Not a girly girl…(or am I?)

Most of you are likely aware that I have worked with Simply Sewing Mag since their launch a couple of years ago. I produce a little something for them every month. (Usually a refashion or a patternless project).  It’s a funny thing producing work for a magazine.  In a way, you could say I’m restricted by the magazine’s vision for that particular issue. But that’s never really been the case in truth. (apart from I get pushed on colour and pattern which SS love and I don’t naturally migrate towards, lol!) The Ed, Charlie and I collaborate on the garments I produce for them. And while our personal aesthetics are somewhat different, we pretty much always find common ground and an idea that makes us both go “yessssss!” in unison.

Far from being restricted, I feel more like I’m being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone. Which is pretty much always a good idea creatively in my view. (I think you know from The Refashioners what my view on pushing and challenging is, ha!) In fact, producing work for the mag is kinda the opposite of restricting. It’s kinda freeing not to have to meet my own personal fit and style criteria so precisely.  I get to experiment with styles and shapes that I would absolutely never wear myself. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like them or have fun playing with them. Or, more importantly, that ther aren’t things i can learn from that experimentation. Always.

It tickled me this morning when I looked back at the last few issues of the mag.  As you guys know, I am probably the least “girly” person in terms of style you are likely to meet. And yet my last 3 contributions have turned out unashamedly feminine and girly. I blame Charlie. (Ed) But maybe there is a girly girl in me somewhere and I only let her out when I’m sewing for someone else, lol!

Issue 31 – July

This is such a super quick and easy make even for an absolute beginner.  Literally just rectangles and straight lines. Optional straps and belt tie included in the tute. Fabric was REALLY lovely to work with and comes from Stoff & Stil here. (Girly Rating 9/10)Press - Simply Sewing - Issue 31 - Patternless Ruffle Maxi Tutorial

Issue 30 – June

This is a self drafting tutorial for a wrap dress. Fabric is GAWgeous with surprising stretch . Requires care in the handling of it. Found this a tricky fabric to cut accurately because it crinkles after washing and misbehaves somewhat. But really lovely and glad I perservered with it.  From Dragonfly Fabrics . (Girly rating 9/10)Simply Sewing - Issue 30 - Wrap Dress - Patternless Project


Issue 29 – May

Believe it or not this Tulle “esque” skirt is made from a pair of voile curtains i found in my local charity shop. I then starched the hell out of them and pleated and gathered and layered to produce this! (Girly Rating…off the charts!) 😉ISSUE 29 - SIMPLY SEWING MAG - REFASHION



Issue 27 – March

Another refashion. Thrifted M&S cotton skirt made more fitted and a full length zipper added at the back. Not so much girly as feminine and oh so sexy! Size of the split adjustable by that chunky gold metal zipper inserted upside down! Raaaar!

So perhaps there is a bit of girly in me after all, lol.  Just highly unlikely in will be reflected in anything I wear, lol!

Back issues of the mag can be purchased here if you like the look of any of these and are not already a subscriber.

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  1. Elizabeth July 5, 2017

    All of these are unabashedly girly for sure! I especially love the wrap dress and the pencil skirt. I don’t know–with the Breton top I could totally see you wearing the skirt!

  2. Naomi July 5, 2017

    I hear you portia! There are lots of styles I love but just don’t fit with my lifestyle or feel right to wear.I love your refashions in this post and am really looking forward to the refashions this year!

  3. Hannah July 12, 2017

    Portia, I suddenly got the urge to learn something new today. All are incredibly girly dresses. I really like the tube long skirt. I will be subscribing your blog for more posts like this

    • Portia Lawrie July 14, 2017

      Hi Hannah! So glad you like! The tube skirt is such a quick and satisfying make!


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