Daisy Chains

If you're friends with me on facebook, you would have seen me sharing quite a bit of stuff about why the Sydney Lockout Laws are pretty darn terrible for the city. On the outside the laws say "We're making a safe space for the community" but the reality of the situation is much more complex. 

 If you don't already know, the laws stop bars/clubs/venues from letting people in after 1:30am, and stop bars/clubs/venues serving spirits after 12am and alcohol after 3am in the Sydney CBD area in an aim to curb "alcohol fueled violence". The laws were hastily thrown together after the 2012 murder of Thomas Kelly and the 2013 murder of Daniel Christie. These deaths were avoidable and tragic, but happened well before "Lockout" in their prospective years. 

Now, I would be lying if I said that the Lockout Laws haven't achieved their goal. Violence is down by about 40 percent in the CBD. But at what cost? Foot traffic is down 80 percent  (Now, I'm pretty terrible at math and can't do the equation, but that means proportionally violence has increased) Countless Bars, Pubs and Clubs are shutting down (Not even Kabab shops are safe), taking with it hundreds of jobs for both bar staff and musicians. More than this, the violence that was in the CBD has now spread to other areas in Sydney. As well as "getting rid of the violence" the lockout laws are killing the city. 

I personally am not really sure about the argument that Australians have a uniquely violent relationship with alcohol. I've read some very compelling well sourced articles either way, but lets say we do have a problem. There are other ways to fix rather than saying "no you've been bad, now nobody can have it". For instance, increased public transport with more police and more/better education at a high school level (I remember my classes about alcohol were "it's bad for you, so don't drink. Think the alcoholic equivalent of abstinence only education). The installation of a night mayor (like Amsterdam and Paris) to be responsible for making the nightlife vibrant AND safe. 

"Why are people complaining about not being able to get drunk at 4 in the morning when there are more important issues" you may ask. The answer to this very valid question is that it's not actually about getting drunk and partying. The lockout laws signalled the last straw between Gen x/y and the Baby Boomer generation. 

This article says it best, but here's a summary: the Baby Boomers who are in power have locked younger generations out of great educations, home ownership, pensions, fair welfare, and stability, but now on top of this, they have made it abundantly clear that we are not "mature" "responsible" and "moral" enough for recreation. The protests about lockout are more a reaction to our rights to being adults and using public space being chipped away until we're left with a conservative totalitarian government that rule every aspect of our lives in the name of "morality" and "safety". When we were growing up, they talked about us being "cotton wool kids". Now that we're adults, the generation is insisting of keeping this same "cotton wool attitude" for "our own good".  

As well as keeping us safe "for our own good" these laws are laced with political agenda. Did you know that in the whole "lockout area" there's a rather large space exempt from the laws. This space is in the location, and shape of the Star City Casino  as shown in that handy dandy map to your right. Other venues that have exemptions from lockout are only allowed to stay open as long as they stop selling alcohol and the only form of entertainment are poker machines. (I don't know about you, but this seems more than a little fishy, especially considering the Star City Casino has a reputation as one of the mostly violent venues

I'll finish by saying this: The politics behind lockout are extraordinarily complicated, and there's a lot of information and miss information to be had. Make sure you question your views and do your research, because the reality, and what the government wants you to think is reality are two very different kettles of fish. 

 

EDIT: If you want to join in the action to keep sydney from becoming the suburbs you can do so Here (Reclaim The Streets) and Here (Keep Sydney Open)

Hey Ho, the wicked witch is dead.

All day I've been feeling like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. It's these shoes - They're so red and shiny (and perfect) with small clicky heels. The shape, colour and height remind me of the pair from the movie. Coupled with my stockings, I could totally be the wicked witch of the east.  

I'm sure I've said this multiple times - I associate "strong independent woman" with the sound of high heels. It takes a certain amount of confidence to wear a loud shoe. You can't sneak around when your shoes make noise. Everyone knows you're coming (because they can hear you). 

As far as heel go, this pair are on the quieter side. You can definitely hear me before you see me, but the noise isn't distracting or obnoxious.  

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The shirt I wore today is a new find from the thrift shop. The bodice shares the ombre of the sleeves, but is covered by my skirt here.

Channeling my inner Bubblegum

I'm pretty ready for summer to be over. I'm sick of the super long days, and the heat, the sweat factor and the harsh sun. When I shot my outfit today it was noon. Because it was noon I had to shoot under cover because guess what!? The sun was pretty much impossible to shoot with. It washed out my dress/ made weird shadows/ put the colours and contrast out of whack. 

That being said, I'm not ready for the bitter cold of winter. I don't dig the short days, or the rain, and I get pretty sick of taking my coat off in too hot rooms/ putting it on when it's freezing outside. I also hate teaching in rooms without a heater. Cold fingers make for sad instrument times. 

I'm looking forward to the inbetween seasons of Autum and Spring (or at least, the few days of true autumn and spring weather we sometimes get during that time if we're lucky) It means I can layer up without feeling too hot, but If I don't want to layer up, I don't have to because it's not devilishly cold either. 

It was probably pretty silly of me to sew (and then wear) a fleece dress in summer, but I fell in love with the colours/texture and how soft this fabric is. (I keep stroking the dress. It's a problem yo) Originally I planned to make this using baby pink faux fur and baby blue velvet, but my local spotlight had neither of those things, which is why I went for the fleece (although, thinking about it now, the fur and velvet would have been just as hot). 

I drafted the bodice from this stretch dress (to save me the trial and error and frustration of drafting from scratch) The sleeves were pretty simple, and the skirt portion is just a 1/2 circle skirt. Even though the fabric has some stretch in it, I still had to install a zipper (the stretch wasn't enough for mo to be able to slip in and out) 

I thought I'd finish off with something a little be frivolous. I'm a bit of a nosy parker, and a lover of the "what's in my bag" blog/vlog. You can tell a lot about a person based on what they keep in their bag. What I've shown here is pretty much everything I have on a daily basis. Sometimes there's more, and sometimes there's less, but I'd say this is my bag sitch about 80% of the time. Left to right: Top to bottom: Current bag of choice (a pink satchel I picked up from the op shop for $7) Business cards for The Button Collective, Vanishing Shapes and The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra. Kindle. Yarn Yoshi Amibo (given to me by a close friend - I think of her every time I see it). Swiss Army Knife. Misc Perfume (Apple pie, orange chocolate and banana. They're all made by independent perfumers, although they may not make those scents anymore)  Charger and Wall plug. Glasses Cloth. Instant Hand Sanitiser. Burts Bees lip balm. Wallet. 2016 Diary. Phone (Huawei G8)  Pen. Ipod Classic 120gb. Mirror Book Pro. Emergency clothing repair kit. Stickers for students. Deodorant. Misc lipstick (because what's a handbag without random lip products) 

Lost forever

I just lost hours of work because Squarespace doesn't have auto save, or brower based backups, both things wordpress had (which I relied on greatly) 

I can't retype it either. I was going to talk about a really serious issue, but I used up all of my mental energy typing it up the first time, I doubt I'll be able to make it as comprehensive or as meaningful again this evening. 

I'm definitely going to revisit it again, but not tonight. Instead I'm just going to post the images that I intended to post, and talk frivolously about my outfit, because I do not want to half arse this post. 

A little over a week ago I made a new flower belt, which I wore on the Sunday after the wedding. 

On it's first trip out into the wilderness I decided to style it using clothes that share colours with the belt (the green pink and peach on my skirt, shirt and shoes are all present in the roses) The belt is quite bulky, which is why I paired it with a flouncy skirt ( I used the leftover flowers in an outfit with the pine cone pants I made. While this belt works colour wise, the bulk looks odd with a straighter silhouette) 

The clothes I've paired the belt with are quite a neutral texture to balance the colours I've used and the texturally interest of the belt. 

In Summary: If you use squarespace, learn from my mistakes. Save your work! (because manual save is the only save) If you don't, your writing could be lost forever. 

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.