Last Wednesday it snowed in Christchurch
Really, really snowed in thick blankets
So in the interests of sharing this is what I wore when I went outside (rather briefly!)
Jeans – river island – hand me down
Boots – from my sister – I think The Warehouse
Coat – Handmade by me from old wool blankets and with needle felting
Hat – off cast from one of my sisters I think – crocheted cream cap
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So the theme for the month is a REMIX – which means I am supposed to choose something from my wardrobe and work it a different way each week…..which will be a great challenge for me because I’m a variety lover – as in, I’d like to wear something different e.v.e.r.y day
However, I digress, I will join on this (when I choose what to remix) but I needed to show you my new dress.
This is my ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boys’ dress. I was given this fabric from an old-fashioned stash and originally I thought I would make something for the boys from it but then I got a little inspiration and decided to use this sexy wiggle dress pattern again (with a straight neckline this time).
The fabric has a great little texture in it almost snake-skin-ish but really miniature.
So I’ll remix next week!
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and other creative spaces here
Outfit – dress -$0 all from stash, Belt- $10 on sale from Dotti, Shoes $2 NZ made, Over-cardi thingy Op-Shop hand-me-down.
This week I am inspired by some ‘the classics’ – The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland (you’ll be glad it’s not Winnie-the-Pooh and Wind in the Willows – yes?)
Are you feeling my inspiration?
I bought this dress on sale from Classic Clothing (I know, again!!) but I needed the tights to complete the look. I finally found the tights the other day but they only had them in size 3x-4x – but they seem to work alright. There is a rather generous gusset/rump in them that thankfully isn’t seen!
I wore this out the other night to a pre-school music group coordinators meeting (you know in a cafe over a mars bar cheesecake!). I wondered that it might be too costumey looking but I was stopped by a stranger – older woman – and told I looked lovely so I’ll take it, it was okay! I’d love to find some shoes in the same blue to wear with the tights.
I’ll leave you with The Atlas’ favourite pic (he took all of these) – mouth closed! I guess he doesn’t see that much!!
Dress – $40 Classic Clothing, Tights – $25 Cosmic, Shoes – $2 NZ made op-shop, Ribbon – spotlight, Beads – 50c op-shop
Check out what’s inspiring other ladies this week. There are some great posts to read – why don’t you join in?
What is your go-to colour when you feel you need a lift?
So continuing along the inspired theme
I’ve been having another epiphany about shapes that are good for me (after my dress fail that will never see the light of day!)
This is me doing colour blocking.
I love this skirt so much, it’s an op-shop number that had the most awful 80′s jacket to accompany it – the jacket went straight back! The skirt is a fantastic feminine shape.
Top new from my shopping trip the other day I love this colour it’s inspired by my big sister I call it Naomi blue. Probably a much better colour on her but I’m a little rebellious like that from time to time!
The top was originally $40 down to $15 and then half price on a specials night – $7.50
Shoes $2 bought for fun to go with a costume but I’m kind of liking them now.
Beads $2 from the Sallies.
Outfit total less than $15 – so I guess maybe I am inspired by price tag too this week every week!
Pop over and see what is inspiring others this week. Did you see my sister there last week?? She looks nothing like me.
Here I am again with a triple post! This is my second offering as part of adorable Julia’s Mad Men Challenge (click the button on the side for more info).
This is my version of the ‘wiggle dress’ which seems to feature prominently in the series and also heavily inspired by the Joan ‘va-va -voom’ Holloway character – who has a seriously womanly figure.
When I made this dress I added quite a lot in the bust department (about 2 sizes worth) but when I finished it my ‘cup was running over’, if you know what I mean!! So I added in the pleated section along the neckline in the reverse of the fabric.
To stop it being too dated looking I added the exposed zip on the back and used more modern jewellery.
The fabric is the same old curtain I used for the top of my other mad men dress. I do love this colour. I also added in the blue velvet ribbon as a little bit of detail and ……I did a blind hem (my mother will be so proud).
Teamed up with:
Earrings – Budapest on our 5th wedding anniversary, Necklace – Trade Aid, Rings – D/K c/o- my sis, Greek inscription ring I designed and The Atlas got made for our 2nd anniversary, Shoes – TKmaxx in the UK.
Pop over and see what other people are wearing at Nin’s the theme for March is Homemade!
Also linking in on Thursday with other Creative Spaces
This week I forgot to take a photo of myself when I was wearing this little ensemble so I offer you the faux version of it!
This is the dress I made to wear at Christmas time from my trusty New Look pattern.
I added in the over part in the mesh/tulle and the red ribbon around the waist.
I always get compliments when I wear this dress. I think it is the combo of red and polka dots – how can they be anything other than happy?
Shoes $5 from the local oppy. Bracelet Dyrberg/Kern on loan from my sister.
Pop over to Nin’s and see what other ladies are wearing. Join in with some handmade goodness from your wardrobe – who knows you might win!
Do you ever stop a stranger and compliment them on their outfit?
Okay so hopefully you’re still with me after such a massive title!
This is my March clothing make and it is also my first post (I am going to do 2) for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge – button on the right.
Our Wardrobe Wednesday theme for the month is Heavenly Homemade and I am the guest judge. Today Nin has published her interview with me so hurry on over and have a
perv ah, peek into my wardrobe.
This dress cost – $2 I think for the zip, $2.99 for the thread and also, confession time $1 for the sheet I bought in Dunedin!!! I am supposed to be on a fabric embargo for the first 6 months of this year …but … it was so lovely and $1. You forgive me right? So, total cost about $6. The top part is an old curtain of my Mother In Laws and the lining is from my stash.
I am wearing it with my homemade full circle petticoat – also made entirely from stash.
Shoes – I can’t remember if I bought these at TKMaxx in the UK or No.1 Shoes in NZ – they were cheap.
Jewelry all gifted.
So it isn’t a direct copy of a Mad Men dress but it is supposed to capture the vibe and essence of the dresses they wore. I love the colours. It is made from a modified New Look pattern. The neckline isn’t probably that authentic but I did try to style it as authentically as I could.
Julia will be posting all about the dresses with some links on April 1st. But head over before then anyway if you like gorgeous, vibrant and talented show and tell of handmade clothes.
Fantastic, talented Creations here from Thursday.
Phew – take a breath. I hope you breathed while you read. I forgot to breathe while I typed and I’m a little light-headed now!!
The last of the Love to Love you posts.
Last week I got sent this AWESOME t-shirt from a friend in London (thanks Debbie!) It is absolutely perfect me – especially if you know my last name! and the fact there are 3 very important ‘men’ in my life.
The t-shirt is a reference to what Jesus said about being ‘Fishers of Men’ and being a Jesus loving kind of lass that suits me too.
It fits my desire to have some ‘fun’ top options that make me still feel fun and cool when I am doing the casual thing.
Outfit – jeans – hand-me-down, t-shirt bought at Greenbelt festival – gift, beads – worn as a bracelet 50c Marsden School Fair, Shoes – bought from Trade-Me (I bought 4 pairs for $1 so these are my 25c shoes!).
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Continuing with the Love to Love You theme set for February.
One of the things I am striving for in my life is to be more ethical in my spending choices. Although it is easy to pick up bargains (and I do find a good bargain kind of irresistible!) many of those bargains come at a high price for people involved in their manufacture. But then there is the economics of always buying NZ/hand-made/ ethical choice goods…..
One of my solutions to this it must be said is op-shopping and second-hand – this way every $ I spend is going to charity (most of the time) and I am not supporting a chain of supply and demand that rests on the backs of poor people in the world.
Today both my skirt and top are NZ designed and handmade and they are (in my opinion) incredibly reasonably priced. By this I mean similar prices to a place like Max but made by a real NZer who has also created her own patterns to make them from. I know she hand makes them because I have seen her at work in her lounge at home.
I love wearing this outfit because it makes me feel pretty and feminine and also because it showcases a very talented and local woman and I feel especially good about that. (also washes like a dream)
The shoes I bought about 13 years ago (I know do I ever throw anything out???? I assure you I do!) for a job interview and I haven’t worn them for ages, and I almost threw them out, but I love they way they look so I decided I had to wear them first before making the decision to chuck. I put them on again today and the love has come back! So glad I kept them – girly, comfy, cute.
Outfit run down:
Top – Also Sailor Spy but from her last season collection (I think around the $40-50 mark)
Skirt -$89 Sailor Spy (click on shop tab at top)
Cardi – hand-me-down
Shoes – Hannahs bought in 1999
Earrings – gift/giveaway win (I love them I wear them HEAPS!)
Rings – engagement ring made at Camerons in Palmerston North, Wedding ring designed by us, engraved and made by Manawatu Manufacturing Jeweller, (both in 1999) Silver ring bought for me by The Atlas in Austria on holiday from a small boutique type shop.
To see what other lovelies are wearing head over to Nin’s place.
** I realise this may seem like a) an ad for Sailor Spy – just so we are clear Nin is not aware I am doing this, b) condemning of purchasing things from chain stores, especially cheap ones – when I buy new (which is seldom nowadays) I still do go to places like K-Mart, Farmers, Glassons… so I’m not judging I’m just saying I find it weighs on my conscience so I am trying to do something about it.
**** Also, I realise this is a bit of a novel! I can’t help myself the minute someone compliments me on an outfit or comments on something I have to tell them the WHOLE story of whatever it is I am wearing – I’m a bit tedious that way.
This is a day early because tomorrow is the anniversary of the big quake and I want to mark that.
Continuing with February’s Love to Love You theme. Although I love dresses and skirts I’m not always in them. But my dilemma can be doing the jeans and a top thing without feeling too predictable and ‘ordinary’ – I’d hate it if people thought I was ordinary.
Hence this outfit. I like to have tops that still feel interesting but that are comfy and work.
This is my 20 minute top because you need no pattern and you can make it in about 20 mins. It’s also super comfy and easy to wear – on over the head and tie the ribbons at the back to create some shape.
I’m keeping it real this week too – here is one of the photos from my photo shoot:
I know… Where am I? This is what happens when you forget to hit the self timer button first.
And this ‘self portrait’. After having a whole lot of lovely bloggers for the morning I realised that I hadn’t actually done my hair at all (this is how I had it in the shower to stop it getting wet).
Details: top handmade about 2 pounds for the fabric when we lived in London, Jeans – hand-me-down, Beads – $5 Ophir shop, Earrings – giveaway win.
So you see – not all perfection here! To see what some other lovelies are wearing pop over to Nin’s here or click on the button on the right. And if you are brave you can join in too – it is really rather friendly and there are prizes!!