Changing

handmade green pencil skirt aldi wool top wittner tan maryjane heels

What a year so far! I’m sort of on the road to recovery after a very long and very boring hiatus from sewing.

I wish I could say that there was a good reason that I stopped sewing for all those months, but they’re all the lame, trite excuses of a seasoned procrastinator. Truth is, I had a bit of a sewing block, and watching Netflix in bed with my bebs until the wee hours of the morning seemed way more appealing than dragging out the ol’ sewing machine so I could sit for a few hours in the freezing cold, cramped sewing room. Now that the weather is heating up, so is my sewing machine! The fact that I now have a giant sewing desk in my room somewhat helps too. I have a million vintage patterns, it’s time to get started on them.

Last night, I sewed on the sleeves on my WIP McCall’s 2329 project, which was exciting. AND it now buttons up at the back. Just need to whip up that skirt and I’ll have another me-made dress for the blog! I’m trying to phase my wardrobe into more handmade items, but gosh the lure of AliExpress and eBay is mighty tempting. Especially since AliExpress is having another mega-sale tonight. There goes all my money, oh well.

handmade green pencil skirt aldi wool top wittner tan maryjane heels

You’ve already seen this skirt but I wanted to show it off again, because my new resolution is to make lots of these. They’re comfortable, work-appropriate, versatile, and made-for-me-sized, so no gappy waists and saggy hips. Albeit the hips are slightly tight on this one (or has my butt gotten bigger? Again?). Nevermind, the next one will be better.

How good are these heels? I bought them from a jumble sale because they were barely-worn Wittner heels and my size to boot (ha, not my best shoe-related pun) but they were a kind of weird pale yellow brown sort of colour. A bit of tan shoe polish and some time later, hey presto! Perfect shoes to coordinate with my favorite tan belt.

handmade green pencil skirt aldi wool top

What I’m wearing:

  • Bronze Amber Elephant Necklace – Mum’s, vintage
  • Navy wool top – Aldi (gift from mum but I think it was $25?)
  • Tan Belt – ASOS, free with a dress
  • Green Pencil Skirt – DIY, $1.80
  • Wittner “Jordy” Tan Cutout MaryJane Heels – Jumble Sale, $8

handmade green pencil skirt aldi wool top wittner tan maryjane heels

Raspberry Beret

Brrr, it’s cold in here!

Do you ever get that feeling where you’re just bemoaning the current season and then the next season hits you like a tonne of bricks and you’re suddenly bussing to work under 700 layers of clothing and the large, heavy woolen coats you’ve been wearing in your heavily air-conditioned environment suddenly make sense to people around you?

On the bright side, when I walk into the communal kitchen wearing ugg boots (I swear this is the only time I wear them, I swear!) and an oversized pink wool-blend tweed coat I picked up from a clothing jumble for $5 (woohoo!), people now sympathise with me (“Yes, quite cold outside, isn’t it?”) instead of giving me looks normally reserved for mentally deranged homeless people (all those side-eyes, I tell you what).

And now I have an excuse to dip back into my glorious coat collection!

This may also be the Winter of funky tights. Possibly. I haven’t decided whether these bright pink tights make me feel fabulous or ridiculous, but I’m somewhere in that zone.

How brilliantly do they match this jacket, though? When Kmart was selling a bunch of colour-blocked tights for 20c a pack, I couldn’t resist buying a pair in all three colours, and then I proceeded to shove them into a corner of my cupboard, never to be seen again until a year later, and here they are. My legs won’t be cold today, no sir.

What I wore:

  • Alex Perry Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Cream Angora Beret with Black Sequin Bow – Temt, $10
  • White Flocked Polka Dot Blouse – Target, $10
  • Girls’ Black Ponti Dress – Target, $15
  • Black and White Bow Belt – Mascotte, $6
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift (similar here)
  • Pink Woolen Jacket w Leather Trim – Igedo, $15 (Although the last purchase I’ll ever make from them after how rudely they treated me when I tried to return a faulty item)
  • Opaque Magenta Tights – Kmart, 20c
  • Jo Mercer “Hooch” Mary Jane Heels – The Iconic, $60

Total: $116.20

 

Young Girl

It has been a while since I wore something from AliExpress. Or even blogged about it! Don’t get me wrong, I still love the place and truly believe it should be every girl’s first port of call for clothes if you like places like Dangerfield or Princess Polly (whom we all know import their stuff straight from Chinese factory floors anyway), my focus has just shifted dramatically to hand-sewn items.

I’m forever torn on the direction of this blog–All stylish sewing, all frugal fashion, or a mix of both?

And what about the cooking segments I promised??

WHAT OF THEM?

Couple all this with the fact that a recent coupling has been distracting the heck out of me, it means I have left this blog quite abandoned, as though it were one of my lesser-favourite stepchildren. (What’s this coupling business, you ask? All will be revealed soon, and this is when we cue the cheesy saxophone solo.)

All that aside, this is one of my favourite outfits this Summer and simultaneously my mother’s most hated. I would wear socks with MaryJane heels all day, e’ry day if I could but dressing like an adult schoolgirl is something that really does turn a lot of heads, and not always for the best reasons. But I keep my head held high and prance around in my sock/heels combination like a show pony regardless. The weather is much too hot to care about what other people think about the clothes you’re wearing.

This outfit also seemed like the perfect opportunity to whip out this awesome bag I was recently gifted. It’s structured, it’s a satchel, it’s full of pockets, and it has gold detailing on it–this is basically my entire criteria list for the perfect bag. I will wear it with everything.

What I wore:

  • Alex Perry Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Gold Bee BroochAliExpress, $2 (On sale!)
  • Blue Gingham Pleated Dress – AliExpress, $14 (On sale! Also available in pink)
  • Black and White Bow Belt – Mascotte, $6
  • Gold and Cream Satchel – Gift from Tim
  • White Cotton Ankle Socks – Old
  • Jo Mercer “Hooch” Mary Jane Heels – The Iconic, $60

Total: $82

Anyways, just want to let you know that if you don’t hear from me again in a while, there’s a good reason. Life has been a whirlwind of events as of late, and I’m still trying to follow my yellow brick road down to Emerald City. (This seemed an appropriate metaphor given the nature of this outfit–now all I need is a pair of sparkly red heels.)

Summer Stripes

Another day, another outfit post! I feel like I’m always talking about the weather on here but HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS? Apparently it’s been the hottest weather for this time of year for about a decade or something. So basically for me this means my face melting off onto my dress as I walk to the bus, followed by getting snap-frozen inside the bus, then melted as I wait for my second bus, and resume freezing on the next round of public transport. Between the continual freezing and thawing between locations, it means that by the time I’ve actually arrived in the office, I have a neat collection of sweat icicles growing from the tip of my nose and earlobes.

So yes, in case you were wondering, that’s why I don’t look so impressed in the above photo. It’s hot, it’s stinky, and I can’t wait to get out of my clothes at the end of the day.

I do love this dress. It’s not the first time I’ve worn it, and I’m definitely considered a–gasp!–serial outfit offender, but this is a different twist on it considering it’s way too hot to wear it with anything layered underneath. The sorbet colours are perfect for Summer though, and my Alyssa Milano glasses match perfectly with this outfit! (Not that I seem to care about matching that much anymore–these have basically become my standard pair for everyday use.)

What I wore:

  • Black and Gold Bee Brooch – Lovisa, $3.30
  • Five Crosses Belt – Colette, $6
  • City Dressing Ponte Dress – Target, $49
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift
  • Basque Heels – Myer, $37.50

Total: $95.80

On another note, since I’ve started sewing clothing for myself, I’ve noticed how weird this dress is. The darts are inside out. Why are they inside out, dress designer, why?? The concept of darts on the outside confuses me so much that I’ve considered unpicking them and popping them back in. And then I remember how lazy I am and that plan goes right through the window.

Like a Librarian

(Sing the title in your head like the opening of “Walk Like an Egyptian”)

Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up, throw something on, look in the mirror, and wonder if your fashion instincts are trying to tell you something? No? Just me?

If my instincts could talk, with this getup, I’m fairly sure that they’d be telling me to quit my day job and become a librarian.

A sexy librarian.

A Russian librarian.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, it’s Summer and I live in Australia and the heat has gotten to me.

Yet, I find myself in this strange, perplexing position of having to dress like I live in the Northern Hemisphere and ride my Vallhund-driven sled into work every morning. Alright, I may be exaggerating there, but it’s true that I had long forgotten how cold it is having an office job. I didn’t think I shared any genetic code with lizards, but I’m starting to think I have cold-blooded ancestors somewhere along the line, because coworkers be rocking up in to the office in tank tops and shorts and I’m dressed up in woolen coats and tights like I’m in the bloody Ice Capades.

That brings me to this vest! I made wore this ensemble so that I could say with the utmost confidence that the purchase of this children’s Fair Isle knitted vest with faux sheepskin trimming was absolutely worthwhile and not in fact a huge waste of $17.60. Yes, you see, I have worn it with two outfits, therefore it was a financially sound decision, let’s go with that.

(Seriously guys, give me some ideas on what the hell to wear with this thing, it’s too cute to stay buried in my closet.)

A couple of other cool purchases recently are the cherry hair clips and the rainbow-woven wool jacquard pencil skirt I got from Endeavour Retail.

It looks like a mottled brown from a distance but it’s actually black with thousands of different colours woven through it. It’s the perfect shape, fit, and length, and I had to have it. Ever go absolutely nuts for something you see in a shop, but it, and invariably find out that it matches with next to nothing in your closet? Welcome to my life, filled with fantasy pieces that would make a vintage collector squeal that I never get to wear because I don’t have the right shoes or the right handbag or the right belt.

Some would say this is very anal behaviour, but try telling that to someone who has a collection of over 50 different types of belts..

Speaking of belts though, I love love love this one here. It’s never really been featured here because the closing mechanism has annoyed the crap out of me. This belt had rivets in the back and they were facing OUTWARDS instead of inwards. So the damned end that I had to pin on top instead of tucking underneath would just go flippity floppity all over my outfit if I didn’t adjust it to the very loosest setting. Major kudos to my blog photographer Robert for somehow magically removing those blasted things so I could screw in some removable rivets that faced inwards instead. It’s my minor rant of the day but still something that plagued me for months nonetheless (such a first-world problem, I’m sorry..).

What I wore:

  • Touch by Alyssa Milano 102 Black Pink Glasses – c/o Clearly
  • Black and White Striped Cherry Hair ClipAliExpress, 50c (Lots more colours, and with bananas too)
  • ASOS Double Collar Blouse – eBay, $10 (Old purchase, similar here for $6)
  • Jacquard Vest with Sherpa Trim – Target Kids, $17.60
  • Trent Nathan Wine Patent Leather Bow Belt – Myer, $7.50
  • Kara Rainbow Woven Jacquard Skirt – Endeavour Retail, $12.95
  • Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30

Total: $78.55

Anyways, coming up soon on Carbon Chic is another refashion tutorial, and BIG BIG news–I’m going on a road trip to Sydney on the weekend to visit Annika of The Pineneedle Collective! I’m naturally very excited about this, and can’t wait to share all the little crafting, sewing, and thrifting adventures that we’re planning. For someone who has pretty much never left Brisbane, this trip is going to be amazing in more ways than one, I’m sure! To keep track of my adventure in Sydney and all my other adventures, check back here and on my Instagram account–It’s going to be a busy place over the weekend!