Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining Your Core Style

Wardrobe Architect Week Two – coming up with feelings, words and images is challenging – I’m looking forward to when I can just list some clothes I like the look of 😉 Have any of you guys tried the 2014 Wardrobe Architect challenges? How did you find them? Anyway, here goes!
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
I would say confident and comfortable. Obviously some clothes make me feel sexy, poised etc, but not all of the clothes I like, however all of my favourite clothes make me feel confident and in control.
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel?
I feel self-conscious in clothes that aren’t quite right. I worry that things are riding up or it’s not sitting right or I look frumpy. I guess a lot of clothes also make me feel unremarkable, like I blend into the background.
What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
I want to avoid feeling uncomfortable – both in my clothes and in my own skin – and I want to avoid boredom with my clothes.
Who do you consider to be your style icons?
This is a really hard one. I like some people’s clothes, but I can’t think of any one person I think of as a style icon. I turned to Buzzfeed to help me out and it came up with Michelle Obama… Granted, she has quite good fashion taste, but I don’t think it really reflects my own! I don’t know guys, I just like what I like! Am I the only one who can’t come up with any style icons?
To take the question a bit more loosely, I like fashions from lots of eras and cultures – 1950s skirts, Victorian blouses, Grecian dresses, Japanese kimonos.
What is it about them that appeals to you?
I like a lot of clothes that have a fitted element to show off your curves, but without the whole outfit being tight fitting. So a dress cinched in at the waist, a pencil skirt with a looser blouse or a t-shirt tucked into a fuller skirt. I also love pretty much anything with buttons. I rarely wear a monochrome outfit – there’s always at least one element of colour.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Clean, plain, tomboy, hippie, classic, flapper.
Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things:
Natural, bright, quirky, fun, feminine, unique, vintage, bohemian, organic, confident, dreamy, layered, bold, floaty, sensitive, culture, balance, textured, fusion.
Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?
Bold, natural, fun, bohemian, dreamy.
VISUAL EXERCISE Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you. You could create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage. Be creative and have fun!
I created a gallery on Pinterest and you can see some highlights below or click through to see te whole lot. Collecting images was definitely the best part of this week’s challenge – I never used to use Pinterest that much, but it’s so much fun!


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Me Made May 2015


With my Moneta coming out wearable, I finally feel able to sign up for Me Made May! Here’s my pledge:

“I, Bonnie of Summer Sun Bear sign up as a participant of Me Made May ’15. I endeavour to wear one me-made item per day for the duration of May 2015.”

I’m looking forward to challenging myself and hoping that the holes in my wardrobe will spur me on to make some new stuff. I’ve listed the finished items I have below, but I also have a couple of things in the pipeline. Not all of them have been blogged yet, so you’ll have to guess what they look like 😉

Red Wool Skirt


Corduroy Skirt

Tana Lawn Flower Skirt

Leaves Skirt


Black Patterned Top

Black and Cream Swirl Skirt


Coral Zig-Zag Moneta Dress


Coral Zig-Zag Moneta and Other Adventures

moneta dress

IMG_8760So this weekend I had a proper sewing session with my good friend Becca. We went to the fabric shop and spent loads of money (if you’re in the Oxford area, you have to check out Masons – they have not one, but THREE shops!), then came back to mine and got out both sewing machines. Becca was the person who first taught me to use a sewing machine but she’s never made clothes before, so the teacher became the student and I helped her make a toile for her first dress.IMG_8736


The pattern was 1800 by Simplicity and had lots of variations including 3 styles, 3 hip sizes, cup sizes from B to DD AND the usual sizes as well, which was quite scary to wade through! After a small amount of panicking and some guesswork, we cut out a toile in swedish tracing paper – my first experience with this new purchase and I’m suitably impressed, plus I got a discount courtesy of Tilly (thanks Tilly!). IMG_8735

Anyway, despite all the scary variations, the toile was a great fit! It only needed a small bit taking in at the top of the princess seams. Pretty good for a first attempt, don’t you think? I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks. And then borrowing the pattern 😉


While Becca was sewing away at the toile, I was sewing up my very first Moneta! I’ve never made anything in knit fabric before, so I was very excited to be making this – jersey fabric is just so comfy to wear and this coral pattern is gorgeous. It was also my first try at a Colette pattern (lots of firsts this weekend) and I am now in love with their patterns! They have so many handy tips on their blog, which were invaluable, especially when it came to the clear elastic at the waistband and the hems. 

Jersey fabric turned out not to be TOO scary to sew with, but I still had a few issues with the neckline stretching out even though I used the IDT system on my sewing machine. I’m hoping a twin needle will reduce this problem next time. The stretchy fabric was obviously a lot more forgiving in the fit department, which was a welcome change, although there was still a little bunching at the back, a common problem I have, so I’ll shorten the back a little next time. IMG_8757
IMG_8764All in all though, I’m super pleased with this dress! It’s a great cheery colour to welcome the summer. Can’t wait to buy more knit fabric so I can make another Moneta and banish the wrinkly necklines for good! I’m planning on making it with the three-quarter length sleeves next time.

One thing I do need to work on is getting better pictures of myself. It’s so hard to get yourself in focus and crop the picture right with a self timer! That will have to be my blog homework.