DIY TIERED SUMMER DRESS | FIBRE MOOD ROSALIE + MIRA

What happens when Rosalie meets Mira? Well, let’s call her Rosamira… Or should it be Miralie? Yes, more Fibre Mood love, this time of the mashing kind. I love my pattern hacking alright, but nothing better than frankenpatterning two or more into something new. Rosalie has been hacked before (see this flounce scuba top) and she was a real success. Same for Mira (check out the hacked version). And of course, they both got made in the original versions (white Rosalie and navy Mira). So 3rd time lucky, it’s a lovechild! So let me tell you how she came together……

WARDROBE TRACKER | APR-JUN 2020 UPDATE

Wow, almost 4 months of working from home (and pretty much staying at home). I never imagined that I would miss getting dressed for the office, but I sure do wish I put on a dress every now and again. Even though they are not all that exciting, I have continued to diligently record what I have been wearing during the past few months and I was as curious as (I hope) you are to see the outcomes. If you are wondering what I am on about, check out how I decided to record every single thing I wore every…

DIY WORK FROM HOME SUMMER STYLE | 3 DIY OUTFIT FORMULAS

I did warn you this post was coming. Oh, was it back in the other life in March, beyond the wormhole of the lockdown happened? Yeah, I had to go back and see what I wrote too. But anyway, this is part 2 of the Working from Home outfits, this time the ‘keeping cool edit’. It seems almost unbelievable how many layers I had on in late March. Now I really can’t think how to keep my body temperature down… What a difference a few months make (and summer!). I have been working from home since mid-March and although I…

DIY EMERALD BACK TIES JUMPSUIT | FIBRE MOOD DANIKA REVIEW

[GIFTED PATTERN] Jumpsuits are a bit of a marmite issue for people. You either love them, because they can be both stylish and comfortable. Or you hate them, because well, they are not easy to get out of in a hurry. Also, RTW jumpsuits can be a pain if you are different sizes in the upper and lower body. Well, that last bit it’s the easiest to go around. Just make your own and adjust the bodice and trousers to fit your body, not that ‘standard size’ of the fashion industry. So here I am with another Fibre Mood pattern,…

DIY WHITE FLOUNCE SLEEVE BABYDOLL DRESS | FIBRE MOOD ROSALIE

Well, I guess I had to go back to talking about sewing at some point. So here we are with the post that was due two weeks ago. Still weather appropriate. However, this does not mean that I’m done talking about anti-racism. I’m including a resource update and news at the end of the post and aiming to continue this for the foreseeable future. I hope you will make it till the end and check them out. But feel free to enjoy the summer dress on the way. In the UK, we’ve had the most days of sunshine in Springtime…

ON AWAKENING, ALLYSHIP AND PUTTING IN THE HARD WORK

You can tell by the title, this is still not Business as Usual. Sorry, the summer dress post still does not feel right. Today is George Floyd’s funeral in Huston. And it feels it’s a different world since his horrific murder on the 25th May in Minneapolis. We’ve had protest here in the UK, as well as all over the world. People were chanting his name, along with Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, who were also killed by police brutality. And since the last few weeks, but especially since Black Out Tuesday a week ago,…

PAUSE TODAY

I have posted on my blog every Tuesday afternoon since the middle of November last year. Without fail. In 5 years of blogging, this is my longest, most consistent spell. And I am really proud. Not sure if you expected any content from me today, or if it makes any difference that I don’t publish. For all it’s worth, I did write and schedule a post, but I just stopped that. I will try to explain why in the best way I can, but before I do, I want to confess I am afraid and have always been, of conflict…

SEWING PROJECTS FOR A ZERO WASTE LIFE | SEWING VS WASTE WHEN CLEANING

During this difficult pandemic period, sustainability is perhaps not too high on people’s agenda. If anything, an undesirable side effect was the shunning of reusable options, especially outside the house. Moreover, we have also unwittingly increased the amount of disposable plastic, be it wipes, plastic gloves, disposable face masks, as well as take-away containers or other unrecyclable packaging when you did not have another choice based on what is available in the shops. However, life will go back to normal at some and we should go back to the good habits that we might have started forming with regards to…

DIY GREY AND PINK LEATHER TRAINERS | SNEAKER KIT NEW SOLE

My sewing mojo has been up and down since the beginning of the year and even weirder in the past 8 weeks in lockdown. But making trainers is not really a sewing project, so it doesn’t count. I super love them, and wear them for my weekly outing, so I just had to share, in case you are feeling like trying your hand at something different. I have mentioned my love, bordering on obsession, with Sneaker Kit, a Dutch small business that sells trainer kits and various patterns to use with the soles. I even started teaching classes in London…

THE MIRAGE OF THE 100% HANDMADE WARDROBE | THOUGHTS ON ME-MADE-MAY 2020

We are in the middle of Me-Made-May 2020, and as you might have noticed if you read the blog or follow me on social media, I have not engaged with it at all this year. I have been working from home for the past 8 weeks and frankly, I do not feel at all like posting pictures of what I wear everyday. My working from home wardrobe was very unappealing and boring to me and I did not want to impose that on my grid either. I also feel that after 5 years of pledging, I have nothing new to…