Monday, January 30, 2012

Holiday plus!

We motored down to mum's place the other day. It's a loooong drive. We stopped for tea in Geelong and we will never be stopping there again.

Bogans and traffic jams worse than King's Way. Mum's place was great. Many types of cake and biscuits, saying hello to the horses and the chickens, doing quizzes and watching the tennis. And eating the most ginormous fish and chips at the beach. Mum did us a roast lamb too. Yum! We also found a great place in Warrnambool for tea - Brel et Piaf. No photos yet. Imagine beautiful beaches, cows in a paddock and a country garden. And the cats were all fine with us going away except Lyle got into a fight and has an abscess and George nearly purred himself senseless when we got home. Tired now. Only one day of holiday to go... Put a deposit on wedding rings today! - Toodle Pip!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy new year!

Happy Chinese New Year! We celebrated with an absolute feast! And here's the first Chinese American film star, Anna May Wong. So hard to chose which picture to use - she's just so beautiful!- Toodle Pip!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New dress!

New seersucker dress. Made from mail order pattern 1st Prize 1767. Mail order patterns come with virtually no instructions. Just one or two pictures and a lot of arrows. This was my first time sewing scalloped edges and my first hand blind stitched hem. It's such a lovely airy dress to wear. I'm in love with seersucker and the fabulous sleeves. The yoke was a tricky one so I'm terribly proud of my handiwork.

Finished this just in time to take tea with my ladies Nicole and Jo. A lovely day. I need more lady friends! My eyes aren't closed in the photo - I'm looking at a pussy cat!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

If I had a billionty one dollars...

I recently discovered how to use a thimble. Daft, I know. Turns out I've been hand sewing all wrong. I picked up some tips from a super serious tailoring site. Luckily, mum gave me a vintage thimble last time I visited and it fits perfectly - now I know it goes on the middle, not index, finger. Another tip is to hold the needle way down towards the tip, as far from the tip as you want your stitch size to be. I really need to practice! Thimbles go back to the 1st century AD and they are considered highly collectible (collectors are known as digitabulists). And no wonder. Look at this beauty in a wooden, acorn shaped holder. In Victorian times thimbles were given as love tokens, which I think is a charming idea. And I take a size 9. Just letting you'd know. And check out this little guy! How cute is he? He holds pins, a thimble and thread reels, with a little drawer for buttons. - Toodle Pip!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tea ride

Finally got sunny here! So we went out for several pots of tea, interspersed with brief rides. Personally, I preferred the 10 year drought. We went on long rides all the time. These days it's wind and rain all summer long. And I've discovered something cycling related that Kim can't do. He's useless as a wind break. It's like sitting behind a blade. Hopeless. Stopped in at l'Uccello for some vintage buttons and French embroidery thread.

Popped in to the City Hatters, the one underneath Flinders Street Station, to find a fedora for Kim. Despite the charm of the store and their long history, both the service and the range were disappointing. Hello online shopping. We also stopped by Spotlight for some thread and a zip for this dress

Look! A bolero! - Toodle Pip!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Slightly obsessed...

...with playsuits! I am so almost on holidays! I'm going to watch lots of movies, read and sew. And watch the Australian Open - which sparks my annual obsession with cute little sports outfits.

Joan Fontaine and Rosalind Russell in The women

Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in Dancing lady


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This Plan B!

Hurrah for etsy! I've had my eye on Time Machine Vintage because she's got crepe in her stash.

She's got a few patterns that are contenders and hopefully a fabric sample is in the mail soon. Phew! For a moment there I turned into a scary anxious bride. Sorry folks! - Toodle Pip!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Plan B? What Plan B

I'd had a bit of trouble looking for fabric for my wedding dress. I was looking for some crepe. It's very common for 40s dresses as it has a wonderful swing and drape to it. It is almost impossible to find in Australia. You can get wool crepe - which comes in such exciting colours as black and navy and costs....$70 a metre! You can get silk crepe which is too fine and needs to be dry cleaned and costs ...$70 a metre! You can get satin backed crepe which is two heavy and has an unpleasant crepe finish. But no polyester easy to care for heavy enough for a dress crepe. I found a store online selling polyester crepe, in magnificent colours. Hurrah! So I ordered a sample to make this pattern, so I could see what it might look like for the w dress.

I bought the grey and I was all excited about going to L'Uccello to by some vintage red trim. Parcel arrived today. I ordered what was labelled crepe. What i got is crepe de chine. Not at all the same thing. They said it was dress weight. Maybe if you were making a dress for a fairy. It is everything I hate in a fabric. Slippery, light weight and slightly shiny. And so far I don't have a plan B. Oh dear. - Toodle Pip!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The secret dreams of dressmakers

Today I worked at AP library, where I discovered we'll be subscribing to Selvedge magazine, which covers a lot of sewing history. I've my eye on this back issue, which covers women's uniforms, land girl outfits, make do and mend and tailoring of ww2.

Plus, the magazine sells stuff. Look at this serious gorgeous set of notions. This is sewing porn. Before you ask, beeswax is used for hand sewn buttonholes and point turners help you get a nicely sharp collar. Sigh. Want. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some sunny day

New year, new branch - needs a new dress!

This is 1945 Simplicity 4727 made with fabric mum gave me for Christmas.

It clearly needs a bolero - regardless of what you anti-bolero people think. It's going to be red and gorgeous. The one on the right, not the weird vesty one.

This week I started at MP and I've been busy as a bee chucking things out. Funny branch, MP. It's a real oddity. It's so spectacularly unnecessary. I need to think of ways to make it valued. I suspect it may involve a lot of chatting.

Good thing is that I ride my cruiser to work. I manage the run in high heels, through there are a few pin up moments when my dress rides up to show the top of my seamed stockings! And my sweetie meets me after work to take me out to tea. And yesterday I got an extra treat - a 10 disc box set of Benny Goodman. I'll have to marry the man! (my sweetheart, not BG). And I must thank him for taking my photo because, while he was stoic, I bitched and moaned about getting eaten by mozzies.

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