How To Sew A Shirred Bandeau

2020, Fashion, sewing, Uncategorized

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Processed with VSCO with dog1 presetLong time no see on the blog. Had a nice little break of a year an a half… But lockdown boredom has led me back. Thought I’d start posting some sewing and styling posts to amuse myself. And I’m kicking it off with a shirred top tutorial. I bought some elastic thread the other week and it’s changed my life for the better (it really is the little things), so I thought I’d share.

I started off by sewing a simple shirred bandeau and then sewed on gathered sleeves, it’s all so super easy to do. All you need is your fabric, can be any fabric as long as it has no stretch, I used linen which worked perfectly! And you’ll need matching thread that you usually sew with and elastic thread. (There is other ways to shirr fabric without elastic thread, but using elastic thread is the easier option).

Start by measuring out what size you want your bandeau to be. Measure what length you want your bandeau to be, I wish I had made mine longer as I clearly forgot I had boobs, which makes the bandeau shorter at the front lol. And then after you measure your width, multiply that measurement by 1.5. Remember to add seam allowance on both as well!!
Before you begin to shirr the fabric, hem the top and bottom of the fabric as it will be a lot harder to hem at the end.

Now grab your elastic thread, this needs to go on a bobin but hand wind it instead of using your sewing machine as this way it won’t be stretched. Thread up your sewing machine with your normal cotton thread as the top thread and elastic at the bottom. Each sewing machine differs but I increased my stitch length and increased the stitch tension.
Then start sewing straight lines across your fabric, making sure to do a back stitch on the start and end of each line. I sewed my lines pretty close together, I used my presser foot to keep them all equal. But looking back , I wish I spaced my lines out more but it’s personal preference on how close you want them.

The more lines you sew, the more it will come together. But make sure when sewing that you keep the fabric taught and flat otherwise the shirring won’t work! Once all the fabric is sewn, sew the side seams together. And ta dah, there you have a shirred bandeau! It takes up a lot of thread but is well worth!
I then decided to add some sleeves which I deliberated for way too long but I settled with a gathered strap that goes all the way down the back of the bandeau.Processed with VSCO with dog1 preset

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To make the sleeve, cut out two rectangles. I cut mine 15cm by 130cm. However it just depends on the length of your bandeau and how wide you want the frill on your shoulder. Once you have decided on the shape, hem both sides of the fabric and then sew a gathering stitch along one edge of of the fabric next to the hem. When sewing a gathering stitch, increase the stitch length and don’t back-stitch when starting and finishing. Then pull the thread of the gathering stitch which will gather the fabric, continue to gather until your sleeve is the right length. Sew your sleeve in, I sewed mine from the top of my bandeau and carried it down to the bottom of the bandeau at the back for some added detail.

There you have a shirred bandeau with a gathered strap! I’m quite happy with how this turned out, elastic thread is now a new love of mine but I’m still a bit skeptical about the straps. However it solved some quarantine boredom so I can’t complain!!

If anyone has any sewing reccomendations then please let me know! I’m really not the best so I’ll appreciate any help!!

Kate Xx

Suit Styling

2020, ethical fashion, Fashion, styling, Uncategorized

I styled a second-hand outfit for a project to investigate into the stigma of charity shops and pre-loved garms. Whole outfit has been bought second-hand and styled by me. Outfit modelled by my sister and photos taken on my film camera (which is unintentionally second-hand as I bought it off Ebay)!

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Suit – Bought off Depop, originally from New Look
Puma t-shirt – Bought off Depop
Guess bag – Thrifted from my Mum’s wardrobe, bought millions of years ago lol
Belt – Bought from charity shop
Kappa socks – Bought off Depop
Earrings – Bought off Depop
Necklace – Bought from Vintage Market in Liverpool

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Kate Xx

Styling the patchwork skirt

2019, Fashion, ootd, Outfit Post, Uncategorized, Zara

Hello all. It’s the start of the new year (I’m mean it’s already 20 days in but nevermind) so I decided I would try and find my blogging motivation. It may be a new year but it’s not a new me. I’m just as boring as I was before and just as unorganised!
I’ve recently really wanted to post on here but I’ve just felt like I was writing absolute crap, to be quite honest. Every time I’ve come to write a post I’ve ended up either crying or got in a mood because I can’t do it. I’m currently trying to block out that mood and write this post. I really want to get back into my blog so I’m using the new year as an excuse.

My plan is to primarily post fashion content; like outfit posts, the occasional haul, posts about catwalks and collections and all that jazz. But I thought I’d start this year off with a classic outfit post!

I first spotted this skirt when it first came on the Zara website and adored it. But for the £80 price tag it wasn’t going to happen. However as they say, patience is key and I treated myself to it in the boxing day sales, for only £30 which I was pretty chuffed with. I did have my doubts to if it would suit me as I do feel like a pregnant hippie mum when I wear it but at the same time I’m so in love with it.
Obviously it has an asymmetric hem, we can’t really expect anything other than that when it comes to me. And it has a floral patchwork design which I’m so obsessed with. It has orange, lilac and light yellow fabric with a detailed floral pattern on. The fabric is super light and flowy and because there is a lot of fabric, as it’s gathered at the waist, it drapes really nicely. This skirt will never be leaving my wardrobe, I’m so in love with it.

As I love the baggy vibes, I paired the skirt with a simple black knit jumper from Zara. I adore this jumper, it’s such good quality as it’s quite a thick knit. And it has a super loose fit which is best for me as I prefer a baggy fit! I just loosely tucked the front of the jumper into the skirt and left the rest of the jumper hanging loose. I love the plain jumper with the skirt as it makes the skirt the main focus of the outfit. This jumper was also a bargain from Zara, it was originally £30 but I copped it for £15. I wish I bought the cream one as well but I clearly had high self control levels that day compared to usual!
I do have a black turtle neck on underneath, which is from Primark, as I hate wearing a coat but as it’s a little bit cold at the moment, I had to layer underneath my jumper! And I do have nude tights on as well, I still was a tad cold but pain is gain…

And to carry on with the Zara streak, the bag I’m wearing is my all time favourite bag, from my all time favourite shop (zara!). I adore the colour green currently which is why I’m obsessed with this bag.  It’s the most gorgeous dark green shade which is so easy to style. The bag also brings out the green flowers on the skirt so they suit quite well. This bag was also bought when on sale as it was only £15. (From this post we can see that I like my sale items from Zara… Wasn’t intentional, just a coincidence!)

Then finally to switch things up, I’m wearing something that is not from Zara! On my feet are my usual shoe choice, my white one star Converse. I adore these shoes, I just throw them on with everything and anything. Pairing trainers with a long skirt makes your outfit so much more casual so perfect for day to day wear.

Hope you enjoyed reading and I hope I will be posting more often that I have been!

Kate Xx

Snakeskin Stylin’

2018, Fashion, Outfit Post, Uncategorized

Hey lovelies! Another week, another outfit! I’ve actually been some-what organised (makes a change) and I have a couple of posts ready to post.
For today’s outfit post, I thought I’d share an outfit wear I’m wearing a super unique print… snakeskin! It isn’t in a lot of shops so you may struggle to get your hands on it…

Seriously though, you currently cannot escape the animal print. It is everywhere! I can’t really complain because I do love animal print. However there is literally nothing else. I walked into Zara and was swallowed up by the leopard print. So I had to jump on the trend and buy myself something snake print.
I went for a simple snakeskin cami from Bershka which was a £10 bargain. It’s super simple with a v neckline and back. And it’s really light material which makes it really easy to layer.

So any opportunity to layer, I’ll take it. Layering is always the way to go. I wore my black turtle neck which is from Primark and I’ve had this top for years. Maybe too long as I’ve had to sew the seams back together but it’s a necessity in my wardrobe. I live in turtle necks as they’re so easy to style and to just throw on. And they make the perfect top to layer with. I adore wearing a cami over a turtle neck.

Sticking with the layering; on top of my turtleneck I’m wearing my new favourite necklaces. Which are my 3 gold necklaces from H&M. I love these as I’m obsessed with the coin-like necklaces that are around at the moment. And I’m much preferring gold jewellery to silver currently.
I wore jeans with this outfit just to keep it simple. And I kept it basic with my trusty Reserved Boyfriend Jeans. Which are the comfiest pair of jeans to walk to earth. I always feel a bit plain when I wear jeans but with wearing trousers in sixth form, I feel like my trousers are just for school now.

And talking about school wear, I wore my fave Zara Faux Suede Yellow Jacket which is my school jacket! However I felt like a pop of colour and I adore this jacket. I bought this a couple years back for only £15 and it’s lasting me so well. The snakeskin print is really easy to wear with different colours which I love as I always like a pop of colour.

And I was really mixing things up in this outfit as I’ve broke out of my habit of wearing my Converse 24/7. On my feet are my new obsessions, my Dr. Martens. I was wearing them in my last post as well as they’re the best especially in this season! I’m still unsure if I like them with this outfit as I’m so used to the trainer vibe but I do love wearing them.

What animal print have you all be loving?

Kate Xx

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Styling the Winter Florals

2018, Fashion, Outfit Post, Uncategorized

I always look forward to autumn as I love the fashion. But I’ve underestimated how cold the weather is. These photos may seem like I am comfortable but just remember that looks are deceiving. I’d spent 10 minutes out in the cold and I’d already caught hypothermia by that point…!
I really liked this outfit. It’s nothing special, nothing I wear ever is but I thought I’d share. I’m planning some different fashion content that should hopefully appear on here soon. As I feel like my outfit posts are of a dreadful quality as I’ve lost the ability to write well…

I’m wearing my all time favourite midi skirt which is from H&M. This was a £5 steal from the sale when it should have been £27 and it’s one of my greatest achievements in life. (yes I’m not talented so finding things in the sale is how I like to congratulate myself in life). I feel like H&M can be very hit or miss however it’s a great place for wardrobe staples. This floral wrap skirt is my most loved skirt as it’s so easy to style and throw on. It has a frill hem which is super cute and the yellow flowers on the black is such a beaut pattern.
(I am also wearing skin coloured tights as well before you all think I’m mad going out in bare legs).

Florals are obviously most suited for summer but I much prefer the winter floral vibe. So I wore this basic Dark Grey Sweater from Zara. This is the most perfect top. When buying basic tee’s or jumpers, I’m super picky so I have to find the most perfect basics. (I’m still searching for that perfect black t-shirt. I know there is one out there I just need to find it.) But Zara nail their basics. This sweater is such fab quality and has a loose fit which I love. As the sleeves are loose but not baggy, it’s just perfect. So I’ll be wearing this all the time and for £12 I had to buy the black one as well! And this dark grey is my favourite colour. The dark grey paired with the florals makes the skirt more suited for the season.
I did also throw on a Primark Grey Turtleneck underneath for some added warmth. However it’s basically the same colour as my sweater hence why they look like they’re joined!

Onto my new purchase and my current obsession. Is my bag. My new baby. It is the Embossed Square Crossbody bag from Zara. And was only £15.99 so I couldn’t say no because I unfortunately have no self control when it comes to shopping. I’d been wanting a green bag for a while but was waiting for the right one to find me. And I literally ran up to this bag when I saw it in Zara. (Imagine seeing your friend after not seeing them in a while. Yep that was me with this bag…) It’s a dark green so perfectly suited for the winter season. And it has an embossed croc style finish as well as a silver clasp. Everything about it is so gorgeous. The bag is also sold in black as well which I was very tempted by but I was good and just stuck to the one…!

On my feet, shock horror, I’m not wearing my trusty Converse for a change. But I’m wearing my Dr Martens which I adore with this outfit. These are actually my shoes that I primarily bought for school however I quite like them for out of school as well. They really go well with midi skirts in winter, you can’t go wrong with a simple black shoe. I’m well and truly Dr Marten converted now. These were definitely worth the money as they’re such good quality and I just love them.

And for this outfit to top it all off, I brought back my Black Baker Boy hat from Pretty Little Thing. I bought this last year so it’s not sold anymore. I wore this in a blog post last year which I’m not linking as I look like a shit show to put in nicely. But I always looked back on that and decided that I would never put this hat back on my head. However I quite liked it with this outfit, I felt quite good in myself which makes a change. I don’t think it suits me that well, I’m not a hat person really. I’ll always be greatly jealous of the people in this world who can pull off a beret as it is unfortunately not myself.

Hope you enjoyed reading. I shall be back soon with some more fashion posts. (I always say this and I always take my time to post again but this time I mean it…)

Kate Xx