Outfit: Yellow things like sunshine and sunflowers

a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour)

Enjoy some sunshine and sunflowers with me! This is my second take on the dress from the last post. You may notice that what's changed is the skirt shape. This was my jumping off point for a rework of the whole design --you'll have to wait for the next outfit post to see what I did next. It's an interesting journey, this design process. I'm still on it and still feel like I'm not in the sweet spot where I'm satisfied with what I came up with. But, that means some dresses do get sewn along the way, and you can never have too many dresses, am I right?

Wearing a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour).

Photos by my boyfriend.

Outfit inspirations: Fairy Tales

Looking back in my archives, I came across this outfit, one of my forgotten favorites. I remember coming up with the idea of putting together all the pieces with polka dots that I could find so there are polka dots on the blouse, on the jeans and on the sweater here. I'd gladly do this again, although I'd have to use different pieces now because I only have the jeans left (and those are too large now) and the hat. I gave away the blouse and turned the sweater into a cushion cover --something I really like doing with old knits. An easy DIY that takes care of pieces that are no longer wearable but I can't really find it in my heart to part with them.


Outfit: Creative processes

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam

I'm currently in the process of designing a dress. I'm going for something summery, simple and possible to make up in a variety of fabrics that I have in my stash. It's not hard, designing a dress like that. And yet, it's so different from anything I've ever made.

I've been designing things for a living for over 12 years now. I used to be a graphic designer before I changed occupations and became a seamstress. Graphic design, I had it worked out. I knew how to prepare for a project, how to sketch, how to scrap and start anew, how to adjust and improve and how to finish. A lot of ctrl+z (or, 'undo') goes on in 2D work, making it very fast and, to an extent, quite simple. But, with designing three dimensional pieces that clothing is, I have recently understood that I have to work out a new routine. I was actually angry with myself for not being able to do sewing the way I would do drawing a few years back. But sewing is so different! The thing I had to do was admit I don't know what I'm doing --and then, with a clear head, just start doing something, whatever it was. Following my gut.

So here I am: my first attempt at my new process. A very simple piece of clothing, just a sketch of a dress, really. I wore it for a day and decided it needed some adjustments. So I made another one, with said adjustments. Then I wore it for a day and chose to make more changes. So I made a third dress. Which, again, needed adjustments. So I'm making those right now. And maybe --just maybe! --that's it. Maybe this is my new routine. Making things, then using them, then changing, adding, switching, adjusting. While the same verbs could be used to describe 2D work, the very activities are so different. So refreshing!

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam.

Photos by my boyfriend

Travels: Sailing to Amsterdam

Sharing a few photos from a recent sailing trip I took with a couple of new and old friends. We travelled across the Baltic Sea and the North sea to Amsterdam. It was quite an adventure for me! First time sailing the sea as well. Once my sea sickness was over (two days in...), I really enjoyed the experience. The mass of water all around, sometimes peaceful, sometimes forceful, the weird sleeping patterns (we were on watches on deck for 4 hours at a time and often slept for the rest of the time because of the lulling quality of the waves), the weird sounds made by the boat, some singing and playing the guitar, the laughter and chatter and the silence of 12 people living in a small, confined space --it felt like I was right where I belong for a moment there. And of course, the views... We even saw a seal and a couple of dolphins or porpoises! I'd definitely want to do it again sometime, although maybe when it's a bit warmer... We had a running joke about having cold feet for a week there!


Outfit: Dyeing to see you

a skirt I made, blouse c/o Romwe (dyed), old dyed cardigan (similar), old shoes and purse, thrifted hat

What do you do with a piece of clothing that has the greatest shape and fit and structure but the worst colour? Well, I don't know what YOU do with it but I dye it. In the case of this outfit, two garments were dyed: the cardigan and the blouse. Both were gifted to me and, well, not the colour I'd hoped for. I look good in icy pink but not in salmon pink... which both of these pieces were. I debated for a while what to do about them and decided that I would've liked them a lot if they were, say, navy blue. I have a thing for navy blue recently.

It's really easy to dye things at home, you know? Throw them into your washing machine together with the dye, set the temperature according to washing instructions from your clothes and an hour later you get a dyed garment! In the case of my cardigan it worked perfectly because it's 100% cotton --fully natural fibres dye easily and evently. The blouse is a mix of cotton and some polyester so it dyed differently and personally I love this slightly melange effect and the lavender colour that came out. And the best thing about dyeing is that you're getting a piece of clothing that you really, really like!

Wearing a skirt I made, blouse c/o Romwe (dyed), cardigan gifted by my boyfriend's parents (similar), old shoes and purse, thrifted hat.

Photos by my boyfriend.


Brand Spotlight: Good Looking Objects new collection

Recently my dear and talented jewellery making friend Melinda released a new collection of her own design for her store, Good Looking Objects. I was super excited to follow along on her journey to developing these pieces --she has a lovely Instagram account where she posted a lot of her progress pictures. Now that the pieces are up in her store, I am so proud of her! The designs are again magical, personal and with just the right touch of whimsy. I am officially in love with the Handful of Magic necklace --can you resist a palm marked with a wind rose? Like the palms of our hands, marked with lines that tell out destinies, this necklace is a talisman always ready to remind us that we are constantly navigating our lives and are on a life-long journey... I, for one, am instantly charmed by this simple yet evocative idea.

If you like Melinda's designs and her store, you now have the unique opportunity to win a $100 gift card to shop for her jewellery! All you have to do is go to her instagram account and follow three simple rules --check the details here. The giveaway will end on 17. May so hurry up if you want to take part in it! Good luck!


Outfit: Hello this is nerd

a pinafore I made (similar), blouse c/o Romwe, sneakers, beetroot pin, coffee pot pin, TV test card pin , 'Mulder it's me' pin.

I was born in the mid 80s and grew up during the 90s. The early nineties were funny: colorful, happy, childish. In Poland, it was a time of renewal, as the country was finally free after many decades of being more or less under soviet rule (in Poland we call those times "communism" even though it's not entirely accurate --it's just a keyword we use). People were feeling enterpreneurish, they loved their freedom and they adopted without question all the trends from the West. The mythical West that was finally free and safe to view. We were un-learned people and we inhaled everything. Communism did its job: our aesthetics were, and mostly still are, like a child's. In the 90s, we wanted whatever was screaming loud and clear, we loved commercials, we loved things that were big and 'modern' and expensive-looking. Plastic, colorful, out of the ordinary. The ordinary, so far, had been grey and sad. Now there was hope in attractive bold colors and so much energy in loose fitting clothes that yelled 'active lifestyle!' at you.

I remember wearing neon or velvet tracksuits to school, those were very trendy. I had this one rain-or-shine jacket (it's still in the family, currently residing in Granny's summer cottage in the country) that was neon green and blue and formless. I hated it so much because of those very features and because I was forced to wear it even in front of the boy I liked. It was practical, though, and that was a feature highly regarded in my not very opulent home. It was high-tech and colorful and that made it fun in my mum's eyes --used to grey and dull reality of the communism. What a difference of perspectives.

But other than that horrifying fashion, the 90s brought amazing pieces of culture to our homes. TV series: mine were Hercules and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Full House and when I grew up a bit, I fell in love with the X-files. In mid 90s, there were also a couple of animes on tv and I sunk right into the cute factor of the drawings. Sailor Moon, Tiger Mask, Yattaman, Gigi, I watched them all without fail. As demand from the public rose, some manga-related magazines emerged and soon, we got to watch Slayers and Dragon Ball on tv.

Computer games were all the rage: first ones I played were Dyna Blaster, Prince of Persia and Supaplex. I remember watching as an older friend played rpgs like Realms of Arkania or Lands of Lore or, well, Knights of Xentar. I loved these. Later, when I got my own pc, I played Daggerfall, The Exile III, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Dungeon Keeper. With a couple of camrades, we played pen and paper rpgs. We were 5: four guys and me, and we were inseparable. We got into heavy metal music, then into heavier metal music. Death and black were so cool in our minds. We were also cool, wearing all black everything and worker boots and military jackets. A rebellion on our part against the still cutely colorful fashion (though more form-fitting now) of the early 2000s. With all this baggage: the music, the games, the mangas and the tv shows, I was a true nerd of that time and place. And proud.

That clique defined me for a few beautiful teenage years. It sort of went away as of 2004, though, when we took different directions in our lives and split to study in different cities. The nerdy me went below the surface. It lived subcutaneously and still does to this day.

As a teen, I never wore outfits like the one from today's post. I wouldn't have been able to even if I'd wanted, fashion wasn't quite there when I was a teen. This nerdy image is new, it's the 2010s image of a nerd. It's cute, I like it and I can pull it off. I love the enamel pin trend. I adore the pinafore trend. I can live with the sneakers trend (I was forced to wear sneakers to primary school because they had white soles and didn't leave marks on the floor as you walked --as a result, everybody wore them and they were considered dull. We used to write and draw on them to make them personal and just a tiny bit unique. It was walking a fine line, as it was usually frowned upon by the adults, since they saw it as us simply damaging our good shoes). But it's not my youth and not my personal experience. I feel a bit like doing cosplay.

Me --I'm on the right in the photo below. And let's leave it at that.

Wearing a pinafore I made (similar), blouse c/o Romwe, sneakers, beetroot pin, coffee pot pin, TV test card pin , 'Mulder it's me' pin.

Photos by my boyfriend. The last one by my friend's dad.