If you've been thinking it's been a bit quiet over here you'd be correct. I've been keeping busy with the course I'm doing at the local fashion school, Melbourne Fashion Institute where I've been honing my pattern making skills. The more I do it, the more I enjoy it and I can't wait to bring you more patterns.Read More
This year is the 3rd year that I have attempted the Me Made May challenge, organised each year by Zo from the blog "So, Zo...what do you know". Every year I learn a bit more about the gaps in my wardrobe and what I love to wear the most which I will be rounding up in this post. I'd also like to set a year long challenge in preparation for next year. This is more about giving myself a goal to work towards rather than wondering around aimlessly and making things on a whim (although let's face it, this always going to happen!)
Being in Melbourne means that May is the beginnings of the really cold weather so in previous years I found it difficult to uphold my pledge as I realised I had very few warm items. This year I pledged to wear #memade on my non-work days. I work as a vet and am a bit precious about getting my cherished handmades ripped, smelly or stained which unfortunately is a reality in my profession.
The good news is that this year I surprised myself and have managed to wear a handmade item just about every day, including work days. Do not for a second think that my handmade wardrobe is now filled to the brim with cosy items. I realised that I have 2-3 handmade garments which are my favourite and they have been in heavy rotation this month. This is how I have managed to wear me-made most days.
To see some of the other items I've worn this month, head to my Instagram grid where I have documented a few more of them.
Next year I'd really like to have more pants in my wardrobe, including jeans which are pretty much a uniform for me. I am currently working on a pants block for myself so hopefully once the fit is nailed, I can get cracking on lots of pants!
I wouldn't be the first designer to admit that I design selfishly. My ideas come from a place deep within myself and are inspired by what I love to wear. Our patterns are designed with comfort as priority whilst still making you, the wearer, feel like you made an effort. And of course, this sums up my own style perfectly.
The design for the Franki Top came to me fully formed and I instantly knew it was the right one for my first pattern release. It's elements combined sum up what our brand stands for and who we want to design for.
Design Feature : Hem Ruffle and Box Shape
I don't particularly pay much attention to the trends however I do love ruffles and they seem to be staying around for a while! The Franki includes a ruffle on the hem which brings a feminine touch to the boxy silhouette.
Design feature: Sleeve bow
Ties on anything, especially on sleeves can transform even the simplest garment. I love anything that ties up into a pretty bow.
Design feature: Hi-Lo hem
Another detail that happens to 'on-trend' right now is the hi-low hem which is super flattering on any body shape.
If you love what you see, get the Franki Top.