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Strawberry Thief Liberty Emery dress

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I haven’t done any sewing for a few weeks now, what with being in London for work and all, but I did make this beautiful (if I do say so myself) dress before I went. I don’t really know what to say about this dress, except that it’s another Emery pattern, in a Liberty Strawberry Thief print. I really love my Liberty print!

Despite making quite a few of these dresses now, this Emery still turned out differently, even though I followed the same instructions. I’m not sure whether I was a little bit tighter with the seam allowances but this one was bigger in the waist and bodice than any of my previous attempts. Hmmmm.

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I’m also a massive fan of the length of the Emery dress, but the last one was just a little bit too long. So I shortened this one quite a bit and now the length is perfect for me.

I loved working with the Strawberry Thief fabric and I loved that it had quite a straight print as it made me really take notice of how I cut it and of making each part match up. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

The only thing that’s slightly annoying me is that I made a facing for the neckline. Although I love facings generally, this one seems a bit bulky in the front and needs pressing down. My initial plan for this dress was to make matching bias binding for the neckline and arms, but I cut out the facing before remembering my plan and didn’t really want the beautiful fabric to go to waste. I think, in the future, I may take it out and try the bias binding option.

Like the other Liberty fabric, this one too is very thin but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Plus, it’s Strawberry Thief! Who doesn’t like birds picking fruit from a tree on their clothes?

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Do you know who made your clothes?

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Today is Fashion Revolution Day, a momentous day in the sustainable fashion world. It marks two years since the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, where 1133 people died and a further 2500 people were injured while working for well-known fashion brands, brands that we buy into here in the UK.

The day was set up in response to the Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013 by co-founders Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, in an effort to raise awareness of the incident that happened in 2013 and to call for a systematic reform of the fashion chain.

The initiative is gathering huge momentous on social media where organisers are encouraging people to post photos of themselves wearing their clothes inside out with the hashtag #fashrev and asking the question, ‘Who made your clothes?’. The main aim of Fashion Revolution Day, however, is to stop the UK buyers forgetting about the incident and organisers hope instead to create change in the fashion industry.

The organisers say, “In short we believe that 1133 is too many people to lose from the planet in one factory, on one terrible day, without standing for something.”

They continue, “We need it [the day] to show the world that change is possible.”

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So, do you know who made your clothes? I’m guilty of buying from high street shops without a care for how the clothes were made or who made them, but isn’t it time we took a stand and started caring about the conditions of the workers who make our clothes?

At the very least, that is what I love about making my own clothes. I know exactly where my clothes have been made and who made them, although I know less about the fabrics used to make them. There are so many positives to making your own clothes, not least for the above.

But, for today, I will be asking ‘Who made my clothes?’. If you’d like to get involved too, the Fashion Revolution website is here, or show your support via the organisation’s Instagram or Twitter.

 

Photos courtesy of www.fashionrevolution.org


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Wednesday wishlist

Doesn’t time fly quickly? It feels like only yesterday that I was writing the last one of these, more of which can be found here. Let’s start with a dress, shall we?

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High Socie-tea dress in Floral, $64.99 Modcloth.com

 

This week’s Wednesday wishlist is inspired by this beauty I saw on the Modcloth website. It’s getting colder these days and this dress is the perfect one to wear through the late summer months and into the autumn. And at only $64.99, which works out at around £38, it’s a bargain. If you’re more interested in pastels though, Modcloth sell a similar dress in ‘macaron’. What’s not to love?

Full Pint Buckle Poppy satchel, £115, Brit-stitch.com

Full Pint Buckle Poppy satchel, £115, Brit-stitch.com

 

Next up is the perfect bag to accompany this dress. This one is from Brit-Stitch and the eye-popping red colour will certainly draw attention to any outfit, but that’s all part of the fun, right? Brit-Stitch bags are handmade in the UK, so buying one also means supporting a local business. Plus, it’s always worth following the brand on Twitter or Facebook, as that’s where they post links to special offers and discounts, such as their recent flash sale.

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Kontrary Red Patent Mary Jane shoes, £14, Office

I’ve been dreaming of a pair of bright red shoes for ages now and these, from Office, are the perfect ones. Team these with a summery dress, such as the Modcloth one above, or some indigo jeans and enjoy the attention you get while wearing them. These do however remind me a little of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

What’s on your wishlist this week? I love reading posts like this, so send any links my way.


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Just a quick post today. If any of you are around the area tomorrow (Saturday 5th), the Angel in Llandeilo is hosting a spring boutique sale. Cariad Glamour, a local business selling handbags, scarves and jewellery, is running the event and there should be some bargains to be had.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry, because there’s another event on next month too. Caru Llandeilo, in partnership with the local college Coleg Sir Gar, will host a fashion show. And, best of all, there’s free cake there too.

Let me know if you manage to go along to either event.

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Charity shopping

IMG_1374My local charity shop usually has some great treasures and last week was no exception.

I came away with a lovely, hardly worn, oversized check jacket which will be perfect for styling up with a dress for dinner, or wearing down with a pair of jeans for a walk in the countryside.

I love finding things like this in charity shops, as you can grab yourself a real bargain and come away with an almost new piece of clothing for a fraction of its original price.

Now, it’s already been a week since I last went. I wonder what treasures will be there next time.


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My new fabric

Some fabric I found at a charity shop

The fabric I found at a charity shop

I’ve mentioned the benefits of searching charity shops for fabric many times before and this time was no exception. During the first day of snow last week, I went for a walk to my nearest one and stumbled upon this wonderful fabric.

I’m guessing that it hails from the 70s or thereabouts and it was originally a curtain. Sadly, there wasn’t another curtain to match, so it won’t make anything too elaborate, but I’m planning to sew up a simple a-line skirt or a top out of it.

Ideally, I think I’d like to keep a few small squares of it back too, as one day I’d like to make a quilt, by incorporating all my different, vintage fabrics together. I really love finding an alternative use for something old.

Has anyone else had any luck with remaking any charity shop finds? And if you’ve got any other ideas of what I could make out of it, then let me know.


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The Toast clothes sale

Earlier today, I ventured out to a village hall for the annual Toast sale. Toast is a shop local to my hometown which sells ladies and men’s clothing as well as beautiful home-wares. It was started in Wales in 1997 and currently has nine shops in the UK. Unfortunately, much as I love the designs, it is usually a little pricey for me and so when I learnt of this weekend’s sale, I jumped at the chance to browse and stock up on some of the company’s classic clothing.

Clothes were strewn all over the hall and shoppers had to rummage through to find the bargains

Like many other jumble sales, the clothes were strewn all over tables in the hall and shoppers had to look carefully through to find the bargains. But this only added to the excitement of the sale and everyone there soon got into the spirit of finding themselves a good buy, with many friendly strangers admiring and helping others by observing what clothes suited them.

Bargain hunters had to have a good eye to look through all the clothes

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There were quite a few good bargains and some which weren’t so great, as unfortunately many of the clothes had minor snags and tears and some of the shoes had been worn and returned. But all the imperfections were highlighted by stickers and labels and some were still a good buy even so. And I suppose it’s a small price to pay for shoes and clothes that were originally approximately £100 and upwards.

Some of the items I picked up

Shoes were on sale for a fraction of their original price. This pair were £10

I came away with some really nice items, including a silk dress, which I paid £15 for, but sadly not the brogue-like shoes I could only find one of.


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Easy DIYs: Turn a pillowcase into a wearable skirt

An elastic skirt can be fun and easy to make. We show you how to transform that old pillowcase into a new skirt to wear to brighten up those cold, autumnal days

What you’ll need:

You will need a pillowcase, a length of elastic, a safety pin, a sewing machine and a pair of scissors

-A pillowcase

-A length of elastic the size of your waist

-A safety pin

-A pair of scissors

-A sewing machine

How to make:

1. Turn pillowcase inside out and cut at the seams

2. You should now have two pieces of fabric. Put these aside for a minute

3. Measure your waist with the elastic. Subtract two inches from this length and cut

4. Return to your fabric. Fold the longest side (width) of one piece over by 1 1/2 inches to make a casing for the elastic. Pin and sew, but leave the edges free as your elastic will go through this. Repeat with the second piece

Pin about an inch away from the edge to create a casing for the elastic

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Sew a casing for your elastic about an inch into your fabric

5. Attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread through the casing of the first piece, bunching the fabric as you go. Repeat this for the second piece and then pin the two together, so that the skirt is inside out

Once you’re done sewing your casing, thread the safety pin through and bunch up the fabric as you go along. This creates the waistband of the skirt

6. Sew the front and back of the skirt together. Take the safety pin out and sew in the edges of the elastic

7. Hem the skirt and you’re done


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Strummer of Love: The fashion

One of the things I love best about festivals is the fashion. There is something so different about the way people dress at festivals and it makes you want to dress the same. Personally, I get so inspired by the clothes I see that I instantly want to go out and buy identical dresses/hats/wellies.

The fashion was no different at Strummer of Love. People there were wearing the classic wellies and floral dress combo and combining high street with vintage. People literally were wearing anything and everything and it’s that diversity that makes festival fashion so unique.

The key to festival fashion is to keep it as simple as possible, so that if you are wading through fields filled with mud, you’re as comfortable as you can be.

Layering is also a useful thing to keep in mind, as the weather can be changeable when you’re outside most of the time.

And it’s always helpful to have a waterproof coat and a change of shoes (flip flops will do nicely), as it’s nice to be able to change into a more comfortable pair of shoes when you’re back at your tent.

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A pair of wellies is an essential addition to any festival outfit

A floral headband can add a little something extra to any outfit

Layering is important if you’re camping at a festival, as the weather can be changeable. So take a hoodie with you for those colder days

A pair of sunglasses can be quite important for those sunnier moments

If you’d like to catch up with the other posts on the Strummer of Love festival, they’re here.


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Strummer of Love festival

Street Style Wales is going to the Strummer of Love festival this coming weekend.

The festival, which is being held in Somerset, will combine music with craft and will be offering many free workshops and classes for anyone wanting to get their hands dirty.

Craft tutorials will include making flower garlands, dreamcatcher jewellery or even making handmade musical instruments.

Alongside the crafty activities, there will be performances from Emmy the Great, The Pogues and Frank Turner, with plenty of music for everyone.

The festival itself has been set up in commemoration of ten years of the death of lead singer of The Clash, Joe Strummer, by his daughter, Jazz Domino Holly. It is being held in aid of the charity, Strummerville, which gives support to aspiring musicians.

If you’d like to know more about the festival, check out their website, Jazz’s blog, or my friend Charlotte’s blog post about it here.