Tuesday, 2 October 2012

When Mairi Brunning met Betty Spoke ...

A couple of weeks ago, on a Friday evening, Mairi Brunning Millinery HQ was delighted to have a visit from the beautiful and talented Betty Spoke.

Betty Spoke is a truly gifted clothing designer with impeccable, high standards, ensuring all her customers receive both fabulous service and products.

Betty came to us with a very specific request; a headpiece to accompany her to Glasgow's Harris Tweed Bike Ride. Already created from scratch by Betty were tweed, thigh-high legwarmers, a tweed jacked with cowl neck collar and twill shorts. A truly fabulous outfit!

To complement the existing garments, we took one of our bespoke headpieces that we originally designed for the Young Fresians photoshoot. This headpiece is a particularly special design, incorporating pheasant feathers prepared by hand by my Granny. My Granny is fabulous at turning her hand to anything practical or crafty!

... link to the photoshoot and full credits here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.450586451659201.109034.126438517407331&type=3

Betty had a range of offcuts of both Harris and Borders tweed, so we chose a tweed with both gold and cranberry threads through it. This not only complemented the rest of the outfit, but it also brought out the gold tone of the hat base and all the flecks of colour in the pheasant feathers.

A couple of hours of perfecting the pattern for the tweed border, lots of hand-sewing the tweed into place and several cups of tea later, here are the results of my hard work!

And here is Betty all dressed up on the actual day of the bike ride:
Like what you see? Betty offers a commission service, as well as ready to wear items (like gorgeous snoods to keep you cosy this Winter!). In addition, her commission service will allow you to choose options to make up your dream garment, incorporating as much or as little tweed as you like!
In Betty's own words; 'B. Fabulous, B. Spoke!'
The final piece of the story is that in return for her headpiece, Betty Spoke sent me a treat in the post ... an a amazing snood in yellow and black dogtooth check. It looks amazing with my leather jacket and Mairi Brunning Millinery black cloche hat. Cloche hats and snoods available to purchase now!
To find out more about Betty Spoke email her at tailored@bettyspoke.com ,
 her website can be viewed here www.bettyspoke.com, or to find out more about Mairi Brunning Millinery, visit www.mairibrunning.com or www.facebook.com/mairibrunningmillinery.

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