Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Final Collection 2005

I have my psychiatry exam on Thursday, so sewing will resume on Friday. Dad has taken back his camera, so awful photos will also resume.

In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the work I did at uni. All except the first two pictures are made using my top secret felting technique. (Oops... it's just occurred to me that the middle picture is sideways...)

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Winter wishlist

I made a resolution to stop sewing so I could get some study done. Instead I've done nothing but download TV shows... so no clothes and no study either. Urgh! Did anyone see the Skins finale??? Did anyone else think it was the most shiteous resolution ever?

All I can think about is things I'm dying to make:

1) Lounge-wear

I can't stand wearing normal clothes around the house as they're sooo uncomfortable and I'm very anti-brassiere. Unfortunately I refuse to pay $100 for a decent pair of trackpants (the only ones that are long enough for me are outrageously expensive and I'm not at all interested in making boring items of clothing). Consequently I tend to wear Michael's old t-shirts (all in colours that are heinous on me eg royal blue) and my old faded and stained trackpants.

So I've decided that I need to find some self respect and make something comfortable yet glamorous in the vein of the gorgeous Hannah of Hannah and Landon. I'm thinking quasi nightgown dresses (similar to Hannah's below) made of vintage white lace with over-sized vintage cardigans and cable knit socks (all of which are also wearable outside the house).

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2) Undies

I never, ever, ever thought I'd be inspired to make underwear. Then I saw the new Lonely Hearts lingerie collection. AND I'd like to make a vintage style high-waisted bikini for next summer, so I think underwear would be good practice!


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3) This top

I can't tell how it works... it seems the bow at the front might be adjustable??? And it's not attached at the front so you can tuck the top in or leave it out???? No idea. But I must have it! If anyone has any ideas regarding the construction, I'd love to hear from you!

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4) Refashioned furniture

I appropriated a vintage telephone table and a cool vintage chair from the roadside garbage collection today (much to Michael's displeasure) and I'm going to tart them up! I've also decided that my utter lack of house decoration shows total lack of self respect so I need to make more of an effort. I will post pictures as soon as they're done!

5) Something along the lines of this dress

Someone gave me this pattern and I immensely adore this dress! Especially with the furry hat and the little gloves! However I have the following issues:
1) In order for it to be as "turgid" as in the picture it needs to be made out of a fairly thick wool fabric. However, if it's cold enough to wear fairly thick wool, I'm going to be freezing without any sleeves!
2) My arms are certainly not my best feature and I'm not sure if I want them on full display
3) The fabric that I had intended for it (charcoal wool with chocolate brown flocked hearts!!!) will not show off the lovely top-stitching.

It is indeed a predicament!
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6) Something involving faggoting

I've never faggoted before, but there's a good tutorial on the Colette Patterns website, so I'm keen to give it a go.

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I'll try to wean myself off downloading stuff this week and do some sewing. I am having withdrawals!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tinctory

I'm exhausted. I would go to bed but I'm waiting for my carrot cake to bake (we get to watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at uni tomorrow, so I am baking in celebration of slackness).

I thought I'd use the spare 7 minutes left on the kitchen timer to blog about Eva of Tinctory, an amazing jeweller, brought my my attention by the gorgeous Polly of All That Glitters Is Not Gold (who also makes her own magnificent jewellery). Eva makes the most amazing jewellery out of smocked silk. I'm not actually that big on jewellery, but I do adore textiles so that might be why I'm so obsessed.

I was soooo close to buying the first necklace, then I remembered that I have no money. Grrrrrr!
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Arrgghhh, they're so beautiful I can't even bear to look at them anymore. Good night!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday!

I cannot articulate how glad I am it's Friday. I have been struggling at uni due to the fact that I HAVE DONE NO WORK ALL YEAR due to the fact that I'M INCREDIBLY ADDICTED TO SEWING!

Every night this week I've been just about to start studying... and then I think "I'll just refashion this cardigan and I'll study tomorrow...". And then the next day I'll think "I'll just refashion these shorts and then I'll study at 8.30"... Then at 8.30 I will go to bed as I am a nanna. Grrr!

Anyway, my battery ran out before I could take photos of my new refashioned cardigan (it's very well made, warm and useful, but quite boring, so you're not missing out on much). I did manage to take some (blurry) photos of my new shorts, however. (Sorry, it's a bit late in the day for photos, but I didn't want to wait until tomorrow.)

I didn't take any before pictures, because they were just a pair of men's business trousers, and we all know what they look like! This is what I did:
1) Cut off the legs
2) Cut the scallop at the front
3) Made bias binding out of the fabric from legs
4) Sewed bias binding to the hem and blind hemmed it
5) Hand sewed white lace trim (what I had left over from my chemise top) onto the pockets and the scallop
6) Replaced generic plastic buttons with vintage glass buttons (also left over from chemise top)

Was very quick and very easy! I'm not actually into what I'm wearing with them. I feel they need some red heels and some sort of "sailor" top. However I have neither so you'll have to make do with inferior styling for the photos.


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Why can't I think of good titles for my blog posts?

At last my dress is finished!

Here it is:
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Sorry about my terrible sunburn! I got it 3 months ago and am STILL waiting for it to fade.

I'm thrilled with my dress. I got the fabric a while ago from ebay and I wasn't expecting it to be so nice! It has a gorgeous drape, but the pattern is also delightful (and helps to emphasise curves)! But I couldn't decide on a design. On the one hand I wanted something drapey... but on the other hand I wanted something simple to show off the pattern. But then I couldn't have any darts or seams at the front obstructing the pattern...

Solution: Circular sleeves to show off the drape, and plain at the front with awesome diagonal front darts (that you can't even notice). It's kind of a hybrid 1960s/1970s dress. It seems really simple, but it was actually one of the most stressful things I've ever made! (Oh, and I think I'll sticky tape it to myself when I actually wear it out to stop bra straps showing... I just couldn't be bothered doing that for the photos.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nothing new to show you

I have made no progress with my new dress. I have been exceedingly lazy. It will be a short tight sheath dress with circular sleeves made out the most spectacular vintage wool crepe you've ever seen. But I haven't even finished the pattern yet! Arrgghhhh!

In the meantime, I have actually found an Autumn/Winter 2010 collection I actually like! It's Halston and it's stunning.
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Arrgghhh and those boots in the furry coat picture!!! I NEED! As a matter of urgency!!