OOTD Handmade

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I have always been drawn to a more melancholic aesthetic… I find myself living directly on the line between elegant and eerie and this comes out a lot in my every day outfits. I love how darkness and romance can coexist in fashion and the magic that happens when they intertwine. I get lost in it, drunk with it all, seeking time and space to stay and live in it just a while longer. I think the best way I channel these inspiring spurts are through tiny details – a touch of velvet, a satin bow, or perhaps a textured lace blouse. These little elegant touches are what really add tinges of fantasy and timelessness to every day life and they come alive through fashion.

I have been particularly inspired as of late – I don’t know if these long summer days and growling dark thunderstorms are getting me more and more ready for fall, but I couldn’t help envisioning this look, every morning when I opened my closet and thumbed through my black dresses. However, none fit the image I had in my head… So, for some odd reason I felt compelled to try my hand at making my own. Six hours and 1 failed attempt later, I had this black cotton jumper. It isn’t perfect, but I’m proud all the same. It feels so good to learn a new craft and create something you love. Being involved every step of the way from choosing your fabric, to creating your pattern, to learning exactly how difficult it can be to install a zipper… it’s a rather accomplishing feeling and I’m not sure exactly where this inspiration came from but I’m so glad it came regardless.

Anyway, as for these photos I was going for some dark, victorian – graveyard vibes. Did I succeed? There were fireflies floating about stealing the focus away leaving me rather fuzzy but I actually wound up liking the obscurity of it all, so they’ll make their way here anyway ❤

|vintage thrifted lace blouse, handmade black jumper, one long black ribbon for my tie|


Author: The Girl Phantom

Adventures in vintage-inspired fashion

4 thoughts on “OOTD Handmade”

  1. Congratulations on your dress-making accomplishment! I think you did a brilliant job of capturing the Romantic aesthetic; you’d look right at home in a brooding Caspar David Friedrich or John Constable painting 🙂

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