Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Linen Garden 'Statement Skirts'

As you know I adore linen...I adore florals...and I particularly adore Sanderson furnishing prints 
(or prints of a similar bouquet)
I love how you can turn a practical piece of linen into a wearable painting,
a statement kind of skirt.
So this is our next project
here at The Linen Garden..... 
'Statement Skirts'
Designs, like the vintage linens and cotton sateens are limited, and, like the bags, 
will be bespoke, individual makings.

There is just one straight forward design.
An 'A' line shape with lovely flattering side pockets and zip at the back.  
The great little practicality of an 'A' line shape is that if (like mine) 
your waist line changes slightly over the months like the seasons,
you can pull it down a little on your hips. 
Oh joy!!!!
The inside of the pockets can be made 
using a complimentary floral as too can the waistband.
You can also request a length too if the fabric is available to suit.
Some prefer on the knee, 
I like a midi length and some commissions have been requested 
to the small of the ankle to make a lovely evening sateen skirt for a festive soiree....
Please note that these fabrics are furnishing florals 
and therefore will have a more sturdier feel and hang as a denim. 
 Some of the sateens will hang softer.  
This will be detailed in the shop as Heavy, Medium, Soft.

So starting this week fabrics will be placed on sale over at The Linen Garden shop.  
All you need to do is  choose your fabric 
and add this to the checkout (prices start at £70).  
You then need to choose if you would like it lined 
and again add this to the checkout (an additional £25)..
please note that I choose the liner depending on current stock 
and colour palette of the chosen floral design.  

Then simply pay and email me your waist size 
(you may wish to email your hip size too).  
I also need to know your required length if applicable...
there may be an additional charge for this if it is passed mid-calf length.

As each skirt is made by hand, here in the studio, making and delivery may take up to 5 weeks.
International orders are welcome.

So, if you have any questions please either email me at 
message me over at Facebook
or leave a comment below.....

Here is the first option of the first fabrics that is now available HERE.
I currently have enough of this Sanderson sateen "Fiorella" to make approx 5 bespoke skirts.
(see pattern below)

Friday, 7 November 2014

a collage of bows

...while you are eating the last wholesome bowl of pumpkin soup
I am starting the gentle introduction of festive gatherings...
and this year I have started the season with a small collection of kimono inspired bows 
to sit prettily at the top of a tree, to adorn a wreath or two, 
decorate the back of a dining chair or six 
or hang in rows or clusters on the hallway wall.  
How would you use them???

These can be made in the studio in any colour palette 
using a range of vintage fabrics from barkcloths to silks and lovely linens
(floral of course).
Large - £25
Small - £15.50
P&P - £4.50 uk.... international postage can be quoted on enquiry.
email me at info@vickytrainor.co.uk to make an enquiry or order.  

Friday, 24 October 2014


...a little note...
My second collection of bags launches this evening at 6pm...
new painterly projects
have been lovingly made
A tad excited.......sprinkled with nervous confetti 
as always when you are selling your soul, I mean wares....

Here is the link - and a sneak 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Bags of Floral Love - Collection 2

The Linen Garden's first collection of bags launched late September and I had planned to write a few words in this journal of mine to announce the launch and the designs available. but. to my heart warming surprise most of the floral bags sold out within 24 hours.  Amazing...

I adore floral linen (have you noticed), it is a millimetre away from being an addiction. When a piece of old screen printed Sanderson arrives in the studio I like to just study it awhile. As a textile designer at birth it makes me rather giddy to cast my eye over the painterly marks and stylised observations, the beautifully considered compositions and the softness that only age can apply to a fabric.  The designs of the bags are made in a way to celebrate this...a miniature painting to rest on your wrist or an oversized 'skirt bag' that you feel as if you are wearing.  Most are vintage Sanderson prints or prints of that nature and style.  It is my little obsession to sit and look at the fabric and consider the shape of the bag, it's handles. its fastening, its liner, and, while assembling and stitching, a name is given that feels 'just right'.  

The collection is loosely designed with the thirties in mind a nod to Bloomsbury, the hand made, the artisan. Not one bag is ever made the same to make each pretty lady an individual..  Here is a little glimpse to Collection 2 (just a glimpse mind you)...there will be over 35 available so hopefully you will be able to purchase a floral that feels just right for you.  She will arrive carefully wrapped in scented tissue and placed lovingly in a named box as she makes the journey to her new home. The first collection has travelled many roads in the UK as well as over seas to Germany, Australia and the US....far better travelled than I.

It would be lovely for you to stop by at The Linen Garden shop, the new bags will be waiting from 6.00pm on Friday October 24th.  There are also currently just a few available from Collection 1 too over on the shelves - just in case you can't wait til next week.  xxxxxx