Archive | September, 2012

Bristol Vintage

30 Sep

The lovely Ali at Bristol Vintage has posted about my book!

Read the full piece here.

Bristol Vintage is the place to go to for vintage crockery, bunting, jugs of wildflowers and wind-up gramophones.  They plan, design and style weddings, parties, picnics, media events and premieres.  They offer prop hire, can source vintage items for you and they run the annual, and incredibly popular Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair. I exhibited at the fair last year and loved it – tons of vintage gorgeousness for the discerning vintage crowd.  Everything from vintage-inspired veils to handmade shoes, and plenty of beautiful upscaled, reworked and designer dresses – right up my street. If you get a chance to go to next year’s Fair, I recommend it (and it’s not just for brides!).



Bristol Fashion Week

29 Sep

With my fashion favourite, Mark Heyes and the guru hairdresser, Andrew Barton we were served with a delight of high street favourites with a high-end fashion feel today at Bristol Fashion Week at Cribbs Causeway Bristol.

The comedy duo talked (and entertained) us through eleven scenes of a fashion feast of winter knits, urban metallics and edgy tailoring combined in a creative and high end way which challenged my original thoughts of how it was going to be.

My personal favourite was scene eight which was an unpredictable and brave mix of gothic cool and neutral shades with stunning cuts. I was very impressed with the overall look only to realise that the clothes were provided by Marks and Spencers and Clarks shoes! Wow! Clarks shoes and Hush Puppy shoes/boots I would never of guessed that these urban cool looks were provided from these labels. Mark proved that you cannot put these high street names into a box.

The show was a delight of vintage influence, bold colours, and a forecast of what Spring/Summer 2013 was going to offer us in terms of fashion. It was clear that Mark had had alot of fun putting this show together. Thanks to the guys at Cribbs for letting me come today!

The Ethical Fashion SOURCE Network

28 Sep

I’m thrilled to be part of the Ethical Fashion Forum and delighted that they’ve featured my new book on their blog!

The Ethical Fashion SOURCE Network is the online fashion community dedicated to sustainability – bringing together thousands of members, from fashion designers to press, buyers, students, entrepreneurs, consumers and business people in over 100 countries.  They’re part of the SOURCE Global Platform for Sustainable Fashion, powered by the Ethical Fashion Forum, the Industry Body for sustainable fashion.  The SOURCE aims to make it easier for fashion businesses to work sustainably, make it easier for consumers and buyers to buy from sustainable businesses, and link fair trade and ethical suppliers to market.

Click here to read their piece about “Thrifty Style” in full and don’t forget to enter the competition!

a brand new blog

26 Sep

Welcome to Custard House Clothing’s new blog. We’ve had a bit of a revamp and over the next few weeks we’ll be keeping you up to date with all that’s happening, Custard House style. The website itself will be getting a brand new look and we’ll be launching an online shop where you’ll be able to buy some fabulous one-off vintage clothes and accessories or book yourself a place on one of my sewing workshops.

There’s so much more to come, including the very exciting launch of my first book “Thrifty Style” published by Cico Books and available from October 2nd here and in all good local bookshops.

So what can you expect meantime? Well at Custard House we love all things crafty and vintage, so we’re going to be talking about alterations and how to customise vintage clothes. We’ll take you through tailoring, recycling (as an Eco Designer I’m passionate about this) and I’ll explain about my work as both a Stylist and a Personal Shopper.

More? I’ll let you know about the many vintage fairs and festivals I’ll be demonstrating at and I’ll be sure to include some lovely photos. Every so often I’ll take you through a customising project bit by bit and I’ll show you some amazing items of clothing I’ve had the pleasure of restoring to their former glory. I’ve just finished customising a pair of much loved shoes on Facebook, so make sure you pop over and ‘like’ the Custard House page to keep up to date.

Till next time, find us on Twitter @custardhouse and stay tuned for all things crafty and vintage…