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July 6, 2012 / KristenMakes

Firsts: a Collaboration

(c) Mandors

Before we delve into the stunning garment you see above, let’s start by introducing a few key players to this post:

1. Scotland Re:Designed.  This project serves as a platform that brings Scottish fashion designers, manufacturers and textile companies can build, establish and secure new and ongoing business relationships.

2.  Mandors.  A fabulous fabric shop with locations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Beautiful textiles and knitting yarn too!

3. Cassandra Bellanger & The Stitchery Studio.  Cassandra is a fashion designer based in Glasgow, and she also runs the Stitchery, where  she teaches courses and workshops in dressmaking and design, pattern cutting and beginner sewing.

So Scotland Re:Designed and Mandors hosted a competition open to designers the enter their designs and have their work promoted.  The lovely Cassandra won with her stunning design, and contacted me to collaborate with her on a hand-knitted collar.

Cass and I met up a few times to discuss her ideas and, and I did some planning and worked out the pattern for the collar, which was to be inserted into a the silk blouse.

I love how the collar is inserted into into the pleats.  It’s such a lovely detail!  The blouse is completed with a stunning tailored jacket.  The fabric has been flocked with a beautiful floral pattern by textile artist Jo Faulkner.

The completed garment debuted at the Scotland Re:Designed launch party at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.  The fashion show and launch was a very hot event and I had a great time mingling with so much Scottish talent!  The party centred around the fashion show which featured designers and manufacturers that work with Scotland Re:Designed.

William Chambers Millinery


MYB Textiles lace manufacturer

The fashion show was such a fabulous event.  There is such great talent here in Scotland’s fashion industry, I am overwhelmed and very lucky to be involved in any capacity.  Cassandra’s winning garment looked stunning on display, placed in a prime spot visible throughout the entire room.

The winning design.

Later, Mandors organised a photoshoot with the stunning Numba and photographer Chris James.  Can you believe how gorgeous it is?

(c) Mandors

Working with Cass was a wonderful experience, and I’m so excited about the future projects that we have in the works!  You can read more about Cassandra, Jo, myself and the competition on Mandor’s blog.  A huge thanks goes out to them for organising and sponsoring the competition!

You can also make  a Cassandra Belanger design of your own via Cloth Magazine: the Vintage Tea Dress!

Image via Cloth Magazine

And if you’re local, don’t forget to check out her website for the fabulous classes and workshops she’s got on!



Leave a Comment
  1. Nat @ Made in Home / Jul 7 2012 1:58 am

    This is amazing! Congrats to Cassandra and brilliant use of your knitted collar!

  2. Debi / Jul 7 2012 4:46 am

    OMG. That is SO EXCITING!!! Fabulous collaborations!

  3. elaineoc / Jul 8 2012 7:51 am

    Fabulous – I was along at the exhibition last week and thought this piece looked stunning. So much inspiring work on display!

  4. megthegrand / Jul 10 2012 4:56 pm

    What a fantastic collaboration!! All of the pieces are so stunning, but yours with the knitted collar is just breathtaking! Very well done!

  5. Janice A. / Jul 18 2012 9:01 am

    What an interesting post ! Well done to all of you. I love the collar on the dress.



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