Archive for April 2012
We are making circle skirts this week; short, long, half, whatever takes your fancy. I opted for the half circle full length skirt. This gorgeous ankara rayon was marked down to $3 and was looking pretty damn lonely sitting there among the florals so, being a nice person and all I decided to help her out by purchasing some off the bolt just so she felt loved and not left out I reassured her that we would make a great team and to not worry about those florals snubbing their powdery stamens at her.
The above photo best shows the real colour of the fabric. So, onto construction; to make this skirt I just followed the pre-draw skirt pattern on my thrifted cutting board, easy peasy. Making a full length skirt would definitely show off the pattern and colours on the fabric wouldn’t you agree? I have inserted a side zip and a button closure on an interfaced waistband. I have roll hemmed the bottom on my serger and that’s about it, nothing fancy to write about at all, construction wise.
On this day it was World Record Store Day so naturally I had to get among it. I grabbed my local guide which tells me where all the hidden record stores are around my neck of the woods and ventured out with my little family to hunt down some vinyl and give my newly handmade outfit a whirl.
I love to sift and Chapel St Bazaar here in Melbourne I can spend hours getting lost among all the clothes, shoes, records, books and knick knacks. Here’s my skirt and top hanging out with their headless friend who can’t choose between a boot or pump; speaking of shoes, I can only wear heels with this skirt because of the length, 44inches from my hip to the sole of my wedge, this was of course intentional it looks dramatic when the bottom of the skirt swirls around my feet. Who doesn’t like a bit of drama.
I had a hell of a time matching this ankara fabric it was a serious nightmare a bit like getting your photo taken in a busy record store with people looking at you, Arrr. I walked around Spotlight for over an hour trying to hunt down a match for this fabric talking and cursing to myself and getting caught doing so, I almost threw in the towel I was at a total loss just wandering aimlessly, I found this part terribly hard and somewhat frustrating and now appreciate even more how a designer can mix patterns and make them work effortlessly. As you can see I eventually settled on this double-check, baby-blue and have grown to like the combination.
So, with all that hard work searching for a decent fabric match it paid off in good-vinyl-diggin-karma when I dug deep inside this record store and pulled out Iggy and The Stooges -Raw Power. DOUBLE SCORE! Iggy is of course the ambassador for World Record Store Day so finding this on this particular day was pretty damn! c o o l
Here is the shirt, this shirt pattern is a generic pattern I re-traced years ago and have made button-ups from it for years. I have not one but three collars cut on the bias because one collar is just a tad too normal for me, ha ha, I do like a surprise element in a garment. The placket was also cut on the bias and I had my hubby install the snaps because I couldn’t handle the little buggers with these pink nails. A second after my hubby took this photo I pulled out Bow Wow Wow and Lene Lovich for $8. I tell ya! Best-day- EVER! So with my big win I’ll mix two titles for the naming of this one because I’m super chuffed with this outfit and my Record Store Day finds. The Raw Power of the Aphrodisiac. Sounds a bit naughty doesn’t it?
Did you know that when I grow up I want to be just like Iris Afpel she’s another style icon that I stare at on a daily basis—accessory QUEEN BEE methinks. If only these glasses weren’t so scratched up!!. My daughters ensemble? she made her skirt and DIY’d her shirt and beheaded her teddy— like you do. I had to call in the cavalry to round her up and remove her from the store. The dangerous beginnings of a fashionista hey!
Hello you, if you are new around these parts let me fill you in on what I get up to on a weekly basis! you see, there’s this pretty rad website called Sew Weekly ran by the wonderful Mena Trott. Every week she puts up a sewing challenge and a bunch of us from all over the globe join together and sew our interpretation of the challenge; we sew, we photograph, we document, we write, we comment, we laugh, we are an awesome bunch of positive ladies doing what we love. SEWING! This weeks challenge has been tagged ‘Childhood’ sew something you wore as a child.
That’s me in my army camo overalls with a big cheesy grin smeared across my face, the biggest cheeks this side of Australia. To my left, my younger sister and older brother .
Here I stand in my 2012 overalls, army camo? a no no, unless I was doing a round of paintball. Do I like these? I’m really unsure at this stage. I am a big type nerd. I love typography and this is what drew me to this fabric. It all comes down to my mood as to whether I’ll wear these again. Given the nature of this challenge and the lack of childhood photos I have in my possession I shall run with it and just smile on reflection. If it wasn’t these babies it was an all-in-one baby romper with snaps around my butt or a hideous helping of white satin and itchy synthetic lace. If I ever wear them again it would be with my leather jacket and tights, always adding a little slice of rock n roll to the equation.
A relatively easy make these, a pair of shorts with bib and braces attached to the top-self drafted. I inserted a side zip and carriers for a belt to travel through to pull my waist in, otherwise it looks like I’m wearing a sack. I think there is quite possibly an art to wearing overalls, I’m slowly learning as I go. I found a number of different shapes and sizes on Pinterest that got me all excited about making these ones.
The pockets are external, pocket pieces stitched on top of the fronts of the shorts. I’m glad I did this because the word Manhatthatan spread across my crotch and it looked weird to spell the least.
This here is my gorgeous daughter, she has the ‘sewing itch’ she made that t-shirt and skirt, we talk constantly about clothes, fashion, and sewing. She comes fabric shopping with me, she strokes fabric just like her mumma does. She has impeccable taste. She’s in good hands.
This is the only view of the back we managed to capture, If you up the brightness on your computer you might be able to make out the the back detail. hehe
So down to naming this challenge; it was a toss up between Dexy’s Midnight Runners-Come or Eileen or Bananarama’s-Cruel Summer because of their fun use of overalls from the 80′s. It has to be ‘Come on Eileen’… Poor old Johnny Ray.
This week we are sewing to the beat of our cities. Mine being Melbourne; and this fabric came to mind, it’s so literal it’s not funny but I’m sure you won’t mind either way. I picked this fabric up from ikea sometime ago and it’s been hanging out with all the other fabrics patiently waiting it’s turn.
Here are some lovely shots I’ve taken over time of Melbourne’s Yarra River, this one was shot on my iphone at dusk sometime ago, Melbourne’s Yarra River really does look gorgeous at night with all the city lights reflecting off her surface. We often take strolls along the Promenade stopping for a bite to eat. Along the way you’ll find various kinds of free entertainment as well as the Crown Casino. You cross over the Yarra on the footbridge further along and wander up back towards Flinders Station. It really is a romantic walk, I particularly like it best in Winter.
Here we are on the Yarra further along just past the Bolte Bridge, Port Melbourne looking back at this gorgeous city on a most excellent day. Melbourne is what I call an ‘inside city’ on landing she’s not as spectacular as Sydney with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House but boy is she a hive of entertainment within the hidden laneways. The art, the food, the cafes and the shopping are up there with the best in the world. We moved here from Sydney three years ago. I love LOVE love my Melbourne.
So onto the jacket and skirt; I felt it was best I draw a diagram to explain the construction of this outfit. First off, I was channeling Vivienne Westwood for this challenge as you can imagine I’m a huge fan. The skirt, especially being plaid and all and the jacket?! I really wanted to add an element of surprise too, I wanted it to look and sit a little different and I think I may of achieved that. You know the feeling when you slip your arms into the sleeves and pop the jacket up onto your shoulders, button up and adjust yourself wander on over to your mirror size yourself up and down and let out a yessssss!!?? that’s kinda what happened when I put this on.
I’m not sure the photos do much justice to the cut of this jacket. Where the exaggerated pattern piece folds over I have hidden buttons travelling diagonally along the fold so it sits neat and flat, I have placed a loop on the end attaching a strap long enough for it to travel around my waist twice and another loop on my right side of my waist with a strap attached to tie up. The jacket is fully lined in black broderie anglaise left over from the ‘Otherside Of The Game Jacket‘. I particularly love the pleats that have been stitched into place halfway along allowing the remainder of the pleats to fan out. I played around with the exaggerated pattern piece and found a second way to wear the jacket; placing another carrier on my right shoulder for the strap to travel through which gives the jacket a cowl drape across the front. It’s quite versatile. I just wished I’d taken the time to photograph her better. When you have a little lad busting for a wee and the other one reminding you how hungry she is your time is limited.
The skirt is of course a square—you know how I love my squares!? Once the buttons and darts were in place I stepped into it and began pinning pleats into odd positions kind of moulding the skirt to my shape along the way. It really was a visual exercise in front of the mirror with a stack of pins in between my teeth. I wonder if Vivienne works like this!
I think this works, I think the jacket works in proportion to the skirt, what do you think?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you looked up and saw yourself walking past yourself then you could really be a true judge of your efforts, does that sound weird?Pointing out the obvious, the jacket can be teamed with jeans and the skirt can be teamed with other jackets or even a t-shirt, I like that about separates. I like versatility, I guess that’s why we packed up our little family and moved to Melbourne, she’s simply bursting with variety.
Hot in the City- Billy Idol? I’ll go with that.