Fascinating Hen Party in Manchester

Last Saturday I was cordially invited to celebrate my friend getting married.

The event was one of a kind. Indeed the lovely hens were to make fascinators.

Right, up to the mention of the event I didn’t even know what a fascinator was never mind making one but I love making things so this sounded perfect.

Organised by Simon From the World of Rags to Bitches in his new home at The Triangle.

Rags to Bitches is once again operating but this time focused on offering courses and organising events, like hen dos, as well as the online shop! I did a dress making course there in 2009.

So to go back to the event itself, my friend and I were slightly early, avoiding facing the students demo-ing outside. We made our way in anyway and had a chat with Simon.

I really liked the way the unit was transformed into a mixture of vintage furniture, fabrics, patterns, a gazebo and loads of lovely knic-knacs.

Cupcakes, drinks, home made sandwiches, crisps and even ‘Dreemy’ and ‘Roar’ where there to keep our energy and inspiration going. No Heston Blumentalism but nice simple snacks washed down by some bubbly amongst other things. No Dom Perignon but and nice and simple.

So after everyone arrived we got told to form 2 groups – one to make fascinators and one to go on a treasure hunt round the Triangle.

I was in the Alpha Hunters group and in teams of 3s we got off to find answers to our hints.

Not really difficult and quite fun actually, we swooshed the centre and collected answers, smiles and even a goody bag.

A few refuels of vino and 20min or so we were done and dusted.

Time for more vino!

Eventually the other 2 teams got back too and we carried on our chattering.

It took a chair and a loud voice for Simon to get some sort of order from everyone. The hens were happy!

Once the role got exchanged, we became the fascinator makers and they became the hunters.

Making fascinaors was easy as all we had to do was select fabric, cut it 1)for the outside 2)for the inside and chose the props – feathers, flowers, net, you name it… The lady Master of the glue gun would put it all together (health&safety first).

For some more pics of the results check Rags to Bitches blog.

It took us a good 2h to do all this and the fun was shared by all.

We then left the studio in a state of semi fashionistas devastation – fabric and props everywhere.

It felt right.

We then all went on, proud of our head gear to stylish high rise bar The Modern. Poor dinners didn’t know what hit them. A happy bunch of stylish hens!

What a great hen party with fabulous friends.

V x

P.S.: Love to my dear friends C&K. I wish you buckets and trucks load of happiness xxx


La mode a la Francunienne!

Sylvia, this post is dedicated to you!

A maasssive thank you to Rags to Bitches for the course they run!

Having just completed one this weekend, I can safely say that the course are well run with really qualified designers! Thank you again to Sylvia and Lisa!

2 days – 1 dress! Raise your bets ladies and gentlemen, the race is on!

This is how it  goes…

  • We met outside the shop to go to the studio based opposite Koffee pot in a gorgeous loft in a Victorian building.

Here it is!

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  • After a relaxed and friendly introduction to the fashion designers – 4 aspiring ones (including me) and 2 actual professionals, a couple of coffees and updates on the latest tv goss’, off we go to start our dresses!

 

  • We all design the model we have in mind

Here mine, a 50′s inspired model from a vintage book!

50's inspired model

  • From then, we start making our patterns based on the measurements made and applied to the bloc patterns suited to our sizes we used!

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  • Then comes the pinning and once everything is into place, the cutting. 

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  • Once all the pieces are cut, an overlocker to give the fabric a better hold, less threading and a more professional finish! Quite a scary machine as it also cuts the hedges and can cut through if not careful! Luckily, it all went well! Then, it’s on the assembling the parts and sewing, the stressful and exciting part!

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High level of concentration! :-)

 

  • By then, the dress starts taking shape and the little gingerbread man break (so friendly looking I have noted!) is very welcomed! 

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I’m going to eat you, you yummy thing! Miam, miam, miam as we say in French!

 

  • After a few fitting to make sure everything is ok, the back zip is fitted, the neckline added, the arms finished and the slit sewed! Et voilaaaaaa!

 

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 A tailored dress Made by The Francunian! Is this the beginning of a design label?

Maybeeeeee!


The blogs, the bands and the pretties

My oh My…

How long is this going to take me?

I feel lost in a deep forest of websites, blogs, links, tweets, Facebook, Googlemail, Hotmail, e-mail…

So much information is available and so little time to read and find out about it… So what’s next? Well I love Google reader! I’ve only used it for just over a week but already I can see the (surely time consuming) most efficient way to scan through the mass of the web by getting pre selected and therefore targeted updates to blogs, websites and the rest… I am a fan already! I now follow various ones including ones related to Mancunia, culture, fashion , architecture and design, plain pretty, geeky (I love geeky dad!), crafty blogs and some news as well. Knowledge is power!

So much to discover but so little time…

Talking of which, I am really excited about the reopening of Bands on the Wall and I have already booked  a couple of nights  – to start with!  Starting with the Bays on the 27/9 and followed by the Berlin based collective  Jazzanova on the 6/10! A night to reminisce about life in Berlin back a few years now… I cannot wait!

Automn is kick starting and so are the student nights and the awakening of Manchester’s party scene! Roll on gigs and parties. Warehouse Project 09 starting soon with a very eclectic line up, from Laroux to DJ Sneak! Cherry picking might prove difficult…

Gigs, gigs, gigs… Next on my list is Maximo Park at the Apollo on the 8/10 and the frenchies Phoenix playing the Academy2 on the 27/10 ! I do like a bit of variety in my entertaiment selection!

As for the pretties, I was going to mention briefly the colourful Pride Parade that took place 2 weeks ago (yes, it took me a while). A mix of corporate, nights, political and randomnes walking Manchester. Enjoyed to very friendly atmosphere and laughed at the antipride demonstrator being ridiculed!

I am adding a new string to my bow by joining the Rags to Bitches dress making course in October! I cannot wait for this either! I sold my first piece at Val’s Home Market last wednesday as well, which gave me the confidence to invest more time in this hobby of mine!  More Home Market to follow so watch this space Mancunian Ladies!

Creation, fashion, music and more!

A bientot cher Readers!

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