It seems like Spring has well and truly arrived. Even though there is still a bit of a chill in the air in the morning, the sun seems to have his hat on! This made me look at my wardrobe in despair. My wardrobe is designed with comfort and warmth in mind so when the temperature turns up, I’m left scratching my head! So some online shopping is in order and this is a little roundup of my favourite tops and t-shirts.
[Fat Face Hollie T-Shirt £25 || Fat Face Badge Raglan T-Shirt £29.50 || People Tree Equality Tee £32 || People Tree Vegan Tee £32 || Fat Face Natasha T-Shirt £24 || Hello DODO shop Get Lost T-Shirt £25]
Most weekends, I’m all about dressing in jeans and a top so these are my ideal selection. I already have the Equality tee from People Tree, which I generally wear over a white version of the Fat Face Hollie t-shirt. My only criticism of the People Tree tee’s are that the sleeves are too short, and this is mainly because I have issues with my upper arms being on show. I’m hoping (fingers crossed!) to get the Vegan Tee for my birthday because I think it’s awesome! I love the new(ish) basic t-shirt range from Fat Face. They are a life saver, mainly because they can be worn on their own when the weather gets hot, but they are also suitable for work, which is really awesome. I have certain outfits that I wear depending on how I’m feeling, and if I’m feeling tired or down, I’ll wear something ‘easy’ and this will either involve some stripes or one of these basic Fat Face tops. I’m also loving the slogan t-shirt fashion at the moment and can imagine myself wearing the Get Lost t-shirt while walking along the Cornish coast line…
Whether you’ve gone back to school or just have that September feeling, there’s a whole load of new and gorgeous Autumn/Winter fashions to update your wardrobe. For me, I’ve started at a new school. If that wasn’t terrifying enough, I’ve also noticed how smart everyone is dressed. It’s not like my old school wasn’t smart, it was just a bit more relaxed and I could get away with stripey tops galore. I don’t feel the same way now. And that’s not a bad thing. It is nice to wear smart clothes and it definitely helps me to feel more professional. That being said, it makes my wardrobe look a little bit lackluster. So I’m planning on jazzing up my wardrobe with some of these lovelies from People Tree.
|| Tierney Corduroy trousers in black – £78 || Selma Flared Skirt in navy- £65 || Aleta dress in navy – £58 || Shelby Shirt dress in black – £95 || Peter Jensen Sausage dog dress – £78 ||
I love that corduroy is coming back into fashion. I wore my last pair of cords so much until they had bare patches! So these are on my wish list, as I probably wouldn’t wear them to school, and that’s my main focus right now. I love the Selma skirt too, though I’m not sure that it would suit me. I’m not sure I’m the right kind of shape for it, but that doesn’t stop me loving it!
I like wearing dresses to school, because they’re easy to wear, comfy and can be layered up if necessary. I really like these prints, especially the sausage dog print! All you need is a decent pair of tights and there’s your outfit. Plus dresses always look smart and that’s what I sorely need. I know I really should do more outfit posts, so you can see what the clothes I get look like, but I’m not great at having my picture taken! So these round up posts will have to do for now!
This week I blogged about replacing some seat pads using fabric from the lovely Melin Tregwynt. While I was doing it, I had an idea about using some of the fabric as placemats. We didn’t have any spares when people came over to tea & I hadn’t found any in the shops that I liked, well, none that didn’t cost an arm & a leg!
So, with my new-found sewing machine confidence, I set to work. Now that I know what some of the buttons & wheels meant on the machine, I feel that I can pretty much sew anything! I realise that this may be a tad over opemistic, but I’m actually enjoying using the machine & happy that I don’t have to battle with it.
Anyway, the remnents that I’d bought were practically perfect for placemat size on our little kitchen table. So I just had to trim them to size & stitch the edges to prevent them from fraying. While this was a simple task, & I even got to use the reverse key (yes, before I discovered this I was simply pulling the fabric!), I had to get some more bobbins. When I finally got the right size (!) I discovered that my Nana had wound a bobbin with black cotton. This made me smile, as does finding half used cotton reels from my Nana’s huge sewing box. My Nana also has a needle wallet with her name on it, ‘The Boss’, which is very fitting. It also has a patch from her time serving with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War! I love this sewing box & am happy to have the change to use it whenever I can. I will think of her every time I use the placemats, hemmed with her cotton. x