Archive for February 2012
This is my ‘I don’t have time this week to get everything done’ face so you’re going to have to come grocery shopping with me while I tell you about this weeks sewing challenge which is based on the Academy Awards. Oscar nominated films, winning films, whatever takes your fancy. This is my modern take on Woody Allens, Annie Hall. I’m rather fond of Woody Allens work, Annie Hall, Manhattan and his most recent Midnight in Paris are among my favs.
I love pineapple so into the trolley she goes, beige and I really don’t mesh, although I am happy with these photos and my modern spin on Diane Keatons classic androgynous style, the beige and this style of pant are just so b l a h to me, these pants remind me of those high waisted mum pants which are designed for comfort only, don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a high-waisted pant it’s just the cut of these particular pants, they’re just not right which is funny considering the pattern is from the Burda Young range. I chose broadcloth, a relatively inexpensive fabric, perfect for something I will never wear again unless I’m invited to a Woody Allen themed party which again is highly unlikely.
The rest of this ensemble comes from previously sewn challenges, The double collared avant garde inspired button up comes from last years re-fashioned challenge and the velveteen button-up fitted waistcoat I made eons ago and chose to wear it whilst on my African vibe. The tie was a five minute job. The pants do something terrible to my backside, from behind it gives you the illusion of a much bigger booty, bootifiedx100. A truly terrible pattern. I’ve even taken the liberty of writing on the pattern sleeve the words S H I T! don’t go there girlfriend. I’ve since learnt that this pattern has been dubbed the carrot shaped pant. How appropriate! where are the peas? The comments over on Sew Weekly were positive everyone appreciated my spin on Diane Keatons classic look. Phew! job well done then.
I was alerting the ladies also of my terribly speedy metabolism and the need for all this loo roll. I’ll do anything to hide these pants, can you tell?
I’m really trying my hardest to make these things work, there really isn’t much more I can do from here apart from grabbing my sons favourite fish bites and proceed to the check out, the quicker the better.
I think it’s time to call the fashion police, alert them of my terrible downfall into the hideous world of beige and high, pleated mums pants. I’ll need counselling. May the force of my sewing machine save me from myself.
This post was proudly brought to you by The Clash and the appropriately named song ‘Lost in the Supermarket’.
Red! this week is all about red and its relation to Valentines Day. We’ve never been big on Valentines Day hubby and I, however this year we decided to go out to dinner to a lovely little spot in St Kilda where I ate my weight in vegetarian Cous Cous balls covered in sesame seeds and sipped on pear ciders till the sun went down with a lovely bouquet of red roses to admire. Aw, he is such a romantic.
This little dress—believe it or not, is made from canvas, and I just love how it conforms, the fabrics texture— I find, is very flattering hiding any lumps and bumps. This dress feels expensive on I guess canvas is not really an ideal fabric to sew clothes from but I spied potential in the print and thought why the heck not! and just went with it. I’m rather chuffed with the fit, she looks dead sturdy on. Anything that wants to help hold me in, and up, and looking fab at 40 is fine by me, hell I’ll wear canvas for the rest of my days haha.
Before we went to lunch we popped over to Hosier Lane to take this weeks Sew Weekly photos, geez taking photos out in the public is so scary especially in a crowded place like this, I find that if I don’t make eye contact with anyone—especially with the lady there on the right haha I can get through the process much quicker. Yikes. I did relax after some people complimented me on my look and then asked for a photo of myself and then a photo of me with my family who were also dressed up, something we all enjoy doing every time we step out the front door and Melbourne is very supportive in that aspect, anything goes really, she welcomes it with open arms.
This Butterick dress pattern 4389 is another one of my favourite go-to patterns, I always use the bodice and modify the bottoms into straight skirts circle skirts or pants, versatility is key, I wrote about all the finer details and construction over on my Spotlight Sew Weekly post.
We spied a couple of wedding parties snapping away that day, if you squint you can see the bride just up there to the right. I can’t believe the hide of the ticket inspector booking a wedding party at Federation Square, seriously, couldn’t he just turn a blind eye? The mind boggles.
I had a decent workout walking up and down Hosier Lane as you can see I’m sticking to the path in these shoes. It’s the safest option. Looking at all the new artwork sprawled over the walls really is inspirational and the most colourful Concrete Jungle…a real Special place.
Happy Sewing Peeps. Till next week…
The weather is quickly heating up here so it’s best that I think about cool comfy clothes, I wanted an all-in-one to slip into that would take me from day to night and still hold up it’s end of the bargain that being, Summer cool chic. I was telling the ladies on Sew Weekly that this jumpsuit had to possess certain qualities in order for me to wear it, them being: (1) a perfect fit around the ankles, I wanted the leg of the pant to sit on my wedges the way they appear in the uber cool magazines, no ankle freezers and when I wear my sandals I wanted the leg to slouch and bunch around my foot, I know this sounds strange it’s just what I like in a pant (2) The crotch had to be cut lower because I like that whole baggy, effortless look in a pant. Are ya digging me? of course you are.
How about the print on this fabric? I know right! I was a little iffy myself when I found it in the bargain bin at Spotlight it screamed ‘jumpsuit’. I was a tad worried about the pattern going across my body, you know the whole illusion thing with stripes? but once I tried it on it turned out to be a perfect union. Phew!! and the pockets? well how can you not have pockets in a jumpsuit they just give it that extra casual flare don’t you think?
I’m really happy with the outcome, I self drafted these babies, they’re basically large pants with added fabric for the bodice the seam runs up through the centre front and back slightly tapered in at the top to avoid too much fabric bunch. Elastic top and waist with a tie to hold it all up not that it would fall down but I like the tie because it evens everything out proportionally, well that’s the way I see it anyway.
So there you go!! this weeks challenge was all about UFO’s not the extraterrestrial kind either ‘Unfinished Objects’ I don’t allow UFO’s in my sewing kingdom they’re too haunting to have sitting about starring at me whispering f i n i s h m e , it’s bad enough having three books on the go.
These photos were taken in my local park just five minutes from our home where we like to have little family picnics and feed the ducks under the weeping willows. This here is the amphitheatre where I attempted to sing Portisheads Wandering Star, I was under the illusion I was on key and sounded white hot like I do in the shower! but Steve (hubby) said I should just stick to my sewing and them are some wise words my friends, wise words indeedy.
Till next week you spunky thing you…
Happy Sewing, happy days.