Friday, 20 November 2015

Style // Tuppence - Partners in crime

I love looking at period shows for fashion inspiration . . . . Cause who doesn't want to go round and solve mysterys in awesome hats? Life goals. 

I'm really drawn to the shapes and colours Tuppence wears on the recent BBC adaption of Partners in crime, Agatha Cristies Tommy and Tuppence books. 

Plus her hair really makes me want to cut mine again!!!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Slow Fashion October // Introduction


October is my favourite month of the year, although the weather is still a bit too warm for my liking here! It seems like the perfect time for a new project, and Karen of Fringe Association has created a great one : Slow Fashion October. 

Now I am a couple of weeks late to the party so I am going to combine the some weeks together.

But first let me (re-)introduce myself: 
Where are you at with all this and what first got you interested in Slow Fashion?
It's only been the last couple of years that a handmade wardrobe has become more of a accessible reality for me, as my skills as a maker has grown. Along with that has come more of an awareness of how our society views consumerism. I have always loved buying secondhand clothes, the thrill of the find, the fact that you won't be wearing the same thing as anyone else. Fashion has always been a way for me to express myself, from a teenager buying second hand in charity shops, up to now. But making your clothes is the ultimate expression. I made a goal at the beginning of the year to try not to buy any clothes unless I really needed it. And for the most part I have managed to do it, I did buy some underwear and pyjamas :)

What are your skills?
I have always loved making things and have two talented grandmothers, one who is an awesome seamstress and one who is a very prolific knitter. Knitting came first when I was small and then I rediscovered it in my early teens. My mum always laughs as for the longest time I couldn't cast on and off and would get her to do it. About five years ago I knit my first garment, rather than a scarf or hat. Typically I didn't choose something easy but a long cardigan coat that took me two years to make!! Thankfully my knitting has gotten faster but that coat taught me something important, that when you make something and put a lot of time and effort into it, that item matters more. Not only is it unique but it is a reflection of you, your personality. 
What do you hope to get out of Slow Fashion October and what are your personal goals for the month?
I feel like my style is changing and growing as I get older. The styles that appealed to me when I was a teenager don't really feel right anymore. So I want to use this month to reassess my wardrobe and work to fill the holes. I am also really excited to learn more about where things come from, especially yarn.
Do you have a special project you plan to tackle this month?
I have been following Collete patterns wardrobe architect and it has really helped me to be more purposeful in my buying/making. It has helped me work out what shapes I like and the holes I have in my wardrobe. I had to get rid of a lot of clothes when I moved countries and although it forced me to purge I am left with a group of items that are not massively cohesive, so this month I want to make a few items that fill holes AND that I will love. I want to find a few patterns that fit me well and use them to make a small uniform that goes with the things I already own. 
Also I want to learn more about locally produced yarn and buy some to knit a jumper this winter.  

So what about you guys, are you joining in?

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Well hello :)

Yes it's been over a year since I took an extended break from here space. It wasn't particularly intended, I just got a bit burnt out creatively and then you know, life.

A lot has happened to me in that year, crazy jobs, a big move relocating to Italy, and dealing with everything that comes with that. 

In the last six months I have had the mental and emotional energy to start playing with different things and I realised that I missed having this space to document and keep track of inspiration, and as a visual diary of where I am creatively. 

So here I am. No pressure. I don't intend to post 3 times a week. I don't plan to use this space as a means to promote myself creatively, or to make money. It is just my journal, for me and anyone else who might be interested. I really love reading blogs, it's one thing I do to chill out and recharge creatively, and if I can add anything to the positive inspiration out there then I will be happy.