The inspiration behind my new designs

The inspiration behind my new designs

My new design have gone live! If you haven’t heard already if not where have you been.

I started working on the design development last summer whilst I was on holiday in Portugal. Trying to sit still and relax doesn’t last long with me and my mind is always going, always wanting to do the next thing.

So whilst I was sat sunning myself I pulled out my sketch book and started designing.

The main focus of on these new designs was the tailoring the fit and the purpose of them especially when it came to the jackets.

I also wanted to make them sustainable ad ethical as possible.  My whole business is based around slow fashion and creating quality investment pieces to your wardrobe and outfits that make YOU feel like da bomb! 

I’ve made many garments throughout the years but I always home back in on tailoring and the finished outcome so I went with my strengths on this one 

I wanted to steer away from custom designing the back of them, as much as love creating artwork for the back of them but there is a hell of a lot out there now and I wanted to offer something a bit different and unique. 

I will still be offering the custom design just on a smaller scale. 

Going a little off course a bit but here is a little back ground story of how I first started making biker jackets

Back in 2015 when I first started getting into making these jackets I never knew they would take me this far, from a tiny sample of fabric I saw to making actual real leather jackets. 

It has been a hell of a learning curve, the first ones I made the fabric was well not very good at all but you’ve got to start somewhere and I didn’t have the budget at the time to go for real leather. 

I had never made a leather jacket before so it was completely alien to me. Finding videos as well for guidance was very slim.

I had worked a little with leather before but not on a massive scale so I took one of my favourite jackets and created a pattern from scratch just by looking and measuring it. 

After creating a sample from the pattern I had done I was hooked and was truly excited by what I had created just by eye.

From this I took the pattern and graded up the sizes to a size 8 to 18 this tested all my knowledge of pattern cutting making sure everything was accurate.  

I started with making sleeveless design with what I can say now not very good back designs at all, I was still finding my feet and handling the fabric.

I sat down and developed on these patterns and found these were more popular so bye bye sleeveless jackets.

Roll onto now and back to the original story I was telling you about my new designs.

Each pattern has been developed again to ensure a great fit and I now have a short waisted jacket and a longer length jacket. 

I wanted these designs to be made sustainably as possible and with everything being made in house by myself and all the materials being ethically sourced it has really brought the whole look together. 

LEATHER

I have two leather options available —  real leather and vegan leather. 

I have sourced high quality real leather from GH Leathers in Northampton who are a well recognised for their fabric been ethical and that was a big factor for me.

The warehouse was like an Aladdins cave when I went to look around, I literally spent three hours there easily. 

The iridescent and matt black jacket fabric have been made from the GH Leather. 

Now the vegan leather I was using for the sleeveless jackets had to go that was non negotiable, I disliked it and didn’t show off my jackets to the full potential. 

So I searched for what seemed like forever to find the perfect PU vegan leather to keep this as an option for people. 

After many samples and feeling like I was never going to find the one, I stumbled across a fabric company that I already had an account with just never really used, so I checked out there selection and low and behold they had it all along. It’s soft, slightly stretchy and has a matt finish to it; It could almost pass for being real leather, but it’s not. 

Lining

I have always been a fan of leopard print so I took to procreate to design my own fabric which I could use as a design for my linings.

This has always been a massive goal for me to create a unique design that would stand out and is recognised for been a BTT garment. So the fabric has been designed by me and printed in the UK. I’m hoping to have a few more selections in the future.

Zips 

I had this thought how cool would it be to have black zips, it took me forever to find nice looking ones and companies that actually do them. I then stumbled across a place that makes zips by hand and had an array of colours, They did black, YEY! 

So even my zips have all been handmade within the UK which I am very proud to support these business and not have sourced overseas. 

Boxes.

The final touch was to create a luxury box for my garments to be sent out in, I knew in my head what I wanted but finding the right dimensions was a tricky one.

Luckily I had used the Tiny Box Company before and they didn’t fail to deliver. It was a big cost and with all of my money going back into developing everything it was do I don’t I kinda move and they are made from recyclable products which is a winner and they are handy to reuse after 

I bite the bullet and went for it and I am so glad I did because the perfect and just what I wanted.

All my jackets are now posted in a bespoke black and pink foil Born to Thread reusable box which snaps shut with an internal magnet fastening. 

Which brings me to the inspiration behind it.

If anyone know me you’ll know how much I love the 80’s not just the fashion move in movies and music kinda way so when I was researching the key person that stood out for me was Madonna, I mean what’s not to love about her style which has changed many of times.

It was interesting to see how there was a lot of leather and lace mixed together around that era which is why I have a lace coat dress in my collection 

Another era I absolutely adore is the 50’s not just for the cute dresses but mainly the tailoring that carried on from the 40’s its amazing how fitted and tailored garments used to be. 

Prime example of this is Dior swooooooon in fact I’m going to see the Dior exhibition at the V&A later this year and I’m beyond excited, to see the garment up personal is going to be a real treat for the eyes. 

I also did a lot of research into leather jackets, looking how they were made and all the different style features they had. 

Come follow me on Pinterest to see what else inspires me

With mixing the two together it helped me create the look I was going for and also in keeping with the present day too. 

I pride myself in making garments that make you feel empowered when wearing them and with these particular designs I wanted YOU to feel wild and free whilst wearing them. 

Now to introduce to you my new designs, there may only be three but I didn’t want people to feel overwhelmed and with the leather being a big cost I had to narrow down my choices to begin with.

Also I’m all about slow fashion so I can launch more jackets later when I want. 

I teamed up with the incredible Natalie Pluck who takes the most dreamiest of photos and Gemma Rimmington MUA who’s make up skills are just amazing. 

We styled the shoot at Saltburn by the sea on what was the most foggiest day ever, after such a glorious week of sunshine we were baffled when we were graced with this on the day but I have to say it gave the pictures a more depth and atmospheric.

I thought the beach would be the perfect setting with feeling wild and free. I believe you should be carefree about what you wear,  your style is YOU and don’t let anyone tell you any different. 

LOOK 1 
Iridescent short waisted leather jacket
LOOK 2
Black frill leather jacket
LOOK 3 
Heavy corded lace coat dress.
All my favourite things that happened in 2018

All my favourite things that happened in 2018

Well, hello 2019! Yes, I know were already a couple of weeks in already but the struggle is real! 

Anyone else struggling with these dark morning and finding the motivation to get up go. Any way enough of the winging and more about showing you my amazing year that I had in 2018! 

I was involved in some amazing shoots through out the year, so let me tell you about them all.

First up was my very own fairytale shoot that I organised with the super talented Katie from Alt Wedding Co, based in Leeds Yorkshire and can highly recommend these guys to you.

I wanted to showcase some of items I can make for my services that are stated on my site. 

You can view more images across on my look book page

I was then contacted by Nina a cool ass chick who owns Wedded Kiss in America. Nina was organising a punk rock pizza shoot, she had fallen in love with my jackets and wanted to use them. How could I say no to that when pizza is involved! 

You can view the blog post I wrote about it here.

Next up was a collaboration with Marry Me Ink who I met through Instagram, the power of social media. This was a great opportunity was there was so many suppliers involved in the shoot and it was great to meet them all and put faces to business I had heard of. It was held at River Mills Ballroom which is just a stunning place and would def recommend if you are looking for a venue. 

Read more here! 

Then my highlight of 2018 had to be my collab with Ashley Myers who’s work I have swooned over on Insta for ages, we somehow got chatting one day and decided to do a shoot . Ashley is photographer based in Las Vegas, so I popped a couple of outfits in the post for her create a shoot as to what she likes and the phots were more than I could have imagined. 

View them in my look book here or read the blog. 

I always love connecting with other to create cool ass pic, so if you ever interested in working with me please just contact me here

Now on from the shoots and on to the amazing jackets I was able to create for real life peeps and badass brides. I feel incredibly grateful for all the orders I had throughout 2018, I absolutely love making biker jackets and being able to make something for you to keep as an investment piece — just feels great. 

I even got to work with real leather for a bespoke jacket, which has been a goal of mine since before I stared selling jackets. Now in 2019 my new jackets I am launching will be made from real leather which I have spent time researching and I have ethically sourced from G. H. Leathers which are based in the UK. 

Here are just a few of my fav orders from 2018 

If you are interested in following me more then head over to Insta where you can find me daily chatting shit and showing you behind the scenes footage of my day to day life in Born to Thread. 

Top nine Insta posts! 

And just for giggles here is my top 2018 songs I played on Spotify 

Bridie x  

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 

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.

Body Positivity | Nicole Jane Photography

Body Positivity | Nicole Jane Photography

Here at BornTo Thread I am all about body positivity and making yourself feel good no matter what so, I would like to introduce the super talented Nicole from https://www.nicolejanephotography.com who has wrote a fantastic uplifting post this week.

People say that the more you visualise something, think about it and how much you want that thing, it will come to fruition, what they don’t talk about is how this doesn’t only apply to positive desires.
I told myself day in and day out that I hated my body, no-one else convinced me of that, I did it all by myself. Until I realised the amount of damage these thoughts and “beliefs” were causing.

Starting boudoir photography was the simple change that made me see differently. “How the fuck can you photograph women and expect them to see their beauty when you can’t see your own?”. This was my turning point.

I began to really LOOK at myself. Why do I hate my belly? Why do back rolls offend me so? Then I began taking self portraits and this changed everything.

Do you want to know which part of my body I love most? (After my butt of course) My back rolls. No I’m not feeding you bullshit, I genuinely adore them, they look cute! Here’s the photograph that helped me see them this way.

I know it’s hard, and there are many ways in which we all would like to change the way we look, society has brought us up that way. Become part of the revolution! Love your fat, or your flat chest, or your freckles. Go bra-less, no matter your boob size! I’m an E cup, my nipples touch my belly when I sit down!

If you want to change something, do it because it makes you feel healthier or improves your state of mind, not because it makes you fit in.

I challenge you to stand in front of the mirror EVERY DAY for at least 10 minutes for the next week and REALLY LOOK AT YOUR BODY. Ask yourself why that thing you don’t like offends you, then ask yourself to ACCEPT IT. You don’t have to love it, but acceptance of individual areas leads to a more likely love of your body.

If you want accountability, join my online community Facebook.com/groups/nicolejaneboudoir where I’ll be creating a thread for this challenge!

Nicole xoxo

River Mills Ballroom Photoshoot

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

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