Thursday, 29 September 2011

Garden of Eden

On the second day of holidays my true love gave to me; a trip to the Eden Project. I've been meaning to go for about 10 years so when we decided to go to Cornwall we had to make a pit stop here.  What I failed to compute was how hot it was going to be.  So excited about autumn and wearing new clothes that I donned woolly tights, a felt skirt, a long-sleeved jumper, snood and my biker jacket.  MASSIVE FASHION FAIL. What a tool I must have looked trying to style it out in the Tropical dome. C'est lat vie.

The breakdown
Top (just seen): Oasis, £18
Jacket: Oasis, £165
Snood: H&M, £12.99 ish
Skirt: Primark, £12 ish
Tights: Matalan (bought with my vouchers from the Style comp)
Shoes: Kate Kanzier, £25

Holiday pics - you have been warned.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

I need a c-o-o-l RIDER

Bonjour mon cheries, I am back from the holibobs.  Cornwall was totes amaze.  I've got so many photos but rather than bore you death i'll pop them at the end of my outfit posts over the next few days.

Our first stop in Cornwall was the home town of Rick Stein, Padstow.  A beautiful little fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall.  And for my birthday dinner the Bot took me to Rick Stein's cafe where we enjoyed a mighty feast.  And I got the chance to wear a few of my birthday goodies.  The necklace was a present from the Bot from a little stall at Portobello market. Radical.  The ring was a present to myself (you gotta treat yourself on your birthday, right?) and the leather biker jacket is my new little baby that I got with my birthday donations.  I feel like Stephanie Zinone  - now I just need me a cool rider. 

The breakdown
Skirt: Matalan (bought with my vouchers from the style comp)
Crop top: New Look, £12.99
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: present from the Bot via Portabello market
Jacket: Oasis, £165
Bag: vintage

Caution: holiday pics alert!

Sorry, had to pop this last one in.  We got upgraded to a suite complete with a free-standing bath - divine. 


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Clazzerati's Couture Challenge #6

I told you I was on a bit of a roll with the sewing.  Ok, so i'm still behind on my target of one new thing per month, but i'm halfway there.  Not bad by my standards!

Challenge #6 is a simple polka dot top.  I'm a real sucker for a polka dot and when I went to the fabric store and saw they had a whole load of new polka dot fabrics, I couldn't resist.

I made view C (bottom left)
If you're just stating out in sewing, New Look patterns are great as they're super easy to follow and have really clear instructions.
What do you need?  Just some material and a zip, easy!
Only four pattern pieces required for this top, thank god

Cutting the fabric - this is where a long table comes in really handy

Tailor's chalk - perfect for marking out your dart lines
Sewing said darts
Starting to resemble a top, yay!
Before adding a zip I always tack it in place to ensure it fits perfectly.  I used to 'wing-it' thinking I totally didn't need to do this extra step (have I mentioned i'm lazy before?) but it always went wrong.  Don't shun the tacking!

Once you've sewed the zip, you can then remove the tacking, et voila, a perfectly stitched zip.

Said zip in place (excuse the creases)
Added the neck lining
Neck lining done, and the first sleeve!

Hemming.  Always my least favourite part because the top/dress/whatever is essentially finished but you need to do the boring task of finishing the edge.  I am guilty of not hemming tops and just wearing them with high-waisted skirts/trousers so no-one sees.
Et voila!
again, excuse the creases.  Must get more acquainted with the iron
And on aside, today is my birthday (i know, the never-ending birthday right?).  And so the Bot and I are off to Cornwall for a little mini break. Au revoir mon cheries xxx

Monday, 19 September 2011

Lazing on a Sunday afternoon

A lovely weekend celebrating my birthday with ma famille, shopping, and poncing about in a field.

This was Sunday's outfit, totes casual.  Should Sundays be anything else? xx

Had a bit of a 'Railway Children' moment when I saw the steam train.  We were on a dual carridge way and took the first turning off so we could follow the train.  I wanted to tear off part of my shirt and wave it estatically at the train but resisted and took some pics instead.

The breakdown
Shirt: Topshop, free via a friend (thansk Sophs!)
Vest: old H&M
Jeans: BDG $60 ish 2009
Brogues: Kate Kanzier, £25
Headband: H&M, £7.99