For the Love of Fabric
One of the most exciting and interesting parts of my role as a designer is fabric. It still amazes me how fabric choice can transform a garment and bring it to life. I also love that the same garment can have a completely new identity by just recreating it in a different fabric whether it be a completely different textured fabric or just a different print. Using vintage garment patterns with a contemporary fabric or printed fabric can bring a garment into this century but keeping all the traditional design elements we so love. On the other side of the coin using more tradional fabrics and prints with a contemporary cut garment can give an equally comforting yet stylish look. This is particularly true of children swear but works well with womenswear too. I've been doing lots of fabric shopping lately for some of my up and coming childrenswear collections for my childrenswear brand With Love Baby. If i'm looking for new and unique fabrics I will spend a very long afternoon in Shepherds Bush, West London on Goldhawk Road. My 3 favourite fabric shops are A1 Fabric which is a firm favourite of LCF students, Fabric House and Classic Fabrics.