3 WAYS TO STYLE AN ASYMMETRIC PLEATED GREY SKIRT | BURDA STYLE 03/2015 #104

I have been debating whether, in these times of uncertainty, worry and even panic, such a perhaps frivolous post is the right thing to talk about. But I feel that, as we take the measures that our national governments require, as well as any sensible actions that we feel we must, we still need a degree of normality and keep on carrying on. For me personally, and I do consider myself lucky that I have so far been little affected, this means continuing to do what I would normally do. This is sewing, blogging and keeping up the conversations with…

3 WAYS TO STYLE A STRIPED CROP TOP | SEAMWORK ASTORIA

I really wanted to share this striped Seamwork Astoria crop top with you, but not sure it was worth a proper post on its own. So I decided to make it the feature of my blog series on how to style a handmade item in three different ways, for work, for comfort and for fun. I previously styled my beloved pink culottes and my favourite summer pattern from last year, the Fibre Mood Mira dress. Firstly, a quick work on the Seamwork Astoria. I wrote a review back in the day when I made my first version, and there is…

WARDROBE TRACKER | OCT-DEC 2019 UPDATE + TOP 5 AUTUMN OUTFITS

If you’re a medium or long term reader of this blog, you might remember that in 2018, I got a sudden urge to record every single thing I wore every single day for a year. I called it One Year Wardrobe Count project. And I did it! However, one year was not the end of it, I was hooked! I improved the original spreadsheet, and continued on, starting Year 2 on 1st October 2019. I was really trying to do monthly blog post updates throughout the first year, but it proved quite unfeasible. Not the number crunching part as much…

ONE YEAR WARDROBE COUNT PROJECT | RESULTS

Dear readers, this is the big day!! I have actually completed my One Year Wardrobe Count project at the end of September and the results are in! Of course, since this launched a year ago, you might not remember what I’m on about. In a nutshell, I decided a year ago to track EVERY SINGLE THING I WORE EVERY SINGLE DAY for a year! I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t an easy task, and I failed a few times (ok, more than a few times), but I have a lot of data collected and I’ve had a lot of…

3 WAYS TO STYLE A TIERED A-LINE DRESS | MIRA FIBRE MOOD

You might remember from last year that I tried to start a blog series in which I styled one handmade item in 3 ways. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up being quite a series, with just one post, but I am looking to revive it today.

And what better candidate than perhaps my favourite make of the summer, Fibre Mood Mira?

Let’s check out how I styled Mira for work, play and comfort. Of course, you can apply these ideas to any similarly shaped dress, A-line with gathered tiers, to any other dress that you have in your wardrobe (handmade or RTW).

ONE YEAR WARDROBE COUNT PROJECT | JULY UPDATE + 5 SUMMER OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Hello, dearest readers, hope you are having a great summer so far! July was a bit of a blogging holiday for me, but looking forward to resuming regular scheduling. I have so many exciting news to share with you very soon, and so many summer outfits to show you in the next few posts. Whilst I have not been blogging loads, I sure have been wearing my me-made wardrobe with a vengeance! It definitely looks like I have more summer me-mades than winter or transition ones, as June and July almost felt like Me-Made-May! I can’t wait to share my…

Green 10 items capsule wardrobe outfits (10×10 challenge) | + April One Year Wardrobe Count Update

Dear readers, it’s May again and that time of the year when the sewing community is celebrating the self-made wardrobe. I’m not officially taking part this year, but it so happens that I still have a bit of sewn inspiration ready for you. At the end of March/beginning of April, I embarked on my minimalistic capsule exercises, and style a combination of 10 hand-made and RTW wardrobe staples in 10 different outfits. You can read more about it in this post. Today I’m sharing these outfits and will also do a quick update of the April Wardrobe count stats as…

ONE YEAR WEAR COUNT PROJECT | MARCH UPDATE + A NEW 10×10 SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE

Urgh, already mid April… On the plus side, we are definitely truly on our way to spring here in the UK. I am actually going to work and it’s light and it doesn’t get dark before I’m home either! It’s still not warm enough to start wearing lighter outfits, but I still have plenty of milage in the cold weather wardrobe. Allow me to demonstrate… in the March One Year Wear Count update. Plus, keep reading for a new capsule wardrobe exercise, with a suitably spring theme: the colour green! What you can expect in this post: The March numbers!…

Hand-made style | My favourite February outfits

You might be expecting a Wardrobe Count post, but I must plead Mea Culpa. I’ve been a bad blogger and counter in February (and most of January, to be honest). I was away for most of January on my wonderful Costa Rican adventure and I really stopped recording, but I did not get back on the wagon properly in February either. Bad Alex, no cookies!
However, I have continued to wear me-made outfits and had just as much fun getting creative with my wardrobe options. So I want to share a few of my favourite combinations from the month of February and I hope that even if I’m not entertaining you with geeky figures, I am still providing inspiration for your own handmade style choices.

ONE YEAR WEAR COUNT PROJECT | DECEMBER UPDATE

I bet that you could not wait for January to arrive to get the latest updates on my One Year Wear Count project. Yeah, me either :)!  If you somehow missed the previous series here or the original ‘launch’ post here, the basic idea was that I write down everything I wear every single day for a year, in an attempt to understand what are my most worn items, but also as a way of slowly documenting my wardrobe by stealth.  So here we are with the December post looking at the patterns and wear stats for the Christmas month.…