Archive for October, 2013

Bigtop inspirations …

Friday, October 18th, 2013

In 1985 I knew that I wanted to be an illustrator. Or a graphic designer. Or textile designer. I wasn’t too fussed which, I just had to get through my O’ Levels and catch a train to Rochester in ripped Levis, tool box in hand and learn a thing or two at art college. It was album covers like this that made me want to draw for a living …

Of course I was very young and it was the eighties. Anyway, it’s Friday and the vinyl is out. Imagine my joy when Big D pops this on …

Side four and following  Matt Bianco’s More than I can Bear, it’s only Big Sound Authority and This House (is where your love stands). My Friday is complete.

Have a lovely weekend x

The bigtop feel-good stitchathon …

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Last week Lauren and I had a brilliant, work free, selfless, sewing day in the office. We pushed our Macs to one side and replaced them with our sewing machines to make ‘pillowcase dresses‘ for girls living in poverty around the world.



Lauren’s husband John joined us (he’s never used a sewing machine before!) and before we knew it, we’d made NINE dresses!



You can use pillowcases to make these (hence the name) but we found some great quality, never used before, vintage sheets in the charity shop (I washed them first of course!). Once friends heard of our day, the kindness spread. We were generously given some pillowcases, a couple of sewing machines to use and Fran donated a big bag of lovely fabrics (thank you everyone!). We have plenty of fabric left so will definitely make some more soon.

If you want to have a go, all the details (patterns etc) can be found here, a simple project that makes you feel great!