Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Recent Summer Buys & Must Haves!

Long time no speak, I haven't been able to post in a little while because I have had a little job over the summer, but I am still here and I am back to show you guys some of the purchases I have brought over the summer and what things I think you guys should get perhaps... (Eyebrows raised) haha, lets get on with it shall we! (Everything I recently bought will be marked with a *)

 First off is this beauty of a jumpsuit from missguided, it's v-neck and an adjustable waist and looks perfect with this summers most popular shoe "the birkinstock" .... your very lucky as this only just came through my letterbox this morning so your the first to get looks at this! Its at a bargain price for £14.99! I have been loving jumpsuits and playsuits this summer and they are just perfect for any occasion and also my faux birkenstocks are from H&M which were £12.99 and they were pretty hard to find, I saw many bloggers with the zara version of these and I really wanted a pair.... luckily I found them hiding at the back of other pairs of shoes in Westfield White City! 

* Jumpsuit  http://www.missguided.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/118522/s/julija-button-front-jumpsuit/category/527/ 

* Shoes - Similar http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/1,61/1504800000

 I have been looking for an over sized shirt dress, a jeans jacket and roshe runs for ages! And finally I found my shirt dress on the heavenly store that is H&M its perfect not to short, not to long... but just make sure you don't bend down!!!! I am quite petite so I didn't want it to be too over sized so I got a small and it fits me perfectly, it's also got roll up sleeves and comes in at a great price of 7 pounds! My denim jacket I found on BooHoo.com - only minus is that one of the buttons came off and they don't send replacements with it and my roshes which I wanted for ages and I thought they sold out was from Footasylum which are now unfortunately out of stock but I will put a page of similar ones down below.

* oversized shirt - similar http://www.hm.com/gb/product/45533?article=45533-E#article=45533-D

* Jacket  http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/clothing/coats+jackets/icat/all-coats/gemma-acid-wash-denim-jacket/invt/azz34605

* Roshes - similar http://www.footasylum.com/nike-roshe-run/#page=1&productsperpage=60&facetchecker=1

 I love shorts but I really don't like tight ones that come right under the bum - I DESPISE! Haha I like oversized kind of baggy ones but I still haven't found the perfect inexpensive pair of denim ones but I found these runner shorts from missguided, I really like them they are perfect material and perfect to wear under or with my oversized top (above). The top is from topshop I got in the sale for 6 pounds last year... soz!

The shorts have run out in the black but they still have white available and loads of other cute runner shorts
* http://www.missguided.co.uk/clothing/category/shorts?limit=all#!/limit=all&p=clear&price=5-10

converses http://www.footasylum.com/converse-womens-chuck-taylor-all-star-ox-trainer-009228/

 Been looking for a cute cardi that I can wear whatever the weather, this one is from H&M its marl grey and is a fave of mine I got mine in Small so it can be a bit oversized. I can't find it on the site but I am sure you'll still be able to get it in store for £7.99.

AAAAHHHHH last but not least this beauty and a half, this pastel blue blazer was a nightmare to get I wanted it so bad and when ever I check online at Lucy's Boutique.com (Lucy Mecklenburgh from The Only Way Is Essex's shop - Yes TOWIE IS MY FAVOURITE SHOW!)  it was always out of stock so I had to keep ringing the store to see when they'd put it back in stock and finally they did, this is an investment at £45 but it is worth it you can wear it for summer, winter, spring or autumn, its meant to be a blazer but you can definatly wear it as a jacket, its similar to the zara coat which was £99 and you can wear it for any occasion.. its a perfect jacket which I am in love with! 

They have run out of the colour I have but here's a choice of other colours

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed! 
L x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Check Print! ... Talking about check, why don't you check out my blog: http://leannesfashionwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

How to make a: DIY triangle Bra/Bralet

Hey guys, so today I am going to be showing you how to make your very own DIY Bra or Bralette (Bralet) - as you can see there are many ways to say and spell it so I will let you decide how you want to spell it! But yeah just follow the simple steps to recreate this little beauty similar to triangl swimwear and calvin kleins bralette... but just not so good and professional as theirs I suppose! Sit back, relax with a cup of teas and enjoy... but if your making it then be prepared! ;)
Sunglasses: Primark £2, Sandals: Primark £8, Bag: New Look £15
Phone case: Jack Wills 

All you need is:

- A sewing machine 
- The pattern (above) printed out on A4
- Jersey cotton fabric (with stretch) - Mine was an old primark tshirt
- Sissors
- Elastics: like these: (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Quality-Flat-Woven-Elastic-For-Waistbands-Cuffs-Tailoring-Dressmaking-/200995599036?pt=UK_Crafts_Sewing_Supplies_MJ&var=&hash=item2ecc4572bc)
- Pins
- Thread 
- Measuring tape
- Chalk 
- Ruler

Then (Instructions are on the picture bellow): 

After you've cut the shapes out pin them on to your chosen fabric make sure you have doubled the fabric so you get two cuts from them. You need to do this 4 times so altogether you have 8 triangles!


Then take the paper and the pins off the material: 
After you take the pins out:

Now this is the time you need your elastic and measuring tape:
You can take a few inches off your straps because of the stretchiness of the elastic.


 BUT.. Don't pin it this way pin it where the seam is facing outwards - my mistake, you don't want to know the amount of times I had to redo this part! (see picture below for the right way to pin it)
Once you've repeated it for both you should now have this...

After you've sewn and taken the pins out you flip it inside out and you should end up with this:

Now get more elastic, measuring tape and a bra you own:
I suggest from here that you measure it round your self to see if you need to take some more off the elastic so its not too big or small. And again for the picture below when you've placed the cups where you want them try it on to see if you've pinned them into the right place.

Then once that's finished you...
Mark where you want to sew, pin it together and sew!

... And your done! 

There you have a simple DIY Triangle bra.. inspired by Triangl Swimwear and underwear (which I love but sadly I haven't got a pair, because it's a bit too expensive for a 16 year olds bank account... but maybe one day!). Hope you enjoyed my first tutorial and hope your ones all come out the same, if you have any questions send it too.. Leannesfashionwardrobe@gmail.com but if any of you attempt to make it I'd love to see it so send it through email or twitter which is @Leanne__Powell

Thank you for your time 
Leanne xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

College Fashion Show - My first skirt I made!

Hello Again Guys! Another college post! So recently in college for a few months I was working on a skirt - this was to be the first skirt I've ever made! I had to go through making the twill version (thank god I didn't have to put all the detailing on to the twill - by the way twill means "the practice version") and then making the actual version and plus putting the detailing on to it which was soooo long and tiring at times!!
 This was where I started off the pattern version which I used for both the twill and the real version. My plan was to make a wrap around skirt with button on it and my influence was London - because 1) I couldn't think of anything else to base it on and 2) Why not... London was where I was born really and I LOVE IT!
 All this hard grafting was to try and get an amazing grade (I haven't got the grade back yet unfortunately but after all the hard work I am indeed hoping for a Merit OR Destinction!) and to aim to get my skirt in the yearly college fashion show which is put on at the end of each year and shows many creations and students work!
I did many techniques and was still adding stuff on up until the days of the fashion show approaching. I used techniques such as printing and heat pressing, applique, foiling and more! I did embellishments such as the Big Ben, the London Eye and the Queens head! 
 Finally all my hard work paid off and my skirt was put into the college fashion show with a little more embellishment then it had before! This is a picture of the model strutting her stuff in my FIRST hand-made skirt.
I must say I am rather pleased and very chuffed! I am so proud, it may not be the best skirt but this has certainly spurred me on to make many more in the future... Now I only hope to get a good grade out of it! 

Leanne x

Blog Virgin + College Work

Hi my names Leanne and I am currently studying Fashion and Clothing in College. I am 16 Years old at the moment and I am hoping to go into the fashion industry doing Visual merchandising, Buying, Styling or Fashion Journalism.

So where's better to start... My first fashion blog is going to be about a variety of things from What I am wearing to what I am doing and making in college and what I am making/DIYing. Hopefully I can keep you up to date with my life and what I'm doing. 

This is a picture of a dress I made with just pins and a piece of fabric - no sewing at all. At college we call this 'draping on the stand' it was my first try at draping and making this dress. I will sure be doing this again soon, I just need to get my hands on a mannequin! Haha.

Leanne x