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Monday, 13 March 2017

Recent Outfit Posts: Lolita, Vintage Laura Ashley and Costuming

Recently I joined Lookbook to encourage me to take more photos of my vintage and Lolita outfits that I put together. I've realised that I wear these styles a lot on the weekends, but I never take any photos to record what I've worn! I think it's a confidence issue, as I hate how I look in photos. To remedy that and hopefully gain more confidence, I put together some collages of the outfits I have taken photos of, as well as a new one from a photoshoot that I had recently.

A simple Sweet Lolita coordinate for a Valentine's day meetup last year. We had a photoshoot with photographer Annie Collinge (photo credit to her) and I ended up on a page in PYLOT magazine! It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. Annie's website:

This look reminds me of a small Edwardian child that dreams of being a fairy, with a romantic vintage Laura Ashley dress from the 1980s (influenced by Edwardian and 1920s fashions) and a handmade rose headdress that my dear friend made me for my birthday. 

A handmade 1900s costume that I made last summer, which was a lot of fun! My hair is in a Gibson Girl hairstyle and I've accessorised with gloves.

Mostly sewn by machine and with polyester fabric, so not historically accurate, but pretty! I'm really pleased with this costume and it went together relatively easily.

And a new one! You can see more pictures of the shoot over on my sewing blog. The other day I went to the graveyard to take pictures with my Dad of my handmade Lolita OP for my portfolio and Lookbook. It's a really fascinating place, with abandoned red-brick buildings and antique Victorian gravestones.

I absolutely love angel prints, so as soon as I saw this JSK on Innocent World's website, I had to buy it! I also have a print by Innocent World called the Three Archangels OP, which I love, so I kind of collect angel prints.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Long Time No Post

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last posted on this blog, but I'm not dead - I've been posting sporadically at my other blogs, Sweet Sewing Chronicles, and my new portfolio blog for fine art. Whilst I haven't been posting much, I have been doing a bit of sewing (okay, a very small amount, as you can see on my other blog) even though I've been really busy. Here's a list of things that have been going on in my life, that I've wanted to blog about or mention, but I just haven't had the time or energy!

  • At the end of October, it was my 18th birthday and I got some lovely presents, including an antique pendant from the 1890s, made of amethyst and gold. 

  • In November I went to Prague to see the sights, and met my dear friend Rosa in person for the first time! I had a wonderful time with my parents and friend, and have some very fond memories of the trip. 

  • I've done very little writing, but I'm pleased to say that my cover for my future novel, Roses for Margaret, has been completed by my friend, Nami - it's gorgeous!
  • For a late Christmas present, I received a lovely book called the Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior, from my girlfriend. It's inspired me to want to become more elegant fashion-wise (by 1950s, vintage standards, of course ;) I can't be doing with most boring, modern styles ;)), design and make more 1950s clothing for everyday wear, and even to buy a Miss Dior perfume, "as every woman should have a signature perfume"! I'm really craving some more 1950s style clothes right now, Dior style. 

  • I'm reading a lot, wanting to pick up more writing inspiration, and even reading a lot of audiobooks when my fatigue is too bad to do anything other than lie in bed.
  • Speaking of fatigue, my health recently has been bad, but I'm coming up with a plan to get it back on track, starting with a load of tests and appointments to rule things out first of all. 
  • Right now I'm on a family holiday in Tenerife, having a lot of fun and getting some sun in an otherwise miserable February.