Monday, 27 October 2014

The Perfect Autumn Outfit

I am sure if you're a regular reader you will have worked out that I do not own a single pair of trousers or jeans.  What you might not realise is that my aversion to trousers does not include pyjamas.  This is likely to be the only time you ever see photos of me in 'trousers' on this blog.  I am never happy when I am wearing a pair of cosy PJs, my happiest days are those when I have no reason to get out of them and can lounge around without a care in the world.  I was over the moon when I found out I had won the Hush Sunday brunch style challenge, all I could think of was I want all the PJs!  The prize was a voucher to spend on items of my choice.  I had been wanting a pair of Hush pyjamas since I saw their cute summer ones.  I opted for two pairs and two jumpers to wear over the top of them so I can change into them when I get home and get comfy behind the sewing machine.

These photos were taken the day they arrived, I couldn't wait to get them on.  I would have put them on at work if that wouldn't have been totally weird...    I picked up the Totes socks from the supermarket but can't find them online any where.  I always have cold feet and usually wear my super warm slippers but loved the way the PJs had been styled by Hush so wanted to get in on the big chunky sock action.  It just so happens that my Boden slippers go perfectly with the second pair of PJs, that might have been an influencing factor!  I picked up the slippers in the sale and I have to say they are the best ones I've owned, I think they were about £6.  Toasty warm.

The burgundy jumper is made with alpaca hair/fur/wool? Not sure what the right term is but whatever it is I love it as much as I love their cute little faces.  It is lightweight but warm and cosy.  I am drinking more of the GU salted caramel hot chocolate, if you haven't tried it you really must! Mmmmmm.  Nothing I like more than Autumn evenings snuggling in my favourite PJs with a cup of good hot chocolate.  Perfect.






Who wouldn't want a pair these PJs waiting at the end of the bed for them, so inviting!

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Friday, 24 October 2014

My Jolie Candle - A Giveaway





I hadn't heard of My Jolie Candle before they contacted me asking if they could send me a gift.  I had a look at their site and loved the concept so said yes please and totally forgot about it until a package arrived.  I opened the box to be greeted by the most wonderfully thought out packaging to find not just a candle but various other treats including a personalised passport cover.  How cool!

How it works is you choose the type of jewellery (ring/bracelet/necklace) and the scent of the candle.  You find out what it contains by burning the candle and retrieving the foil package the jewellery is securely placed in.  There are 100 different styles of silver jewellery all made with Swarovski Elements crystals.  Not only that some candles contain real gold jewellery worth up to 5,000€.  There is even a instagram hashtag to share your surprise.  Such a cute concept.




I opened the candle and had a little sniff, I can confirm the rose candle smells amazing.  I wanted to know what surprise necklace the candle was hiding so promptly lit it and waited.  And I waited.  I got a bit impatient so grabbed the husband's tweezers (there was no way I was going to use mine!) and had a dig around til I managed to get hold of the foil package and pull it out.  I got a silver bow necklace with black crystals across the centre.  I can also report after running them under the hot tap Gray's tweezers are totally fine.  Haha.  The candle is burning away on my sewing desk again making it all smell lovely and floral.




The best bit is My Jolie Candle have offered up a candle containing your choice of jewellery and scent to one reader of A Million Dresses.  To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know whether you would prefer a ring, bracelet or necklace and your choice of scent along with your email address or Twitter handle.  The giveaway runs until 7th November at 6pm.  And if you get one of the real gold pieces of jewellery in yours, remember me ;)

**EDIT**  Random.org picked comment number 6 which is - Alex @oddsocksalex :)







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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wants

I am well in to planning some of my party season dresses and am cooing over all the amazing textures and embellishments around at the moment.  I haven't had a full on sequin wow! yet but I am sure that is to come.  Party dresses are much harder to create for me than every day dresses as it is so hard to find the kind of fabric the high street uses.  Everything I find seems to be a poo-brown colour and that really isn't what I am going for!

I love the opulance of this jaquard dress from asos.  I love the detail of the added gems though I certainly wouldn't have added the two nipple placed ones!  The dress can do without that.  I think they work beautifully on the skirt though and elsewhere on the bodice. 

 Dress: asos

The addition of embellishement has given this simple dress a totally different feel.  I love how something so simple can be so effective.  It's not the right colour for me otherwise this one would defo be in my basket by now!

 Dress: asos

I feel that this dress is let down by the images.  The dress is clearly too big for the model and it is really distracting but IT IS HOLOGRAPHIC!  That has to make it a winner especially when combined with lovely length sleeves.  It's like Christmas in a dress.

Dress: asos

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fever London Stitch Up

Fever London dropped me a line asking if I would like to join them for an evening of crafting and cake.  I didn't have to think about that for long, you had me at cake! Okay so I am not that easy to entice down to London but when you throw in one of my other favourite past-times and the chance to catch up with a few blogger babes I will be there with a cherry on top.  Unfortunately the jam jars were not the only jam, my camera decided to jam and let me down the evening before so I am bringing you the best the iPhone 6 has to offer.  Forgot to take it off square images though, sorry!

Fever London are a brand I already keep my beady eye on, I have been to their London store before and love having a browse of their collection stocked at my local retailer, Aspire Style.  Their pretty dresses are right up my street, think lots of 50's silhouettes and some to die for evening wear.  And the coats.  Oh the coats.  I absolutely adore the Iris coat especially in the forest green colour way.  Drool worthy.

We kicked off the crafting by making a corsage using fabric from Fever's clothing.  I was wearing my green coat so decided that the striped chiffon was the perfect match.  Unfortunately I didn't really think through my choice of fabric, it didn't have enough body to give it any structure so I had to add lots of stitches to stop it from flopping all over the place.
 





I took along some of the jam jars we had left over from our wedding to decorate.  They already had the date and our names etched on them so I decided to keep it simple and just add a bit of lace and wooden heart buttons.  Using the glue gun to attach the lace was incredibly satisfying.  We all very much enjoyed getting glue all over the place. 





Finally we all made drawstring bags.  They were super easy to make and would take minutes to whip up on a sewing machine.  I decided to embellish my already busy fabric with a big bow and leave it at that.  Look at how proud Lauren is with hers! 








My two favourite pieces were the Iris coat, as mentioned above, shown below in the charcoal colour way and the Doris skirt.  I also adore the names they give their garments, my favourites all seem to have 'old lady' names. 







One thing I didn't know is Fever London have recently launched a home wear collection.  And just like their clothes it is beautiful!  I can't stop thinking about the teacup plates. 








 Lauren, Jaclyn, Sherin and I posing with our makes - photo thanks to Jaclyn

Jaclyn took lots of beautiful photos, more of which can be seen here and Fever took some funny photos of us all which can be seen here.  It was a lovely evening with great company, can we do it again soon please Fever?!

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*Post in collaboration with Fever London*

Monday, 20 October 2014

Happy Birthday Aspire Style


My friends at Aspire Style have turned 10!  I know I am lucky to live really close to three of their stores so I can get my fill in store as well as on their wonderful website.  I have lost many hours trying on dresses in store and parted with too many pounds!  They are very good at helping you find things you really, really *need*. 



I've been lucky enough to collaborate with Aspire Style and regular readers will have heard all about them!  To celebrate their birthday Debs from Bang on Style has started off a game of pass the parcel and I have been gifted a £25 voucher.  It's my turn to pass it on now... who will be the lucky recipient?!

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Made By Me #89

I've got a spooky little make to share today.  With just under two weeks til Halloween there is still plenty of time to sort out a costume or a little nod towards Halloween like this Emery dress.  I really don't like proper fancy dress but I do like to wear themed actual dresses and now I can make them myself it's so easy!  Oh and this fabric GLOWS IN THE DARK! Elephant In My Handbag provided this ace fabric to make the dress and unfortunately it sold out yesterday but you can still get glow in the dark ghosts, spiders and two different type of skull fabrics.  I went for skulls so it is something I can wear all year round and am already thinking of bats or spiders for next year.

I am hoping we actually get some trick or treaters this year.  Last year saw me turn our hall light then turn on the outside light and then leave the witches cauldron filled with sweets on the doorstep and we still didn't get any takers!  I was very disappointed!!  Plus it meant I had to eat all the sweets myself.  Maybe it wasn't all bad.  I think I might need to get a pumpkin to put on the doorstep but at least I will have my little nephew come round this year.  Are you doing anything for Halloween?  I'm wondering if people only usually dress up if they have an actual party to go to or it you get into the spirit by wearing something spooky too?

Don't forget you can save 10% at Elephant In My Handbag using code 'milliondresses'.  

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Clarks Orla Kiely Shoes

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Skull Clip: Crown and Glory

It's that time of year that the wind starts to pick up and makes for really annoying outfit taking sessions.  Gray almost ends up taking photos of my pants as the wind decides it fancies to blow my skirt around my ears.  Oh fun :(

Christine Haynes Emery Dress


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Made By Me #87

I had to hunt for this fabric but boy was it worth it!  I managed to track it down on Fabric.com and it ended up in my basket with 5 other dresses worth.  I really don't know how that happened?!  I always worry about customs charges when ordering from overseas, sometimes they seem totally made up and excessive.  That said it is definitely worth it.  I ordered 3 yards of each fabric which would have roughly have cost me £30 per dress to buy in the UK.  Including shipping and customs they worked out to around £18 a dress from Fabric.com.  A total steal.  Plus I hadn't been able to find all of the fabrics or colourways over here so it put pay to hours wasted looking on google.

I thought about how I wanted the dots when cutting the pattern out.  The pink and orange bits are my favourite combination so I made sure they were on the front of both sleeves and most visible in the skirt.  I wanted all of the colours in the bodice so it tied it all together.  I am finding I am paying more attention to pattern layout than before and ordering a bit more fabric for checks or fabrics with distinct patterns as they really do not look as good if they are not matched up especially on the skirt.  I am really pleased with how this dress has turned out, it has definitely joined the Emery dress favourites pile!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
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Friday, 17 October 2014

People Tree

This time of the year lots of us begin that annual struggle, the hunt for dresses with sleeves.  And if you are lucky enough to find them - dresses with sleeves and pockets.  They are like the holy grail!!  I didn't want to come across all smug that I can add both of these to every dress I make and remembering the struggle clearly thought I should do a bit of research!  It turns out People Tree have come to the rescue with this checked beauty - it has both sleeves and pockets and as a bonus is made from 100% organic cotton.  People Tree are proud of their organic cotton and obvious ethical reasons aside I can totally see why, it is lovely to wear.  It is also knee length on 5'5" me so is almost everything I look for in a dress.  I would personally prefer the skirt to be fuller, I have stretched it out in the photo I have my hands in the pockets so you can see the cut of the skirt better.  It is also available in a burgundy colourway.

I originally planned to wear this with red shoes as I love how black and white work with red but haven't been able to wear anything other than these Clarks shoes since I got them.  They are so, so comfy and I think they are super cute.  I have been alternating between the black and navy versions and am kind of torn between wanting to wear them all the time and not wanting to wear them out... obviously at the moment wearing them all the time is winning.  I finally found a coat at the weekend and now really need these ones as they would go with my coat perfectly!  I am going to have to put them on my Christmas list and hope they don't sell out before then.  




Dress: People Tree*

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Home Office Refresh

One of the reasons Gray really wanted to buy our house was that he could have his own office/boys room. I now personally think the room would be so much more loved if he handed it over to me to turn into a sewing room but that really isn't going to happen!  He wanted a room he could both work from and wind down in so it is kind of split between a desk area and a gaming/tv area. 

It still isn't finished 18 months after it was first started.  It was pretty dark in here and Gray doesn't like having the curtains open so I got rid of the dark very thick curtains and replaced them with some thin grey and white striped curtains that still let in lots of light and a thicker dark pair for drawing if he wants to watch a film or something whilst it is still light outside.  I want to inject some colour and brighten up the space but on a budget.  I also need to find 'cool' things to put on the shelves Gray put up recently.  He doesn't like buying things for the purpose of filling shelves but those almost totally bare shelves are annoying me!  I've been really impressed at the choice of items from George Home since they relaunched, the prices are great and they have some really interesting items.  I am resisting the urge to buy all the Christmas themed home wear at the moment but might have to add this amazing Christmas duvet cover to my basket! Ooh la la.


Clockwise Top L-R  Cushion   |   Clock   |   Stag   |  Dice   |   Cushion  
I plan to move the Iron Man picture over near the television and add a noticeboard there instead though not until Gray has things he needs to put on a noticeboard, I don't want to add more blank spaces!  The sofa bed has seen better days and I think the whole room would have a different feel if we went for something lighter.  We saw that by adding an orange sofa in our living room the impact that just changing the sofa can have to the over all feel.  I have been looking online and really love this Sofaworks Sofa.  It would compliment the new curtains and the cushions I have chosen work with the buttons on the sofa.  I really love the button detail, it is a really easy way of adding more colour to a room without having to change everything else.  Most of the little touches already present in the room are things I have added, I even managed to get some plants in with no complaints! I am trying to make it more of a bright functional space and less of a man cave.  Any suggestions gratefully received!











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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday Wants

I know lots of people gush about Autumn.  I lost count of the number of tweets/photos I saw welcoming October this year.  Too many for even an Autumn loving girl like me to handle.  What I most love about Autumn is the temperature and being able to wear clothes I love without feeling like I am going to pass out with heat exhaustion.  I don't enjoy the lack of light.  I don't enjoy rain, though we get that most of the year anyway, and I certainly do not enjoy winter approaching.  Autumn to me means sleeves, cosy fabrics, new coats and things you can only really get away with at this time of the year such as leather and sequins! 

My heart might have skipped a beat when I saw this knitted gem from asos.  Most knitted dresses usually end up being nothing more than an oversized jumper which does nothing for my shape.  This skater shaped dress is something I can get excited about especially with that gorgeous scalloped neckline. 

 Dress: asos

I love leather/pleather and would dig it out all year round if it wasn't so damned uncomfortable to wear in any sign of heat.  This midi length dress is amazing, the cut is spot on.  It's from Dorothy Perkins so whilst already reasonably priced you can guarantee you won't need to wait long for a discount code. In fact 24FORU will give you 24% off til Midday today, Wednesday 15th October.

 Dress: Dorothy Perkins

Browsing the dresses on Oasis has me cooing at the moment, there are so many beautifully cut dresses in gorgeous fabrics.  I really love the simplicity of this cobalt blue dress and think it looks great worn with a pair of ankle boots as styled on the website.

Dress: Oasis

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Made By Me #86

Today's make might not be very season appropriate but it certainly brightens a dull, cold day.  Nothing like brightly coloured babes in bikinis to take the chill off Autumn!  I want one of the cocktails served in a pineapple they are enjoying too.  Mmmmm.  I love the range of small scale prints from Timeless Treasures, there are flamingos, elephants and even unicorns.  I am busy adding Christmas fabrics and ribbons to my wishlist. So many to choose from.  2014 is definitely the year of the Christmas dress for me.  Christmas jumpers? So last year ;)  I want to make a few other Christmassy bits but am not sure what... what is your favourite Christmas make?  If you have a tutorial even better, link me up in the comments please.

I have recently partnered with Elephant In My Handbag, you might have noticed their presence in my sidebar.  I don't often give up space in my sidebar but love the range of fabrics they offer and after chatting over twitter I can confirm they are the friendliest bunch. They supplied the fabric for this dress and are very kindly offering readers of a million dresses 10% off purchases.  There is currently no time limit to the code but it is single use, just enter the code 'milliondresses' at checkout. 

This is one of the first dresses I have made since I purchased my overlocker.  I haven't shared my insides yet as I plan on doing a post on how I find the Singer machine I purchased.  Needless to say I am loving my new toy.  It is really satisfying to use but is quite noisy and does add time onto my makes.  I certainly wouldn't agree that an overlocker is essential in dressmaking, I made 84 quite happily without one, it is just like adding a bit of polish.  I machine wash all of the dresses I have made so far and apart from one small repair to a shoulder seam I haven't had any problems with fraying. 

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
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