Saturday, 28 February 2015

90s crop top

When I saw this crop top in Topshop for £16, I decided to take on the challenge to make my own version for less. I took a trip to the fabric shop to buy this fabric for a mere £4.50 a metre, and then spent just an hour and a half constructing it. I also think I actually prefer this fabric as well, plus it has a really nice feel and stretch to it. Considering I used very small amounts of fabric the whole thing probably cost about £2.50 to make from scratch (which is definitely a better deal than £16!). Using bias binding may also be my new favourite sewing technique as it's so much easier for hemming especially on stretch fabrics like this which are normally a nightmare to sew with.

Also new in this post are my boots. They were £8 from Missguided! Yes, just £8! They're so nice, really comfy and great for all year round. 

skirt - Topshop
crop top - homemade
boots - Missguided

Monday, 23 February 2015

LFW - Day 1 and 2 Highlights

I was away on holiday last week so I haven't had the chance to go to London Fashion Week this season unfortunately, but I've been looking at the shows online and picked out some of my highlights...Here are some from days 1 and 2...

Friday, 13 February 2015


Because it's been raining all day I decided rather than trekking outside to take outfit photos I'd do a summary of some of the more basic pieces that I haven't yet shown on my blog. 

shirt - Primark via ebay

top - xmas present

 top - charity shop

 skirt - Topshop via ebay

 shirt - Topman via ebay

 dress - New Look via ebay

 crop top - via ebay

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Floral Velvet

I bought this amazing fabric for just £3.50 from Southall. They had it in a variety of colours but I was drawn to this one in particular because I suppose it's quite unusual for velvet. I wanted to make quite a simple dress that I could wear to uni interviews, so I kept the design quite plain and then wore it with a belt, black tights, and my Office boots.

 dress - homemade
boots - Office

Monday, 26 January 2015

Lucilla Gray and J Moon

Time has flown by so quickly this week, and it's only just occurred to me that I haven't taken any outfit photos. Since my last designer post was such a long time ago, I thought I'd take the chance to show you two really interesting designers that I discovered recently...



Saturday, 17 January 2015

Lace and Suede

Although it's only January I've been thinking a lot about my summer wardrobe so I decided I'd get a head start and make this skirt and top. I actually used a commercial pattern for the skirt which I was given as a Christmas present. I never normally use a ready made pattern as I prefer to make my own to fit with my own designs, but I decided I'd give it a go and it was actually really interesting trying out new techniques (such as the slit at the front, and using 3 panels instead of 2/4). You can't see in these photos but the fabric is actually a suede material. It's also just occurred to me that I probably should have ironed my skirt before taking these photos! For the crop top, I used my own pattern this time, layering lace over a lining. I also decided to add flared sleeves as it's something that I've been searching for online recently.

 skirt - homemade
top - homemade
boots - Office

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Topshop Skirt

So it's been a stressful week or so what with uni applications and coursework deadlines, but thinking about my incredibly long summer is definitely helping get me through it all! I still have Christmas stuff to show you including this amazing top that my Mum bought me as a present. Although you can't tell in these photos it's slightly cropped which I absolutely love, and it's actually really quite unique in it's style. With some Christmas money in my pocket, I decided to have a quick look around the Boxing Day sales where I found a really lovely dress (post coming soon), and then spotted this skirt in Topshop. It wasn't actually in the sale unfortunately, so I still paid about £30 for it (quite a commitment for me), but I was so in love with the style that I couldn't resist. I'd found it so difficult to find a skirt just like this anywhere else and I convinced myself that as it was so simple and went with so many things, I'd wear it a lot. No regrets so far!

 top - charity shop via xmas present
skirt - Topshop
boots - Office