Friday, 28 June 2013

Fashion Friday: Sonia Rykiel Resort 2014

I'm usually one to go for garments with elaborate prints and embellishments but recently I've been seduced by simple garments which focus on fabric manipulation and silhouette. I say simple because they are relatively unadorned but this does not mean there is any compromise on the quality of the cut. In fact, the expert cuts are what make the garment.
 
This aesthetic is perfectly embodied by the Sonia Rykiel Resort 2014 collection. Designed by Geraldo da Conceicao, masterful tailoring and fabric manipulation are very much the focus of the collection. These features are accentuated with just a splash of gentle pastels and subdued neons complimented by shiningly bright white. Fabric manipulation in the form of sharp pleats is abundant. I am seeing pleats everywhere now, on tops, skirts you name it - pleats are there. So much so that pleats have become my new favourite form of fabric manipulation. Although the collection is predominately comprised of crisp fabrics which form a sleek silhouette, lightweight and softer flowing fabrics such as slouchy knits are used to soften the silhouette.
 




Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Embroidery in progress

I've been working on this embroidery which I copied from a piece of artwork out of the book In and Out of the Garden by Sara Midda. It is a really beautiful book with so many lovely illustrations in. My Mum actually owns the books and a few weeks ago when I was having a moment of crafter's block she suggested I turn one of the drawings into an embroidery. Its quite small so I have used one stand of embroidery thread for all parts of the picture. I want to cover all of the square with stitches so no fabric can be seen, below is the progress I have made so far. 
 

 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Fashion Friday: Matchy matchy

At the moment I'm loving head to toe print in the form of a matching blazer and trousers. I have been in love with this look ever since I saw the first picture below. Erdem is the absolute master of head to toe print in any form. I'm on the hunt for my own matching blazer and trousers at the moment, I do also like a print blazer with matching shorts but when you live in the UK trousers are so much more practical!

Image from Erdem.com
Pre Spring 2013
Image from Topshop.com
Image from TedBaker.com

 
Image from Zara.com

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bloglovin'

I just remembered to tell you about my Bloglovin' account. Its so bad because I did it last week and completely forgot to mention it, I actually even forgot I actually had a Bloglovin' account for a few days! Anyway I am on Bloglovin' which in case you didn't know is the replacement for Google Friend Connect. I think Google Friend Connect is going to be phased out pretty soon, so if my lovely followers could find me over on Bloglovin and follow me there that would be great. I would also love to welcome some new followers too. If you scroll down this page a bit there is a button on the right hand side of the post which says 'follow this blog with bloglovin', click on that button and it will lead you to my Bloglovin' page. Thank you and enjoy reading!

Craft shelves tidy up

These two large white shelves are solely home to my craft collection, they came from Ikea and years ago they contained all my craft materials. They have been re-arranged many times but as my collection of materials has grown it has gradually spread across my room, its actually more of a workshop than a bedroom now! But these shelves had become quite crowded so they've had a major revamp. On the top of the shelves I store my magazine collection which has recently been reorganised and my over locker machine.
 
Yesterday I moved my craft and fashion books which had been stored on a smaller set of shelves over to these shelves to create more room for others, the smaller height books are stored on top of a chest of drawers. The books are all in colour order of course, the only way to order books! I like to create a display with my craft materials so I have stacked small balls of yarn on top of one another teamed with ribbon. Lace and trimmings are stored in pretty jars and china bowls and plates. You can see on the top right shelf there are two fabric baskets. I made these a while ago from instructions in a Tilda book by Tone Finnanger  and I use them to store free gifts from magazines which I haven't got round to making yet and the other is used for ribbons and trimmings.
 
I store a lot of craft materials in boxes because it keeps things neat and also things which aren't so pretty I don't really want to have on display (things like my needle felting sponge and work in progress). I bought some metal bird decorations from a craft fair a few months ago and I strung these on string and attached the string to small white hooks which I glued on the shelves. From these hooks I have also hung embroidery hoops tied together with ribbon and I have hung my pinking shears from another hook, I just need to get one more so I can hang my fabric scissors from it. I hope you are enjoying reading about this and seeing pictures of how I have organised my stash and I hope it gives you some ideas for your own craft materials as well.







Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Summer stash organisation

I finished my A level exams last Friday so I now have a lot of spare time and this week I have been taking the opportunity to organise my stash. I spent all of Monday and Tuesday folding fabric, untangling and winding yarn and organising magazines. Below are some images of the results, I still have a lot more organisation to do so I expect this week's posts will be focused on this. My shelves have got very overrun with craft materials recently so I'm trying to de-clutter them (I rarely throw any craft materials out though, I just re-arrange them) and organise them so I know what I have to hand.


 
My fabric stash is constantly growing. I'm a bit of a fabric hoarder and I find it hard to resist buying beautiful fabric so it's no surprise my collection grew too large for the basket it was originally stored in. The basket used to be on this shelf and every time I needed a bit of fabric I would have to pull it off and all the fabric would fall off the top, I couldn't even really see all of the fabric I had in there anyway. So I decided it was all getting a bit out of hand, removed the basket and stacked the fabric directly onto the shelf instead. In the above photo I'm in the process of organising the fabric... 
 
 
... and this photo shows the finished result. I can see and access my fabric much more easily now. I love colour organisation so I stacked the fabric into three different colour groups: first neutrals, then pinks, lighter purples and greens and lastly darker colours including blues and purples.

 
I'm constantly buying magazines and at least two are added to my collection each month. The trouble is I hate throwing them out, partly because the magazines I get are usually more expensive and I like to go back and look and them now and again. I have several magazine files on top of a set of shelves which had become so full there was no room to add any more and a pile of magazines was building up which I needed space for. So I put some of the older magazines that I no longer read in a box under my bed and rearranged the ones left, now I have a bit of extra space for future issues as well.




 
Finally my yarn supply was in bad need of organisation. It had all become tangled together in two bags so I spent a very long time untangling it and rewinding some of the balls of yarn. I then put it into the basket which used to hold my fabric and added my knitting needles at the back.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Mollie Makes crochet bow

This is my finished crocheted bow that came as a free gift with the last issue of Mollie Makes. I haven't sewn the brooch pin onto the back yet because I don't know what I want to use it for yet. I made it a few weekends ago out in the garden when it was nice and sunny, where did that weather go?

Friday, 14 June 2013

Fashion Friday: Erdem Pre Spring 2014

Its here again, another Erdem collection and doesn't this just make you wish you were rich enough to fill your whole wardrobe with Erdem? To me, lace, floral prints and feminine but not too feminine details are perfect in a garment and Erdem does it perfectly every time. The pre spring collection is more experimental but still includes Erdem's trademark style mixed with a slightly androgynous hint. The collection includes some punchy spring colours but also some darker unexpected tones. Perfect cuts combine with sumptuous fabrics and a variety of floral prints. This may just be my interpretation but I detect a slight hint of the 60s, particularly in the first image. I may have gone a bit over board on the pictures here but it is really hard to not put in a picture of every single look in the collection!
 









 
Images from Erdem.com

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Elegant ceramic rose and decorative metal ring

A while ago at a vintage fair I bought this metal ring base and I have been pondering over what to stick on the front for a while. I had some ceramic flowers left over from the Dolce and Gabbana inspired sunglasses I made. So I used one of the pink flowers and stuck it onto the ring base. I think the elegance and delicacy of the flower perfectly matches the ornate ring base.


 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Flower bracelet

Years ago I got a jewellery making kit which contained loads of beads and findings, I think this is the first time I really got interested in jewellery making. Although a lot of the styles were for children, one technique in the instruction book has stuck with me. I remember first learning how to make a strand of flowers out of seed beads and clear thread and I made loads of necklaces out of this when I was little. When I was playing around with some beads the other day I remembered the technique and made this bracelet from two strands of flower beading out of bright turquoise and clear beads.


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Vintage style rose necklace

I have had the pendant setting that I used for this necklace for absolutely ages. Its just one of those things which I bought because I liked it and didn't really have a use in mind for it. Recently I ordered some beads from Bead Shop Scotland which I mentioned before and I bought a small rose cabochon which I actually had intended to use in a different necklace. When the parcel arrived I realised the cabochon didn't look as good as I thought it would in the intended necklace, out of chance I put the cabochon in the pendant setting and it fitted perfectly! So I immediately got the superglue out and then finished off the necklace with fine silver chain. I love absolutely love cameos and this necklace looks perfectly vintage.




Friday, 7 June 2013

Fashion Friday: Style your belt

My attention was brought to styling the ends of belts differently on Pinterest where I have seen several belts with the ends folded and tucked under to create different shapes. Its the perfect way to solve the problem of a too long belt whilst making a feature out of it. The most common one I have seen is creating a bow like style but I have also seen belts that have been simply tied in a knot. Normal feeding the end of your belt through the loops is out, styled shapes are in. So knot, twist, tuck, fold your belt, the possibilities are endless...
 
Today I styled my belt into a bow like loop shape around the buckle
over tailored culotte style shorts and a chiffon blouse
Simply looped and tucked under.
Image from 9to5Chic
Cute bow shape
Image from Spotlight on Jamie
 
Simple knot for those days when you need a quick fix
Image from Fashionrolla

Butterfly knot for a statement look
Image from Fashionrolla
 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Dolce and Gabbana inspired ceramic flowers sunglasses

Last summer I saw some amazing Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses which have beautiful flowers at the corners. I saw them in a Dolce and Gabbana advert again this summer and I thought it was about time I made my own version. The ceramic flowers I used came from Antiqued on Etsy, the shop has such a good variety of different ceramic flowers at reasonable prices and very high quality. My order was delivered very quickly as well considering it was coming from America.
 
Then I went on the hunt for a pair of sunglasses to glue the flowers onto, I was thinking that cat eye sunglasses would be best but there aren't many of them about this year. Also the ones I did find were too big and didn't really suit my face shape. I couldn't find any suitable ones and actually got a bit side-tracked and ended up buying another pair which I just liked.
 
I had already got a pair of sunglasses last year but I wasn't sure if the flowers would really work on them. So I used blue tack to see what the flowers would look on the sunglasses and was quite happy with the effect, once I had perfected the position of the flowers I glued them to the sunglasses with superglue. I now have a lovely pair of sunglasses for sunny days and I certainly saved myself more than a few pennies by making them myself.