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!  

New vintage fabrics added to my collection

I have recently acquired some new-to-me but vintage fabrics. Lots of customers ask me, where do I get my fabrics from? Honestly, it depends which fabric we are talking about, but a lot of my vintage fabrics I inherit when a family member or friend of the family has given up sewing or has passed on. It's a great way to delight and show the person who gave it to me, how much I appreciate the fabrics when I have a finished design to show off to them! 

The below collection of fabrics have come from my Russian in-laws side of the family. They are all vintage Russian fabrics and trims. It's amazing to think that these fabrics have traveled half way across the world a long time ago, and now they will be part of my collection of designs soon! 

 

I have loads of this fabric. It's a very unique print- something you don't really see in Australia much!  

I have loads of this fabric. It's a very unique print- something you don't really see in Australia much!  

This fabric looks and feels like a wool crepe and has a beautiful soft drape. I am thinking perhaps a pair of flared pants or a full circle skirt or dress might be on the cards for this!  

This fabric looks and feels like a wool crepe and has a beautiful soft drape. I am thinking perhaps a pair of flared pants or a full circle skirt or dress might be on the cards for this!  

These are all hand crocheted and I think bobbin-laced collars. Either way they are very intricate and detailed. Perhaps they might look nice on a skirt hem? 

These are all hand crocheted and I think bobbin-laced collars. Either way they are very intricate and detailed. Perhaps they might look nice on a skirt hem? 

Hot off the press! New Designs!

I have a sneak peek at some new designs I just finished yesterday and today!  These designs and all of my current collection of designs will be at The Rocks Markets this weekend, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. I am really looking forward to seeing what people think of these!  

 

The Pastel Kimono, handmade from a mint green, cream and gold cotton fabric and a vintage pink and gold trim.  

The Pastel Kimono, handmade from a mint green, cream and gold cotton fabric and a vintage pink and gold trim.  

The Pastel Kimono. I decided to create this since my other Kimono print is extremely bright, and I realize that this brightness isn't always for everyone!  

The Pastel Kimono. I decided to create this since my other Kimono print is extremely bright, and I realize that this brightness isn't always for everyone!  

A closeup of the Jade Pleated Skirt with A vintage "Venus" Print.  

A closeup of the Jade Pleated Skirt with A vintage "Venus" Print.  

Detail of the vintage button on the Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. 

Detail of the vintage button on the Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. 

The finished Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. The t bar is made from a vintage print that features a random squiggle in black and gold on a cream background.  

The finished Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. The t bar is made from a vintage print that features a random squiggle in black and gold on a cream background.  

More styles will be added to the blog, and the shop online during the week. So stay tuned!  

Penelope Red at The Rocks Markets on 8th and 9th of October

I will again have my Penelope Red market boutique set up at The Rocks Markets on the 8th and 9th of October. I have been working on a few new skirts, the kimono style in a new print and I hope to get more designs finished in time! I hope to see you there! The opening hours for the market are 10am until 5pm both days.

 

I will be at The Rocks Markets on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of October, 2016.

I will be at The Rocks Markets on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of October, 2016.

Nicole's Custom Order Catsuit

Recently I created a custom made blue and white satin catsuit for Nicole. I have known Nicole for a while, and I know that she likes designs with a 70's influence, so once I found this gorgeous print I knew it would look fantastic as a catsuit on her!

 

 

The blue and white satin fabric has a very retro inspired print. 

The blue and white satin fabric has a very retro inspired print. 

With catsuits I find the fitting to be a bit tricky. Everyone's bodies, i.e. torso area, are completely different in length, and since a catsuit is an all-in-one style you must get the length perfect! 

This particular catsuit style is quite unique, since it is a wrap around style, with a low v neck, a tie around the waist, and a thigh high split! Long kimono style sleeves balance out the design nicely. I dreamed up this design when I was dancing away in a club in Sydney! And ever since, every time I wear my version of this design it makes me feel like dancing! 

The below photos show the catsuit pinned and unfinished. This is what it looked like after the first fitting:

 

The catsuit done to a stage after the first fitting. All the seams are unfinished at this stage. 

The catsuit done to a stage after the first fitting. All the seams are unfinished at this stage. 

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And here is Nicole all dressed up for her friends wedding!  

 

Nicole wearing her custom made Penelope Red catsuit!  

Nicole wearing her custom made Penelope Red catsuit!  

Nicole wearing the catsuit, and her friends, the Grooms.  

Nicole wearing the catsuit, and her friends, the Grooms.  

All I can say is, "Wow!!!" I think she looks absolutely amazing in the design, and I am sure she made a few heads turn... Which is totally what this catsuit is made for!!!