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. 

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I've seen a bunch of people super excited about the extra February day we had yesterday and I must say, I kinda don't get it. Yeah, it only happens once every 4 years, but it was just a day, like any other. 

Anyway, this is what I wore on the leap year. It was finally cool enough for me to wear the other vintage piece I picked up in Lismore, and after much frustration trying to style it (I don't have much olive in my wardrobe/many colours that go well with olive) I finally settled on this bright yellow kilt. 

I was a bit apprehensive about the combination when I first put it together, but the longer I wore it the more I liked it. Looking at these pictures has also cemented it as a winner in my books. 

This is definitely one of the more unusual shirts I own. It's double breasted, with an unusual neckline (which  can be worn in several different ways.) The construction of the sleeves are also amazing - they're constructed from the same panel as the bodice.  

Anyway, enjoy your slightly belated March! (Autumn is my favourite season, so I know I will!) 

layered Tartan.

Shoes I've recently been thinking a lot about people who have greatly influenced my life, particularly the people I've only met briefly.

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There are two specific instances I can think of which have really shaped who I am as a person today.

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The first is when a friend of a friend was talking about "being at a really creative time in their life at the moment" They'd been having a pretty terrible time with boys, money and living situations, but still managed to be completely creative. Since that conversation I have aimed to "be at a really creative time in my life" as much as possible.

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The second conversation I can think of happened fairly recently. I was having a discussion with a new colleague about what they did for a living. Anyway, they were basically being a multi disciplinary creative person. I decided I want to be like that, so I'm currently taking steps to be able to live that kind of lifestyle.

 

 

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It's funny, these two people have shaped my present and future more than they could ever know, and I've barely spoken two words to them.

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Then there's all the people I interact with on a regular basis. My life is filled with brilliant musicians, all of which challenge and or encourage me to perfect my craft on a daily basis. I am quite fortunate to be surrounded by so many creative people.

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I must also apologise for my brief absence. I had a fairly big assignment due the other day, and I pretty much neglected everything that wasn't the assignment. I'm officially on semester break now (although, looking at my schedule the next few weeks you'd never know it). I'm really looking forward to having time to create things (I actually started painting my tiny planets again tonight. You can see them on my instagram)

 

Where have you been!?

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Shoes As you may have noticed, my blog has been down for the past 5 days. There was a very simple fix, which I took ages to find (because it was one of the last things suggested to me by all of the googling I did). (for those of you who have a self hosted wordpress site, if you run into "error establishing database connection" due to a MySQL error, try upgrading your serverspace first)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Coat

This week has been incredibly up and down. The things that sucked really sucked (like my site dieing, being sick and paperwork troubles) but the things that were good, were really freaking good.

 

 

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As you may have noticed from the slightly blurry (because I'm still learning manual focus) but increased quality of my photo's, I bought a new camera! It's a cannon 700 D, and I'm using the 40mm pancake lens with it (one of my favourite bloggers The Dainty Squid swears by it, and as I love her photography, I figured it would be a good alternative to the kit lens my camera came with. I am 1000 glad's I took her recommendation. It's been an absolute dream to shoot with)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Belt

I also had another gig with Button Collective, which was amazing as always. A friend I haven't seen in forever came to tha gig as well, and it was super great to catch up! (Although the pide we ate after the gig made me feel not so great the next morning :P)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Necklace Close Up

Because I've been shooting like mad on my new camera, I have a 4 day backlog of outfit photo's which I will aim to upload in the next few days (so, you may or may not be getting 2 posts a day :P)