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?
Sigh. Who doesn’t love Anna from Paunnet‘s gorgeous makes, her beautiful blog photography and amazing attention to detail (plus her hilarious rundowns of Burda patterns every once in a while)? I caught up with her to find out more about her unique handmade style…
Anna, your makes are always absolutely stunning with the most gorgeous and judicious use of fabrics and pattern combinations. But how would you describe your particular handmade style?
Thank you so much, Joanne! I find it very hard to define my own style, but the first word that comes to my mind is definitely girly. Until about three years ago, I lived in jeans and rarely wore skirts. One day, I decided to transition into a more feminine look and I challenged myself not to wear jeans or trousers for a week. I never turned back! Now I’m filling my wardrobe with skirts and dresses, I have much more fun with my outfits, I wear colours a lot more and I like to add a retro touch to my look whenever I can.
Where do you find your style inspiration and how do you channel that into your me-made wardrobe?
My inspiration can come from anywhere: sometimes a particular fabric “speaks” to me, a specific pattern starts the spark, other times I decide I just have to replicate something I’ve seen in a designer’s collection. I rarely lack inspiration to sew something new for me and I’m constantly sketching and taking notes before I forget, since I get distracted quite easily. The downside of this is that I don’t have the time to make everything I’d like, and it can get frustrating at times, because you have to pick your projects very carefully.
Who are your style icons and why?
I don’t think I have a proper style icon, I really like to look around and pick what I like here and there, sometimes from people who have very different styles. I use Pinterest a lot to collect outfits I like and people you can see in my boards are celebrities like Dita von Tease and Emma Stone, but most of my inspiration comes from my favourite style bloggers, such as calivintage, The Clothes Horse, Yesterday’s Sweetheart, Iris loves Fashion.
Are there any particular designers that you use for inspiration?
The inspiration folder on my computer is filled with images from the collections of Orla Kiely, Dear Creatures, Lazzari, Sessùn, tba. They all channel the girly vibe with a retro twist that I love so much.
If you had to select one self-stitched garment that really encapsulates your style – what would it be and why?
I’d say it’s my Apple Print Banksia dress: first of all, it’s a dress, the type of garment I sew and wear most. It features a peter pan collar, a cutesy print, it has pockets and it makes me happy just to look at it. A close, second place goes to my more recent Belladone dress. I love them equally :D
Do you ever take risks and experiment with your look? What’s worked and what hasn’t?
I like to experiment with my hair and makeup, I’m not afraid to try new things and change it up often. I recently started to cut my own hair, which is quite scary at the beginning, but so empowering!
As far as clothes are concerned, I’m quite settled in my style, I’ve started to understand what works for me and what doesn’t, but I still like to try new things once in a while. This summer, I tried the high/low hem trend that was incredibly popular: in one case, it backfired. The second time around, instead, it went wonderfully!
There are certain looks some of us just can’t pull off… do you have a style bugbear?
Being quite short and curvy, I’ve always envied tall, slender girls who can wear oversized tops and skinny trousers and look amazing and effortless. I slowly and painfully learnt that this type of silhouette doesn’t work on me… anything that doesn’t give me definition at the waist and that doesn’t detract attention from my hips and derrière, I’d better avoid.
What would be your dream outfit, existing or otherwise?
I have a huge girl crush on an Italian style blogger, Ale of Rosaspina Vintage. I’d gladly steal anything from her closet, but if I ever get married, her wedding dress is the closest thing to perfection that I’ve ever imagined.
What other sewing bloggers would you recommend for great individual style?
When I’m asked to recommend other sewing blogs, three names always come to my mind: Nette, Mokosha and Mathilde. They are very different from each other, but I love each one of their individual styles. I also adore Roisin and Magali, every post of theirs is a treat for the eyes!
Thanks Anna! I love that you just decided one day to change your style, and did it so effortlessly! Oh and what a treasure trove of online stores and blogs to look through. That’s the afternoon gone then…