Today I’m showing photos of my wardrobe I call it ‘The place I hang my colour’
I bought this pattern a while ago because I loved the pleated part so much but it takes a heap of fabric and I haven’t quite managed to get around to that view.
But the other day I picked up some fabric reduced to $6m and with another 30% off and so for $7.40 or something crazy I bought this cotton drill and made the plain version with the short sleeves. I love this fabric so much. It’s very William Morris I think.
Often when I am sewing I lengthen the hem only to find I have way too much length at the end so this time I cut it exactly and oh me, I literally overlocked and turned. This pattern is short!
The sleeves have a cute pleat detail on top (that is very hard to self-photograph!!) and I used an exposed zip. I quite like using hard looking exposed zips on super feminine clothes just to give them some spunk. (The Atlas told me I had spunk – personality wise – last night! He is so awesome.)
I graded the pattern from a 12 in the body to a 14 at the top to make some room for my ‘Taranaki Shoulders’.
This is the second dress I have made this month - the other one is here. I’m wearing the dress with the camper boots The Atlas bought me when we were in Milan before we had kids and a mortgage!
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There are lots of people who have made this New Look 6000 pattern google it for more incarnations.
I made this dress a while ago out of an old curtain I got from my mother in law. I originally made it dress as part of the Julia Bobbin Mad Men Challenge.
I love it I feel like it is such a good shape for me. I’d say the era would be 50s or 60s in its silhouette.
Dress $0 I made it from an old curtain of my MIL using a pattern from the 80s – I gave it an exposed zip at the back to make it less dressed up (I am quite partial to dressed up though – life is worth dressing up for!)
A cardi (which is navy not black) Glassons $30
my new $15 boots from Cotton on. I get comments on them every time I wear them.
A necklace I made recently
Also joining in at the pleated poppy
Another Wednesday – sadly a series of very average photos – um, sorry about that folks! This is me trying to wear something slightly above the jeans and hoodie that seems to become my winter holiday uniform.
Yeah so the I think I might look better in this outfit in real life….. at least I hope I do! Glad I wore flats though as I was at Flip’s swimming lesson and I had to sprint (we had walked) all the way home when I realised I had left the oven on with biscuits baking in it. Seriously unfit – literally could not sprint all the way – must be less than one km, had a sore throat and a cough for a good half hour afterwards due to exertion of running. Also house stinks – grateful for a sunny day when I could open every window and door in the place.
If I said I took the photos after all this it could excuse the facial expressions, blur, and lack of a decent pose – I’d be lying though and I wouldn’t do that to you would I? Also I obviously don’t actually wear the hood up but it’s fun for the photos right?
Jeans – River Island – hand me down
Top – Farmers on sale – I think I paid $7.50.
Jacket – handmade 2010
Earrings – made last week, getting a lot of wear
shoes – el cheapo but I needed some flat shoes so I bought them….. from the warehouse
Pop over and see what slightly more inspired people are wearing this week! Why don’t you join in – everyone is welcome and I’ve set the bar nice and low don’t you think??
You remember I bought some fabric (very naughty!) recently. One of the pieces was a gorgeous piece of Japanese lawn that I have been using for my new header and buttons on my blogspot blog CreateHopeInspire.
I didn’t buy very much of it. I had an idea in my head to make a very simple over-sized t-shirt to wear with my high-waisted skirt.
Nin suggested I do french seams and gave me tips for using bias binding to face the neck and armholes. I love having a friend who is a ‘qualified designer’. Whenever I have questions about fabric or how I should sew something together. I did so french seams (my first time ever) and used the system Nin suggested but with knicker elastic instead of bias binding.
I used a pattern I found at an op-shop the other day. It’s amazing how a little styling can make a difference don’t you think??
I quite like the ‘Corporate Barbie’ look now and again.
Skirt – catalyst bought about 9 years ago on sale
Top – made by me using an op-shop pattern
Tights – hand me down
Shoes – TKMaxx UK cheapies – falling apart!
Necklace – bought from a shop in Heathcote Valley – chch about 2 years ago
Earrings – gift from Korea
If I’m corporate Barbie which Barbie are you?
My sister saw this fabric in a market in Amsterdam.
She told me about it.
She sent me some with a note saying ‘You’re the only person in the world who could rock this fabric.’
Maybe she is a little generous but Hello??’ I <3 Jesus with gold shiny Holy Spirit Doves’?? Yes Please!
I used a pattern that was an off-cast from one of my mama’s friends.
Without the belt I look a bit like I am 7 months pregnant or how I still look 5 months after giving birth.
I love this fabric – I often think about making clothes that say stuff about the real ‘who I am’ more than just the ‘I love clothes and dressing up’ part of who I am.
I do love Jesus, very much. He is the source of who I really am and who I am becoming. At 34 I’m at that happy stage of my life where I feel entirely at home with this and I don’t feel like I need to make excuses or try to convince people that loving Jesus doesn’t make me weird, or crazy or deluded or brainless. Point is I find meaning and joy in this sometimes difficult-to-explain relationship and I’m happy to wear that on a black chiffon, 80s-esque printed dress with pink stilettos (even if I did slip over in the ice in them!).
Dress – made by me, fabric from Amsterdam
Tights – cosmic
pink stilettos – TKMaxx – UK
Cardi – hand-me-down from a cousin
What do your clothes say about you and your values?
Joining in here
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?