Sleepy Time

Everyone needs a good night’s sleep! It’s good for the body, giving you the chance to recuperate after a hard day’s work. But most importantly it’s good for the mind.

Mental health issues cannot be helped, it’s not your fault! We need to remove the stigma from mental health issues and that can only been done by talking about it. Don’t feel ashamed that you need to take a mental health day off work. Don’t feel like you can’t talk to people about how you’re feeling. And get a great night’s sleep!

That’s where we can help! We’ve been working hard to develop a few new items including this Scrappy Sleep Mask.

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Sci-fi Sleeves & Day of the Dead

I’ve been super busy getting all of my uni work done, so apologies for not keeping you updated.

I’ve had a few projects all on the go at once, so here’s what you’ve missed.

First we have my collaborative project. For this one I’ve been working with some other costume students and some digital media students to create a perfume ad.

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I worked on these incredible sci-fi sleeves reminiscent of UFOs! Check out the final ad here!

The other project I’ve been doing is a Day of the Dead inspired mask. This is a completely new idea to me, I’ve never dabbled in mask making before!

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What do you think? I’m pretty pleased with it for my first attempt.

That concludes this year of uni for me, so it’s time to concentrate on some other things. Head on over to my Etsy to check out some new items and bag yourself some scrappy fashion.

We Be Vikings!

I’ve been learning how to create costume props starting with Plastazote!

This material is often used for packaging because of the density and ability to absorb shock in transit, but as costumiers we can use it for armour, mascot costumes and Viking helmets! I don’t think it turned out too badly for a first attempt…

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The good news is that this stuff is recyclable too! It can be shredded and used in the construction industry which would be a great way to get rid of off-cuts without using any energy.

What do you think? Have any of you cosplayers used this before?

Charity of the Year

Did you know that 5% of all our sales go to charity?

This year’s chosen charity is Shelter.

They are an incredible charity who help the homeless and provide help and advice to those in poor living situations.

So you can know that not only does none of our waste go to landfill, but also that you’re helping those less fortunate with every purchase!

To Leather or to Vegan Leather

There are a multitude of factors to consider when we think about our sustainability. We can make a lot of basic changes in our lives that we won’t even notice, like changing to energy saving bulbs. But what can we do when finding clothing companies?

Our high streets are inundated with stores using factories in poor countries, paying workers next to nothing to produce that £50 pair of jeans you like. Do we think about the workers when we find a cute tee shirt in Primark or New Look? Even stores that try to be more transparent and pay their workers a living wage import goods from overseas. Air miles can be a huge issue, but is that better or worse than the amount of water used to dye our cloth? So what do we think of when we look for sustainability in our products? What is sustainable?

There’s been a huge rise in vegetarianism and veganism so it makes sense that stores are marketing goods as vegan leather, even though most of these are just PVC or polyurethane. Is that environmentally friendly? We all saw Blue Planet II and know the damage that plastics are causing to the oceans, and food chain. If people are still eating meat then surely it makes sense to use the hides for leather too.

I think that instead of focusing on just one aspect, we need to decide on a piece by piece basis. Is this top going to last me a while? Will I wear it enough to warrant the distance it has travelled? Have the workers been endangered by the production of it? If every person cares a little bit more, then together we can make a difference.

We try our best to make the right choices and be as sustainable as we can, as a small business this can be quite difficult. We don’t send any of our production waste to landfill, scraps are used to create new fabric, we use all energy saving bulbs, we have a renewable energy supplier, and we are constantly looking into more environmentally conscious fabrics to use.

Busy busy bee

It’s been very busy here! With uni deadlines looming I haven’t had much of a chance to make anything for fun in a while. I have, however, booked my festival tickets for the summer and I’ve been designing my wardrobe. I will be making all garments that I take with me, so luckily it’s not until August!

Have a little look at the first few… I’ll be sharing my journey through pattern cutting and construction.