The One with the Fabric Fair!

Today I had an impromptu fabric fair visit. The day before yesterday I found out that this giant travelling fabric fair was coming to Antwerp and it seemed the perfect opportunity to get some fabric for winter maternity wear.

I asked Anneke to join me and she invited the rest of our Brussels meet up, but sadly only Hanne could make it. (She’s awesome though!)

We met at Starbucks and took the tram to the fair. We wanted to get there bright and early so we wouldn’t have the big rush of people, too bad it seemed like everyone had the exact same idea.

Plenty of people and plenty of fabric. So naturally I walked away with some of it πŸ™‚

I tried to stick to my own colour palette (on top) and the one Gillian made for me (at the bottom), because I’m trying to be more coordinated.

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So here’s what I bought!

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On the left: a sweater knit in a lovely deep dark teal colour. The picture doesn’t do it any justice.
On the right: a warm thick jersey knit. I bought enough for leggings and a dress, but I’ll have to cut it single layer to get the stripes to match.

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On the left: a thin jersey with what looks like a lace overlay but isn’t.
On the right: a rich stretch velour. It’s cotton on the inside so it’ll be a great winter dress

AND THE SCORE OF THE DAY:

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Seriously! It’s a knit! With foxes on it! How could I resist!

Do you think I behaved? Do you like the colours?

The One with All the Colours – Part 2

I got such wonderful reactions on my choice of colours.

I worked on them a little more and thought about how my outfits would match better. Ideally I want to be able to pick any cardigan (I love cardigans), any top and any skirt/pants and they would match!

So these are my official colours. Luckily, some of my stash matches these πŸ™‚

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I made my Mom promise she would hit me if I tried to change them again. ( I changed them about 10 times this week)

Talking about my Mom. After I mentioned she is a (licensed) style and colour consultant some of you asked me if my mother wouldn’t want to share any tips and tricks about what type you are and which colours you should wear.

She was as enthusiastic as I was so we decided to do a little series on it.

It will be a 4-parter!

  1. How to figure out which season-type you are?
  2. I’m a Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter type: Which colours should I choose?
  3. How to update your wardrobe according to your season-type?
  4. Your questions for my mom! And she answers them!

Now, I need your input on this one.

  • I would like you to tell me which topics you want us to talk about (for instance: How to figure my type out on my own.)
  • I would like you to send me any questions you have for my Mom. You can start doing this now and you can keep doing this until the last post is up (I can keep editing it so don’t worry)

PS: I found a Spoonflower alternative in Europe and I want to order everything on their site. But I’m keeping to my colours πŸ˜‰ They’re not cheap but neither is Spoonflower and this way I can avoid extra import taxes.

The One with All the Colours

When I took my Seamless Pledge I wrote that my wardrobe was boring. I had gotten rid of everything I didn’t wear (or shouldn’t be wearing) and all I had left were plain boring basics.

After organising my fabric stash I was left feeling a bit weird about my fabric. Part of the reason I went into sewing was the fact that I would be able to coordinate my wardrobe better. But organising my stash made it very clear that I love buying pretty fabrics but didn’t stand still to think about whether they would match the rest of my wardrobe.

Result: Still no matching items and I keep returning to ‘boring’ cake when picking outfits.

A few days ago, a blog post by the incredibly creative and wonderfully dressed Gillian showed me the solution. She started by choosing her colours and then sticking to those colours when picking out fabric. She made her own colourchart and even showed her already matching fabrics.

The idea in itself was so simple and amazing I just had to steal it (Sorry, Gillian!)Β She chose colours for her spring palatte but I wanted to pick colours for my entire wardrobe (that’s why there are so many colours), because I like switching between seasons and I love wearing bright colours when it won’t stop being this cold and snowy.

A few years ago I was ‘diagnosed’ as an Autumn-type. So this is what I came up with. I have to admit I had a little help from my lovely mother. I picked my colours and she ‘checked’ them. (She’s a colour and style consultant)

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Now that the colour picking is done, all that’s left is sorting out my wardrobe (again), sorting out my fabric stash and go out looking for new fabrics to make a fabulous new wardrobe!

Sounds easy peasy, doesn’t it πŸ™‚