Fashion Inspiration and Style Tips

12 04, 2017

Grecian Inspired Beige Dress

April 12th, 2017|Sewing|

Beige!? Now that’s a color I’d never dream I’d see myself wearing again! But, I thought I’d give this shade just one more chance to redeem itself before I gave up on it altogether; the jury is out my friends… I LOVE it!! Oh yes I do! The combination of the fabrics texture and the cut is a winner in my opinion. This wool blend jersey knit is the most gorgeous feeling fabric I’ve worn and it was the only color available so I had to “make it work”

The corset belt I made last year takes the dress to a whole new level, and I’m all for experimenting new levels, the perfect color to complement the beige don’t you think? The dress I’ve self drafted using a little bit of math especially when it came to the plunging neckline. The right sleeve is intentionally longer than the left due to the placement of the neckline. The right side of the dress has been cut straight whereas the left side comes in on an angle from the sleeve down to the hem. Hope that makes sense.

This fabric required reinforcing on all seams to prevent it from doing that wavy wobble business that these light weight jerseys are so prone to, placing cotton tape on all seams certainly solved that problem. The neck line rolled over on itself which hid the raw edge nicely, whether this is a bad thing in sewing land or not I’m not too bothered, it looks neat and tidy to my eye. The sleeve edges I serged in a matching color thread and turned over with a straight stitch pressing down with the iron on a piece of white cotton so I didn’t scold the fabric, I did the same with the hem. The rope ties were made by twisting each individual strip then twisting them around one another tying off at the ends to stop them from unraveling, these were then sewn into the shoulder seam. The extra wide leather women belts make this silhouette a little more flattering.

I am totally loving on this length and silhouette at the moment, I am a big fan of drape, and proportion, and if it’s an exaggerated proportion? I’m all over that business like a warm flannel. I love how effortless this looks. I’ve documented my pattern and think if I come across similar fabric in the future a similar dress will have to be made. I could wear this number throughout the day and buckle up for a more dramatic look for the evening. A day to night look right there. It almost has that Grecian vibe about it or dare I say a sophisticated monk? Ha!

23 03, 2017

Mixing and matching prints like a fashion pro

March 23rd, 2017|Fashion Inspiration|

Ok, you’ve seen it, we’ve seen it, the whole world has seen it! It’s time to admit: people are mixing and matching prints on a global scale. And we are not talking only about fancy fashion bloggers! Real women are proudly wearing spots with stripes, more than one animal print in a single outfit, and even mixing one floral pattern with another floral pattern, with no regard for the ancient golden rules of the wardrobe. And they are looking awesome!

So, it’s time to join this colorful bunch, throw away everything that your momma taught you about dressing up, and wear whatever the hell you want. Let’s mash up!

Go BIG!color crazy outfit

Getting the print size right is essential for making your clash outfit work. Choose a big print to make a statement and mix it up with something more detailed and contrasting. The big prints are flattering and depending on what you combine it with, it always looks different.

Color co-ordinate

Let color be your guide. If you’re new not sure about contrasting, a safe place to start is with a theme. Start by wearing patterns from the same color palette, and in no time you will get to wearing neon with leopard print.

Keep it simple

You don’t have to wear everything and once and make it hard for people to look at you. Start by putting together monochromatic prints with polka dots, for example. The more graphic the patterns the easier they are to combine.

Break it up with solids

Try not to stack prints on top of each other. It is a good idea to break it up with one-tone skirt or a chic belt. If you incorporate some simple pieces into your outfit, you can do pretty much whatever you want.

Stripes are neutral… seriously.

Stripes are a safe zone, they go with anything. So fill your wardrobe with thin striped shirts, t-shirts, vests and skirts. So you can go wild on everything else.

Play with textures

Texture counts as a print. So if mixing chiffon with silk makes you feel sexy, go for it!

Accessorize

Clashing prints is not limited to your clothes, you can mix and match accessorizes as well. Shoes, scarves… possibilities are endless. Oh, and no more plain black handbags for life!

Structure is everything

There has to be a method behind all this madness. Don’t let prints overwhelm your figure. Choose structured, tailored shapes and put together an outfit that you can wear with confidence, not the one that is wearing you.

Ignore all the rules and wear whatever you want!

If we are really talking about clashing prints, then there should be no rules! Nobody can tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear if it makes you look good. You can take all of your favorite pieces and wear it all at the same time. For example, I like to wear an oversized shirt dress combined with wide trousers. I don’t care about the rules how to wear a shirt dress!

“Oh, are you really going out like that?” Yes, I am. Just watch me!

9 03, 2017

How To Hand Paint African-Inspired Wooden Bangles

March 9th, 2017|DIY|

I can’t seem to resist geometric patterns lately, I’ve become a pro in mixing and matching them on my outfits. So I’ve decided to give making my own jewelry a try too. Hand painting bangles was something I always wanted to do, but never come around to it. These are so quick and easy to make, if you are crafty you can literally make couple to go with your outfit, just before you get out! They do need some time to dry, though.

Computer Arts Magazine has been a longtime favorite of mine I have some 6-year-old issues on the bookshelf that still inspire me today, I find it to be a constant source of design inspiration. I subscribed to the Computer Arts Collection, each issue covers in-depth the six core topics of design- Graphic design, Typography, Illustration, Branding, Photography and Advertising.

Volume 2 part 1- Graphic Design has arrived and I haven’t put it down, jam-packed with substance and style, an invaluable source of inspiration for me. I’m looking forward to the typography and photography issues too hoping to learn something new that I can maybe use here on the blog.

Today I decided to just sit and relax with the kids and get crafty, I rummaged through my costume-jewelry basket remembering I had some unpainted wooden bangles in the mix and got to jazzing them up. (more…)

1 03, 2017

Street Fashion Style for the Winter: Rock that Cape Coat

March 1st, 2017|Street Style|

Sophisticated, aristocratic and with a bit mysterious: the cape is a garment known since the ancient times that originally comes sleeveless and hooded. This coat, worn by nobles since the Middle Ages and corresponding with the feudal order, is the star of the winter season and has become one of the must-have items.

Outerwear is back in fashion with a contemporary twist: the length shortens, sleeves are added, and it comes in a variety of fabrics: wool, cloth, rabbit, angora, waterproofed materials etc. Great alternative to parkas and coats, the cape is suitable to be worn all day with different combinations: pants, mini dresses and jeans. This is a great way to play with classic style and wear one of the many varieties because this season designers had fun transforming women into ladies. Here are some suggestions on how to wear the cape.

The cape is perfect to wear for a casual and simple outfit: young girls can combine it with a pair of ripped jeans and, after 30, you can go with more traditional, but always stretch jeans. In both cases you can complete the look with a plaid shirt. This outfit is ideal for a day around town.

Black pants and white shirt is the perfect combination for a more formal outfit and are perfectly suited to a day at the office or for a working lunch. With only these three pieces – pants, shirt and a cape – you will be good-to-go.

Over the weekend, for a walk to the park or to go shopping, wear cape with jeans and a simple T-shirt. Complete with sneakers and you will be perfectly at ease in the comfort to spend free time.

The cape is perfect to wear with the clothes and the result will be extremely refined and sophisticated. Just pay attention to the length: the girls with slender and long legs and can choose a mini dress with knee-high  boots. Otherwise, you should choose longer dress, but also the length of the cape must not be shorter than the dress you wear.Winter is the perfect time to play around with outerwear and to wear your cape like a true street fashion star.

27 02, 2017

The Wandering Star Jumpsuit

February 27th, 2017|Sewing|

The weather is quickly heating up here so it’s best that I think about cool comfy clothes, I wanted an all-in-one to slip into that would take me from day to night and still hold up it’s end of the bargain that being, Summer cool chic. I was telling the ladies on Sew Weekly that this jumpsuit had to possess certain qualities in order for me to wear it, them being: (1) a perfect fit around the ankles, I wanted the leg of the pant to sit on my wedges the way they appear in the uber cool magazines, no ankle freezers and when I wear my sandals I wanted the leg to slouch and bunch around my foot, I know this sounds strange it’s just what I like in a pant (2) The crotch had to be cut lower because I like that whole baggy, effortless look in a pant. Are ya digging me? of course you are.

How about the print on this fabric? I know right! I was a little iffy myself when I found it in the bargain bin at Spotlight it screamed ‘jumpsuit’. I was a tad worried about the pattern going across my body, you know the whole illusion thing with stripes? but once I tried it on it turned out to be a perfect union. Phew!! and the pockets? well how can you not have pockets in a jumpsuit they just give it that extra casual flare don’t you think?

I’m really happy with the outcome, I self drafted these babies, they’re basically large pants with added fabric for the bodice the seam runs up through the centre front and back slightly tapered in at the top to avoid too much fabric bunch. Elastic top and waist with a tie to hold it all up not that it would fall down but I like the tie because it evens everything out proportionally, well that’s the way I see it anyway.

So there you go!! this weeks challenge was all about UFO’s not the extraterrestrial kind either ‘Unfinished Objects’ I don’t allow UFO’s in my sewing kingdom they’re too haunting to have sitting about starring at me whispering f i n i s h  m e , it’s bad enough having three books on the go.

These photos were taken in my local park just five minutes from our home where we like to have little family picnics and feed the ducks under the weeping willows. This here is the amphitheater where I attempted to sing Portisheads Wandering Star, I was under the illusion I was on key and sounded white hot like I do in the shower! but Steve (hubby) said I should just stick to my sewing and them are some wise words my friends, wise words indeedy.

Till next week you spunky thing you…

Happy Sewing, happy days.

15 01, 2017

Denise Huxtable: The Original Fashionista

January 15th, 2017|Fashion Inspiration|

When I was a teenager I had a mad fashion crush on Denise Huxtable of “The Cosby Show” I would watch the show religiously and sketch down her outfits and try and copy her hair. I remember hunting down a similar type of grey geometric patterned fabric that matched one of her over-sized shirts and I made a super long tank dress and draped a bunch of white plastic pearls around my neck that hung down to my knees, I thought I was the business, this was about the time I discovered fashion or had a ‘fashion epiphany’ you could say, this was about the time I bought a sewing machine and never looked back.

Denise Huxtable was incredibly fashion-forward, wearing lots of over-sized clothes with bold graphics, blazers and odd ball accessories, she stood out, and no one on TV dressed like her. For me, she was the ultimate 80′s fashion icon. I thought she was pretty rad and when she and Lenny Kravitz married, well, I wanted that picture stuck above my bed for me to stare at till I fell asleep.

Even though Denise’s outfits were well-suited for the 80’s, here are few reasons why her style would fit perfectly in any of the current street style or indie blogs.

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