Monday, 25 July 2011

Cardigan & Jacket Looks

I have a number of projects on the go at the moment and time is short.  As it is the school holidays at the moment I had a very ambitious list of projects, one of which is a jacket to be worn layered. All my current projects are using knit fabric, which I find easy and versatile.  StyleArc have great inspirational looks and versatile patterns, definitely a must have for me.  I haven't tried any of the StyleArc patterns, but have a number of other patterns that can be adapted without too much trouble.
This pattern was one of about 10 that I picked up for 20 cents each.  The charity shop has proved to be an absolute minefield of discoveries.  I will post some of my other finds over the next few weeks.
This jacket has a very 1980's look to it, but is functional and exactly what I need for work.  Purple is one of my favourite colours and after visiting a number of cafes and restaurants in the last few days I have observed the amount of very black and grey ensembles being worn. Without the colourful scarves the looks would be somewhat dreary.  I enjoy people watching when I'm out and about to gauge what's out there in the fashion world.
Jacket styles are just so easy to alter and adapt for winter or summer looks.  Add a beautiful scarf and you're good to go.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Scarf Selection

After taking stock of my wardrobe gaps I realized I needed to add more accessories.  Scarves made from my stash fabrics, or recycled from whatever is at hand.  These examples of seasonal scarves on Etsy are so dainty and elegant.  I've seen very similar scarves available during summer on a recent trip and I'm going to see if I can make my own version.

Here are some wonderful examples on Grosgrain, which I was able to link with some excellent tutorials.

I regularly look for tutorials, so I was pleasantly surprised to find so many in one place.  Many of these scarves use recycled fabrics and wool.  The vintage doily scarf ( 3) is my favourite, unfortunately that link was unavailable; it was probably made by a very talented crafter.
I just realized that I hadn't labeled my last post Scarf Wrap-ups, so here is the link to Coldwater Creek once more.  Happy wrap-ups, whether it's summer or winter at your place.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Scarf Wrap-ups

I found these wonderful wrapping styles on Coldwater Creek.  We're in the throes of winter here, so wrapping up for fabulous style means warm and warmer.  Style 1 and 4 are my favourites.
Which style do you prefer?

Monday, 11 July 2011

Wardrobe Review

It has taken me sometime to get back to posting, for lots of different reasons, but it has made me very aware of the need to be realistic with my sewing, blogging and work commitments.  Many of the photos I had taken were not up to scratch, so I have decided to invest in a new camera.  I would welcome any suggestions from other bloggers.

My Me-Made-June challenge came to an abrupt end with a bad dose of the flu and MMJ became more of a personal challenge to showcase all of my handmade items of clothing than to show daily outfits on pininterest, or a similar site.  The months of May and the beginning of June were very warm for winter, so my wardrobe choices were more like an autumn wardrobe rather than winter.  Now we are experiencing full winter temperatures, with all the woollies I can find to layer one on top of the other.

My latest project includes a long sleeved version of this cowl neck top.  I will post photos when I purchase a new camera, but until now here is the pattern and images using Vogue V1197 by Sandra Betzina.