Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Over the past few weeks I've been out shopping quite a few times and although I've treated myself to quite a few items, I've not bought nearly as much as I could have, and traditionally would have.  Don't get me wrong, I love shopping and with both my uni and work being in the centre of Glasgow, I visit shops pretty much daily and have spent more than I care to count up over the past few years.  But for some reason right now I just don't feel like buying any ready made garment.

And I know why.  With the ability to make my own clothing to quite a reasonable standard, I'm reluctant to spend 2 or 3 times more on a ready made garment.  Not only will my made item fit me better and be unique, there's also the enjoyment I'll get out of making it up!  So with that in mind, starting now I'm gonna try a new thing that I'm calling Inspired.  If I see something I like in a shop and know I could make it myself, I'm going to give it a go!  (I should make clear this doesn't mean that I'm going to stop buying ready made, I am a fashion student after all!)

I already have three things in mind to kick this off with.  Here's my inspiration:

Denim Dresses - Topshop, Stripe dress - Oasis, Peplum dress - McQueen

 I've already made a start on the Oasis dress, that I hope to finish in the next few days but already love.  And I found a lovely brocade the other week that I'm intending to use for the McQueen, although I won't be doing a dress but a peplum, sleeveless biker style jacket (yet to find a suitable/adaptable pattern).  The denim dresses will be awesome for summer so I'll be keeping an eye out for lightweight denims at work.

I'm hoping that this will help train me how to manipulate basic patterns into making something highstreet/designer worthy and prove to myself it can be done at a lower cost.  Let's call it a mini-challenge!

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