Swishy Clothes Swap Circle, happy fishy.

Feeling better dressed! Yus, don’t you love a dress swap, last night’s Circular Fashion event at My Hotel in Brighton was a great evening, (did I mention the delights of discount cocktails). I came away with a little lilac halter top, the label reads, Traffic. It’s seen some action as the square sequins around the edging have started to fray and fall off.

It’s still a magical garment, someone once made it and someone has worn it and loved it !

I know what to do about the gorgeous sparkly-ness, the sequins themselves are very precious. Activism fish all wear eyewear and this little number has just what’s needed for remaking a woolly fish’s lids into disco-ball eyelids! Just to gently mention, whilst we talk disco; too much glitter is a bit of a cause for concern, but you know that, to avoid the aluminium coated with plastic stuff (bad glitter) then head to gulit-free ones instead like biodegradeable eco glitter.

Swishy fishy, disco-ball eyelids – yus !

Enough of this chat, I’ve got some reuse bling bling to hook up and happy to be reusing this irridesent beut.

Fiply x

Summer Season Fiesta Headdress

As a textile designer and  reuse maker I like to work with a colour story that reflects a mood or season. I’ve been carrying around a very vibrant pallette  for a while, (back in the gloomy winter months it was stashed in my wallet), it’s helped me to pick out and respond to rescue fabrics for up and coming projects.

It’s bright, like a fiesta you could say, these images have been a strong starting point for my soon to published DIY doable summer fiesta headdress class, crochet chilli’s are optional, but pompoms will of course be required !

Assorted Samples, Reuse T-Shirt yarn
Preloved t-shirt yarn, summer work in progress

I’ve assembled a range of #reuse jersey material, in the form of preloved t-shirts and have handmade yarn ready to use for the crochet, macrame and knotted working stages.

This is a bright backdrop of sample snippets, soon to follow – a summer festival, fabulous fiesta headdress !

Stay posted  🙂

Fi x

Summer Colour Sizzler !
Catcha Fiesta Summer Mood


Looms, Blooms and Bees.

 Wandering around my local haberdashery, one of the few remaining places on the high-street that stocks yarn,
I noticed an invitation to enter this year’s  ”Great British Sewing Bee”.
I wonder who this year’s winner will be ?
Apparently Ann, who won it last year is something of a marvel to behold. For the final they had to make a luxury evening dress, made to measure, in 8 hours. That’s some skill. The 81 year old grandmother who’d been sewing almost everyday for 75 years said about her winning title,
 ”It’s a relief to think all of these years I’ve been doing something right”

Winner of last year's Great British Sewing Bee, Ann Rowley
Winner of last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, Ann Rowley

I appreciate well tailored clothes, I have dabbled in making my own items, here and there. Could it be some of the success in home sewing comes down to the right needle?

A conversation that started at the counter in C&H fabrics reminds me to read my instruction manual; to check I’m using the correct foot on my machine for jersey or stretch fabrics.
I’ve been cutting shapes in cotton jersey for summer headwraps, the silhouette for this summer is rather 50’s inspired, with a pair of cigarette pants or retro inspired dress, I could achieve a  fresh and flirty style perfect for the season. I’ve been browsing, this is a lovely printed sleeveless dress, in organic jersey cotton, by Orla Kiely, a delight.

Orla Keily Flower Girls Sleeveless Dress, 2014
Orla Keily Flower Girls Sleeveless Dress, 2014

 My latest headwrap design is shaping up well, with added charm in the form of a hand crochet floral gerbera. It’s statement-making and sustainable, (using reclaimed jersey fabric) and would be comfortable to wear along the Brighton promenade, maybe with some artsy loafers.

Summer reclaimed jersey cotton headwrap, with hand crochet gerbera flower in Bamboo yarn. Fiona Szabo 2014
Summer reclaimed jersey cotton headwrap, with hand crochet gerbera flower in Bamboo yarn. Fiona Szabo 2014

More fabulous retro shapes and gorgeous mixed patterns are a highlight for Stella Jean, her 2014 spring fabrics  were sourced prints,  handcrafted from women living in villages in Burkina Faso. She has worked with the International Trade Centre to enagage and  promote the work of many women – making a strong ethical point, not usually seen at Milan Fashion Week

Talented women, weaving at hand looms behind the scenes on the Stella Jean 2014 collection, Burkina Faso
Talented women, weaving at hand looms behind the scenes on the Stella Jean 2014 collection, Burkina Faso

Stella Jean, Milan 2014
Stella Jean, Milan 2014

 On the way back, I picked up a tub of seeds, to make a bee attracting flower garden, the summer daisies will soon be on their way.