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!!! 

A Catalogue of my Penelope Red Bolero Jackets

I have decided to use my blog here to show you the wide range of Penelope Red bolero jacket versions. Really, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination and some fantastic fabrics! Whenever I am talking to a customer about a particular style, they often ask if I have any other options or versions, so this is the perfect way to show a catalogue of as many different styles as possible! 

 

Leanne wears a one of a kind Red and Blue Bolero and a one of a kind denim and printed mini skirt.

Leanne wears a one of a kind Red and Blue Bolero and a one of a kind denim and printed mini skirt.

Lorelle wears the Red, Black and White Bolero. This version is still available in a size 8 in the Penelope Red online shop here:  http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/red-black-and-white-bolero-jacket

Lorelle wears the Red, Black and White Bolero. This version is still available in a size 8 in the Penelope Red online shop here: http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/red-black-and-white-bolero-jacket

This Red Bolero Jacket is one of the first bolero's I ever created, but it still looks beautiful to me. Its handmade from two vintage fabrics, and the high Chinese Collar and wrap around style is gorgeous!

This Red Bolero Jacket is one of the first bolero's I ever created, but it still looks beautiful to me. Its handmade from two vintage fabrics, and the high Chinese Collar and wrap around style is gorgeous!

The above Jade or Turquoised coloured bolero jacket in this photo has been handmade from a gorgeous bright vintage wool, and features oversized buttons on the front. I love this bolero with this printed jersey knit dress. Very vintage!   

The above Jade or Turquoised coloured bolero jacket in this photo has been handmade from a gorgeous bright vintage wool, and features oversized buttons on the front. I love this bolero with this printed jersey knit dress. Very vintage!

 

The Liberty Flowers Bolero was handmade from a Liberty of London wool print. I only ever made three copies of this design. It features beautiful vintage buttons, cute little welt button holes and silk lining.   

The Liberty Flowers Bolero was handmade from a Liberty of London wool print. I only ever made three copies of this design. It features beautiful vintage buttons, cute little welt button holes and silk lining.

 

Lucy wears a one of a kind bolero, handmade from a red wool, and a blue bird printed cotton.

Lucy wears a one of a kind bolero, handmade from a red wool, and a blue bird printed cotton.

I wear the Cherry Red Bolero and Leanne wears the Black, White and Orange Pyramid Bolero. I think this Pyramid Bolero is one of my most favorite bolero jackets I have made. It features a vintage wool print, and gorgeous vintage buttons.

I wear the Cherry Red Bolero and Leanne wears the Black, White and Orange Pyramid Bolero. I think this Pyramid Bolero is one of my most favorite bolero jackets I have made. It features a vintage wool print, and gorgeous vintage buttons.

The Osaka Citrus Bolero features a stunning cotton print. I have kept this design for myself... I couldn't help it!  

The Osaka Citrus Bolero features a stunning cotton print. I have kept this design for myself... I couldn't help it!  

Lorelle wears the Gothic Coffee Bolero with the Silver Drama Skirt. Leanne wears the black and gold Cleopatra Blouse and the black and gold Tulip Skirt.  

Lorelle wears the Gothic Coffee Bolero with the Silver Drama Skirt. Leanne wears the black and gold Cleopatra Blouse and the black and gold Tulip Skirt.  

Lucy wears the Pink and Plum Rosavar Bolero

Lucy wears the Pink and Plum Rosavar Bolero

This is a one of a kind bolero I created. It uses a unique boucle for the contrast, and very pretty silver vintage buttons. 

This is a one of a kind bolero I created. It uses a unique boucle for the contrast, and very pretty silver vintage buttons. 

The Venus Bolero is a very unique design! It features a vintage print of flowers and bright birds on a cream background, with a pale pink vintage pleated organza trimming the front and neckline. To me this bolero has a little Oriental influence, mixed with a European influence... All the things I love. 

The Venus Bolero is a very unique design! It features a vintage print of flowers and bright birds on a cream background, with a pale pink vintage pleated organza trimming the front and neckline. To me this bolero has a little Oriental influence, mixed with a European influence... All the things I love. 

And again the current version I have created, the Red, Black and White Bolero. I only ever created two copies of his style, and only the size 8 is available. You can find it in the Penelope Red online shop here:   http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/red-black-and-white-bolero-jacket

And again the current version I have created, the Red, Black and White Bolero. I only ever created two copies of his style, and only the size 8 is available. You can find it in the Penelope Red online shop here:  http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/red-black-and-white-bolero-jacket

As you can see, when you mix different fabrics and colours and textures, one version of these jackets can be completely different to the next.  

And this isn't even all of the versions I have made! I have created a lot more, but I was silly and didn't take photos!  

If you are interested in a custom made bolero or would like something special created just for you, then please contact me here:  

 http://www.penelopered.com.au/contact/

Penelope Red Handmade Winter Coats

Whenever I take my fashion designs to The Rocks Markets, in Sydney,  during Winter, I am asked about Winter coats. They are not the average coat, and it's very obvious as soon as you take a look at one! Firstly, they must have colour! Secondly, they are tailor made or custom made. Thirdly, they have a number of layers- this depends on the style we are talking about. 

The following photos have been taken over the past few years of some of the various coat designs I have created for some truly very special and fashionable women! 

 

Katrina's Bright Pink Coat with Uzbekistani silk ikat appliqué detailing and bell sleeves. 

Katrina's Bright Pink Coat with Uzbekistani silk ikat appliqué detailing and bell sleeves. 

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Here I am wearing my own coat that I handmade from an emerald green and white alpaca and wool blended check. Complete with white faux fur trim.       

Here I am wearing my own coat that I handmade from an emerald green and white alpaca and wool blended check. Complete with white faux fur trim. 

 

 

I created this winter coat for Lorelle from a bright red wool and then added an appliqué in a Liberty of London wool print. I randomly create the appliqué design as I go! 

I created this winter coat for Lorelle from a bright red wool and then added an appliqué in a Liberty of London wool print. I randomly create the appliqué design as I go! 

Lorelle wearing her Penelope Red Winter Coat in Spain... 

Lorelle wearing her Penelope Red Winter Coat in Spain... 

My Emerald Green Winter coat again... this time while I was heavily pregnant. Leanne wears a Penelope Red custom order bolero in red and blue.

My Emerald Green Winter coat again... this time while I was heavily pregnant. Leanne wears a Penelope Red custom order bolero in red and blue.

This Jade and Black Winter Coat was handmade using two very beautiful vintage fabrics, along with a faux fur trim in black.

This Jade and Black Winter Coat was handmade using two very beautiful vintage fabrics, along with a faux fur trim in black.

A bright blue and black coat, which includes gorgeous vintage buttons!

A bright blue and black coat, which includes gorgeous vintage buttons!

Teena's Black, Red and White Winter Coat is probably still one of my favourite versions! I love the white piping in between the red and black!

Teena's Black, Red and White Winter Coat is probably still one of my favourite versions! I love the white piping in between the red and black!

If you would like to enquire about any of my Winter Coat styles, or ask about getting any of my designs custom made, my contact details are here...