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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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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…
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!
Image courtesy of the Queensland Times.
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!
There are plenty of signature stripes…
And plenty of corsets and star power – including this one created for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour in 1990.
This garment was truly spectacular – a velvet cone bra dress in the most divine shimmering pink velvet!
A selection from JPG’s punk collection…
This dress was aptly called ‘The Bride’, from the 2004 Tribute to Africa collection. Wow!
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.
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.
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.
This Issey Miyake dress from 1995 has the pleats ironed into it – I’m so glad that wasn’t my job!
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!
I think this organdy dress by Jun Takahashi was one of my favourites – it’s made up of lots of little skull cut-outs!
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!