I’ve been feeling like a frumpy mummy lately and want to take charge of my wardrobe and the sad news of the passing of David Bowie after an 18 month battle with cancer motivated me to create my own wardrobe and style. Not only was Bowie an icon and inspiration but he was ahead of his time and set the trends rather than following them. My aim by the end of the year is not to be a trend setter as such but to replace 75% of my wardrobe with my own made clothes. This will not only allow my wardrobe to be unique but everything will fit me, and my local women’s refuge will benefit from lots of my shop bought clothes too.

No matter what shape or size you are there is not a single shop/retailer where you will find every item of clothing you want tailored exactly to you, your personality and your shape. I may have a long way to go to reach my goal but I have started with:

  • My wardrobe staple, 60s swing dress – I have made 2 Coco dresses by Tilly and the Buttons, with fabric from B&M Fabrics
  • As much as I love dresses I mainly wear jeans and tops so I made my first Coco top with this gorgeous fox fabric, from Kailuna fabrics and some Amy Butler fabric (I was excited to learn that I can buy Amy Butler knit fabric not just woven)
  • One of my fave and most comfortable outfits is a Fred Perry hoodie dress, from the days when they were my main client, (a long time ago) so it’s a bit tatty and time for a replacement.  I went for the Create Kids Couture Haven Dress and it has to be my most comfortable yet quirky outfit in my wardrobe so I will be making more when I get chance
  • My love of fifties and sixties fashion will continue but I didn’t want to have a ‘themed’ wardrobe so I also made my first practice Love Notions Laundry Day Tee. I wasn’t too sure about this one so I modified it to be slimmer on the sleeves and come in more under the bust but it still hangs from my largest point and I don’t think it suits my figure – you win some, you lose some.

In the words of David Bowie himself ‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’

Written by Vicky Morse

The designer behind Accidental Vix and mum of gorgeous and boisterous baby boy and wife to fab and supportive hubby with an aim to just be creative.