Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BurdaStyle Featured Member

Burdastyle has made me a featured member, Yippee!!

You can read my interview Here.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The "Minxy Vintage" Launch

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by the lovely Miss Pia Anderson to the launch of  Minxy Vintage by best selling author Kelly Doust.

The launch was held at the beautiful Sydney Antiques centre and Hosted by Pia. What a decadent evening! Upon arrival, I was offered complimentary champagne, my coat and umbrella were checked; teacup laden tables offered up exotic tea's and fine chocolate truffles and the room was filled with nothing but elegantly dressed and well manicured folk - vintage style.

Coco Repose, a divine vintage store within Sydney Antiques Centre and collaborator of the book had curated a clothing exhibition for women's attire spanning from the 1900's through to the 1980's.

The examples were divine!

{1920's} Photograph Courtesy of Coco Repose

{1930's} Photograph Courtesy of Coco Repose

{1950's} Photograph Courtesy of Coco Repose
Pretty dresses and champagne aside, we were all there for the book! and oh what a book it is. Kelly is amazing! Her book is not only a fantastic feast for the eyes, but cleverly written and witty. The Book offers tips for customizing and restoring vintage clothing to create your own unique style and to breath life into old garments.

During her speech Kelly talked about how fascinated she is in the history of a vintage piece, the idea of it playing a role in someones life and being passed on to another. This concept has always fascinated me, and is one of the main reasons why I love all things vintage and Antique.

After purchasing a copy of the book, I was lucky enough to meet Kelly and have her sign my book.

As you may be able to see in the photograph above, my face is bright red. The photo was snapped right after I met her and promptly told her "I like to sew too!" like a child trying to impress one of the cool kids. I quickly collected myself  (I like to think) and continued on a little more calmly about our mutual love of vintage and sewing.

I am not ashamed to say that when the evening ended I went straight home to bed; "Minxy Vintage" in one hand, bag of free chocolates in the other and feasted on both for a good hour or two. The Verdict: Amazing (both the book and the chocolates that is).

For those who live locally (Sydney) Kelly will be signing copies at the Love Vintage Fair this weekend. For those who aren't, I'm sure you will be able to pick up her fab book online, it is well worth it!

M x

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's a Love/Hate relationship

Dear Pom Pom Trim,

I know our relationship is relatively new. It was love at first sight. There are so many things about you that I love so much. But you also have your faults. Don't get me wrong, no one is perfect.

I love your playfulness, the way that you add instant charm and colour. I love your flexibility, and how you lend yourself to any project without complaint. I can add you to clothing, cushions, napkins, accessories, swimwear; in fact you just about compliment anything. I love your retro chic attitude and that you are bold and out there, no question about it. These are your qualities that I appreciate so much.

Sometimes I find you frustrating though. I think its the way you bounce and dance around on the sewing machine. I understand that this part can be tedious, but your inability to stay still drives me bonkers. Its this erratic behaviour that sometimes gets your fluffy soft pom poms jammed under my needle. This I do apologize for; I try my best to spare you this fate, but its a two way street. We need to work together in order to succeed.

Please don't take offence. After much deliberation I have decided to love you despite your flaws and the frustrations you present me with. I want to assure you that there will always be a place for you in my haberdashery box.

Sincerely  yours,

Molly x

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All Bets are On!

You must be getting bored seeing this dress time and time again... clearly I'm not bored with sewing it just yet.

I could argue and say I change it up each time, but that would be a half lie or a Half Truth.This time around I changed that scoop back to a V back, which kind of stretched out into a scoop back anyway, and the boat neck vaguely into a scoop neck.... but in essence, its the same pattern.

None the less, it's non-offensive and it's simplicity lends itself to most fabrics and prints.
With a print such as the one I used here, it was really important that I choose a very simple shape, so things didn't get too chaotic.

It was also important that I chose something I could make fast, and I mean fast! I found out on Friday afternoon that a colleague of mine had miraculously scored members tickets to the races and invited a few girls from her department. The races were the next day!  I finished work that day at 5pm and had to leave at 10am the next morning. The Races are a  big day, so I knew I would need a good nights rest on top of that. This didn't leave much time in between to make a new dress. Not only that, but there was the matter of the hat. I needed to make one of those too!

When I say "need", I didn't actually "need" to do anything. There were a dozen or so dresses in my commodious wardrobe that would have fit the bill, but I wanted to make a new dress. Not only because I love a challenge, but I love the feeling of wearing a new dress.

I was very pleased that I pulled it off. I started at about 6.30 and was in bed by 12.45, dress and hat done.
Not too bad, if I don't say so myself.

Since I've made this dress a dozen times before, and spoken about it a fair bit, I won't bore you with the details again. But, What I do want to talk about is the fabric - Isn't it just divine? It was another piece I scored from work. Its a custom print created by one of the designers that for some reason got thrown in the reject pile and eventually worked its way into my hands. A whole 4 meters of it.

I'd never actually seen a fabric like this before, and upon further enquiry I found out it was a cotton silk blend called Ottoman. Have you ever worked with this fabric before?
Its amazing. A-MA-ZING! Its soft and fluid, yet weighty, with perfect drape. Its known for its ribbed or fine corded effect; Somewhat time Grosgrain ribbon. If I could, I would use this fabric for everything.

Although the print was rejected by the design team, I happen to adore it. Its so bright, bold and impossible not to feel jolly when wearing it.

I also made my hat. Well, head piece. Its not a hat at all, rather a headband with big flowers on it. It was actually really easy and fun to make and I love the way it turned out. The style of it reminds me a little of the 40's tilt hats, but a little more modern.

I am actually planning a tutorial on how to make these lovely headband - Would that interest anyone?

I didn't take many pictures at the races, in between losing bets and drinking champagne I managed to get distracted. Instead, I took pictures in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. Its one of my favourite places in Sydney, particularly the flower garden outside Lions Gate lodge, which is where these pictures were taken.
All the flowers were in bloom and the whole walkway was framed in delightful Cherry blossoms. It really is a magical place in Spring.

It turns out I'm not the only one that thinks so. The tree's above are filled with bats! At first glance they all look like large hanging seed pods, but if you stick around until sunset you'll see them all bloom and open up, bickering and flapping their wings at each other. Their charismatic presence just so happens to be accompanied by the pungent odour of Guano (poop) that sadly overpowers that of the flower garden.

So, to leave you on that lovely note - Happy Spring!
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