Remix: Olive blazer


Outfits 1, 2, 3, 4

Such a lot of time has passed since I've last done a remix post! I need to make more of these posts in the future because there are some pieces that I wear over and over and show them on this blog very often. This blazer is the case more in reality than over here on the blog though. I wear it often enough to have it on my rack in the hall all year long but it goes better with trousers and since I seldom show outfits with jeans, it rarely makes it to the blog. It's a beauty though. Well made with a lining printed to match the outer fabric which is wool blend and beautiful tweed weave. It's also a thrift find! One of my favorite ones at that. I should probably show you how I wear it very casually with jeans. It's a good incentive to make this blog more relatable style-wise, I guess. Would you be interested in seeing less elaborate style here?

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Life update: Engaged to be married

So it happened one humid August night. I was back from a midnight run, had just taken a cold shower to wash off the heat and laid in our bed to take a breath, when Bartek came to sit by me, dressed up in a shirt and a suit jacket, an admirable feat considering the overwhelming heat, and he proposed. It was such a natural thing, a funny thing even, just another activity in a day. Simple and easy going like our lives together. I never thought living with someone could be easy but Bartek persistently proves me wrong --something that keeps on surprising me and I love experiencing it time and again.

We are now engaged which sounds both serious and pretty amusing to me, a woman who never wanted to get married. In case you were wondering, the wedding date is not set, and won't be for a while as we're in no rush. It will probably happen just like the proposal did and like all the other things we do: just like that, it will organically roll into our daily life.

Btw., the ring is vintage art deco from the 1930s. I felt it was important to me to have a ring that would be either vintage or artisan made, or sustainable anyway. We pretty much picked it together on Etsy. Bartek kept sending me links to different rings, and I would ooh and aah more about some than the others. He did the final picking, though, and it's just so lovely. You can't see it in the photo but the 'target' design sits atop a crown-like layer of lace.

We took these photos with the help of a tripod and a self timer and while it was super fun to shoot, we feel like we'd like to have someone else do it for us for serious some other time. If you have any good recommendations, please feel free to let us know (Poland based, though!).

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Outfit: In the abandoned resort

This is the second time we've been here in Pogorzelica. The last time was four years ago and it was quite memorable since we found our older cat here, tiny as a palm of your hand, teary-eyed and wandering alone in the forest. You tend to remember places like that and come back, although probably not for more cats, especially that we've recently rescued and adopted another one... but! There were also other experiences and adventures which we were eager to repeat, like visiting this abandoned resort. It made quite an impression on me back then, and I just couldn't wait to see it again this time. It's as creepy as before, although also a bit more mudane now that there is trash laying everywhere. It was more recently abandoned those four years ago, I think, and not as overgrown. Still, a sight to see, if you are like me, and you get your kicks from wandering around old places rotting away under the great open skies.

I'm wearing the Late For Tea dress that I made, old oxfords and necklace, thrifted vintage backpack, blouse.


I'm wearing the Late For Tea dress that I made, old oxfords and necklace, thrifted vintage backpack, blouse.

Photos by Bartek.


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Outfit: I know we'll meet beyond the shore


And so, we're here, by the sea. September vacations are always my favorite: the laziness and calm of this part of the year are always so soothing to me. The summer holidays' end means the kids are already back in school and all the busy seaside resorts get quiet and grow suddenly vast and have a bit of an eerie feel to them. I love the mountains best, any time of the year, but they can not compete with this particular seaside quirkiness. That means, from time to time, we set out to visit the sea. And so, we're here.


I've been wearing this dress (the astrology-inspired print gives me heart eyes) a lot this summer but somehow never documented it for the blog. Perhaps because I'd usually just wear it solo, with bare legs and possibly a pair of sneakers. That's an outfit that falls in the category of 'too simple for the blog', thus, never photographed. From the very beginning, though, it looked promising as a piece to layer for the fall and I think this outfit fits the bill nicely. Can't wait to wear it with some autumn toned clothes as well --but living out of a backpack comes with its limits when it comes to putting together outfits.

I'm wearing a Medicine dress, Bershka sweater, old jacket, thrifted scarf, no name sneakers.

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Custom sewing: Kaja's wedding dress

I've been writing here a lot about my bridal work this year, and it's finally time to show you what I meant. I've grown somewhat known in certain circles for sewing vintage-inspired wedding dresses with a bit of a twist. Pieces that differ from the RTW offer of the wedding salons.

I make these dresses right from the beginning: the process is called bespoke tailoring. That means I design the item, usually together with my customer, which includes some sketching before we decide on the final edit. We then begin the search for the perfect fabric, which goes on while we do other things. In the mean time, I take my customer's measurements to create the basic blocks. Those are flat drafts that, when sewn up, would closely resemble the lines of the body. They are a jumping off point for recreating the original design that we started with. My knowledge of clothing construction allows me to change the basic blocks into pretty much anything. It's a bit like magic only it requires quite a lot of rulers and spatial imagination. Mind you, this all happens on paper until this point. Only when I'm finished with the last point, I sew up a mock up version of the dress for the client to try on. There are usually a couple of these fitting sessions needed before I decide it's fine. Then, I cut into the fabric picked by my client and the final sewing process begins. That's actually the most labour-intensive but also the quickest part of the whole work. I can sew a dress within a day or two, depending on the design. That's why I was able to whip up a skirt and top set for a dear friend just two days before her wedding... but I digress. At the very end, I hem the skirt of the dress and the sleeves, if there are any, directly on my client so that everything looks crisp and even. I then sew in my label and the dress is ready!

That's pretty much the process we went through with Kaja. She based her design on this vintage dress and found her fabric on Spoonflower. The idea to make the border print go two way on the dress was her idea --and how great does that look?! Without further ado, take a look at her beautiful dress.



Kaja is wearing a bespoke wedding dress I made for her. Fabric is by Micklyn Le Feuvre, ordered from Spoonflower, this print on top part, this print on the skirt part. Photos by Szustakowscy.pl
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P.S. Two more pics so that you can see the bodice better --I took these when I was dropping off the dress.


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