More Market Dates: Randwick and Kirribilli

Again, I have more market dates to announce... 

On Sunday 3rd of September I will be at Randwick Artisan Market inside Royal Randwick Shopping centre. You can see the map below...

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Map of Randwick Shopping Centre and Randwick. 

 

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Here I am sewing more designs! 

And on Sunday, 10th September I will be at Kirribilli Markets, most likely inside Burton Street Tunnell from 8:30am until 3pm. 

Map of Kirribilli Markets location. 

Map of Kirribilli Markets location. 

I am currently in the middle of creating some new designs... wish me luck they will all be ready for the market!  

Another New Market: Kirribilli Markets on Sunday, 13th of August

I will be showcasing my designs at Kirribilli Markets on Sunday, the 13th of August. I will have all of my current handmade fashion designs on display and hopefully even a few new ones... I am planning on making a new Bolero, a few skirts, and maybe a new top or two... so much to do and so little time!! 

For more info on the market take a look at the Kirribilli Markets website here.

For info on my location on the day, please take a look at my Instagram @penelopereddesigns or Facebook page.

Checking out Kirribilli Markets last month.

Checking out Kirribilli Markets last month.

My New Workroom: My Sewing Room Renovation.

Recently I renovated my workroom! It has made such an improvement to my daily work life... I had no idea how happy I would be until it was done. I am now so inspired and so much more efficient!

Before the renovation I had this massive industrial cutting table, which took up 70% of the room, even though I only used half of it. The room was a continuous mess since I didn't have a perfect spot for anything...

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Above and below are the before pics... 

 

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The chaos above! 

And now witness my beautiful, organized room below...

The new smaller cutting table has cupboards underneath to store my fabrics neatly and keep things in smaller boxes. Before I was storing fabrics in very large boxes that were so bad for my back. 

The new smaller cutting table has cupboards underneath to store my fabrics neatly and keep things in smaller boxes. Before I was storing fabrics in very large boxes that were so bad for my back. 

We put hooks on the wall for fabric rolls to be stored on. The old cutting table had space for more fabric rolls. The new table has no fabric roll space- but I think it's rather pretty having the rolls displayed on the wall anyway!

 

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We also added a small shelf on the shorter wall to keep all of my cutting and patternmaking tools together and out of the way when I am using the table. 

 

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Next it was a mission to tame this wild beast above... my wall of fabrics. We managed! And it is now looking beautiful like this:

 

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I had to cut out cardboard for each and every piece of fabric that is on this wall, but it was so worth it. Since they are organized I can now actually fit more! This display is so much more inviting, and I have a feeling there will be a few of my regular customers who will love even more now looking at the fabrics!  

Now I can now invite my tea party customers into the room and show them my wall of fabrics, and all the other fabric and trims I room have bursting at the seams. This makes it a more personalized experience since they can choose the fabric and trim together with my recommendations, and then receive something which is just for them!

I now have two clothes racks permanently in my room displaying my current collection of designs. Before I never had room for this, so I had to set up a display every time a customer visited.  Now it's so easy! 

I now have two clothes racks permanently in my room displaying my current collection of designs. Before I never had room for this, so I had to set up a display every time a customer visited.  Now it's so easy! 

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Then I needed to worry about my sewing table. I am really happy with this one I found in Officeworks since I love the bamboo top and the white steel frame makes it really sturdy. 

 

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My new sewing table holds both my sewing machine and my overlocker. I can happily sew using both side by side, which makes my life so much easier compared to the set up I had before. 

 

Apparently we also really enjoy our masterfoods mustard!!! All of those red lidded bottles have been collected over the past few years! They have come in handy to hold my odd buttons, small pieces of trim, and I am sure I will find many uses as we collect more.

 

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Eventually I would like to have a few trolley drawer units for each side of my sewing table, rather than the boxes I have pictured here. It will make the smaller items like threads, scissors, machine accessories etc much more easily accessible.

 

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I had a very small wall area that could still be utilized and I knew I could put an IKEA Kallax unit there- it fit perfectly- by about 5cm! I filled the kallax unit mainly with boxes that I then filled with items like orders I am working on, paper patterns etc.

 

 

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And here I am working in my new workroom! It's amazing what a bit of planning, time and a little bit of money can do to a space that was once so cluttered and disorganized! The room itself is very small- only 3metres by 2.5 metres. It's tiny! But living in Sydney means that it's ridiculously expensive to buy a bigger place just for a work room... so I had to use whatever space we had... and I am very pleased with the results! 

 

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I now have a really efficient work room with everything I need in it, and even enough room to swing a cat! I actually have space to move. Thank goodness for that!  

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above, Leanne trying on her custom made coat, and she is my first customer in my new workroom!  

 

All I need to do now is complete my wall of inspiration and favorite things! This will go above the fabric wall and it's going to the fabulous!!!  So that is it... my sewing room is now such a wonderful space to work in, and I cant wait to create some new designs (I have been sooooooooo busy with orders recently)! 

All I need to do now is complete my wall of inspiration and favorite things! This will go above the fabric wall and it's going to the fabulous!!! 

So that is it... my sewing room is now such a wonderful space to work in, and I cant wait to create some new designs (I have been sooooooooo busy with orders recently)! 

New Market and New Market Date, Sunday 6th August

My Penelope Red designs will be on display at The Royal Randwick Artisan Markets on Sunday, 6th August, from 10am until 4pm. The market is an indoor market and a specifically handmade market yay! - and it is on the top level of the shopping center. 

 

All of my current designs will be on display, plus if everything goes according to plan, a few new styles too! I will be taking custom orders as well as selling stock. It's a great opportunity to see my designs in person and have a chat about perhaps getting something created just for you! 

For more info on the market take a look at the Randwick Artisan Market website here.

For info on my location on the day, please take a look at my Instagram @penelopereddesigns or Facebook page.

 

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Watch this space for more announcements of new markets and more market dates over the next few months!  

 

 

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The Penelope Red Fabric Swatch Book

This season I am going to try out something new! After hearing feedback from a number of customers, I have come to realize that lots of you really love good fabric, but a computer screen can only show you so much. So, for those of you who are unable to meet me and see my designs in person, I am offering a great way to touch and feel and see my gorgeous fabrics without the hassle. I am making swatch books of my beautiful fabrics! They will be sent out in late April, and the fabrics in each swatch book will correspond to the designs in the shop online. 

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If you would like to receive a free copy of the Penelope Red Fabric Swatch Book, then please email me. 

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I am back at the Rocks Markets this Sunday, 19th February

This Sunday, 19th of February, will be my first market for 2017! I have plenty of new styles to show off. The below photos show just a few: 

 

 

Pop Art Flared Shorts in a fantastic cotton print with gifted in a mint green polka dot. 

Pop Art Flared Shorts in a fantastic cotton print with gifted in a mint green polka dot. 

A pleated skirt made from two very stunning vintage fabrics in lime green and various green and gold colours.  only three copies of this skirt will be created.

A pleated skirt made from two very stunning vintage fabrics in lime green and various green and gold colours.  only three copies of this skirt will be created.

A cotton voile blouse with this a stunning floral border print. 

A cotton voile blouse with this a stunning floral border print. 

This is perhaps my favorite so far... this fabric just says it all! It looks so much better in person too. Only three copies of this skirt will be created. 

This is perhaps my favorite so far... this fabric just says it all! It looks so much better in person too. Only three copies of this skirt will be created. 

This blue knit top and A line skirt will be available for order too!  

This blue knit top and A line skirt will be available for order too!  

All of the designs above and more will be available for order at the markets. I will have some stock items too. Take a look at my Instagram @penelopereddesigns or Facebook (links below) for my location on the day. It does change from week to week. The markets are open 10am until 5pm. I hope to see you there!  

Penelope Red at The Rocks Markets Saturday 3rd December and new designs!

I am at the Rocks Markets today! My location will be confirmed once I am set up at around 10am today- on my Facebook page and Instagram. I have a few new items to show off as well. Here they are:

 

The Rayo silk print on this top has an amazing drape, so this top simply needed to made from this fabric. I think the colour combo will be great for Christmas and going into Autumn. 

The Rayo silk print on this top has an amazing drape, so this top simply needed to made from this fabric. I think the colour combo will be great for Christmas and going into Autumn. 

This is a one of two design. The blue is beautiful against the rayon print. 

This is a one of two design. The blue is beautiful against the rayon print. 

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Penelope Red at The Rocks Market 26th and 27th November and more new designs

I will be bringing my Penelope Red boutique to The Rocks Market this coming weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November. I will have all of my latest designs to show off, including the following... 

 

My current favorite summer dress- a fabulous 60's inspired Pop Art A-line dress. It has this loud as can be and large pop art comic print featured on it, and it's a 100% cotton, so it's perfect for Spring and Summer. 

My current favorite summer dress- a fabulous 60's inspired Pop Art A-line dress. It has this loud as can be and large pop art comic print featured on it, and it's a 100% cotton, so it's perfect for Spring and Summer. 

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The Deco Red and Grey Full Circle Skirt gets lots of attention whenever I wear my copy of it too ( just like the above Pop Art A-line Dress) so I decided I must make more! It is made from a silk rayon fabric and simply glides as you move. Very beautiful!  

The Deco Red and Grey Full Circle Skirt gets lots of attention whenever I wear my copy of it too ( just like the above Pop Art A-line Dress) so I decided I must make more! It is made from a silk rayon fabric and simply glides as you move. Very beautiful!  

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A close up of the Red and Grey Deco Skirt. One of my next goals on the design front is to make a version of flared pants out of this fabric and colourway.  

A close up of the Red and Grey Deco Skirt. One of my next goals on the design front is to make a version of flared pants out of this fabric and colourway.  

The white and blue satin blouse is a nice loose style that you can wear as a casual top or dress it up.  

The white and blue satin blouse is a nice loose style that you can wear as a casual top or dress it up.  

The Vintage Boats Green Knit Top is another knit style I have made using a vintage print around the neck and sleeve. Only four copies of this style will be made!  

The Vintage Boats Green Knit Top is another knit style I have made using a vintage print around the neck and sleeve. Only four copies of this style will be made!  

All of the above styles can also be viewed in my online shop here:  http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/

More fantastic vintage finds!

I recently inherited some vintage fabrics, through my husbands Russian family, look at previous posts for that... and now I have inherited a big collection of vintage buttons too!  They are simply amazing! 

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Honestly, getting this treasure trove of buttons is so much more exciting for me than getting an unlimited budget in a jewelry shop! I always say to the hubby, don't buy me jewelry- buy me fabric!! (I have a feeling I am not normal! )

So I can't wait to add them to my coming creations! I definitely will be using some of them on some bolero jackets this coming autumn and winter. I think some skirts and pants and maybe even a few blouses too. If only there were more hours in the day!  

Penelope Red at The Rocks Market 29th and 30th October and more new designs!

I will be taking my PenelopeRED designs with me again to the Rocks Market this coming weekend, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of October. I also have some fabulous new designs to show off. A little sneak peek of what some of the designs will be included is below...

 

This women's jersey knit top features a bright Apple green stretchy body and contrasting boat neck and short sleeves made from a really cute vintage cotton print with little boats on it. 

This women's jersey knit top features a bright Apple green stretchy body and contrasting boat neck and short sleeves made from a really cute vintage cotton print with little boats on it. 

A women's tulip skirt in two contrasting fabrics: an olive green for the sides and waistband, then a floral fabric in the middle and tulip hem. The design line is highlighted by the red binding.

A women's tulip skirt in two contrasting fabrics: an olive green for the sides and waistband, then a floral fabric in the middle and tulip hem. The design line is highlighted by the red binding.

A blue, white and beige satin blouse with a scoop neck and pleats around the neckline. This top looks great with jans, pants or can tuck it into a high waisted skirt too. 

A blue, white and beige satin blouse with a scoop neck and pleats around the neckline. This top looks great with jans, pants or can tuck it into a high waisted skirt too. 

More new styles will be added over the weekend! 

Here I am sewing away!  

Here I am sewing away!