Archive for April 2011
We have just had the best weekend, my favourite thing in the whole wide world is to just hang with my gorgeous family doing loads of fun stuff, getting out and about and just enjoying ourselves. I first had to submit my Sew Weekly challenge which you can view here and here are my previous challenges. Once that was done and dusted, off we went.
Ready? Here we go! …combo
We are set to Rock ‘n’ Roll baby.
This boy was on fire.
and this gorgeous babe was too busy posing for photos.
Steve beats me by 1 point so this means he has to shout lunch.
Steve loves a brew before a feast as you can see.
I just stare at him like there’s nothing on his top lip, I just wanted to see how long it would last but then my lamb shanks arrived and I lost concentration.
I seriously struggled to eat this pub meal it was just too much so I ate the most expensive part, the shanks.
We all felt extremely bloated after lunch and decided to walk it off by climbing the eight crazy arse levels of retail extravaganza. I found the Gormon store in Melbourne Central and stroked oooo’d and ahhh’ed over every piece from their current collection. So awesomely gorgeous …anywho this place is banana’s.
Next stop! (next day) was a cruise down the Yarra and the weather was just perfect but before that we grabbed a bite to eat and sat in Federation Square watching and laughing at the free comedy being handed out. We then made our way to the National Gallery of Victoria to have a quick peek at the Manstyle Exhibit.
Some rather smashing pieces in this small exhibit of both modern and historical mens clothing. They had a short documentary film playing as you browsed and my heart skipped a beat when Dave Graney appeared dressed from head to toe in leather. Feelin kinda sporty WOOOO!!! Sorry, I’m kinda obsessed.
I’ll just throw these two piccy’s in here while we wait for the River Boat to arrive.
Jazz has a thing for bowtie,s he is such a dapper young man.
P E R F E C T I O N
and off we go down the Yarra.
I’m impressed with this photo I snapped, it looks smashing enlarged. This is the Bolte Bridge, see those two concrete pylons? they don’t even touch the bridge they are just arty structural concrete pylons standing there purely for decorative reasons, imagine them not being there??!! well it would look kinda shit. Hoorah for large useless concrete thingys.
Next stop (next day) We took a road trip out to beautiful Daylesford for a picnic. This quaint little town is full of historical buildings but has this very modern feel about it and for a small town there sure was a lot of people sitting outside in cafes etc enjoying the wonderful weather and why the hell not.
We pulled over on the way and had to get this photo. Ha ha I love it.
Next time we visit I’ll definitely think about enjoying one of their wonderful day spa treatments.
I love architecture, especially historical you can just imagine all of the things that went on behind these walls.
Cucumber sandwiches anyone? or perhaps chips and twiggy’s… Meh!!??
We are the Last Shadow Puppets.
Long walks hand in hand awwwww, he’s really keeping me up right because of my poor choice in shoes.
Choosing the correct rock for skimming is key.
J U S T B E A U T I F U L…. like out of a Jane Austen novel.
How was your long weekend?
This weeks Sew Weekly challenge is all about fashionable TV characters that we once admired or admire now and we are to sew our best interpretation of that character. Fu-un.
When I was a teenager I had a mad fashion crush on Denise Huxtable of ‘The Cosby Show’ I would watch the show religiously and sketch down her outfits and try and copy her hair. I remember hunting down a similar type of grey geometric patterned fabric that matched one of her over-sized shirts and I made a super long tank dress and draped a bunch of white plastic pearls around my neck that hung down to my knees, I thought I was the business, this was about the time I discovered fashion or had a ‘fashion epiphany’ you could say, this was about the time I bought a sewing machine and never looked back.
Denise Huxtable was incredibly fashion-forward, wearing lots of over-sized clothes with bold graphics, blazers and odd ball accessories, she stood out, and no one on TV dressed like her she was for me, the ultimate 80′s outfit. I thought she was pretty rad and when she and Lenny Kravitz married ???!!! well, I wanted this picture blown up and stuck above my bed for me to stare at till I fell asleep.
Here is my best interpretation of Denise Huxtable. I made this top last year and still love it. I’ll call this top ‘The Denise Huxtable’. I didn’t use a pattern I kinda just made it up, making some adjustments along the way adding the black panels at the front to break up the pattern and wanted the neck to be somewhat different so I installed a scarf type element to it which appears on the back as well. I get a lot of comments on it and it’s extremely comfy and goes great with black skinny jeans and doubles as a hang glider too. Up up and away.
I’m having a ball over at Sew Weekly, every week they announce a new sewing challenge and you have a week to complete the task, hence the name ‘Sew Weekly’. It’s kinda like Project Runway but online. It’s challenging and loads of fun, right up my ally. I figured I’d join to keep my sewing skills up and help broaden my wardrobe. Sounds good hey??
This weeks challenge was to recreate an outfit you once wore as a child. Luckily I was visiting my folks this week so I could raid their photo albums for a decent photo of myself when I was wee girl. This seemed to be the best one out of the lot and I certainly didn’t want to recreate a skivvy and brown cord trousers… meh!
Yep I’m a natural red head, strawberry blonde to be precise.
Here is my recreation of the pinny my mum had made me in 1975 the detail is really in the back of the dress.
I like the back it’s effective and I like the idea of wearing different shirts underneath to jazz things up a little.
I enjoyed making this challenge and will definitely wear it again. I need to find a better back drop this brick wall is just not cutting it.
Last weeks challenge was to whip up an apron, I don’t own an apron and didn’t really feel the need to have one because well, lets say I’m challenged in the kitchen, I really hate cooking except slow cooking that’s ace I love my slow cooker in fact I’ve got a rockin leg of lamb simmering away as I type. Here is my apron superimposed into an ‘all the rage’ retro kitchen. A 50′s house wife???!!!!! ha, far from it.
I was rather pleased with the outcome of this challenge too but not so pleased with the oompa loompa shorts I imagined up for the previous weeks challenge which was to finish an unfinished object, UFO eeeek.
arrrr they look much better hanging on the clothes line then off my 40 year old frame. I think if I had chosen a thicker fabric they may of worked out I enjoyed covering the buttons in the contrasting gingham fabric but other than that these were an epic fail.
One of the earlier challenges was to make an ugly pattern look somewhat decent. I picked an overall from the late 90′s, Reality Bites era. I think this pattern is a winner for the challenge. Ugly bug-uly.
Here is my updated interpretation of this pattern.
I love this outfit, I’ve worn it several times since it’s birth it’s just a bitch to get out of being an all-in-one. See my pom poms from my earlier post.
So there you have it my last months worth of Sew Weekly challenges. If you’re handy on the Janome you should definitely join in it’s challenging and loads of fun.
What have you made lately?