I actually can't wait for uni to finish so I can sew on a semi - regular basis without feeling overwhelmingly guilty for not studying. I hit up the sewing machine on tuesday evening, and whilst it was a highly enjoyable sewing sesh, I did feel quite guilty afterwards for not spending my time doing other things (such as fiddling with my compositions/researching all the things)
Now I didn't spend my time sewing this pinafore/dress thing (I don't even know the difference anymore, I wear all my dresses as pinafores) for no reason. I sewed it for an event I attended Wednesday morning. The local Rotary club held a breakfast event for buisness women, and I was kindly invited by my friend (and New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra Orchestral Manager - gash that's a mouthful (or should I say handful, cause I'm typing)) Barney Waters. The breakfast and speeches were great, and I met a lot of really interesting people (which was super fun!)
One of the speakers was a local MP - Deborah O'Neil, who complimented my dress in the middle of her speech which was super cool. The theme of the talk was resilience - and the biggest thing I took away from it was the need for women to be recognised equally in spaces that are traditionally mens spaces (Preach!)
As I so often do in crowded rooms, I was standing towards the back (It makes me feel more at ease and less anxious) during the speeches, and it was really interesting to see the crowds reaction. I'd say 80% of the people in the room were women, and during the whole breakfast, there were lots of heads nodding in agreement, especially when discussing feminist topics was brought up. I've never been in a physical environment where such views and issues have been spoken about honestly to a room full of like minded individuals. (sorry to be cliche) It was empowering.
Onto the dress! I've had this fabric sitting in my fabric box for such a long time (I'd say 2 years) Everytime I've gone to sew I've passed up on this fabric, as I wanted to use it for a beautiful garment. (I've only recently felt confident enough in my contstruction to sew with this type of fabric) As far as the construction of the garment is concerned, the lower half is a triple layer circle skirt with side zip (The under layer is cotton, the middle layer is tulle (which was measured to hang below the outer layer) and the outer layer is a quilting cotton with metallic components.) and the upper half is a Gigantic bow , with some paneling to cover the space between the bow and the skirt portion, with daisy chain lace as straps. (I also did a cute triangle detail, which you can see in the very last picture.)
As per my usual sewing process, I didn't use a pattern, I just draped the fabric onto my mannequin, then measured, sculpted and darted as needed. I would love to be able to do some sort of pattern making course full time, but I can't afford (the time or the money) to do such a course. My sewing is definitely getting better, but I'm getting sick of reinventing the wheel everytime I sew.
I also wasn't playing flute that day, so I was able to wear lipstick (which always makes me super excited!! - usually I can only wear the lipstains that come in texta form) Remember that deep green from my post the other day? Well I ordered a few other lipstick with that. (three others to be exact) I ordered a chocolate brown and a black (neither which I'm wearing here) and the dark purple (which is reading black on camera - boo) which I wore when I shot this outfit.
Normally I don't get caught up in the names of cosmetics, but this perfect purple colour is called feminist (which suits me just fine).
I totally didn't realise this until after I edited the pictures, but I paired the peacock material of the dress with my peacock belt. I find that this belt is fairly neutral in appearance, and can tend to be visually swept aside when deconstructing my outfits (which when working with a busy pattern such as the peacock detail in the fabric is something you sometimes need)