Whale of a Time

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Skirt: Modcloth

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Gosh, didn’t that weekend fly past? I had a lovely relaxed one; mooching about, sleeping in, doing a bit of housework and a bit of crafting. It’s always good to spend the first weekend after the first week back cruising, don’t you think?

Despite the black/grey/neutral palettes that have been trending on the blog lately, I’ve been wearing the hell out of this rust-coloured skirt from Modcloth. Today’s the first time I’ve tried teaming it with this stripey tee, which has been languishing at the bottom of a drawer for so long I (oops) kind of forgot I owned it.

I bought it a few years ago at one of the Queen Victoria Night Markets, but I’m pleased to say it’s also available on Etsy. It’s only available in one size, but it’s supposed to be fairly loose-fitting, so fortunately it fits The Rack of Doom easily.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe stripes are kind of roughly screenprinted, giving the top a nice home-made feel, and I totally love the little whale who’s -improbably – spouting scattered stars from his blow hole.

Shot to the Heart

frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heartCardigan: Gorman

T-shirt: Dream Diva

Skirt: Sewing By Selena via Etsy

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Ara via Shoebuy

The second I spotted this graphic arrow-print skirt way back in May I decided I had to have it. The fabric is part of the100% cotton “Mustang” line at Melody Miller, and it has a kind of heavy linen-y feel to it. The arrows are interspersed with gold dots, and the whole effect just makes me swoon a little.

I deliberated about buying the fabric and sewing something myself, but ended up taking the easier route and buying a pre-made skirt from Sewing By Selena.

Selena specialises in making simple skirts in a variety of amazing colours and prints, and she offers her customers the opportunity to customise their orders with a variety of extras like pockets or lining.

I chose a simple a-line skirt with  gathers at the centre front and back and an elasticised drop waistband. In the end the drop-waist was a little too deep, and drew more attention to the curve of my tummy than I was comfortable with, so I brought the waistband up a little, but apart from that my new skirt was everything I could have hoped for.

Selena’s workmanship was absolutely impeccable, with tidily finished seams, and even a lovely embroidered patch with Sewing By Selena‘s logo on it.

frocks and frou frou - shot to the heartI teamed it with the sequin heart tee-shirt that I bought some years ago from Dream Diva. It’s long gone now, but it would an easy remix project with a bit of sequin fabric and this tutorial.