Tiny Owl Forest

Boy has it been an eventful few days. I'm not one to seek out adventure, but when you're a musician adventure seems to seek you out, particularly if you're the type of musician who tends to play their fair share of festivals and go on their fair share of tours. 

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I've spent the time just between Christmas and now travelling to Byron Bay Falls festival to play gigs with the Button Collective, finding out my tiny dog noodle went missing and being unable to do anything about it because I was away (It's all good now, she was returned to us by a very kind couple), dropping my partner at the airport, sleeping in a backpackers in surfers paradise so I could do an enormous amount of washing following my tent/possessions getting drenched in a Byron Bay storm, and finally starting the Vanishing Shapes summer tour. 

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These past few weeks have been very up and down, and I miss home a lot (although a bit less now that I'm not on my own anymore) It's interesting seeing these photos so long after I took them, particularly after the home sickness I've been feeling. I remember stressing a lot about the concept of being away from home for a month while taking these, desperately trying to prepare all of the tech items/non tech items I would need to continue my various creative projects as normal. 

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Like this time last year, I'm taking photos of every outfit I'm wearing whilst of tour. It helps me maintain a bit of a schedule, and normality, so stay tuned for that! :) 

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I forgot to photograph my shoes yesterday! This is the first time in forever that I've forgotten (makes me sad yo). I probably forgot because I was distracted by trying to get my shots in focus. (I was having a lot of difficulty with that when taking these, but when I edited them, they were all in focus. Let this be a lesson. The camera viewfinder/lcd lies.) 

I've actually been having quite a bit of trouble with my eye sight recently. Everything has been ever so slightly out of focus. Not enough to make things like driving/reading/editing photo's difficult, but enough to serve as a slight annoyance, and to cause teeny tiny eyestrain headaches. 

Cardigan: Don't remember, Dress: Lady Petrova, Belt: Home Made, Socks: Old, Shoes; Dr Martens. 

Cardigan: Don't remember, Dress: Lady Petrova, Belt: Home Made, Socks: Old, Shoes; Dr Martens. 

One thing that has become increasingly difficult as my eyesight changes is focusing my camera lens. I can never get autofocus to focus properly when I'm taking outfit photos, so I focus all of my shots manually (Usually by putting my handbag where I want to stand, focusing on that, then standing it its place). Bad eyesight+manual focus makes for a frustrating time when shooting outfits. 

This is actually what I wore yesterday to my rehearsal with Shapes. After many months of none of us being in the same place at the same time, we're finally in the same place at the same time. I wore this dress because 1) it's pretty comfortable and 2) I had to drive up because I failed at alarm clocks, and I like wearing comfy dresses when I drive.

We actually had a pretty great rehearsal. We're writing some new tunes, and perfecting the older new tunes we wrote last year, as well as reviving our older pieces (which tend to end badly in a fit of giggles whilst we try to remember all the bits we forgot). 

This dress is one of the few items of clothing I bought new last year (I've not talked about it much, but I've been actively partaking in ethical fashion.) The dress was designed by Melbourne based designer Lady Petrova (who is probably my favourite Australian designer). 

It's made from the strangest material: A metallic lime green faux leather. The design of the dress itself is like origami. The top of the dress has been folded cleverly from a single piece of fabric, as has the bottom. 

Sorry if today's post has been a bit rambly. I've had a pretty full on day (I had a gig with the Button Collective, and kind of died on the train trip home). Till next time! :) 

Daisy for Days

I feel as though I've been in limbo for the majority of this week. I got home Friday evening from being away with the Button Collective, and now today I'm off again, first to Sydney for a gig at the Gaelic Club with the East Pointers (they're a rad Celtic Trio from Canada)  and then to Bulli for the Ilawarra Folk Festival.

This whole week has been pretty unproductive. I mean, I did things, and saw people, but I haven't started on any "long term" projects as I've known I'll be going pretty soon after coming home. I'd call this week a week of busy work. 

Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Alannah Hill, Pants: Self Drafted, Boots: Dr Martens.

Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Alannah Hill, Pants: Self Drafted, Boots: Dr Martens.

I went and got a long overdue haircut yesterday, hence why my hair is significantly shorter in this post. Usually I like to keep my hair rather short, but this year life happened, and my hair ended up the longest it's been since I was 14. Because it got so long, I figured I'd get a new style done (I had enough hair to play with style). You can't see it because of how I've done my hair here, but the undercut goes all the way round.

One thing I did manage to do was hit the sewing machine and make my very first pair of long pants. I've been seeing a lot of pants with this silhouette out and about/on the internet, and have been designing a pair like this in my brain for a few months.   I used a light denim (sporting a daisy print) I picked up from spotlight, and decided to go with a scalloped hem (because it's the little details that count). I feel that I have finally mastered the fit of my pants block with these long pants (normally when I sew pants, I end of having to make a bunch of changes from the original pattern I've drawn as I sew. Totally didn't have to do that with these) 

A few weeks ago I went on a trip to spotlight with a friend of mine, and she bought a skirt pattern (because she wants to start sewing). Ever since then, I've been thinking a lot about why I tend to self draft rather than use a pattern. There are a few reasons and all of them just a little bit ridiculous (but I stand by them none the less) 

Reason 1: I feel like I'll learn more by self drafting. This would absolutely be true if I had a pattern making resource book/ made a muslin before sewing to test fit and record changes/ recorded all of my changes either in a notebook or on the pattern

Reason 2 + 3: I feel like it's cheating to use a premade pattern/ I want to make something original. This is a sort of two in one - because it's absolutely not cheating to use a premade pattern, you can make them original by altering them AND there's no such thing as "originality" because everything is inspired by everything else, and is either borrowing elements of a thing or doing something to react to something else. 

Reason 4: Finding a pattern/cutting it out/ making changes to get the fit right is hard work and I'm LAZZZZZYYYYYYYYY. Do you want to know what's just as hard? Making your own pattern, cutting it out, then making changes to get the fit right. 

The only reason for self drafting I have that isn't totally ridiculous is that I find it exciting. I enjoy the adventure and problem solving that comes with self drafting a pattern, and (as much as I complain about it sometimes) I really enjoy discovering new to me techniques by reinventing the wheel. 

I know I've been promising tutorials forever, but I think I'll actually start making them, because I'd love to show people how to draft their own long loose super comfy pants.