Sunday, 20 December 2015

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 11

So here we are at Week 11 of Wardrobe Architect.

To recap, here are my silhouettes again:

Silhouette 1: 

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe. Silhouette 1

Silhouette 2:

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 2

Silhouette 3:

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 3

Silhouette 4:

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 4

Silhouette 5:

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 5

I don't think I have many gaps to fill in my wardrobe. I would say versatile tops are the thing I am most lacking in.  As mentioned in previous posts, I have a hell of a lot of fabric just sitting in my loft, I have started going through and ear-marking different fabrics for certain projects.

Here's what I have in mind for some of it...

Gold Shimmer Chiffon - Cami Top & Sleeveless Shirt
Teal Chiffon - Shirt

'Crystal' Print Chiffon - Shirt or Cami Top

Abstract Leopard Print - Kimono Top

Grey/Neon Col.Pop Knit - Basic Draped Cardi

Silver/Grey Check - Crop Jacket/Bolero

Blue Check Wool - Skater Skirt or Dress

Black Quilted Fabric - Loose Fit Tee or Vest Top

So you can see I have a few basics in mind with the tops, but I also want to use some of the bolder fabrics I have to make some statement pieces. This doesn't even scrape the surface of the amount of fabric I have stashed away so there'll be opportunity for other projects too!

As always, this time of year always gets me thinking about what I want to achieve next year.
At the moment it's looking like next year is going to have some big life changes, including myself & The Ginge (hopefully!) buying our first property! I feel I've got myself to a place where I'm really enjoying the path I'm on creatively, whether it's sewing my own clothes, alterations for other people or writing this blog. It also helps that now I have a space to sew from where I'm not in the way of everyone!

So let's see where 2016 takes me!

I'm looking forward to it :)

Em x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Tis the Season!

Hi Everyone, 

We are well into December now, so I hope you're all feeling suitably festive!
This post is mainly to share with you a little bit of my festive excitement and show you a little Christmas decoration project I did in preparation for decorating the tree with the Ginge. 

Now in case you don't know, I love dinosaurs. (bit weird saying/typing that 'out loud'!) but I have done ever since I was a kid. So when the Ginge told me I could "Christmas" his house, my mind went racing, thinking of all the things we could do to it, one of those things being... A DINOSAUR CHRISTMAS TREE!. 

I couldn't find any dinosaur decorations in the shopping centre - much to my disappointment! So the next best thing was to make my own. The process itself was messy but pretty simple. 

Glue. Glitter. Hook. Ribbon.

And the finished products ready for the tree.

I just love them!

The 'Christmas-ing' of the Ginge's house continued with a trip to all the cheapy shops on the high street find a variety of decorations. The theme? Urm... Anything goes!

And here's our Christmas Grotto!

 Our tree has a bit of a toy theme going on with the glitter dinosaurs, army men and Paddington Bear in pride of place at the top. 

Obviously for me, decorating one tree was not enough. I was more than happy to help decorate the tree at home with my family too. It's a little bit more traditional than the one at the Ginge's, but still overloaded with tinsel none the less!

Anyone else got any alternative Christmas decorations they'd like to share?

Merry Christmas!

Em x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Loki Costume

Hi Everyone,

It's officially ok for me to say this...

Happy December! It's nearly Christmas!

We put the Christmas decorations up at the Ginge's at the weekend, so I am definitely in the Christmas spirit. But I have a whole post to share with you on that so I won't say any more!

As every year, as soon as it hits December my diary fills to the brim. Not that I'm complaining, I love all the food, family, friends and fun that comes with it. But it does mean that fitting in anything spontaneous becomes quite difficult. So what did I do? I decided a week before a friend's fancy dress birthday that I didn't want to use one of the many costumes I already had, but would make myself an entirely new one instead. A Loki costume to be precise!

I'm sure you all know but for anyone who doesn't, Loki is a Marvel comic book character. I based my costume on the Tom Hiddleston character in the Thor and The Avengers films, and found the two images below on Pinterest to use as inspiration.

I went through my clothes and fabric stash to see what I could pull together. 
This is my first idea of  how I could put the costume together. 

Loki Costume
* Gold Sequin Shrug
* Black Corset - Add Gold Trim onto Top Edge
* Turquoise Chiffon Skirt - Pleated
* Turquoise Crepe Cape (How hard is that to say?!)
* Gold Crepe Horns - Put on Headband

I made the skirt pleated so cut two strips of chiffon the width of the fabric. The below pattern is for the lining which I cut from the turquoise crepe. It went together pretty easily, although I ran out of thread (and time!) to overlock and hem the skirt properly so I used my pinking shears instead. 
I plan on wearing the skirt day to day as it's a lovely colour, so will hem it properly at a later date.

I already had this black corset that I bought whilst I was at uni - also for fancy dress purposes! Considering it cost me a fiver, it's done it's duty many times over. 
Superhero, Day of the Dead, Moulin Rouge and Batman are some of the costumes it's been part of! I already had this length of gold metallic trim, so I just tacked it to the top edge so it could be easily removed if I needed the corset again. 

Loki has a gold horned helmet in the films, but due to my time constraints an actual helmet was never going to get made in time. Much to my disappointment! So I went for the next best and easiest thing, gold horned hairband!

I drew my own template and cut them out of the gold crepe. 
I fused all pieces to make sure the crepe didn't stretch out of shape, and then stuffed them with the filling from an old cushion.

This is what they looked like once they were stuffed.

For the headband I used my glue gun to stick two gold coloured ribbons around the band. The horns were glued into place and then stitched as well to make sure they were secure.

The finished product!

Now I can't take full credit for the scepter, I just assembled it. The Ginge gave me the piping and surprised me on Friday with the blade he'd cute from plastic and painted. 
What a lovely Ginge! :)

I cut a slit out of the pipe so the blade could sit in firmly in the top and then spray painted it gold.

Okay so the slit isn't very neat... I did get told off by the Ginge for it!
But in my defense, I had never used a saw before and was making it up as I went along!

In the end, I didn't make a cape in the turquoise crepe. But used the same chiffon I'd made the skirt out of. It draped really nicely and was much lighter than the crepe would've been.

And... Ta Dahh!

Loki Costume!

The party itself was great fun. There was no fancy dress theme, a 'come-as-whatever-you-want' deal so there was a big variety of costumes there.  I loved wearing this costume, most people guessed who I was supposed to be which is a good sign! Not bad for a last minute decision! 
The scepter went down a treat, I have lots of photos of other people with it!

So what do you think of my Loki efforts? Anyone else done a Loki cosplay?

Em x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Saturday Shopping

Yesterday I ventured into the town centre to get a head start on my Xmas shopping. Yes that might sound really early but I found last year that using my November pay up on Xmas shopping left all of December's money free for Christmas meals and parties, win win! I think that means I'm growing up slightly, I've become organised and learnt how to budget... if only to satisfy my need to eat, drink and be merry throughout all of December!

So I started off well, charging through the high street picking up all the little presents and knick knacks then got distracted... and treated myself to some belated birthday presents!

First up, these awesome black leather riding boots from Jones Bootmakers.

I've been looking for a new pair of black winter boots for two winters now to no avail, but FINALLY my call to the boot gods was answered! I love these simply due to the lacing down the front and the fact they have a bit of a Dr Marten's vibe going on! 

I actually tried on another pair of riding boots first. Unfortunately these were so tight on my calves I thought I was going to loose all feeling in my feet! Being able to feel your feet and walk properly in boots is just happens to be one of my criteria, so the lace up chunky boots came home with me instead! 

These boots are so comfy already, I wore them out last night with jeans, but today I wore them with a skater dress, opaque tights and turquoise cardi. They're also currently on offer with £40 off!
That paired with some birthday money meant I got myself quite the bargain!

There only seem to be a few sizes left online so click here to get them.

The turquoise cardigan was my next purchase from H&M for only £7.99.
I love the colour and long line shape. I'm always looking to add more of these types of cardi's to my wardrobe as they're so versatile.  I can't see the turquoise colour online, but they have this cardigan online in a variety of colours. This marl colour is lovely! Click here to take a look.

Now I don't know about you, but I thought it was pretty fricking cold yesterday!
I underestimated the weather and stupidly only wore a mac thinking I wouldn't be outside long. 
I ended up parking a 15 minute walk from the shopping centre as all the car parks were full. Cue freezing toes and goosebump covered arms! I realised that while I have some gorgeous chunky faux fur coats and two lovely macs for summer, I don't actually have a normal winter coat. You know, the everyday coat to chuck on over everything.

So I kept my eye out and came home with this lovely turquoise parka from BHS.

The colour is great and makes such a change from the normal black I tend to go for in winter jackets. The toggle waist is great for creating some kind of shape in a puffy coat and I love that it has some pu piping detail around the pockets and cuff straps. 
Also... it has a fur lined and trimmed hood! Sold!

They have loads of coats on offer in BHS at the moment so it's definately worth taking a look in store. My jacket below was down to £38.50 from £55, click here to buy.

So there you have a round of up of my Saturday shopping. I think I did pretty well for myself!
I am also pleased to say this is my first blog post taking photos with a decent camera! The Ginge bought me a fancy new camera as a birthday present, and so far so good!
... Although maybe I should clean my mirror before taking selfies next time!

Hope you had a good weekend!

Em x

Friday, 20 November 2015

'Designs by EY' goes LIVE!

Hi Everyone,

Some exciting news!

In the spirit of a fresh start I have finally listed my first items and opened my shop on Etsy!
I am currently stocking some lovely vintage inspired hair clips & brooches as well as a gorgeous satin tie, all perfect for the up & coming festive season

A photo posted by Emma Youens (@emmayouens) on

Please pop over and take a look

This has given me a great boost this morning & I'm looking forward to coming up with some other great vintage & costume inspired items to sell.

As always any feedback is greatly appreciated so don't hesitate to get in touch.

Em x

Thursday, 19 November 2015

I'm back!

Hello everyone,

I'm finally back and blogging again! My break from blogging turned out to be extended for a few weeks this was entirely unplanned I can tell you!

I spent a fantastic 2 1/2 weeks travelling around Mexico with the Ginge and two of our lovely friends. We started our journey in Cancun and travelled down the coast and across the country with a final stop in Merida before heading back to Cancun for the journey home. It was such a great holiday, we saw so much, ate so much, laughed so much and just had the best time.

Typical Tourists! - Me & the Ginge visiting Xchicen Itza in Mexico

My time back at home has not proven to haven been so great. Since returning to the UK, I came down with a terrible illness and I don't ever remember being so sick. I missed my own birthday and birthday celebrations, some freelance appointments, catch ups with old friends and colleagues and my good friend's birthday. It's really been a tough time. Luckily, *touch wood* things seem to have worked out and I am on the mend.

Whilst I was ill I got thinking about what it is I really want to do with my life, (dramatic sick bed thoughts... I know!). I love my job and am very happy there, but I can't shake this feeling I am putting my love for costume and costume design on the back burner. I have been thinking of ways I can incorporate this love back into my life and make the most of it. I have some ideas ready to go, and I'm feeling good.

A photo posted by Emma Youens (@emmayouens) on

With the festive season nearly upon us, it seems both  a good and bad time to be starting afresh. Good because I'm nearly back to full health and what's the point of putting it off!? Bad, because we know how busy the run up to Christmas can get! But after a pretty low couple of weeks I can't wait to hit the ground running again.

As they say... 'onwards & upwards!'

Looking forward to speaking to you all soon

Em x