Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Sewing again, fantastic! Had my first project in ages, sewing my fiance's jeans! hahaahahaha It felt good, am gonna continute with my design project, and continue to design dresses and undies.. xx

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Today I was thinking about the recession today and how it has affected my work and overall drive to continue. I have to say that I was feeling down trodden and do still at times, due the decrease in buyers/shoppers, buy when I think about it, there are still people out there who are buying, despite the recession (I am not one of them!). And I got a glimmer of hope, especially when I realised that I don't want to be one of the nameless designers who tried but failed...

(Above: Lined barrel bangle, handmade, designed by Olivia Antoinette Duke, Sterling Silver)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sleep Mode

From stressed to now knackered, hard to stay awake, my bed is calling me...and alas the sewing machine is looking at me, it has been a little while since I have been back on the machine, I a leaving it too long, lingerie inspires me more to design, but need to practise with basic clothing shapes...too many thoughts at once running in my head, eyes closing, body shut down...zzzzzz

Sunday, September 27, 2009


I am stressed out doing company tax, so I have not had the pleasure of delighting in a bra here, knicker there fantasy combination, or fantasising in general of becoming a world famous and successful designer, ooo just had a 2 minute one! xxx

Thursday, September 24, 2009


The exhibition of underwear opened my mind to different aspects of design and technology of the staple bra and knicker piece, or corset.

The corset above, is unique in the bust area, and iconic of many bras today, with a ruffle design at the bust. The colours are rich and playful. The underwear below, was one of my favouirte pueces. The hands placed on the knickers are different, naughty and playful. I love the colours and originality of it.

I am still working on the dress design, and will be also designing underwear pieces of which I will be constructing and sewing. It has been a little while since I have sewn, so I am a little nervous..

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lingerie Exhibition

I recently went to the lingerie exhibition at the Fashion Textile Museum, at London Bridge. I didn't know what to expect, or if I would find the answers to many of my unanswered questions, of how will I get my designs and name out into the public stratosphere, and I was stunned by the variety of designs, and their progression from the late nineteenth century onwards. I was impressed by how the emancipation of women economically and socially directly affected the underwear they wore, and the detail on some of the pieces (below) was spectacular.

It was interesting how the iconic corset has re-manifested itsef and formed into body suits and bras

...and re-invented as a sexy and glamorous staple:

I was also amazed to see the differing types of designs, and some futuristic pieces:

In my next blog I will be dissecting the differing designs...xx

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On auto pilot

Long day...early start, late finish, ideas swimming in my head that I cannot translate onto paper, need to sleep xxxx