Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Fashion Fix 1st Birthday: Revisiting the Burberry Aztec Beaded Yoke

It's time to have a look back at some of my favourite summer fashion fixes of the past year. I've now been working on this blog for a year and as my readership has grown continually through the years, I know some of your newer FashionFixers won't have seen some of the gems that lie in the early end of this blog. 

Photo Amanda Thomas

One of my favourite trends of 2012 was Burberry's tribal inspired beaded yoke adornment on their Spring/Summer Collection. I really think this is a unique addition and surprisingly wearable in the everyday as the gorgeous Eva Lazarus models for us below. 

You will need:

  • pattern paper
  • 3/4 metre cotton fabric
  • 3/4 metre lining fabric
  • sewing machine and matching thread
  • 1/2 metre matching ribbon
  • dressmaking pins
  • dressmaking scissors
  • fimo in assorted colours
  • oven
  • needle and thread

How to do it:
  1. Measure you collar size and add 5 cm, draw this circle on pattern paper. Measure out 17 cm from this line and draw a larger circle, fold in half, press and unfold again. Above the neck opening on the inner edge, measure out 2 cm either side of the centre fold and cut out a segment of the pattern. Cut down the centre fold below the neck opening  leaving you with half the pattern.  Lay onto the fold of the fabric, pin in place and cut out two collar pieces, making sure you include a 1cm seam allowance with both.
  2. Sew ribbon onto both sides of one collar piece.
  3. place the collar pieces right sides together, tucking the ribbons inside. pin in place
  4. using a running stitch sew all the way around, 1cm from the edge, leave a gap at one end to pull through.
  5. Pull the collar through, hand sew the opening closed.
  6. Draw a template of your yoke on pattern paper and mark out your bead design. use this as a reference to make your beads out of Fimo. Make sure to score holes in the beads before you bake them. hand sew them on in thread that matches the yoke fabric

In the studio, working out the pattern after a night of Fimo baking!

Eva Lazarus modelling the yoke, shot by Amanda Thomas, Makeup Jo Williams, Styling Harriet de Winton

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