Tartan and Trim

I made a thing! And it helped to disperse some of the negative feelings I've been having lately. 

I've been working on using up the fabric in my fabric box and trim in my trim box. Both bits of clothing related stuff had been sitting in my sewing box for like 3 or 4 years, and now will get to see the light of day (semi) regularly as this super cute tartan and trim pleated skirt. 

The construction process of the garment was actually pretty tough. First off, it took me ages to decide where to place the trim. I too-ed and fro-ed over placing it near the waist, near the hem, or below the hem for a good 15 mins, then I had 5 attempts at pleating (and re-pleating) the skirt, which took a good hour.  

I've made a lot of pleated skirts in my time, so the time it took me to construct was quite a surprise. I'm really happy with how it turned out though. The waist fringe is a super cute detail, and the actual construction is some of my neatest work! 

I paired it with this feather collared jumper I picked up op-shopping because the movement in the feathers 1) balances out the movement of the trim and 2) brings out the red in the tartan. The Converse were quite an unconventional choice of footware, but add an interesting twist to the "classic" feeling of the rest of the outfit. 

Flower Space Princess

shoes Man it feel good to be back on the sewing machine! I haven't sewn in so long because gigs/uni/work/life. I also made another flower crown because why not!

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This fabric has been burning a hole in my sewing box since May (or was it April?). I bought it while I was on holidays in Kiama with my family from a teeny tiny quilting shop. The pattern reminds me of the glow in the dark stickers you stick on the roof to make glow in the dark galaxies. The material I used for the bow is this ridiculous shiny organza material which I've had forever. It's a bit of a pain to sew with, but it looks so pretty.

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As with most of my skirts, my pattern is self drafted. It's a 3/4 circle skirt with a gathered trim edge. This is becoming a fairly standard pattern in my self drafted arsenal. I love the way it moves, and I love how full the gathers make the skirt.

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I've got another skirt in the works. It's unlike the skirts I've sewn before, which is fun. I'll have to finish it this evening so I can wear it tomorrow :3 (This may or may not b the start of a sewing binge...)

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Hard Style.

wpid-20140811_144213.jpg Today I learned that I need to start checking the weather before leaving my house instead of making a judgement based on how warm it's been recently. It was really warm in the sun/ when the wind wasn't blowing, but unfortunately for me the wind barely let up, and that windy was icyyyyyy!

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As far as today's outfit is concerned, I wore two pieces which I find incredibly difficult to style; the blazer and the shoes. Both pieces cause me trouble because of the colour.

At first glance the blazer appears to be red and white striped. The "red" in the blazer is not actually a red. It's a very dark dusty pink. This makes it incredibly hard to match with things in my wardrobe.

I have a similar problem with the shoes. The dominant colour in the shoes is a magenta.

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I'm quite happy with my outfit today, although, if I was going to wear it again, I'd opt for tights that are slightly less red.