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