From vintage chic to clean modern shapes, how do these seamstresses create and communicate their own unique style in their projects? What and who inspires them, from film and music to everyday life. And what’s their dream outfit?
We have one of my favourite ever sewing bloggers this week. The legend that is Lauren from Lladybird is here to talk style. Lauren’s blog (if you’re not familiar with it then to paraphrase Lauren – WTF?) has one of the most distinct and unique voices in our little corner of the internet and her handmade style is just as sassy and sexy. Do we want to lurk her closet? Do we heck!
Lauren, your creations are always super-cute and very ‘you’. But if you had to, how would you describe your style?
I guess you could describe my style as feminine with a retro twist. At least, that’s what people tend to say when they comment on my style haha.
Where do you find your style inspiration and how do you channel that into your me-made wardrobe?
To be honest, the majority of my style inspiration comes from other sewing bloggers! I see things they’ve made & I think to myself, “Self, you need one of those too.” I also draw inspiration from the artwork on vintage patterns and actual vintage clothing, although I can’t really say I’m much “inspired” by scans of vintage ads & vintage catalogues (sorry! I think I’m the only vintage-loving person who doesn’t love those!). Oh, and of course I love Mad Men. I love every single thing that every single one of those women wear, regardless of how ridiculous & dated it may be. Sewing really helps with getting my wardrobe where I want it to be – especially since I have a taste for things I can’t really afford. I love being able to incorporate parts of what I like – a certain fabric combined with a pattern, and little vintage-inspired details on both the inside & outside – into a whole that is uniquely me.
Who are your style icons and why?
Ooh, that’s a good question. I’d say the biggest one is probably Joan Holloway – we have a similar body shape (although hers is a lot more exaggerated than mine!) and look good in the same colours. We both put lots of emphasis on fit. I love everything she wears, although fuller skirts tend to creep into my wardrobe more frequently than they do hers.
Are there any particular designers that you use for inspiration?
I don’t follow much in the way of designers, but I do really love Lena Hoschek’s use of prints & girly silhouettes. It doesn’t hurt that her pictures are freaking GORGEOUS. Oh, Lena Hoscheck. Get in my life.
If you had to select one self-stitched garment that really encapsulates your style – what would it be and why?
This was super difficult to narrow down – it’s like picking a favorite child (er, not that I would know anything about that…). I think it would have to be my sleeveless gingham Peony sundress, though. It is basically everything I need in a sundress – sleeveless, lightweight, bikeable (my favorite cycling dress, if we’re being honest here), pockets, and GINGHAM. And I love the little surprise yellow touches at the zipper & hem, they make it feel extra special. It can be dressed up or down, mixed with different colors or just stand alone by it’s regal self. I’m telling you – the perfect little sundress!
Do you ever take risks and experiment with your look? What’s worked and what hasn’t?
I guess I do experiment quite a bit, but I feel like the progression is natural for my style. An example of this would be wearing high-waisted pants – I swore on my LIFE that I would never ever squeeze myself into something so hideous & unflattering (ok, it was the late 90s, guys, we were programmed to be haters of the high-waist). Over the years, I found myself liking the idea more & more (and gradually adding high-waisted skirts to my wardrobe) until I eventually made myself a pair of those dammed pants. It was a bit of a risk – and I’m pretty sure most people still think the look is unflattering – but I’m happy and comfortable with it. And high-waisted looks great with little crop tops, without being scandalous.
There are certain looks some of us just can’t pull off… do you have a style bugbear?
That would be those loose/breezy blouses and dresses. I love the way they look on everyone else – but on me, they just feel sloppy & ill-fitting. I wish I could rock them but I can’t, I can’t. I also cannot do strapless; I feel like my shoulders just look weird with that expanse of skin and no strap to break it up.
What would be your dream outfit, existing or otherwise?
I really love matching up one of my circle skirts with a fitted top and a hand knit cropped cardigan or sweater. Favorite silhouette, and, dude – circle skirts are so much FUN to wear.
What other sewing bloggers would you recommend for great individual style?
My absolute favorite is Erica B – her gorgeous handmade pieces that are always on-trend and she always looks super fabulous. Seriously, I’m not a trend-follower but this woman OWNS that shizz. Also a big fan of anything I see on Casey, Sunni and Zo. Oh, and Kazz – a lot of her style is wack to the extreme but omg I just love it. I wish she’d be my friend in real life.
Reckon we all wish the same about you Lauren! Thanks for being part of My Handmade Style!