Outfit: All the world is green

a dress I made from vintage cotton and a pattern I drafted myself, vintage heels from Nordic Retro Style, necklace, thrifted cardigan, old purse.

Like I promised in my last post, here is another version of the same dress. The neckline happened when I was talking with my boyfriend about the design --since I normally always work alone, it's good to have someone to bounce ideas off when I'm stuck. He's the most patient soul. We came up with this 'curled braces' neckline, as he called it, and I think I'm going to keep this one. I just need to make a few adjustments to the fit (as always). Then I thought about this late 60s kind of skirt with a deep inverted pleat in the middle and just added it to the bodice. It does look very 60s inspired, no?

Wearing a dress I made from vintage cotton and a pattern I drafted myself, vintage heels from Nordic Retro Style, necklace, thrifted cardigan, old purse.

Photos by my boyfriend.

Outfit: Yellow things like sunshine and sunflowers

a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour)


Enjoy some sunshine and sunflowers with me! This is my second take on the dress from the last post. You may notice that what's changed is the skirt shape. This was my jumping off point for a rework of the whole design --you'll have to wait for the next outfit post to see what I did next. It's an interesting journey, this design process. I'm still on it and still feel like I'm not in the sweet spot where I'm satisfied with what I came up with. But, that means some dresses do get sewn along the way, and you can never have too many dresses, am I right?

Wearing a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour).

Photos by my boyfriend.
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Outfit inspirations: Fairy Tales

Looking back in my archives, I came across this outfit, one of my forgotten favorites. I remember coming up with the idea of putting together all the pieces with polka dots that I could find so there are polka dots on the blouse, on the jeans and on the sweater here. I'd gladly do this again, although I'd have to use different pieces now because I only have the jeans left (and those are too large now) and the hat. I gave away the blouse and turned the sweater into a cushion cover --something I really like doing with old knits. An easy DIY that takes care of pieces that are no longer wearable but I can't really find it in my heart to part with them.

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Outfit: Creative processes

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam

I'm currently in the process of designing a dress. I'm going for something summery, simple and possible to make up in a variety of fabrics that I have in my stash. It's not hard, designing a dress like that. And yet, it's so different from anything I've ever made.

I've been designing things for a living for over 12 years now. I used to be a graphic designer before I changed occupations and became a seamstress. Graphic design, I had it worked out. I knew how to prepare for a project, how to sketch, how to scrap and start anew, how to adjust and improve and how to finish. A lot of ctrl+z (or, 'undo') goes on in 2D work, making it very fast and, to an extent, quite simple. But, with designing three dimensional pieces that clothing is, I have recently understood that I have to work out a new routine. I was actually angry with myself for not being able to do sewing the way I would do drawing a few years back. But sewing is so different! The thing I had to do was admit I don't know what I'm doing --and then, with a clear head, just start doing something, whatever it was. Following my gut.

So here I am: my first attempt at my new process. A very simple piece of clothing, just a sketch of a dress, really. I wore it for a day and decided it needed some adjustments. So I made another one, with said adjustments. Then I wore it for a day and chose to make more changes. So I made a third dress. Which, again, needed adjustments. So I'm making those right now. And maybe --just maybe! --that's it. Maybe this is my new routine. Making things, then using them, then changing, adding, switching, adjusting. While the same verbs could be used to describe 2D work, the very activities are so different. So refreshing!

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam.

Photos by my boyfriend
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Travels: Sailing to Amsterdam

Sharing a few photos from a recent sailing trip I took with a couple of new and old friends. We travelled across the Baltic Sea and the North sea to Amsterdam. It was quite an adventure for me! First time sailing the sea as well. Once my sea sickness was over (two days in...), I really enjoyed the experience. The mass of water all around, sometimes peaceful, sometimes forceful, the weird sleeping patterns (we were on watches on deck for 4 hours at a time and often slept for the rest of the time because of the lulling quality of the waves), the weird sounds made by the boat, some singing and playing the guitar, the laughter and chatter and the silence of 12 people living in a small, confined space --it felt like I was right where I belong for a moment there. And of course, the views... We even saw a seal and a couple of dolphins or porpoises! I'd definitely want to do it again sometime, although maybe when it's a bit warmer... We had a running joke about having cold feet for a week there!

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Outfit: Dyeing to see you

a skirt I made, blouse c/o Romwe (dyed), old dyed cardigan (similar), old shoes and purse, thrifted hat

What do you do with a piece of clothing that has the greatest shape and fit and structure but the worst colour? Well, I don't know what YOU do with it but I dye it. In the case of this outfit, two garments were dyed: the cardigan and the blouse. Both were gifted to me and, well, not the colour I'd hoped for. I look good in icy pink but not in salmon pink... which both of these pieces were. I debated for a while what to do about them and decided that I would've liked them a lot if they were, say, navy blue. I have a thing for navy blue recently.

It's really easy to dye things at home, you know? Throw them into your washing machine together with the dye, set the temperature according to washing instructions from your clothes and an hour later you get a dyed garment! In the case of my cardigan it worked perfectly because it's 100% cotton --fully natural fibres dye easily and evently. The blouse is a mix of cotton and some polyester so it dyed differently and personally I love this slightly melange effect and the lavender colour that came out. And the best thing about dyeing is that you're getting a piece of clothing that you really, really like!

Wearing a skirt I made, blouse c/o Romwe (dyed), cardigan gifted by my boyfriend's parents (similar), old shoes and purse, thrifted hat.

Photos by my boyfriend.

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Brand Spotlight: Good Looking Objects new collection

Recently my dear and talented jewellery making friend Melinda released a new collection of her own design for her store, Good Looking Objects. I was super excited to follow along on her journey to developing these pieces --she has a lovely Instagram account where she posted a lot of her progress pictures. Now that the pieces are up in her store, I am so proud of her! The designs are again magical, personal and with just the right touch of whimsy. I am officially in love with the Handful of Magic necklace --can you resist a palm marked with a wind rose? Like the palms of our hands, marked with lines that tell out destinies, this necklace is a talisman always ready to remind us that we are constantly navigating our lives and are on a life-long journey... I, for one, am instantly charmed by this simple yet evocative idea.

If you like Melinda's designs and her store, you now have the unique opportunity to win a $100 gift card to shop for her jewellery! All you have to do is go to her instagram account and follow three simple rules --check the details here. The giveaway will end on 17. May so hurry up if you want to take part in it! Good luck!

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