Thursday, 29 September 2016

Wrap it Up

I always struggle putting together casual vintage looks. The fancy looks are easy, a big vintage prom dress always looks elegant and eye catching. But those casual looks that need to be comfy and well styled, whilst remaining obviously vintage, not so easy.

When I saw a recommendation for this easy to sew wrap top, I was very excited!
Especially since there is a lovely big bow in the front.

And let me assure you that it was very easy to sew. I would say it took about 2 hours to cut and sew this top, so a nice Sunday afternoon project.

For anyone new to sewing I would highly recommend it!

The soft capped sleeves are very flattering, and the bound neckline gives a crisp professional finish.
There are also endless possibilities for creative trim usage. I'm feeling some ric rac around the neckline and sleeve edge would be splendid.

No darts, and yet a lovely smooth fit.
Also no zip or buttons to be faffing around with, always a plus!

Outfit Details
Top- me made
Skirt- me made(self drafted)
Handbag- Vintage from Etsy
Earrings and Brooch- vintage dead stock- Bow and crossbones
Sunglasses- holiday souvenir
Gloves- Vintage- beyond retro
Bracelet- Sew very vintage

Click HERE to see the tutorial on how to make this cute 40s wrap top.

I'm super happy with how my little top came out and hopefully can make a couple more, get some trim going!
I feel like this pattern can be very differently styled too. With careful print and trim choice this top can easily fit in to different decades styles.

Let me know if you give it a try, I would love to see the results.



Friday, 9 September 2016

A flower crown for the end of summer.

I do tend to get a bee in my bonnet sometimes. Whenever I get a crafting idea, that's it, I have to make it happen!
And I mean IMMEDIETLY!!! 
Flower crowns were something I had seen popping up all over the place this summer, so of course my crafting bee started buzzing!

I popped in to a little florist and picked out some pretty blooms. 

And settled down with a friend and plenty of refreshments at hand, and just messed around with my flowers and some pipe cleaners.

I twisted everything together with as much artistic flair as I could muster in a cafe, huddled away from the rain outside and the unsure glances of the waiters. And it came together pretty well in the end.  

The flowers sit just at the front, the back is only pipe cleaners twisted together for support. 

Outfit Details
Blouse- Urban Outfitters
Skirt- Me made (self drafted)
Shoes- New look
Cardigan- Marks and Spencer
Earrings- Vintage- Bow and Crossbones

It was a lot of fun wearing this flower crown for the day!
 I got so many compliments from passers by too!

This look is my meadow frolicking look, which incidentally ended up looking a bit Dorothy Gale. 
But I'm totally fine looking like Dorothy, in fact it's an added bonus!

To keep the Dorothy look going strong, I took some lovely photos with my friends dog Phoenix. He plays the Todo role very well!

Such an adorably little guy!

And one of the basket. Because when you have a basket full of flowers and strawberries, there is nothing prettier!