Friday, 31 January 2014

Bright Future - Men's Tailoring

So, whilst reading my weekly edition of Shortlist (yes I know it's a men's magazine, but they review films/music/fashion/booze & food! I almost enjoy it more than the weekly edition of 'Stylist'!), I came across their editorial 'Bright Future' - showing the influence of spring/summer colours on tailoring.





Some great coloured suits in this feature - I particularly love the light blue suit in the first image - but I'm not sure how wearable or accessible these garments are for the general public. I personally don't know any men who would wear these brightly coloured suits... no matter how much I told them they looked awesome in them! Two of suits featured are from Topshop, which makes them more affordable for the 'Average Joe', 

I think it would be great to see more coloured suits like this being worn, but I fear that, certainly in my extended group of friends, they're not for the faint hearted!

Have a look at the full feature & other articles in Shortlist 

Em x

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Sequin Skirt

So, finally I can post my first project for this year! 

Tah Dah!

 Pleated sequin skirt with contrast waistband

I made this as a birthday present for one of my closest friend's 25th birthday - or her silver anniversary of life, as another friend put it! As the dress code for her night out dancing was 'Silver', I thought what better than silver sequins! Unfortunately I ended up missing the night out as I was out of the country, but hopefully this skirt will see many more outings!


The pattern was straight forward to put together and took me no time at all to draft. The skirt is lined with white cotton to stop the sequins scratching against the skin. I decided to pleat the lining of the skirt as well to give it more volume, normally (for most high street retailers) the skirt lining would be a straight skirt as it uses less fabric & is therefore cheaper to produce. On the whole, this was pretty simple to make - although I did break two needles when sewing the sequins which was quite frustrating! 


So, Happy Birthday Emily - hope you like it! xx

If anyone has any tips for sewing with sequins, let me know!
And on to project number two...

Em x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Year, New Blog

Hi,
My name's Emma, and I'm a fashion & costume designer from Watford. I love creating all sorts of clothing, costumes and accessories for both men & women.

Welcome to my blog!

After an incredibly busy year with lots of changes in my life, I realised all my creativity & inspiration seemed to have slowed to a dire pace; and any new & interesting projects were few & far between.  So with 2014 upon me, I have decided to take some action!

This blog is part of my new years resolution to step up my creativity and push myself to try out new designs, techniques, materials and whatever else comes to mind! I am hoping to achieve a minimum of one new creative project a month for 2014. So, on this blog I'll be posting about these new projects I undertake, from design, pattern cutting & sewing; as well as anything I find inspirational, or any hints/tips I think may be helpful to others.

It would be great to hear from anyone who is reading this blog - whether it's a question, any tips/techniques you think might help me or just to say hello! You can also view some of my previous work at www.emmayouens.co.uk

Hear's to a new year, with lots of creative fun!

Em x


One of my previous creations! A duchess satin cocktail dress with bow & lace detail.