Fashion at the Museum

I went to  ‘Selling Dreams – 100 Years of Fashion Photography’ at the Auckland Museum yesterday. A very good exhibition. Most of the images I had never seen before so it was great to be exposed to something new. I don’t usually read the blurbs next to the art when I am wondering through, I prefer just to take in the image. But the written information in this exhibition was historical, succinct and interesting – I read every word! Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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I couldn’t take any photos in the exhibition but this quote appeared at the very end… I couldn’t agree more Vidal. Well said! These words completely sum up for me why I continue to make my own clothes and get so much joy and satisfaction out of it!

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Why do you sew and make your own clothes?

2nd Secret Santa – Squared

I decided it was easiest to give my Secret Santa recipients  a slip dress each. That way I could tailor it to their tastes so that hopefully they were really unique gifts. This is my second dress – made for my brother’s girlfriend, Steph.

My Mum showed me this top, basically a square with some arm holes and a neck hole. Simplest style I have ever seen! I traced a quick pattern, with a few alterations and cut the fabric out, a lovely light fabric with mini hearts all over it which I got from Centrepoint Fabrics in Auckland.

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Again I didn’t know what size my SS recipient was so I made the pattern quite big and added ties at the back so it could be worn tight around the waist, for a more fitted look. Or alternatively loose and draping.

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This was honestly the quickest and easiest pattern I have ever sewn. The hardest part was sewing the facing around the collar. And the best part, it doesn’t actually look like a square sack once it’s on the figure.

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Has anyone else sewn one of these square dresses or tops before? Or a pattern of equal simplicity?

I am very keen to keep making this pattern. I can churn new outfits out in 2 hours tops (including the trip to the fabric store)!!

 

 

 

Inpiration: Capes

Well, as everyone says – or at least as some of us think – If Victoria Beckham’s wearing it, it must be fashionable, right? So here are some capes – for inspirations sake. 
(Click on the photo for the links)

The fashionista was spotted recently wearing this cape:

She was also seen a wee while ago wearing this stunner (looks a lot like the vogue pattern I’m using don’t you reckon?)

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Have you seen any great capes recently?

Inspiration: Sewing with Oilcloth

Sewing with Oilcloth
by Kelly McCants

This book has some lovely crafty ideas for things to make around the house, gifts or for yourself. I really liked this make up bag and thought it’d be nice as a birthday present too.

I thought this Chalk Cloth Table Runner was quite a cute idea if I owned a cafe (hopefully I wouldn’t feel the need to label my food at home.)

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And I thought these were totally sweet and homely too:

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I’m also quite keen on this tote bag:

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Just a couple more things on my wish list….

ISBN: 978 – 0 – 470 – 91232 – 4

Modcloth Inspiration

I think I’ve got about ten million emails this week from Asos and Modcloth and other online clothes shops. Don’t get me wrong, I love these emails, they give me an excuse to peruse their websites and look at all the beautiful dresses they have.

I always particularly enjoy the retro and vintage inspired dresses with their full skirts, floral prints, high necklines and self-fabric belts. Here are some of my current favourites from Modcloth.

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Daisy In Love

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Luck Be A Lady in Powder Blue

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Event Planner Dress which looks a lot like a wedding dress I saw at Unveiled at Te Papa

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Reading By The Riverbank

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Beachfront View

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My Personal Favourite – Jewelry Box Beautiful Dress

What inspires you?

Florence + the Pre Raphaelites

Ok I know- I’m a terrible student. Last night I, again, missed my sewing class. But I have a far better excuse this time. I went to see Florence and the Machine!!! In my defence I booked these tickets months ago. Far before I booked myself into Sew, Sew, Sew! And in case you were wondering – Yes she was amazing!

In honour of her amazing-ness I thougth I’d wirte a post about Florence Welch. To me Florence and the Machine is a lot like a Pre-Raphealite painting. She is fair skinned, has red hair and many of her songs, like the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, are deep and moving.

This is my favourite right now:

Sometimes I’m not sure whether it is just me that sees these things or if her stylists have modelled her look on a particular theme. But I can find at least one other blogger that has also seen this connection (here for link to their blog post).

Here’s an example of what I mean. Below is Florence Welch and under that is Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (who had a pretty interesting life if you’re interested in reading about it) and then another photo of Florence. Both are fair, have red, thick wavy hair, soulful expressions and are in mystical settings. The women are in sharp focus in all images with the backgrounds blurred out.

Can you see it too, or is it just me?

Wow I got so distracted that I didn’t even get to tell you that I wore my Blue Velvet Vintage-inspred dress to the concert! Will have to blog about it tomorrow!

Velvet Inspiration: Pattern Suggestions Please?

So I haven’t exactly finished my current velvet dress project but I’m already onto thinking about the next one. I saw this amazing dress in an etsy shop but unfortunately it is a touch too small in the waist (damn you 1950s sizing!) Also, I feel like I’ve seen a couple of sewing patterns for this type of dress and was wondering if anyone had any pattern suggestions to make this?

VELVET HOURGLASS Dress – 90s does 50s – Handmade – xs

But it got me thinking more about velvet and velveteen dresses and how they are both classy and super warm – which is important as we are heading into winter down here in the Southern Hemisphere. So here are some velvet dresses for inspiration.

Velvet A-Line Dress
ASOS Velvet Puff Sleeve Dress
Velvet Halter Dress – Looks Lovely in Plum Too
Little Velvet Dress – Red Dress

And my personal favourite – unfortunately no link *cries*

What ‘s your winter fashion fix?

Sewing Class Tonight

Yay I have my sewing class tonight! I really look forward sewing class. I like that I have to set aside the time to going along because otherwise I might not get the chance to do it at all.

This is my sewing machine:

What are you looking forward to today?