Laura Ashley

I have been working at Laura Ashley in winchester since March and we get a certain amount of allowance for uniform each quarter. Thought I would share my favourite piece with you all. It has a lovely paisley pattern with 2 little pockets and is really comfortable which is always a bonus. (Excuse my laptop in the photo!)

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London Fashion Week 2014

As some of you may have seen I documented my time interning at fashion week in February on here and it’s going to happen allllll again, but this time I won’t just be an intern, after a few emails I managed to get myself a role as backstage production assistant! I am quite nervous but also very very excited. Going to London on Tuesday to talk to people at Fashion Scout (the show for emerging designers) to discuss my role! Expect a LOT of photos of some beautiful clothes and accessories.
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Vogue Review – August

First Vogue review of an article called ‘Me & my shadow’

We all like to think we have our own style, when in reality it’s just a version of someone or something else. Wherever you get your inspiration from, that in itself has originated from something you’ve seen that’s caught your eye and encouraged you to embrace it and make it your own unique style.
Uniqueness is important, whether it relates to how you look or what you do. Personally, I don’t mind wearing high street clothes, if they serve a purpose and aren’t too expensive it’s fine.
But when I can, I prefer and love to wear vintage clothes. As you’ve probably seen on here I have bought a few lovely vintage pieces recently! I feel like they give me my own personal sense of style and I love knowing that no one else has these particular pieces of clothing. Because fashion is important to me and it’s what im studying at university and the fact I hope to make it my career I do notice what other people wear. Some particular peoples styles are completely out there, and I appreciate that and admire that they feel so comfortable with their unique sense of style.
In relation to the article in vogue, the writer is somewhat annoyed with the fact that someone has been copying her, and I can see where she is coming from. Obviously it is annoying when someone imitates you, but I feel like you should also take it as a compliment. Someone appreciates what you do or what you wear so much that they want to do it or look like you too! It’s flattering. A quote from the article says that ‘it means that person has no creativity or imagination’. I don’t agree with this as that person has aspired and imagined themselves looking similar to someone else, using creativity to make it there own.
Take inspiration from others but use it to create something unique for you.

Another day, another alteration

Bought from winchester vintage market. Originally down below the knee with a detachable yellow collar. The lady who sold it to me told me that she got this particular dress from a woman in her 90s who used to get clothes handmade a lot, and this particular dress is a handmade Indonesian print dress from the original owners travels. Also came with a matching shawl and belt.
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Alteration time

Absolutely more in love with my vintage pinafore dress now it’s altered! Didn’t take long at all. The first thing I did was to ensure I had the dress as the right length by putting it on inside out and folding it then securing with pins. The next step was to make sure it was even all the way around the hem.
I then took it over to the machine and placed 2 rows of stitches parallel to make sure it was secure. After trying it on I decided I needed to take in the side seams on the bust as it was a bit too gapey under the arms, here are the before and after pictures! Will blog about my next project when I finally start it :)

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Vintage haul

Went on a little vintage hunt yesterday in Winchester and went into Fab Vinatge, a gorgeous vintage store tucked away in the town centre and found a few lovely pieces. Absolutely fell in love with a pale blue and white striped Sambo dress, fitted pretty well and I would have bought it if it wasn’t for the price tag…£65. Bit of a stretch for me but I ended up with a lovely blue denim pinafore dress. It does need some altering though but now mother dearest brought up the sewing machine from home to my new house in Winchester, I can do lots of altering and finally start making my dress too! Bought the pattern for it from a charity shop in Exeter and have been waiting to get a start on it for a while so I am really excited. Will document my progress with both my vintage dress and the hand-made dress on here! PS: Vogue reviews to follow tomorrow evening (Y)

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