Saturday, 13 February 2016

Handmade 10 Item Wardrobe: Week Five

A new month is upon up! February has arrived and although for me this signals the first burst (or whisper) of spring the weather here in London is actually most probably colder than it was back in December. To give you a point of reference, last night we slept with a duvet, a quilt, a fur blanket and I was also wearing a woollen jumper, pj bottoms and woolly socks. Flippin cold. So, to shake off the winter chill this month I have started sewing my pieces for the spring capsule wardrobe and I will begin to work a couple of these pieces in my winter capsule to brighten up my winter 10 pieces as we move, ever so gradually, into the new season. Saying that, the other day I woke up to find it was -3 so not going to be cracking out the summer frocks anytime soon.

Monday 1st February
Today I wore what is quite possibly my most worn outfit combination of all time, a striped Breton tee with a mini skirt! This mini skirt is my New Look 6346 button down.
 

Tuesday 2nd February
Today was great because I went to Ikea after work! I went with my friend R mainly to get things for work (like this amazing text which is our reading den and a wolf toy you can shove granny down his throat and then open his tummy to rescue her!) but I loved just browsing the aisle and show homes as always and picked up some amazing pink velvet curtains for our bedroom, a tasteful linen table cloth for our dining table and lastly this amazing white and blue print table cloth in lovely heavy cotton which I will be turning into a gorgeous summer dress. I really love that Mediterranean, blue and white colour scheme in the summer as it feels so fresh and cooling. 



I wore my hacked Simplicity 1370 purple cord pinny with my M&S polo neck.



 
Wednesday 3rd February
I was on an English course after school which went on until 6, thus I look a bit manic in this picture.
I wore my trusty New Look 6346 brown skirt again with another M&S jumper, this time of the lacey variety. 
Check out those new curtains though! 



 

Thursday 4th February
I had a meeting at the uni after work to discuss my upcoming lecture (so exciting/terrifying!) so I tried to look smart in my spotty shirt (newly added to my spring capsule but actually quite old, found in H&M a couple of years ago) with my Simplicity 1370 navy button down skirt and Tatty Divine cube necklace. I forgot to take a photo so here is the skirt! 


 
Friday 5th February
Bf treated me to a lovely pub dinner after work. 
 
I wore my lovely black corduroy pinny hacked from Salme 142 with a striped tee.

 

Saturday 6th February
A lovely chilled sewing day working on my Vogue 9157 cropped trench coat for spring. In the evening I met up with my lovely girls Z and T for a night out at Queen of Hoxton where we danced and drank and heard a selection of the worst chat up lines, including but not limited to "you girls are privileged that I'm talking to you." 



 


 

I wore the same outfit all day and night which is what I love about going out in shoreditch- you don't really need to dress up much.
I wore my hacked Simplicity 1370 pinny with yet another striped tee!


 
Sunday 7th February
Sunday started with a lovely lie in to recover from Saturday night. I then set about on a crazy day of sewing. I managed to finish off a corduroy pinny I had hanging around, stitched a New Look 6028 jacket in lovely floral fabric for spring and a fluted McCalls 7187 mini skirt in grey poly suiting.


 

 For my outfit I went for comfort in my outfit in a snuggly pink cashmere polo neck and comfy suede skirt, again New Look 6346.


That's all for today. I am getting increasingly excited about the prospect of spring springing upon us. I am endlessly pinning and planning spring summer pieces, changing my mind multiple times of course, but enjoying the indulgence of planning summer pieces when it is barely 2 degrees outside. A real plus of being a home sewer is you are forced to think seasonally and plan ahead, which for me is half of the excitement. Are you trying out a 10 item wardrobe? Have you thought about sewing one for spring? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Wardrobe Architect Week Seven: Prints and Plains

Elements of print

Here are a few things to think about this week:
  • Prints vs. solids: What percentage of your wardrobe do you actually want to be comprised of prints? Some people wear prints all the time, for others they’re more of an accent.
  • Scale: Do you tend to prefer large scale prints, small scale, or a mixture of both?
  • Contrast: Do the prints you like use lots of contrasting, bold colors? Or are they more tonal and subdued?
  • Naturalism: Do you feel drawn to flowing, organic, or naturalistic prints? Or are strong, abstract, geometric designs your thing? Or are there versions of both that you love?
  • Mood: There are hundreds of styles of prints. Are there prints you choose that relate to your 5 style words?
Taken from the Colette Blog

I am so glad there is a week in this project focusing on one of the biggest problems I have with sewing, and that is the seductiveness of prints, especially loud, bold, often novelty prints, when on closer inspection about 60% of my wardrobe us made up of solids! 
I love prints in all senses of the word, I love the repetition, the sense of symmetry and have been known to frame fabrics and patterned wallpapers I like. But translating this into my everyday wardrobe is not so simple as my most worn handmade items are, pretty much without exception, plain. 

That said, I did some wardrobe snooping and found some pattern trends which will help me when picking printed fabrics for future projects. Amazingly, no noveltys! Shocking...

1. Stripes

 
2. Bold, rich florals 

3. Small, delicate repeat patterns in earthy tones



 4. Embroidered and lace patterns


5. Gingham and checks



 

 On to the questions!

  • Prints vs. solids: What percentage of your wardrobe do you actually want to be comprised of prints? Some people wear prints all the time, for others they’re more of an accent. I recon about 40% of the clothes that I wear are printed. I greater proportion of my handmade wardrobe is actually printed but I do not wear all of those pieces with any regularity!
  • Scale: Do you tend to prefer large scale prints, small scale, or a mixture of both? I prefer small scale as I am fairly small myself. 
  • Contrast: Do the prints you like use lots of contrasting, bold colors? Or are they more tonal and subdued? I like both! Although worth mentioning is that all my favourite prints fit into my previously created colour palette.
  • Naturalism: Do you feel drawn to flowing, organic, or naturalistic prints? Or are strong, abstract, geometric designs your thing? Or are there versions of both that you love? Again, I would argue that I like both! Just to be awkward. But in my wardrobe florals are the biggest print trend my far but they vary from bright and bold to soft and organic.
  • Mood: There are hundreds of styles of prints. Are there prints you choose that relate to your 5 style words? My words were relaxed, young, London and feminine, so I suppose florals tie in to the feminine trend and can also look very relaxed too. In London it is very grey so bold colours brighten up the cold days. I do feel I wear youthful prints seen here in the bold colour choices. Striped are also, in my opinion, the ultimate in laid back, relaxed chic!
That's all for today, I will I am sure find myself revisiting this post to help me when fabric shopping, as I have done with my colour post and silhouette posts. Do let me know if you are attempting the Wardrobe Architect project yourself so we can have a chat about how It's going! Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o 




 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Handmade 10 Item Wardrobe- Week four


Monday 25th January
Back to work in my Vogue 9156 coat, New Look 6346 skirt and striped polo neck.




Tuesday 26th January
Another work day, this time donning my Salme 142 hack black pinafore, striped tee and Vogue 9156 coat.

Wednesday 27th January
After work I popped to Fabricland to buy some beautiful purple coating to sew jacket Vogue 9157 for spring and black needle cord to stitch Kwik Sew 4138 dungarees.



I wore my New Look 6346 skirt with M&S lace detail jumper and vintage liberty scarf. 



Thursday 28th January 
Today I wore my Simplicity 1759  red coat with topshop scarf, Simplicity 1419 blue floral dress layered over a long sleeve tee.


Friday 29th January
Last day of a long, long week. I wore an old faithful outfit- Vintage simplicity striped tee, red Simplicity 1759 coat and Simplicity 1370 navy skirt, which I successfully dyed to remove the bleach stains.


Saturday 30th January
Such a wonderful Saturday. We went for a lovely lunch at the swanky 1 Duke Street in Richmond which was delicious. After that BF and I went to the museum of London with our chums C and N and their friends. We looked around all of the exhibitions but went specifically for the new tattoo exhibition. After that we went for lovely drinks at Hush in Bank followed by amazing curry at Diwana in Euston. If you ever want curry in London you cannot beat Drummond Street. Lastly we headed to Kensington for our friend S's birthday drinks at a lovely Irish pub.

I wore my red simplicity 1759 coat again, with my New Look 1370 skirt and striped tee.


I put one of Bf's new bleeding heart pins onto my red jacket. Take a look at his website here.


 Sunday 31st January

The end of the month! I spent the day hanging out at my friends N and C's place playing board games. I then bought a couple of new striped tee shirts for spring end went home to finish my spring coat Butterick , which you will see soon!
I wore my hacked Simplicity 1419 dress layered over a black long sleeve tee.




 
 That's it for month one of my 10 item wardrobe and I love it. I will definitely be continuing into February and will probably look into changing a few pieces for a spring vibe in a week or two. Check out my other 10 item wardrobe posts here. I would love to know if you too have been trying out a capsule wardrobe so please do comment below! 
That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o