You know when you haven’t seen your buddy for ages and the first exhausting 1/2 hour is a turn taking exercise – filling in the blanks? Well, here goes, but it should only take a couple of minutes!
- Mum popped over from England and has now departed (checks calendar) just over a week ago – whaaaat? It seems like a month since she left. We had a great time, last minute we flew to the Gold Coast for 5 days in search of sun – it rained. There’s a Mummy shaped hole in the house, I really miss her. Curse her move back to England.
- My darling husband has returned to Sydney. His job down here in Geelong was not at all good. The CEO thought that at the last minute they wouldn’t open rooms in Geelong as planned and perhaps my darling wouldn’t mind driving 3 hours a day to work in Melb. That was just one of the issues; all in all, a real fizzer. He will be visiting this weekend. OMG interesting link about conjugal rights folks!
- It’s school holidays and the longest holiday (3 weeks) before finals for Princess. So she has gone to Melbourne for a residential winter school for the week. Our boarder has gone home to Sydney for the holidays.So it’s just Zelda (the legend) et moi holding the fort. Not sure what I’d do without her company, she’s a babe that dog (now 5 months). Seriously not looking forward to having the poor girl desexed at 8 months. I’d kind of like to get it over with but being a large breed she will be predisposed to cruciate ligament issues so delaying the withdrawal of oestrogen is considered worthwhile. As for my ligaments? More oestrogen please!
- Fashion college is on 2 weeks of holidays – thank goodness, the workload is punishing, but more due to my procrastination than anything else. No one had finished their jackets, then we moved onto performance couture for 2 weeks (dedicated post forthcoming). That was huge fun, but the damned jacket just looms over my head. An absolute travesty we aren’t all working to put the jacket together step by step under instruction! After all this is supposed to be “Savile Row” techniques, unfamiliar to all (cough, cough). Turns out the instruction is something of a hybrid attempt at tailoring, but all in all its looking pretty good – more to come in another post – promise.
- Scorses exhibition seemed soooo expensive but once inside I was hooked. Worth a visit if it visits your town. Naturally the costumes had me consumed! Fascinating to see the costume designer’s original concept then the result don’t you think?
- The college introduced me to a wonderful Italian tailor here in Melbourne – Charles Mamione. He is a charming fellow, so helpful and willing to share. Charles was attempting to teach me how to make a handmade buttonhole – the perfect beginning bit is his work, the dodgy looking wonky bit is mine! Post forthcoming.
- Princess tried on so many formal dresses at the Gold Coast, a surprisingly good location for fancy after 5 wear as it happens. Everything fit wonderfully if only there were sky hooks to support the ample chesticles. So I’ve wandered down the foundation garment path and boy oh boy, such a lot of bits ‘n’ bobs for boobs! I told myself life was too short to make bras and undies, but apparently that’s too bad! Princess found the most delicious silk chiffon print for her dress – couldn’t have been something easy like quilting cotton could it?! Here is a dress she loved from Scanlan and Theodore but the bust part is 2 layers of thin chiffon. Whats a girl to wear to maintain a little mystery?
- So that brings me to the Closet Case Files ‘Sophie’ swimsuit pattern and the Orange lingerie Boylston bra plus knickers. Sob, sob, will the ‘to do’ list never dimish?!
- Reading ‘Zero Waste Fashion Design’ which the Geelong Library bought at my suggestion – wee hee, thanks!
It’s really sparked some ideas about design and waste, especially as I have had to order another 150m roll of paper. Oooh look, right there on page 96 a design conceived by my patternmaking teacher in Sydney – Anita McAdam of Studio Faro. Here is Anita’s original post.
The author Holly McQuillan used Anita’s design as a starting point for a zero waste kimono concept. McQuillan and Rissanen’s other patterns from ‘Zero Waste…’ can be downloaded here though sadly not the kimono.
Good to catch up with you all, my tea is cold now – what are you up to? Back to normal programming very soon!