70’s Suede

Nothing quite like a suede shearling coat. Especially when you find one from the 1970’s, that is suuuuper 1970’s. Honestly, I couldn’t help but play dress-up with this one. I wanted to see how she moved and if she ‘worked well with others‘. Β Ya know what I mean? ;)

Let’s be real, if you put on a suede coat…you’re basically rocking it no matter how you’re wearing it. I mean, it’s a suede coat. That itself makes you feel like an instant rock-star. And bonus that this one has the faux fur collar to up the ante just a smidge, and reallllly reign in that 70’s vibe.

 

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This scarf has definitely had a great ROI. I can’t count the number of times I’ve used it–and for different things….in the hair, around the neck, as a belt, a bracelet….the greatest part is that it’s 100% hand dyed silk. And bursting with vibrancy.

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I have a confession. I have a tad bit of an obsession with white blouses. I don’t think I’ll share how many versions of a white blouse I own but the thing is, they’re always a fine option. For basically any occasion. Dress them up or down and they’ll always be loyal to you.

I made this particular white blouse a while back and boy, was it a bit of a challenge. That seems to happen when you decide to manipulate commercialized patterns. But hey, the end result was exactly as I had hoped…so that made the struggle worth while.

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Bishop sleeves are some of my faves. The silhouette is just awesome and totally flattering.

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(NecklacesΒ will be listed in the Etsy shop soon, so check back if you’re interested ;) )

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Also made this vest over the summer to use up some last bits of velvet. The color is this really unique hybrid color–like a greyish blue/green. A great neutral shade.

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As I’m sitting here finishing this post and looking back at the snowy pictures…I can’t help but chuckle a little because when we shot these photos I intended to hold onto them for a bit before posting. Little did I know it would be a balmy 65 degree February day when I decided to post. So, today the suede coat is hanging out inside. Perhaps the lighter weight suede jacket is a better option for the day. After all, I would still like to feel like a rock-star ;)

Outfit details:

Coat: Vintage, Buy it here; Top & Necklace: Made by me; Denim: Gap; Boots: Aldo; Hat: Anthropologie (no longer available); Scarf: Vintage find.

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DIY Duvet: Shibori Style

On this unusually warm February day, I bring you some more shibori. Who woulda thunk? ;) Honestly, I can’t get enough of shibori dyeing. I think it may be one of my favorite things to make because (and I know I’ve said it before) every piece is totally unique. When you tie something up into a shibori bundle, how it will turn out is a complete mystery and I think that’s what makes it so exciting. You can literally experiment tying and dyeing in endless ways and each way will produce completely different results.

So, the other day a light bulb went off in my head as I was lying in bed staring at my down comforter thinking, “man, I really need to get a duvet for this thing.” But, duvet covers can be very expensive because they are a bit of an investment for your bed and bedroom.

AHA! That’s when it happened. “I could make a shibori duvet!!” And so, the next day the project ensued. Instead of spending a pretty penny buying a pre-made duvet cover, I spent about $28 in total to make my own! And it was *totally* worth it. Now I have this beautiful duvet that is completely original and it will sure last me a long while.

In this post, I’ve laid out a little step-by-step in case you feel inspired yourself. :D

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Really, not much is needed to make your own duvet cover:

  • 2 White Flat sheets (the size of your bed)
  • Fabric dye, I used Rit dye in Denim Blue
  • String or rubber bands for your bundle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Buttons (about 5)
  • A bit pot for your bundle (I used a lobster pot)
  • (And additional sewing supplies of course: Scissors, Iron, Sewing machine…)

I just bought a couple flat sheets made from 100% cotton from Target so that I could ensure the dye would take. I also didn’t want the cover itself to be super heavy, so the weight of a normal sheet is perfect.

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  • First thing I did was scrunch up one of the flat sheets, and tie it up with a lot of string.

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  • Then I got my dye going on the stove until there was steam coming off the liquid… In went the bundle!
  • I let it sit in the dye for a few hours because I wanted a pretty rich, deep color of blue. It depends on the shade you want to achieve as to how long you leave the bundle in the dye. Obviously the shorter amount of time, the lighter the color will come out. (*Also take into account that some of the dye will bleed when you rinse it out and tumble dry)
  • When you think it’s time to take out your bundle, pour the dye out and cut the string from your bundle. Begin to rinse until the water runs clear. (This step can be a bit more strenuous than you’d think…you’ll get a good arm workout ;) )
  • Ring out the water from the sheet and throw in the dryer for about an hour. (*Unless pre-shrunk, your sheet will probably shrink just a bit. Just remember when you are stitching it together with your second white sheet. To avoid, you could wash and dry the second sheet also)

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  • When your dyed sheet is dry, find a large flat surface to spread out both the dyed sheet and your second white sheet and pin right sides together on both long sides and one short side. The un-pinned short side will be the opening for your comforter.
  • Stitch!

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  • After your three sides are stitched together, turn right side out and press the three seams flat, so they’re nice and crisp.
  • On the white sheet, fold and press one edge. This will be where you make button holes. And the shibori’d side is where the buttons will be attached.
  • Measure your buttons and mark where you’re placing the buttonholes along the edge. I used 5 buttons and evenly distributed them.

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  • Once your buttonholes are stitched and buttons attached, you’re ready to slide onto your comforter!
  • Yay!! :)

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Give it a try and let me know how it works! :)

The Pink Jacket-Cape

Happppy Monday!

So, ya know how in my last post I said I had another make to share with you that involved more awesomeΒ wool that belonged to my grandma?

Well, here she is. Just like that blue wool, my aunt also gave me a few yards of this beautiful pink wool from J.P. Stevens. It is in equally as good condition, with no sign of hungry moths. It also had an original tag like the blue, but the yardage it had listed was incorrect. It said there was 4 yards, but there was only about 2.5, so I had to do a little creative solving to finish this jacket-cape I decided to make from it.

 

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The back, which you can catch a glimpse of ^ is actually a different fabric. Just a remnant I needed to use up and whose color coordinated perfectly with the rest.

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Instead of making the sash from the wool, I opted for some pink tweed that I had lots of.

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Topstitching makes my heart flutter… <3

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Had to make sure the lining was fun too, of course. :D

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This post involved a lot of twirling…

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And the ballerina in me came out. Maybe it was the whole, ballerina pink cape thing… ;)

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There was something so beautiful about this iced over pond. Especially seeing the leaves trapped just under the surface of the ice. Looked a bit surreal.

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I said there was a lot of twirling involved. There was also a little dancing. Because you should always take time to dance. ;)

 

 

Outfit Details:

Jeans, Gap; Sorel Boots; Scarf from Portobello Market in London; Hat, Target (years ago)