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Fashion Show

Bonjour!! Exciting times! I can finally announced my 2017 fashion show! As part of a Black History Month event organised by Zil'oKA I will showcase 10 of my creations on 28th October 2017. Titled "Créole Fashion Fabrics" the collection is inspired by fabrics that...

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Fabric shopping, In Martinique

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! Today we're off fabric shopping in Fort-De France, capital of Martinique. Technically the capital is Paris but let us not get too deep. We have a capital. Fort-de-France is in the middle of the island, on the west coast: It is where the English...

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I refashioned a scarf – In Martinique

From sunny Martinique: Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! Yes I am on holiday! I haven't been away for 2 years and I figured out that between The Great British Sewing Bee Live in September and my fashion show on October 28th was a good time. GBSB Live was great fun and I cannot...

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Spotify

Bonjour! What keep you going when sewing? For me it's ginger and lime tea, "The Big Bang Theory" on a loop and music, sometimes at the same time! The GBSB live has created a sewing playlist and here is my contribution. Spotify playlist It reflects my roots and my...

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Indian Jumpsuit

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! My work colleagues all know what I do after office hours. It's not unusual for them to come and ask for needle and thread to repair a wardrobe malfunction or gift me with a vintage pattern they have found down the market. Liz was having a clear...

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Missy the overlocker

Bel Bonjou!! 1st August 2017 3 years after my sewing debut, 2 sewing machines later and I welcome into my world Missy the overlocker. How did I come to call her Missy, how come she is a "she".... I have made a flow chart to explain my thoughts in the naming process. I...

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Fabric imperfection made perfect

Bel Bonjou!! I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - They are much more interesting. Marc Jacobs Have you ever bought, on purpose, something with an imperfection because you liked it as it was and thought it was perfect in its state? This tropical...

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The Claire dress

Bonjour and Bel Bonjou!! It dawned on me this week. I have never told you anything about my "Bel Bonjou" greeting, have I? It's a nod to who I am: French Creole, from Martinique. "Bel" = Nice, pleasant, beautiful. The rest is self explanatory:  Bonjour 🙂 French...

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Sensorial Study on Clothing &Bodies

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! Sunday 11th June 2017 -  Beautiful weather, good news (more to come on the subject later this month) and new discoveries. New discoveries in the form of a sensorial textile workshop. It's my approach to style that drove me to attend this...

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GBSB Live!

Bonjour!! If you have Sewing Bee withdrawal symptoms fear not! The show comes alive September 21st - 24th. Catch up with previous contestants and judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young Get inspiration for your projects Attend workshops, fashion shows and many more...

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Bold print and Birthday Love

  Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! It's my Birthday!!! So blessed to have the colleagues I have: Betty, Emily, Clare, Martin and the other 148 across London and Manchester. Much love! They have spoiled me with this beautiful tropical print. It's a huge scarf, from Zara I...

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Sport Luxe Chic

Bonjour, Bel Bonjour et Salut! Something for the imagination: Create luxury out of a plain fabric. Cotton is probably not the fabric you go to for luxurious elegance but I had a moment of genius by picking this blue cotton for a cocktail dress. I made this dress a...

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Newsletter

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! I have an Ebook! One I have designed and written myself! #proudofmywork. I know Green is a difficult colour to wear and in "Fabulous Fashion Fabrics" and in honour of Spring and Pantone Colour of the year I dissect green in fabric, in fashion:...

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Classic Gingham, Happy Easter

Joyeuses Fetes de Paques, Happy Easter, My 8 years old niece Emilie in her classic gingham wishes you a Happy Easter. Emilie was with me in the UK for her Easter break and Aunty Gee happily whipped up a dress this week. I left her the choice of fabric and pattern. I...

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Statement sleeves, statement dress

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!! I have made my dream dress! It has purple, the right size flowers, a cheeky length, it's flirty and comes with metallic fabric sleeves. All the things I like. It is another pattern hack, on the sleeves and the neckline this time. Here is its...

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18 months to finish, Vogue 9075

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!!   What is your longest ever project? Mine is definitely an embroided bed throw I started when I was 20....I am now 40+. It is one of those long life project I will finish in my old age I guess. In comparison, however, 18 months to finish the...

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