Friday, 19 September 2014

Wearing a S/S co-ord for A/W

I made this co-ord out of the most beautiful Summery fabric from Birmingham Rag Market. I love the little bits of pink in the print as turquoise and bright pink are one of my favourite colour combinations (see also my hair and nails). Anyway I've made A LOT of clothes this Summer, but it's getting colder so I thought I'd start thinking about how I can style my homemade tops and skirts for Autumn and Winter.

I bought this coat in a charity shop recently for £2 (!!!!!) and it's vintage, wool and made in Paris. An unbelievable bargain I know. It reminds me of the ASOS duster coat Kylie Jenner and everyone else had, but the thicker fabric will probably be much more suitable seeing as I'm moving North for university TOMORROW (EEEEK).

I wore this vintage fluffy jumper a lot last Winter and it's so warm and goes with everything, so I think it makes a very Summery skirt suitable for the colder months. The 100 deniers probably help too. 

Outfit 1: Top and skirt: Made by me, Shoes: Doc Martens Clarissa, Sunglasses: Primark
Outfit 2: Top: Made by me, Coat: Vintage, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: River Island, Sunglasses: Primark
Outfit 3: Skirt: Made by me, Jumper: Vintage, Coat: Vintage, Boots: H&M

Monday, 15 September 2014

Blondie in the flesh

On Saturday night I saw Blondie live and they were sooo good. I've wanted to see them for years so I felt really lucky to be able to see them in a tiny venue (3000 people) and be literally metres away. The fact that Debbie Harry is almost 70 is crazy and her style is as awesome as ever. She wore a Beetlejuice style black and white stripy blazer, waistcoat and leggings with her typical black miniskirt and sunglasses.

I mixed my gig go-to of Doc Martens and high-waisted denim shorts with Debbie Harry-style stripes and a pink beret which I bought in a charity shop some time last year and hadn't gotten around to wearing until I saw a picture of Debbie wearing a similar one and decided now was the ideal time!

Hat: Vintage, Top: Topshop (old), Shorts: Vintage Levis, Bag: eBay, Shoes: Doc Marten Clarissa

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Back to school

I thought I was being so clever when I made a skirt out of ties as one part of my final collection for college this year.. until I googled 'tie skirt' and saw it's been done 100 times before. Anyway here's another one I made recently just for fun. To make it a little different I added the asymmetrical panel, which can be worn on either side of the body or at the front or back (although that exposes a little more leg than anyone really wants out). 

My mother got the ties really cheap from a car boot and I guess they're all from the same tie collection (?) as the colourways match so well and they all have the same weight and feel. Since they were second hand I was happy experimenting with the style of this skirt so it's by no means the neatest thing I've ever made. These photos have managed to hide a very messy zip insertion and bias binding waistband.

I felt like I was wearing a school uniform in this outfit as the ties mean the skirt has a kind of pleated effect, and the white vintage shirt is exactly like what I used to wear to school although I chopped the bottom off this one to make it into a crop top. Anyway I hope you like the skirt and remember to see all the clothes I've made recently you can click the MY HOMEMADE WARDROBE button on the sidebar!

Skirt: Made by me, Top: Vintage/DIY, Ring: Vintage, Shoes: Doc Martens 1461 Blueberry

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dragon lady

I made this dress out of a slightly hideous floor-length kimono by stitching up the centre, narrowing the side seams and shortening the sleeves. There was so much fabric left over that I also made four of these little clutch bags (who knows what I'm going to do with them all.) The roll top, paper-bag inspired bag is so simple but I guess Céline, Jil Sander etc have made it cool.

I have loooads of posts saved up so if you pay attention to my hair colour you can see how mixed up the time order is, but I'm going to Greece for a week tonight so the rest will have to wait til I get back!

Dress and Bag: Charity shop/ DIY, Boots: H&M, Tights: Primark

Monday, 25 August 2014

Barbie girl

A slightly excessive amount of photos but I will use the excuse it's my 19th birthday today!! I also just got back from Reading festival earlier so I'll admit that these photos were taken some time last week. I'm obsessed with this Barbie dress I made a couple of weeks ago and yesterday I wore it at Reading and a lot of lovely girls stopped me to ask me where I'd bought it from. I kind of think I'm in denial about turning 19 (it sounds v old to me) so I'm regressing to dressing like an 6 year old.

Barbie-creators Mattel Inc announced last week that American brands Forever 21, Wildfox and Lord & Taylor were creating ready-to-wear collections inspired by Barbie so I think I happened to make this dress at an appropriate time! The collections will be available from September 6th.

I was crazy about these shoes after seeing them on The Little Magpie and then I found one pair in my size in the Oxford River Island reduced to £25! They remind me of the blue and pink Miu Miu heels that I always love and they are also unbelievably comfortable to walk in.

Anyway I'm off to eat some more cake and then sleep for a couple of days straight as I'm going to Greece on Saturday!

Dress: Made by me, Shoes: River Island, Phone case: eBay

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


One of my favourite designers is Mary Katrantzou and I looove her A/W 2014 collection that involves everyday objects and symbols such as road signs and boy-scout badges, elevated through embroidery into beautiful, high-fashion garments. When I saw this fabric it slightly reminded me of Katrantzou's designs and although it's much less textural and detailed, it's still pretty cool for £5 a metre amirite.

The 90s square neck is back and on every item of clothing in Miss Selfridge so I thought I would include it in this smock dress. The gimmicky print makes is so fun for the Summertime and it even looks good layered over black which is how I wear all my Summer clothes year round.

I'm off to Reading festival today and I'm mostly taking clothes I've made myself this Summer (I have A LOT of posts stored up with new things I've made). I won't be taking outfit photos there but maybe I'll share some 35mm photos when I get back!

Dress: Made by me, Mesh top: eBay, Bag: H&M, Boots: H&M

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer in the city

Last week my sister and I went for a cute touristy day in London, and we managed to fit an unbelievable amount of things into the 12-ish hours we were there, and also possibly one too many beers. Among other things we visited The Photographers GalleryLiberty and other shops on Oxford Street, the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommend the Disobedient Objects exhibition and paddling in the pool). We went to The National Portrait Gallery and the BP Portrait Award which we visit every year (and is mostly the same every year), as well as Somerset House and their current Summer Screen Prints Film Poster exhibition which was pretty awesome.

By this point we had severe museum fatigue so we wandered across Waterloo Bridge to the BFI and South Bank which is temporarily home to a 'Festival of Love' installation and has some undeniable photo opportunities. For dinner and drinks and a little bit of vintage shopping we headed to Brick Lane and Spitalfields before making it a full circle and going back to Oxford Street for drinks before our train home. I felt so scruffy all day as it is SO hot in the city so focus on the sites and ignore the fact that I am addicted to my Birkenstocks!