OCTOOTD: 10/23

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It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to sew up a new dress! I’m so, so happy to say however that I was able to steal away a few hours the other evening to put in The Craft (1996) and finally put this great teddy bear tapestry fabric to use! I was torn between making a two piece cropped tee and aline skirt and a pinafore but ultimately, as you can see, the pinafore won. Fall and winter are obviously the greatest seasons for layers and (in my opinion) a pinafore just begs to be layered with a good button up.

The amount of fabric I used probably cost me about $6 and it took under 2 hours to make! As you can see I haven’t hemmed it quite yet but I just got too excited to be bothered with it… I had to throw it on right away and snap some iPhone photos. Just look at it! The teddys! In clothes! and hats!

|Handmade dress, thrifted black blouse, old frilly ankle socks, clarks oxford heels|img_8784-2

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OCTOOTD 10/12

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An extremely average, everyday outfit for me featuring all of my typical staples:

ALL BLACK. BABYDOLL DRESS. SOCKS. BOOTS. (though you can’t see ’em).

Everyone has their “suit” and… this is mine, no matter the season. The only thing I wished I had today was a black beret! I suddenly realized today amongst all the hats I have that is one item I have yet to come across. I suppose it’s because I am so picky when it comes to finding staple pieces like that… after all, our staples are what we wear MOST so it has to be absolutely perfect! (If anyone stumbles upon the perfect vintage black beret online somewhere, send me a link! Bonus for any gold detailing!)

Anyway, while I have truly immersed myself in all the everyday perks of autumn, I have for some reason or another not gotten in the halloween spirit yet. Who am I??? It’s okay though, I’m diving RIGHT in with some good books and spooky movies to catch up. Today I started “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury and it’s my first time reading it. Yas! Much excite! Very spook! Next up, some Exorcist and/or Poltergeist ❤

|Thrifted f21 dress, old black thigh high socks, big hairbow for a bowtie|

OCTOOTD 10/11

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Just spent the day outdoors with Britt trying to tucker out the pup and wound up tuckering myself out too! I think I’ll be settling in now for the evening and do a bit of organizing in my office.

The days are getting shorter, crisper, cozier…. I want to soak up every moment of it and meet each new breath of fresh autumn air with a sip of hot coffee or a warm mug of apple cider. I just want to live within that sweet smell of cinnamon and nutmeg that continuously grows and grows seeping out from the oven. Love love love the season we find ourselves in!

Autumn is just so COZY. For that reason I’ve found myself reaching for more relaxed silhouettes, casual tops and loose layers the past few days. Today I resurfaced this plaid shift dress I got last year and layered it with this oversized lightweight utility jacket. Neither of these things do much for my figure but today I DIDNT CARE! It was loose and comfortable and it’s just how I felt best today, rompin’ around with the dog at the park.

Wore these with basic black tights and my two favorites, a red thrifted bowler and vintage lace up boots. img_9820img_9757img_9639

OOTD: OH MY –

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Are you tired of seeing handmade clothes yet? Hope not, ’cause I’m not sure I’ll be stopping any time soon! Inspired by so many runway trends, I felt drawn to the idea of a new dress featuring a black and gold star print. With fall soon approaching I also wanted to incorporate velvet. Combine that with a silly yet unavoidable desire for a proper sailor collar and we have this! Again, I have already put together so many outfits with this dress I could barely decide on one. Today I settled on this thrifted red bowler hat and my old red swedish hasbeen clogs. These are a summer-time favorite for me so I’ve been consciously squeezing them into my wardrobe lately before it gets too cold!

As for the dress itself, I chose this print from a fabric store (who am I, right?) but I did make use of repurposed fabric for the lining as well as the dark velvet ribbon I used as the necktie. It turned out nearly exactly as I pictured it and I can not wait to really put it to use this autumn with dark tights, pea coats and booties! Oh the possibilities!

|Bowler hat – thrifted, cherub pin – belonged to my late grandmother, dress – handmade – clog sandals – Swedish Hasbeens|

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OOTD Handmade No.2

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So as it turns out, learning to make my own clothing has become one of the most rewarding experiences! I’ve been trying to sew for most of my life but somehow it has only just recently clicked for me… I think my growing awareness of ethical fashion has been the catalyst I’ve been needing to properly motivate me. When you begin feeling the weight of guilt from the mystery that surrounds so much of our clothing it feels great to have actually been so intimately involved for once.

Through this new journey I’ve learned 3 key things:

  • Materials are everywhere! You just have to keep your creative senses tingling. The BEST way of sourcing fabric for me so far has been from upcycling curtains, sheets, etc. Both the outer and lining fabrics for this dress were vintage 1970s bedsheets that I thrifted for under $4. I also used vintage thread that my mom acquired for me from a yard sale YEARS ago. I hoard everything.
  • Patience and accuracy are crucial. I’m a bit all-over and everywhere when I’m deep in a creative frenzy. If I’m crafting or drawing or even playing music I don’t focus on perfection, I move intuitively and often quite messily, following whatever feels right. Sewing does NOT work this way! It requires precision, lots of measuring and the patience to execute with accuracy. While it’s freeing to create without worry, it’s also healthy to practice a more disciplined craft and honestly I think it’s been good for me.
  • Have some really good music to sew to! Seriously, as soon as my favorite songs came on I was doing my best work. Sometimes I need a really good distraction to help me get laser-focused. Sort of counterintuitive but it works for me!

So, here is my second dress that I have made. It cost me probably around $4 to make (with enough fabric left over to make several more skirts or tops) and it allowed me to up cycle materials as well as practice a new craft. Win / win / win!