I know now isn’t really the time to speak about collars, it is far too hot.  I don’t even wear my watch anymore… but

I came across “collars” on Pinterest by chance. I am fascinated by it.

It’s amazing how many different ones there are, how gorgeous, AND the difference they make to a shirt/sweater/dress etc. Whether they are simple, or just the opposite, embellished, an unusual cut, they are all very interesting, I find.

Here are some.. well, lots actually:

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Amazed?!? I was, I had no idea there were so many and such beautiful ones!!!!

Did you spot the intruder by the way? I couldn’t resist it… There also may be some that have been put twice…

I especially like the idea of having different detachable collars to wear on lots of different Colin-Firth-Mr-Darcy-Pride-and-Prejudice-colin-firth-16177816-1346-2047clothes. Love the ruffle type with ties, to add as if it were a scarf ( note to self to cut collars from stained or out of favour shirts and perhaps add to them stones or similar ), but I like them all really… Oh, I also love the idea of the shirt’s collar up and a silk scarf wound around it (in or out the actual collar), a bit Mr. Darcy’s! 1800s circa. I have always had a weakness for cravats… I like the string around the put up collar too (see above gallery for all mentioned).

I want to try the haberdashery for a lace detachable collar, even though that won’t be an easy task, tasteful lace is difficult to come about…



Here’s also a few guides of types of necklines or collars:

Neckline fashion vocabulary

Type of collars

I have to wait for Autumn and winter now.



Kimono Jacket DIY

I actually did a post a while ago about kimono jackets… but, yesterday I saw this:

H&M Linen Kimono

H&M Linen Kimono


Ok, it’s perfectly affordable by anyone, but, if you already have one in the house… For example, I have a son, who is soon to be taller than me AND who happens to do judo. Now, in my case, this is going to be no use just yet, unfortunately this trend has come around a couple of years too soon for me, but if yours were to be the right height…



The next step of course is dyeing it, whichever colour you fancy.

SBT0009You could even add some kind of trimming if you want to make it a little different ( might remind you too much of your teenage son otherwise. We all know it is a time to forget!!).


Well, good luck! With the jacket I mean…




Dresses DIY

I am slowly taking out my summer clothes. When I am close to the cupboard under the stairs, where I store the “wrong season’s” garments, I pop into that room and bring one piece upstairs to my bedroom’s wardrobe. That way it doesn’t feel like a “boring job” and I feel I have something new to wear every day!

Some garments I still love, some I like, some I am not so keen anymore. That’s when I started thinking about sartorial alterations…

Yesterday I “released” from the long winter a jumpsuit, which is actually really fashionable right now. Only I have already “done” jumpsuits a few years ago, so I am not in the mood to “do” them again, at least not so soon! I like the fabric of this specific one, and its top part, but not the bottom, if only because it makes me feel too hot. I therefore decided to make it into a skirt, which will make it a dress really, not a jumpsuit anymore! I also thought I would change the drawstring  around the waist and neck, to a richer and more sophisticated ribbon (grosgrain perhaps).


A lengthy explanation I guess, in order to tell you this: have a look through what you have and think of ways to update it by having them altered. Make sure to have it done by someone who knows how to do it though, or you will end up paying the dress-maker and then going out to spend more money on new clothes!9067703-spool-of-thread-and-needle-isolated-on-a-white-background-Stock-Photo

A few ideas:





It could be something simple, like taking the sleeves off and making the dress a sleeveless one

or transforming the neck line into a V oneCasual-Jeans-font-b-Dress-b-font-2015-Summer-Vintage-V-Neck-Slim-Elastic-Waist-Sleeveless

or both

of course shortening could be a possibility but not in this case. Or again, you could put a slit at the front/back?

Another idea is adding a strip of material at the bottom of the skirt, like a second hem or a skirt worn underneath (again in a different colour/pattern or material) 

Zara Basic Sleeveless Dress



You could also add sleeves, perhaps in a plain/different material, e.g. white fabric on this jersey striped dress:





or making it short sleeves and taking the collar off? You could even add stones down the placket or around the base of the collar.








If you don’t like it so loose anymore, perhaps you could have it taken in at the back by sticking it in the waist centre point with elastic thread or taken in at the sides at waist level.



Possibilities are endless…

MTWTFSS Weekday Light knit dress - Black

MTWTFSS Weekday Light knit dress – Black


Is it a straight, “t-shirt like” dress? What about getting it sewn at waist point and putting in a draw-string?










I am not sure what is actually possible and where, but your dress-maker certainly does and can advise you on what you could do and give you more ideas!

One last one:

Shirt +skirt dress

Isn’t it just marvellous?! Two dresses in one! Or a shirt and a skirt? It doesn’t matter, I love it!!