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Personalised Patterns

I make personalised patterns for my clients so that I get the most flattering fit to suit their silhouettes. I find making personalised patterns very rewarding! Seams perfectly contouring your body, the waist placed just so, sleeves the ideal length and not an out-of-place fold to be seen all go hand in hand with creating a personalised pattern.  You have to consider things, like, what length of skirt suits the person best, does she want short sleeves or long sleeves and what is the most flattering shape for her silhouette. And the look needs to balance and be suitable for the particular occasion. And in personalising outfits considering the colour is very important with each individual having preferences in colour and shades of colour.

It is thought that getting an outfit tailor made or customisied is very expensive, but is is now more affordable than in the past, offering people the opportunity to dress to best suit their particular style and figure.

I have worked for many years making special patterns for my customers, and love to see the final garment made up to provide them with a great fit. Indeed, ladies often look slimmer, or taller and more elegant when they are wearing an outfit that they fell good in, and which is cut well. Quality fabric is also so important to ensure that the garment remains in good condition for longer.

Designing and Tailoring are definately a skill that work hand in hand. There are fewer people making patterns on the table today as much of this is now computerised. While creating personalised patterns may be a dying art, there is no doubt that it is the perfect way to create the perfect pattern. 



What Should The Mother of the Bride Wear?

Going to be the Mother of the Bride and what you can and cannot wear?

Strict rules were followed by the Mother of the Bride in seeking the perfect outfit for her daughter’s wedding.
These rules prohibited the Mother from wearing white in case the outfit clashed with the bride’s dress or wearing flashy red was a definite no go!.  These are now rules of the past. Today ladies are wearing outfits ranging from a more casual look for a beach wedding to a formal dress for a black-tie wedding.

The Theme And The Colour

Before you start shopping, it is important to have a good understanding of the wedding theme and levels of formality. And the best person to provide clear guidance with the style and colour palette is the Bride.

There may be several things to consider in choosing the colour. Perhaps you are looking to match the colours of the bride’s maid dresses or you mearly need to compliment the colour they are wearing. One lady who came to me for an outfit had to wear green, a colour she was quite unsure about as she had never worn it previously. She did have the choice of a number of shades, fortunately, and with her fair complexion, a kelly green suited her very well. I introduced a contrasting deep blue and purple embellishments to the dress, a colourful yet tasteful combination which enhanced the outfit. Or maybe your daughter has decided to use a colour which is currently in season. Orchid yellow, and various flavours of it,  for example, was popular for Bride-Maids dresses in 2017, and we see varied shades of yellow again in 2018 Fashion predictions. Whether you are buying off the rail or having an outfit made to fit your figure, it is advisable to start looking in plenty of time to avoid rushing in the end.

Tailor Made to Measure or Off the Rail: That is the question

Ladies in their fifties and sixties are the main age range of ladies who’s daughters and indeed sons who are getting married. These women want to look well and we see fewer buying the typical Mother of the Bride outfits as they see these as either ageing or too fussy.  Dressing to flatter the body and expressing personal style can make a lady feel young and confident, whatever her age.  

So more and more ladies are investing in a contemporary, chic outfit made to fit their figure and personal style preferences. They now want a choice of both style, fabric and colour.

They want a well made outfit that fits them perfectly so they are investing in a quality  clothes which they can wear again and again.  A made to fit outfit gives them a sense of confidence and poise.  Furthermore, they can be assured that there will be no one at the wedding in the same outfit.  

Maire Forkin


2018 Fashion Predictions and Styling

I enjoy designing a well-cut fit dress, top, skirt, trousers or coats for my clients that are both chic, and timeless.  A well-cut garment needs to be made in a good quality fabric which does not crease and is tailored to fit the customer’s figure and silhouette. It needs to be made in a style suitable the client's specific body shape. So for those you want a well-tailored outfit, most of my designs are structured, sculpted and well-shaped with asymmetrical style lines, which work really well to enhance the figure.  

Indeed, there are as many women out there as there are body shapes, with no two women having the same shape. Very few women, in fact, are a standard size, and many women find it quite difficult to get an outfit to fit them correctly. In designing my collection, therefore, I keep these points in mind. 


Fashion 2018 Predictions

The fashion predictions for 2018 collections which will hit our high streets will present strong spring/summer palettes. There will be wide range of energetic colours balanced by high pastel tones and a solid base of dark shades. For the autumn/winter, we will see ‘Shades of blue’ with its range proximity expanding from the coolest of cools to the deepest of depths. Icy blues giving the feelings of serenity to the darkest of blues and greys to produce a sense of aloofness. Counteracting the intense blues are shades Hazy bluish-grays add a soothing touch to modern style and light grey, all concluding in fluctuating emotions induced by tones and tints of the same family. Dark browns and pinks are also going to be included in great variety.

Shapes and styles trends are pointing very much at our arms in 2018! We know that the last few seasons focus has been on our shoulders, but from next winter on, our attention will move on to sleeves. Sleeves will become pretty elaborate, with inserts of multiple materials and accessories, even slits and geometric construction. 

 The Fashion Collection 2018

In creating my fashion collection, I adopt a flavour of forthcoming style-trends, in some cases by simply introducing an element in the overall design silhouette, or perhaps by including an accent of the style.  I am careful to capture the overall look and feel without taking on the total look. I want my outfits to be in style and still retain a timeless look and feel.  So balance is key in achieving this! 

I have captured this mix of colours for 2018 in my use of good solid base colours complemented with prints and secondary supporting colours. I have introduced the greys and elements of the pink tones which are included in predictions and incorporated additional chic and quirky sleeve details.  

Once again this year, I have sourced some very exclusive fabric lines for the 2018 collection which include coats weights, tops, dresses and trousers as well as innovative complementary prints styles with a mix of vibrant colours. I will mix and match prints to incorporate highlights and tonal effects to the garments. I have also fabrics with oiled finishes in medium weight wools which work well along side base fabrics and prints. As a leading ladies fashion designer in Ireland, I know what my clients expect for 2018. 


Print Designs for 2018 Collection 

Print especially, digital prints has become a big fashion favourite over the past few years and it will be very much part of Spring/Summer 2018, trending right across the board from summer dresses to skirts, trousers and costs. Prints will be included across different weights of base fabrics such as Crepe Satin, Double Crepe, Crepe de Chine, Chiffon, Georgette and silk in varying degrees. It is also very popular for mother of the bride outfits.

And we look at some of the strongest trend setters, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Alberta Ferretti and Chanel taking to the catwalk in London and Paris paving the way for the rest of us.  

Inspired by the shows and the trends we have seen emerging on and off the runways for the past year, a number of top print themes were identified for the Spring / Summer 2018 time frame. We can expect to see intense hues of the tropical rain forest used in a number of ways, with the introduction of tropical birds, leaves from the vibrant colours of the forest floor to the warm oranges, sunshine yellow and spicy colours of the tropical summer afternoons. So expect to see palm trees, novelty fruits and again we will see animal prints. Other abstract creations will be inspired by Bauhaus and traditional African tribal art which will make bold and mixed up statements.

mother of the bride print dresses

Primary Palettes with stripes in a primary colour palette is the another option. The cobalt colour trend dominates in this category as does yellow. Again a sleek and often bold look with outfits that are half white and half black detail ranging from dots to checks, and can be a very sophisticated look if not too overbearing.

Across the board, pistachio is an emerging colour trend for 2018 with bright pops including canary yellow, orange, red, and rust. Also, we can expect to see a lot of earthy and autumnal vibes to this creative and colourful trend.

So the mix of colours and atmosphere will bring will bring with it a lot of scope for both variety and the opportunity to be adventurous in design creation.

 As my preferred option, I have created my print designs to introduce Tropical forest flavours which, when used along-side base colour fabric becomes more of an enhancer rather than the total look to my 2018 collection. The print will provide that injection of colour and atmosphere which compliments the overall fabric base colour. It will be used as trimmings or introduced in the lining to provide a flash of vibrant colour for example.

2018 print design collections


Bespoke Tailoring: What is it anyway?

Bespoke Tailoring is a fine art, where clothing is traditionally cut from a pattern drafted from scratch for the customer. It differs from ready-to-wear which is factory made in finished condition and made in standardised sizes. It also varies from made to measure which is produced to order from an adjusted block pattern.

So Bespoke is a new custom made design just for the individual which is not already a part of a collection.

Why Bespoke Tailoring?

Many women will say that they have never bought an outfit off-the-peg which fits them properly. Maybe the waist of the garment does not sit where the waist should be or the sleeves are always too short. Or things just don't sit right because they are made to a standard cut

But, is this not understandable when we consider that no woman is the same shape?

Many women find as they get a little older they want clothes that are more durable, well made clothes that are flattering and well cut.  Or they want an outfit that is made to suit their style and silhouette, an outfit that they will not see on anyone else anywhere. Perhaps they just want the finest traditional craftsmanship that money can buy. And, there are the women who feel sidelined by mainstream designer fashion, where sizes often stop at a size 14.

One of the biggest concerns for women is their tummy, so it is important to conceal and flatter. With bespoke tailoring you can create illusions of being slimmer, taller, curvier and create the outfit which best flatters the silhouette.










A pattern is drafted to the client’s specific measurement and style. This is made up initially in a cotton or similar fabric to try on the customer. Ajustments are made to attain the desired look before the fabric is cut. Other additional adjustments may need to be made before the garment is given to finally completed.