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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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Fashion, Photoshoot, Sustainable Style Series

Cover Girl! Bella Rae Magazine

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It feels like The Unmaterial Girl is a bit of a rolling stone sometimes, and lately it’s really started picking up momentum at a speed I’m struggling to keep up with! Having my face on the cover of a magazine is a pretty exciting example of this phenomena…

Bella Rae Magazine is a magazine on a mission. It’s a fresh and bold publication committed to empowering young women to band together and support one another in becoming strong, intelligent and creative leaders.

THIS is the kind of magazine I wish I’d been able to get my hands on as a young teenager, because it’s a total breath of fresh air compared to the other publications on the shelves for girls these days. The models are real girls, the stories and content are interesting, relatable and relevant, the layout is quirky and fun, and the overall messages put out by this magazine are ones of authenticity, positivity, respect and sisterhood.

When Bella Rae’s editor Henrietta reached out to me about potentially featuring my ‘Sustainable Style Series’ as an ongoing part of the magazine, I jumped at the chance! Over coffee and cake, she asked me how I felt about being the cover girl for issue three… and I was blown away! The fact that an emerging young women’s magazine wants to promote and highlight sustainable and ethical fashion is why I think Bella Rae has a very bright future ahead of it. They’re not doing what’s been done before, but instead digging deeper and bringing something different to the magazine industry.

Issue three hits stands today (Thursday the 15th of September, 2016) and I highly encourage you to grab a copy for either yourself, or someone who you think could get a lot out of it.

Below are some photos from our cover shoot, taken by the insanely talented Neill Blue. Almost all of the outfits featured in the shoot were pieces I scored from markets and opp shops, including the dress that made it onto the cover (a Wardrobe Warriors find, $5)

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Fashion, Photoshoot

Clothes Swap Sunday!

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This afternoon, I attended my very first clothes swap. What a delight! A bunch of fashionable Brisbane ladies gathered together in a breezy Queenslander and swapped our unwanted clothing.

We heaped our threads into a giant pile in the middle of the room… and the swapping began! There were no real rules, it was just an awesome mutual sharing situation, everyone adding little clothing stories along the way like “I found that jacket in a store in London aaaages ago!” or “I used to wear that skirt to work but now there’s no need because I work from home!” There was a real thrill when a friend picked up something of yours and wanted to give it a new home. Go on faux leather jacket… be free!

This concept is great for so many reasons. Clothes swapping allows you to totally revive your wardrobe without having to spend a dime! Plus, it’s a lovely excuse to get together with a bunch of pals and drink fresh iced tea on a Sunday afternoon. I’m so inspired by this, I really want to organise one on a bigger scale, perhaps at Uni…? Stay posted. All our unwanted clothing from today will be donated to charity.

My favourite finds from this swap have to be a hot pink silky scarf, a purple corduroy high-waisted skirt, a bright Lorna Jane jacket and a marbled Country Road skirt – all featured below!

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Fashion, Photoshoot

Wardrobe Warriors Fashion Finds

img_8724I can’t seem to resist visiting the Wardrobe Warriors markets when I have a Sunday off work, because I never fail to come home with a stash of amazing goodies. Yestereday however, I hit some kind of thrifting jackpot, as almost every stall that I visited – I found a bargain!

I ended up coming home with a bright and colourful cotton dress ($5), Topshop shoes ($8), a striped and sparkly top ($5), a fully sequined Gatsby style top ($10) a pair of hippy pants ($2) and a tasselled hippy poncho ($8) for the upcoming Woodford Folk Festival (program out now, it’s AMAZING!). Naturally… I got my camera out and started snapping, with the help of my gorgous fiance Jamie.

 

Colourful cotton dress makes me wanna spin…

One of the pieces I scored today at the @wardrobewarriorsmarket ... a printed cotton dress with the coolest mix of colours, $5! The shoes were $8 (also found at today's market) originally from @topshop_au #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #fashionmarket #wardrobewarriors #brisbaneblogger #fashionblogger #unmaterialgirl Photo by @jimmyogs

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This is the face I pulled this morning when the lady at the @wardrobewarriorsmarket told me this top was only $5! Seriously, I haven't come home with this many good things in ages! On today, go check it nowwww #wardrobewarriors #brisbane #market #fashionmarket #slowfashion #sustainablefashion #brisbanefashion

My face, once I realised how many things I’d bought…

 

Fashion, Photoshoot, Soul

I am not my hair.

img_7621I first decided to get a fringe when I was about 13 years old. I had struggled through my pre-teen years with unruly thick curls, a feature I never saw as anything but an inconvenience (washing and combing was a nightmare). Entering high school at an all girls college saw me instantly compare myself to others around me in a way I never really had before. The grass was so much greener, blonder and straighter. I was brunette, Hermione-Granger-esk and totally uncool.

My youthful decision to get blunt bangs came after a consultation with my local hairdresser, as I begged for a way to disguise my reasonably giant forehead (for which I had been teased about ruthlessly). “Well… a fringe would cover that up!” She said. And I said yep. Let’s do it.

The first year of bangs I have entitled ‘The Battle with the Blow Dryer’, which involved many tear-filled mornings of attempting to get my fringe “like it was when the hairdresser did it!”. This often resulted in a fluffy, half straight fringe teamed with a head of hippy curls (not my finest look). This look was never really mastered until my final years of high school, where I cut my hair into a 20’s bob and straightened the hell out of it. I became defined by this look. People would buy me those little Japanese plastic dolls with the same hair every birthday. My hair became a huge part of my identity, symbolising my leap from lame frizzy teenager to cool, hipster fashion girl.

This look became my secret weapon. I landed roles in commercials, small modelling gigs, always cast as the “hipster girl”. I was often compared to Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (huge compliment!) or the ‘fifty shades of grey girl’ (I’ll take that too). These comments boosted my self esteem in a way I soon came to rely on. I feared being seen with my hair back to an unhealthy degree. I would actively avoid running in to people on the days I was brave enough to go out in public with it pinned back.

This year I turned 25, and something shifted. This ‘look’ I had cultivated over the last 12 years started to feel more and more like a lie. My fringe was something I had hidden behind, and now I felt like it was time to open myself (and my face) up to the world and stop being afraid.

This week has been my first official week of natural hair. I had to throw out my dodgy shampoo/conditioner in exchange for some quality + moisturising products, this will help repair the damage of half a lifetime of heat styling. I don’t have the ringlets I did when I was young, however I still have plenty of thick natural waves. I did cheat a little and have a fantastic colour makeover by a local lady named Chelle’s Cheveux, who lightened my tresses in order to highlight my natural curls.

I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t had a few morning freak outs, especially after going on a coffee break at work and having my usual  barista ask me “is today your day off?” I’ve also had a few people re-introduce themselves to me (awkward) as they literally didn’t recognise me without my fringe.

When I start feeling my ego taking over and that dark voice telling me I won’t be cool/attractive/hipster/popular without my fringe, I stop and check myself. If I can get over this hurdle and a little closer to self love, switching my focus from body image to the things that really matter… I will have so much more energy, focus and passion to invest in my wonderful life.

P.s The beautiful bird dress ($5) and palm tree white shirt ($3) where both purchased this morning from the Wardrobe Warriors Market at Mt Gravatt, which I highly recommend if you’re wanting some outfit updates and don’t want to spend more than the coins floating around in the bottom of your handbag.

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