I was chuffed to be asked to attend a super fashion event at Lincoln's EPIC Centre last week. Not only did I have a stall selling vintage and contemporary Japanese fabrics, my kits and other goodies, but I was also asked to be the judge of the 'Japan' themed fashion collections!
This meant I got a front-row seat right at the end of the catwalk and could see the students' fabulous designs up close.
The winning schools received amazing Janome sewing machines, so it was important to judge them carefully. In the end, the final collection - featuring interpretations of Japanese street fashion and a back-flipping model - was a clear winner and thoroughly deserved their prize.
More images from the night can be found here (I was too busy judging to take pics!) http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2011/07/kids-sew-into-fashion-at-show/
It was also good to meet the lovely Mich from MyFuroshiki in person. We've each bought each other's goodies in the past, so it was nice to put a face to the name at last. Check out her Folksy shop for Japanese fabric gift-wrapping loveliness.