Ottobre retro-style “modern classic pants”

A while back, I mentioned the secondhand fabric collection that my friend Lauren had kindly sent me. After sewing a Burda Tie Front Blouse from the Swiss voile, I was eager to move onto this beautiful retro print fabric. And what better match for a brown bold floral than wide leg pants?

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve top, brown with orange and pink floral print wide leg high waisted pants, brown block heel boots, and tortoiseshell glasses. She is accompanied by a black and white cat, and is smiling.
Say hi to Patrick! Wearing my Named Paola Turtleneck Tee.

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Sew Over It Molly Top and Maria Denmark self-drafted stretch skirt

Unlike some sewists, my sewing output isn’t that great to warrant multiple garments per post. So you know when I do have a few creations together, they are super-simple makes. These two fit that description: easy-to-sew wardrobe staples made entirely from scraps. They were sewn way back in March (or earlier), and only photographed recently!

Siobhan stands in front of a weatherboard house. She wears a drop shoulder knit tee with grey/black striped body and concrete grey neckband and sleeves, with black straight knee length skirt, black leggings and ankle boots. She is smiling.

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Book reviews: Making Faces & Face Forward

The covers of Making Faces and Face Forward, by Kevyn Aucoin. They both feature close ups of a made up woman's face.

In case you think I only read serious non-fiction, here are some entirely frivolous books I’ve read recently. Making Faces and Face Forward are instructional makeup books by the now deceased, internationally renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

A black and white photo of a 30s Style man in tux with moustache and glam blonde haired woman.
Amber Valletta as Gable and Lombard. Most images from Pinterest.

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Colourful knee high compression socks – review

Looking back at my photos, I realised that I bought some compression socks (and made a quick post on Instagram about them) many months ago, but they never made it to the blog. I’ve already written a fairly lengthy post on compression stockings, with reviews of everything from sports compression tights (2XUs, Skins etc) to Juzo compression stockings to cheap beige maternity stockings, so if you want to know the basics of compression garments for the treatment of POTS, head over there first.

Compression socks: black with coloured star print, red with small heart print, grey with yellow and blue stripe, black with floral print.
Black with coloured stars, red with hearts, grey with stripes, yellow and blue flowers wide calf.

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