...and the winner is...

Two weeks ago I announced a skirt naming contest for a design that I created and today is the day to announce the winner!


Ela who suggested a very creative name for this skirt: "Even more... skirt"! I love her entry because the name will change slightly along with the skirt versions that I'm going to sew. Like I said, I want to adorn these skirts with various shaped pockets so this name will follow that idea. When the pockets are heart shaped, the skirt is going to be named "Even more hearts skirt". When I pick cat heads as the pocket shape, it will change to "Even more cats skirt". Thank you, Ela, that was really awesome thing to think about!

That said, thank you all for your entries! It was so exciting to read all your ideas and all of them were really great!


Another small anouncement: I'm going on vacation for about two weeks. I will be curising the mighty (and cold) seas with a couple of friends! If reception allows, I will surely post to my Instagram, so make sure chck out my stories for pictures of the coast and the sea. Also please keep your fingers crossed so I don't get seasick too much!


Outfit: Made to match + Skirt naming contest

No problem looking correctly clothed this time (as opposed to last time)! Everything's nicely crisp and sits where it's supposed to with just the right amount of weight. Nothing too clingy, nothing too loose. Nothing too flowy nor too heavy and nothing overly feminine --with just the right touch of girly. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a balance. Phew.

I made this skirt a while ago and it's the second one from a pattern I drafted during the clothing construction course I attended and let me just say this: this shape is just. so. good looking on me. Ah, a bit of healthy self-appreciation never killed anyone. I can't get over how slim my hips look in this perfectly fitted skirt. And believe you me, my hips are the part of me that is the most stubborn (well, with the exception of the heart but that's another matter). My waist has slimmed down about 5-7 cm in the past year and yet my hips remain steadily wide. I definitely have a built in cushion on which to sit. How convenient!

...also not really convenient when I have to shop for clothes. Have you ever had the problem where your butt won't fit in a smaller size but fabric's loose around your waist in the larger size? I know I have it, like, all the time. My answer to that is here and it's more of a question, really: do you know why drafting your own patterns and sewing your own clothes is so awesome? Well, because I can account for the 33 cm gap between my waist and hips. Standard sized clothing found in stores usually allows one to have at most 25 cm of said gap --and that is already considered a lot.

On a side note, please send in your ideas for the name of this skirt because it's going to be another one of those pieces I'm sewing to order! It will sport different shaped patch pockets --including cat heads, hearts and teacups. Let your creativity flow! The winner will receive a 20% discount for a piece of clothing of their choice made by yours truly. If I like more than one idea, I'll give out more discounts. You have until 20.04. and I will feature a winner on 21.04. Can't wait to hear your ideas!


Style musings: Yin and Yang

It's dissecting time! Just like I promised you in my last post when I said I didn't really like the outfit I put together. I took out this full body shot from the last post on purpose: I think the part below the skirt was the culprit for making the whole outfit out of balance. All the yin and yang totally messed up... so let me explain to you what is what --and after you're done reading, check if you agree or disagree and let me know!

If you're not familiar with the yin and yang concept in styling, let me break it down to you.
We have a culturally learned tendency to categorize everything, including, of course, aesthetics. Two of these categories are masculine and feminine or yang and yin. When I say 'masculine', you possibly get a picture of strength, power and action. When I say 'feminine' you may see fragility, passiveness and allure. Those are just concepts and stereotypes, of course, not any sort of judgement on my part. Also, let it be said once and for all, they are not words I would use to describe men and women. I'm only using them as tools to describe the aesthetic vibe of things I'm looking at. I'll get to the examples and I'm sure you'll understand what I'm talking about. It's very intuitive.

Now, before we begin, let me state that I personally believe that our style is best when it follows along with our bodies' natural character. If a body is more yin, then the styling should be more yin to match it. If it's yang --well, you get the picture. Of course, our bodies tend to be a misture of both yin and yang qualities. We have angular (yang) parts and curved (yin) parts. To match your style to those two opposites can be a headache: that's probably why a lot of women have a problem with this.

So let's focus on this outfit: the clothes and my body shape.
The yang in this styling are as follows: the sweater, the frames of my glasses, the backpack, my hair and my legs. Those things appear large, sturdy, heavy, thick, strong. (Again, no judgements here, just categories!)
The yin are the blouse, the skirt, my shoes, especially the laces, and the upper part of my face (my chin is not yin), my round hips. Those things appear flowing, delicate, light, small, fragile.

It's not exact science in that you can't just count the amount of yin and yang elements to see if an outfit is more feminine or more masculine. I have more of a qualitative approach. It's important to see that the contrast between yin and yang brings out the most masculine and feminine parts in each other. What I mean is that this skirt, paired with a cute blouse, would not appear as harshly yin as it does next to the big yang sweater. I could have worn jeans (yang) here and all would've been fine. Also if I changed the cute yin shoes to my taller leather boots which are yang, the outfit would have been more balanced. Now we've got yang legs framed by very yin skirt and shoes --a contrast too strong for my own good! My legs look almost like a man's legs here.

Now the biggest trick here is that this outfit on its own is just fine. Many of you remarked about that in comments on my last post and you were totally right.

Thing is: it's not working on my body. If someone less curvy than me were to wear it, they'd look super cute. As it is, you can see the sweater clinging to my high hips and the skirt flowing around them and making them appear even larger than they already are. That forms a weird contrast with my slightly muscular legs and slightly yang face, ultimately creating an imbalance and I think we can agree that all of us can clearly see something's off.

Bottom line: I should remember to take into account that I have most of my yin qualities in my bust, waist and hips areas. I have yang legs and slightly yang face (especially with very short hair and my new glasses). I need to match the qualities of my clothes to those innate qualities of my body: when those two are in harmony, the best outfits are created. And on that note --I will probably post some more of these 'style musings' in the future: things that make an outfit pop, how to create a style that is a harmonius combination of yin and yang, what shapes of clothes work best for a body similar to mine etc. Let me know if there are some topics you'd like me to cover, I'd be glad to hear about that.

(Oh, and by the way, all this lengthy reasoning usually happens in about five seconds that I spend looking in the mirror before I head out --it's just so complicated to translate intuition to writing!)

What is it that makes or breaks an outfit for you?
How do you assess your outfits? 
What are your most true and tested ways of putting together outfits that match your body and personality?