Sunday, 24 January 2016

Handmade 10 Item Wardrobe- Week Three

Monday 18th January 
Back to work in my newly stitched Vogue 9156 coat! Paired with my caramel cashmere polo neck, anthropologie necklace and me made denim pinafore. My bag and boots are trusty Clarks.

Tuesday 19th January

Another work day, this time donning my me-made black corduroy pinny with my green M&S ribbed polo neck. I again wore my new Vogue coat, and actually went on to wear it everyday for the entire week as it is so cosy and this week was freaking freezing! After work I popped to John Lewis to grab some lovely tweed wool for my spring jacket, watch this space! 

Wednesday 20th January 
Donning my favourite panelled black floral dress again, layered with a burgondy polo neck for warmth. I spent the evening making my fancy dress costume for an F themed party. I used New Look 6141 but added a circle skirt for added fanciness, appliquéing on the 'icing' across the bodice front.

Thursday 21st January 
Weekly meet up with my girl Z, this time devouring devine pizzas at Pizzeria Rustica in Richmond. Another day another polo neck, this time pink cashmere with my diy faux suede mini skirt. 

 Friday 22nd January
The day of the F party! After work I made my way home to transform into my french-fanciest self. The birthday girl looked brilliant in her flamingo tutu ensemble and had a great birthday.

In the daytime I wore my me-made corduroy pinny with blue polo neck and Anthropologie necklace.

In the evening, I wore the aforementioned me made french fancy costume!

 For anyone unsure what a French fancy actually is, here is a point of reference for you:

And of course, the fabulous flamingo! I need to get a picture of the birthday modelling this, but for now here is the tutu.

 That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o






Thursday, 21 January 2016

Wardrobe Architect Weeks Five and Six: Colour

Your color story

Today, I want to focus on your feelings about color.

Undoubtedly, there are colors that you feel naturally drawn to. Some colors just make you happy, some feel exciting, others make you feel calm and peaceful.

What we’re going to do today is start collecting those colors. Don’t worry about how to incorporate them into your wardrobe yet. We’re going to get to that next week. For now, just think about what you love and what you wear.

Week 5 and 6 of the wardrobe architect project are some I was dreading, but have actually turned out to be perhaps the most useful so far! I love to sew with colours but until I started to distil my choices I didn't realise that I really favour very warm, autumnal colours and actually these are the most flattering on me with my pale skin and red hair. 

First I gathered lots of images with colours I find beautiful.

 I then looked at the clothes I reach for most often and managed to create a 'palette' of sorts with my favourite colours to wear, which should be the colours I most often sew with too! Of course however I, as many often are, am swayed by the huge selection of colours available when you go to John Lewis or Fabric Land. This process has really helped me to think more logically about what I will actually wear.

My colour palette ended up looking like this:

Of course it is winter, and I am likely to want to repeat this process in the heat of the summer to see if any other, brighter colours are likely to slip in, but actually I think that the colours here could be made brighter or darker depending on the season and are of course open to interpretation, as it is unlikely that you would be able to perfectly colour match a fabric to this tiny palette. It has already helped me in choosing a fabric to sew my winter coat, Vogue 9156, in a beautiful burnt orange/rust brown wool. Here is is with lots of black clothes because black is my favourite winter neutral!

That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy, colourful sewing! X o x o




Monday, 18 January 2016

Handmade 10 Item Wardrobe- Week two

Towards the end of this week I was completely knocked out by tonsillitis which was totally horrid, so Friday was a write off and I did not actually get dressed at all! However, the rest of the week was pretty good so read on for details of how I am coping with just 10 key items in my wardrobe. This week was flipping freezing so I have been enjoying all the cosy jumpers in my capsule and really appreciating how many times you can wear cashmere without it needing to be laundered. #lazygirlwin.

Saturday 9th January
A super busy day for the bf and I. We started the day with lunch with my family up in North London which was lovely, followed by a trip to the Tibet's Secret Temple exhibition at the Wellcome Trust in Euston which was incredible and a real must see, especially as it is a free exhibition. Bf kindly bought us a beautiful print for the flat which has instantly become one of my favourite pictures. After that we met up with the bfs friend T and his girlfriend for Mexican food for dinner. We were then going onto a bar in Tulse Hill but sadly this had to be abandoned due to terrible transport, to make a change... Tfl grrr.

 Love this picture if us. Lol.

I wore: vintage liberty blouse (over a vest because I'm old) with black corduroy pinafore and the hybrid coat.

Sunday 10th January
Bf and I headed back to Kingston for a lovely Corleone's lunch with our friends, followed by a spot of shopping for Wilko's essentials and thread. I so wish where I lived now had a Gutterman stockist as having to drag my ass to John Lewis for a single spool of threads seems rather ridiculous. After that I made a pinafore and we had fish and chips for tes, yum!

I wore: denim topshop jacket and fur scrap with me made faux suede mini skirt and blue M&S polo neck jumper. 

Monday 11th January
Back to work again! Spent the evening knitting my striped Wool and the Gang dress, blogging my Wardrobe Architect Project and watching Tattoo fixers. I think we are obsessed. 

Today it was SO cold. I wore: corduroy pinny with a black long sleeve tee and M&S cashmere polo neck. The scarf is Topshop.

Tuesday 12th January
Weekly date night with my Z, this time Wagamama Hammersmith to stuff myself with gyoza.

I wore: me made faux suede button down with topshop colour block jumper and hybrid coat.

Wednesday 13th Janaury
I stayed late putting up this amazeballs Jack and the Beanstalk display (cos I'm cool) and then hung out the the bf after work, knitting more of my frock of course. I got bleach on my skirt at work when I didn't realise the cleaners had covered my sink with it and I leant on it and was so disappointed, especially as it means I am down to 9 items but I will be attempting to fix it with machine dye. Watch this space. 

I wore: my trusty camel cashmere polo neck again with my me-made navy button down skirt and topshop denim jacket and scarf. 

Thursday 14th January
This is where is all started to go wrong for me as I felt horrible all day as I slowly but surely came down with tonsillitis. I was supposed my kids to the forest for our forest school so cheated the 10 items and stuck my jeans on (which I basically never wear as I look crap in trousers. As it happens I was so ill a kind colleague took them for me. I left at 3:30 and slept for 15 hours.

I wore my cashmere polo neck with said jeans.

Friday 15th January
Spent the day in bed feeling hideous. No clothes bar warmest pjs were worn. On the plus side I woke up and the cat was this closs to my face.

Saturday 16th January
On the mend somewhat, bfs parents came to visit so we went for a walk along Twickenham riverside and out for lunch with Zorans. I napped in the afternoon as I still felt pretty crap and later read sewing books while playing with Percy our cat. Bed early again, by this point I was questioning if I really was still 26 and not 96 as I struggled to stay up past 9pm.

I wore- a lot of makeup to look less pale and shit! And my me made corduroy pinny with M&S polo neck jumper.

Sunday 17th January
Full on sewing day of pure bliss. As I went to bed so early the night before I woke up bright and early and made a tutu for a flamingo costume (as one does) for a friend, followed by a quick trip to buy fabric for my own fancy dress costume (more on that once I have sewn it). I then spent the entire afternoon making a coat using my new pattern (shock) Vogue 9156. I lined it with the most devine printed cotton found in the John Lewis sale for £3 per meter down from £14. I love making cosy coats with devine linings to cheer up grim cold winter days. It was a 'very easy Vogue' pattern and took only about 3 hours to sew, about 1 hour total pressing and steaming and about 2 hours laying out and cutting as I hardly had enough fabric it called for 2.6m and I had a 1.5m piece and a 0.5m piece. In addition the fabric is super thick. And chunky boiled wool and a freaking nightmare to cut, especially with my crap scissors. Note to self, buy new pair. 

Sneak peek of vogue 9156 with hanging loop!

Tutu production line 

Tutu layers close up

I wore: a black long sleeve tee shirt, my me made corduroy pinny, M&S lace jumper.

That's it for week two. I'm still smitten with this whole concept, I really do think that it will change the way that I dress in a more long term way, although I am aware it is still very early days! I just love his easy my mornings are with this was of dressing, and how much more wear I am getting out of each individual item. Please join me in this challenge and let me know how it is going! To learn more about the 10 item wardrobe click here for Jennifer's brilliant blog. 
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Wardrobe Architect Weeks Three and Four: Silhouettes and Shapes

What do I mean when I say “silhouette”?

Just like the shape of each garment emphasizes certain areas of the body through ease and length, putting those garments together into different proportions also creates emphasis.

Once you’ve figured out several silhouettes you like to wear, you can use these as templates for future outfits, and even for planning your capsule wardrobes. I promise, having a list of known silhouettes you love makes wardrobe (and sewing project) planning so much simpler. - Coletterie 

I have decided to combine weeks three and four as they have a similar focus- silhouette, proportion and cut. I tend to be fairly unwavering in this area, loving the same patterns over and over with various different pattern hacks to maintain some degree of interest and variation. I just love knowing the fit is reliable when I cut into a good piece of fabric.

First, the looks for cooler weather.

1. Pinafore, polo neck and boots.

2. Sleeveless dress over a long sleeve top with boots. I often layer with a denim jacket.

3. A-line skirt with a tee, plus polo neck for cooler weather.

4. A tight pol neck with a-line skirt and boots.


And now for warmer weather looks. 

1. Pinafore with a tee and sandals.

2. A shirt dress or other high neck cotton summer dress with sandals 

3. Loose shorts with a tee and sandals.

4. A full skirt with camisole and sandals 

5. An a-line skirt with camisole and sandals 

That's all for today. I found this task very helpful when planning for garments I will actually wear and I would recommend getting your bum on Polyvore and having a go if, like me, you want to reduce wastage and sew fewer things that will be worn only a handful of times in favour of devoting more time crafting outfits that will be worn time and time again.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

Monday, 11 January 2016

Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style

Let’s acknowledge one thing right off the bat: style is not immutableIt’s tempting to believe that you can define your ONE TRUE STYLE and never have to think about it again, but it defies common sense. We are people. We change, we grow. However, there are some things that are so ingrained in our personality, tastes, and lives that they come up again and again, like refrains through our lives. Last week’s exercises were about uncovering some of those deeply held tastes and preferences. I’m calling these aspects – the things that are closer to who you are and your life experiences – a core style. My premise is this: We each have aspects of our style that are closer to who we are and to our own personal realities. These aspects don’t change much and form our more static style. That style can be expressed in different ways throughout our lives, but recognizing it and celebrating it helps you to feel more like you. -  from The Coletterie.

I've started following the advice of the Wardrobe Architect Project and found images which I feel best represent my own personal style which I narrowed down to the following collages.

Now for the quizzing! 

When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
Young, fun, effortless, appropriate to the occasion, Londoner. 

When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
Too cute, too fluffy and too try hard.

Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
Alexa Chung. She always look so pulled together and pretty without being overdone. 

What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite right?
Not really sure about this one.

Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things:
Relaxed, warm, bright, young, London, fun, effortless, appropriate, legs, bold, simple, feminine, comfortable, casual, defined waist. 

Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?
Relaxed, young, London, feminine.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o