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

 

 

CLOTHING, DIY, FULL SCALE

FULL SCALE #6: Half Circle Skirt

I love wearing circle skirts. Have I said that before? Well. when I first entered the world of circle skirts, I thought of them as poodle skirts and that only one style was possible – full circle, knee/calf length. How wrong I was.

There are many kinds of circle skirts and they all have different shapes once worn. This one is a half circle (I think. Judging by how much it rises when I spin) and sits much flatter along the body before flaring out. It also has less pleats when it’s worn and shows off your shape more.

The gardens in Versailles were amazing yesterday and these little maze gardens allow for amazing alignment and symmetry. They really do go on that far behind me.



I’ve already posted about shape and size in my previous entry so I’m not going to rehash that here. I will say though, that circle skirts have helped me accept and embrace my shape.

You can’t really see the little black polka dots and that is upsetting, but this is my favourite photo of the lot. This skirt is the best I’ve made with the cutting and sewing both turning out super well. Those hems are boss.



This skirt was amazing to wear – the cotton is very light and breezy, and the fit and fall of the skirt lent itself well to the comfort factor. Creases easy, but the creases fall out just as quick.

I always feel like I make mistakes with everything that I sew. But this one is pretty good. The zip went in fine and the hand stitching of the hook and eye closure above the zip is ridiculously neat. 


The sheer respectability of the length of this skirt means allows for it to be worn in many situations. Although, the lightness of the fabric means it will need an under layer if worn in winter.

Look at the fountains! I love the length and drape of the skirt. I am so pleased with how this turned out!



Still. It was amazing to wear to Versailles and it held up well throughout the day.

Yes, I’m in France. #eurotrip

Photos: Kenny Cheung (thanks Kenny – Kenny is my crazy juggling friend. Go check him out)

Location: Château de Versailles

Fabric: on sale at The Remnant Warehouse

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REAL TALK #3: Instagram

So some of you may have noticed a slight name change here. This blog has a new address: www.islandnativelife.wordpress.com. So please update that if you have it saved somewhere for easy clicking and such.

I also bowed to peer pressure, and got an Instagram account for the blog. Now, I use Instagram for myself and I have amassed a respectable amount of followers – mostly my friends, and a few randoms who follow me for my crafty things or my circus things. But run an Instagram account dedicated to a blog? I dunno. I already follow Geneva Vanderzeil and With Wendy  and their committment astounds me, but they have dedicated blogs and Instagram accounts because this is their chosen career. I am still unsure if I want to do the whole Gen Y thing and be a slashie, but it looks like I am headed that way.

My problem is that I want to do everything. But I digress. Instagram. I have a blog specific account. Still needs things backdated and added on but go check it out: islandnativelife

Let me know what you think. 🙂