Monday, 6 May 2013

Reinventing the collar.

Hello everyone, I hope you have been enjoying the May day bank holiday weekend!

Blogging activity has been reduced to once a month lately, which is not favourable to either me or you.  There is much going on in the making world of Colour and Cloth and over the next month I will be setting time aside to tell you all about it.

Today you find me on a peaceful journey over the Irish sea after a beautiful weekend in Scotland.  Enjoying the 2 hour ferry journey catching up on news, the latest magazines, text messages and of course blogging!

Here's a little project that had been put on the back burner for a while...



A buttery chocolate brown leather jacket by Irish designer Roisin Gartland. 
 
 

Im a real sucker for Irish designers.  I like to support local talent and industry, even though it was a charity shop find for £5 a few years ago.  I never really wore it and I have just realised why...it was the collar.  It had to come off!



Scissors in hand I started snipping. Now what to do with the now detached collar?


I love sheepskin, and had a very small skin than had never really found a lasting purpose.  Inspired by our costume making for the 'Wildlings' Season 2 Game of Thrones' I played about with some collar ideas on my mannequin.

 
Northern Ireland's very own Ciaran Hinds in the HBO series Game of Thrones wearing his Wildlings costume well.  Image by Helen Sloan.



I love designing accessories and garments that can be worn many ways and this was no exception.  Heres are at least 5 ways to wear. 

 
Option 1
 
 
Option 2
 
 
Option 3
 
 
Option 4
 
 
Option 5
 
 
Lets not forget about the leather jacket...heres how it looks now.  Much better I think, and more comfortable to wear.

 
 
Pity the weather is hotting up now...I will have to wait until winter to wear it! As they say in Game of Thrones 'Winter is Coming'.
I say lets have Spring, Summer and Autumn first!

                                                                       Until next time,
Enjoy creating
Christine x

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