The One with the Thrift Store Treasures

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I accidentally found myself in a thrift store today. Accidentally as in: “We happened to walk past so went in.”

I found some seriously gorgeous things!

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1. Entire rolls of rickrack. Could.not.resist. There is no such thing as too much rickrack in one’s stash :) (€14,5 for all)
2. I usually don’t buy second hand shoes but these were brand new sandals similar to the ones I put in my Capsule Wardrobe. (€7,5)
3. Same goes for these pumps. Brand new and similar to the ones I wanted! (€9)

All in all I’m very happy with my finds!

The One with the Perfect Scarf

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If there is one thing I love, it’s an infinity scarf. They are so easy to wear and never fall off.

I’ve had the scarf on the left for a few years now and I love wearing it in Spring and Autumn. It really makes a solid outfit pop. Only problem is that it doesn’t match a lot of my clothes (yet, I’ve got a matching Lady Skater planned)

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So today I was in dire need of a quick project and my precious fabric was the answer. My 9m bolt were actually 2 pieces. One 7,20m and the other 1,80m. I decided to use the smaller piece for the scarf and prewash it to see what effect it would have on my fabric. Apart from the fact that it frays like hell, it got very soft and quite drapey. It is quite thick so making a gathered skirt is out of the question.

Sewing this thing only took 5 minutes. I used the fabric from selvedge to selvedge so I only have one seam. I opted for a French seam because this fabric frays a lot!

I’m happy with the way it turned out, although it is quite bulky. I might make it less wide, but I’m not sure yet.

It does coordinate nicely with most of ‘my colours’.

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And it’s not just usable as a scarf!

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I’m sure I’ll get a ton of wear out of this!

PS Sorry about the blurry phonepics but I just couldn’t wait to show you this!

Wardrobe Architect Week 10

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Last week I chose my Capsule Wardrobe and I’m very excited about it. This week we had to choose our Capsule Palette based on the colours we chose in week 6.

Before I did that I took a long hard look at my colours and decided to re-divide my colours because I realised that some colours where in the wrong category. Especially the true neutrals. Some nearly neutrals are actually true neutrals and can be used for more than just camis and leggings.

Here are the new categories:

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Choosing my Capsule Palette however wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I’m really bad at making choices, I want it all ;) But after a good night sleep I decided on these.

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Ofcourse, these are not exclusive. But I’ll try to limit new fabrics to fit this palette and sew mostly from stash

Next week we are determining what to sew/buy to fill the gaps in our wardrobe. Starting tomorrow I’m going through all my clothes to look for outfits. I start work in 2 weeks so I want to be ready outfit wise as well :)

The One where I bought the entire bolt!

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Today I went to an exhibition about 60 years of television with two co-workers/friends and the baby. More about the exhibition in a later post cause I had the opportunity to take some pictures of a recent make!

But I also had the opportunity to visit a lovely fabric store, which I only get to visit about once a year cause it is is quite far from home.

I walked out with two remnants and an entire bolt :)

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Top left: a white and blue striped sweaterknit which will make a great comfy summer cardigan.
Top right: a floral jersey which I hope will make enough for a Lady Skater.
Bottom: I fell in love! It’s a synthetic linnen, probably more suited for decoration but it has a lovely drape and don’t get me started on the colours… Seriously, this was love at first sight. I loved it so much and at €2,50/m I took home the remaining 9m (!) on the bolt. Doesn’t it have Dolly Clackett written all over!

So I’m very happy with what I took home. But that’s not all I bought.

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Top: two sets of really cute appliques. It’s kind of hard to decide whether they’ll be for the baby or for me :)
Bottom left: I bought her a backpack because she starts daycare in two weeks and I needed a bag to put all her stuff, I thought this one was really cute and next year she can carry it herself.
Bottom right: COULD.NOT.RESIST the applique owl pillow. I’m thinking of making a pattern out of it so I can make more. They’ll make a great scrapbuster!

How’s your weekend? Did you ever love fabric so much, you took home the entire bolt?

Wardrobe Architect Week 9

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In week 9 it’s time to review the silhouettes we created in week 4. I have to admit that the ones I created back then aren’t really fit to run around with a baby, nor are they fit to go back to work and they were kind of wintery. After careful consideration I updated them into these 5 silhouettes.

This will serve as a base for my Spring/Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe.

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I’m really excited about these. I bought 3 new pairs of jeans two weeks ago (I really needed them and didn’t have time to sew them) and I’ve got quite a lot of patterns to make the rest. I can however buy certain things since my Seamless Pledge ended, but buying clothes just doesn’t feel right. Buying fabric on the other hand…

Wardrobe Architect Week 8

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This week was all about hair, make-up and beauty. Not an easy one to think about because what we want is certainly not always what we have time nor the skills for :)

Hair:

My husband would love me to have Zooey Deschanel hair. And I can’t say I haven’t tried it but since I haven’t got it in me anymore to let it grow out, I’ve had to resort to extensions. But they require so.much.care that I always gave up after a few weeks. Seriously, I’d choose 10 more minutes of sleep over a blow dry anyday.

I’ve had my hair really short, asymmetrical or regular shoulder length. One thing is for sure, I feel best as a redhead, although the shade tends to change each time :)

Right now I’ve got chin length hair in the front, slightly shorter in the back because since having a tiny baby my hair is the thing I want to think least about (but still look good).

I’ve finally come to terms with never having long wavy hair, now getting my husband to accept ;)

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Make-up

I started using make-up early on and I still never leave the house without but as you can see in the pictures above, I like things natural. The heaviest make up I ever wore was on my wedding day and although I felt pretty and it looks pretty good in the pictures I felt really awkward all day. I never wear lipstick and although it was a very neutral shade, I felt like people were staring at me.

Those who follow me on instagram might remember the ‘trial make-up’ fiasco, where I asked a beautician to give me smokey eyes for the wedding and I came out looking like I fell into a fireplace filled with ashes.

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The one I did myself on the left, the ‘professional’ on the right. You see the difference. My daily make-up usually consists of foundation powder because I’ve got quite bad skin at the moment (stupid post pregnancy hormones), blush, eyeliner and mascara. Going all out for me means adding eyeshadow :D

Beauty:

I’ve always had bad skin so finding the right beauty products has been a trial and error kind of journey. Right now I’m using all organic make-up products by Alexami. Seriously, this stuff is amazing, it’s the first time my skin is actually improving instead of looking worse. The fact that it’s vegan, organic, non-toxic and not tested on animals makes it even better! If you ever get the change, try them.

My daily facial creams/moisturizers are by OrganicSpa, again vegan, organic, non-toxic and not tested on animals (I’m not advertising this stuff, I just LOVE it!) I am quite a collector though, I prefer to buy everything from the same brand because otherwise I think it looks weird on my bathroom sink; which ends up looking quite cluttered. I haven’t found a good balance yet :)

Wardrobe Architect Week 7

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This week was all about prints vs solids.

I have a lot of solids in my stash but I find it difficult to sew with them because I’m afraid they’ll make me look boring. That being said, I do need more solids in my wardrobe. So I’ll have to find a way to make them work.

I love prints but they are difficult to work into outfits. To avoid problems, I try to stick to prints in dresses and t-shirts/tops to pair with jeans (for now).

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They are a mixture of geometric prints, abstract florals and polkadots. I like bright colours obviously. The plan was to stick to ‘mature’ prints once I became a mom but that resewlution went out the door really fast!

The prints I really don’t know how to work with are plaids and animal print. Seriously, I loved everything I saw in Jungle January, but it’s absolutely not me. And I just never seem to find any nice plaid fabric.

The prints above are all knit fabrics I bought over the last few weeks, some have already been sewn into something but not yet photographed/blogged.

I’m really excited to get things photographed and blogged because I’ve finally gotten my sewjo back!