30 September 2014

Travel: South Africa

I recently spent the most amazing two weeks of my life in Johannesburg and Cape Town. I ate, I drank and most importantly I relaxed and rested my weary bones surrounded by family. Hope you enjoy this small collection of photographs documenting the time I spent in my homeland.

currently listening to this and seriously missing my time in S.A.

24 September 2014

tear: leather culottes

As most people know sewing requires commitment, concentration and precision, three things I'm not really into, but desperately need to brush up on in order to up my sewing game. 
I found this uncut, unstained, 100% pristine pattern at a charity shop recently, paired it up with some old leatherette and hoped for the best in my attempt at making a pair of culottes.

From the left clockwise:
-retraced the pattern on pattern paper and pinned it down on the fabric
-cut the pattern out and pinned the front pleats and pockets together
-proceeded to sew the pieces together
-added the waistbands to the front and back 
-put the elastic into the back waistband 
After sewing the front and back pieces together, all I had to do was hem the bottom, hand-sew the fasteners onto the waistband and trim any flyaway threads.
look out for these coming to a wear post on your screen!
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22 September 2014

wear: Sunday Best

jacket H&M | mules Asos | jewellery Topshop | leather clutch self-made
I have so many issues with wearing skirts, they're fidgety, they ride up and they're highly impractical for fast getaways (read: overtaking slow people on the street, escalators and train platforms). And yet here I am in a sweet pencil skirt and crop top combo I made from some left over crepe a while ago. 

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17 September 2014

Mend: Tweed Blazer

Three years ago I walked into a charity shop feeling rich and saw this raggedy old M&S jacket, I tried it on and hated it, but bought it anyway with the intentions of making it over into the Chanel jacket of my dreams. I finally dug it out of the 'to-sew' section of my wardrobe last month and got to work. 
Rather than add a trim and maybe some buttons, I decided to go for an understated look that only required some skilful trimming and nifty needle work. 
step 1. trimmed all the frayed edges, pinned the collar under and trimmed that bad boy off too.
step 2. pinned the collar-what was left of it-under again and hand-sewed it with a running stitch followed by a hemming stitch.
step 3. patted myself on the back for a job well done.
not bad for an afternoon's work right?!
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