I’ve only gone and made myself a dress which is actually 100%, totally wearable! HOORAH! Everything I’ve made up until now has always had something just not quite right about the fit, but this time, THIS TIME, it fits perfectly and I am beyond excited – hence the weird pose below!
We all know I love a good Breton stripe. They somehow manage to make even the most lazy of outfit choices seem impecibley polished. They’re also wonderfully versatile (insert noughties Potato Waffle advert here! Sorry) Not only do they look perfect with jeans or tucked into a skirt, they also look pretty great with a clashing pattern; I favour a polka dot or floral and stripe combo myself.
One of the first pieces of clothing I bought when I pledged to create an entirely ethical wardrobe was the Libby Breton Top from People Tree. It’s beautifully soft, and it’s got beautiful contrast piping on the inside of the neck and front pocket.
The Libby Top is made by Assisi Garments a business based in South India. They provide training and employment for deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women who are provided with a safe and supportive environment and a fair wage. After a few years of saving the women receive a bonus that, along with their savings, they are able to start a home and often their own tailoring businesses. Assisi Garments also use their profits to support a cancer hospital and an old people’s home in South India.
So not only are you buying the softest, cutest, 100% organic Breton striped tee around, you’re also helping a lot of people who otherwise might not be getting the same opportunities. Pretty great huh?
PS: I’ve just ordered the Libby Breton Top in red, I can’t wait for it to arrive – more on that at a later date!
Okay, so I may have a few things on this already (the bag is currently in the post hurtling it’s way towards my apartment, and the hat was an anniversary present from the chap), the Topshop shirt is also in the pipe line, by that I mean I have it sitting in my online shopping basket waiting for me to click ‘CHECKOUT’.
I really love the tube skirt look, I love the versatility of it and how such a simple skirt can be worn in so many different ways. Dress it up with a shirt and heels for a smart occasion, or wear with a slouchy tee or jumper for a relaxed day look. I’ve been looking for a midi skirt for a while but could never find the right one, but I quite like the look of this Topshop chevron patterned one and am super tempted… I am a little hippy though, so I’m not sure what it’ll look like, but I think I might just give it a go anyway!
The ankle boots I’ve had my eye on for a while. They’re from DUO, a shoe store that specializes in different fittings. They do 21 different calf fittings in their tall boots, and 3 different foot widths in all their shoes and ankle boots. Made of high quality, Italian leather it’s such a nice treat to get quality shoes and boots that fit you perfectly, finally a company that realises that us gals are all shaped a little differently!!! I have fairly narrow feet and always find shoes an issue but these ankle boots are a perfect fit! The grey suede is super soft and the block heel means that even I can walk them, I’m not sure I can resist them much longer, I’m talking my self into them just writing this.
I’ve also got really into lipstick in the last few months and am trying to make myself buy more so I have a wider range to choose from in the morning. I’m yet to try a MAC lippy but I only here good things so I think that may be my next purchase. Any suggestions?
I really should stop writing before I talk myself into buying every item on this wishlist.
Too late, I just bought the skirt and top…
I have finally gotten around to spending my birthday money from my dear grandparents. My gran has been incredibly helpful and supportive of my new found need to sew, letting me test run her old machine, digging out her old patterns and sending off for new ones. My birthday money from my grandparents came with strict instructions, “Don’t spend it on bills or necessities, spend it on fabric and make yourself something nice”.
I have been a follower of Tilly and the Buttons blog since I started sewing. Her ‘Learn to Sew’ section really helped me grasp the basics, so I was thrilled to learn that she has released her own patterns and the Miette skirt is not only incredibly beautiful but also perfect for beginners! HOORAY!
So I finally headed to the local fabric shop (Ray Stitch in Angel) and picked up a nice, plain, turquoise cotton.
The pattern was simple and Tilly’s step by step instructions on her blog made the whole process so much easier. I made a few mistakes (sewing the wrong sides together…oops!) but nothing my handy stitch picker couldn’t solve. I’m so happy with how it turned out, I even wore it to work today!!
There will be lots more Miettes on the horizon, I think I may play with the use of binding on the pockets and the hem, or maybe use a contrasting fabric for the waist and tie. No matter which way I adapt them I can safely say by next summer my wardrobe will be full of Miettes!