actual professionals out there. 

With my handy guide up above, it helps to know so it’s easy to research when you’re looking into a handmade garment. 

I pride myself at Born to Thread that everything is made in-house from my small studio in Yorkshire with a mixture of bespoke and couture. 

What does this mean? Well, the main body of my garments are made by me using a sewing machine and then the finishing off of the garment is always done by hand. 

If I was to be embellishing anything then that would be done by hand also.

Why go bespoke?

At BTT I love to capture YOUR personality through fashion which is why it makes such a special experience. 

  • It’s made to fit you, to your exact measurements.
  • It’s higher in quality, which means it last’s longer than fast fashion.
  • It’s sustainably good for the environment
  • It’s an investment piece and made with techniques and care you won’t find in the shops.
  • It’s a one-off just for you. 

It may feel a very daunting experience getting fitted for a made to measure garment, especially if you have never had one made before but I trust you it is not, in-fact its turns in to such a memorable experience and one you can remember when wearing the outfit. 

So you may be wondering now what my services entail and how long it takes.  Here is a small rundown of the process of a bespoke service. 

CONSULTATION STAGE

Born To Thread invites you to an informal free relaxed consultation at my home studio where tea and biscuits are on hand or if you live far away Zoom appointments are also available for clients that live far away.  

We will discuss your ideas on design, fit, fabrics colours and timescale to help me understand how you would like your unique garment to look and give you more of an idea of how the process will all work.

Please note Zoom appointments are only for consultations and design stage not a fitting stage. 

It’s hard to give an exact price straight away until I know a clear outlay of your idea and what fabrics you would like to use, I can then curate a guide price which can be finalised throughout the design stage

As a rough guide price bespoke garment starts at £250

If you are completely happy with what we have discussed then a 50% deposit is required. 

DESIGN AND FABRIC STAGE

From the consultation stage, I will then work closely with you on the design development of your outfit involving sketches to the ideas we have discussed also fabric samples and embellishment will be sourced to the preferred colour-ways. I strive to find the best high-quality fabrics to bring out the best in your garment. 

Another meeting will be set for us to talk over fabrics I have sourced, look over designs/modify any details and choose a final outfit. I can also send you samples and meet over another Zoom call to discuss all of this.

MAKING AND FITTING STAGE

A made to measure garment takes time with care and attention.

Working with your personal measurements a paper pattern is created from the chosen design.

Once the pattern is all ready a toile garment is made for the fitting appointment – a sample garment that is made from a plain fabric that allows me to draw in style lines and see where we need to make amendments. 

The alterations from the fitting will be then transferred to a paper pattern and also changed on the toile followed by another one to two fittings if needed. 

Depending on the alterations it will either be in the toile again or actual fabric. This will be discussed along the way. 

Once you are happy with the fit and style I will then go ahead and make/finish off your outfit, a final fitting is required to double-check over last adjustments to make sure we get a perfect fit. From this personal experience, you will see your outfit come to life with experienced techniques.

Through all of this, I will keep you regularly updated via email. 

The process of a made to measure garment can take 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the garment being made) with a final fitting required to ensure the perfect fit and finish. 

I hope this has helped to give you more of an idea into choosing bespoke, if you have any questions or want to enquire more, please contact me. 

How I learnt my skills to pay the bills, Meet the maker

How I learnt my skills to pay the bills, Meet the maker

Hi, Hello, Bonjour, Hola …. 

I get asked a lot about how I go into making clothes so I thought it was about time that I wrote a little post about the maker (me) behind Born to Thread and how my skills have led me to pay the bills. 

Ever since I was little I was always draping fabric around everything, drawing pretty dresses and even cutting holes in the middle of the fabric to make something! (sorry mum, at least I know how to cut out properly now)!

I always admired my mum and grandma making clothes and every opportunity I got to help I would, so I guess my passion stated young.

My one memory of sewing was sitting with my grandma on a rainy Saturday afternoon creating little craft pieces, its something she loved to do and I was always excited when she suggested making something and nothing was a problem.

I think it also gave her an excuse to watch kids tv and films too!  

It was always exciting going to visit fabric shops too there is nothing better than getting to see and touch fabric in real, which is quite annoying that most fabric is online now as much as they have an amazing selection it’s just not the same as visiting a fabric shop. 

I started my fashion journey at Harrogate college where I did a year of art and then went on to do an ND in fashion and textiles.

Through the 2 years I learnt how to work on different briefs and design collections around them. I also had my first try at pattern cutting which was very confusing when I first started and many mistake was made! I wasn’t amazing at maths but I persevered and the more I did it the more it got easier.

Here is one of my first creations! I’ve struggled to find photos of these as it was such a long time ago.

Insert cringe face…

My next venture was to University, I wasn’t all that keen on going to be honest but my teacher pushed me to go and I’m so glad that I did because my I got to advance on my skills so much. 

I studied at Cleveland college of Art and Design for 3 years, I did a 2 year FDA Fashion production where I learnt advanced pattern cutting and sewing techniques. 

This course was mainly about the making of the clothing so you focused on all the production techniques used to make and finish off a garment. 

I absolutely loved the making side so I found this course really interesting and really helped that I had amazing teaches with incredible skills to push me. 

We also worked on live briefs with fashion companies which was a real eye opener and the timescale had to be spot on. I actually won a placement with Tesco’s childrenswear through one of these briefs which I was super proud of myself. 

I created a final collection for this course, at the time I was obsessed with couture and always have been inspired by vintage fashion. This collection was inspired by Marie Antoinette, French Frou Frou and the costumes from the film Sweeney Todd.

An array of mixed culture all rolled into one collection.

 I then went on to do a 1 year BA Fashion enterprise which was hardcore I’m not going to lie!

In this year I had a dissertation to do which when you’re not a writing type of person was HARD, lots of all nighters and early morning starts were involved in this. A business plan to create and a whole collection to go alongside of this, so many things to think about! 

But it was great organisation skills and learning how to keep a good time schedule especially when making clothes.

My advice to anyone on there 3rd year of uni… get organised and get prepared.

Also side note the fashion industry is not at all glamorous, it s gruelling, hard work, stressful but if you can push through all of that then your reap the benefits. Just keep going!

I had taken a year off in-between this so I when I went back it was amazing how much my inspiration had changed and style of collection I wanted to create. I fell in love with tailoring, British heritage and suits from the victorian era, especially the dandy influence.

For this collection I also took inspiration from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film because I just think the costume skills that are used in these films are blummin amazing. You can get so much inspiration from the details and colours that are used.

The fabric I worked with was Harris Tweed to push the boundaries of the typical tweed jacket, I was obsessed with all the bright colours that they did and why weren’t people wearing them and just sticking to the boring green tweed! 

Yes, I’m a sucker for colour, but I mean life’s better in colour isn’t it?

I was super proud of this collection and I really pushed my skills with tailoring, it was no walk in the park but it was totally worth it.

Im kinda going back to that now with my jackets, I’ve always loved making them and I find it really satisfying creating a good fit and style to them.

I’m so grateful for all these skills I’ve learnt from the amazing teachers I had because their knowledge was incredible . I always knew that I wanted to start my own business creating fabulous clothes for people to make them feel empowered by what they wear, so that’s where BTT started   

Which brings me to today I’m 32 and I’m still loving creating, I’m also still learning in fact I’ve probably learnt more running my own business than what I did learning at college and uni? 

Education can give you the skills but nothing can prepare for going out there on your own and trying to make it, in whichever way you choose.

All you’ve got to do is keep upping your game especially when it comes to business, You’ve got to keep on top as its forever changing. 

It’s not easy and self employed life can be very stressful lonely place at times but the one thing that gets me through all of this is my amazing customers. When I see your face light up wearing something I’ve created for you, it feels incredible and thats what success is for me. 

Want to know more about my services or interested in starting out in fashion and would like some advice please contact me here.

Bridie x