The Floral Invasion

Category : Style
Date : 25/07/2017
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The Floral Invasion

Remember that top with the wrap shoulder I made a few years ago? Or is it a blouse? Ok, I need to get my definitions in order! Anywho, I’ve been using it quit often but unfortunately the fabric isn’t ageing that well. I got the fabric as a gift so I was never a 100% sure of the fiber content.
I really like the wrap shoulder details so I made the same top from a light cotton floral fabric I bought last fall. I altered the the pattern a bit and made the sleeves a bit wider and the hem curved. I seem to have thing for curved hems lately.
As you guys know, I’m a huge fan of floral patterns but I might need to pace myself. My summer wardrobe has experienced a serious floral invasion! So for my next sewing project I need to use some monochrome linen fabrics to balance things out.


The year-round scarf

Date : 07/06/2017
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The year-round scarf

It only took me a year! Well, it’s been finished for a month or so, I just hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures of it. Why did it take so long? I’m in a way new to knitting so my pace is quit slow. Also, I was crocheting all kinds of projects in between so this scarf always ended up at the bottom of the priority list.
The last (and first time) I knitted a scarf was in 7th grade. It was a navy blue garter stitch scarf that was very wavy because I was probably too impatient to care about knitting equally tight rows. I’m glad I took the time to knit this scarf properly. I wanted a thinner wool scarf that I could use all year round. When I took these pictures I thought I maybe won’t be needing this scarf this summer but then I went to an outdoor party recently and was glad I hadn’t packed it away with the rest of my winter clothes. Hopefully I won’t need to use it too often thhis summer!

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The oval upgrade – an embroidered cardigan

I’m one of those people who discovered the versatility of a classic cardigan pretty late. Up until design school my everyday style was overly practical, especially during winter. Most of the time I walked around with thick zip sweaters with as high collars as possible. “I refuse to freeze” was my motto, I hadn’t learned the art of layering you see.

I remember what I think was the first classic cardigan that owned. It was a very tight beige rib jersey number that I wore for special occasions, like my uncle’s graduation. But after internships abroad my changed a lot. I now wanted to look more “polished aspiring fashion professional” and less carpenter on lunch break. More classic cardigans now started finding their to my wardrobe. By the time I moved to Helsinki cardigans were such a staple, that they became the core of my work uniform.

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Over the years I’ve become so picky about materials and fit of my cardigans that I now feel I have a cardigan shortage. That’s why I’m always on the look out for them in flea markets and second hand stores. This red number I bought in a flea market in Vaasa a few months ago. I liked that it was a more cold red but felt it was almost identical to an orange one I already own. So I thought I’d elevate it a bit by embroidering something on it.

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I decided on such a simple shape as a circle since I hadn’t embroidered on a knitted fabric before. Getting the even circle turned out to be quit the challenge. I had an idea of randomly scattered polka dots in two sizes but what I got annoyingly aligned oval shapes. I kind of like the cochobon shapes now but I would have wanted to get a more random placement of them. What I’m really happy with though is the colour combination. I do have to stop myself though from buying any more red clothes. Ever since that coat, I feel the colour has taken over my wardrobe!

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Raindrops keep hanging on my ears

Date : 03/05/2017
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Raindrops keep hanging on my ears

Ok, that was a bad title but sometimes I just have to take the cheezy route. Another option was Drop it like a pear!

I made these earrings months ago (probably at the same time as these ones) but forgot to post the pictures. I love the long drop shape and the colour of the beads. I got them last last year when I was in Copenhagen and I think the stone is jade. I’ve been using these earrings a lot since I made them.

I looked in my jewellery box and there are five pairs of drop shaped earrings in different colour and sizes. I’ve been trying to figure out where this love for this shape comes from but I can’t pinpoint where it started . Maybe it’s because of all those costume dramas I’m always watching. I will continue investigating.

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Parrots Calling

Category : Style
Date : 15/12/2016
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Parrots Calling

I’ve now accepted the slow pace of my Project Dream Wardrobe. I might be coming along with my handicraft projects but the sewing projects just take much more time. While I’m working on my patience, here’s one top I finished a while back. It’s an altered version of this top, the difference being the rounded hem. This is such a versatile garment for me so I’m gonna keep making different versions. Right now I’m eager to get started on a wrap version and later I’d like to make a sleeveless option.
I found the fabric last year and bought it without any specific garment in mind. There was something about the colour combination and the tropical theme that spoke to me. I usually go for the floral or abstract prints but this time the parrots were calling me!

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I still need to work on my “I’m so glad I finished this garment” face. I wonder where my mind wandered off to?

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I really love the unexpected colour combination of the fabric.

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Working on my creepy face. You never know when you’re gonna need it!

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Parrots!

 

 


Kimonos and awkward faces

Category : Style
Date : 25/10/2016
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Kimonos and awkward faces

It’s funny how one’s style evolves. Ever since that red coat, I’ve been reconsidering things that I would have never worn 5 years ago. I’m pretty much the same size, live in the same city and still consider comfort to be paramount when choosing clothes but my relationship with clothes has changed a bit. I’ve been reading Garance Dore’s posts on change and I guess fashion wise (and hopefully life wise) I’m evolving. I’m letting go of rules and ideas on what works for my body shape or what I need to wear in order to look “presentable” and going with my gut feeling. I’m welcoming the randomness and encouraging myself to really be more playful with what I wear.

When I went to Japan I bought a piece that I wouldn’t have known how to wear before. The shear size of it, the square shape and the length would have made me leave it where I found it. I had hopes of finding a yukata during my trip but once I found the vintage kimono stores I forgot about finding new ones. I found some incredibly beautiful silk kimonos but the more I saw the more I doubted if I would actually wear one. Then one hot Saturday we were in Harajuku and there was a man selling vintage kimonos on the sidewalk. There was oooohs and aaaahs over the floral prints and luscious silks but only when I saw this piece did I want to try something on.  It was pretty fast purchasing decision, I knew that this was I garment I was actually going to use. I really liked the pattern of the fabric and the rounded sleeves. The only thing I now need to figure out is exactly what kind of Kimono this is? Is it even a kimono at all? I’m also looking for a book about kimonos, so let me know if you know about any!

As I wrote in this post, I’m trying to get comfortable in front of the camera. There’s going to be a lot of awkward and weird poses before i get the hang of it so bare with me! This was a very quick and improvised shoot made possible by my friends Iana and Tong, thanks a lot guys!

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This is the “I’m gonna pull my hair to get ideas for more poses”

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“My braids are possessed!”

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“I’m gonna get really ambitious and try one of those high fashion poses with my body but have creepy look on my face” Apparently I learned nothing from Tyra Banks and Miss J.

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“The healthy way to deal with awkward moments? Laughter “

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“Me really like this kimono, guys”

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“Sayonara!”

 


The quest for silk

Category : Style
Date : 11/05/2016
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The quest for silk

I love finding treasures at second hand and vintage shops. Lately I’ve even found garments even though some of the best finds I’ve found while looking for something completely different. I’ve also stumbled upon a garment that I didn’t know I needed until recently, the silk knit top. I found one not long ago that I’ve used a lot and now I’m always on the lookout for them. Why do I love this 90’s business woman wardrobe staple you might wonder? They’re so comfortable and you can wear them all year round. You also get all the benefits of silk but don’t have to worry about ironing as much, compared to let’s say a blouse from woven silk.
My silk knit top count is now up to four. I almost didn’t buy the most recent one. The fit was perfect but it was in this beige colour I felt wouldn’t work on me. So I decided to dye it purple!

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The starting point, a very soft but very beige silk knit top.

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At first I thought I’d try to get an even purple colour but in the end I went with tie dye. I just love the randomness and the patterns you can get sometimes. Instead of doing the traditional swirl in the middle, i tied the sleeves, the side seams as well as the center front and center back.

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I was hoping to get some irregular stripes with these ties.

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All tied up, ready to be dyed. I don’t have any pictures of the dyebath because honestly our bathroom is poorly lit and the floor tiles are not so photogenic anymore.

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Voilá, it’s now purple! I’m quit happy with the result. I got the stripes and randomness of pattern I wanted. I’m gonna be wearing this top a lot this summer!

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When you look close enough,  doesn’t this pattern look like flames?

 

 

 

 


Beige Suede

Category : Style
Date : 16/09/2015
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I found this cute bag at a second hand shop a while back in Vaasa. I immediately liked the size, materials and the details but me and beige? I have not been a big fan of the colour since that beige and navy phase I had ca 1999. The length of the strap also bothered me, I’m very picky about that sort of thing, occupational hazard i guess.
In the end I asked myself the fundamental question, as pretty as this bag is, will I actually use it? The answer was yes, if I shorten the straps to handles and use the bag more as briefcase. This was quit easy as the straps were removable. Straps attached with buckles are quit  brilliant thing!

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The shorts that knew too much

Date : 22/08/2015
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Ok, I couldn’t help myself, I just love funny titles! The shorts in question are made from that pair of jeans I found earlier this summer. Before I made these I counted I had only 2 pairs of shorts so a third pair was needed.

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I had to dye the shorts 2 times before I got this colour. I did the mistake of not using enough hot water the first time and the result was not good. I was using a plastic bucket  that can’t handle temperatures above 60ºC, bad idea on my part. I’ve now purchased a stainless steel bucket for future projects.

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Some time around the millennium I had a serious tie dye and print phase. I dyed and printed everything from clothes, bags and even sheets. Not knowing anything about printing techniques back then I found my own way by using book covering film.

I cut each X separately in order to be able to align them better. Using book film is quit primitive way to print garments but it works quit well for big and very simple prints. Plus, book covering film is something I always have around as I insist on covering all my books.

Voilà, the finished shorts! Luckily for me August is turning out to be the hottest month this year so I’ll actually have a chance to use them this year.

Quite the make over, right?


In florals we trust

Category : Style
Date : 22/07/2015
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Ever since I bought THAT red coat last year, I’ve been re-examining which coat shapes work for me and dared to try on silhouettes that I before might have considered to be too oversized for my body shape. When I was in Vaasa over midsummer I was doing  my usual second hand round when I stumbled on this floral print. I loved the print straight away and wanted to buy the garment  but I couldn’t figure out if it was a coat or a dress so I ended up deciding that it was probably some grandmother’s pyjamas from perhaps the 70’s. I hesitated for a moment  to try it on since it was size XL which meant there was a lot of fabric and the scale of the print magnified that.

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But you know me, I’m a sucker for prints (especially florals) so I had to buy it. I figured I’d change and decrease the amount of buttons, add a belt and wear this floral tent as a coat.

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I can honestly say that this is one of the best purchases this year! Though it’s oversize it’s well proportioned and the big pockets (that you can barely see because of the print!) have proven to be useful when travelling. So now I’m on the hunt for a wind breaker with lots of big pockets but since they tend to be short and sporty, I might have to make one myself. I’ll let you know how that goes!

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