Tartan and Trim

I made a thing! And it helped to disperse some of the negative feelings I've been having lately. 

I've been working on using up the fabric in my fabric box and trim in my trim box. Both bits of clothing related stuff had been sitting in my sewing box for like 3 or 4 years, and now will get to see the light of day (semi) regularly as this super cute tartan and trim pleated skirt. 

The construction process of the garment was actually pretty tough. First off, it took me ages to decide where to place the trim. I too-ed and fro-ed over placing it near the waist, near the hem, or below the hem for a good 15 mins, then I had 5 attempts at pleating (and re-pleating) the skirt, which took a good hour.  

I've made a lot of pleated skirts in my time, so the time it took me to construct was quite a surprise. I'm really happy with how it turned out though. The waist fringe is a super cute detail, and the actual construction is some of my neatest work! 

I paired it with this feather collared jumper I picked up op-shopping because the movement in the feathers 1) balances out the movement of the trim and 2) brings out the red in the tartan. The Converse were quite an unconventional choice of footware, but add an interesting twist to the "classic" feeling of the rest of the outfit. 

Olive lemon

I've seen a bunch of people super excited about the extra February day we had yesterday and I must say, I kinda don't get it. Yeah, it only happens once every 4 years, but it was just a day, like any other. 

Anyway, this is what I wore on the leap year. It was finally cool enough for me to wear the other vintage piece I picked up in Lismore, and after much frustration trying to style it (I don't have much olive in my wardrobe/many colours that go well with olive) I finally settled on this bright yellow kilt. 

I was a bit apprehensive about the combination when I first put it together, but the longer I wore it the more I liked it. Looking at these pictures has also cemented it as a winner in my books. 

This is definitely one of the more unusual shirts I own. It's double breasted, with an unusual neckline (which  can be worn in several different ways.) The construction of the sleeves are also amazing - they're constructed from the same panel as the bodice.  

Anyway, enjoy your slightly belated March! (Autumn is my favourite season, so I know I will!) 

Meadow Dreams

I had such fun this afternoon photographing todays outfit. 

I managed to find not one, not two, but three new places to shoot (which is a fairly large deal as I thought I had exhausted the local area of "secret locations" ). There's a fairly concealed walkway in the Narara/Wyoming area called "the glow path" and it's basically a tiny slice of heaven in what would otherwise be just another lot of busy roads and suburbs. 

Unfortunately my shoot was quite rushed as I may have forgot to charge my DSLR battery. When I rush, my focus goes, meaning the photo's from the third location (which was so very pretty) were very blurry. 

Speaking of sub par photography! Remember those awful photo's I took of the pine cone pants I sewed recently (totally cool if you don't)? Welp, those are the pants I wore today! :D Now you can actually see what they look like, instead of seeing a noisy dark blob. 

Shoes: Therapy, Pants: Home Made, Belt: Alannah Hill, Blouse: Thrifted

Shoes: Therapy, Pants: Home Made, Belt: Alannah Hill, Blouse: Thrifted

Not much happened today as far as life goes, but yesterday I played an awesome gig with the button collective and some awesome peeps at Blackwire records, which is an independent music store/venue. There were 5 music acts, and 5 poets. I'm not really in the head space for writing many things (which, you totally can't tell from the bulk of this post :P) so I'll leave the blow by blow concert review for another time. I can say however, that the whole concert was captivating and every musician that played and poet that read did so wonderfully.  

The vibe of the concert was also very unique. It was an unplugged session, meaning that no one was amplified. The show was sold out, the venue was packed, and you could hear the music perfectly, because everyone was there to listen. You don't get that very often playing in a contemporary setting. It was really nice. 

Anyway, I want to shout out all of the peeps that played: Alison Gallagher, Spencer Scott, David Le'aupepe  and especially Nothing Rhymes With David, who put together the whole shebang. <3 

Weddings are a time for love, friendship and perfect cake

Rohan's Mum Julie married her lovely partner Chris over the weekend, hence why there has been some silence from my small internet space (except instagram, where I posted some teasers of the TWO outfits I've posted today!) 

Ro and I stayed in a Hotel the day before, and after the Wedding reception (thankyou Chris and Julie <3). It rained the day we got there, so I took these photo's in the room we stayed ( I've not got a wide angle lens, which is why I chose some interesting poses and not so great lighting) 

Please excuse the lighting

Please excuse the lighting

Normally I'd skip taking photo's of an outfit if I can't do it in natural light, but I made an exception for this outfit because I made some new pants! You can't see it very well in this particular photo, but I've used pinecone material. I also made the belt out of some leftover fake flowers I used in a previous project! 

I paired the pink Ballet Flats (Not even kidding, these are actually legit dancing shoes!) I thrifted ages ago with this outfit to match the pink of the flowers in my belt. 

Onto what I wore for the ceremony! 

I opted for this polkadot dress as it's 1) red (meaning I have lots of things to pair it with) and 2) very me in a toned down sort of way. I spent quite a bit of time choosing my outfit as I wanted to blend with the rest of the attendees, but still wanted to feel like myself (which I definitely achieved!)   

The wedding was absolutely lovely. Julie and Chris are such a beautiful couple (you know those older couples who have been together forever, and are smitten with each other? That's pretty much Julie and Chris, but they've only been married a few days) 

The service was very traditional. They held it in a beautiful old church in North Sydney, and had people from their congregations speaking during the service. 

Julie's dress was stunning. It was fitted until the top of the hips, where it flared out into a sort of 3/4 circle skirt with a small train. The lace and beed details were very intricate, and very classic. Chris scrubbed up nicely as well :P 

The reception was equally as lovely as the ceremony. It was held on the Glass Island, which is a very fancy see through ferry. 

The food served at the reception was great, but the standout food by far for me was the wedding cake. It was three tieres, and I had a slice of the chocolate tier. I kid you not, it was by far the best cake I have ever had in my entire life, and I highly doubt I'll ever have cake as exquisite again.

The cake was moist and flavoursome, but not too rich, and the icing was a perfect thickness, and not too sweet, but full of flavour. I'd rate it a 10/10 out of 10/10. 

Congratulations Julie and Chris <3 and best wishes for a long and happy marriage :) 

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.