Sunday, 18 August 2013

Polka Dots, Tulle, Sequins and Sparkle..... Lydia's Wedding Dress

I have been dying to share with you Lydia's wedding dress for months now.  Lydia came to me at the beginning of the year with a few ideas for her perfect wedding dress.  We narrowed it down to a few things the dress had to have; polka dots, tulle, bows and sparkle.  So with my very exciting brief in hand i went about designing her dress.

After our initial consultation this is what i sent Lydia, along with some samples of fabric and polka dot tulle.  The final dress was a mix of design A and the belt from G.  But with smooth under bust and back and the gathered tulle on the bust only.  I sent Lydia a sketch of the final design.

At the beginning of the summer Lydia returned to my studio again to confirm her dress, chose the belt and also to get measured up.  She brought along her bridesmaid too to get measured up as they were having BooBoo Kitty Couture dressed too!

After a few fittings and a few tears from mother of the bride and bridesmaids too.  Lydia's wedding dress and her bridesmaid dresses were ready to take home.  A few days (the next day in fact!)  my inbox was filled with lovely photos from Lydia of her big day.  Thank you Lydia for letting me share these images of your very special day.

The dress was made from a base fabric of supreme satin in porcelain, with layers of plain and flocked polka dot tulle on the skirt, gathered at the waist band to add volume.  There was gathering on the bust line and tulle over laid the satin on the rest of the bodice.  The high quality bridal satin shimmered like pearls in the sunshine through the layers of tulle, while the sparkly belt twinkled drawing the eye into Lydia's tiny waist.  

 A ribbon edged stiff crinoline was wore separately under the dress to create even more volume!  Which must have made dancing really fun!!

The bridesmaids wore custom made yellow satin dresses, all with full circle skirts.  Two girls had sweat heart halter necks and the others had boat necked 'Audrey' dresses.  I adapted one of the dresses because one of the girls was pregnant!

I love how Lydia, accessorised the bridesmaids yellow dresses with pale blue sashes and shoes.  You might remember i have made yellow bridesmaid dresses before, ten of them.  Those were accessorised with pale pink.

My crazy talented friend Lucille aka Lucille's locks did all the girls hair.  Lucille is super talented, if you are local to Nottingham i highly recommend you book in with her.  Such a pleasure to work with, such a clam, glamorous lady!

Thanks again to Lydia for letting me share these images.  Hope you had a fantastic honey moon!

For all bespoke dress enquires please email me at

Vintage Sewing Class for Beginners.

A few weeks ago i blogged about my first vintage sewing class, last time i held a class for those who had a rough idea of how to use a sewing machine but had never made anything.  Today i held a class for absolute beginners.  They had limited experience with using a machine or had never used one before.

We started the class with a little introduction on how to thread your machine, what a bobbin was and the basics of how it worked.  Then they practised using it and getting a feel of how it worked.

They then went on to make their bunting, with lots of (as you would expect from BooBoo Kitty Couture) yummy fabric to chose from, they designed their schemes and got to work sewing up their bunting.

 Sonja (from The Vintage Vixens)  made a few meters of darling shabby chic bunting in floral pink and creams.

I took the class to Tiffin Tea Rooms for high tea (included in the cost of the lesson)  such a beautiful tea room in West Bridgford, the styling was very fitting for our vintage sewing day!

 With tummies full of tea and cake we headed back to the studio for more sewing.  Some of the girls had finished their bunting so, went on to make small accessories like bandannas and hair bows.  Brit chose to make a pillow case cushion inspired by by Las Senoritas top.

The feed back i got from all the girls was that they thoroughly enjoyed the class, the liked learning new skills and meeting new people but the thing they all like the most was that they got to take home actual finished handmade items that they had made.

Kristie, 'Thoroughly enjoyed today, thanks so much! Can't wait to join other lessons and build on a skill for life.  Cant wait for the next one.'

Brittany, 'Really enjoyed the whole day, love what i have made, highly recommended.'

Deb, 'I had a a fabulous day, enjoyed every minute and learnt a lot, thank you.'

All of September classes are fully booked.  But i will be holding more throughout the year.  Group discounts are available, you also get a discount on advanced sewing classes if you have attended the beginner.

If you would like to take part in future BooBoo Kitty Couture vintage sewing lessons, drop me an email at for more details it doesn't matter how much sewing skills you have!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Viva La Mexico! Outfits from a smoking hot summer

Handmade black bustier with vintage hand painted circle skirt

We have had one smoking hot summer here in the UK this year.  As things start to cool down, i thought i would share with you a couple of this summers outfits.  I seem to have gone with the Mexican theme this year this has effected my vintage wardrobe and my sewing creations!

 I got this skirt a few years back off etsy, i love it because its a good length.  I teamed it up with a vintage turquoise belt and some comfy leather sandals.

I made this skirt using a vintage round table cloth!  Teamed it with a gypsy top, trusty leather sandals (New Look), that turquoise belt and lots of bakelite and lucite.

One of many sewing projects inspired by Mexico, i made matching pants for this top too!  Not quite had the guts to wear it as a set out yet!

Another handmade outfit. the Mexican senoritas top is available in my etsy shop and has been really popular this summer.  This photo was taken at Americana Festival this year, i will blog about the festival and the fashion show soon ;)

My vintage squaw or patio dress, worn here on my new patio... or decking more like.  Where i spent most of the summer drinking gin cocktails and listening to music.

Another of my vintage hand painted Mexican skirts, love the simple pattern on this one with flecks of gold paint.  I have worn it here with two different tops.  Both made my me, both available in my etsy shop.  Plain black cotton and black velvet with gold ric-rac and black pom-poms.

Has a really cute label in side, i then found this image online a while ago of the skirts being painted!

Finally what i wore to the Gilded Merkin on Sunday, which i blogged about here.  This is my favourite Mexican skirt, its a vintage souvier skirt, hand painted and embellished in brightly coloured sequins.  I got it for an absolute steal a few years back but in my excitement i didn't read the description.  So when it came it was too short, so i added a velvet panel.  This is the skirt that inspired my velvet bustier top, the idea of a top came to me in a dream and luckily i remembered about it when i woke up!

It hasn't just been me who has been inspired by all things Mexican, so have my vintage loving friends.  Its weird that the vintage world has its own little fashion trends!  Wonder what we will all be obsessed with next year!  One thing for sure is, i will always love my little slice of Mexico in my wardrobe!!

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

New way of thinking

I am i firmly disagree with diets.  Yes you may lose weight, but is it really a long term answer to staying and keeping healthy?  For some people this may be the answer but for me it isn't.  i have never been on a diet in my life, i have indeed uttered the words 'i am on a diet' or 'diet starts tomorrow'  but have never actually followed one.

Since working from home and moving to West Bridgford. I am meters from the fridge, corner shop literally next door and every possible take away shop literally on my door step.  The old waist line has slowly but surely increased as have everywhere else on my body.

After seeing so many beautiful ladies that i know or follow online like; Rockalily, Frankii Wilde, Little Gem and Rose Desire get on the healthy train.  I thought it was about time i bought a ticket and at least made it to the train station.

I have been waiting at the station for a few weeks now without actually boarding that fitness train.  I have been slowly changing the way i eat.  i am generally a healthy eater, i am a vegetarian.  i shop every day at my local green grocers, The Salad Bowl in West Bridgford.  Its just all the little bits extra, the glasses of wine, pints of cider, cake, crisps, take ways.  All these 'little' treats have built up and built up as a tyre of fat around my middle.  Enough is enough!

All this for under a tenner from my local green grocers
 Last night i boarded my very first fitness train in a long long time.  I attended a very appropriately named class, The Little Black Dress Work out.  As dresses and clothes are my main motivation for losing weight, i am not going to lie.  i love dresses, you could say they were my life.  and looking the best i can look in dresses is very import to me.  After all there is only so much a girdle can do!

I had a fantastic time at the class, so much so that i have signed up to more of her classes.  As well as the LBD class once a week i will also be doing a Pilate's class.  Combined with my healthy eating and NO treats i am hoping that this is at least a small step in the direction i want to be heading.

I noticed today that i use food as way of lifting my mood.  If i am having a bad day or if things are going quite my way, i treat myself.  As many business owners know all so well that a lot of things don't always go to plan, and i can get upset by the smallest of things.  i can be quite dramatic! My treats to cheer me up usually involve alochol or chocolate, which then leads to me feeling guilty.  But today instead of reaching for the usual chocolate bar and cup of tea.  I made a smoothie, chocolate of course.  Even though it had a small spoonful of Nutella, so wasn't wholely healthy, it was a darn sight better than a massive bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk Strawberry's and Cream (which my smoothie tasted like)!

BooBoo Kitty's Strawberry and Cream Healthy, Mood Lifting Smoothie!

One tub of Asda fat free yogurt, tofffee flavour
One heaped tea spoon of Nutella
Five Frozen strawberry's 
Dash of 1% milk 

Whizz it up in a blender and enjoy!

More of my smoothies top left to right;
  • Breakfast smoothie, frozen banana, blueberry, oats, soya milk and soya vanilla yogurt
  • Raspberry and echinacea tea ice cubes, coconut water and a few cubes of frozen mango slushy
  • healthy frappie, blended ice coffee, banana , cinnamon and vanilla soya yogurt 
  • Tea in ice-cube trays; green tea, raspberry and echinacea and chai.  i whizz these up in my smoothies
I am defiantly addicted to smoothies!  Better than my previous gin and chocolate addiction (ok i still like gin, but gin and slim, only at the weekends!)