BOO!

Posted on: Thursday, 31 October 2013

Some creepy Halloween costumes from way back when.

(1, 2 & 3, 4, 5)

They are amazing and terrifying. Much better than cruddy sexy synthetic ones that people get away with these days. I love that weird masks in the last one especially. More good pictures here.

Have a spooooooky evening all!

Fading Light

Posted on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Some pictures of my studio from recent weeks. Now the clocks have changed and the evenings are dark it is rather tricky to get any natural light.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week and it enjoying this wintery weather, rain rain rain (oh and super dooper wind apparently). I'm looking forward to Halloween and bonfire night - mainly standing around in front of big fires and drinking watery hot chocolate out of polystyrene cups trying to warm your hands and toes.

Blue Bird

Posted on: Monday, 21 October 2013


Some flowery photos to brighten up this blustery evening.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to share another one of my Liberty print pieces. This shirt, oh I love the fabric so much, I was going to make it into a dress but then I didn't have enough so I thought it looked rather sweet as a shirt with this linen skirt.

You can buy the shirt here, or here if you are that way inclined. I've got some more floral Liberty tana lawn that is reminding me of summer and begging to be made into something special.

Any thoughts on what I should make?

Quiet Celebrations and Thank Yous

Posted on: Thursday, 17 October 2013


I always think around this time of year as a sort of birthday time for this little project of mine. Although it sort of snuck up on me and there was no real launch or anything fancy like that, it's been two years now since I started sewing and opened up my Etsy shop

Thanks for sticking around, reading my nothings on this blog and make it possible for me to make a little bit of money and get a lot of satisfaction out of my home grown business. I feel lucky and it still takes me a bit by surprise that it's actually something that's, like, just happening, if you catch my drift.

This is a picture of the cake we had to celebrate new born babies, pregnant bellies and say farewell and good luck to friends.

I like the way that life moves on, without you noticing, just sort of taking you with it.

Styling IK for Autumn.

Posted on: Monday, 14 October 2013

I've been putting together some outfits featuring dresses from my Quite Contrary collection that I launched last AW. So here are some ideas if this change in weather has taken you all unawares like.


The Foxglove dress styled with knee high socks and brogues / The Poppy dress with a charity shop jumper and some knitting. I'd probably pair both outfits with a pair of high high denier black tights and a big wooly cardy - but that's just what I wear most (all) of the time.

If any of you out there have styled any of your own IK dresses don't forget to use #isabelknowles on Instagram so I can take a look.

Bridesmaids Dresses

Posted on: Friday, 4 October 2013

Back in July my lovely big sister got married. I was in charge of doing bridesmaid's dresses - and also a lot of planning everything else cos she's a proper doctor person. Oh what a wonderful day it was. I was in floods of tears during the speeches - perhaps too much cider and not enough sleep to blame, I was sewing til 2am the night before. Here are some photos from the day of the lovely bridesmaids and some other colourful bits.


The fabric I used was from Stone Fabrics in Totnes. They have an amazing selection of stunning fabrics and the staff are so lovely. I'm so pleased with the way all the dresses looked in the end - although on the day I was sort of sick of the sight of them - I haven't actually got a picture of us all together, but they were all different cuts and shapes, some with sleeves, long skirts, short skirts, low backs and all that jazz.

It was a hot English summers day and the flowers where vibrant and the fit was comfortable. Can't say so much for the sweaty men in their tweed.

All photos by wonderful ladies Rockrose Photography.

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