Saturday, October 30, 2010

New project - Vogue 1172

Vogue Vintage reissue V1172

There's not much out there in blogland for this dress.  I found a post about it here, but hanging on a coat hanger doesn't give you much of an idea of what the finished garment looks like.  

I do prefer to be a follower rather than a leader.  It makes me wonder if I've picked an unpopular style?  Or maybe there are a bunch of these as UFOs because they turn out yuk?   Oh well, I've made my mind up on it now.  It's to be my work xmas party dress.  I have until the end of Nov to create a masterpiece that has my workmates swooning!

On the offchance that there might be some great fabric in the op shop, I took myself off to the Salvos.  And I found this purple black shot slubby silk like fabric for $12.  There's just short of 5 metres and its 122cm wide.  Bargain.   I'm pretty sure its curtain fabric.  What does that matter ?  

and look what I got for a measly $2.  A Dunmoy Irish linen tea towel circa 1970
Its never been used of course.   Was probably bought and stored in a drawer.  I gave it a wash and now I'm using it and I love it so much.   Talk about cutesy pie overload.  I'm definitely looking out for more of these in the future.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Anyone recognise this fabric?

I want it so badly to beautify my back deck. 
Its much more vivid in real life.  Its so intense I have dreams about it!

I have googled every word combination I can think of. 

If you know a source of this fabric, or even the name of the designer/ manufacturer... any help at all would be great.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Look 6891 - what was I thinking with that fabric?

Cute top.

A pretty easy project made difficult by cheap slippery fabric.  There is a centre back seam and a centre front seam in the pattern.  I eliminated them.  I just winged it with the amount of gather at the front.  So instead of the binding extending out and tying a bow, I just sewed a faux bow on top.    Life is too short to fiddle around with a top such as this.

Question:  Can I be seen in public wearing this ?
As long as I don't wear a matching skirt and yellow shoes perhaps.

I mean one has to have a certain amount of street cred.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vogue 2960 complete and 10 things about me.

Its finally done.  And I don't know if I'm a sucker for punishment but just ordered this fabric from Tonic Living so that I can make it again.  Its called dumb dot and its colour is marine which is apparently a really dark ink navy.  I thought I'd make it in a fabric that I could team with black heels as I sure can't wear black heels with my pink number. 

Anyway, I know you're dying to see it.  So without further ado, I present to you Vogue 2960...

It needs a wash though - chalk marks and general dirtyness from weeks of manhandling.   But, yes, I know, its absolutely gorgeous!

And in other exciting news, I joined the knit along from Bea at Butterflies and Hurricanes, because I think that it will look awesome with this dress.

Also, the beautiful blogger baton has been passed to me from Rachel, you've done this to me before!  But I can't resist a challenge.  So. Ten. Things. You. Don't. Know. About. Me.

1. I work in the world of intellectual property and trade marks for a major corporation.  Although its a fabulous job and I love it, its opposed to my idealistic nature.  I'm much more of an 'open source' girl !  I try to buck the system in every other way. But as an up side, because I search the internet for a living I am the absolute undisputed google queen of everything.  If it can be googled, I'll find it.  And you know I'm using the google trade mark as a verb which is a big no-no in the world of trade marks. Hah.  See, its just me bucking the system.
More my style. Naomi Klein.

2.  I was vegan for a while but I found it a little hard going.  I try to keep to it when I can but  I do make the best vegan bikkies and cupcakes in the universe (and this has been assertion has been supported by grateful recipients of my baked goods), thanks to Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.  Even for non vegans, these books teach you the basics of cooking and give you a good understanding of how food works, you know, eggs bind, so to cook without eggs... etc etc.   And they are funny books.  I can read them like novels!

3. I stave off alzheimers doing cryptic crosswords.  They're totally addictive once you get the hang of them.  Half of the reason I have a mobile phone is so that I can text my friend who also does them and get answers to clues I can't solve.   We are the yin to each other's yang, and she gets ones I don't get and vice versa.  We do the Saturday crossword together and woe betide any activity that gets in the way of Saturday's mental gymnastics! 

4.  After reading this fabulous post by pottymouthmama Is Brazil Better Than The Bush I have to declare that although I've been to Brazil once, I'm definitely in the well groomed bush brigade .

5.  I'm middle to high brow with my literature, but I like my comedy cheap and nasty.  Bring it on Austin Powers.  Tropic Thunder?  Zoolander?  I love those movies.  I can watch them over and over.  Oh hang on, I do watch them over and over.

6. I have a black cat and she's named (very un-originally) Slinky Malinki.  To those non antipodeans out there, Lynley Dodd's Hairy MacLary and Slinky Malinki are bedtime reading in every toddler's household.   They are adorable books with great artwork and fabulous rhymes.  Anyway here's my Slinky who happens to be female rather than the male of the books:
Doing a LOLcat monorail cat impression
Or just sitting on a handbag.

7.  My favourite lunchtime meal is either crispy bean curd or noodle satay sauce from Peace Harmony.  If you are in Sydney I invite you to join me there. Its too divine for words!  They are on speed dial on my phone at work and they know my name.  'Hi, its Lore here, can I order a takeaway...?'

8. I just spent an insane amount of money on a vacuum cleaner and bought a Dyson.  I'm thinking that with age comes the wisdom to buy quality.

9.   I love Kate Miller-Heidke.  Big time.   And on last Sunday we heard her rehearsing for a show at the Enmore Theatre.  We were just walking past and I quipped that she might be in there because they had a gig that evening, and - lo - I could hear her singing inside.  We stuck around for 5 minutes and called 'love you kate' through the doors.  How close am I to her?  Practically best buddies.  A bit of blue language in this video but typifies Kate.  Her gorgeous voice and beauty and sense of humour.  Honestly.  I love her.

and number 10 ?

hmm.  can't think of another one.  That's gotta be enough for me.

Over and out.