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Off and racing

This year is certainly off and racing – I can’t believe it’s March already! It’s been a hectic start to the year, but I have managed to squeeze in a little bit of sewing – including this little boy’s shirt. Super cute!IMG_20160223_094307


March 9, 2016 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

Faster, faster!

A lucky little gentleman’s mum chose the black colourway of the Robert Kaufmann Super Speedway fabric… and I turned it into this! I tried a different shirt pattern for this one as the recipient was a bit bigger – Simplicity 4760. You can’t see it in this photo because it’s hidden under the collar, but this pattern has a cute little loop for securing the top button.

Racing car boys shirt

October 20, 2015 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Fabric find: Super speedway racecars

After making my first little boy’s shirt in about 25 years (yes, really) now I want to make another one! So I’m on the hunt for some car fabric… I’m loving this Robert Kaufmann racing cars print, but please let me know if you’ve seen something else that would bring a smile to a car-obsessed little fellow’s face!

Race car fabric

September 1, 2015 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

You’re never too young

You’re never too young for your first Hawaiian shirt! This dinosaur-themed one is destined for a friend’s little boy who is only about four months old. He’s going to look super-cute in this!

Dinosaur hawaiian shirt

August 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

The dressmaking bug

It seems the dressmaking bug I caught in January is still hanging around – and believe me that’s a good thing! Here’s my latest frock, based on a 1952 wiggle dress pattern… It took quite a bit of resizing the vintage pattern for my narrow back, but I got there in the end!

1952 wiggle dress

March 30, 2015 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

More stories about cars

In between a couple of cushion commissions, I’ve managed to keep to my New Year resolution and make another frock… I drafted this one from scratch and I’m so glad I did because there’s nothing quite like a dress that fits perfectly! It’s made from a long since out-of-print Echino fabric called Nico. The Japanese linen blend is quite heavy, which makes it stand out to achieve the 1960s shift dress look that I wanted. And you can’t go past the Toyota Corolla print!

Toyota Corolla dress

January 22, 2015 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Just for me

Every year I say I’m not going to get caught up in just making cushions… and it seems every year that’s exactly what happens! Except this one – I’ve dedicated the first two weeks to only making things for myself!

Here’s a 1960s shift dress I made from a panel I found in a quilting store, featuring a family in traditional dress in front of a Japanese temple. If you look closely, you’ll see Mt Fuji on my right shoulder as well. I used navy blue sateen for the back of this dress after my initial choice of an indigo silk/linen blend turned out to not be at all colourfast.

Japanese temple shift dress

And this is a 1940s eight-gore skirt in red sateen… I must be a sucker for punishment because I made this one with French seams! I’m blaming my Mum’s bad influence there!

Red eight-gore skirt

January 13, 2015 at 7:25 am 2 comments

Going undercover

Amongst all the busy-ness of preparing for the Christmas markets, stringing out my birthday festival for as long as I could and all the other social activities that come with the silly season, I made it along to yet another exhibition – this time it was the Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion show at the Queensland Museum.

On tour from the V&A Museum, this exhibition has a definite bias towards European and in particular British fashion, but it’s quite an eye-opening showcase of undergarments. Or should that be eye-watering?! Some of the corsets have such tiny waists that it makes you involuntarily wince – they would surely have caused internal injuries to the wearer!

It was interesting to note as well how much the ‘ideal’ shape has changed over time. Thankfully the wasp waist wasn’t always in vogue – for example, voluptuousness became desirable when it was associated with being rich and of a higher social status…

Undressed exhibition poster

There’s a nod to our neck of the woods too, with an example of Sarah Jenyns’ corsetry near the beginning of the exhibition. In the early 1900s, Jenyns turned her ingenuity into a formidable business empire when her husband’s preaching was not paying the bills.

While the example below looks more like a torture device to me, the mother of seven children set out to design corsets to support women’s spines and ease back pain. Unlike the products of some of her competitors, corsets from the House of Jenyns were designed for 12 different figure types and she also developed a new style of lacing which meant the woman could put the corset on themselves. Love hearing the story of a great independent woman!

Sarah Jenyns corsetry

Image courtesy of the Queensland Times.

December 11, 2014 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Fashion as art, art as fashion

On my adventures in Melbourne, I spent an afternoon at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. If you love JPG’s work you’ll love this show as it covers the full spectrum of his designs. Even if you only go to appreciate the amazing craftsmanship that goes into haute couture, there’s plenty to see – the didactics next to most garments detail how long each took to create, with most clocking in at 150 to 200 hours!

Jean Paul Gaultier at National Gallery of Victoria

There are plenty of signature stripes…

Jean Paul Gaultier signature stripes

And plenty of corsets and star power – including this one created for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour in 1990.

Jean Paul Gaultier Madonna bustier

This garment was truly spectacular – a velvet cone bra dress in the most divine shimmering pink velvet!

Jean Paul Gaultier velvet cone bra dress

A selection from JPG’s punk collection…

Jean Paul Gaultier punk collection

This dress was aptly called ‘The Bride’, from the 2004 Tribute to Africa collection. Wow!

Jean Paul Gaultier tribute to Africa collection

Near the end is a selection of frocks made for famous Australians, including this lovely cornflower blue silk jersey number that Cate Blanchett wore to the Golden Globe Awards in 2005.

Jean Paul Gaultier Cate Blanchett dress

This one from the 2012 Tribute to Amy Winehouse collection also caught my eye – probably all that bright embroidery! It’s quite a show and well worth making the time to go along if you can.

Jean Paul Gaultier tribute to Amy Winehouse collection

November 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Opening night

Last Friday I had the privilege of attending opening night of the Future Beauty exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art – and here’s just a taste of the amazing Japanese fashion that’s on show until February 15. The exhibition covers 30 years of Japanese fashion design, with a fantastic array of colours, textures and creativity, plus some amazing (and impossible!) structural marvels.

This black silk taffeta dress is by Yohji Yamamoto, from 1999.

Yohji Yamamoto silk taffeta dress

This Issey Miyake dress from 1995 has the pleats ironed into it – I’m so glad that wasn’t my job!

Issey Miyake pleated dress

There were quite a few examples of garments that were displayed flat as well as on mannequins – like origami creations! Loved this Hiroaki Ohya polyester honeycomb dress from 2000!

Hiroaki Ohya polyester honeycomb dress

I think this organdy dress by Jun Takahashi was one of my favourites – it’s made up of lots of little skull cut-outs!

Jun Takahashi organdy skulls dress

The oldest garment I noticed was the one on the right of this photo, a 1960s crepe dress by Hanae Mori. It was beautifully displayed next to this 1995 Yohji Yamamoto dress with a similar chrysanthemum motif. A beautiful exhibition that I’m bound to go back to see again before it closes!

Yohji Yamamoto and Hanae Mori dresses

November 3, 2014 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

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