Sewing/Beach fun times

wpid-c360_2015-01-08-18-53-45-171.jpg I went to the beach yesterday for the first time in forever. It was such a lovely, sunny afternoon (although, it was a little windy, but the wind was nice considering the temperature) and spending it at the beach was the perfect end to the day.

I must say though, it was hard to find a good place to shoot because 1) The sun was being super awkward, 2) There were lots of people milling around (I feel self conscious shooting in front of people) and 3) There were a ton of people with beach side houses having barbeques (making shooting even more awkward) I did eventually find a spot, hence why my photos are sandy and wet.

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The dress I'm wearing is a dress I made a couple of days ago. My parents bought be a bunch of lovely fabric for christmas, and as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I was going to make with it.

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I'm really pleased with how this dress turned out. It's the first time I've ever sewn sleeves, and it's the first time I've successfully draped a collar onto a dress. I also made a new flower crown! I bought some cheep fake flowers , an adorable foam bird and little blue pearly things from the $2 shop.

Making this hair piece also reintroduced me to the joy of  the hot glue gun. I can't believe I forgot how good hot glue is!

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Misogynist teenage bogans: AKA Why I maintain tunnel vision while in public

wpid-camera_20141126194826823.jpg Today was quite an eventful day. It started out with having coffee with Ro and Adam, which was very lovely, then followed by an awful afternoon full of teenage misogynist bogans, and then topped off by an Orchestral rehearsal which left me tired and Hangry.

I was verbally assalted by 3 separate packs of teenage boys this afternoon within the space of an hour. The first event was when I was getting out of my car to take outfit photos. Two boys no older than 14 yelled out various versions of "hey sexy" and "nice ass"

The second event was at a local Mc Donalds, where I was greeted with more "hey sexy" and variations thereof by slightly older boys.

The third was when I was buying a drink from the servo. This bogan was probably about 17ish 18 ish. He was wearing shorts, and one of those racerback singlets with the huge armholes and low neckwhich shows off all the "alpha male muscles bro ha ha footy"ness of their physique.

Finally, to top off these three events, I was told that I was asking for it because of the way I had dressed that day. I can 100% guarantee had I been male, wearing shorts and nothing else , I wouldn't have heard a peep from the young lads in woy woy.

So, After that word vomit, this is what I wore today.

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This outfit may be unusual, but in no way is it provocative. I'm wearing long sleeves for goodness sake! My shorts may be short, but the length still has a good 5 cm's on the current lengths of store bought short shorts.

I don't even know why I'm trying to justify why my outfit shouldn't be commented on in such an inappropriate way. I am not an object. I am human and should be treated as such. The behavior displayed by the bogans this afternoon is inappropriate and dehumanizing. Their behaviour aims to not only put me down, but to make me feel less than, and to make my gender feel less than.

I suppose I just can't believe that such uncivilized people still exist in today's society. I think the saddest thing is that these boys will probably have children one day, and these children will be taught that this behaviour is ok. The only way for these children to ever have a chance at not continuing the sexism cycle is for people (especially women) to come out and talk about these experiences.

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The next time you experience sexist behaviour, I emplor you to speak out publicly against it. It's the only way to create a safe an equal enviroment for ourselves, and our future generation.

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Pretty in pink and lace

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As a person who loves sewing and thrifting I have developed an alterations pile in my sewing box. (an alterations pile is basically a backlog of clothes which I found while thrifting and I thought had potential to be altered into something more my style) 

Last night I made the first step to reducing said backlog.

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This was originally a plain vest shirt thing with an ugly belt around the waist. It was also slightly too big. I took it in a bit, unpicked the belt loops and used some wide lace to create the collar and sleeves.

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I'm actually really pleased with how it turned out. The lace makes it much more me.

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One last thing. The picture above is the first sketch of what will hopefully be my first collection. I've been thinking a lot about how my sewing and pattern making is progressing, so I've decided to take the first step (telling the internet so it will keep me accountable) towards making it a thing.

Edit: I had another thought and didn't want to leave it in case I forgot! I've been looking for a subculture name to describe my look for about 5 or 6 years. Anyway, I finally found one! The term is otome kei.! :D

Market madness

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I participated in the Davistown markets today. It was a long, but great day.

My friend Ashley let me tack onto her stall

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It was a pretty quiet day, and I didn't sell many pieces (I sold two pieces. Of those my mum bought one (I don't think it really counts if your mum buys it)) but it was ultimately a good experience. It's given me the motivation to revive the etsy store I started (I'll post a link once I get this up and running!)

Anyway, enough about markets! This is what I wore today.

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I figured because it was a 'seaside' market that I'd go with something 'sea'  themed.

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All in all it was a good day!

mermaids and teacups

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This is the outfit I wore to uni a couple of days ago. I made the skirt last year and I don't wear it enough!

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The pattern on the fabric is tiny adorable mermaids.

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I also urge you to imagine some red shoes on my feet as you view these images! My  parents have a no shoe rule in the house, so I had to take my outfit photos sans shoes.

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I've had a bit of extra time lately to be able to do some eye-shadow which is nice!

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My old flute teacher was doing a clean out of her house and gave me these beautiful old teacups that her mother owned. I love how bright they are (and I will definitely be drinking tea out of them soon)