So a little while ago I was feeling a little sorry for myself and went on a fabric buying spree at The Village Haberdashery
. There will be a couple of outfit posts featuring this skirt pattern because you know when something works, why change it. I’m a little fussy when it comes to skirts, I know what I like, I tend to sway between go big or go home and super slinky! I wanted some bigger more retro inspired skirts for my wardrobe, gathered doesn’t tend to suit my body shape so I drafted a simple pleated skirt pattern instead and liked it so much I made some more.
This patterns is a simple three piece pattern, a front, a back and waistband. In a bid to use up some material in my stash, the lining is a little off colour scheme but that doesn’t really matter as no one is going to see it and it’s mostly there for layering and to give the skirt a little lift and warmth during the colder months.
I used a vintage gold coloured button from my never-ending stash of buttons, my autumn/winter makes are all about stash busting some of the supplies I already have rather than adding to it.
I love this print, the cute little rabbit, the fish swimming, the mountains, the gold sun (which upon closer inspection is probably supposed to be a moon as it is surrounded by stars but hey whatever!) It’s a simple but beautiful print and I think I’ll be wearing this a lot.
I’m also knitting a cardigan in purple which will also compliment this skirt. I’m trying to make things that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits, which is why I’m making quite a few skirts and cardigans at the moment.
Yellow is not normally a colour I would wear but I’m loving this outfit so much right now.
Pattern -Self drafted pleated skirt
Material – House of Hoppington – Honey Hill in A Cloud by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
Post Title -My God is The Sun by QOSTA
So I’m finally getting back to making items again and also posting about some old items I’ve made after a little break and revamp of this blog, normally I would post outfit/me made clothes on a Wednesday but as always I’m running a little behind but better late than never I guess! I knitted this cardigan using another Untangling Knots pattern by Andi Satterlund, I’ve knitted a few of her patterns now and will be showing off in some later posts but this pattern is the Vianne and I really, really like this pattern! I know I’ve only really been using her patterns this year but they knit up nice and quick and involve very little sewing, which is a win, win in my book!
I called this one Beneath the Sea because not only has my autumn/winter wardrobe taken on a sea theme but I started this cardigan during the season of The X-Files where Scully’s father dies and the song played at his funeral was stuck in my head for days. What can I say it’s a good song.
I used Robin Aran with Wool which is an acrylic/wool mix. I’ve been using this Aran mix for most of these cardigans because I want to get much better at my knitting before shelling out on more expensive yarn. I’m also trying to work through a massive stash as well, which despite a massive cull and half of it being sent to the charity shop, doesn’t seem to be going down! This yarn is a lovely sea green/teal colour and coincidentally matches the teal in my The Call of Ktulu skirt also worn in these photos but a separate post is coming up next!
I also managed to find some matching button in my stash. For a split second I had the terror of almost destroying a freshly finished garment when my scissors snagged the wool as I was putting them down but it was okay.
I blocked but as you can see not very well at the back and have my second complete outfit for autumn/winter.
Although I always knit a size below for negative ease my cardigans seem to come out a little loose, so I guess I need to work on my gauge but Aran mix doesn’t tend to shrink when washed so I don’t know. And despite my poor attempt at blocking (can you reblock a cardigan?) I still love the back of this cardigan. I’m already knitting a second in purple but I might go for longer sleeves seeing as it’s winter and also a little variation in style.
I would highly recommend this pattern for a beginner as it it knits up really quickly as has a really simple pattern.
Pattern – Vianne
by Andi Satterlund
Material – Robin Aran with Wool
Size – 37 Bust
Post Title – Beneath The Sea by Bobby Darin
The last handmade outfit from our holiday is the Love Cats shirt. Originally I had four shirts planned but only managed to finish one!!! The other three are waiting a little alteration and some buttons but this one I’m quite proud of as not only did I leave it as a last minute decision but I also hacked a pattern to get the shirt, so it turning out as well as it did was great and taught me that I really just need to have more confidence in myself and not to over think things.
As we the other four tops I only had a metre of fabric to work but I still managed to line up the fabric pattern pretty well. I didn’t have a shirt pattern in my stash so I hacked a vintage shirt dress pattern.
I left off the sleeves and added in some extra darts. The sleeve edges were finished quite hastily so with one of the other three shirts I’m going to experiment with some cap sleeves from another pattern to see if that works and also give the shirts a little variety.
I also added some length to the body, not as much as I wanted too because of the lack of material but enough to work well with a pair of Capri or cigarette pants. This top just sits above the hips so there was no need to make any adjustments to the cut to fit the hips.
Loving the tropical fruit mixed with flowers at the moment, so I ended buying a few pieces from Viva Dulce Marina at the Car Show on Saturday.
I used to wear flowers in my hair all the time and then I stopped but then I discovered this colour contrasts really against my hair colour and I stocked up!
Faux tooled handbag originally from primark but purchased in a charity shop for £2 and trousers from H&M.
Also this shirt counts towards my 2016 Vintage Pledge, so that’s two items down for that!
Pattern – Top hacked from a vintage shirt dress pattern
Material – Atomic Kitty by Michael Miller.
Style – Vintage/Retro
Size – 40 Bust
Post Title – Love Cats by The Cure
For this dress I used Butterick Retro pattern, however due to a serious lack of time I didn’t finish the neckline properly in that I opted for a plain round neckline instead of the v cut outs and I didn’t make the belt. I also didn’t line it but with this material I didn’t need to. Despite being a rush job and needing a little tweaking here and there I actually love this dress to bits and these photos don’t really do it justice. Hotel lighting isn’t the greatest. Seriously why is all bedside lamps???
I saw someone else with a satin version of this dress whilst I was there but I have to say I prefer cotton which is what I used and this start print is amazing. I think I paid about £5 a metre for this fabric and bought loads of it intended for another dress because I had another fabric in mind for this one but took so long getting round to buying it, it sold out!
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js The construction of this dress is relatively easy and I’m liking the side zip because it meant I didn’t have to do any adjustments to the back like I usually have to.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js I’m thinking I could definitely hack the skirt of this pattern to make a strappy top version of this for summer with some tropical inspired material.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js I also really like the length of this dress, it’s just right. Like I said I really love this pattern and will definitely be making a few more for my wardrobe.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js My major treat from our trip were these shoes from Lucky Lou Shoes. I’ve coveted a pair of carved heels for like ever now and this are so comfy!
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Handbag is vintage. Most of my vintage is actually handbags, head scarves and jewellery because I find it hard to get clothes that I like that fit.
And this item is my first towards my Vintage Pledge challenge!
Pattern – B5880 Retro Butterick ’51
Material – Black Viscose with Star Print
Size -40 bust
Notes: Modified the neckline to a plain neckline.
Post Title -Release The Stars by Rufus Wainright
This isn’t technically a vintage or retro style pattern but with simple patterns like this one, it’s mostly down to the accessorising to create a retro feel. For this dress, I used a pattern I have used quite a bit over the years mainly because I like the style on me, also I much prefer sleeveless dresses in the the summer. I wore this outfit for the car show and was probably the first time in a long time that I had put in effort to create a retro look. Sitting at home in front on a sewing machine or computer most days has really made me lazy in regards to my style but this trip to VLV19 was probably the kick up the butt I needed in regards to my style. I purposefully made a wardrobe for this trip which made think about what style I wanted to make, also I did a fair bit of shopping without fear I might add to fill up the gaps in my wardrobe and most of that was vintage and stuff I wouldn’t usually buy! Also all the rifling through the racks gave me plenty of inspiration in regards to style, colour, patterns etc and it’s been a real boost and made me realise how much I miss the vintage element of my own personal style. It might not always be prevalent but I like to include a little aspect here and there, even if it’s just a hair flower.
Of course there is no such thing as too much pink even if you are part Goth. I’m also part tropical (I’m half Mauritian) so I love a good tropical print and a dose of sunshine!
I usually struggle with lining up the straps on this pattern to conceal my bra but I think I’ve finally mastered it!
I picked up the parasol in the Hotel gift shop as the Car Show is outside, I picked it up because it was pink not realising it was Betty Page until I opened it for these photos, and that the flowers also matched my dress! So both were a nice surprise.
I used to wear hair flowers all the time, so it was nice to stock up on fresh but faux supply. I should probably start making my own! Hair flower from a VLV vendor (forgot to get the name sorry).
Vintage Moonglow bangles bought from Rainbow Vintage at this years and VLV17
I wanted a new handbag and it was a choice between two, a practical Banned handbag in orange with bamboo handles and a little pineapple charm or this Acrylic Watermelon Bag sold at VLV by The Ritual, as you can see this one won! The watermelon theme seemed to be quite prevalent as this years festival, actually I saw a lot of fruit themed outfits and I foresee a fruit themed clothes making spree on the horizon! I couldn’t afford to splash out on a vintage Lucite purse but one day I will, so for now this little number will just have to do!
Photography by Tim Campbell
Pattern – Simplicity 7072
Material – Cotton
Style – Vintage/Retro
Size – 40 Bust
Post Title -Club Tropicana by Wham!