Friday, 29 July 2016

No Sew T-Shirt DIY: The One-Shoulder T-Shirt

It takes 2720 litres of water to make a single t-shirt. To put that into perspective, that’s how much we drink over the course of 3 years. And yet we churn them out at an alarming rate. We’re swimming in the things. Generally they’re cheap to buy, which means they’re one of the most disposable items in our wardrobe. It only takes a trip to your local charity shop to see how many t-shirts are thrown by the wayside: Jenny’s Hen Do Magaluf 2011, band merch, obscure American sports teams; the list goes on.

So, to save our planet, charity shops and pyjama drawers from the burden of unworn t-shirts, I'm bringing you two no sew DIY projects to bring new life to those jersey cast-offs. Here's the first...

The One-Shoulder T-Shirt

The off-the-shoulder top is undoubtedly one of the biggest trends for SS16 but, let’s face it, once a trend hits the rails in ASDA, its days are numbered. So, in light of this, I see your off-the-shoulder top and I raise you a one-shoulder t-shirt. It provides all of the shoulder liberation (well, half) with none of the worry about your Mum turning up in the same outfit.

To make the one-shoulder t-shirt you will need:

 - A t-shirt
- A pair of scissors
- Chalk or a washable marker

Step 1
Using your chalk or marker, draw a line from one side to the other, starting just under the neckline and ending just under the armhole.

Step 2
Cut along the line (save the spare sleeve for later).

Step 3
Cut along the side seam of the armless side.

Step 4
Create ties at the top, middle and bottom of the t-shirt by cutting 5-10cm inwards (depending on desired fit) and cutting away the excess fabric as shown. Measure for accuracy, or approximate like I did and get it ever so slightly wrong. The choice is yours.

Step 5 (Extra credit)
Snip the bottom 10cm off the bottom of the spare sleeve to wear as a matching cuff or choker.

Step 6
Now, tie those sides, put on that choker and live your truth as the pulled together, co-ordinated individual you always knew you were.

This feature originally appeared on Sistrhood.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

On Repeat

Repeating outfits is a hotly debated topic. Is in uncool to outfit repeat? When is it acceptable? Can you wear the same outfit twice in one week? Some fashion publications consider it tacky or a fashion faux pas, whilst others consider it to be a marker of a down to earth personality and a frugal mindset. Take Kate Middleton, for example; whenever she repeats an outfit you'd be forgiven for thinking she's cured famine, such is the praise she receives. Others are not so lucky; pegged as being 'caught out', questioned as to why they'd wear something twice when they can afford not to. (Side note: if I were to start a bitchy column documenting celebrities repeating outfits, I'd definitely call it Repeat Offenders).

In the world of fast fashion, it's deemed perfectly acceptable to wear an outfit once before either binning, donating or selling it because it has served its purpose. As a non-wasteful, non-millionaire I don't and can't subscribe to this one-wear school of thought. Not only that but I have a selection of favourites in high rotation at any given time. Not only am I not afraid of wearing the same top or pair or trousers a few times in the same week, I'm also wholly on board with wearing the same outfit two days in a row. Firstly, I work from home so my outfits are often 'wasted' (a subject which you can read about here) and secondly, if an outfit is truly perfect, it surely deserves a second outing.

Currently on high rotation are: a pair of wide leg polka dot trousers, a blue candy stripe skirt, any and all neckerchiefs and a lemon print denim jacket. Until I wear them out like and grow tired of them like a new song, they will continue to see the light of day multiple times a week and I will feel precisely zero sartorial shame.

Jacket: River Island (old), Shirt, trousers, bag, neckerchief and jewellery: vintage, Shoes: ASOS (old)

Dress, trousers, neckerchief and jewellery: vintage, Bag: Pineapple Retro, Sandals: River Island (old). I also had the lemon jacket this day but it was too hot to wear it!

These two photos were taken about a month apart on a couple of rare summer days, so clearly my current crop of favourites are in no danger of falling off the hot list any time soon.

Don't limit how often you can wear your favourite clothes for fear of being an 'outfit repeater' (a phrase which, according to google, will hold significance for Lizzie McGuire fans). If you love them, wear them seven days a week if you feel like it. Perhaps give them a wash midweek though...

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Naomi Valentine Collection Shoot

Having been asked to style and produce the shoot for designer Naomi Valentine's new collection, we somehow managed to wangle one of the only sunny days we've had in weeks for the shoot day. 

Naomi's collection is a bright, playful mix of textures, colours and thoroughly wearable silhouettes. I wanted that fun narrative to come through in the shoot so there was lots of smiling, laughing and jumping, which our model, Paris, relished whilst the rest of us melted in the heat. We ended the day very sweaty and a little pink around the edges but it was worth it for this shiny, happy shoot...