Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Meet… Rose Halstead

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 3 minutes.

Plum and Pigeon

Plum and Pigeon is a new project by fashion graduate Rose Halstead. From her bedroom in Lancaster, Rose designs and makes vintage inspired clothes and accessories; the kind of clothes that make you want to ride bicycles, go on picnics and bake buns (no really!). I’m seriously considering buying one of each item……

Tell us about your work?

Recently estabilished, Plum and Pigeon creates handmade, vintage inspired clothing. Using vintage patterns and styles, then combining them with new fabrics and current/future trend ideas, Plum and Pigeon clothes are fun and individual pieces.

Plum and Pigeon - dress
Plum and Pigeon - Blue Spotted Dress

What’s your favourite piece of work?

The blue and white spotty dress with peter pan collar. I love the shape of the garment because of the fitted waist and full skirt, making it very flattering when worn. My favourite detail is the lace trim on the collar.

Where did it all begin for you?

Although I have always had a keen interest in fashion and creative tendencies, I never had a specific focus until recently. After studying textiles at University, I looked for new opportunities within the design world, in order to be able to hone my skills, and found myself on a placement with a fashion designer. This gave me the motivation and desire to combine my skills and interests and begin my own exciting new project.

How do you keep your work unique?

Although the style of the garments is classic, I keep them looking unique by adding details influenced by current and future trends. These details keep my garments looking individual and build Plum and Pigeon as a distinct brand.

Plum and Pigeon
Plum and Pigeon - Floral Blouse, Peter Pan collar

Describe your day as a maker? Are you organised?

Unfortunately organisation isn’t my strong point and working from home means there are lots of distractions. I always set a goal for the day and make sure it is achieved, it could be designing a new piece and sampling it, cutting fabric and making garments or going to buy fabric.

What three tools could you not live without?

Definitely a sewing machine, all the garments are handmade so I couldn’t live without that.

The Internet, because it is a great way to advertise your work and show it to the public – without the internet I wouldn’t be able to show my collections to such a wide audience.

Magazines – I love reading magazines, it’s a great way to see new collections, get inspiration and see what styles customers are buying, and how I will then be able to translate my ideas into Plum and Pigeon items.

Other than the magazines, what gets the creative juices flowing?

To get new ideas together I go to vintage fairs, look at current collections and get excited about creating something new.

Plum and Pigeon - Sleeveless Blouse
Plum and Pigeon - Sleeveless Blouse

Are you inspired by artists from the past or present?

Yes I am always inspired by fashion designers, mainly from the present, especially tba they always design amazing dresses which I love to wear. Also Edem for his beautiful lace dresses, embroidery and collar details.

Plum and Pigeon - Floral Dress
Plum and Pigeon - Floral Dress

How do you know when a piece is done?

When I’m really happy with it.

Plum and Pigeon - Floral Blouse
Plum and Pigeon - Floral Blouse, Large collar

What’s do you love most about being a maker?

Having the opportunity to develop an idea, create it and have people appreciate it.

What would you say to any designer makers starting out?

Having only just started out myself, I’d say be prepared to work hard and don’t be disheartened if things dont work out straight away for you.

All of these items and more can be found in the Plum and Pigeon Folksy store.