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

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

Well, 2020 was a crazy one wasn’t it, to say the least, I don’t know about you but the whole year seems to kinda blur now. It was like it dragged but went so quickly at the same time, luckily we had some good British weather to help a little.

I don’t think any of us were expecting to spend so much time at home, having zoom parties/ quizzes and wearing face masks to go out. Last march when everything came to a standstill and we had to go into lockdown, I kinda had a slight panic as most people did on what was going to happen with my business – would it survive. 

It was the fear of the unknown set in as I can probably say many of the younger generations had never experienced anything like this. With orders being slow I saw an advert for face masks need to be made and I set about having a go at making some from fabric, I was worth a go and in my mind, I just wanted to feel like I was helping in some way. 

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

For my first run of face masks, I just asked for a donation to be made to the NHS as it was heartbreaking to see them under so much pressure, now here’s the kicker as there are always people out there ready to bring you down when you try to do a good thing. 

Maybe it was fear on their part and most people were angry at not knowing what was going on but I was accused of encouraging people to mix and how is a face mask going to help etc. That was definitely not my intention and people were asking for them to be made so I was slightly confused. My natural reaction was to stop doing them of course as I felt terrible that people would think this but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to keep making them. 

I am so glad that I did because not only did I raise money for the NHS, in the beginning, I went on to sell them in my business and saved it with bringing money in to help me with running it and I still raised money alongside them. 

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

My badass customers rocking their face masks 

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business
How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

From March to September I raised £600 for the NHS with making face masks. I feel super proud to be able to say that and feel like I helped in some way. It got crazy at times with shortages of elastic, long delays in deliveries and fabric selling out but I got them all sorted one way or another. 

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who ordered one from me and continues to do so as was you who helped save my business through what was and still is a very strange time. 

If you are looking to refresh your mask for 2021 you can check out my handmade face mask selection here 

Lots of love to you all 

B x 

How making face masks through lockdown saved my business

How to have a Luxe Rebel Christmas

How to have a Luxe Rebel Christmas

Its that time of year where we spend the month mulling everything and eating all the mince pies – apart from me I’m more of a cheese and wine kinda gal but you get the gist.

I’m here to shake things up a bit and bring a little bit of a rebel Christmas to you, I feel like we need it after the year we’ve all had but I hope you’re all keeping cool as you can be and looking forward to some kind of a normal Christmas?!

So what makes a luxe rebel Christmas well it’s all about making the magic yourself, igniting those feelings you had from when you were younger, I mean how magical was it to run downstairs and see all the present just sitting there near the tree.

I remember making Christmas decorations with my mum out of salt dough, I was super proud of them and still have now, maybe a little battered but they’ve stood the test of time.

It’s time to get imaginative

Here’s a cheeky recipe of some fun tree dec’s you can make out of salt dough

Photo: Rocky Hedge Farm

Nothing beats decorating a tree without some good tunes to rock out, am I right? This was one of mine and my sisters fave thing to do, So that’s why I’ve created this luxe rebel playlist especially for you on Spotify, yes thank me later.

We have funky classics and some absolute festive bangers.

Now you’ve got your handmade dec’s and your tunes ( and I hope a Christmas jumper)

I’m thinking let’s get baking, the smell of gingerbread cooking throughout the house is the ultimate Christmas smell oh and the smell of real trees … yum!

I absolutely love making gingerbread cookies and here is the recipe I use, it makes so many and they last a long time that’s if you can stop yourself from eating them!

Also, side note gets yourself some royal icing instead of normal icing as it makes icing those gingerbreads easy.

Image: Super Golden Bakes 

What’s that I hear you say what about a drink well I certainly haven’t forgotten that, let’s get retro with a Snowball cocktail. I suggest you even pour yours out in a fancy glass and to feel extra special perfect for kicking back and wrapping those gifts oh alongside that playlist

If that doesn’t scream nostalgia I don’t know what does.

So now it’s time to pour yourself another snowball and relax.  I have the perfect soft glam t-shirt that you can pop on and have a little dance around the tree feeling pretty smug you’ve nailed that Luxe Rebel Christmas.

Oh and why not team it up with one of my new suede bags to give you all the glamours feels this festive season

Merry Christmas Luxe Rebels I hope you have a fantastic one

B x

bishop sleeve tshirt
suede make up bag
luxe rebel christmas
5 steps to feel confident in your clothing.

5 steps to feel confident in your clothing.

I know that feeling pretty well you’re looking through your wardrobe and that feeling of guilt and shame comes across you like a wave every single day, that there is nothing in there that you like or want to wear or it doesn’t even represent who you are anymore.

I have been there myself and I think now is a perfect time more than ever to really tap into who you want to be and how you want to dress and I’m not talking about how you want to dress so other people think you look good.

It’s not about that at all, you’ve got to feel happy within yourself first before you can put that outer layer on to make you feel even more badass.

I know you’re probably sat there thinking well yeah it’s easier said than done but it really is.

I’m on a mission with Born to Thread to spread this message even more so grab a cuppa and read my 5 steps to feel confident in clothing below.

Step 1.

Start with your mindset really tap into how you want to feel and say that to yourself multiple times a day, even write it down. Man, even wright it in red lipstick on the mirror so you see it every morning when you get up. You need to be saying nice things to yourself every day if you want to start loving yourself.

I’m not kidding, the more you do this the more you can open up and really embrace who you want to be and feel more confident in your clothing. 

Step 2.

Start journaling your feelings down the more you get this out of the head and down onto paper the more it frees up space. Start sketching ideas of outfits or a capsule wardrobe really home into a style you love.

Or if your not into sketching Pinterest ( if you’re not already on it ) can be amazing for this because it helps give you some inspiration and you can pin to boards to get a real sense of style through them.

From this you can then create a vision board the more creative you can be and see it visually every day the more you are going to feel empowered to be that confident version of your self.

Step 3.

De-clutter! Yep get rid of those outfits that are no longer serving you, get some organisation in your life. Go Marie Kondo on yo ass! Head to Netflix if you’ve not watched her yet! Apparently, charity shops had a surge of people donating in 2019 after watching the series.

I am so guilty for hoarding and holding onto outfits that maybe I’ll wear again or maybe I’ll fit into again but do we really ever?

Nop that my friends is what’s called a lack mindset and is what’s holding you back from being your true self and moving forwards.

Now go declutter!

Step 4.

Now that we have done all the steps above and by no means I know its not an overnight change but if you really want it – you will make it happen.

I know this because it has taken me a hella time to become really comfortable in my own skin and really feel confident in my clothing. Yes even me who can make clothes.

It’s still an ongoing change because we constantly evolve as humans and you’ve got to not be scared to do so.

Reprogram those old beliefs, step out of your comfort zone.

Step 5.

The killer outfit

Do you know why this is called the killer outfit because you have done all the groundwork to make it a killer outfit, you are oozing confidence so, therefore, it shines out of the clothing that you are wearing.

Felling good in clothing is a big thing, I don’t care what anyone says it’s part of our identity. You’ve got to embrace your style.

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! I say: No not at all don’t conform.

I want you to be your boldest biggest badass self.

So thanks for stopping by my amazing Ted Talk… I want you to start actioning step 1 and really see how you start to feel after being so nice to yourself every day for a week.

I’m guessing a hella lot better.

I’d love to know how you get on, drop me an email at holla@borntothread.co.uk

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.