Monday, 15 October 2018

The Refashioners 2018 ~ Inspired By

So I have just learned about The Refashioners 2018 an amazing community of refashioners who set a challenge every year to re-cycle/ up-cycle- /re-use old clothes/fabric and create new garments. This years challenge is to find a look you like and use this as inspiration to create your garment. 

Here are the details of the Refashioners challenge this year. I hope you participate!
  • Take an image that inspires you (see examples here) and re-create it using unwanted garments.
  • Blogger Element: Running from 3rd Sept to 28th Sept this year.  A month of inspiration posts to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Community Challenge: This will run right from 1st Sept to 31st October. There will be the usual phenomenal prize package for the winner(s) at the end. You can share your creations any time between those dates to be entered into the competition. To enter, you’ll need to SHARE your refashions (including your original inspiration image) in one of the following ways:
    • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2018 #inspiredby
    • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)
    • Only entries shared via the above 2 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 31st October 2018 Midnight GMT.

So here goes!

My #inspiredby inspiration is from Ashi Studio Fall 2017, I just love the detail on this shirt.

My before, mans shirt:

The process:
  • Cut off sleeves
  • Shortened length
  • Cut top to fit
  • Sewed back up
  • Hemmed edges
  • Altered cuffs to fit and pleated sleeves for volume
  • Sewed sleeves back onto body
  • Sewed darts in the back to fit.
  • Added waist band.

And the after:

And that is my entry for the refashioners 2018 inspired by challenge! 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Free Pattern ~ Romper ~ Play-Suit~ DIY

I have in the past experimented with recycling or up-cycling clothes, its a cheap source of fabric and good for the environment??

I found this great free pattern here from Mood Fabrics!

It is really easy so follow. Simply print it out and tape all the pieces together!

This pattern is about a UK 8-10 short.

I am 5'8" and rompers/play-suits are usually too short on the torso for me so I cut the pattern at the hip and added 2" to the torso length.

I used an old scarf as my fabric and simply folded it and cut the fabric pieces.

I used a lace trim to add length/ modesty!

I also added a zip at the front as my fabric was not stretchy like that suggested in the pattern but I think it worked out well!

Please share your outfits.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Cork Craft Month 2017

This is the last week to catch the amazing craft and design creations of some of the most talented designers and makers in the Cork area.

Every year a whole month, the month of August is dedicated to our love of craft and our community spirit in supporting our craftspeople and makers!

So get down and see something!!!

I was recently in Kinsale, in Co. Cork and visited the James O'Neill memorial Building to see the "Home" event and I loved everything! Woodwork, furniture making, ceramics, concrete, felting, embroidery, textiles and much more! Cork is a very talented little county!

If you are near Skibbereen check out the O'Driscoll Gallery and it's "Wild Atlantic Way" exhibition, it's on my list!

Or the "East Cork Creates" if heading in the other direction towards Midleton and the Silverstone Dimensions.

Or if you have missed out fear not as the Cork Craft & Design Craft Shop is open all year round in Douglas!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Trends A/W 2017/2018

It's that awkward time of year again, is it still summer? Pre fall? Autumn Winter? Looking out my window we have had all these seasons already today! I woke up freezing (winter), by lunch time it was sweltering, (summer) and now there is torrential rain bouncing off the ground!!! 

So that confuses and just adds to the daily "I have nothing to wear dilemma" 
The season is changing but the one thing I always look forward to is my trusty woolly jumper!!! 
I just love chunky knits, scarfs are another addiction, and tbh these 2 items really carry me through winter.

A simple pinterest search helped me identify the trends I like for A/W

This image really stood out to me! Could you get a chunkier knit and I love the colours, This is my winter style!

But I am glad to see botanical prints are staying with us! Pick up a pattern scarf and you are ready for A/W

For some reason I was drawn to the greens then researching today??

Similar to summer patterns with a darker twist:

The Pantone colour trends are something I always keep an eye on, then quickly re-organise my wardrobe with these colours to the forefront, if you are like me you have so much (notice I don't say too much as that is not possible) clothes, shoes and accessories that you can always find something in this seasons must have colour!

So what is your favourite trend of the upcoming season?
Any recommendations I should try?


Thursday, 10 August 2017

What I Am Loving ATM ~Miu Miu Autumn 2017~ Boots!!!!

Random fashion Trend update!!!

I am in love with Miu Miu's Autumn 2017 Ready to Wear Furry Boot collection!!!

I mean how can you not love them, they look like slippers, I think they would be so cosy!!!
I do love anything fuzzy and furry, just an overgrown child really!!!!

Unfortunately I don't think the price tag will be as lovable so there may be a creative make 'n do post in my future!!!

More pic's...

What colour is the nicest??

Like Teddy Bear Feet!!!


Friday, 26 May 2017

~ The Cold Shoulder ~ Trend of the Season ~ SS2017

Every season there is some trend that catches your eye, this season for me it has been the " Cold Shoulder". This is a fun trend which is sexy, maybe flirty, but leaves something to the imagination,

I've seen this trend on catwalks and on side walks it is an easy trend to have in your life, (I hope to do some refashions on it soon!) So for a run down on the catwalk inspiration check out Elle's View.

Left to right: Vera Wang, Tome, Gabriela Hearst, Altuzarra, Delpozo

I like how with Delpozo you don't necessarily have to actually have a cold shoulder as they styled there "cold shoulder" over a sheer top! 

Altuzarra have also linked it to the stripes trend, you gotta love stripes!!

This easily accessible trend is allover the high street too, here are my picks:
(also a lot of this trend incorporated my other favourite trend, RUFFLES!!!)

River Island

River Island



It doesn't have to be fancy and ruffly even the sports/ active-wear trend is embracing the cold shoulder like this ASOS sweatshirt! 

Whats your favourite trend this season???