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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 – Ready to Wear

LONDON BABY! **

**If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m currently glueing a tonne of rhinestones onto a pair of shoes. While doing this gargantuan mission, and there’ll be more on that in its own post when I’m done, I’ve been watching Friends in the background. It’s in my head. Following me around. Everywhere.

Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the way the fringe at the front of this dress crisscrosses. I don’t know if I’d necessarily do this on a dress, but I could see it on a really fun wrap top.

Symonds Permain

Symonds Permain AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I used to be a dancer and love anything that reminds me of my pointe shoes. I think these would be as easy as glueing ribbon to a pair of shoes. I’d do black flats.

Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m in between on whether or not I like these shoes. Really, they’d be as simple as a belt glued on to a pump. The most adjustment you’d need to do is make sure the overlap of the belt- the end sticking out of the buckle after it’s done up- is trimmed in a way that looks intentional.

Burberry

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like this sequin fringe moment. I’m not into the glam sporty look, but imagine the fringe in black on a black dress, or even in smokey quartz on a grey dress…

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like this look. I wouldn’t attempt adding that many grommets without a grommet tool, though hammering this many could definitely work out some demons. I always lose the belt to my trenches and I think something like this would be a great way to do something fun to a beltless coat.

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I can’t figure out if these are rhinestones or some sort of metal bead. In any case, I like the way they’re sporadic but not spazzy. I’m also almost always all in for an embellished hat.

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I LOVE the idea of adding rhinestones to a swishy pleated skirt. It’s gorgeous and elegant, but still subtle.

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m really into the embellishment on this shoe. The bow on top of the tassel reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what. In any case, it’s a really wow shoe.

Burberry AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’ve tried many times to add a capped toe onto shoes. For whatever reason, I can never get it quite right. I like the idea of just throwing a knot over it- it’d definitely take the pressure off…

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Kenzo had a faux fur trimmed jacket in their men’s show that this reminds me a bit of. I’m not sure if I like the collar showing or covered better, but I’m still pretty sure this could be done as a detachable thing- maybe even on the same tracks as the Kenzo inspiration? I do like the dressing gown vibe of this one quite a bit.

Erdem

Erdem AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love appliques and the way these have been applied and contrasted with the green coat is stunning. I’m officially on the lookout for a green jacket and black rose appliques.

Erdem AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I don’t think this would be too hard to make from scratch. All you’d need is a good fabric, velvet ribbon, and a dress that fits you well to trace. Personally, I’d avoid the overdramatic bustle and just do a shift dress.

Erdem AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Aside from the embellished pleats that seem to be everywhere this season, I also noticed the collar. I know way back they used to do detachable collars and I’m just sitting here wondering why that isn’t a thing anymore. Imagine wearing this collar one day, a rose gold version the next, and a sapphire one after. Detachable stuff is the WAY.

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane AW19
from vogue.co.uk

We all know I love sequins glued on things. I think this one is a really cute idea for a sweater or a cardigan. Also, if you did two rows of gems you might be able to cover a small stain.

Christopher Kane AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like the leather and chain on this sweater. I think there’d have to be some way to detach it for laundering, maybe snaps? I think this is definitely DIY-able.

 

Fashion · Fashion Week · Uncategorized

New York Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter 2019 Ready to Wear

Whoo! It’s ready to wear time! I love ready to wear. It’s a good mix of clothes you would buy and super out there so you see stuff that’s nice and wearable with the occasional “what on earth?!” mixed in.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I don’t know if I like this cardigan or not… I’m definitely intrigued. I wonder if you could get this effect with fishnets or if you could do some sort of stretchy power mesh?

Alexander Wang AW19
from vogue.co.uk

It looks like this sweater is sewn onto the tank part. It’s an interesting approach, almost like a cold-shoulder dickie. It’s a good fix for when you’re trying to cut a Flashdance sweater and take it a touch too far.

Alexaner Wang AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m always intrigued by things I can make from a men’s button down. I think if you made some adjustments there could be a cute top in here. Mainly, I’d do a more bandeau-ish cutout instead of the bra look.

Alexander Want AW19
from vogue.co.uk

First off, I could definitely glue a row of crystals onto shoes. It’s like they’re not even making it hard for us anymore. Secondly, I don’t think this skirt would be easy to DIY. If you have hips like mine finding a jacket would be its own circle of hell. If you did manage, dealing with the sleeves would be a whole other thing. Then there’s the issue of whether you’d trust that one tiny button to hold everything together. All I’m saying is I’m going to be quite the weirdo in the men’s department wrapping tuxedo jackets around my waist for the next little while.

Kenzo

Kenzo AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I went shopping on the weekend and saw a lot of dresses that look like the top of this one. I loved them, but they were all too damn short. I wonder how it would go if I bought two of the same dress and added a long ruffle to the bottom?

Rodarte

Rodarte AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good deep v and adding lace trim is an easy way to make something look a lot fancier. Also, you could very easily glue lingerie bows to tights.

Tom Ford

Alexander Wang AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Basic black bags are easy to find. It’d just be a matter of good chain and some basic tools. I’m really into the idea of two colours of chain as the strap.

Khaite

Khaite
from vogue.co.uk

I love the look of this embellished strap. It gives me a very Robin-Hood-y warrior vibe. However, I wonder about the practicality of this. These would only look really great if they were metal and metal tends to hold heat and cold in a way that I don’t want on my shoulder. Don’t get me wrong- if I find anything that looks like the plates? charms? things? that they’ve attached to the straps I’m 100% making this. I’m just worried about branding/freezing myself.

Khaite AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Speaking of ruffles added onto dresses for length, the pleat on here is intriguing. I’m into how it’s not a super proper hem on the top, but it’s not even a little messy.

Khaite AW19
from vogue.co.uk

If you cut two armholes into a square of fabric you can make a nice drapey vest. If you add a blanket stitch to the edges you’d be onto something.

Khaite AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This blouse definitely gives me some like, pirate/swashbuckler vibes I’m a bit into it. You’d either need a good shirt and matching fabric or 2 or 3 of the same shirt. It might look really cute with a high waisted pencil skirt.

Khaite AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the purse strap treatment of the belt on this outfit. I also love how that ribbon on the hip looks. I don’t really want that thick of a line on my hips, but I think a velvet ribbon the sleeve seam would be something to consider.

Khaite AW19
from vogue.co.uk

It looks like this is a velvet coat with a black camisole under it. I’ve never been one for velvet, but lately, it just seems to be calling me. I wonder if  I could get a similar effect doing a square with armholes? Or, if puff sleeves are as forgiving as I think they might be and really go for it? Also, I could DIY those jeans, and I saw shoes just like that at Penney’s.

Brock Collection

Brock Collection AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like anything Baroque influenced- more is more! And I’m definitely into it on the bottom of a skirt. A part of me would love to be the type of person who would hand embroider the entire bottom of the skirt. Honestly, I don’t think I’d feel like it was time-waste-y at all. At the end of the day, it’s a black and gold skirt and is pretty timeless. But a part of me knows I’m only as talented as finding the right applique’s.

Brock Collection AW19
from vogue.co.uk

As always, there’s also another option: Fabric paint and stencils. I’m loving the black and olive combo.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good one shoulder sleeve. I’d do a simple black dress, but keep the row of crystals.

Self Portrait AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love lace, and I love lace and leather combined. These shorts are so cute. This would also look awesome on a skirt.

Self Portrait AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think the top of this dress wouldn’t be hard to make, but the skirt is just two rectangles stacked and gathered on a waistband. What I really love about this is the fabric and how they’ve mixed sequins with lace.

Self Portrait AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Imagine how cute that trim pattern would look on a raglan sweater, possibly cut off the shoulder a bit?

 

Longchamp

Longchamp AW19
from vogue.co.uk

A little faux leather, a lot of flat studs and you’re cooking. I would do a half circle skirt instead of pleating faux leather because I like myself.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung
from vogue.co.uk

I love that this Baroque-y, scrolly stuff is back in. I’m obsessed with it. This one looks like it might have been done with sequin tape, which is its own demon, but at least it’s easy to find. Maybe I just need to get better at embroidery…

Prabal Gurung AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I am, always have been, and always will be team arm party. Stacked bracelets are awesome and a great way to get faster at basic beading.

Area

Area AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m intrigued by and concerned about this sweater. First off, I like the idea of having the sequins and the cutout. I think it’s a really cool look. I think it’d be even cooler having the cutouts as a sort of repeating pattern then wearing a tank under. I’m concerned about the fraying issue. Maybe use this on a baggy t-shirt with a tank under? I’m also concerned that we’re back in a “forgetting to wear pants” era of fashion. It’s cold out.

Area AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This outfit is a LOT, but it’s got some great details. Imagine that sparkly neckline on a black camisole? What about those rhinestone edges on a dark grey skirt? If you love the patterns I mean, yeah, they’re stunning. Even just keep bold prints and not pair them together. The good thing is while it’s fun to be bold, if you’re sparkly but subtle it’s quite easy to pare this one down.

R13

R13 AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I have a love/hate relationship with brooches. Whenever I wear one I feel like I’ve broken some sort of brooch etiquette rule and done it wrong. I decide I’m totally against them, and then I see something like this jacket and just remember how amazing they can be.

R 13 AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I don’t have a camo coat, I’m a bit trepidatious of camo in general. I do have an army green jacket, and I’m wondering if I could put some detachable cheetah print on the cuffs, collar, and pocket flaps. It would definitely be an idea for next fall…

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love these shoes- they had them in lots of colours. I’d make them flats, but I think it might be as easy as just glueing ribbons to the bottom of a shoe.

Opening Ceremony AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think this would just be a basic skirt with a flap and ties. Sometimes the simplest things are the cutest!

Zadig & Voltaire

Zadig and Voltaire AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I saw a similar tuque by Versace come down the runway at Versace’s men’s show. I could definitely knit a ribbed tuque and add some appliques and gems.

Philipp Plein

Phillip Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like the leather on sweatshirt combo. You’d need to be able to remove the leather for easy cleaning, but it’s a really cool idea.

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

We all know how I feel about punk Clueless. 

For reals though, since I saw the designer wearing this jacket in the men’s show I’ve been looking to make it and I’m having a tough go at finding all the elements. I’m still 100% committed to punk Clueless. Don’t worry, it will come even if it means me studding a jacket on my deathbed.

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I tend not to be a big denim/mixed denim/not jeans or a skirt or a plain shirt person, but I love this top. Maybe it’s the addition of leather, but it’s just so cool. If only we had a country bar in this town…

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m trying to figure out what makes this different than any other heavily appliqued jacket and I can’t quite put my finger on it. However, there’s something about the silver/white on black and the chain on the sleeve that gets me.

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This is the embellished leather on top again. I’m really into this look- it’s casual and understated yet still super fun.

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Okay, so, this is a look with a backstory! About nine or ten years ago American Apparel had this t-shirt that had kind of an open back with fringe attaching the two points. I really wanted that shirt, but I didn’t buy it because I was like, “Psh, I could make that.” I even. bought. the. fringe. I don’t know why I never finished that project but imagine this dress, but in reverse, so the front we’re seeing is the back. Or just a full fringe dress because why the hell not?

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the idea of just embellishing the jacket sleeves and collar. This looks almost like it has little pearls in the middle of a bigger bead on the lower half of the arms.

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Just like the Khaite coats, you could definitely get this look by cutting a long square or rectangle and cutting arm slits into it. I’d fray the edges of this one like I did when I made my blanket scarf. 

Oscar De La Renta AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m not sure if these are brooches or appliques or just straight up sewn on beads, but whatever they are I love them on top of the fur.

Oscar De La Renta AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Elie Saab used agates in her couture collection. She popped them on belts and bracelets, but I love this necklace as well. I think I spy a trend!

Michael Kors

Michael Kors AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love this entire outfit and would both love and hate to knit that dress one day, but that headband would be more than easy and super quick. It just looks like a 2×2 rib in the round. sorted.

Michael Kors AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good rib knit scarf. They’re a pain to knit, they take forever- especially to get this long, but they’re so easy. It always kind of amuses me that they’re a high fashion thing. The good thing about a scarf like this is that if you’re a new knitter it’s great practice, and an experienced knitter can use a project like this as a chance to invest in really beautiful yarn.

Michael Kors AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good embellished anything and that blazer collar is calling my name! Stuff like this is super easy to recreate because there’s no preciousness to how you place stones. Also, let’s take a minute for these amazing shoes… and how easy they’d be to recreate.

Michael Kors
from vogue.co.uk

I like the idea of painting the underside of a cuff gold. Unfortunately, pants that I need to cuff don’t exactly exist, but imagine a gold band on the bottom of a skirt?

Michael Kors AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think I could recreate this hat by knitting a black tam and sewing on a bunch of gold sequins. It’d be cute with jeans and a blazer on a cold night out- especially around Christmas.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Now, I’m not going to outwardly suggest that you should spend ages sewing rectangular sequins onto a jacket, but I will say if you’re crazy enough to spend the time doing that (and we all know I am), it’s best if you do it on something like this that will last many seasons.

London Fashion Week has already started, so let’s see what other DIY inspo is coming at us this season…

 

 

Knitting · Making · Sewing · Uncategorized

Caring for Handmade Clothes

I spend a lot of time watching DIY clothing videos on YouTube and one thing always just baffles me. Do these people not wash their clothes? Don’t get me wrong, it’s great looking cute in a picture, but if I’m going to spend my time and money making something I want it to last.

Upcycled Clothes

This is where my bafflement comes from. I’m not the biggest fan of fabric glue. I realize it comes in handy, and some stuff just plain needs it. However, if I can sew something I pick that 100% of the time. You don’t have to worry about glue spilling, it’s sturdier, and you can fix it easily. Also, fabric glue is never as cheap as a needle and thread. While yes, fabric glue is washable, it still makes me nervous washing it.

As for raw seams, it’s true that some knits don’t need finished edges. When I made my bridesmaid’s dresses I kept the edges raw. I think it really depends on the fabric. If it’s a stockinette knit it will curl and a hem just makes it lie flat- especially after washing. Looser knits will unravel if they’re not hemmed. Woven fabric will just fray like crazy. Sometimes that’s what you want- see every distressed jean ever.

If it’s a t-shirt type upcycle that has no raw hems I’ll throw it in the dryer. Anything else I like to hang dry. If I have a distressed jean I’ll throw it in the machine and hang dry, and if I have a woven with a frayed edge, like my blanket scarf, I’ll handwash it.

Like I mentioned in my post about dyeing jeans, wash stuff with black for the first five or so washes or until you’re 100% sure there’s nothing that’s going to bleed out.

Sewing from Scratch

Prewashing fabric is not optional. Sometimes fabrics can be coated with a stain repellent, wrinkle remover, fade repellent, or really anything. I’m not opposed to the coating of fabric- it’s important to protect the fabric before you buy it, but it can throw the fabric completely off grain. You know when you’re wearing a t-shirt or tank top and the side seam keeps wiggling and migrating? That’s the result of something being off grain. It looks super unprofessional and, most importantly, is really, really annoying to wear. Nothing’s worse than spending hours making something only to have it change completely after its first wash. Also, fabric shops tend not to be immaculately clean places so it’s nice to start with something fresh.

I try to avoid dry cleaning because the chemicals creep me out and it’s expensive, but sometimes it’s inevitable. If your fabric is a dry clean only type of thing, e.g. silk or wool, I find it’s good to cut some squares (I like a 10cm x 10cm) and see what they can do. I’ll hand wash a square, throw a square in the machine for a load, and maybe one in the dryer just to see what happens. Keeping the squares consistent allows me to see the shrink rate and compare the colour fading and how the fabric feels. Most of the time handwashing works just fine and I can prewash like that. If dry cleaning is necessary it’s more than worth the extra cost to bring that big bolt in.

Fabric issues aside I find both quality hand stitching and machine stitching do just fine in a washing machine. I tend to keep hand sewn stuff out of the dryer if I can because the dryer just isn’t good for your clothes.

Hand Knits

Honestly, I’m low key disgusting and never really wash my knits. To be fair, I don’t really make sweaters so it’s not a super big deal. When I do need to wash things, it’s always hand wash. I don’t care what the yarn label says about the machine, Knitting takes too long to try anything else.

I think the main thing to remember is that in all cases, the dryer is evil.

Go forth and launder!

 

Making · Recreating the Runway · Uncategorized

Overdyeing Acid Wash Jeans

It’s been a more than tough week for me. I had a cough that I’m still trying to shake, my hip went out and I had a tonne of tiny annoying things happen that compounded themselves. I needed a win.

And dammit, I got one.

One of my big annoyances that has been going on for a while now is Penney’s (aka, Primark Ireland) has decided they no longer want to carry my size and leg length jean in washes that aren’t… well, in washes that I would consider wearing. Being tall is tough stuff. Add in the fact that I’m on the cusp of plus size and buying clothes becomes a total nightmare.

Remember Men’s Fashion Week? In Paris, CMMN SWDN and Kenzo sent down iterations of this weird treated denim that looked like acid wash overdyed. Liam Hodges and Marni sent down a similar treatment in their shows.

Marni AW19
from vogue.co.uk

When I saw acid wash jeans on clearance I picked up two pairs. A quick stop to the craft shop for dye and I was ready.

The short description? Buy some jeans, follow the instructions on the dye pack.

Now, the rest of this post will be all about how I kind of veered off the instruction path and was fine. First off, my jeans were about twice the weight that my dye specified. Secondly, my jeans had a bit too much of a polyester content for the dye to work “properly”.

Honestly, before we get into anything, I need to talk about the dye.

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I used Dylon because that’s what my craft store had, and it was an all over stressful shopping experience. How on earth is a picture of a feather supposed to accurately show me a colour?! Tell me Dylon. How?! Burlesque red is not a standardized colour. I knew I wanted a wine red to echo the Marni-ness of it so I took a chance. I also got a pack of jeans blue just to see what would happen. The red pants have a bit of the acid wash-ness still to them- they’re surprisingly close to the Marni jacket, but the blue ones are just a straight up indigo jeans colour.

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These are the jeans we’re starting with. I got two pairs of skinny, acid wash jeans.

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This is definitely not a material heavy project. All you need are your jeans, dye, anything the dye instructions tell you- for me, that was 250g salt, gloves, and a dye specific utensil.

That last one is important. Anything you use with commercial dye can’t be used for food ever again. This spatula did its duty, but we got a nicer one so now it has a new life.

At this point, you just follow the dye instructions.

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I got some warm water in there and dissolved my salt…

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Then I dumped in the dye pack and dissolved that too.

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I stirred that up and popped my jeans in. The instructions say they should be prewashed and damp, but I skipped that step and threw them in dry. You have to stir the jeans for fifteen minutes, so pop on some good music and go to town.

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After that, you leave them for at least forty-five minutes, stirring/poking them every so often.

Like I said, my jeans had a lot of polyester in them, so I wasn’t sure how much more they’d lighten up at this point. Polyester tends to look like it took in dye, but it just rinses out like crazy.

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After an hour or so passed I went back to them and drained the sink. I rinsed them with cold water and kind of kneaded them to get out as much dye as possible. Then I added some soap and rinsed them again.

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The hardest part is definitely waiting for these to dry. The red ones lightened up a lot, so my curiosity was killing me. No matter how good you are you’re not going to get all the dye out, and you’re not a spin cycle so there’s probably going to be some major drippage. Trust me, those paper towels on the floor are a godsend for picking up drips of dye.

Run these through a wash cycle with all black clothing so that if more dye leaks out it won’t wreak havoc. I’d recommend sticking to dark wash cycles and not wearing them to places with light-coloured fabric seating for the next five-ish washes, just to be sure.

One of the best things about this is it’s a really passive process. While the fifteen minutes of stirring can get a bit tedious, after that you just give it a stir when you’re around it. I vacuumed the house, put bread in the oven, and started writing this post- I’m literally staring at them on the drying rack right now.

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I dyed the red ones first, they picked up all the cool denim variations. It’s also good to note that the thread didn’t take any dye in.

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The blue ones didn’t turn out as fun, the dye just kind of filled in where the original wash wasn’t.

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You can really see the difference in how the dye took on the inside of the back pockets.

The implications of this are amazing. There’s almost always white, acid wash, or some other weird light-wash jean on clearance racks. I paid €5 for each pair of jeans, and €4 for each pack of dye. I dyed the red pair first and a small part of me wanted to pick up a different colour of dye and really go for it with the second pair, but I’m happy I did the jeans blue simply because now I know that this experiment works… But I still wish I had been a bit more ballsy. I’m sure I’ll be able to find acid wash jeans on clearance again and fulfil my mustard-pant dreams. I’m also wondering how other jean washes will take up dye. I’m definitely going to go wild on clearance racks this summer and see what other light coloured pieces that I can get creative with. I’m hoping I can find some acid wash jean jackets and get the full Marni experience.

To see these pants in action follow me on instagram @SandySalierno

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Fashion · Uncategorized

My Personal Style, Discovered

I’ve been dressing myself for a very long time. Apparently, I took over from my Mom’s European Modern Chic look when I was about three and decided I preferred my own “More-is-More-is-More” aesthetic. I’ve been through a dresses-only phase, a bedazzled jean jacket phase, and a lengthy (and kind of lasting) jeans and black t-shirt phase. So, what is my personal style?

Honestly, I have no idea.

I started by asking my friends. The word that came up the most is casual. Here’s the thing: I don’t feel like a casual person. I think a lot of my personal style was determined by growing up in Vancouver where casual is king. I’ve also never really felt great about my body- I was always tall and chubby. The thing is, I love clothes and I’m sick of not looking like it.

Moving from Vancouver to Ireland made me look through my clothes and realize that a lot of stuff I bought, pieces I really loved, had never been worn. I mostly packed stuff just because it fit. I’m not happy with my closet, and I constantly think about how much I hate all my clothes.

In an effort to prevent that from ever happening again we’re going to conduct a little experiment. Can the internet diagnose my style?

I took sixteen online quizzes and got:

Trendy x3

Bohemian x2

Whimsical

Relaxed

Rebel

Hipster

Chic

Practical

Lively

And, I also got Australia, Stockholm, and New York twice.

So, let’s analyze.

I think I got trendy so much because almost every quiz asked if I kept up with trends. I obviously do, I mean, I love a good fashion week roundup. Part of why I spend so much time analyzing runways is because it helps to know what’s worth buying when you’re staring at a clearance rack.

As for Bohemian, I think I definitely have flowy, girly, print-y tendencies but could never figure out how to make the look work for me. I always feel really self-conscious when I’m flowy printed stuff. I don’t know why.

I think out of everything the thing that shocked me most is Australia. I love Australia, it’s a great country, but I never feel quite… right there. It wasn’t too bad when I was in a Melbourne winter, but a far north Queensland spring and a Victoria summer left me having to wear shorts or melt. In an ideal world, I think I might be a sundress girl, but I always feel weird in them.

I don’t know if the internet can tell me my style. I think it’s something I need to rehone and really think about. More than anything I need to work on my confidence because anything worn with confidence automatically looks good.

Also, I think I just might need to buy more prints.

 

 

Fashion · Fashion Week · Uncategorized

Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 19 Couture

Things are about to get WEIRD! Or, shall we say creative? Couture is one of my favourite little fantasy worlds to jump into. Since it’s only shown in Paris, I’m going to pretend I’m in one of my favourite places…

Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I love these shoes. I actually have a pair of pointy-toed black flats that kind of hurt, I wonder if some ankle stabilization would help?

Schiaparelli SS19
from vogue.co.uk

This skirt is really nice. It looks like it’s either a half or three-quarter circle skirt. I’d say there’s probably some sort of lining, then a sparkle layer, and maybe a layer or two of tulle on top to tone down the sparkle?

Schiaparelli SS19
from vogue.co.uk

Not everyone may have time to glue a tonne of sequin’s on a blazer, but I do! For reals though, I think this would be a pretty cool way to take a painting and pixelate it. I mean, the next time I see black blazers on clearance I’m buying them out.

Dior

Dior SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I can’t really tell if these shoes are covered in very tiny rhinestones or just a coat of glitter. Honestly, if I’m going to do sparkle shoes I’d veer towards rhinestones. I need to experiment more, but glitter tends to not have the staying power or replaceability of rhinestones.

Also, I haven’t seen the full video of the show, so I’m going to choose to ignore whatever’s going on to the left.

Dior SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m a sucker for trim. To tone down the very strong matador vibe I’d omit the frog closures.

Ralph and Russo

Ralph & Russo SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the way this drapes. I’m not sure about it on a blazer, but how pretty of a wrap skirt, or maybe a wrap top, would this be?

Ralph & Russo SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the idea of a cutout embellished glove with glitter. It’d be all about finding the right applique.

Ralph & Russo SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I know this gown is less than practical, but I’m thinking a wrap mini skirt with some sequins and feathers on the side would be super cute. Maybe in a dark grey?

Chanel

Chanel SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m not a fan of exactly how it’s been done, but I like the idea of the pretty flowers popping out from a neckline or sleeve. It’d be something fun to play with.

Chanel SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I’ve always wanted a skirt like this, but I’ve never found one or made one. It might be time… Really all you’d need is a feather trim, and on this one some sparkly things, which is always a big plus.

Chanel SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I think this is really full on, but I like the ribbons at the bottom of the skirt. I also love a good line of bows down the front of anything. The blue and white are also really pretty for summer.

Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I mean, ankle pearls. I bet I could do this on a flat.

Alexandre Vauthier SS19
from vogue.co.uk

Why do I not own shoes with pearls? You could easily do this with some flat backs and glue.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab SS19
from vogue.co.uk

Now, I know that the embroidered bit is attached to the dress and not the belt, but imagine if it was a belt? You could even do snaps and make an amazing interchangeable applique belt that could go on any plain dress.

Elie Saab SS19
from vogue.co.uk

Maybe I’m on a weird belt kick and noticing these things, or maybe Elie Saab is just making cute belts, but I love this. I think the hardest bit would be figuring out a closure- I’d be worried about the rock being too heavy for ribbons, but wouldn’t want the clunkiness of a clip. Maybe conceal something behind the stone?

Elie Saab SS19
from vogue.co.uk

My brother’s a geologist so you’d think I’d know what the rock slices are called, but there ya go. I think they’d hurt on the earring, but the bangle is super cute- and would basically just be glueing a rock to a bangle. I mean, come on. *update, they’re called agates, and you wouldn’t need to find a fake one because real ones are surprisingly affordable. Yay!

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier SS19
from vogue.co.uk

The stripes just look like black ribbon and I like the way they contrast with the crinkling of the top. I’m pretty sure I could just do a sort of adapted pattern from a tank that fits me well…

Jean Paul Gaultier SS19
from vogue.co.uk

There’s something really cool about this jean skirt. I’m not a fan of the fringe on the bottom, but that’d be easy enough to leave out.

Valentino

Valentino SS19
from vogue.co.uk

Louis Vuitton did white paint splattered on coats in their men’s Autumn/Winter line. It irritates me a bit because a few years back my Dad was painting the house and apparently paint got on my boots some other way that had nothing to do with him, I don’t know, draw your own conclusions because I certainly did. In any case, there splotches of white paint on my boots. I’m just mad at myself for not having the like, creative intuition to just roll with it and add a tonne more splatters. I think I need to find a great coat on clearance and honour that poor, poor loss.

Valentino SS19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m really into the champagne gold hem on the bottom of this dress. How cute would a glitter hem look on a black circle skirt?

Balmain

Balmain SS19
from vogue.co.uk

This belt reminds me of the plastering on castle walls. I think it’d look really good in gold and black…

Whoo! Couture week is over and I definitely need to go shopping… apparently at a rock and gems store.

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Autumn/Winter 2019 Fashion Week: Men’s Paris

Men’s fashion is always a great place to get inspiration from, so let’s see what’s going on in Paris…

Off White

Off White AW19
from vogue.co.uk

That, my dears, is a cowboy/motorcycle boot hybrid. I love both kinds of those boots, and I’m slowly deciding if I like them together. I’d probably not Ted Mosby it and make the black pair… maybe with gold… I wonder if my country bar shirt is still sitting in Canada…

JW Anderson

JW Anderson AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think you could really easily make something similar out of a big men’s dress shirt. I’d probably take off the slanted hem, but it wouldn’t be too hard to adapt to a straight hem.

JW Anderson AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This is another one of those “I don’t know why I like it” pieces. As a knitter, I think the idea of having less make-up to do at the end of a project appeals to me. In any case, this would be a simple job of cutting and hemming.

JW Anderson AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love this fur collar. I’m not entirely sure how to wear it- do you take it off once you reach your destination? It’d be awesome for theatres and when you’re sitting somewhere kind of but not super chilly.

JW Anderson AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like this scarf. While you could do it their way and just sew up a big length of suiting and pop some bobbly tassels on the end, I think this might be the perfect opportunity for me to finally learn to do a knit herringbone stitch. I’m warm just looking at it.

Undercover

Undercover AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Super slouchy hat patterns are a dime a dozen. A part of me wonders if you could almost do the feather as like an intarsia design on the hat? Or maybe just glue a bow and a flat feather on the hat?

Undercover AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m not a huge fan of the whole oversized hoodie as a dress thing, but I like the way they’ve done a subtle channel here. It doesn’t add anything in the way of shape, but it makes it look so much more pulled together.

Raf Simons

Raf Simons AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the idea of a key on a shoe. I’m not sure I’d have it flopping around like this- imagine if you were walking and it came down hard on the top of your foot, but I wonder if there’s a flexible way to do it.

CMMN SWDN

CMMN SWDN AW19
from vogue.co.uk

The first like six iterations of this sweater I was like, “that’s pointless.” But if you stare at it long enough it starts to grow on you. I wonder if you could do a sort of chiffon/sweater hybrid, but maybe not so nipply?

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good white speckle on black. I’m happy it’s in again. I’ve always seen it on t-shirts, so it’s interesting to see it on a jacket.

Louis Vuitton AW19
from vogue.co.uk

So, these aren’t what I’d call practical gloves, but they’re definitely really cool. I’d never thought of sparkle gloves before, but there’s got to a way to make them both look good and like, work.

Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the way these buttons go horizontally not vertically. It’s a really cool, unexpected detail. I also think it’s cool that they’re actual buttonholes and not just sewn on. I wonder if this would work on a knit sweater?

Yohji Yamamoto AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like a lot of what’s going on here. First off, let’s take a minute for what looks like an awesome embellished t-shirt underneath. Secondly, I’m into the mixing of the black and gold buttons on the jacket. It’s really subtle but still super cool.

Vetements

Vetements AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This is really similar to the Undercover sweater tunic, but it looks almost like they’ve just taken off the ribbing and flipped the bottom of the shirt. They’ve sent a few of these hoodie tunics down the runway, and in a some of them, it looks like they used the ribbing for a drawstring casing which would make this even easier.

Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like the quilted leather sleeves on this. If you found the right fabric it’d be super easy to do.

Junya Watanabe AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I feel like every Autumn/Winter a scarf like this comes around- a bit chunky, but yet a basic 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 rib, usually with tassels. Something like this would be worth splurging out on some absolutely gorgeous wool for- maybe merino or even a cashmere blend? You’d really have it forever.

Berluti

Berluti AW19
from vogue.co.uk

There’s a lot of this speckled tie-dye print in Berluti’s collection. I don’t know if traditional tie-dye would be the way to go- maybe painting dye onto fabric set up for tie-dye? It’d be a fun experiment.

Comme Des Garcon Homme Plus

Commes Des Garcons Homme Plus AW19
from vogue.co.uk

The “add chains to a regular shoe” thing is going strong here. I bet I could do something like this with simple sneakers and a couple belts.

Comme Des Garcon Homme Plus AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the fringe hem on this dress. It almost looks like there’s a bit of a macrame thing going on before it tassels out.

Balmain

Balmain AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like a lot of what’s going on with this jacket. I’m pretty sure I could get that effect with watered down fabric paint, patience, and a good brush. My favourite part of this is how some of the studs are a kind of brushed silver, and some are white to match their placement. This would make a really cool jacket.

Balmain AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This version looks like it’d be a lot easier to DIY- the white is more controlled. I’d probably keep it all to flat studs, but I’m into it. I’d clearly need both iterations of this.

Balmain AW19
vogue.co.uk

I’m tall and it’s really hard to find stuff that’s long enough. I’m into any idea that lengthens a sleeve or a pant leg and still looks cool.

Balmain AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the way they’ve strung a belt as a drawstring. I think this would look cool on a day dress.

Sacai

Sacai AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love Scandinavian inspired stuff, especially in winter. My knitting goal is those awesome pointy gloves. I’m pretty sure I could track down a similar ribbon to dress up a jacket.

Loewe

Loewe AW19
from vogue.co.uk

My first instinct looking at this was wondering if I could use thin leather cording, braiding it, and kind of “stacking” it on top of each other. Looking at it again, You could almost weave leather and glue it to another bag.

Loewe AW19
from vogue.co.uk

There’s a lot of embellished sweaters this season. I like how these look a bit more rock-like than some other gems.

Kenzo

Kenzo AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think this is a really cool idea. I’d be tempted to pare it down and do it in a black or dark grey. I wonder how hard it would be to make the faux fur part detachable?

Kenzo AW19
from vogue.co.uk

The faux fur on bags looks cool, but I’d worry about it being functional. Rain happens. I like the idea of doing it on the handle- it could be (my favourite) detachable! Note that this dress is doing that Marni/Liam Hodges acid wash overdye thing I talked about. Also, note that there may be a post on how damn easy that is to do coming up.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I feel like this is a bit of a pared-down version of the Yohji Yamamoto gold/black button thing. It really goes to show how much changing buttons can do to make your clothes feel fresh.

Paul Smith AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the buckle detail on the sleeve. It looks good on jackets, but I think it’d also go a long way towards sprucing up cardigans.

Paul Smith AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the royal blue and black combo on this. Border tape is a simple but awesome way to add something while still being really subtle and wearable.

Celine

Celine AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Embellished leather jackets are apparently a thing this year, and I love the way this one is adorned with rope. Sometimes with chain or studs or whatever else the fashion gods give us, things can look really overwhelming. This definitely manages to keep it simple and cool.

As much as I love men’s fashion, I can’t wait to get into Spring/Summer Couture!

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My Personal Ethics for Copying Designer Clothes

It’s fashion week, and we all know I love to pull DIY inspiration from the runways. I’m also the type of person who hates knockoffs. I try to keep what I do as moral as I can while keeping in mind that there are no new things, only old things in new ways.

I never copy a logo

I would love to say this is all about the sanctity of the brand and respecting copyright. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that a brand’s logo is representative of tradition and quality. I also think that 99% of the time efforts to copy logos just look like crap. Using modelling clay to get two interlocking C’s on your belt never turns out as nice as just taking two metal rings and glueing them together. And hey, we can all the bits where your transparent transfer paper has changed the texture of negative space in a logo. It’s just not worth it.

Credit where credit is due

It’s always good to show source inspiration. Someone put a lot of time, effort, and skill into making whatever is inspiring you. Even if all they did was sew trim in a spot and you could totally have thought of that, the fact is you didn’t.

Don’t ever think you might not one day buy that

Basically, don’t think you’re better than designers. We all remember that glorious scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep fabulously explains how fashion trickles down. Like it or not, we all participate in the industry. There are things I really don’t like- I’m tall and on the cusp of plus sized. Finding clothes is a nightmare, so I chose to flourish my DIY skills. Does that remove me from the fashion industry? Hardly. Even if I never looked at a runway or a shop I would still be influenced by the street style I see around me. No one lives in a vacuum.

So, is my runway DIY ethical? I think so. Aside from the environmental aspect of keeping clothes out of landfills, I think that taking inspiration from designers has happened forever. Also, the vast majority of my DIY’s end up looking quite a bit different- whether it’s from being pared down to a more wearable silhouette or from having a fabric or trim I like a bit more.

Like I said, this is just my little code of ethics. It’s always growing and evolving. What are your thoughts on being inspired by the runways?

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Autumn/Winter 2019 Fashion Week: Men’s

It’s that time of year again! FASHION WEEK! I love high fashion. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it confuses the fejula out of me, but even if I absolutely hate an entire show, I spend a lot of it thinking about what I could do differently. Love it or hate it, it’s definitely inspiring.

I tend to love men’s fashion, it’s a lot more subtle and classic. As cultural gender lines blur and androgyny becomes trendier, half the designers send female and male models down their catwalks. What I’m looking for here is more of a refashion/no pattern sew vibe. While I would love to make a thousand gorgeous black blazers they take both skill and a budget that I just don’t have right now. Side note, Paris hasn’t happened yet, so that’ll be a separate post. So, let’s see what the men have for us!

Art School

Art School AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love these shoes. I probably wouldn’t wear them- I’m only starting to be allowed to wear heels and I’m taller than everyone anyway, but I bet I could do something to get this kind of colour on the back vibe in a more wearable way.

Art School AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love this skirt. Fabric like this could get expensive, but you could probably get paillettes in bulk and sew em all on. This definitely sparks some imagination…

 

Chalayan

Chalayan AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the idea of a classic blazer with a different coloured, but still very neutral coloured sleeve. Sleeves are a bit of a pain, but overall they’re not the hardest things to swap out. It’d be even easier to keep that kind of “two-seam” look.

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I like the idea of adding patterned cuffs to a patterned jacket- even a plain jacket. I wonder if there’s a way to make these detachable.

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like the idea of adding chain edging to a coat. It’d be an easy way to update something that might get a bit humdrum.

Side note, totally stealing this decor for my NYE party this year. Love it.

Daniel W Fletcher

Daniel W Fletcher AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m not usually a big fan of quilting style colour blocking, but I think this looks really good. Maybe it’s the colours? I can almost see it on a skirt…

Dolce & Gabbana

D&G AW
from vogue.co.uk

I really like this champagne gold edging- it’d be a great way to add pizazz to a boring blazer. I’m also really into the shoes. I love fancy shoes and those are gorgeous without being too much… well, maybe a bit much, but it is D&G.

D&G AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Why aren’t the tips of all my black shoes coated in gold glitter? I actually had a pair of glitter capped shoes I bought at Zara like six years ago in Rome and wore them until the glitter was literally completely gone, so clearly I like the style. I’m actually being really restrained here because I could do an entire post on how into the D&G men’s shoes I am.

D&G AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I actually have a deep red coat, and now I’m wondering how to attach a faux fur collar to it in a way that it stays removable. Maybe snaps and some creative finagling?

D&G AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love the sequin placement on the collar and pockets, and since there’s not a tonne of them you could afford to use really high quality, super sparkly rhinestones.

D&G AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m kicking myself because I saw a blazer this colour on clearance at Penney’s. I’d probably use a thin chain to get this effect instead of rhinestones, but then there’d need to be some major interfacing of the lapel.

Emporio Armani

Emporio Armani AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I think this overcoat/cape/poncho thing is really nice. Essentially it’s just a rectangle with a cut down the middle. It looks really cosy, as well as easy to make. If you got decent wool it’d also be really warm, which is always welcome.

Emporio Armani AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Check out that bag. Who knew I needed a faux fur clutch? It looks like there’s some leather detailing on there, so you could even make a strap and use it as a legit purse.

Emporio Armani AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like this pullover. I think it’d be easy to make from a men’s button down- a flannel would be so cosy. You’d probably need two of the same to account for the hood, but this is definitely something to look out for on the clearance rack.

Emporio Armani AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love this faux fur cowl. It looks so cosy and yet elegant. Also, it’d be an amazing way to practice sewing with faux fur.

Liam Hodges

Liam Hodges AW19
from vogue.co.uk

This is one of those ones that took me a while to figure out what I liked about it. Don’t get me wrong, adding black to anything is kind of right up my alley. I think I’d pare it down and only add the black to the front and hems- I think both stripes running down the sleeves is a bit jarring, but I’m into this.

Marni

Marni AW19
from vogue.co.uk

What got me about this is the wash of the jacket. It’s similar to the Liam Hodges set, and I’m wondering if I could get the same result by overdyeing a pair of acid wash jeans.

Moschino

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love this bustle! I wouldn’t go as full on, but I think a red pleated belt with a bow in the back could be extremely elegant… I also love the shoes. I put those exact drawer pulls on my dresser six years ago. Amazing.

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m super into this drapey belt thing. You could literally buy one black dress and have a tonne of these and look different all the time.

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I feel like this is just a season of remaking blazers. I love the idea of the over the shoulder bow detail. I’d skip out on the rib cage slit. I’d also love the drape to be the same colour as the blazer. So cool.

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I adore this bag. I don’t think it’d be that hard to embellish an old bag- or even make it from scratch if you were in a fit of ambition.

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I love a good embellished sweater, and this one is a winner. Definitely keeping my eye out for a cute sweater and some appliques.

Moschino AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I really like this skirt, and I don’t think it’d be hard to sew at all- you’d essentially just make a rectangle skirt and then embellish it. How cute would that be for a night out?

MSGM

MSGM AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Usually, I’m not into embellished jeans- I think I might be a bit old for them. I can’t understand why I love these so much. I’m not into flames either, but yet there’s something so cool about these, and they’d definitely be easy to make.

No. 21

No. 21 AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I used to have a sweater kind of like this and I think I need a new version. The hardest part of this would be stabilizing the knit after you cut into it.

Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I don’t think I’ll ever have the guts to wear a shoe like this, but man do I love them. I don’t think it’d be that hard to recreate them, you’d just need glitter, paint, rhinestones and glue. I guess if you had a wider leg and kept the rest of the outfit simple? Maybe? There are a few versions of this- some in more subtle colours, but the gold is kind of beautiful. Maybe a dark gold and black version?

Philipp Plein AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m surprised this is the first designer outfit I’ve included, but man. That jacket is giving me like, punk Clueless. I need it.

Prada

Prada AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I don’t know if I like the texture of this knit, but I like the stripe of pretty crystals. If I could find a good gem and the right knit- imagine dark grey and black stones maybe?- this could be really cute.

Versace

Versace AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I’m in between on this. I really like the embellishment at the bottom of the skirt. To be fair, I never would have thought to rhinestone a parka. I’m just in between on it. I like it, but it also kind of reminds me of my huge bedazzling phase in elementary school.

I call it a phase like I haven’t spent the past two days looking at photos for bedazzling inspiration.

Versace AW19
from vogue.co.uk

Despite not owning a jean skirt, I’ve been in a jean skirt mood lately, and I like the sequin-ness of this. I think it’s a good way to dress up a basic.

Versace AW19
from vogue.co.uk

I made Adam a black rib knit tuque a few months ago and I still have some extra yarn from it. I’m thinking I might need a version for myself…

Whew! And that’s only a part of the men’s- let’s see what Paris has for us!

 

 

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A Blanket Scarf for a Bitterly Cold January

Apparently, we’re in for quite the cold month. The sun is streaming in the window and I’m finding it really hard to believe, but I guess there still is a few more months of winter. Perfect timing for a cuddly, awesome scarf.

I actually made this a long while ago- back when I was still living in Canada. I can safely say it’s stood the test of time. It’s great for super cold days with a jacket, or days when a cardigan is almost but not quite warm enough. It’s also amazing for flights as it can act as a small blanket.

I used a 100% wool I got on sale in like, 2008 that had been kicking around my basement for a while. This is an excellent one for more expensive wools you’ve bought but are too scared to use. It shows off patterns amazingly and is almost guaranteed to turn out.

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So! You’ll need a ruler, a fabric pencil, and your fabric. Not pictured, tweezers. They’re not 100% necessary, but make life so, SO much easier.

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I tried this a few ways but settled on doing a kind of square-ish shape by folding it into a triangle and cutting the raw edge a bit over that square. I did want a super straight line, so I marked with my pencil before cutting it.

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This next bit is the hardest. I kept my two selvedges because, well, why make it hard for yourself? But if you wanted too you could fray all the sides. See those little straggly threads? pull out the ones closest to the cut edge. Again, tweezers are optional but highly recommended. You could also use a straight pin or hand sewing needle to separate the threads.

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Keep doing that on both sides until you get a fray you like.

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That’s it! I’m not going to lie, hook yourself up with a good show or podcast while you fray because it can take a bit. Mind you, I started this after waking up early because my Father urgently needed to mow the lawn under my bedroom window at 7 am on a Saturday and I still made it for a good hour of unlimited brunch mimosas, all while being super warm and tired but cute!