So I lead off from yesterday's blog...Pattern making is done...from there I had spent many hours perusing fabric sites, and scouring fabric shops looking for unique, yet fashion/interior statement fabrics, some of which I couldn't justify their prices. I blame store owners not the designers, cause I know their not making the money they so deserve. Some of the fabrics were made in China too and cost more than an imported fabric from say Spain, US or even the UK.. (and again I digress). Once I received some of my imported fabric, like my most fav'd, the TrEnvy Retro Flamingo Fabric direct from the US or the Vintage Retro Bamboo fabric, I started to cut out panels and panels of fabric with my almost 17 year old Serra Sharp scissors, (and yes they are getting very blunt, but am happy to announce my gorgeous better half Mel, bought me a new pair for Christmas, yet to be Christened). So now I have loads of panels and squares cut, ready for the entrance of my trusty and old faithful Bernina sewing machine and Janome Overlocker which is pink..Not a mans choice of colour, but this, back in the day was all you could buy, quite sexist really, looking back even to the late 80's early 90's. So starts the venture into my TrEnvy Living Collection. Here are some pictures of these proceedings.
So it is with great pleasure I write this blog today, after many hours or designing, sourcing fabric, pattern making, cutting and then sewing/overlocking, our TrEnvy Australia Living Collection has debuted on our website www.trenvyaustralia.weebly.com, ready for sale. We have always enjoyed design, and as a former fashion designer, it is more like a follow on (some may call it a step down) but anything designed, then made by hand, is in my opinion a creation worthy of HYPE. When i started the business over a year ago I never thought in my wildest dreams I would turn to my trusty Bernina (who's age is identical to mine), yes, my grandmother bought it for herself the day I was born. Now I know your all intrigued with my age...but we will leave that for another day. Let's just say the Bernina has seen technological advances like the microwave, Beta/VHS and The Compact disc...I digress.
The release of our one of a kind TrEnvy Envelope Cushions range in various fabrics, rich in both Colour and texture. As I am studying interior design now, it really has been a progressive interest gaining momentum with every day. The Cushion is an integral part of everyone's lives, and if it's not...it should be.
We first started by sourcing interesting fabrics around the world both vintage/retro and new alike. My personal love of fabric saw me racing to my own personal fabric vault from my fashion design days, and once the vault was unlocked, I was amazed to see just how much of a hoarder I am.
So began my journey back into pattern making...
One Sunday afternoon in November of 2012 at TrEnvy Headquarters, I popped a bottle of Champas, which for those of you who know me, know this is my Sunday ritual. Well sometimes, not always Champas, I have a love for Royal Mojitos too, and began quite simply drawing up ideas. I decided for my first round of cushions that I had to begin small with a view to grow. So I decided on an Envelope pattern, this way I could use my talents of blending unusual fabrics and creating a reversible cushion. Something which I know has been done many times before but I am not one to follow with a classic zipper cushion, which everyone has and sells.
So this is where it all began..photos to follow.