MAKER STUDIO TOUR – ELLEN BOOKES OF SIDELINE

Sideline clothing studio tourHappy weekend to you! I am so excited to share with you some photos that Dean and I took in the inspiring studio of Ellen Brookes, the designer behind the beautiful fashion label Sideline. I first discovered Sideline back at the beginning of last year when Ellen launched her debut collection and I knew I had to share it here on L&S. Come and take a peek with me.Sideline clothing studio tourKnowing that Ellen and her studio were based so close by in Lewes, we made long overdue plans to meet. I could hardly wait to see inside the place where the Sideline designs come to life. Sideline clothing SS 16Simply styled for function and inspiration, when you walk in there is a wonderful scent in the air of fabric and tea – Ellen shares her studio with the lovely Pauline, owner of the ethical tea company, Vrac Tea! For me, the mix of serene considered tea drinking and intricately detailed design ideas being realised alongside each other is a match made in heaven.Sideline clothing studio tourThere are beautiful neatly drawn plans for outfits on the walls above the sewing machine, amazing fabric samples and indigo coloured cloth in various shades in every direction. I loved the flashes of sunshine yellow from the new collection that were here and there too.Sideline clothing SS 16You know me – I am pretty much obsessed with mood boards, so this wall dedicated to pattern, style, shape and colour, was exactly what I hoped to see. It seems like Ellen is forward planning my ideal wardrobe here.Sideline clothing studio tourThe stitching on the cushion covers draped over the sofa add intricate texture against the smooth patchwork of denim in different weights and tones used to make the throw underneath.Sideline clothing SS 16That yellow again, the style of this fabric with a stitched pattern is so tactile and it’s so soft too.Sideline clothing studio tourSideline clothing studio tourEllen is one of those people whose style you hope rubs off on you. The perfect ambassador for her own brand, dressed in easy layers of the indigo fabrics that she champions. The ethos at the heart of her thoughtful designs is to create feminine everyday clothes that feel special.Sideline clothing studio tourSideline clothing studio tourThere is only one small window in the Studio and it lets in the daylight in a subtle way, adding shadows and a touch of magic to the space, highlighting the weave, texture and details of the beautiful fabrics sideline is known for. The rug is a happy burst of colour against the palette of mostly white and blue.Sideline clothing studio tourSideline clothing SS 16This is the dress I’ll be wearing all summer (well, it does literally have my name on it) and I have a serious crush on the Pia Kimono jacket with its pattern of triangles and deep pockets. Just right for spring galavanting when you only need a notebook, pencil and maybe a debit card, on your person at all times. We loved the mood inside the studio, cosied away from the wet East Sussex winter. I hope you liked it too.Sideline clothing studio tourThe new Spring Summer collection is live now on the Sideline site, and to see the pieces in real life – I guarantee you will want to touch them all – find your nearest stockist here. I’ll leave you with a snap of one of our favourite Lewes streets. Wishing you a cosy weekend, hasn’t it turned cold again?!pretty street in Lewes East Sussex

  • I love seeing pictures of creative places, thanks for posting Jeska! We always have tea at La La Rookh while we sew, it’s guaranteed the kettle will be boiling as you walk through the door. xx

    • Thanks for reading! Isn’t it magic? Tea and sewing is a dream combo ;)

    • Oooh and I’d love to come to the ‘Bring Your Own Project Class’ one day, I have a pattern that is surely going to make me cry without help! :)

      • It’s honestly one of my most favourite places down there, everyone is so nice and Anna is always so helpful and patient!

  • Melanie

    Super lovely to see inside her studio. What a great space to create in :)

    • I wish you could have been there – to swoon over all the fabric swatches with me Melanie! :)

  • What a magic space! Love it x

    • Yay! It made me want to get my sewing machine out :) xx

  • What a magic space! Love it x