Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Mumtum Skirt- Queen the Label

For this review, I'm going to be talking about a garment that was actually designed for mums by a mum. Designer Constance Hall is an Australian blogger mostly known for her raw, honest and sometimes controversial blog posts, but over time she has also become known for her bohemian style of clothing. Last year she posted a picture of the Mumtum prototype, which was met with enthusiasm from her follows ("Queens") and a few months ago she announced that the design was for sale in her online store under her new clothing line "Queen the Label". Now, a bohemian maxi skirt designed for mums? I knew there and then I had to buy one and review it! Being that this skirt is marketed at mums (as apposed to being a happy coincidence it works for mum life) I went into this purchase with very high expectations and the intent to be tough on it, so I decided to take it on a test drive to test any clothing items comfort: Healesville Sanctuary on a post rainy day, the result? I honestly can't say anything bad about it!

But I'm getting a head of myself, let's talk about the design. It's actually fairly straightforward, a floor length circle skirt with a thick 18" belting elastic at the top. The idea is to hold in your stomach in an anti-muffin top way and to allow for weight fluctuations. It does this wonderfully! As a fellow mum who now has a softer stomach after children, it makes me feel so confident whilst being extremely comfortable. It gives the shape of a skirt with a zip, but without the discomfort that comes with the zips restriction (aka, I can actually breathe!). It's made of a rayon fabric which hangs and flows just beautifully and allows for full range of moment (always a plus when you have to chase around toddlers whilst carrying a baby)

There's four different designs to choose from, I was immediately drawn to the "Blossom" print, as cherry blossoms are my favourite flower and the theme for my spring wardrobe. I've also been looking for more skirts to go with my pink TPF Faeriewear shrug and cherry blossom headband. The other prints, Multiflower and Star, are stunning too, with Black Hearted B!tch being added by popular demand after the first run.

Sizing seems to be the biggest talked about concern with this skirt, so I will do the best I can to convey how it works. First off, it very much depends on how tight you want your skirt to fit. I am a size 10-12 waist and I ordered an 8. The 8 fits me well and does the job whilst allowing my tummy to comfortably expand after eating. I could have easily fitted into a 6 if I wanted to give the illusion of having a smaller waist than I do, kind of in a corset type way, but I find from previous experiences with belting elastic that it gives me a sore tummy after extended periods of wear. I recommend one size down for your normal for a snug fit and two sizes for a corset fit. Length is a little more tricky, as the length of the skirt gets shorter the smaller the size goes, so if you're tall with a tiny waist it will be too small. However, due to the nature of the elastic, you could order the large size and wear it on your hips (tight elastic measured for your waist isn't going to be as comfortable on your hips, so measure your hips). Luckily the website has a measurement guide and a 30 return policy if you order the wrong size and it doesn't fit. The sizing range is 6-20.

Functionality, I've previously mentioned that I wore this skirt for a long day around Healesville Sanctuary (a zoo) and it performed perfectly! I was able to hitch it up around my boobs so it didn't drag on the ground at all (in all those muddy puddles!) I even ran around and climbed on the play equipment after the three year old with no issues. This skirt can wok for all seasons, from being paired with just a tank top for summer or with a light cardigan for spring-autumn or leggings and a fleece jacket for winter.

The best part of this product is the price, most of the items I review are up there in prices, but this one is only $50AU! very reasonable for a maxi skirt (I never compare to Kmart prices). All in all, it does not disappoint, it does exactly what it says it will do and is the perfect product for a bohemian/hippy/fashion loving mum.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Revisiting an old project

A few year back, in between having my daughter and becoming pregnant with my son I had this crazy idea that I would make a project "folio style' to one day apply ti fashion school. This turned out to be a big disaster as i was biting off more than I could chew. I have since realised that I will never go to fashion school, the way they want you to work is not the way I like to work would rather be freelance and work for myself than any major label anyway.  Another hiccup (and the biggest one) was cost, I could not afford the garments I had designed. however, through the discovery of upcyling and the sheer desire of having fun driving me (rather than impressing school people) I've decided to take up the project again! My journey so far has been all about clothes that allow me to function as a mum, it's about time I let myself work on something fun with no limitations (other than my own skill limit, of course).

I guess I should probably explain what the project is, I present to you: The Disney Princess Faery Project! I've always been a lover of Disney ever since I can remember, and like most Disney fans, the princess set draws me in. even when I was childless I loved them and watched them on a regular basis, the fact that my daughter now loves them is even better! An old Tafe friend of mine started a Dr Who project where he transformed himself into each Dr in a high fashion interpretation, that is what I want to do, I won't be directly dressing and copying the outfits exactly , but heavily using them as inspiration. I will be drawing inspiration not just from the original cartoons, but also from the tv show once upon a time and the recent live action movies (if that princess has been made into one). At once point I had the idea of using different models, but in the true sense of "work with what you have" (which is my motto at the moment) I will just be using me, it might actually be really interesting to see how much I can "transform myself" or if I'll just look like the same person in a different outfit, either way, we shall see.

The difficulties I will face during this challenge are hair, makeup and photography, as I have limited experience with all of these. I wish I had a friend with a good camera and a flare for photography (like I did back in my school days) or a model to use. I actually prefer to be behind the camera, but i will work with what I have, and I have myself.

One of the first princess I will be doing is Snow White, as she was the one I was working on way back when so I already have designs and the materials I could afford, I will be pulling pictures and designs from my old blog to show you, but will also be adding new elements since I am now doing it "up cycle style". I still haven't decided how far I'll go in terms of details and such, especially since I don't have to money for a proper photographer and I don't want this to be a "one outfit a year" deal taking 12+ years! But i may learn how to make wings just to add an extra "faery feel". I am also working on Aurora from sleeping beauty as I have a design in mind and the materials I need for it.

The Snow White Designs I came up with
I really hope that this time I actually succeed, it is a huge task (so. many. princesses) but I think I can do it now that I have a bigger following and skills behind me. I even get the feeling that my daughter will be joining me in simpler costumes (as in tutus) I hope you are all as excited about this as i am! Looking forward to getting started.

Until next time!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Sew Fae Nursing Top

It’s so hard to find good nursing tops, let alone Faery ones! It’s even rarer to find long sleeved tops. I managed to get through summer by wearing dyed singlets and jazzing up my looks with skirts and headbands, but as winter starts to set in and layering is hard (due to the need to have easy boob access) I really want the warmest I can get. Even my local Kmart only had short sleeved. So when I saw this tunic top listed on Sew Faes facebook page, I snapped it up the minute it went on sale!
Sew Fae is a UK based company run by Olivia, who designs and makes all of the garments out of upcycled materials. Unlike some stores (TPF for example) she does not have a standard stock list where you select your garment and colour scheme to be made to order, she creates a line and you buy what’s premade for that season. I’ve had my eye on her work for ages but have been limited as to what I can buy due to the need to breastfeed. You can imagine how excited I was when this beauty was listed! Not only was it long sleeved and nursing, it was RED! Red just happens to be the colour of my wardrobe for this season! It arrived in a timely fashion and I have worn it many many times since.

The nursing part of the top is brilliant, as it’s not obvious that it’s nursing (so I can continue to wear it long after weaning) and it’s not the “flap style” which drapes over the baby’s head and annoys me. It’s not really for “discreet” feeding but I find that the discreet styles are very awkward as you need to keep prying them open, this one is perfect as I just pull the side and chuck bubs on. The top is very long, so if I were pregnant I could wear it for both pregnancy and breastfeeding but it also works well even without the belly. It doesn’t work with skirts, so I wear it with tights if it’s on the cool side and pants if on the cold side. The colours are divine and work with a red or purple based theme. It is well made and comfortable to wear.

To summarise:
Pregnancy: Top is long enough to wear all the way through (bump sizes vary of course)
Breastfeeding: Superb and easy! But not discreet
Toddler Wrangling: I can move with ease and chase her down
I highly recommend Sew Fae, Olivia is a lovely and passionate person. Her work is a joy to show up on my news feed when she updates. She has mentioned that she will try and include more nursing tops in her future lines, but you’ll have to beat me to them!

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

TPF Faerie Wear- Pants

My new favourite items for winter have arrived; and they are TPF Fearie Wears balloon flares and regular flares! I have been dying to order a pair since they were released, but had to wait until the weather cooled down enough (and had to agonise over the right colours, of course). But now that they are here, it’s hard to get me out of them, even for the wash. Pants, I find, are a hard one to get comfortable whilst still looking fashionable. The standard “mum pants” these days are just leggings, which I just get too cold in, jeggings are the next best thing, but the “denim look” isn’t really my thing. And jeans, well, they’re too hard to move in. Most people who are partial to the same styles as I wear harem pants, which I find very unappealing to the eye and tracksuit pants just look a bit daggy. Yes, pants are a hard one, but TPF has solved all my problems.

Balloon Flares
Oh boy, these are the best pants I have ever worn! Ever since my tweens I have LOVED ridiculous flares, I used to own a pair of “parachute” black pants from Supre until they died, I always got lots of comments about being able to jump out of a plane and float. And for years I purchased the biggest flares I could find, until skinny leg became the fashion. The only problem with this style was that they dragged on the ground and in puddles. But the TPF pants? None of that! they have a nice little band around the ankles that holds the pants above the ground! Made of TPFs recycled fleece, the pants are super warm and stretchy, allowing me full range of movement, I wear them EVERYWHERE, from lounging around the house, grocery shopping I have even chased my toddler on my hands and knees in a playcentre wearing these babies! I even have a cry when they need to be washed. Helen, the designer, has said she does yoga in these pants and I believe her! They are so nice to wear. The only downside is that there is so much material that sometimes I trip over when getting up or snag them when I walk past something. But this is the price you pay if you’re partial to flares!

Vertical Flares
This design is a little less complex and unusual than the balloon flares as they are just normal flares. But they are still made of the same gorgeous comfortable STRETCHY fleece! I do find that they are tighter and more flattering, they are fantastic for making your butt look good! Like most of TPFs designs, this one can be tweaked from “blend into the crowd” to a real head turner (Like my pair) depending on what you order. Also, depending on the order is the price, with the plain flares being almost half the price of the horizontal 6 tone flares. Like my balloon flares, I wear these everywhere but unfortunately, I ordered them is a very specific colour scheme so I must match the rest of my clothes carefully.

One of the biggest concerns I have seen people voice is the low rise, but this has not been an issue at all. I ordered mine on the slightly larger side and the drawstring enables me to tie them a little higher if I want. If you can only afford one style, they really do fit the same. I am partial to the balloon flares as I love how they fall and the cuff around the ankle, but I can see how they may be a bit over the top for some. It really comes down to personal preference. Another thing to note about these pants is how good they make your booty look, men WILL stare, women WILL stare, heck, even you WILL stare at your own reflection whilst wearing these, and if people aren’t’ staring you’ll be wondering why! In conclusion, I can’t recommend these pants enough! they are seriously one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Autumn Wear

With the Autumn FINALLY here and the leaves on the trees changing colours, I've started to add more reds, yellows and oranges into my wardrobe. Since red is my favourite out of the three I am using it as the dominant colour. Here is the first outfit I have put together. My pre existing brown boots and dyed-brown maternity singlet are the base, with the occasional pair or tights if needed (since autumn is a tricky season, layering is needed) this look is mainly for the days that are on the warmer side.

Autumn Petal Skirt
After deciding I wanted a break from the hanky hem skirt, I wanted to try a new design. Still favouring the circle skirt (because apparently I don't wear anything else) I decided to try my hand at a style I have seen used frequently in faery clothing: the "panel style". This is basically a circle skirt cut into panels and sewn together as apposed to being one large piece. This helps with the fact that it's hard to find fabric wide enough and also to add more colours and textures. I'm pleasantly surprised as to how well this skirt turned out on the first go, the only aspect I dislike in the edging (I need to learn how to work with bias binding). I also decided to up the quality of fabric I used, choosing cotton drill which turned out beautifully. This skirt has three colours and is knee length, I purchased one meter of each colour, which gave me plenty with some leftover. I then got my circle skirt pattern, divided it into 12 pieces, added a "pixie point" to the hem and cut out 3 pieces of each colour to sew together. The skirt is sewn onto belting elastic like my other skirts. The only thing I dislike about the finished skirt is the hem, I just over locked and hemmed it, but bias binding really would be the way to go. All in all, I LOVE this design and will definitely be making more of them in the future.

Maple Bucket Hat
Considering that it can still be very sunny in autumn and I live in Australia, I decided to make myself a nice hat to go with my autumn wardrobe as none of the hats I had found suited (and my headbands are useless for sun protection). I used the leftover red and orange from my petal skirt, a Lost in Paris pattern I found online and was able to construct the hat with ease. The hard part came when I wanted to pimp it out a bit. Since maple leaves are the leaf I associate most with the season, I drafted three different leaf designs to use as appliqué. I cut out nine in total out of various orange, yellow and brown felt I had on hand and stitched them onto the hat. I only stitched the leaf detail and not around the edges as I wanted to give it a more 3D feel. We'll see how well it holds up, the overall technique is the same I use for my headbands. The major flaw in the hat is the top, as I was stitching the leaves on, the material folded and bunched awkwardly and didn't lie flat, next time I will be stitching the leaves on before sewing it all together. luckily you can't see this while I'm wearing it. I don't think I will ever make a bucket hat for myself again, next time I'd rather make a large floppy hat, but I did not have the interfacing needed on hand.

Maple Faery Wing Shrug
As I stated in my last blog entry, I LOVE shrugs! So it makes sense to make my own! I downloaded Sew Sew Simples pattern and went from there. The actual shrug itself only took fifteen minutes start to finish to make (as it's only one piece and two seams, although I extended the back to make a pixie point) but the faery wings on the back took a good two hours to stitch. Again using felt I had lying around, I whipped up a three piece wing design that complemented  the shape of the shrug and drew some detail with fabric chalk. I then used a small satin stitch to make the detail pop before satin stitching the wings onto the back. I used the same three leaf pieces as my hat to sew some leaves down the arms the same way. The shrug will need some kind of fastening but I am yet to figure out exactly what I want to use. The biggest flaw with the finished product is that some of the felt is bad quality and is piling, but since I just used what I had lying around this does not surprise me and is a good way to know where not to buy felt from.

In conclusion, this outfit is a real head turner and by far my favourite. I think I succeeded in my end goal ("Autumn Faery") more so than I did with my "Cherry Blossom Faery". I have even more Autumny goodness arriving in the mail, so stay tuned for a follow up (and lots more red!)

Next week is a very special entry in honour of my fourth wedding anniversary, I will be doing a wedding special! So stay tuned!