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Sewing with Doris

I recently bought shares into a sewing machine with a couple of friends and am absolutely LOVING getting my domestic on. Naturally I had to give the sewing machine a name (surely I’m not the only one that feels the need to name inanimate objects?) and Doris seemed like a natural choice.

I was initially a little nervous about working with Doris; it has been a loooong time since I went near a sewing machine and making a calico pencil case with a pocket for my calculator wasn’t quite the height of style or creativeness I was going for. I would soon regret making fun of this pencil case as I STRUGGLED to make a leather clutch with 3 simple seams and a zip. Having used a scrabble box as my pattern (yep) I thought the rest would be a cinch. It wasn’t. But I got there in the end with a couple of wonky lines and a bit of a curve in my zip and am now the proud owner and creator of a funky blue leather clutch.

After this initial “practice run” with the clutch, I decided to try my hand at a winter maxi skirt. (I know what you’re thinking: “isn’t a skirt a little ambitious after she struggled with a square clutch?” Not so, it was just as simple – straight line sewing and a bit of gathering.) I found a gorgeous navy jersey material that had great weight and shape and didn’t look like it would be ruined with a lot of “quick-unpicking”.  I consulted my favourite DIY blog a pair and a spare where I had previously seen Geneva create a skirt similar to what I was wanting so had a rough idea of what I was doing. Using her blog guidance, a lot of cups of tea and a bit of help from youtube and google, at the end of the day I was once again the proud owner and creator of a new item in my wardrobe; a jersey maxi skirt, perfect for the upcoming winter.

Naturally the next step was what to wear with my newly made skirt. I don’t have a picture of the maxi so found a skirt similar to what I have created, this being the Marl Maxi Skirt by Topshop.

Maxi Skirt Winter Look

I started with the shoes, choosing these gorgeous Alaia wedge boots, to give a bit of height and to get the bottom of the skirt off the ground; and paired them with this fine knit Alexander Wang sweater which I’m envisioning being a tight fit as the skirt has a lot of body and sway.

For warmth and style factor, I channelled some Rachel Zoe (my FAVE t.v addiction at the moment) with this Juicy Couture Belted faux fir gilet, giving a bit of interest to what was shaping up to be a rather monotone creation. I’ve gone for some colourful accessories to match my favourite Michael Kors Runway watch and have brought the whole look together with the Mulberry Oversize Alexa leather bag.

The perfect items to wear with my new (handmade) winter maxi skirt.

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