Thursday, 29 August 2013

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Giveaways! Buttons! WIPs! Oh my!

I've had such a good day today. It's late August, the magnolias are in full flower, and today in Melbourne it was a wonderful 19 degrees! That means one thing people - spring is just around the corner, and it makes me feel a bit like this:

I'm super excited because yesterday I received a parcel in the mail, containing some grouse vintage buttons I purchased off Etsy about 10 days ago. And when I say SOME vintage buttons, I mean more than 400 vintage buttons! Oh yeah! And what does more than 400 vintage buttons look like? They look a little like this:

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Finished - Monet On Acid Charlotte skirt

This has been finished for ages, since before our honeymoon, but it's taken me forever to get some decent pics of it. This is my second version of the By Hand London Charlotte pencil skirt, my first denim version blogged here.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Finished project - husband aquisition, plus self drafted faux fur wrap

It's hard to believe that nearly 5 weeks ago my love and I got married. It was a very low fi wedding - I refused to get caught up in the hamster wheel of excess and consumption that wedding planning can become. We got married in the Victorian Marriage Registry, a beautiful old building in the Melbourne CBD that used to be the official treasury building back in the 1800's. The ceremony was quick and to the point, and afterwards one of our good friends, Bruce Webber, was kind enough to take some lovely pics for us (all photo credit on this post goes to him!). After an hour of wandering around the CBD feeling like celebrities we headed to the Fairfield Boathouse for a champagne afternoon tea reception, and later headed into the city with friends and a few relatives for drinks and late night karaoke. It was such a great day, and everything was just as we wanted it.

I was determined to find a frock that I could wear again, and July being right in the middle of a Melbourne winter it had to have long sleeves. Whites and creams do absolutely nothing for me, and whilst I briefly entertained the idea of making something for myself, my mind was made up when I found a gorgeous stretch lace dress at Nicolangela, a boutique in Armadale stocking locally designed and made dresses. The girls were just lovely there, and I adore my dress - it was so comfortable, and surprisingly warm! The colour was 'Terracotta' and it was a really unusual color - different in different lights. In some light it had a caramel-orangey hue, and in others was a lot more pink. The lace part of the dress was made with raglan sleeves, and french bust darts (I think!) with more standard darts in the back and shoulders. The lining was a stretchy nude fabric. It could quite easily be replicated by New Look 6000 I think, and I was amused at one of my fittings to see that the alterations I needed in the bodice were exactly the same as my New Look 6000 and Peony (excess gaping at the back neckline). The grosgrain ribbon belt I added myself - I like that when I wear the dress again I can make it less romantic and more chic with a patent black leather belt. The belt does help to break up the expanse of lace, and give me more waist definition.

I had my hair and makeup done at my local hairdresser, and loved the beehive! The little birdcage veil I found on Etsy. My flowers were beautiful roses, from a local florist.

And you know I love shoe photos:

I just didn't want the stress of doing anything unnecessary in terms of craftiness or handmade bits and pieces, but I did end up making my wrap, hence justifying plastering all these pics on this here blog! It was self drafted - I did download the free fur collar pattern on Burdastyle but it was just too small - I wanted something to cover my shoulders, so I drafted a rough jellybean shape and made a nice big wrap out of some luscious synthetic fur I found at Rathdowne Remnants. The satin lining and grosgrain ribbon (for my belt and wrap ties) were from Darn Cheap fabrics. I hadn't sewn with fur before, but it wasn't a big deal - I used a knitting needle and a comb to get excessive fur out of the seam and fluff it up! It was a little big, and tended to slide off my shoulders if it dropped too low, but was fine and kept me very warm.

 So thats that done - gorgeous husband, gorgeous day - luckiest girl in the world, really!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How are we doing? A self made wardrobe retrospective......

This is probably not the most exciting post, but I was thinking last week whilst getting dressed (and putting on a self-made item that was wearing very badly) that a follow-up posts of some of my self made items might be slightly useful, both to myself as a reminder of what (and what not!) to do, and to others making the patterns for the first time. I suspect most sewing bloggers do what I do - excitedly finish something, try to photograph and post soon after finishing, and rarely follow up with how an item is wearing - except for periods like Me Made May. Most of my self made items are worn on the weekend, but occasionally I do wear them to work. My recent trip to NYC was the first opportunity I have had to wear a lot of self made things back-to-back, and it was a good lesson on fabric choice and the consequences of altering patterns.

And so, to my list of recaps of some hits and misses! Feel free to tune out now - it's turned out to be a bit of a long yammering post but hopefully improves my fabric and construction choices (and maybe yours) in the future!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Finished - Crazy Cat Lady top (aka Burdastyle 09/2011 108A)

What is a girl to do? You've popped into your local fabric store for some thread or elastic or some nice cheap little notion, you're on a fabric diet saving up for your wedding and honeymoon and just because you're already there you do a little lap of the the store and you spot it. You wonder if you squealed out loud or if it was just in your head. You're powerless to resist despite the right side of your brain saying 'Hey! Sarah! You're in your mid thirties - novelty knit prints? Is this the path you should be taking?'. Your left brain replies with 'Pfft! Mid thirties schmirties! This is RAD! Age is no barrier for something this great!'. And before you know it you're skipping out the door with 1.5 metres of digitally printed crazy cat fabric. 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Finished - Dixie DIY Hot Cocoa Sweater, plus August sewing plans

During a rather futile attempt to try to squeeze my NYC fabrics into my fabric cupboard I was forced to come to terms with the fact that I have a bit too much fabric at the moment. Just a little bit. I've recently posted about my plans to make some things for my beloved, but I really need to crack on with a bit of winter sewing for myself, despite my NYC muffin top. I've had the Colette Beignet pattern for a while now, with the perfect combination of fabrics for it, plus I really need a couple more longer sleeve knit tops - I have a couple of basic knits destined for some more Burdastyle kimono tops and maybe another boatneck Renfrew. I'm really keen to make the gathered raglan sleeve Burdastyle top in a fine merino (and god help me there's a divine super fine navy merino at Darn Cheap at the moment for just $9.95/m - can you see why I'm helpless to resist them?). 

So here is my stash shopping/busting selection for August:

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Finished - another Butterick B5211 dress - the Raindrops Dress

This is the 5th time I've made up this pattern, which is pretty good value! I've made the dress 3 times (first 2 ages ago), and also used the top half as a woven tee pattern as seen here and here.  The first time I used this pattern I cut it out, because I was blissfully unaware of the concept of tracing and preserving paper patterns. I was a leeeeetle bit skinnier then too, so when I made the second one I found it was sadly way too tight around my backside, and have been unable to wear it. So this time, I was careful when I cut out my fabric to add some extra room from the waistline down.