Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Hint Of Yellow To Brighten Your Day

Mori Girls

The mori girls (森ガール) belong to a Japanese subculture. Mori in Japanese means "forest" and a Mori Girl dresses like a forest wanderer, a girl who lives amongst cedar and pine trees. Mori girls choose to live their lives on their own terms,stopping to appreciate the little things that others overlook amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Mori girls love handmade items, vintage books, bicycles and cameras. Their fairytale style clothing consists of floaty a-line dresses, lace, puff sleeves, vintage prints, natural materials, pastel and earthy tones as well as quaint accessories.

 I absolutely adore this style, its so free spirited. I plan to make some clothing inspired by the mori girls maybe even a painting or two.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Monday, March 29, 2010

New name but still the same

Blaidd Drwg is now Echoes of Yesterday!
The name has changed but everything else is still the same.

Ive chosen to change the name of my blog so as all my work is under the same name. This way its easier to find me and it saves some confusion. I hope that you will still come and visit : )

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Little Red

Little red suspender skirt xs/s,. 
Red cotton. 
Buttons down back. 
Bow suspenders with press stud closure.

As soon as I posted a picture it sold! I'll definately be making more like this one.

Art That Inspires Me- Chelsea Greene Lewyta

This is my favorite series of illustrations by Chelsea Greene Lewyta.
One of my favourite elements in her work is the delicate swirling patterns that she uses. There is also a strong asian influence in it which I love.
Some of the themes she uses can be quite controversial but there is a deep meaning to them. She has work that varies from very inocent to quite shocking, digital to hand painted.

Monday, March 22, 2010


I've been so lazy today, spent half my time just surfing the net and sifting through etsy and ebay.
For a long time now I have been considering buying a Lolita style coat. There's plenty that I like but I've never been sure if I really wanted to make a purchase and then which one would I choose? So I moved to the idea of making my own, but sadly I can not find a pattern that is suitable. So I'm back to wanting to purchase one. After half a day of sifting I have managed to narrow down my choices slightly.

here are my finding in order of cheapest to most expensive:
Gothic Lolita Victorian Lace Dress Coat
$105 AU
Very very nice. So many beautiful details but its also very fancy and I fear I would look over dressed everywhere I go.
Can't decide which colour I like best.
Tailor made for perfect fit.

Gothic Lolita Handmade Wool Coat
Simple elegant design but I am confused as to whether or not it has a cape attached and i think that the cuffs are fur.
Tailor made for perfect fit

Gothic Lolita Cosplay Handmade Black Elegant Coat
I originally found this coat on a Japanese site call Fairy wish, thats where the cute photo shoot is from, but the exact same thing is on ebay.
Its cute and interesting, even has a little pouch attached.
Tailor made for perfect fit.

Gothic Lolita Coat Tailor-made Red
Love the double breasted front and vibrant red colour. Not real keen on the cape but it gives the coat a beautiful hour glass shape. Currently checking to see if the cape is detachable.
Tailor-made for perfect fit

Gothic Lolita Cashmere Wool Coat Ear Hood Grey
So cute and adorable, its even made from cashmere. More expensive that I'd like to spend but I love it, it even seems a bit more casual than the rest. The bow in front is a bit big though.
Also Tailor-made for a prefect fit.

Sadly most of these asian online stores don't have item descriptions or the best photos but their clothing is amazing. These are all handmade to your specific measurements, which is a huge plus for me as i have trouble finding coats that fit me well.

Which one do you like best?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Straight off the sewing machine.
Pretty in pink high waist skirt with eclectic prints and elasticized waist for the perfect fit.


Straight off the sewing machine. 
Lovely plaid high waist skirt with hand embroidered details and elasticized waist for the perfect fit. It has a cute little pocket on the front, white ruffle trim and a matching plaid bow on the back.


I finally gave in to the urge to rummage through my local thrift stores. Sadly they weren't as good as I had hoped. I did not find any nice fabrics or clothes but one in particular has a great selection of furniture and books. The main book in which I was searching for (Wuthering Heights) was not there but I discovered a giant pile of books which I was very tempted to take home. I adore books and do enjoy collecting them but I have so many which I have still not read so I felt naughty carting home another pile which would most likely sit there unread. There was this series of classics for young readers which I simply could not leave behind. They were a mere $4 and looked so nice. They are also full of beautiful illustrations.
So now I have another 16 stories to read.
Little Women
Tales of Poe
Mutiny on the Bounty
Messer Marco Pol
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Abe Lincoln Grows Up
Lost Horizon
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Call of the Wild
Madame Curie
The Happy Return
Jane Eyre
My Friend Flicka

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I love bows

I am obsessed!
I just love bows right now. 
...and the number 3 for some reason : P.

I have been trying to get back into sewing and it has been going pretty well, just a bit lazy with taking photos. Bows are adorning all my new work. On skirts, in your hair and on brooches. More and more of my girly side seems to be showing itself. I have so many ideas in the works but dont know where to start. The cold weather is coming here in Australia and its just rain, rain, rain. Time to start making some warm winter goodies.
The move is done and I'm all settled into my new space but I am still trying to look for work. It would be nice to have that stability so I don't feel so naughty going and buying supplies. And I do still want to open my Etsy shop, it will happen one day, but I for now I don't want to rush things. Gotta take things as they come.
A friend of mine suggested I go check out this little local designer shop and approach them to sells my clothes. So that is next on the list of things to do. It would be nice to have something local so I can establish my name in the area.
Current task at hand =  getting together enough stock to approach shop with.

Here are two of my most recent creations...
Rainy Day's Bow Barrette
Made a few bow barrette's recently but this one probably my favorite. 
It's not easy to seen in the photos but it is a white cotton with these cute little glittery blue rain drops all over it.

Miss Mustard Skirt
I really like this fabric its so soft and its a beautiful golden mustard colour. The pockets are made from cute little hand embroidered doilies and I've pinched the tops in with a red bow. It's a high waist design and would look awesome with tights.

How I wish I was a trendy little blogger like the rest of you out there doing outfit posts everyday.
How do you girls do it?
I'm thinking I might have to invest in a tripod so I can start taking my own photos. Because I really want to do some outfit posts of my own. I figure the tripod will allow me to take the photos myself. I feel weird asking people "hey do you recon you could take some pics of me wearing this?". Its like they are always to busy to help, don't understand what I want or think I'm crazy.
So if any of you stylish ladies out there have some pointers I'd love some advice.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Rainy days and oil paints

Rain, rain, rain. 
I love it and I hate it.