Monday, 31 December 2012

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 7 Swans are Swimming

It's new years Eve!

This year has been so hectic and it's flown by! - It feels like only yesterday was the beginning of the summer!
I hope 2013 will be just as exciting with lots of new and exciting things for this blog!

Today's post is in two parts. As it's new years Eve, later I will post my outfit for the night, but first the next part of the 12 days of Christmas.

It's a simple idea that was sparked from the story of the Ugly Duckling! Embellishment can make an outfit and add a personal touch and the simplest way is to change buttons to make the garment look more expensive.
So take a plain old cardigan as the ugly duckling! You can buy loads of buttons from a haberdashery and they're usually under a £. Simply remove the old, boring buttons and sew on the new ones...Now you have a new cardigan that's transformed into a beautiful Swan! - There's no need to buy a new cardigan when you can just alter an old one!

Sunday, 30 December 2012


Scrolling through Net-a-porter, I found these AMAZING collars as part of Karl Lagerfeld's 'KARLouflage' collection. What's even better, their in the sale!

Black Pearls, Lace, Black Stud, Crystal beaded

These collars could be used with any basic top/jumper to give a casual but high end impression, such as a grey sweatshirt or a plain white t-shirt. They could even be worn as a choker necklace with a scoop top or maybe even a black dress?!

Kat xx

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 8 Maids are Milking

Dress - Boohoo, Clutch - Miss Selfridge, Hair Bow - ASOS, Nail Varnish - Revlon in 'Graceful', Watch - Daniel Wellington, Shoes - H&M

Today's outfit is a collection of pieces from shops and online to create a 'Maid' style outfit. The dress from Boohoo is so pretty plus, it's on sale now for a really good price!- It reminds me of the classic Chanel dress and it's also the perfect starting point for a Maids inspired outfit due to the lace and colours.

I kept the colour scheme of the outfit to black and white, so it was like the uniform Maids wear as well as to keep the outfit looking classic and girly.

Make-up wise, I would keep it minimal using natural skin colours on the eyes with a light pale pink lipstick.

Kat xx

Saturday, 29 December 2012

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 9 Ladies Dancing

Hi Guys!

The weather has been miserable for the past couple of days, meaning I've stayed inside, drinking lots of tea and wearing chunky knits.

I was hunting round for a jumper the other day, when I came across an old, moth bitten one. It was such a nice colour but full of holes round the neck. That's when I thought of a new DIY project.-today's 'how to' are some cosy leg warmers, made from the old jumper. They're quick to make meaning more time to wear them!

You will need:
An old (baggy) jumper
Matching Thread
Tacking Thread
Tailors chalk
A Ruler
Pins and a needle
A Sewing Machine

Personally, I don't wear leg warmers round the house on their own. I prefer to wear them with boots to cover the top and keep my feet extra warm. Or, you could even wear them as arm warmers if you wanted to!

Back tomorrow!

Kat xx

Friday, 28 December 2012

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 10 Lords a' Leaping


Blazer - Thrifted, Shirt - Dorothy Perkins, Shorts - Topshop, Bow Tie - Jack Wills, Shoes - Office, Bag - M&S

It's the third day now and the Lords are Leaping! As Lords dress quite smart, this outfit takes their formality with a bit of a twist! I absolutely LOVE the bow tie, which I got for Christmas and it's the perfect thing for a Lords inspired outfit!
I experimented with the outfit when shooting; trying boots, heels, skirts and trousers. But I think these flatforms work best with the velvet shorts. - I'm now obsessed with velvet!!!
Hope you holidays are going well.

Kat xx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 11 Pipers Piping

Hi guys!
So, we're at 11 Pipers piping in the song and today's tutorial is a chunky rose ring, made out of the piping used to decorate edges of cushions.

I forgot to write the material list on my post yesterday - whoops! 
It's now on the youtube description for you.

Today you will need:
Piping (28 cm)
Matching Thread
Fabric Scissors

Top - Topshop, Jacket - New Look, Skirt - River Island, Tights - M&S, Socks - Topshop, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - FatFace

The main idea for this outfit was the tartan scarf, to link to Pipers Scottish roots. This scarf is perfect for the Tartan trend and great value for money! - I think it was £12 and it's wool, so it'll be nice and snug on those chilly days!

Other than the scarf, the outfit has no real relation to Pipers! The jacket tones down the outfit to make it more casual, so if you wanted to make it more dressy, a blazer or tailored jacket would fit. Likewise, plain tights will look just as good as these heart tights. - I would suggest lighter tights so the outfit isn't too dark.

Kat x

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - 12 Drummers Drumming

Hi guys! I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas and you got lots of prezzies!

It's been a busy month and I would like to apologise for the lack of posts. There's just been so much to do recently with trips, mocks, schoolwork, as well as the Winter cold going round!
So to make up for this, on each of the twelve days of Christmas I will post a little sewing tutorial and/or an outfit, related to the song.

I've decided to work backwards through the days (no particular reason), starting with the 12 Drummers Drumming. Below is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a cut/embroidered card, that can be used as than-you cards for all your relatives and friends.

Jacket - Primark, Top - New Look, Trousers - River Island, Boots - River Island

Following a military theme, I used a blue velvet tailored jacket on top of an A-line Peter Pan collar top, to add a feminine touch. Teamed with some military boots and black jeans to finish, alternatively hareem pants or leggings if you prefer. This outfit is a slightly dressy/casual outfit that could be worn out for Christmas meals.
The 12 days of Christmas continues tomorrow with another tutorial for you to try. See you soon!

Kat x

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Jumper, Bag, Nail Varnish, Necklace, Shirt, Jeans, Cuff, Eye shadow, Boots

Hello! I hope you are all well!

I have a thing for fluffy jumpers at the moment and I think they will be a big hit for A/W. The best fluffy jumpers are made in mohair, but if like me you find the wool is quite itchy on the skin, we'll just have to put up with polyester...even if that means being cold!

When I compiled this outfit together I thought it would be best with Jeans, however, a leather skirt (like the one above) would also look great and make the outfit more dressy. Combined with a printed shirt, such as the geometric print from Zara, it is a perfect match and right on trend, replicating the Prada catwalk prints.

For make-up, I chose natural/brown hues, so the gold embellishment becomes the statement of the piece, although smoky eyes would also work well in tones of browns and blacks.

Kat x

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


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Saturday, 27 October 2012


From the runway shows of Isabel Marant and Moschino, who would have thought dressing up like Jess from Toy Story would be so fashionable? Don't forget the influences on TV as well, such as the re-make of Dallas. The trend consists of; fringing, leather, denim and hats, but once again, you can create your western outfit with a collar! 

These Gold collar tips from Regal Rose, are perfect for an inspired Cowgirl look on a checked or denim shirt. Wear with some cut-off shorts (if it's warm enough!) Or either with a pair of flared or boyfriend jeans, for the denim look. If you want to get creative, the DIY bolo tie I made last August can add a Western touch, as well as being unique. So go and give it a go!

Other than collars, I'm loving Topshop's black ankle boots (above), they will practically go with anything! You can dress them up or down; by day, layer up with a skater dress, a checked shirt tied or unbuttoned and a grey wool blazer topped off with a fringed scarf. Then by night, go leather luxe, with a leather skirt (probably my favourite item for A/W), teamed with a sheer shirt and collar tips.

Yeehaa! I hope these ideas help as the Western look can sometimes be quite hard to pull off - I think the most effective way is by adding just a hint of it in an outfit, whether that's a bag, boots or a shirt. 

Experiment with the trend, see what works for you and I hope you are well!

Kat x

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

STYLIZED: Walk about Town

The beginning of Autumn is so HARD to dress for! It's either too cold to go without a jacket, or its too warm to wear a chunky knit or coat! Not to mention shoes! Boots or pumps? Socks or no socks? I end up leaving the house wearing a thick(ish) quilted jacket and wearing summer pumps with no socks, which somehow isn't proportionally right.  

However, in the light of the autumnal months, after hunting through shops and internet sites, I have put together an outfit to wear around town or to work which will keep you warm but be light enough to wear.

This French Connection Coat from ASOS, is perfect for this seasons trend of contrasting fabrics and is wearable for both formal and casual attire. For a more formal approach, I paired it with some fitted black trousers and a cream blouse. To add an edge to the outfit, I chose to team the items with suede flatforms and a collar chain. Finally, to top the outfit off, I would wear it with Topshop's Geometric print Satchel for an addition of pattern.

Beauty wise, I thought the make-up could be fairly natural as there are quite a few dark pieces in the outfit. Although, blue nail varnish adds a bit of colour and will combine all the pieces together.

Kat x

Saturday, 20 October 2012


Dating back to the 1600's in Italy. Baroque was an era of artistic style that was filled with the arts as well as riches. From music to architect, everything was to the highest standard with every single detail covered. 

Fast forward to the 21st century, Baroque is back thanks to Dolce and Gabbana's A/W 12 catwalk. Packed with jacquard prints, ornate jewels and gold, who can't resist a bit of glamour? Especially since the Christmas season is round the corner, parties will be taking place everywhere and the perfect place to wear your version of the Baroque trend. 

Now I realise wearing lots of gold embellishment and large jewellery suits a night out. So to be more appropriate for everyday attire, Miss Selfridge's Baroque inspired Collar is perfect for sprucing up any basic outfit! For ideas, team it with a leather skirt, knitted jumper and some ankle boots or combine with a basic skater dress to add texture. 

Since I love collars (as the blog name suggests) and they're fashionable items at the moment. Over the next few weeks I'm thinking of doing a post on Collars in Fashion like this one. It will cover, outfit ideas as well as key prints and pieces for the trend. 
Do you have any suggestions of particular trends? I have a few ideas but what trends would you like to see?

Kat x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Remember the craze when you were younger? The array of colours and designs to choose from in shops, spending hours at home carefully compiling intricate images of whatever you could imagine.

Now, a few years on, the little beads are tucked away in the back of a wardrobe, or placed in a box up in the attic, neglected. Well now is the time to clamber up into the attic, search for that beaded box and create your most fashionable item to date.

There are many patterns you can create as well as a vast colour choice! I made three, turning one into a necklace and another into a brooch. But you could make earrings, a keyring...I could go on, the list is endless! 

The purple/white one is a FAIL! So take it as an example showing you not every pattern is easy to make with Hama Beads!

To make the geometric pattern above, follow this simple step by step.
You will need:
  • Three colours of your choice
  • A hexagon Hama bead board
  • An iron
  • Tracing Paper

Finally, all you have to do is cover the top with tracing paper and gently place the iron on top until the beads are fully stuck together. Once this is complete, to make a necklace, pierce a hole in the top and then thread the needle through to tie the thread together.

Have fun!

Kat x

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Whatever the weather, day, year or season, there are just some clothes that never age or go out of fashion. Dating back to the earliest scenes of fashion through to the 50's, 80's and the modern day, some pieces remain stubbornly in amongst the trends. Take a look at Burberry, the brand was originally famous for the Trench Coat. Over the years, they have expanded to high designed clothing for men and women, yet every season you will still see the Trench walking down the Catwalk!
       Below are my fashion staples ordered for day and night, many of which are well worn as they go with pretty much everything! These items can be used as a basis for current trends or put together for effortless chic.


Striped Sleeved Top, Pea Coat, Denim Jeans, Brown Tote Bag


Leather Jacket, Blazer, Sheer Shirt, Black Pumps, Quilted Purse, Little Black Dress
Now over to you, what are your fashion staples or your favourite pieces of clothing you wear all the time? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

Kat x

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Faux Lapel CollarTriangle Knit JumperBagKnitted Rib JumperWestern Ankle BootsCapeTurtleneck CropWatchCollarLeather Ankle BootsSkater SkirtTartan Scarf

Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year! Mainly due to the many festivities, I also love being out in the snow! Then again, there is nothing better than sitting by the fire on a frosty evening with a hot chocolate covered in marshmallows!
          Yet, my absolute love is shopping for A/W, there is so much to buy! Whether its coats, boots or chunky knits, A/W has lots to offer and as the days grow colder, there are a few things I have my eye on. I guess Christmas needs to come sooner!
          Up above are my favourites for this month, inspired by this seasons catwalk trends of baroque, tartan and Gothic. These items are bound to be popular on the high street.

Kat x

Sunday, 16 September 2012


Hello! I hope you are well. 
Two weeks ago, I was aimlessly looking round my local fabric shop for something to make, when I came across a roll of spotted lace. This instantly reminded me of Stella McCartney's 'dots' which first appeared in her A/W11 collection.
So deciding to use the fabric, I scanned through Vogue, McCalls and Butterwick to find a pattern which would compliment the lace.
In the end, I used Butterwick pattern B5356, creating pattern A. 
It really is easy to make (as long as you don't pick a very netted lace) and you can really make it your own through colour and embellishment. Mine I made for Summer, so I used a light fabric in white ivory with a contrasting bias tape, but this pattern can easily be altered for Winter using darker coloured fabrics such as burgundy. Or what about standing out with contrasting colours; maybe all black with a brightly coloured bias tape?

Kat x

Saturday, 11 August 2012


Hi guys! Hope you are all well.
Here is a little project for you to try. Originating from the Western Cowboys, the bolo tie can still look fashionable as a necklace paired with a sheer shirt. What's even better is its simple to make with little skill required, so everyone can release their inner Cowgirl!

All you will need is:

1 large button
Leather/suede lace
Adjustable toggle
Matching thread

Step 1: Simply thread the lace through the button loop and fold the lace in half, making sure there is an equal length each side.

Step 2: Using the matching thread, sew the lace together near the button hole securely so it will not adjust.

Step 3: At the top of the lace, attach the toggle. This will allow you to adjust the tie to whatever height you want. If you don't want the toggle showing, a large bead can be more discrete.

 There can be so many variations on this tie. From different coloured lace to a variety of shaped buttons. So it can be unique with your own personal touch!

Kat x

Saturday, 21 July 2012


This quick and simple moustache vest stands out from the crowd, the moustache is detachable so there are many ways to wear it. For a more masculine touch, combine with a blazer for a very quirky bow tie!

You will need:
Black Fabric (preferably remnants)
Matching Thread
Tacking Thread
Safety Pin
Plain t-shirt/Vest

Step 1: First of all, draw out a template of a moustache on A4 paper, draw it landscape as big as you can so its proportionate with the top.

Step 2:     Once you are happy with the moustache, cut it out and pin it onto the black fabric.
Step 3: Next, using tailors chalk draw the outline onto the fabric (do this twice) and then cut both out.

Step 4: Place both cuttings on top of each other with right sides facing in. Pin and tack.

Step 5: Take out the pins and then sew half a cm away from the edge using a sewing machine with the matching thread. Remember to leave a gap so you can turn the fabric out to the right side.

Step 6: Now, pull out the tacking and turn the moustache inside out. Use a pick to get the ends out.
Step 7: Cut the stuffing up into small pieces and then stuff into the moustache.

Step 8: Using the matching thread, hand sew the hole up and on the back of the moustache, attach a safety pin.
Step 9: Attach the moustache to your top. Et fini!

Tell me what you think of this tutorial in the comments below or even show how yours turned out, I would love to hear from you!

Kat x

Friday, 20 July 2012


This is the beginning of my blog which combines my interests in fashion and sewing. Here you will find little projects inspired by catwalk trends which are simple to create, as well as posts about fashion and my outfit ideas. I hope to get this blog on its feet in the next couple of weeks with the hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have creating it!

Kat x