Friday, 26 October 2012

Op Shop Tops | Firecracker Friday

At least it was easy to think of a word for today's op shop top.


I want to be Miss Firecracker now.

 I tried looking up this county fair but I couldn't find anything. I did find links to a few county fairs and other types of fairs all with Miss Firecracker contests so perhaps it's quite a common thing after all.

Anyway.  How cool are my tights??

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Op Shop Tops | Thirties Thursday

Possibly this look is more 20's than 30's. Or neither. I don't really know. Try finding a word beginning with "th" that sounds like "Thursday" and also describes this cardigan!!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Op Shop Tops | Black & White Wednesday

I've disliked gingham intensely ever since I was made to wear the ugliest gingham skirt EVER for a school concert when I was 10 years old. Lately I've been starting to get over my revulsion. This little blouse is really helping! I must acquire MORE GINGHAM blouses. I MUST!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Op Shop Tops | Tuesday Twins

How cute is this sad little poppet with her miniature self?

Not as cute as me. Obviously.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Op Shop Tops | Memphis Monday

 A few weeks ago I moved house and my new house is surrounded by lovely lovely op shops just waiting for me to visit and deplete them of their stock. 

After some serious scavenging last weekend I came away with armloads of fabulous new tops & shirts. This week I'll be wearing and featuring them daily!


My life is really hard.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Vintage "Style" 1975

The pattern: Style 1246, dated 1975. I've had it for years intending to make it 'sometime.' Actually I think I started it once in denim, but it got abandoned half-way through.

This time I made View 1, the long red one second from the right. 

Alterations: The thing I love about this is it has a back seam, so I can make it fit perfectly. It was a little big in the upper back, but otherwise it fits pretty perfectly. 

The buttons/fastenings don't line up completely but for a first time making it I'm not that fussed.

The material is a mystery find - all I know is it's kind of woolly but it's not thick and it's not scratchy. Going by the $5 price tag stapled on it I got it from a sale somewhere.

I thought the fabric was completely suited to this pattern. Now that I've actually made it, I still think it's ok but it's turned out slightly more wintery than I realised it would. It's kind of hard to summer-ise a winter dress. Especially one made in woolly fabric.

With long sleeves I think it looks better. As long as I don't gain or lose any substantial amount of weight before next winter I'll be happy to wear it then! (I will also not tuck my blouse into my tights when I wear it in public... mmm, hot)

I might try it in a lighter fabric - something like lawn or toile/voile/whatever the hell it is, or with silk in it to try and make it more summery. I will probably also use a zip fastening instead of the buttons because the fabric loops for the buttons are a total pain. Not making them, but getting them all even and lined up perfectly... bleh.

 On that note, my next project will definitely not have buttons! Or loops! 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Teacups & Tulle # 85634

 I just wanted to play too


Previous installments can be seen here, here, here, here.. and who knows where else by now...

Cool boots eh? New.

Also... thank you for all the lovely welcome back comments on the last post... I was very touched to know that I'd been missed!


Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Purple Blooms dress

The pattern:  Vogue 8766

Alterations: NONE. I love this pattern. I can cut it out, sew it, and I'm done.

Here is the sort-of-draped version when I was testing the fabrics together


This is actually a test version of this design. I plan on making it in pink but I wanted to test it out for potential alterations first.

And now here I am feeling "ok-word" as it's been a while since I tried to look alluring for the camera

Also trying not to fall over in heels. Since I sprained my ankle back in June I haven't been able to wear heels AT ALL. It's KILLING ME. (But it gives me an excuse to buy super cute flat shoes)



 And do you like my drag queen nails?

 So it's been a while since I was around! Here's what I've been up to:

Small emotional breakdown
Moving house
Sickness again

But I'm back now! With more sewing to come, all to be featured in my new lovely courtyard.

And since my beloved looks so cute in her little hat, here she is.

If I haven't popped by your blog to say hi lately, I'll be sure to do so soon!