H A N D M A D E - Esme tunics

9 October 2016

I can never quite make up my mind to be honest...
I love the idea of a 'handmade wardrobe' where everything is upcycled... repurposed...custom made and the fabrics can be chosen with 'organic and low tox' in mind.

Then on the other hand....I sway toward a very minimal well chosen wardrobe... a 'capsule wardrobe' of sorts...but built on a less rigorous  template.

Anyway..... while I sort all that out in my head.... I did buy an absolutely awesome book at the suggestion of Mel (onecraftymumma)....its the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style book... and its full of super simple pieces that were a cinch to make.

I kicked off with the Esme Tunic.... I cut the first from an upcycled piece of fabric just to get the fit...
and then snipped into a lovely soft denim when I knew I had it right.

Mid-process.... some hemming to do...

Here I am  wearing my Esme tunic whilst on holiday in Sydney....
a day spent visiting very special friends...Janelle and Kim.


  1. That's such a lovely photo at the end!

    I know exactly what you mean. One half of my personality wants to make it all..dresses, tunics, sweaters in pretty colours and the other half of my personality craves a simple, classic, expensive-fabric capsule wardrobe. I love what you have made: you are inspiring me. I definitely need that book.

    1. I hope you can source the book Sian...I have a feeling you would love it....it has some bag patterns in it as well which is great. Plus the simple patterns would go beautifully with your gorgeous knits.
      Mardi x

  2. Gorgeous as always Marni. Hey Janelle, so good to see you. Miss your blog. Hope you and your little family are well. Marni when will there be another T.R.A.V.E.L.S update, pleaseeee.

    1. Thankyou Sue.... Yes..eeek....I am so behind with my travel updates....I need to carve some time to get on with them. Thanks for the little push xx

  3. I like the simple tunic & I like how you have dressed it up in the last photo, which is the greatest thing about a simple basic wardrobe; dress it up, dress it down, it works.

    1. That is so true... a few accessories make all the difference to an outfit. I need to have a big clean out so I can see what I have and what works. Mardi x


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