If there was any concern that I might be losing my susceptibility to fashion trends because of all this interest in making my own clothes, my last trip to Zara reestablished it with a vengeance.
With the party season in full swing, I have discovered that I have assembled a very complete wardrobe of skirts, I lack sufficiently shiny and dressy tops to wear with them (still have the sweatshirt & skirt bug). In theory, I was going shopping for a dressier top to pair with my skirts to make an appropriate party / dinner outfit (and I did find one, but a post on that later).
But then I found this sweatshirt at Zara:
No doubt inspired by this Givenchy top, I fell for it immediately. Wearing it I feel somewhere between super cool and fashion victim. It looks great with my denim skirt (which only cost 1 EUR - more on that later too!).
I’ve been dying to buy a satchel / postman bag. The one that I really wanted (by Clio Goldbrenner) was beyond my budget.
So … I made my own.
The b/f had an old leather jacket that he was willing to part with for materials (although I think he may have been under the impression that I was going to make a leather mini skirt out of it - well anyway - I got started).
I had already made a satchel so I used a similar pattern. But then I did something totally new: I added a lining, with the leftover material from my pink skirt - its amazing what having a sewing machine makes possible.
The end result is slightly larger than most of the bags I carry normally so it feels super roomy.
The shoulder strap is a bit too long, I may have to adjust it…
The front flap is slightly asymmetrical and the hardware is gold. (I’m still really feeling gold jewelry - I need to take a photo of my earrings right now - all gold)
Here is the lining that I’m very proud of:
When I watched a lot of the street style photos during fashion month, I kept seeing pink everywhere. As I am pretty susceptible to suggestion, I instantly wanted something pink of my own. What to do? Make my own!
I found this great bright pink fabric, made a pattern out of one of my favourite skirts. The original plan was to make it close with buttons, but that didn’t work out (button holes blew my mind). So it’s a slip-on in the end, and the waist, though not perfect, is easily covered by a longer top. Best of all, I’ve gotten great compliments on it: DIY success!
This season pink feels great with nude/taupe/navy and gray. Somehow black + pink = no!