Clean lines, sharp edges.
From Good morning Midnight.
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Clean lines, sharp edges.
From Good morning Midnight.
The holidays are the perfect time of year to pull that sparkling dress or skirt from the back of your closet and celebrate with a bit of shine. This year, the sequined look is more popular than ever as the Spring and Summer glitter and metallic trend carried over into the Winter season. Sequins can be tough to style, but the best way to keep from looking gaudy is to look for accessories and pieces that are both simple and chic.
This gold sequined bow headband by The Shop at No 144 is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your holiday outfit. The simple bow, matte sequins and black accents create a chic and feminine look that is perfect for a holiday cocktail party or night on the town. It’s also a great way to dress up your usual t-shirt and jeans.
This black sequin bib necklace by Shana Astrachan is a statement-making accessory that would easily compliment any holiday dress or shirt. Linked together with sterling silver findings, the black sequins create a lace-like effect that is both feminine and bold. This necklace would be eye catching at a fancy gathering, but could easily be worn with a more casual outfit on the weekend.
This animal print sequined mini skirt by Lana Stepul is not for the fashion faint of heart. Despite a bold pattern and mountain of sparkles, this skirt manages to stay in the chic category with a simple and classic design. Paired with a simple top, solid tights and flats, this skirt is meant for the dance floor, the hip bar and the A-list holiday party. In other words, it’s made to be seen.
The elegant and simple photograph featured at the top of this post was created by fieldguided.
Even here in Northern California, fall has arrived. Laugh if you will, but around here a dip below 50 degrees warrants down parkas and gloves.
To spice up your fall and winter, check out Sew Ninja — her hoodies will make your frostbite worthwhile!
And if you look closely, you’ll see that she’s got some items shipping for free right now.
In the UK, Glastonbury Festival is the biggest music festival, and in my opinion, the best as well! I have been going for years and now I’m lucky enough to live practically on its doorstep. If you haven’t been, it’s difficult to explain quite how fantastic, or to imagine how big it actually is. There are 150,000 tickets sold, the site takes up 1,100 acres and I’ve just counted 58 stages on the line-up! There are the main music stages, the dance village, the late night weirdness places, the kids’ field, the circus and theatre fields, but it’s the Greenfields where you’ll find the traditional vibes of the 1960s and 70s, and also where you’ll find the best handmade clothes. I’ll definitely be checking those out when I’m there.
However, whilst there is plenty of shopping to do at the festivals, it’s also good to be prepared before you go, so I’ve been busy scouring the internet for the best in festival wear. Essential number one for the summer of love look is the maxi dress. Ideally something light enough to pack and carry without taking too much space in your rucksack, and will embody the spirit of peace and love. This one by SLCSLC Fashion looks perfect to me.
The poncho. I love them! And they are so versatile. Fold in half and drape over your shoulders to stop them burning in the midday sun; roll it up to be a pillow in the tent; sit on it whilst watching bands to stop grass marks on the back of bare legs, and of course, wear for its purpose in the chilly evenings to keep you warm. (Also handily hides a belly after eating a festival burger!)
I could fill a whole post with pictures of fantastic handmade ponchos and shawls – there are so many to choose from. I do like applique though, so I finally picked this one by Malowane lnem to show you.
I can’t finish an article about festival clothing without mentioning the biggest essential of all: Wellies. Or wellington boots to give them their proper name. Readers from hotter climes may disregard this bit, however, for British festival-goers, these rubbery items of footwear are an absolute must. You may not need them, you may be one of the lucky few and experience a completely dry summer festival, but it is better to be safe than sorry; or you may end up like one of the several at Glastonbury ’97 with layers of bin bags tied round their ankles and up their legs – kept their feet dry yes, but their bottoms wet as they all slipped over in the mud.
Wellies aren’t really the easiest thing to make by hand, but you also don’t want to be in the same bog standard green boots as everyone else. More patterned ones are coming on the market, but in my experience they split really quickly. The perfect compromise is going for a normal, good quality pair of wellingtons that have been decorated. My kids painted swirls with glitter glue on theirs, but for some that are (arguably) more artistic, have a look at these by dianamhm.
Sue Bradbury: My mother let me loose in her fabric scraps with a needle and thread when I was a little girl. Growing up in rural North Dakota, I had very few options when it came to clothes shopping, so if I wanted something different I had to make it myself.
My parents always encouraged me to be creative and even helped me become an enteprenuer at 16, by opening my very first boutique. Although it wasn’t much, it was an outlet for me to express my creativity and it led to my acceptance at the Massachusetts College of Art, where I received a BFA in Fashion Design. With a handful of fashion related jobs and the continued support of my family, I have been sewing every day since and have learned a lot along the way.
Now I spend my days at home in Portland, Oregon sewing and caring for my beautiful son, our two cats and my loving husband :)