CLOTHING, DIY, FULL SCALE

FULL SCALE #7: Floral Bodice

Yes, flowers for spring.

But at least, I’m not making any grand statements about new trends and fresh ideas. Calm down.

Hello after a very long time. Many apologies. I was away in Europe – as you know from my previous post, and then when I returned, I got caught up in life and settling back in. Apologies for the poor quality photos from Versailles, but we only had a phone camera on hand. Thanks to Kenny, for kindly taking photos.

On to the DIYs. Oh, how I stuffed this one up. Lordy.

So this floral fabric had been sitting around in my stash (read: pile) for a very long time. It was only a short piece and I didn’t know what to do with it. When we were planning our trip to Europe, I decided to do what I always do before holidays, and make a bunch of crap. Cos why not?

 

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Floral Print Bodice Top | Photo: Kristy Wan

I decided not to pattern match. I like the mish-mash effect and it makes for a more unique piece.

 

I have used this bodice pattern a million times over and it’s really simple and versatile. You can get it here at Crafty Alex’s Etsy shop. I like this sweetheart style – it’s a really versatile style that can be used with crop tops, bodices, dresses, swimwear and much more. It’s also super flattering for my shape (perhaps not when I stand like this :/ ), and is comfortable to wear when you you are off-centre like me. My entire left side from shoulder to pelvis is wider than my right, so my centre line is a bit off. This kind of top really helps disguise that though, so yae.

 

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Floral Print Bodice Top | Photo: Kristy Wan

Check out my super uneven skin tone. This is what I meant earlier by I really screwed this one up. Even though I’ve made this top so many times, I didn’t adjust the heights properly so the zip is weird. I’m loving these straps though – lingerie elastic is amazing.

 

I need to wear brighter colours more as they really lend well to lifting my mood. I tend to be quite introspective and live in my head a lot so getting out and getting outside is key. Bright colours and fun patterns help to add some joy to life, and since my personal style is pretty unique anyway, I’m not fussed about things not matching or fitting with trends. That kind of mental freedom is precious.

 

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Floral Print Bodice Top | Photo: Kristy Wan

The top does roll about a bit, but that is because I stuffed up the length as well as the heights and it is a teeny bit too tight. When I wore it in France, poor Kenny had to keep zipping it up  – the zip unzipped if I took a big breath. The top does have cups sewn in so I don’t need a bra – that alone is a new and exciting thing. It is rare for me to not need to wear one, so having inserts is super cool.

 

I was not sure what to pair this with as it was too cold for shorts or a skirt, but these crepe de chine pants from Grana worked pretty well. Thanks to Grana and A Pair & A Spare for these pants – I won them in a competition and they are comfy as hell.

They also have pockets. Winning.

Styling this sort of top can be awkward. While I don’t care too much for trends, I do often imagine myself to be skinnier than I am, and when I make my clothes a touch too small, it makes styling worse. Growing up in an image conscious culture makes me very aware of my body, and while I love it and what it can do, I also know when it doesn’t look nice in clothing, and it makes me anxious to try and work stuff out to look even halfway decent.

 

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Floral Print Bodice Top | Photo: Kristy Wan

The fun thing about this top is how it looks different in different lighting situations. Here in direct sun, much of the pattern fades out and the remainder look almost tie-dyed on (Are you seeing that? It does, right? Or is that just me? :/ ). And earlier, with being back-lit, the colours are more vibrant. Fun.

 

The zip didn’t fall down too much on this outing, and we were doing a lot of walking. As some of you may have guessed, we went to the Botanical Gardens, which are free to visit and very very cool. Yae plants. The photo above is in the Fernery, where they have many types of ferns. Plants! Nature! Sunshine!

I didn’t get too roasted either, which is always a plus. And I got to hang out with Kristy, who is a very cool human in very small packaging. Us small humans need to stick together.

 

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Floral Print Bodice Top | Photo: Kristy Wan

This is probably my favourite photo. My hair was having a damn good day. Go hair. Go me. Go Kristy.

 

Having seasonal clothes is awesome, but I will probably make this a year round piece because I’m special like that. Stuff your trends and rules.

I also want to apologise to anyone who follows me regularly. I promise I’m trying to post weekly, but between working, looking for work, making things, taking photos, and waiting for photos, weekly is pretty tough. But I will try.

Thanks for reading, and do get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Fabric: A remnant piece from The Remnant Warehouse

Photos: Kristy Wan | Fubbai

 

 

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FULL SCALE #5: Lace Bralettes

Ergh. Bras. Lord. Where to begin.

Most girls get their first ‘bras’ when they’re around 12 or so, and they’re training bras – basically soft sports bras to get girls used to the idea of wearing something on their chests constantly. I won’t get into the debate about whether bras are really necessary or just a thing forced on women by the patriarchy, but I will say that I am usually straddling the fence on the issue. They are annoying but useful. Nuff said.

Some bright spark recently decided to make ‘bralettes’ a thing. This bright spark is probably now rolling in it, if they weren’t before. Generally, these type of trends come from stylists/brands/fashion houses so they already have mucho cred. Back on topic. Bralettes are basically soft bras – usually made of lace as is the current trend – with no underwire, structure, or padding. The idea is to have soft, form-fitting undergarments, that both conform to societal standards (by covering those abhorrent lady nipples from view *shock horror*) and provide comfort and ease for the person wearing them (yes, person. Many non-females also wear bralettes. That is a separate topic). Continue reading “FULL SCALE #5: Lace Bralettes”

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FULL SCALE #2: Kimono Cool

I like kimono cover-ups. Not the traditional Japanese clothing, but the festival fashion spawned summer cardigan thing. They are super comfortable.

I’m not one for runway trends and season must-haves. I make a lot of my more interesting clothes so my wardrobe is definitely not going to have many super polished, professionally made stuff. But kimonos are legit cool. And 1970s inspired laid-back chic is very appropriate for Australian summer. And apparently bang on trend.

They are also shockingly simple to make. Two simple folds, three major cuts, seam, hem, press, and embellish. Done. Half an hour.

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The first kimono I made only has fringe embellishing on the sleeves because I didn’t buy enough. But this fabric is a beautiful corded chiffon with an amazing black and white tropical fern print so yeah.

The scariest part was opening up the front, but once that was done, everything else was easy. This is also some fairly neat sewing on my part. The seams and hems are very tidy and well pressed. They are still laying flat over a year on from making, and nothing is coming apart.

 

There’s something about floaty sleeves and tropical prints that is uplifting.

I cannot remember which of these came next but this one is a long kimono – it goes down nearly to my knees if you count the fringe. It also has fully fringed edges, meaning both sleeves and bottom hem. Another light chiffon fabric, the print is what caught my eye. The colours and starbursts are exciting and the contrast fringe really pulls it all together.

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This one is my second favourite, though I really shouldn’t love one piece more than another. This is a shorter kimono in a beautiful ocean blue silk chiffon. The tropical print once again makes me happy, and the odd, stiffer fringe
is an interesting detail. I seem to pick some weird colours when I really want a contrast. But this works well, and the silk chiffon is cool to wear in the summer heat. Warning: crushes easily. See pic.

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This last one is more recent. Made at the end of last year, it is free of embellishments, allowing the gorgeous print to stand out. Another chiffon, this kimono is butterfly sleeved, which gives it that beautiful drape when it sits. The colours too are incredible, and the ‘jungle roar’ style print makes me happy.

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So yeah, kimonos. Heaps cool, heaps comfy, and heaps easy to make. Make heaps. Stay cool.

 

 

Photos by Karen De Lara: instagram.com/k.dela