Saturday, February 27, 2010

Are you a transvestite?

Woah! Thanks for all your input re my buttons! Hahaha I still have no idea which ones I'm going to use. At the moment I'm slightly more inclined towards the coat of arms buttons just because I seem to have misplaced one of the brass domes and I can't really be bothered looking for it!

I'm very excited as it's a long weekend this weekend (I have no idea what Monday's public holiday is... nor do I particularly care!!). Michael has gone camping, so I get to spend the whole weekend shut up in my house sewing (hopefully interspersed with some bits and pieces of study if I'm feeling like a good girl).

I am FINALLY feeling inspired and have plans for a top and a dress. Hopefully I'll have something to show you by the end of the weekend.

Here is the sweater refashion that I have been working on ever since I joined Wardrobe Refashion.

This is it in its unadulterated state:

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I found it in a garbage bag at the back of my mum's wardrobe. Someone gave it to her in about 1995 and she always hated it so she felt bad about throwing it away. It was a nice fabric and I really liked the cable knit at the back (I think that's what it's called), so I thought it would be a great idea to make it smaller and wear it backwards (with the buttons at the back). My overlocker broke halfway through and the bloke who fixes it has been a prick so it's taken FOREVER!

I originally intended to wear it with my black harem pants, so I dyed it "black". My usual dye supplier was on holiday so I bought shitty, yet expensive, dye from Spotlight (I think I spent about $40 on it!!!) and obviously it's not at all black... but I do like the colour! Unfortunately it looks like crap with my black harem pants, so if I was going to do it again I would not have bothered dyeing it!

Apart from the broken overlocker and dye debacle it was really easy to do. I cut off the waistband and sleeveband (don't know the proper name), leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Then I removed the sleeves and cut about 7cm off the bottom. I reattached to the sleeveband to the armhole (to create tiny little sleeves) then used my overlocker to remove about 5cm from each side seam. Then I reattached the waistband and changed the buttons. DONE!

It's soooo hot in Perth at the moment. I've had to sleep in the lounge room with the aircon on all night! And my self esteem has taken a bit of a beating as one of the psychiatric patients asked me yesterday if I am a transvestite! Although I'm not too insulted as he wanted to hold my hand and kiss me 5 minutes later (although maybe he just has a thing for trannies??). HILARITY!

Monday, February 22, 2010


I'm nearly finished my fab new refashioned cardigan. I still have no idea what to make for winter... so on Saturday I decided it was about time I did something with the vile yet good quality wool jumpers that I bought from an op-shop last year. This is the almost finished result:


These are the monstrosities from which it originates:


The only problem is... I can't decide on the buttons! I spent about an hour at Spotlight today trying to decide.... so I bought both... but I still don't know which I like better.

Option 1 - Black and silver metal and glass coat of arms buttons


Option 2 - Brass domes


Option 3 - Hypothetical vintage brass buttons from eBay

Option 4 - Something else entirely which you will specify in the comments

What do you guys think?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Today's outfit (and Monday's... and Tuesday's...)

OK, I basically haven't taken this off all week!

A few people asked me what I intended to wear with my new "chemise" (aka fancy crop top). This is it! (The skirt is also new.) I'd also quite like to make a short, tight, floral high-waisted pencil skirt which I think it would also go very well with.

I tell a small lie... I didn't actually wear these boots with this outfit today as it was too hot... but they arrived in the post yesterday and I couldn't resist wearing them for the photo, at least. They're these divine Loeffler Randall boots that I've wanted for at least 3 years. I got a really good price for them on eBay, so I'm thrilled. You can't get them in Perth, so I guessed my size and they fit perfectly!


I'm feeling at a bit of a loose end as I don't know what to make next. I bought the most gorgeous vintage paisley wool crepe from eBay and I'm keen to make a dress but it's so nice I'm scared to use it. I originally intended it to be a pencil skirt... but Michael said it would look too much like part of the Qantas flight attendant uniform... so he's made me even more nervous about it!

Oh and I've FINALLY updated my blog list. Apologies if I've left you off. If you'd like to be added or you want to swap links or whatever, let me know and I'd be glad to oblige.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lonely Hearts

I'm actually starting to get quite worried as winter is coming soon and I have nothing whatsoever to wear. I am especially concerned as I finally mustered up the courage to weigh myself this morning and confirmed my suspicions that I have gained 6kg in 2 months. Therefore most of last year's clothes will not fit, especially considering that I only just managed to squeeze into them 6kg ago.

I am also unable to think of ANYTHING to make! I have been trying to look for pictures for some inspiration, but nothing has really grabbed me, and what I've seen of New York Fashion Week so far is a little disappointing. I did, however, find an amazing pair of Lonely Hearts black velvet jeans from Maximillia, but (of course!) the only sizes left are minuscule, so I can't have them. (I can't make them either as jeans greatly exceed my sewing ability). I'd never heard of Lonely Hearts before, so I went to their website to see the rest of their Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, but it's one of those stupid artsy videos in which you can't actually see the clothes... But I did really like their Spring/Summer 2010 collection! Not overly helpful in terms of something to wear for winter, but fab nonetheless. Here are my favourites!


I'm still no closer to finding winter inspiration so...
Southern hemisphere readers: what are you looking forward to wearing this winter?
Northern hemisphere readers: what did you love wearing this winter?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Unfinished, but I cannot contain my excitement

Behold my magnificent new top! It's not quite finished as I ran out of trim for the armholes, but I'm sure you get the idea.


I was going to do a post on a cool new designer, but this was just too fab not to share immediately. I call it my "antique chemise", because I refuse to admit that I actually own a crop top. It's made from this gorgeous antique embroidered whitework from ebay. It was only 50cm wide and 1m long, hence it's length. It's got gorgeous 1930s glass buttons, which are divine but unfortunately didn't come out so well in the photos.

I've actually had quite a productive week despite being dead busy at the asylum (I have a rotation at a psychiatric hospital, but I adore the word "asylum", so I call it that, despite its political incorrectness). I also made the black gingham skirt in the photo and FINALLY finished my refashioned jumper from weeks ago (overlocker is back in action).

Outfit photos another day when I'm not looking like Haggis McBaggis.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blatant plagiarism

Here is my new dress! I was so pissed off because it was all finished on Wednesday and I went to wear it to uni on Thursday and the zip broke! There is nothing more irritating than having a finished dress malfunction!


Unfortunately I cannot take credit for the design. It's almost a complete rip-off of Jenny Gordy's Wiksten dress; it just has a lower waist. I don't really like copying other designers' work (usually because whatever you make just looks like a low rent version of the original) and I actually intended it to be quite different... but anyway, it's fab, so it doesn't really matter.


Meanwhile, I've had this blog for over a year now and never once got an award and then all of a sudden I got 3 in 2 days (I think I actually stumbled across a fourth by accident, but I can't remember who it was now, so please make yourself known)!
Kreativ Blogger Award

Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn and Stephanie of The Naked Seamstress both gave me a Kreativ Blogger award! I'm supposed to name 7 things that you won't know about me.

1) I am a racist eater as I hate black food! Like Carolyn, I also loathe coffee. I will literally throw up if I have one sip of it and I don't understand why everyone is so obsessed with it. Similarly I also cannot stand Coke (or other cola flavoured beverages), liquorish and black jelly beans. (Although I do adore tea and dark chocolate so am not entirely racist!)

2) I am a massive Anglophile (like Stephanie), and for some reason have a ridiculous desire to live in a council flat in Manchester.

3) Despite being obsessed with clothes, I cannot accessorise AT ALL and am terrible at putting together a decent outfit.

4) My boyfriend Michael plays lawn bowls ALL THE TIME (like 4 times a week) which, although old-man-esque and tragic, I don't mind as it gives me more time for sewing.

5) I love obscure TV shows, especially my all time favourite The Royle Family. I could watch it all day every day for the rest of my life and still find it hysterical. Michael's family is almost exactly like this, which is possibly why I like him so much!

6) I have a phobia of acrylic nails, especially the fancy ones with Swarovski crystals on them. I also hate those hair extensions with the plastic bits that attach them to your hair so you look like you have massive head lice.

7) I am exceedingly disorganised, lazy and untidy. 5 minutes after I tidy the house it's covered in my shit again. I just don't understand. I do no study for uni until 2 weeks before exams and then get in a mad panic about my impending doom, but I never learn my lesson! I also never have a pen or paper at uni and the only reason I know when to attend is because my friend makes me a timetable!

I also got a Sunshine award from the fabulous Cindi at Tally's Place. Thanks so much!

Ok.. so I'm supposed to tag 7 people for the Kreativ Blogger and 12 people for The Sunshine Award... but that's 19 people and I don't think I can deal with so many tags!

Instead I'm just going to tag the following people, and they can have both awards!

1) The very creative and fabulous Brumby of UtBwB
2) April of The Right Hypotenuse who makes some fabulous chain necklaces
3) The superlative Queen of Mayhem who has some brilliant photos of some amazing outfits!

Woah, long post. That took forever!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pink & Red

Sewing machine has been moved into my house! Michael is not pleased and he says if he sees any sewing mess outside of my "hovel" (the spare room), then it's going straight back to Mum's house. New dress will be ready tomorrow, hopefully, but in the mean time here are some pictures of the dress I entered in the Pink & Red contest on Burdastyle and Sukicat (isn't she delicious???).