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111  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Yorkshire Craftsters? on: May 18, 2007 01:26:00 PM
I'm originally from Wombwell nr Barnsley, but I moved up to Edinburgh with my partner and son 4 years ago.

Barnsley market, on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Go. Three great haberdashery stalls (especially the upstairs indoor market stall), 2 yarn stalls (although it's mostly acrylic), dressmaking and upholstery fabric stalls with real bargins, scrapbooking stall, cheap tool and hardware stalls, cheap cooking pots for dyeing, cheap jewellery to take apart and remake, as well as a big Primark and TK Max for bargins to remake into cool stuff.

Then you go to Bradford and Halifax and you've got your Bombay Stores for every type of fabric as well as everything Indian you could ever want, Denholme Velvets factory shop for ultra cheap velvet pieces (especially good for corset makers.. 1 for 1mtr ish of best quality velvet!) and Texere for all yarn freaks (and they do mail order over the web).

I'll go through my links and find all the shops I know of in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester too. I spent over 11 years back home crafting of various sorts. Any links or places to visit you can share?

Liz A.
112  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First post - Japanese inspired corset and tail back shirt on: May 01, 2007 01:30:01 PM
Oooooh! I'm glad people like it! I worked really hard at college to design it and the other 20 shirt/corsets in the range. I should scan in the design and mood boards that go with the collection..

what is that giant square headed thing, ITS AWESOME.

My friend and art teacher, Andy Broadey and his then wife Emerald, set up this exhibition with Art's Council funding. The yellow blocked headed dog creature is smoking a cigar and was influenced by general japanese and south east asian cartoon characters. I think Emerald made it.

I have other pics of  the exhibition and some of my other work in it, as well as Andy's video and music installation, Emerald's various creatures and our other friend, Bex's original manga drawings. If anyone is interested in seeing them I'd be happy to upload them.

Is the corset an underbust? and the top just a jacket over it or does it attach to it? Thats very pertty, where did you get those little buckles at there very nice on it.

Yep, the corset is an underbust. The top is a shirt with a cut away front and a long tail at the back. The appliques go all the way down and across the back of the shirt as well.

The buckles I bought in the local market on my most favourite haberdashery stall ever. Barnsley Market is the best in Yorkshire for haberdashery and pretty good for fabric too (imho!).

The only thing that annoyed me about the finished garment was that I was doing an EdExcel and my work had to be a standard UK size 12. I'm a size 22. I want to wear my own damn creations!!

But now I'm working on clothes for myself and designing a range of plus sized corsetry. I'm also designing my own range of funky plus sized clothes and patterns. I'll be posting pics of all my finished creations on craftster though!

Liz A.
113  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First post - Japanese inspired corset and tail back shirt on: April 30, 2007 04:53:50 PM
I made this a few years ago for a college project. These photos are from the exhibition it was subsequently shown in: 'Wow! Best Fashion Shop' in Chinatown in Leeds, UK.





The main shirt fabric was hand dyed cotton. Each of the appliques on the shirt and the corset fabric was hand decopaged out of paper images, photocopied onto iron on paper transfer sheets and fixed onto cotton fabric.

The front of the corset has a busk, with 5 buckles covering it, is fully boned in spring and straight steels and has a ribbon lacing the back.

I was really into the Fruits book at the time.. can you tell? Smiley

Hope y'all like it!

Liz A.
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