Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Two skirts for the price of one!

Now that the summer holidays have finally started, I've got a lot more free time to do fun things like making clothes! The first project of the summer was to take the hem up on a floral corduroy skirt which I bought for £3. When I had cut the bottom off, I realised I had enough material left to make another skirt! So I now have one puffy elasticated waist skirt, and a straight skirt - which I'd work out to be £1.50 each, haha.

The straight skirt was a bit of a challenge, and it ended up a bit too big really - definitely needs a belt. But on the plus side, I thought that the cord material was quite easy to work with. (Except when my sewing machine decided to suck my skirt through the tiny hole where the needle goes). I'm going to see if I can get my hands on some more corduroy fabric for future sewing projects.

Ooh, and I just had my hair cut :D. It's kindof based on one of Francoise Hardy's hairstyles, but the fringe went a bit weird.

The original skirt

Thankyou for all of your advice on photography with old cameras! It might be worth trying another roll of film - I'll see if I can be a bit more successful this time :).

Sadie xxx

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Kodak Colorsnap 35

At a carboot sale a few months ago, my boyfriend bought this old camera (£2). I 'borrowed' it for a few days, and ended up just keeping it... oops! There was an old film inside, which we were going to develop to see if there were any interesting historical pictures on it - but because I didn't have a clue how it worked, I ended up exposing the entire film!

The camera is the first model of the Kodak Colorsnap 35, which was made from made from July 1959-January 1964. Unfortunately, it isn't really worth any more than £3 today, meaning the film and developing cost more than the camera.

After the exposure mishap, I realised the need for an instruction manual and luckily found a scan of one on flickr. I had some spare film at the bottom of a drawer, so I loaded the camera up and spent about a month using up the film, in the hope that I'd have some lovely vintagey pictures at the end! Unfortunately, due to my complete lack of expertise with cameras, every single picture was incredibly blurry and dark. I only managed to end up with about 3 'good' ones (see above!).

Sadie xxx

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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Motel skirt

Hello! I was supposed to be going to a carboot sale this morning, but unfortunately when I woke up it was raining :(... so I'll have to go next week instead. Hopefully I'll find some interesting clothes and objects to write about!

I wore this outfit last week. It's my motel skirt, which I promsied to do a post about aaaages ago! I bought it in the sale for about £10. The tshirt is a very cheap one that I modified by cutting off the collar, rolling up the sleeves and tying a knot in the front. And my denim jacket was necessary to keep me warm in the horrible weather we keep having in england! Why can't it just be nice to us for once?

I was tagged recently by Tink in my closet to do this tag:
5 things that made me happy today. Tadaa!

1) Watching all of the Harry Potter films with my boyfriend in preparation for going to see the new film at the cinema!
2) A nice cup of tea and some cornflakes. They always taste so much better on a sunday.
3) Reading some of your blogs!
4) Having a nice lie-in.
5) Organising the photo folders on my new laptop!! Its so fast :D.

I tag Hello Mr Fox, Messy Maisies, Le parapluie deteste la pluie, Lucy in the sky, and Lila Orchidee.

Hope everyone is having a lovely sunday!

Sadie xxx

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Style Icon #2 - Florence and the Machine

I bought Florence and the Machine’s album on Saturday, and I’m very impressed! I don’t often buy CDs because they’re so expensive, but this one was definitely value for money. I hope I don’t ruin it by listening to it too much!

The lead singer, Florence Welch, has an incredible, powerful voice (I’m not a music expert, but it definitely appeals to me). If you haven't already heard it, the music is kind of soul-ish indie, and the songs sound really magical.

Florence always has great outfits - quirky, cute and vintage clothes mixed together in an unusual yet brilliant way. It has inspired me to be a bit more experimental with the outfits I put together! What does everyone else think?

Oh, and I completely love her hair. I wish mine could go like that! I’m thinking of dying mine a bit darker and redder – I have done before, but it was only semi-permanent so it faded out really quickly.

And the song that I'm completely addicted to:

I'd like to say a big thankyou to Carrie from wishwishwish.net for featuring my blog on a recent post!

Sadie xxx

Friday, 10 July 2009

On my bike!

I've decided that the plan for this summer is to get fit, although whether that will actually happen is another story...! I find running just too slow and exhausting, so I've opted for bike riding! So here is my bike riding themed post. I actually made two trips out to get these photos because when I got to my location the first time, I realised the camera didn't have any battery left. Ooops. And the second time, it rained on me as a punishment for being so silly.

I tried to make the outfit as Parisian as possible... (of course, it is always important to look chic when exercising!). Some jeans, my favourite boots and my breton top which I tied in a knot because its so long. And a hoodie. I love the effect of tying knots in tshirts - it gives them such a cool shape!

Top - H&M
Jeans - New Look
Necklace - Charity shop
Hoodie - H&M
Boots - Schuh

And just for the fun of it, a nice graffiti picture...
Hopefully I'm going to buy a new laptop tomorrow - one that actually works! It takes about 5 minutes to load a page on the internet on my current one, it's so frustrating!

I hope you're all well :)
Sadie xxx