Tackling Designer Fashion: The Best Way to Save Money

Arguably, one of the main advantages of knowing how to sew is never spending thousands of dollars on designer clothing. Sure, it doesn’t entirely alleviate the temptation of copping a few garments from Moda Operandi, but there’s definitely a level of pride in thinking, ‘hey, I could totally make that.’ Over the years, my skills in pattern-making, drafting, and machine sewing have improved to a level where I can confidently construct my own haute couture closet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert. I’m still a work in progress.

My next project consisted of a semi-easy DIY: the Ivory Ruffle Apron Top from Selkie. At first glance, it’s relatively simple in construction. I didn’t have to worry about fit as much, as the most complicated step is the short bodice. I made my own variations in terms of the shoulder straps and back. Instead of opting for a corset detail or a zipper, I decided to install shirring for a more comfortable fit. I’m pretty proud of the end result, as it offers the right amount of volume and drama.

What I’m Wearing

  • Top: Handmade (Inspired by Selkie)
  • Skirt: Aritzia (Sunday Best)
  • Bag: Prada
  • Hair accessories: Sukoshi Mart
  • Boots: Thrifted

Next up, I wanted to tackle the Paris Georgia Singlet top. This proved to be rather detail-oriented, as it was quite difficult to nail the heart neckline as I was sewing the bias in. Additionally, I wasn’t keen on buying special fabric for this project, given that I wanted to reduce the amount of material I had on the backlog. The best that I could do was black satin, meaning that I needed to add in darts to ensure the perfect fit. Since the fabric offered no stretch, I decided to opt for shirring again in place of a zipper. The end result gives me mixed feelings, as it’s not totally on point with the real Paris Georgia top, but it does bear a slight resemblance.


Summer Lookbook: 31° Degrees and Over

As Canada’s abnormal humidity persists, I find myself bathing in complimentary a.c granted at my local thrift stores. Obviously, I’m not just there to soak in the crisp cold air, as I also picked up a few key pieces along the way. Dresses are something that I should generally avoid, given that I’ve amassed a sizable collection over the years. Nevertheless, I still managed to find three incredible designs that I just couldn’t say no to. In my own defense, I have been quite strict in how I thrift, so it’s been a hot minute since I picked anything at my local second-hand shop.

I’ll admit that these three looks are not the most friendly considering the weather, but they’ll do just finely in normal 22° degree humidity. I wanted to keep things flirty and fun, since we’re nearing the somewhat end of summer. Oh, and to switch things up a little, I put on a pink wig for a pop of color. I’m not totally accustomed to this hue, but it’s started to grow on me. As a note to my future self: don’t buy $30 wigs off of Amazon. This one managed to lose a significant amount of hair after two uses.

Without further ado, let’s jump ahead in this summer-inspired lookbook!

Egg Sandwiches For Saturday’s Picnic

What I’m Wearing

  • Dress: Thrifted
  • Shoes: Converses
  • Bag: Bapy by A Bathing Ape (Farfetch)

Milkshakes and Movie Theatres

What I’m Wearing

  • Dress: Algo-Ettes (vintage)
  • Cardigan: thrifted
  • Shoes: Vivaia
  • Bag: thrifted

City Hall

What I’m Wearing:

  • Dress: Theory (thrifted)
  • Cardigan: hand-me-down
  • Shoes: Michael Kors (thrifted)
  • Bag: Charles & Keith (thrifted)

Sugar Cookie for Summer

What I’m Wearing

  • Dress: handsewn
  • Blouse: thrifted
  • Shoes: Michael Kors (thrifted)
  • Bag: Bapy by A Bathing Ape (Farfetch)
  • Earrings: Sukoshi Mart
  • Necklace: thrifted

OOTD: A Collage of Thrifted Looks for the Summer

With winter officially off our backs, we can finally look forward to summer. Sure, spring is right around the cornerbut can you truly say that it’s the season of clear skies and warm weather? In my neck of the woods (that being Canada), it’s a never-ending sludge of rain, leftover slushy mud, and boisterous winds. Summer, on the other hand, is a blissful period of sunswept afternoons. Naturally, I wanted to base my next collection of OOTD to mark such as momentous occasionand what better to shop for new outfits than to go to your neighborhood thrift?

To be fair, some of the pieces shown are bought at other stores such as Aritziabut you can take care knowing that the majority of stuff I’m wearing is thrifted. Intended to be light, playful, and bright, these three outfit ideas can be worn as a casual city ensemble, a bookish look for flea markets, or ‘safari’ galavanting on a scenic hike. Pick your poison.

The Wildflower look

The Vintage Bookstore Look

The Ferry Date Look