Saturday, 11 October 2014

Summer sewing

I probably made this dress in mid-August, and despite liking it I didn't wear it for ages because I was really unsure about how to style it. It's completely see through, and the little sequins make it SO scratchy. I figured it out when I saw photos from Molly Goddard's collection at London Fashion Week. The combination of heavily smocked pink sheer tulle dresses casually layered over faded band t shirts was really cool. This dress from Goddard's 2013 collaboration with ASOS was exactly how I wanted my pink dress to look had I not only bought one metre of fabric.

This shirt has been in my pajama draw ever since I saw The Cure a couple of years ago but I thought it was the perfect length for layering under my dress, and also prevented too many sequins from rubbing off on me! I bought the bag on holiday in Greece for something crazy like 3 euros, and it's the ideal size for nights out, as well as being pink and embroidered with an elephant - two of my favourite things. 

Dress: Made by me, T shirt: eBay, Boots: H&M, Bag: somewhere in Zante

Saturday, 4 October 2014


I made this dress a couple of weeks ago from some fabric my friend got me for my birthday. It's kind of crazy but I love it. I don't know how easy it is to tell because of the print but I deviated from my usual smock dresses by making a T shaped bodice, and then adding smocked panels at the sides, which I highlighted by sewing the black strips on. In the first photo the hem looks very crooked, but I can assure you it's completely straight IRL (maybe it's me that stands crooked?). Unbelievably I had TWO parrot necklaces already, which is two more than any sane person should have but I had to wear them with this dress right?

Obviously these photos were taken back home but I've worn this dress to a 'zoo' themed fancy dress night here in Leeds, as well as just wearing it to a regular club night as I didn't bring nearly enough clothes and I think this dress can pass as normal clothes too!

Dress: Made by me, Necklaces: Boot sale/ old Topshop, Boots: H&M

Friday, 26 September 2014

Autumn in Leeds

I'm in Leeds! Blogging has the last thing on my mind this week mainly because it's freshers week and what is happening so here are some photos from a couple of weeks ago back home. I've worn this outfit since I've been in Leeds so I think it still counts! I got the top in a charity shop and I loveeee it. I don't think I own anything else with a mandarin collar like this, and the fabric is all silky and reversible.

I've still got a few posts from over the Summer to roll out over the next few weeks and then hopefully after that I'll be settled enough to start posting from here! 

Shirt: Vintage, Shorts: Vintage Levis, Bag: H&M, Boots: eBay

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