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Fabric Floral Corsages

I do like a bit of a fabric floral corsage … as those who know me well will confirm – I almost always have one somewhere in my outfit, either in my hair or pinned to my jacket. I think they’re perfect everyday, and they do add a dash of glamour for an evening out.

I’m so happy that they remain a big style note this season … it’s given me the perfect excuse to play with fabric and make some corsages of my own, for you.

Here’s a selection for you … something for everyone, I hope … a range of colours, perfect with this season’s fashion palette, and a range of sizes, from a tiny little rosebud corsage to a big, bold black-lace hellebore. You can see these and more in my Etsy shop

Now I know you can get them from Accessorize, or Claire’s, or Top Shop, and even Primark, but these are different … completely handmade, totally unique, each is a one-off – so no-one will have one just like yours.

And I’ve used vintage fabrics, and embellished them with vintage buttons, beads and elements of costume jewellery … so the materials are great quality, and durable, and, as a total bonus, are about as eco-friendly and ethical as an accessory can get – without the ethical fashion price tag, too.

Looks like a win to me ….

How do you like to wear yours?


The Hereford Big Clothes Swap!

Recycled fashionista alert!!

There’s a swishing event in Hereford running from Thursday 16th through to Saturday 18th June … it looks like a fantastic opportunity for a wardrobe update, and is running alongside a fashion competition (see below) and a number of workshops and presentations around recycling and reusing unwanted accessories.

It’s right up my street, and I only wish I could go myself ….

The Hereford Clothes Swap Fashion Show Competition 

On Saturday 18th June 2011, Hereford City Council, Herefordshire Council’s Recycling Team and the Newton Farm Community Association are teaming up to create a great clothing swap event,  “The Big Hereford Clothes Swap”,  where people will be encouraged to exchange their unwanted clothing for someone else’s, in  order to promote the benefits of recycling through swapping and reusing clothes – One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure!

As part of the event, there will be an exhibition of clothing and accessory designs that nod towards recycling and sustainability in future fashions.  Your designs could be featured on the catwalk!  All you have to do is enter our fantastic competition which is open to anyone aged 16 -25 years.


Design Brief:

Using any recycled or reclaimed materials, you must design and make at least one item to fit into the following categories:

          Garments (e.g.: trousers, shirts, dresses, skirts, outerwear, etc.)

          Jewellery/ Fashion Accessories (e.g.: any form of jewellery, hats, bags, shoes, belts, scarves, ties, etc.)

For example, old clothing can be transformed into something new or scrap materials and objects can be manipulated to change the look and use of old garments.

There is no limit to the materials that can be used, but there is a maximum spend limit of £10.00 per design.  For example, you may wish to enhance your recycled creations by adding trims, prints, embroidery, threads, beading, etc.  Should you wish to do this, you may only spend up to £10.00 on materials for your design.

The categories are completely open to your imagination as your designs can be for any gender and any age group.

Judges will be looking for originality of designs and inventive use of recycled/ reclaimed materials.

Designs can be submitted under the names of individual entrants or as part of a group entry.  Unlimited entries per entrant



All entrants to this competition will have the opportunity to showcase their design/ designs during the Hereford Clothing Swap (although the judging panel reserves the right to refuse to showcase designs that do not comply with the competition design brief, or designs that may be deemed offensive).

Both the winner of the Garment category and the winner of the jewellery/ accessories category will receive prizes, to be awarded by the Mayor of Hereford.

How to enter:

In the first instance you will need to submit an Expression of Interest to take part in the competition. Please contact  Shelagh Callaghan, City Events Officer, Town Hall, Hereford, HR1 2PJ, or email at herefordcityevents@hotmail.co.uk, to arrive no later than Tuesday 10th May 2011.

So there you have it!! Are you going? Let me know!! And good luck to anyone who enters the competition … I’d love to see your designs, so post a link in the comments 🙂