Category Archives: Look Street

November Sewing Projects

It’s been a while! I hope everyone had a great Halloween! We did. ^_^

This photo was taken at 33 weeks. I’m now 36 weeks (going on 37 weeks) pregnant.

I taught my last sewing workshop this month and I’m now officially on maternity leave! Time seems to have flown past this year and my due date is almost here.

I’m getting ready to put my feet up & relax, but over the past month I’ve been enjoying having time to myself to spend in my studio surrounded by fabric & lace. ♥ As well as making things for baby I’ve been preparing for the Christmas Craft Fairs I’m trading at this season. First up is the Made-It Market Christmas Special this weekend! I’ll have a table there for the 4th year running. Here’s a peak at some of the things I’ve been making for the event.

Wristband Pin Cushions made from Japanese silk and vintage buttons. ♥ I have one of these I made last year and it’s so useful for dressmaking – both for fittings and working on a mannequin. I also wear it when I’m teaching, it’s really handy!

Fabric purses – handy for stashing everything from sewing supplies or camera batteries to make up or toiletries.

My kewpie hair bows sold like hotcakes at BlytheCon UK so I made another batch. ^_^

I’ve also been working on a new range of baby clothing inspired by my bump! ♥ I’ve had loads of fun working with Japanese fabric & lace, and adding details like buttons, bows, appliqué, contrast linings and top stitching. The only problem is that so far I want to keep them all!

Black Kitty Dress

Gorgeous Japanese fabric & cotton lace. ♥

Strawberries & Cream ♥

I really love this glittery goldfish fabric, bought on a hot sunny day in Tokyo!

I’m having great fun  making these, I’m hoping to launch a little collection of ‘Look Street Baby’ dresses some time next year. ♥

I’m really looking forward to the Made-It Market! I’ll have lots more baby dresses, bags, purses and hair accessories for sale too. Hope to see you there! I’ll be sharing a table with the talented PinkAppleJam and Bento Smile and their kawaii craft creations & illustrations so our table is bound to be bright & easy to spot! Don’t worry if you can’t make it, any goodies I bring home will be listed in my Etsy shop next week. xx

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Cambridge Golden Festival

Back in May I took part in the Cambridge Union Society Golden Festival. I had a stall at the Hanami Exhibition during the day along side lots of other wonderful artists and designers, and I showed my Look Street Spring/Summer 2012 Collection in the fashion show at the evening event too. It was a fun day and a fantastic charity event which raised over £1,100 for Aid For Japan. It’s taken me a while, but here are some of my photos from the event!

My Look Street dresses on display

Pretty origami crane decorations

The lovely Sweatdrop Studios ladies, Emma & Irina

Laura’s fabulous PinkAppleJam stall! It’s always fun doing craft shows together!

Yummy cakes for Aid for Japan. OK… as long as it’s for a good cause… ^_~

Lovely Lyuba & Hong from Strawberry Kimono dressed me in kimono! I got this gorgeous pink & black kimono at Brighton Japan Festival last summer, but I had no idea how to wear it and no obi belt until I met these ladies.

Their vintage kimono are gorgeous and really reasonably priced – if you’re lucky you might catch them at an anime con this summer!

After a quick noodle break it was time to start the Yozakura party fashion show! Here are some of my lovely models back stage. All the models were Cambridge University students.

The Lolita & Kimono part of the show. The outfits were *stunning*!

The Look Street section of the fashion show!

Everyone taking a bow at the end!

Backstage with my lovely Look Street models after the show.

How did you celebrate Golden week this year?

Look Street Spring Summer Collection 2012

Since my trip to Japan in July last year my brother Aleister & I have been working on our new clothing label, Look Street. My designs are inspired by Japanese fabrics which we sourced in Tokyo last summer. The name ‘Look Street’ comes from a street in Koenji, a district of Tokyo, which is full of gorgeous vintage clothes shops! After a lot of hard work our site is finally online, where you can browse and buy our designs for your very own. I’m so excited to finally be able to share my designs! ♥

This dress is possibly my favourite piece from our Spring/Summer 2012 collection. It is made from stunning cotton fabric from Japanese designer Kayo Horaguchi. The fabric features a delicate design with roses, birds, vintage sewing machines, mannequins, pocket watches, castles and ballerinas in teal on a black background. The dress is trimmed with beautiful Japanese cotton lace. It is also available in two other gorgeous Kayo Horaguchi prints, featuring carousel horses & rainbows, and tiny angel fish and sea foam flowers! It’s like stepping in to a grown up fairytale.

Of course the collection also includes some vintage inspired dresses! I fell in love with this Japanese playing card fabric and knew it would make awesome rockabilly style dresses. This design is also decorated with three black heart shaped vintage Lucite buttons on the front of the bodice. I found a precious untouched card of these vintage buttons at Judy’s Vintage Fair last year, I was saving them for something very special! ♥ This design is also available in two fabulous nautical prints, in red and navy. Ahoi Sailor! These are perfect for summer.

When we were in Tokyo in July, lots of summer matsuri (fire work festivals) were happening, and it was not uncommon to see couples walking the streets dressed in traditional summer Yukata.  A Yukata is a spring or summer Kimono, traditionally worn to spring cherry blossom viewing festivals. The fabric is light and breathable and features beautiful blossom prints. I thought they would be perfect for spring and summer dresses. We picked out this beautiful teal & gold fabric, as well as cherry blossom fabric in pink & white and pink & black.

I was so inspired by the beautiful traditional kimono silks I saw in Japan. The quality of the silk is so luxurious and the prints are absolutely beautiful. This violet evening gown features a vibrant flowers and red guzei bridges on a striking background of purple, violet and indigo clouds. Silk evening gowns are also available in orange and peach.

I am very excited to finally be able to share my designs & I hope you like them! You can see the full collection at lookstreet.net and you can also follow us on Twitter @heylookstreet and Like us on Facebook. I have some exciting designs planned for Autumn/Winter already. ^-^