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

UNDER CONSTRUCTION





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!
















Saturday, 9 August 2014

Lace and paper flowers








Probably the only time I've been inspired by something Kim K has worn but I really loved this white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with the archetypal D&G high waisted shorts worn underneath. In fact I love everything Dolce & Gabbana. Since I don't have £3000 to spare I picked up this cream lace from Birmingham Rag Market for something insane like £2 a metre and made this dress for about £1.50! It's a really basic shape but I also cut the lace at the hem, sleeves and neck so it would have a more interesting finish.

Staying with the D&G inspiration I wore some low pointed heels and my old vintage Mona Lisa necklace which is suitably gold and Italian for the Sicilian-inspired fashion house. My typical centre parting, eye liner flick and dark pink lip (ie. the only make-up look I have) finished the look and I hope to look half as good as this gal.

PS. YAY my hair is blue/patchy green again

Hair dye: La Riche Directions Lagoon Blue, Necklace: Car boot sale (50p), Dress: Made by me, Shorts (just seen): H&M, Shoes: ASOS

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

LBD





I mean how could I not love a dress that has 'fashion night out' written on it in sequins? I snapped this up in the Zara sale and it's perfect for hot summer nightsss. My friend pointed out that the stars, arrows, and bright colours look like the cartoon covers of a Jacqueline Wilson novel, and I have to agree!

Dress: Zara, Shoes: Primark, Kimono: Vintage, Bag: H&M

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Carven inspired co-ord





Another DIY co-ord. For this one I decided to make a crossover top inspired by this Carven one (and the Zara and Topshop dupes..). I kind of like the way it turned out, but I think it would be a lot better in a heavier and plainer fabric than this lightweight checked material. The skirt is the usual style I make - straight and with an elasticated waist which only takes about half an hour to make and is so comfortable!

Remember you can see all of my homemade clothes by clicking on the MY HOMEMADE WARDROBE link in the sidebar!

Top and skirt: Made by me, Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Primark