5 steps to feel your badass Luxe Rebel self

5 steps to feel your badass Luxe Rebel self

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 you are 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 yourself.

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 it’s 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 badass Luxe Rebel 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.

This is how I work with you through my custom leather service, pulling out your personality into a completely unique piece that lasts a lifetime.

I mean tell me what’s more a better feeling than feeling good in what you wear especially when it has been handmade just for you.

If you are interested in my custom service then you can read more about it here

Born to Thread’s best round up of 2019 – the business lessons I’ve learnt

Born to Thread’s best round up of 2019 – the business lessons I’ve learnt

Merry Christmas everyone!

Yes, its nearly time for the big day to arrive and for us to kick back, relax enjoy some family time and eat well probably way too much food!

But before that happens I wanted to do a round up of all the incredible things that have happened with Born to Thread this year and the lessons/ business lessons I have learnt because you know self employed life isn’t just a walk in the park.

Let’s kick off with the fun stuff.

This year I have had some incredible orders for me to make  jackets and personalised leather jackets, they have really tested me in a good way but have been so much fun to make.

Honestly I cannot express how much I love making them but what is even better is seeing my amazing clients rocking them.

I’ve had jackets worn in New York where I also made my final wedding dress (more on that later) for a kick ass bride to wear, matching jackets in Las Vegas, check out the badass couple here and I even got to make a Kiss inspired design for a silver jacket.

Not sure what that would look like then read all about the handmade Kiss jacket here.

It’s not all being about jackets though, I feel like I have really grown into my business this year and found clarity on how I want to go forward into 2020.

This year I have really invested into learning new skills not just with in sewing but more on a business side.

I always used to shy away from learning because I didn’t think I was good enough which I know now that it stems from being put down at school but over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed learning and especially about business.

I really geek out on it now and love taking courses. This year I have learnt about the finance side which was a biggie for me but really went for it head on and it wasn’t a bad I thought! One of my favourite books I have read was Profit First – eye opener for sure and highly recommend. 

Have you guys heard of the No Bull Business School, no? Well, you need to check out Sarah’s courses, she really knows her shit when it comes to business and the courses I have taken have been a real kick up the bum, they have made me look at my business in different way so much. Also if you are looking for a bit of personal development I’d highly recommend her Money + Manifesting course.

Another amazing lady to follow and invest in her knowledge is Maddy Shine – she is like the queen of SEO and I have learnt so much in terms how focus more on my website and figuring how it all works! Honestly I am so happy I took her course because SEO doesn’t seem so scary anymore and to learn how it works is like one of these ah-ha moments.

Towards the end of the year I decided to work with Leah from The Fashion Cultivator. Leah has incredible knowledge of the fashion industry and has over 10 years buying skills.

I stumbled across Leah through a Facebook business group and when I found out she worked within leather jackets when buying I knew instantly that we had to work together. We’re currently working on a new collection which I’m hopefully gonna drop at the end of February – watch this space!

Phew just looking back on that has been a real opener for me, It’s amazing how much you forget over time but writing it down really helps to see how much you have done.

Even just on a personally level too, this year I have really found more confidence in myself too, as a person who has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks over the years I have worked hard to over come them.

I mean they still sneak up on me a times but I know no to be afraid of them and it’s just my body telling me I need to step back and relax a little.

Which if your self employed yourself then you know that it can be hard to do, but I’d highly recommend to avoid burnout?

I think its actually better to take breaks because it can fuel your creativity so much more.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

So know the lessons I have learnt through all of this:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing, fear helps you grow.
  • Saying yes could lead you to amazing outcomes
  • Stay strong and know your worth… This has helped me so much over the past couple of years
  • Take breaks! I am human and I can’t do everything
  • Stay in my lane, don’t compare myself to anyone my journey is just as incredible as theirs is.
  • Not everyone is gonna like my work and that is OK
  • Strategy in business is key if you wan to grow
  • Social media is not real – but awe should all know this. Using it in the right way can be so beneficial but using it in the wrong way will just see you spiralling into comparison – Don’t do it.
  • One thing before I forget is I learned that some of my services are not for me anymore. Like earlier I mentioned about the wedding dress, well this year I decided to stop making them not because I don’t like doing them its because my passion for leather work and making jackets is so much stronger that I decided to focus on them. I was a big thing for me to do but you know what I really feel like it was the right decision.

So I think that concludes my lengthy post about 2019 haha. Woohoo I feel good for writing this now as I can see that 2019 was a kick ass year but I’m so excited for 2020.

I can feel it’s gonna be a prosperous year for us all.

Mantra: 2020-You do you always

Bridie x

Is women’s bespoke clothing poor quality

Is women’s bespoke clothing poor quality

My answer to whether women’s bespoke clothing is poorly made is – not in the slightest at all! In fact, it’s the complete opposite of what people think.

Did you know when clothing is made in mass-produced factories its passed through several fast production lines which mean a certain amount of garments have to be made in a particular time

Where is the love and care in that?

There will be a machinist for the body of the garment, a machinist for the zips, a machinist for the sleeves and so on and they don’t focus on the size it’s just how many they can get made in a day.

This is where to believe the problem can occur because with them having to get so many numbers of items made in a day mistakes happen = garments not fitting properly.

Have you ever been to try something on and size doesn’t fit but them you try another size and it fits… well this is because it’s not made by the same person and care hasn’t gone into the making of the garment.

But it plays with your mindset doesn’t it,  I defiantly have for me I’ve gone to try things on and come away feeling not very confident and bit disheartened about the whole shopping experience.

Why should I choose bespoke clothing then?

When you choose to go bespoke not only do you get care and attention going into the item but it is also made to you exact measurements. 

That means when trying something on you come away feeling incredible and a hell of a lot more confident, I can guarantee you on that one. 

When working with me 1:1 that is exactly what my main priority is: confidence.

It’s all in mindset when it comes to clothing and I believe confidence plays a big part. I love to tap into your personality and really get you to connect with who you are.

Confidence in clothing is everything — own that shit.

This is where I can eliminate the fear of clothing being made poorly as well because not only do you get to create a rocking leather jacket or piece of clothing you get to be apart of the journey too, you get to see how its made.

This also relates to my previous blog post about 5 myths about handmade clothing

Ready to own your own piece of bespoke clothing? Drop me a message and let’s chat.

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. 

Style me up – Handmade skirt edition

Style me up – Handmade skirt edition

Style me up Sunday

I have been thinking recently on ways to be more stainable so this year I have decided to spend less on clothing and use my skill to make outfits that I want to wear. 

This made more sense to me because I will actually get a wardrobe that I love and I will have outfits that match instead of buying random things which don’t go with anything I own! 

So I did a little poll on my Instagram to see if people would be interested in following my journey in to the items that I make and how I make them. The response was surprising and gave me the kick to actually do it. 

So first up I made a leather skirt.

There is a big trend in mini skirts (very 1960s vibe) at the mo and I love the variety that is out there. I went for a more straighter line rather than A-line as I find that suits my figure more and gives a bit of length to my short legs!  

If you’re not sure what style suits you the best thing to do is to go find skirts that you like and try them on and you will instantly see which style will flatter you. 

With all my clothing I make the patterns from scratch this way you are guaranteed a perfect fit and  its easier to make any amendments if needed. 

From this I needed three easy measurements — waist, hip and finished length of the skirt. 

I then took these measurements and applied them to guide in my pattern book. 

The pattern books I use are Winifred Aldrich Pattern Cutting. This is an old book but updated versions are available, stick with your own measurements though as standard body guides have vastly changed since this book was published. 

The basic tools to use whilst pattern cutting are:
  • Dot and cross pattern paper — great guide for straight lines. 
  • Set Square or pattern master — rulers with guides and curves 
  • 2H pencil
  • Tracing wheel — to help trace the pattern out for the block that you created.
  • Tape measure 
  • paper scissors 
  • Small paper weights 

Using the instructions in the book I drew out the front and back skirt design using my measurements also remembering to add hem length on to the bottom, the skirt is usually blocked out as a half, so half of the front and half of the back — all of your measurements will be either half or quartered but the book has good guides on how to do this. 

 

When I finished my skirt pattern it looked like this

This is where you handy tracing wheel comes in, I cut out a new piece of dot and cross paper and placed it under the block that I created (front and back) I then used the wheel to trace around the front and the back so that they are two separate pieces. 

With the set square I then went over the tracing to create the outline of skirt again. This is where I added 1 cm seam allowance all the way around the skirt apart from the hem which had 2 cm on. 

I also wanted a waistband on the skirt but not a massive one so I went for a 4 cm waistband which was doubled over so finished it would be 8 cm them 1 cm seam allowance all the way around apart from the centre back and front. 

I then used this pattern to cut out in my fabric which I used a leather look fabric. I drew all around the pattern pieces with tailors chalk making sure to mark the darts ( darts help give shape to the garment and to stop it from bagging around the waist) I could then cut this out and prepare it to sew it together. 

Sewing Time 

When you come to sew leather look fabric or even real leather, the fabric doesn’t like pins and they have a bit of marking which you don’t want! 

A handy trick to use with these fabrics are small bulldog clips as they help keep the fabric together whilst you sew also another handy tool is a roller or teflon sewing foot for your machine. 

This helps it glide across stubborn fabrics. 

I decided I wanted a seam down the front and a seam down the back of the skirt for a bit for a design feature. I started by sewing in the darts on the front then on the back.

When using a leather look fabric its not advisable to iron it as it could melt but if you put your iron on low and place a pressing cloth over the top it helps just get that dart and seam a bit flatter —  not for long though 

From this I then stitched up the front pieces, then the back pieces together followed by the side seams. I could then add topstitching to the front and side seams to add more feature to skirt. 

I love a good topstitch and think it adds a bit more of a finishing touch to the garment. 

Once this was all done I added the waistband which is just a straight stitch all across the top.

Zipppppp 

I have an array of zips ranging from old and new. Some have been taken out of clothes no longer in use and some of them are vintage ones that have the original packaging. I absolutely love vintage sewing packaging. 

I used pink metal zip and made it exposed so it shows the teeth to give the skirt another feature and a little pop of colour to the back. I could then finish off the back of the skirt and add the topstitching down the bottom half just under the zip. I did the same effect to match the front. 

Home stretch….

The skirt is nearly finished. The waistband was folded over to the finish 4 cm, I then folded it in on the inside of the skirt 1 cm and stitched all the way around to give a finished neat effect on the inside.

I then topstitched around the bottom and the top of the waistband to add more detailing it also tied in well with skirt. 

The finishing touch goes to the hem, turned up 2 cm and stitched all the way round. 

Wallah one skirt already to wear. 

The styling bit.

I mean whats not good about choosing what to wear when you’ve made something. A mini skirt is such a easy thing to wear you can either keep it casual for day wear think comfy tee, over sized jumper and splash of colour for the tight or you can dress it up for going out out think a cute shirt tucked in, suit jacket or any jacket would go well and a pair of cute ankle boots to finish off the look. 

For me I went for the comfy day wear to show you how easy it is. I kept it clean and stylish, I popped on a white tee which was a small mans t-shirt I found but I loved the graphics on it. Im not keen on high necklines as they don’t seem to suit me so I chopped off the neck and it made it wider. I also cut up the sleeve and just caught the bottom back together so it created a slit effect in the sleeve. 

You don’t have to keep t-shirts the same you can alter them to any way you want. 

 

I’m a big fan of Calzedonia which is an Italian company and their tights are so good. When I was in Portugal I found this awesome pair that had a shiny line down the back of them. They went really well with the skirt keeping it quite monochrome.

Talking of monochrome I love a bit of dogtooth print yes it might seem a bit grandma-ish but get it in the right item and your winning, It also looks really cool on. 

A few years back I made myself a winter coat using Linton Tweed in a dogtooth check print. It has been an absolute fav of mine ever since I made it and it’s a timeless classic so it goes with anything and will last a lifetime.

You can read how I made it here 

I though this was very fitting to go with this outfit on blustery day, I felt stylish but comfy. 

I strapped on a pair of leopard Vans (the perfect choice) and I was ready to go. 

Real leather bag was also made by me and is available to buy from my shop. 

Have you made your self or thinking about making clothes? I’d love to hear your comments.