Newcastle Building Society have recently relaunched their ‘CustomISA’ account, but with a new online calculator which lets you calculate the right bank account and ISA plan for your spending habits. It also allows you to customize your savings to suit your lifestyle and needs. Customizing is a big part of my life as it means I can make some of the clothes I want, to fit me perfectly and for a price I can afford! This is why the Newcastle Building Society CustomISA appeals to me. Even with a limited budget, I’m able to design a savings plan that is perfect for me. Saving is really important to me as one day I’d love to be self-employed and have my own business, and with the Student Budget Planner, I can keep track of what I’m spending so as not to be caught short of money by the end of the month. To find out statistics about students and saving you can click here.
As part of their ‘Customize Your Life’ campaign, I was set the challenge of customizing two plain tops from H&M. I was lucky enough to be sent some materials, including the tops, to work with and here is what I came up with.
The first top was a basic white t-shirt, which was quite (read as very!) big on me. Originally, I thought of making a drop waist dress with some of the fabric I was sent but didn’t feel it would look any good. An emergency trip to Wilko’s ended up with me dying both tops with ’emerald green’ fabric dye. The colour didn’t come out as strongly as I’d hoped because of the thickness of t-shirt fabric. I used this tutorial to make the top into a tunic-style dress and also made my own bias-binding with some of the fabrics provided. I cut away the sleeves and neck seam, to create a slight v-neck, and attached the binding to hide the raw edges. The hardest bit was stitching the elastic to the shirt, as both were very stretchy and it ended up being a bit of a faff! In the end, I used some of the bias binding I had made, which was left over, to make a casing for the elastic under my bust; to thread the elastic through.
The second top was a basic vest top, which is long enough on me to be a dress. I also died this green and just added some ribbon and buttons to customize it. I pleated some of the ribbon I was provided, and made enough pleated ribbon to cover the neckline and straps. I then stitched two clock buttons, which matched the ribbon quite well, onto the bust area of the top.
There is also a competition to win a dressmaker’s hamper for the best customization project shared with @nbscommunity on Twitter or their Facebook using the hashtags #CustomiseYourLife and #CustomISA. If you enter make sure to tag me as well @hollyoliviablog so I can see your entry. The competition closes at the end of May and the winner will be contacted shortly after by myself.
Good luck and I am really looking forward to seeing what the entries are like!