Hi! I'm ridiculously busy at the moment. Probably not a great time to start a blog, but there you go!
Last week I went to Durham. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera with me (I went on the train and brought as little with me as I could) so here's a photo of it I found on Flickr.

Beautiful, right? I can't wait to study there, even though its a relatively small place. Fingers crossed I don't have a seizure during my exams or something.

I've got a revision timetable up on my wall now. It's less than three months until my first exam, christ. I've also got my Extended Project presentation on Thursday which I should definitely be preparing for instead of blogging right now. I MUST STAY POSITIVE THOUGH. I MUST.

I'll just post my outfit for today and leaf then!

Cardigan: Uniqlo; bodysuit: vintage; trousers: Zara; shoes: Primark; Necklace: Asos

Not the most amazing thing you've ever seen, I'm sure, but I am wearing my new favourite thing - a blue stripey bodysuit! It did have a little glittery bow on it but I took it off. I'll probably replace it with a plain white one!

Oh! Oh! Also! I will try my hardest to upload a new tutorial this week if I have time on Friday. I'm thinking of making either a pair of high waisted pleated shorts or a coat. I'd prefer the coat but my one problem is that I have no lining that would match the fabric I want to make it out of! We shall see what happens but either way, I'm excited to post a new one.

blaack n goooold


Hi everyone! My boyfriend went home for his uni break yesterday D: so to cheer myself up I (among other things) decided to dress up in my favourite colour combination - black and gold. Anyone who looks at my outfit photos should be able to tell that I wear a lot of black. I like black x silver, black x white, black x black but moooost of all I like black and gold. It looks good with my hair, it looks good on its own, IT'S JUST A REALLY GOOD COMBO. BUT ANYWAY, here's my outfit:
Here's another black x gold outfit I've taken a photo of.
I'm pretty sure I first started to search for black and gold when I watched the 300 Spartans. For some reason it was really sartorially inspiring, haha.


Anyway, here are some black x gold Etsy finds.
And I'm just going to dump this outfit picture here too:
I'm trying to cut down to only wearing makeup twice a week. Yep. Anyway, I'm going to the March for the Alternative tomorrow, probably in the Labour Women group so... maybe I'll see you there if you come :| if anyone reading this is from the UK, haha! Clearly I am terrible at ending these kind of posts. Bye.


Oh, and thankyou rippedknees for linking to me! I haven't got a link list up yet so will just link to her blog here hoho

Tutorial: reconstructing a dress


Hi everyone! This is my first tutorial, sorry it's a little dodgy! I hope to do some tutorials for things made from scratch but seeing as I was making this the other day, I thought I'd photograph it and post it on the internet as my first blog post.

DISCLAIMER: This is a tutorial for people who want a new dress in a couple of hours. Please note that I can only really get away with this because I am using a cheap dress (£4 from a charity shop) made from not-so-special fabric. If you are using more expensive fabric or a more expensive dress, not only would I advise you to take extra steps e.g. overlocking, ironing, interfacing if needed etc, I'd also advise you to use a sewing pattern if you are new to sewing!


You will need...

Scissors, a seam ripper (optional), pins

I would advise you not to use scissors like these, actually. They are an absolute bitch to use. If you can, get some fabric scissors! Mine are in a box somewhere :|

A sewing machine!

Well, I suppose you don't need one, but I'd advise you to use one. Possibly one a little more trustworthy than mine. Oh, and please do not follow my example and use your sewing machine on the floor hoho.

A nice big space where you can work. Can you tell we are in the process of moving in?


What you must do!

What I've done first is taken off the skirt and sleeves of the dress. If your dress is not too much bigger than you want it, I would use a seam ripper as to not lose too much fabric. If your dress is very big like mine, just cut them off!

Put the bodice on like a shirt so you can see how much you want to take off the shoulder. I've ended up taking off 2 inches! It depends on what you like and how the fabric actually sits on you when you're wearing it so you may find you don't need to take anything off at all.

Turn the bodice inside out! Mark with pins where you want to sew the bodice on the sides. You can do this while you are wearing it or using your waist measurement. Now sew with a straight stitch from the bottom of the bodice to the armhole. Don't worry about the edges matching up, you can fix it with your scissors. Now is the time to cut from the shoulders down to the bottom of the armhole according to how you want the dress to fit. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you but... cut in a gently curving line! Now, fold the edge of the fabric over and stitch it down, creating a narrow hem. If it is fabric that frays easily, now is the time to overlock! If you find it the circular line too difficult to hem or you simply can’t be arsed, you could always use bias binding. You can find this in fabric stores and (possibly) the supermarket. [Also, totally forgot to add this in but if you want some shape in the bodice for your chest, now is the time to add darts if you so desire]

Now you must gather your skirt! You could leave it the way it was before and just cut off the extra length, but as I prefer my skirts with a bit of poof, I’m going to take the whole thing and gather it until it’s as long as the bodice opened out flat (check if you need to allow a little extra length for a seam – mine is a button-down so I don’t need to).

Some people use gathering foots on their sewing machine but as I don’t have one, I do it by hand using the good ol’ drawstring method. Set your machine to the longest possible straight stitch and stitch from one end to the other along the side that will eventually join the bodice. Leave a few inches of thread at either end. At one end, tie a knot with the thread. At the other, take one of the two threads and pull it. Gently push down the fabric from the thread and it should bunch up. Continue doing this until the whole length is gathered on one side. Make sure the gathering is even. If this is confusing, here is a better explanation!

Undo the buttons on the bodice and the skirt so both are totally flat. Turn both so that the ‘right’ side of the fabric (the side that you want facing out when the dress is finished e.g. the darker side of denim fabric) is facing outwards, then place the bodice on top of the skirt with the ‘wrong’ side up so the ‘right’ sides are together. Line the bottom edge of the bodice up with the gathered edge of the skirt. Pin them together and then sew in a straight stitch along the edge through both the skirt and the bodice (remember to set your stitch to the normal length again). When you turn them the right side out again, it should look like the picture above.

If you like long dresses, you’re pretty much finished at this point. Put it on, check it all fits, trim all your loose threads and maybe give it an iron. Howeverrr, like me, you may prefer shorter dresses. If this is the case, try on your dress and mark with a pencil / chalk where you want the skirt to finish. Take off the dress, and cut the skirt from the line. Try to be neat at this point because hemming wonky skirts is annoying as hale and you could end up redoing it. It would be useful to use a tape measure to make sure the skirt is the same length all over. Now, how you hem your skirt is really up to you. You may want a wider hem, you may just want to roll it over and sew a tiny one. Just go with whatever feels right hoho.

So there we have it. A lovely new dress (or, in my case... tunic-thing). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

If anyone has any tips for me regarding tutorials / the blog in general, I'd very much appreciate it <3

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