DIY Inspiration | how to create a meaningful wardrobe


how to create a meaningful wardrobe, wardrobe architect
Working out what to wear can be difficult, right?

Sometimes you can just find yourself looking at your wardrobe and the clothes you have just don't seem to cut it. It's nothing but a sea of blah.

A month or so ago I was looking at my wardrobe and not feeling terribly inspired.

I just felt like my old clothes just weren't making me get happy about getting dressed. Do you know the feeling?

I was tired of feeling like a blob of potatoes so I started to look into creating a more meaningful wardrobe. One that was only full of favourites. That made me happy. That looked awesome. And was as handmade as possible.

Because sharing is caring, over the next two weeks I'll be hooking you up with some of the best resources out there that will help you create a meaningful, capsule wardrobe.

Because life's too short not to have clothes that make you happy.

Oh, and guys, you should totally check back tomorrow for an exciting announcement.

Photo credits
title: Smitten Studio | bottom: A Beautiful Mess

Check It Out | 3 best instagrammers to follow for sewing inspiration


Sewing inspiration on instagram
I don't know about you, but know I sometimes spend w-a-y too much time scrolling through my Instagram feed. And by sometimes I mean all the time.

In my defence - it's pretty hard not to be distracted by all the prettiness. Heck, you could even say it's research for future projects.

So, since sharing is caring, I thought I'd share with you my top 3 sewing instagrammers. Feeds that are chalk full of sewing goodness. 

Sewing Inspiration No 1: Atelier Brunette

Sewing inspiration on instagram
Atelier Brunette make the most delicious fabric - I'm totally just biding my time until I can use one of their fabrics in a project. 

Mmmm... look at all that fabric goodness.

Sewing Inspiration No 2: Madalynne

Sewing inspiration on instagram
Madalynne is such a beautiful and inspirational sewer. Her instagram feed is all light and vintage-y. Super calming on a stressful day.

And, I guarantee she's going to make you want to up your sewing game.

Sewing Inspiration No 3: Roisin (aka Dolly Clackett)

Sewing inspiration on instagram
I love Roisin's Instagram feed. It always cheers me up. 

It's full of her colourful dresses and seriously awesome shoe collection. And there's often gin. Perfect.

Now I know these aren't the only amazing sewers on instagram. Who are your favourites for sewing inspiration?

Life | a little italian getaway


Guys, I ran away to Italy for a few weeks last month. It had to be done.  

I went to visit my family but really I spent most of the time sewing, hanging out with my parents and eating my body weight in Nutella (that stuff is seriously delicious). 

The village where my parents live is in the mountains in Northern Italy. 

When I was little I wasn't always a fan - it's a small village, everyone knows everyone, the pace of life is s-l-o-w. 

But I have such a love for it now. 

I love the fact that my family is all in one neat little place. 

Plus - without the distractions of town I get so much done - a whole host of sewing projects, including the trousers of joy you saw the other week.

And I got to spend some more quality time with this little guy. Who is growing more and more gigantic by the week!

I might have also consumed the odd gelato here and there. Like whenever we went for walks. Like everyday. Someone has to keep the gelato industry in business, right?

OK, and I just had to share the two above photos - gratuitous bambino and nonni photos. 

I'm looking forward to sharing some of the sewing projects I finished while I was out there. Look for those coming soon.

For more Italian photo goodness - including one of a local man taking his goat for a walk (!) - you should definitely check out my Instagram feed.

Check It Out | craftsy app review


Craftsy sewing app review
Guys, I have a confession to make. I am probably the most un-techie person you'll ever meet. True story.

Solid examples: my phone doesn't get internet it's literally so old it could have been taken on the ark with Noah). I still sew on my old sewing machine from 2001. I managed to ruin our ancient ipod by putting it in the washing machine.

The only thing that makes me feel even slightly 2014 is my iPad mini (like one of these beauties here). I bought it about 2 years ago - as soon as I started commuting to London for work (1 1/2 hours door to door - ouch).

But 2 years on I'm still stumbling my way through the whole wide world of apps. I have all the social media apps, and some awesome photo apps, but don't really use my ipad for anything else.

Craftsy sewing app review
So I was pretty stoked when Argos asked me to have a think about apps that would be great for sewers. Wait - you mean you can use an ipad for something other than social media and photos?

Say What!?

Since then I've have been spending some quality time with the Craftsy app. Have you come across this beauty yet?

Craftsy sewing app review
The Craftsy app is from the people behind Craftsy - a giant online bank of craft classes. The app let''s you keep all your classes in one handy, portable place. Aces if you're like me - with little space around your sewing machine it's handy to have classes on the ipad so you can follow along (without balancing your laptop precariously on your knee).

I gave the free Craftsy zipper masterclass a go and must say I was quite impressed. I'm still slightly perplexed by zippers (it's my sewing kryptonite) so it was good to have a refresher. I've got my eye on a few other classes as well - the serger class looks aces.

So now that I've been brought up to speed - have you got any good apps that you would recommend? I'm pretty excited about the idea of getting more use out of my ipad.

And heck, if I've tempted you to give a new ipad a whirl - you can find some here at Argos.

This post is in collaboration with Argos. All opinions and words are my own ('cause that's just how I roll).

Wearing | ultimate stretchy trousers


sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers
Guys, I am so obsessed with this pattern. I may need an intervention.

I used to have a full-on phobia of sewing trousers, but I'm now 100% converted to the joy of making your own. I even fitted a muslin (say what?) - but more on that another day.

sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers
Heck, I'm already hunting for my next fabric - maybe in a burgundy twill.

What do you think?

Something to wear this fall - something for kicking leaves and drinking my body weight in pumpkin lattes.

sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers
So, I know trousers are intimidating (I managed to sew for years and years and avoided them like the plague) but this pattern is a pretty forgiving introduction to the whole wild world of trousers. 

I used the Sew Over It Ultimate Trouser pattern that I first flirted with a few weeks ago.

sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers
I made a few alterations using this ah-mazingly helpful post on common trouser alterations.

For the main fabric I used a tobacco coloured stretch cotton that I bought while I'm here in Italy visiting my folks with the bambino.

sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers

It's super comfy, but I'll be honest, it was a bit maddening to work with. The fitting took forever - though that could be me and not the fabric. 

A good workman doesn't blame her tools, right?

sew over it ultimate stretchy trousers

To balance out all that brown I went with some sweet floral cotton that I found in my mamma's stash. I'm a bit worried it's all come out a bit too 70s, but I sorta kinda like it. 

So there you have it. Nothing but full on trouser love. Are you in? 

fabric | cotton stretch from Italy 
facing | vintage
top |  H&M
cardigan | borrowed from my mamma's closet
shoes | braided high swedish hasbeens


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