GSTQ-Kazzthespazz | Diamond Jubilee1

Hello there you! it’s been one whole week since we have seen one another, I know right? a week is a long time in between lattes and vanilla macaroons, do you know that if I didn’t have to work a full time job that this would be my next choice, yep! I’d sew clothes all day take photo’s of them and blog about them. But who would pay you a wage to do that? Instead, I get to sew and blog as a hobby and work as a full time Graphic Designer. I like to think of this as a ‘happy medium.’ My two favourite things Sewing and Graphic Design, you see, I want to be really good at both of them and show you here on my blog how I’m progressing in both fields. Hence my pictures and animations this week. The sewing has been at the forefront mostly and I’m guessing it’s because I do the other everyday. The Diamond Jubilee was this weeks challenge over at Sew Weekly, as you can see I chose the androgynous route. A fitted pinstripe suit which I’ve wanted in my wardrobe ever since watching the ‘Cool Banana’ rock out in this video. Is she wearing a Pam Hogg jumpsuit? after some research it turns out to be a Ashton Michael god damn! those shoulders are killer and who doesn’t love a great headdress?  I’ve had a girl crush on Siohban Fahey ever since I was a kid, embarrassingly bringing home Bananarama’s True Confessions album (so shit) so I could perv on Siobhan and her super-stylings and paint my own white denim jacket in hearts & roses. Best thing she ever did was Shakespears Sister- and her new album-Songs from the Red Room is surprisingly good, a mixture between Goldfrapps- Black Cherry album with Siouxsie Sioux drenched vocals on a Donna Summer spin cycle. I think she’s finally nailed it.


This jacket was cut from my McCall’s go-to pattern, every jacket you see me wear on here is from this one pattern , she’s fully lined in a deep red satin, how could I not? I’m slightly disappointed with the pulling around the buttons but given my time constraints last week and possibly the choice of cheap fabric—some sort of $5 polyester blend that feels a tad funky from my finger tips, I’m not going to be too harsh on myself, besides if I move the buttons in a tad this may fix the issue I refuse to give up on the soy lattes. The pants I had self drafted from a pair of my hubby’s trousers that fit me well. There are no pockets just the zip the waistband and button, very simple, straight up and down no fancy-pants here. As a whole, I am happy with the outcome and have worn it twice since, as for the Gif! some peeps were asking me ‘how did you do that?’ I don’t have time to put up a tutorial but I can guide you to places around the internets that can help you get started. Photoshop Masking (removing backgrounds from photos) Try this Pugly Pixel tutorial and definitely take a look around her site you might like the blog labels. To animate you can use apps like Frameograph or Gif Shop App, very easy to export and upload. I use photoshop as my weapon of choice. This tutorial is relatively easy to follow just use a pic instead of text.


…and that’s about it from me for this week. I have a list this long to get through. I have a writing slash sewing gig over at Kollobora, the new New York based DIY website for peeps who are looking at making stuff with a twist so I’m planning to get that completed this week. I’m currently building my clever daughters blog so she can get started blogging about her fancy dresses and pom poms she’s been churning out as well as giving her some photoshop editing lessons so I don’t have to do it. I’m seriously thinking of doing a pattern making course next year and a blogging e-course by the end of this year. I love lists. The one thing I am struggling with is Irvine Welsh’s new book Skagboys, the follow up to Trainspotting. The accent is so strong I have to re-read some lines for it to sink in it’s doing my head in, I hope I can finish it. Tonight I plan on sitting down on the couch with my Boxee and having a Tribal Wives marathon. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Happy sewing.

Do what you love


26 Responses to “God Save The Queen”

  • Ahhh Kazz, that is one amazing suit. I would love to come over and hang out at your place, hear your cool music and make stuff. Wish you lived in Sydney. I couldn’t cope with the dialect in Trainspotting the book and gave it away! Got some black and silver (very fine) pinstripe somewhere it the stash – must dig it out. I would love to see a photo of the lining – I am into linings – is that weird? x

  • ahaha you did an animated gif too! And so the happiness spreads XD

  • Kat:

    Oh wow-ee! Fab suit! Love it. :-) Tailored pinstripe suits are just the bees knees, I reckon.

  • Julie:

    Love, love love this weeks outfit. When you have finished building your daughter’s blog do you want to fly up to Brisbane a teach me how to do mine?
    Skagboys, was one of the rare books I did not finish… the accent just did my head in way too much.

  • debi:

    OMG. I love this outfit! And the gifs and photos… inspire me to no end! Love ya, Kazz!

  • Bri:

    Your suit turned out fabulous, especially since you knocked off a pair of pants to to make these. I’m all for putting in bright colors and prints for linings too, it makes things interesting! Your graphics here are amazing, talk about multi talented!

  • Soooooo cool… and so echo your sentiments with the whole graphic designer / wannabe sewist thing. I’m a freelance graphic designer so I do at least have some flexibility. Just lacking in a bit of discipline when it comes to priorities!!!;-)

  • Karen:

    Oh I just love it… you’re too too awesome! And I watched the animation a few times it was so wonderful. Your hair is just gorgeous too, by the way :-D

  • Love it! I’ve just started following your blog and it’s great! It’s nice to get a slightly different perspective on things to a lot of sewing blogs.

  • So I took your huge amount of inspiration and tried to do a gif this week : ) I have photoshop at home, am basically self-taught with assistance from my husband (who can’t explain computer things very well) and my daughter (who is quite talented but can’t stand the PC I work on!). I’d like to ask you a couple technical questions but don’t know if this is the best place to do it. If you could email me, if you have time, I would soooooooo appreciate it! LOVE everything you do, thank you for all the inspiration and for giving me the push to learn new things.

  • Meg:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You look too fabulous for words, my friend – love the animation!

  • Lola:

    Vivienne Westwood- eat your bondage pants out! Queen Kazz rules!

  • Kazz:

    You’re awesome Lola

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Meg, this one made me stress a little, fancy sewing a suit when I knew I had visitors coming arr; It was this or nothing :)

  • Kazz:

    No worries at all Loran, thank you. I’ve sent you an email hope I can help.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Claire, I gathered that there are plenty of sewing blogs blogging about technique with tutorials and such. I want this blog to be a visual sewing feast. Glad you’re enjoying the ride and thanks for popping in.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you my darling, I thought my hair suited the suit fabulously hehe.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Janene, my job is somewhat flexible too but I find that I dream about sewing more :)

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Bri for the comment on the graphics and sewing. How can you not put in an eye popping lining? I think it adds so much character to the overall garment.

  • Kazz:

    Hello Debi how are you. My god I need two of me to keep up with commenting on all of my favourite sewing blogs. I miss your face.

  • Kazz:

    Aw Julie the trip would be a lovely break. Glad you like this outfit. I’m taking a break from Skagboys it’s making me dizzy.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Kat xxoo

  • Kazz:

    Yay for animations thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Kazz:

    Trish we would have a blast, I’d play lots of The Smiths we’d talk about sewing and we’d even have a dance in our handmade awesome outfits it would be a hoot. You know, I should of flashed the lining in the animation I only thought of it after I posted it. It turned out great it really did.

  • ally:

    This has MY name written all over it..period.Im off to work in that number

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