Outfit Details

  • Cape - I made it! Modified pattern, based on New Look #6916, using Linton Tweeds fabric
  • Jumpsuit - Miss Selfridge 
  • Tights - Topshop 
  • Shoes - Ted Baker 
  • Necklace - Tatty Devine 
  • Rings - Vintage and family 
  • Bag - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 
  • Bow - DIY using Liberty fabric (see tutorial)

Put A Bow On It

Recreate the look with Elaine's bow tutorial:

Check out Put A Bow On It on Cut Out + Keep

How would you describe your style?

Never knowingly underdressed. My favourite things are dresses and capes, I'm a fan of a fascinator or headpiece, I'm obsessive about eyeliner and I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to beading and sequins.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

That's very difficult... My current favourite thing to wear is probably this jumpsuit! My fave me-made item is a black satin By Hand London Flora dress which I made with lace tying straps, and which has a big circle skirt. Can't beat a LBD, or a circle skirt.

Who are your style icons?

It's always got to be Audrey Hepburn. On film and in life, she always looked incredible. I don't particularly dress like her, at all, but for a spot of inspiration I always look to her!

Do you have any favourite designers?

Anyone who uses colour or drama: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Henry Holland, Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

I love, love, love Ted Baker (though I have to wait for the sale!). My favourite shop on the high street is Office, which accounts for about 80% of my shoes. But as I make a lot of my own stuff, I'm most likely to be found rummaging around fabric shops (Mandors and Gold Thimble in Glasgow are my faves).

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes! I make a lot of dresses and other bits too. I love making things because it's really exciting to see something come together. It's a chance to pick some interesting fabrics and there are so many cute patterns out there right now that I'm never short of something to try out.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

A few very small sewing tricks can go a long, long way - even stitching on a few little beads or changing a hemline can go a long way to creating an interesting look. Try out some stitches, practice putting some simple things together. You'd be amazed how quickly you can pick things up. Also, don't be scared. You should never be afraid to try something just because it's a little different or unusual.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I have to give a shout out to my best girl, Miss West End Girl (http://misswestendgirl.com/) and a Glasgow blog I've been reading for a long time, Kingdom of Style (http://kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk/). I follow a ton of sewing blogs, so it's difficult to pick any out. So, Sewcialists (http://sewcialists.org/) which has a 'firehose' of sewing blogs to check out, or The Monthly Stitch (http://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/) which has a bunch of different contributors.

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