Thursday, February 23, 2017

The plaid dress

I've always wanted to own a Vivienne Westwood dress but it's really not quite practical for me to spend so much on a designer garment, so I decided to sew an inspired version instead.

dress I sewed using Vogue Pattern 1312
 Not gonna lie....this was not a fun sew for me. It was the wrong fabric choice, and I also didn't have the proper width which meant some finagling on my end....sigh...

I do really like the finished dress and I feel great wearing it, so I'd probably be wearing this a lot especially during the fall/winter season.

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 In progress:

Out and about....
worn with Blondo boots and Silence and Noise leather jacket
Are you a tartan/plaid fan?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Take the gold!

Wearing my fave old sweater for the umpteenth time....

No Face sweater from Hot Topic, jeans from Urban Outfitters, Timberland boots

(The title is a line the character No Face says in the movie Spirited Away.)

Because I will buy anything Spirited Away, here's the latest addition to the wardrobe:

Her Universe Studio Ghibli Spirited Away No-Face Kimono from Hot Topic

By the way, today is my eldest's birthday, you guys! (It's also Family Day here in Ontario, so it's a day off school/work.) Weeeeeee!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pink is the new black.

"Pussyhat Project is a movement, not just a moment. 
Keep connected! Keep communicating! Keep fighting for women's rights! 
Hold onto your hats,  and wear them loudly and proudly. "
Pussy Hat I knitted using Lion Brand yarn, H&M sweater, pants from Urban Outfitters, UGG  boots
(Pattern for the hat is in the link above, or if you're on Ravelry, click here.)

The sea of pink hats at the January 21st/2017 Women's March in DC...
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Cleo

This is the latest item I've sewn...a pinafore dress. Guys, I never knew how this is such an awesome all-season and comfortable piece to have. I will be definitely making more! (I've already worn this three days in a row...somebody stop me!).

pinafore dress sewn using the Cleo pattern from Tilly and the Buttons,  sweater from Winners, no-name leggings, Joe's Jeans booties

In progress (FYI: fabric I used is stretch denim):



Are you guys a fan of the pinafore/dungaree dress?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Currently Loving #34

A round-up of what I'm currently loving:)

1) Banila Co. Clean It Zero
I was really hesitant to try a new cleanser, as I'm pretty happy with my skincare routine right now, but when I ran out of my cleansing oil, I thought I'd give this a go.
So so happy I did! I finally get the hype over this balm cleanser. It removes makeup really well, and it doesn't break me out....woohoo! I'm a new convert.

2) Life-Changing Magic Journal
This is a basic gratitude journal (undated for a span of three years), but really, anything with Marie Kondo's name is a love for me. Marie, just shut up and take my money!

The next few products are from one of my fave stores Muji. Do you guys shop there?

3) Muji steel boxes
These things are so useful, you guys! I mainly use them for my sewing items, but these boxes are great for any kind of storage.

 What's inside:
my sewing threads, and my hand-sewing kit
4) Muji makeup sponges
These are great quality and reasonably priced.

5) Muji pens
Great quality and also reasonably priced

I'm a big fan of Craftsy and have many videos in my library, from painting to cooking and sewing/knitting. This class by Pam Howard is by far my favourite. Very thorough, and Pam Howard is a great teacher. 

What have you been loving lately?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stuck in the 90s

I honestly think everything goes with boots, especially combat and work boots. Amirite?

hand-me-down tunic from my mom, Talula leggings, Timberland boots

And you can't really tell from the pics above, but I like this detail on the tunic.

On the crafting front, here's the latest thing I sewed: a shirt for my middle child. He said he wanted me to make him another one, and who am I say no? He even picked out the fabric:D

using Burda 9419 sewing pattern

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Inspiration: Rei Shito

"Unlike so many young ladies I see at fashion week, she never dresses to attract attention. Although I don't believe in the myth of 'effortless style', I do believe in the idea of 'passionate style'. An idea that if a person buys only the items they really, really love, even if they get dressed in a dark closet, they will come out looking happy."
-Scott Schuman, Closer, p.410

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