Sunday, November 20, 2011

I love a wedding....

I love a wedding especially because you get to get dressed up. 
I went to my brother in law's wedding yesterday and it was a lot of fun.  His wife, now my sister is a girl after my own heart.  Amber loves a dress up, as do I. 
I made myself a new dress (of course) to wear to the wedding.  I really wanted to wear lace.  I had a few lengths of different colours in my stash of fabric.  My first choice was the candy pink lace from the 60's, I think, but alas there was not enough for me for the length that I like to wear my dresses.  I offered it to Amber (she LOVES pink) and made her a fabulous frock (because that's what sister do) that I gave to her the day before her wedding.  She loved it (phew) and it fit her perfectly.  I lined Amber's dress with a bone cotton voile, for that sexy skin look.

I am on this lace thang at the moment.  Although it was tricky to use, so slippery. 
I love this dress on the cover of Peppermint magazine.

And I wore a stunning vintage lace dress, homemade, for my wedding last year.  .

For my dress for the wedding I used a bone lace and lined it with a baby blue cotton voile.  I desperately wanted to have a velvet ribbon tied around my waist so the lining colour was determined by what I could find in s short space of time.  That and my BFF, Pete, pictured above once had the most fabulous and glamorous baby blue suit that I loved.  Both my dress and Amber's dress was made from McCall's 5891 from 1960.  I used this pattern once before so I was certain of the fit, for my dress for the races.
I do love a wedding and Scott and Amber's really stood out as being one of the best.  It was held on the Brisbane river at the Powerhouse.  There was no formal seating and the speeches were fantastic.  The best and funniest part was the photo booth.  I gave Amber some of our household dress ups and the way people interpreted them was hilarious.  I have to admit I did spend alot of time there, as Amber said I would.  Here is a select few, alot are unappropriated for uncorrupt eyes.  Christmas with Amber in the family now is going to be a blast.
The kids along with their cousins were in the wedding party and looked and behaved adorably.
What a fun time.
Just a reminder that I am giving away some patterns and the odds are good.   Here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pretty as a Petal

Hello my pretties.  This week while I was meant to be making a dress to wear to my brother in law's wedding, I made myself a skirt.

I have been admiring the scalloped edge since I saw the Barbra Coty silk dress at the "Dreaming of Chanel" exhibition earlier this year.  I was lucky enough to find this fabulous Vogue pattern 7530 from 1951.
I have made this skirt with polka dotted fabric from the stash, it was given to me by a friend's mum.  It is a beautiful crisp (maybe) linen.  It has a tiny cross hatch texture.

The pattern called for snap fasteners on the left opening, but I used a zip for ease of dressing and insertion.  The hem of the scalloped edge was meant to faced in the same fabric and 8 inches wide, but I didn't have enough dots or anything subtle or suitable so I faced my skirt at about 2 inches with a white voile. 
I really love the narrow waist band.  And I love the freshness of the whiteness for the 30 degree plus spring days Brisbane has been having.  I'm especially digging my fresh hair and it makes my want to wear pretty soft colours.
Now to get cracking on some tops ( after I finish my dress for the wedding)!
I'm spreading the pattern love and giving away some hum dingers.  The odds are good to win, so check them out here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Giveaway, Spreading the Love

Hey peeps.  I have a few patterns to pass along to anyone that loves them.  I have been blogging for a little over a year now and I feel it's time to spread the love.
I write blogs in my head and more times than not I don't get around to posting them.  Like very fabulous acquisitions from op shops, garage sales, markets and Nanas.  Or the clothes I make for my kids and other family members.  The garments I have made quickly and that don't seem very interesting.   Or that I have started to make clothes for profit (abet a bit slowly). 
I have been meaning to host a giveaway and while spring cleaning my sewing area ( and it needed it, I have 4 large boxes just of fabric scraps and remnants that I don't know what to do with; any ideas?), I thoughtfully grabbed some patterns for your pleasure.  
Bust 31 1/2, waist 23 1/2.  
Simplicity 3999,  How fabulous are these pants with their yoke style pockets, I am way too lazy to try and change the size.  
Butterick 4837 a simple A line cover up, very cute for the summer.

Bust 34
Vogue Paris Original 1694 by Pierre Cardin.  This is quintessentially 60's.  I love it but, sigh, it is not my style.
Simplicity 7014 a 1967 step into dress.
Bust 36
Madame Weigel's 1134. A most fabulous long coat from Madame Weigel's Journal of Fashion. An Australia pattern, maybe from the 50's?
Butterick 2360 perhaps from the 60's.
Just leave comment stating which set you like and if you don't mind grading you can go for as many as you like.  I'll do a little drawing of some winners next Monday the 21st, Aussie time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Last 3 Days of Frocktober

The last 3 days of Frocktober and it is bitter sweet.  I love a challenge, but this girl needs to re-wear some of these frocks and I need some separates.  One major thing I took away from Self Stitched September is that I need more separates.  What I took away from Frocktober is that a frock is not always appropriate attire.  So folks while I love frocking up it was nice to slip into a skirt and tee today.  Here is the last 3 days.
Day 29.  A 1953 dress, made from McCall's 3358.  I bloody well love this dress and especially how quickly and easily it came together.  It was my first attempt at a sweetheart neckline and I love it.  I look tough eh?  I feel like a cross between Wade and Wanda from Cry Baby here.  I am loving my hair quiff style, very rock and roll.  Worn on this day with my fret belt.
McCall's 3358
Day 30.  We rose early and headed to the beach for a few hours.  Aside from having to keep 2 eyes on 3 kids it was lovely and relaxing.  I am wearing what I feel is a pacific Island dress from the 70's.  I actually met a girl at a gig who was wearing the same dress, same colour just a different print, so I had to ask her about it and it turns out it was her mums. Aww, I love that.  My mum didn't keep any of what I think are her cool clothes.  Although she does like to tell me that she wore something similar once!!
Day 31.  Last day.  I made this hot little 70's halter neck dress the day before from some very cool and vivid rainbow zig zag striped fabric from Michael Miler.  Made from Style 4755.  either this dress was again really fast to put together or I'm just getting damn good at this dress making business.  I love the pleats at the bust line of this dress.  I added a row of yellow zig zag and I think I'd like to add some more, maybe orange and red, cover all the warm colours.
Style 4755