Sass’s other jobs

Altered Bottle Workshop

Every now and then it’s good to mix things up a bit and do something a bit different. So, we recently ran a Saturday Workshop entitled “Altered Bottle”. During the lead up to this event we got lots of queries about the title. “So what is an “Altered Bottle”?” they all asked. Well, the idea was to take an old glass bottle and breathe new life in to it by way of embellishments. These took the form of as many things as we could think of with the opportunity to go off on a tangent as the ideas developed during the day. We had pre-printed labels, printed papers to make your own labels, stickers,...

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Upcycled Knitwear Project

Black Polo Neck Jumper Upcycle Upcycling is very popular these days and it’s easy to see why; it’s fun, it’s green and it is a wonderful way to express your personality through your own clothes. It’s also a great introduction to dressmaking if you don’t want to dive right in and work with patterns and expensive fabric. This allows you to experiment and build up skills in a relatively safe way. It was while  looking at upcycled clothing on the net, particularly projects that use knitted garments as a starting point I noticed that the end results tend to fall in to the “bohemian” or “funky”...

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Ice dyeing tutorial

   Ice dyeing tutorial In this tutorial I will explain how to dye small quantities of natural fabrics using cold water or “Procion” dyes.  Ice dyeing can be fun and gives great results, especially on silk scarves as in this example but you can also use cotton T-shirts, cotton crochet lace, vintage table cloths etc. Items must be pure silk, cotton, linen or viscose or blends of any of these.  Not suitable for wool, polyester nylon, acetate etc.  Blends such as poly-cotton will give results only on the cotton proportion of the fabric. Plain items in natural fabric are readily...

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Work on a dress for a bride

I was approached recently by a client who had bought a Jenny Packham dress in a sample sale. The body of the dress fit fine, even the length was perfect. The lace mesh at the centre front had perished but otherwise it was in pretty good condition. Lucky girl. However, the same could not be said about the bust area. The dress was cut for a “C” cup at most whereas my client was a committed “F” cup! Not so lucky girl! Unfortunately, the shop who sold her the dress insisted all she needed was a strapless bra and all would be fine. Well it doesn’t take much imagination to know this was some very...

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