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!

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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. 

Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Recently I had the pleasure of making this fun Kiss leather jacket for Jess a mega-fan wanting to wear it for her wedding — super cool.

All my leather jackets are made from real leather and you can read more about why I make real leather jackets by hand here 

I absolutely love the requests I get through for designs on the back but this one was a fun challenge to make, I’m not gonna lie when the bride contacted me it had me a bit nervous.

Just the font in itself was a bit tricky to get right but with perseverance, I got there in the end.

With Jess being a huge Kiss fan and her first dance being to this song we decided to go for the lyrics ‘I was made for lovin you’ on the back in the style of font they use.

I used a black glitter fabric for the lettering.

We also added a green mermaid glitter star behind it to compliment the glam side and the star face design one of the members has.

Here is the Kiss leather mid – design

For the leather jacket itself, we used silver leather in a short-waisted style so it sat perfectly with her dress and had an emerald green lining to match the star colours on the back.

I was a bit worried that the glitter would all merge together and you wouldn’t be able to read what it says but it worked out really well in the end.

The finished look of the Kiss leather jacket

Jess was so happy with the whole design of her jacket and was blown away by it been exactly how she wanted it to be. She even sent me a film of her opening her jacket when she received it through the post.

If you’re looking for that edgy style on your wedding day or even just for every day, then my handcrafted personalised leather jackets are just for you. Just like Jess and her Kiss leather jacket!

Services include:

Back patches: Have a certain theme, colourway — no idea too big or too small, I’m always up for a challenge.

Made to order jackets:  are available to buy from the born to shop page where you can invest in one of my hand-drawn designs but if you have a specific design in mind please contact me as the price may differ,  I’m already excited to hear your ideas.

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