Monday, 20 July 2015

Styled by Helen: Tropical

summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, jump shot
summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, pink blazer, Tom Pigeon earrings, Kate Rowland motel brooch
summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, pink blazer, Tom Pigeon earrings, The Whitepepper bread bag
summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, pink blazer, Tom Pigeon earrings, Scottish blogger

To continue the tropical vibes of our Lou Taylor giveaway we thought we'd go for some tropical themed style by posts. Looking in my wardrobe I was sad to discover it was lacking these vibes. My Hawaiian shirt has done me proud but I wanted something different. Luckily I'd just been fabric shopping and had picked up some floral fabric that fit the bill. I didn't know what I was going to do with it when I bought it, I just knew I liked the pattern and the feel of it fabric. Plus it was on sale so it would've been rude not to.

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So, I dusted off my sewing machine and got to work. I may have studied clothing design at uni for 4 years, but that wasn't yesterday. To say I'm rusty is a bit of an understatement. I decided to start off with a really simple pattern I picked up from ebay and made this little floaty number. While it doesn't have much shape to it it is super comfy, just the way I like it. The soft fabric and easy shape meant I was kept super cool on one of this summers rare sunny days. The only bad point is the fabric creases like a bitch! For a simple beach look I paired my new dress with plain sandals and my Whitepepper bread bag (which may have slipped into my basket when I purchased Kimberley's dino birthday present). To finish the look off I added my bargain sample sale Tom Pigeon earrings. The colours are so perfect with my dress fabric.

Dress | Handmade
Sandals | Topshop
Bag | The Whitepepper
Blazer | Primark
Brooch | Kate Rowland
Earrings | Tom Pigeon

As simple as it is, I'm rather happy with my new dress. It's definitely encouraged me to attempt a few more garments. It only took a few hours and I had something new to add to my wardrobe. I'm looking forward to styling up in different ways. Not looking to washing it though. There is a large possibility it may fall apart first time. If you're interested in getting your sew on there are plenty of classes and courses going to help you on your way:

Dundee | Jill Skulina's sharing her sewing skills at Summer Sewing Had Me a Blast or get super creative at her Wearable Art Workshop.

Edinburgh | Red Thread Studio have loads of classes to chose from, as does Mairi Brown at Out of the Blue.

Glasgow | MAKlab's Saturday Drop-In Dress Making or the more intense Fashion Textile Summer School.


summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, Tom Pigeon earrings, sunbathing
summer style, tropical style, beach style, DIY dress, dressmaking, Styled by Helen: Tropical, red head, ginger, Topshop sandals, Tom Pigeon earrings, The Whitepepper bread bag

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