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That 70s Feeling

You know, a year ago I would have told you that I didn’t have a signature style. I’m inspired by so many different aesthetics, and I’ve always subscribed to the school of “wear whatever you want, just because you feel like it.” I’ve recently made an effort to buy things that fit in with the rest of the clothes in my wardrobe, and if anything I’ve gone too far in the other direction. I just want to dress like I’m from the 70s all the time! Jumpsuits + round sunglasses = a perfect outfit in my books. It might be a little predictable, but at least I know what I like. This might just be the perfect jumpsuit. It’s super 70s, and it’s so soft and flowy. The nipped-in waist makes it dressy, and you could just as easily wear it to a classy event as a day of napping in the garden.


Outfit Details: Jumpsuit, Warehouse (& see more dresses and jumpsuits from Warehouse here !) / Denim Jacket, Vintage (Ebay) / Shoes, everything5pounds.com / Hat, New Look / Sunglasses, Vintage (The Beatnik Emporium, Southampton)

I bought my vintage jacket from eBay years ago and took it in at the sides. A while ago I decided not to buy any leather, even second-hand but to keep the leather items I already owned. I just love the leather detailing on the back of this jacket, I think the horse riding through the desert is such a summery scene! These photos were taken this weekend in London, where I spent a glorious few days with my friends. I drank whisky, ate too much junk food, talked into the night and hung out in the park in the beautiful sunshine. I wish all weekends were like that!

*This jumpsuit was given to me by Warehouse, but all opionions are my own!

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Paisley in Southampton

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I spent the last weekend with my good friend Joe in Southampton. He used to live on the same street as me (we’ve been friends since we were 13!) and we would help each other out with our art and photography A levels. I would model for him, and he would have picnics outside with me at at midnight, or help me collect rubbish from the bottom of the river to make into a shed. I had a blast staying with him in his gorgeous flat, and we spent Saturday taking pictures like old times, in the woodland in Southampton common! I’m wearing a playsuit from ASOS and my trust New Look heeled boots. I LOVE this playsuit. it’s quite a striking colour, and it’s very comfy but the cut outs make it a little summery. I can’t wait to take this to Italy with me this week!

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I’ve tried to go for a “stepped out of a time machine from the 70s” look with my round rose-tinted glasses. They’re very similar to a fancy dress pair of sunglasses I have, but I can assure you these ones are supposed to be worn every day! I don’t usually wear heels to go walking around a forest (although my last outfit would have you thinking otherwise) but these shoes are so comfy maybe I will from now on! Taking these photos with Joe was so much fun, and there are more coming your way! It’s a shame he lives so far away, otherwise we could do this every weekend 🙂 You can see some more of Joe’s work here. Have a lovely week!

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How To Make A Maxi Skirt

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A week ago I showed you guys how to make this red skirt. This week I used the tutorial to make myself a maxi skirt! I’ve simplified the process slightly, so I thought I’d share a new updated tutorial. This took me two hours to sew from scratch – two hours! I dare you to find a quicker method. The high, elasticated waist is something that really suits my style, and I love the 70s pattern I chose even if I do say so myself! I can’t wait to wear this constantly this spring.

You will need: 1 meter of fabric, 1 meter of wide elastic, a needle, thread, scissors, pencil, measuring tape and a sewing machine.

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtThis skirt will consist of two identical rectangular panels. For the length of each short side: measure the widest part of your hips, halve this and add two inches. For the length of each long side: measure the distance between your waist and the part where you want the skirt to end and add four inches. Cut out your two panels!

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew the long sides of your panels together, right sides facing, making sure the pattern lines up at the sides / Hem the skirt by folding the fabric over by an inch and sewing in place / At the other end, turn the fabric over by half an inch and iron down / Sew this in place

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtAt the same end that you did the ironing, fold the fabric over again, leaving enough room to thread your elastic. Sew in place, leaving a gap to pass your elastic through / Pass the elastic through the gap and sew the ends of your elastic together

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew up the gap, and you have a finished skirt!

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What I Wore: Arizona Bells

One of my favourite things about being employed is pay-day shopping! This month I bought myself some Bell Bottoms from Ette. I’ve been looking for affordable, high-waisted and funky bells for while and these are perfect. Look at that paisley pattern… paisley is my favourite! They’re just long enough for me and the elasticized waist means that they fit me perfectly. The material they’re made out of feels like pyjamas, and there’s nothing better than feeling like you’re in your jammies all day!

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I wore my Bells this weekend with my Zara roll neck and my new favourite ASOS platforms for walks along the river, shopping in York and an afternoon of crocheting as well as these windy outfit photos! I think this might be my most 70s outfit to date, and that’s saying something! I’m also still in love with this Waiste necklace. It goes with everything.

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Outfit Details: Bell Bottoms, Ette (similar) / Silver Platforms, ASOS / Roll neck, Zara / Cardigan, Vintage / Necklace, Waiste

I’m looking forward to introducing more Bell Bottoms into my wardrobe! I hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday 🙂

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What I Wore: A Weekend in Oxford

Last weekend I drove down to Oxford to visit my brother and celebrate his birthday with him. It was really fun, and I loved seeing his flat and his favourite foody places. We ate lunch at Atomic Pizza – a  retro diner style cafe overflowing with comic books and pop culture memorabilia – I recommend a visit if you’re in Oxford! It’s such a beautiful city (although not as beautiful as York which I miss terribly, especially at this time of year.) On Saturday morning we wandered down to the river to watch some rowing, and Oscar took these photos of me outside Christchurch College. This coat is one of my favourite things that I’ve ever found in a vintage shop. The gold embroidery just kills me. It’s not super warm though, so I’m wearing two jumpers underneath. I decided to wear it with dungarees to make my outfit more casual!

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Outfit details: Dungarees, Dolly Mix Vintage (Leicester) / Embroidered Coat, Dolly Mix Vintage (Leicester) / Roll neck jumper, Zara / Green Cardigan, Vintage / Ear Muffs, Next / Rings, H&M / Lipstick, Lush Confidence

This week I’ve started to think about christmas shopping. This is actually quite early for me – I’m usually a buy-things-the-day-before kind of girl but I’m going to be organised this year! Have you started yet?

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What I Wore: A Tunic at Dusk

You guys, taking outfit photos in winter is so hard – it stops being light enough for photos at three o clock! So, apologies that these photos aren’t the sunniest. I recently discovered the Sue Ryder Vintage shop in Leicester and it is one of my favourite vintage shops! There are lots of lovely things in there, at charity shop prices. When I saw this tunic in the shop I wasn’t sure that it was every-day wear, but I’m so glad I bought it because I’ve been wearing it all the time! I love the pattern and it makes me feel super 70s which is what I’m always aiming for 🙂

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Outfit Details: Dress, Vintage (Sue Ryder, Leicester) / Cami top, Vintage (Sue Ryder, Leicester) / Shoes, Vintage (Ebay) / Necklace, H&M / Rings, H&M / Lipstick, Chanel / Nail Varnish, Barry M

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I think I probably am getting braver with my outfit choices which I’m pleased about. I very much feel like I’m “dressed as me” in this outfit and not like I’m dressed up, which I think I would have a couple of years ago. Does that make sense to anyone? I think it can be hard work to get to a place where you’re comfortable wearing things just because you like them, but it’s so worth it.

I hope you’re having a lovely day. I’m off to the fair! Fingers crossed they will be selling candyfloss on a stick.

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What I Wore: A Bike Ride

When I was studying in York, I went everywhere on my bike. This bike belonged to my mum when she was at university in the 80s. It’s rusty and it only has one working gear but it’s red and white and so pretty and I love it! Until recently it also had a wicker basket, but it has become tatty from carrying my books around for years. I really miss cycling every day so I decided to try cycling in the countryside around my house. It was fun, if a little hilly! This vintage dress is the perfect cycling dress because it’s loose and long and heavy enough to stay put!

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This dress is such a great throw-on-and-go dress, and it’s lovely and comfy and warm – perfect for autumn! I tried to keep make my hair and make-up a little more seventies to match my dress – I exaggerated my usual small cat eye and wore my favourite daytime red lipstick with my hair down.

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Outfit Details: Dress, Vintage (Paris) / Boots, Ebay / Tights, M&S

Hopefully I’ll get some more cycling in this Autumn. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to cycle the four miles into town next time I need to do some shopping! Do you ever cycle to places?

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In the Meadow

I’ve been feeling quite (okay, very) inspired by the 70s recently. Haim are my hair inspiration now and forever. I’ve been coveting just about everything from the Honeywood VIntage etsy shop, but until then I’ll just have to make do with things that I find in the attic, like this dress / nightgown that I found a couple of weeks ago. Taking pictures in this particular field is very nostalgic for me because it’s where me and my friend Joe used to go to take pictures when he was doing his photography A level. It makes me sad to know that within the next couple of years this field will be turned into a housing estate. Where will I go to take pictures in flowy dresses?

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Whilst I was taking these photos, a horse ran past followed 30 seconds later by its rider. Don’t worry, everyone involved was fine but it was definitely more exciting than your average outfit photo taking trip!

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Outfit details: Dress, Vintage / Jacket, Deep Vintage / Sandals, Tesco / Sunglasses, H&M

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be walking around bare armed and bare-legged, it’s getting chilly! I hope you’re having the best Thursday.

Update: I’ve just found out that my mum bought this dress from a market in Johannesburg in the 70s – what a lovely history it has 🙂

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Homemade Paisley Shirt

For my boyfriend’s birthday I decided I would make him a shirt. I hadn’t made clothes from scratch in years, and this way I could pick a fabric that I knew he would love. It wasn’t until I had bought all the supplies that it was pointed out to me that sewing a shirt from scratch is not exactly beginner-friendly. This project took me a really long time, but it was worth it! I learnt a lot along the way, I feel much more confident about making more of my own clothes, and I got to give James a piece of clothing that (hopefully) will last him forever.

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I used this pattern and this fabric.

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To begin, I cut out all the pattern pieces.

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I then pinned them to the fabric, cut out my fabric pieces and used a tracing wheel to copy the pattern marks onto the wrong sides of my fabric pieces.

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I cut out the interfacing and ironed it onto the relevant fabric pieces. Then I followed the steps on the pattern instructions to sew the fabric pieces together. Each step involved pinning the fabric together, basting it together, sewing it together, removing the basting, trimming and finishing the fabric allowances and ironing the seams to one side. Phew! I had a lot of trouble attaching the collar – the instructions weren’t at all clear – but I worked it out in the end. If anyone does use this pattern and has the same problem as me, send me an email and I’ll be glad to help!

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And then it was finished! I’m so proud of this shirt, and I can’t wait to continue sewing.

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I hope you’re having a good monday! Do you ever make clothes from scratch?

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DIY Tassel Rug

When my parents were cleaning out the shed they found these wonderful brown and orange coloured floral curtains. I loved the pattern so much, I figured I had to turn them into something! The heavy curtain material is perfect for a rug 🙂 Although it seems like there are a lot of steps, it was easy to make and could be finished in an evening. Now I just need to find somewhere to put it!

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You will need:
1m of a fabric that you like
2m of a cheap, thick fabric for the base
A ball of wool
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Step 1: Trim any hems off your fabric if it is second hand.

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Step 2: Cut out your base fabric so that it is a little smaller than twice the size of your patterned fabric (to make room for the hem) then fold your base fabric in half and sew the edges together.

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Step 3: Place your base fabric on top of your patterned fabric, and fold the edges of your patterned fabric onto your base fabric to make a hem. Sew the two together. Below is a step by step photos for hemming the corners. If you want extra security, you can also glue the hem together.

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Step 4: Make your tassels! I made 6 tassels for each end of my rug. Below is a step by step on how to make tassels. I wrap the wool around my hand ten times, and then slide the wool off my hands and cut. I use the loose end to tie the top of the circle of wool, and then I cut the other end of the circle of wool. Finally, I cut a seperate piece of wool and tie it around the top of the bunch. I hope that makes sense! Sew your tassels onto the rug so that the loose thread is on the underside.

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Step 5: Run the whole thing through your sewing machine, and be sure to use a wide needle and a loose tension if your fabric is heavy!

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Ta da! Here’s my new upcycled rug 🙂 What do you think? (Excuse my odd socks.) Now I just need a nice new flat of my own to put it in. And maybe some more projects to do so that I can use up the rest of the curtains. It felt great to spend some time relaxing and doing some sewing in front of the voice. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.