Monday, 19 January 2015

Men's Fashion Week...

 Dolce & Gabanna...


 Bottega Veneta



I'm going through a phase where I'm more intrigued by men's fashion than women's. I feel there is so much more potential waiting to be unlocked.
This year in men's fashion week I've been taken with the D&G collection. Boots worn on the outside of trousers and sumptuous brocade fabric being used for coats and suits in mostly black, white and grey it feels like a modern spin without being too out there.
Coats are also sparking my interest, over-sized hoods, bright colours (that pink Dsquared2 one Ekk!) I also like the smart take on the hoddie, perfect for office bods who want a relaxed vibe whilst still looking the part.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Jersey Dress Mash-Up.....

Umm, I'm not sure how I feel about this dress! I don't know if I love it or hate it!
I'd been dying to try the pattern out since I traced it out several months ago! It's taken from the sew u home stretch book. I'd made a few alterations when I first traced it, and then a few more before I used it. so I didn't want to risk spending money on fabric for this project to turn out wonky, instead I thought I'd use up what I had left over.  

There isn't a great deal to say about the dress. Maybe I would like it more if it was either all stripe or plain colour. Speaking of colour that dark camel (caramel even?), isn't something I'd normally wear. Maybe that has a lot to do with it. 

Fit wise, it's pretty good. The shoulders are a bit wide but that's about it.
The back waist is on the baggy side although the fit on the front is great. My only other snag is because the stripe jersey is very light weight I thought I would sew clear elastic into the seam for extra support or to stop the skirt ( wool jeresy) from stretching it down. It does help but makes the waist stiff maybe an extra strip of fabric would have been a better solution?

This dress did spend the best part of last month on my mannequin, whilst I try to figure out how I feel about it. Even the Bf is confused by it! Although I do think accessorizing it is the way to go...

On it's own.

With necklace and earnings.

With necklace, earnings and cardi -
                                                         Tis better don't ya think?

I guess this sums up how I feel about it... 

Monday, 5 January 2015

The Year Ahead....

The last few weeks have been chaotic work wise. I'm still not feeling like it's the start of a new year like I normally do, but I'm hoping this year will bring about some changes for the better.

 First up is my job. It's repeatedly getting me down, without sounding like a moaning mini, it's one thing after another. It's a shame because part of me does like it there, the girls I work with are lovely, the work hours are flexible, but the way it's run (not enough staff, lack of stock etc) it's absolutely shocking. The latest is, the week before Christmas we were left with just two of us to run the shop for the next five weeks! Which wouldn't be a problem except the shop we work for is in a shopping center which is heavily governed by center management. It has to be open 7 days a week, late night shopping and only closed on Christmas day - failure to comply results in huge fines or the shops tenancy being terminated. We can't even shut the shop for five minutes as security are always around taking note. With that in mind, it was heading for complete disaster.
With a shop owner who couldn't come down until the end of the week and in fact he couldn't even send anyone else to help us not even one of the staff from his other shop whom there are six of.
Luckily we managed to get two people in at short notice and because of how the shop is run it had to be people we already knew and could trust. (we have to work a certain number of hours on our own due to the lack of hours available)
Personally I feel if the shop was run and staffed properly in the first place it wouldn't have been such a disaster! There is a possibility that the shop may close in the coming weeks/months, truth be told I feel that would probably be for the best, I would say more at this point but it would be unprofessional of me.

To the year ahead; top of the list unsurprising is a New Job, I've felt I've needed to get out for a while but what's has happened recently is the final straw in a long list of issues. I feel the next issue that arises will result in me walking out. I don't want to do that, it wouldn't be fair on the staff. I'd rather find something new and do the right thing by giving notice.

I've also applied to university to study fashion design.
There is no guarantee I will get in and I don't really know if I'm doing the right thing but I feel it's a start and I need to at least try and make a change for the better. I do feel that I should of applied a few years back but better late than never. If I'm not successful in getting on to the fashion design course, then I will try for business instead. Business will be a whole different direction education wise compared to what I've done up to now, but it's my plan B.

Creatively I'm not going to say too much as I never stick to what I plan. I'm just going to try and push myself more, be neater, try harder, and develop new skills.

Organisation is going to be my word for the year.
Organize my work life, personal life and round the home. I want to try and figure out what I want to do and be happy in my job (or at least not have half the stress I do now). Making more time to hang out with family and friends and be more organised round the home, especially in my sewing room. surprisingly I don't generally like clutter and my house isn't cluttered but I do have a habit of not putting things away as I go along so it takes twice as long when comes to doing things and tidying up!

With hoping for a career/job change and a few travel plans on the horizon I'm hoping this is going to be an exciting year!

I'll leave you with this......


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year to all you lovely lot! 

Thanks for reading, following, visiting and commenting through out this last year!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bustier and panties set No. 2

After my first attempt in delving into underwear sewing, I had to have a second attempt.
This one turned out pretty good, not too much to say other than I added straps, padded out the bustier and made it a touch smaller.

When I ordered the fabric for this make, the company set me the wrong one.
It. Was. Hideous!
so much so that when I got in-touch to arrange a return the company told me to keep the wrong fabric (or donate it to charity) and they would send me the right fabric with no additional cost. Excellent service from them, but truthfully I wonder if they would have done the same thing had the fabric not been so hideous!

I padded out this bralet using cotton batting and covered this using lining. I would of preferred lining in black but I had a lot of white left from another project. Yay for stash busting!

Straps were a must this time round. I used my mannequin's shoulders as a guided of where to cross the straps and to stop them cross over from moving around I tacked them in place.

You can see in the photo below the zip is navy - again stash busting but the zip went in really well that you can't see any of it, so a little black nail varnish will do to cover the zipper pull.

I mostly used the overlocker for this make, but the edging and top stitching were done using my sewing machine.

I think it's time I took the plunge and made an actual bra. Any tips on which pattern to try first, that might also be beginner friendly too?

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