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Leah-Jane Musch

Fashion, Photoshoot

In Vogue

It’s a dream come true – I’ve finally made it onto the pages of Vogue Magazine, out today. I was one of 8 world changing millennials invited to participate in a round table interview discussing all the hot topics. The photographer shot on film, and by the end of the session I felt like I’d truly connected with every single person there. Bravo to Vogue for being forward thinking and inclusive enough to do a story like this.

Click the articles to zoom and read.

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Eco

Biome Clothes Swap

When I recently hosted a Clothes Swap as part of my new role at Biome, I had to find somewhere for all the unwanted clothes to go at the end of the event. I reached out to a small, local Women’s shelter in the hopes that they wouldn’t be one of the charities recently inundated with clothing after the recent Marie Kondo nextflix special.

When I called, the man on the phone told me that they currently had 12 women in their care, and 12 SHIPPING CONTAINERS worth of clothing donations.

Read the full story in the blog post I wrote for Biome by clicking HERE

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Fashion, Fashion Hack

The Fabric Store ‘Little Black Dress’ Fashion Hack Tutorial

After an overwhelming response to the fashion hack I did on The Fabric Stores Little Black Dress for charity, I decided to create a video tutorial and free downloadable pattern so that you can make one at home too!

I purchased my two dresses for $25 each, and $7 from each dress will support Orange Sky – a Brisbane Charity that helps to positively connect people experiencing homelessness through free laundry, showers and conversation.

This hack is pretty simple and is suitable for beginners to established sewers. It involves first hemming the maxi dress and transforming it into a cocktail length. Next, you use the excess fabric from the hem to create two ruffles which are then topstiched onto the dress. Piece of cake!

I’ve created a free downloadable PDF pattern of the shoulder frill right here –  Shoulder Frill Pattern

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Eco, Fashion

GARAGE SALE TRAIL – My Top Brisbane Picks!

This weekend (Oct 20th and 21st) garages, front yards, back yards, sheds and balconies all across Australia will play host to the annual Garage Sale Trail. Both Saturday and Sunday, Aussies everywhere will be selling their unwanted goodies in an effort to reduce, reuse, recycle and keep stuff out of landfill. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that finding fashion bargains at garage sales is by far one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning.

Below are my top picks for the weekend, the essential “must visit” list. These are the garage sales I’ll most likely be stopping by! To find Garage Sales near you, click here.

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Pop Up Balcony Sale – “From 50 cent bargain goodies, to beautiful vintage treats, and brands like Sass & Bide and Camilla, we have something for everyone. Mostly men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, but plenty miscellaneous and home wares, come check us out!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 118, Blackwood Avenue, Morningside, QLD, Australia, 4170

 

Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair, Preloved Market – “6 Monster garage sale in our school hall with large variety: clothes (men, women, children and babies), kitchenwares, books, games , jewellery, dresses, bags, sports gear, bric-a-brac and all sorts. Nonhanging clothes $2, hanging clothes $5, bulk buy 4 hanging items for $15 and 5 items for $20. Community effort from our small school of around 300 kids.” Saturday Only.

Visit t 37, Saint Osyth Street, Toowong, QLD, Australia,

 

The Eclectic Mix – Vintage & Upcycled – Gifts, Homewares & Furniture – “Where OLD meets NEW… A passion for items of interest especially from the past with a mix of the latest fashions, gifts, homewares, furniture, collectables & more. We proudly stock…. Up cycled, pre loved & new. Always looking towards a sustainable future… Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, Reduce. In store you‚ you’ll find items that are Antique, Retro, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Country Charm, Hampton‚ Style, Modern & so much more. Cafe “Melidrop” on site – Shop till you drop, then coffee & lunch!!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 98, Main Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD, Australia, 4169

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion, Photoshoot, Review

Home Sewing with The Hemming

Home Sewing with The Hemming

Ok, here’s a confession for you. Up until two days ago, I didn’t know how to create button holes on my sewing machine.

I’d been doing that thing where you avoid having to do something because you simply don’t know how for YEARS. I have designed garments in the past with elastic, ties, zips, anything but buttons. Having decided to take on the challenge of following a print-at-home pattern by The Hemming this weekend, I knew my time had come to tackle my fear. Thanks to a quick demonstration from my good mate Emilia, I am now a button making master!

Another confession, up until this weekend I had never followed a pattern other than one I had made myself. I was drawn to try out the Adelia Dress, designed by the stunning Kimberley Hegedus (founder of The Hemming) because I have been wanting my own hand made dreamy linen summer dress for aaages now. Plus, it has pockets.

I decided to make the mini version (there is a longer option too) in a size small/10, which is very true to size. I used a light chocolate linen from my favourite place – The Fabric Store. I also kept the hem raw, as I hope it will keep softening and ageing with every wash. I found a collection of wooden, pearl and shell buttons from my local opp shop, and decided the mis-match would create a sweet little detail – which it totally did! I also belted it later in the day and liked it even more.

The pattern was mostly very simple to follow, however if you are an absolute beginner I would recommend starting off with something a little simpler, or enlist the help of a pal who knows what they are doing. The actual taping together of the pattern pieces took more time than I had anticipated, but that’s to be expected for any perfectionist trying to sticky tape paper together on carpet.

The Adelia is the ultimate casual but classy dress, and I couldn’t be happier to have one of my very own.

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