Sunday, 19 July 2015

Homemade Pink Tartan Circle Skirt

I've finally found a dress pattern for a circle skirt that I can make in an afternoon. I'm all about easy sewing, I do love the bigger dress projects too of course, but if it can be done in an afternoon for the next day? Perfect. 

The fabric is one I saw at a trade show and I fell in love with it. Luckily my sewing teacher was with me and she bought some for her shop (Bobb-In And Sew) so I was in luck. When it arrived weeks later I bought some straight away (along with the pattern). The pink/green pattern is a little unusual but I just love it.

So when I went in for a circle skirt pattern I knew this is the first garment I wanted to make. Usually the first time I make something from a pattern it takes me ages but even this one I still finished in an afternoon. 

See, it's done! The only thing I altered on this pattern was that I lengthened it as it was an couple of inches shorter than I liked. I love how full it is and that I got the pattern central. There are not many things that I put on and instantly think 'yep, love that'. I always want to alter them a touch, but as I made this, it was perfect.

I first wore it for a day in Cambridge with the Mothership and I've never been stopped so many times by strangers to say how nice I looked, it was really lovely. I teamed it with a white Bardot top and a wide black waist belt - both from Primark and had pincurled my hair so I felt extremely 1940s. I have since seen a Viven Of Holloway skirt in the same style and fabric and I'm pleased with myself that mine looks just as good.

I've worn it again since a couple of times and now I'm in full circle skirt mode, I just need some more fabric!
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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Pinup Picnic in the Park - Hyde Park


So as you may know, I love a bit of Instagram and the pinup community that comes with it. I love having a place with so many like-minded people at the tap of my touch screen. I've also been following The British Belle's on there for a while, a group of ten British pinup ladies who decided it was about time we all try to meet up without the IG filters. 

The day was set for last Saturday in Hyde part and I couldn't wait/was nervous about going to London to a big even on my own because I'm a child. But I knew it would be lovely to meet all these guys in person and take lots of silly pictures whilst discussing hair and petticoats. Now what to wear, this was a difficult decision! I didn't want to turn up in the same as someone else so out came the sewing machine and the watermelon fabric. I know I can make a pleated skirt in an evening so that's exactly what I did, it'd match my new watermelon shoes from Asda (£6) perfectly. 

I decided to team it with my Lucy Fruity cardigan by Collectif (£39), the more I wear this the more I love it and it's definitely the most expensive cardigan I've bought and I now want all the cardigans they have! Ahhhh. Collectif won again as I wore my black Dolores top (£25) with my peacock Erstwilder brooch which I bought at the same time as the cardi from the Brighton store which I think was £17.50.

With freshly dyed hair I headed down on the train...always time for selfies and made by way to the meeting point at Marble Arch.

 Straight away I met my Insta friend Kayla, check her out! Pretty sure she's my rockabilly spirit animal. I loved standing in a huge gaggle of pinup ladies, I think everyone around thought something super special was about to happen and there were loads of pictures being taken. I had to hide some serious fan girl moments seeing some of the famous pinup ladies I follow in the flesh, they were all lovely, mental and stunning!

After gathering all of us together we marched over to a nice spot in Hyde Park and set up camp for our picnic. Everyone had cute little picnic hampers, Pimms and prosecco. It was such a great experience meeting all the lovelies I've been following and admiring and meeting and following new girls and swapping hair and clothes secrets. We were all really impressed that no one had the same thing on actually. 

 The sun was glorious! We did eventually all have to move into the sun to maintain our porcelain skin and of course more photos!

Most of these pictures are my own...a couple are stolen from other IGers so give me a shout if you mind!
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