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Blogger Favourites: Waiste

I am over the moon that Sara from Waiste agreed to be interviewed for this month’s Blogger Favourites post! She writes the fashion blog Waiste and also runs her own business by the same name. Waiste sells the most gorgeous boho vintage clothes, jewellery and homeware. I received a couple of necklaces from them for christmas (which I blogged about here and here!) and I love them. I’ve lusted over Sara’s dreamy wardrobe for a while now, and the way she puts outfits together is genius, so it was a lot of fun to quiz her about her blog, her style and her business! Here’s what she had to say 🙂

J: I think it’s always interesting to learn about other people’s beginnings. What prompted you to begin your blog? When did you start exploring your own personal style?

S: I’ve always wanted to look a little bit different from everyone else, and I’ve always loved fashion ever since I could dress up in my Nana’s clothes, There was no one reason which made me want to start a blog in the beginning, but I feel like in recent years when blogging, I have found my own style properly, I love to create pretty imagery, and know what works well for me, rather just dressing like a crazy person, which was what my teenage years were spent doing. I love vintage and finding hidden gems, which then led on to starting my own brand too.

 

J: Your style is to die for! Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have any favourite brands or bloggers?

S: Tumblr and Pinterest are great online inspiration boards for me, I can spend hours on them, and I love a lot of American and Australian brands/online stores such as Planet blue, Spell, Novella Royale etc. The Free People blog I read religiously too.

 

J: What is your favorite thing to come out of your blog? Do you have a favourite campaign or outfit post?

S: There’s so many, I’m just so grateful to have the opportunities that my blog has given me. My favourite thing will be revealed VERY soon (I haven’t done it yet but let’s just say it’s one of my dreams come true and I’m working with one of my favourite brands Free people)

 

J: I love your brand. Waiste is the answer to all my vintage boho dreams, and your jewellery is gorgeous! It’s so much fun watching your brand grow and develop. Do you have any advice to give to young people like yourself who want to set up their own small business or fashion brand? Is there anything you wish you’d known?

S: Don’t give up, but don’t expect success to happen overnight. It’s taken years of building my brand to start feeling like it’s become a proper business, and make sure you get a lot of experience within the fashion industry first, I’ve got 4 and half years of working at ASOS behind me so I know exactly how an e-commerce business is run. Experience is invaluable, but you’ll learn as you go along too of course what’s right for your business.

 

J: You’re so busy! How do you manage your time between blogging, modelling and running a business?

S: I don’t sleep or have weekends. Haha. Seriously though. I even work Sundays.

Thanks for sharing with us Sara, it was so much fun chatting with you! Don’t forget to visit her blog and her shop 🙂

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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!

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtJessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtIf you use one of my tutorials I’d love to see 🙂 Have you been doing any sewing projects recently? I’m on a bit of a sewing kick!