Modern Love wrap up

With TJ’s expert organising skills, I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Love exhibit in Bendigo, mainly because of the company and the fashion. The whole weekend was great.

(Left to right: Hui Nie, Jenny, TJ, moi, Yoshimi, Nicole, Leanne and Raquel at the Bendigo Art Gallery)

The exhibit organiser, Leanne, greeted our group at the gallery on her day off. She was a very lovely host. We had permission to take pics as long as we didn’t use a flash. Take a closer look at Jenny’s self-drafted skirt, TJ’s sari dress and Raquel’s trousers. 
You know – we all sew…

TJ, Yoshimi and I had a great Indian dinner on the Friday night, wearing our own makes. TJ and Yoshimi‘s write ups give you a better idea of how great the weekend was. GJ’s and Clear it outlet were my Friday afternoon fabric pre-weekend purchase haunts. Yoshimi flew into Melbourne after a wonderful week with the lovely Carolyn.

Friday night post dinner pic.

The pic below was taken outside the Bendigo Art district, again wearing our makes. Have a close look a Yoshimi’s bag and dress.

I think we photo bombed the bunny in these shots.
 
Jenny found a great coffee/deli stop in Kyneton on the way to Bendigo. You should hop over and see Jenny’s new self-made chef uniform.
Art is everywhere in Victoria.

And Mason’s of Bendigo fed us with their delicate share plates.

But who could resist a dessert plate like this? Everyone grab a pic of TJ and Hui Nie’s dessert plate.

At the end of the day we ended up at Joe’s shoe store bar. We had loads more catch up time over a drink and the waiter looked after us.

Sunday was a huge day with Kristiann and Simon ie Kristiann’s big day out.

Again we’re wearing clothes we made and Yoshimi and I wore our Victory pattern dresses (Nicola and Chloe) at NGV, cause it was way too cold to wear them outside. Melbourne locals are experts at layering their clothes – and knowing great places for food.
 
The four exhibits/costume displays Melbourne had on offer in one day were ideal for everyone. I felt like Melbourne put on all their best exhibits just for us. Lunch was filled with lots more conversation and fun.
(Left to right: Kristiann, me, Hui Nie, Yoshimi, TJ, Raquel, Claire and Kate at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO)
We had time for a bit of city shopping – Koko Black included. I was taunted by Kristiann as she sampled some Koko Black chocolate. Somewhere, I lost my chocolates so I ordered some online. They did arrive; they were consumed; they were good. Now to wait for a Koko Black store in Sydney! The closest store is in Canberra.

The 007 Bond exhibit at Melbourne Museum was scheduled for the afternoon so TJ got Yoshimi to The Fabric Store in time for some much needed fabric purchasing while the rest of us hung out for a real coffee at Sonido.

Then I had to fly home and miss a great dinner with everyone. Everyone from our group that I could find in the 007 exhibit got a hug as I left to catch my flight home – winged it 😉 When DH picked me up at the airport, he knew from my big smile that I’d had a great weekend and that he really should have come for the 007 exhibit at the very least.

Thanks to TJ for setting up such an awesome weekend and pics, Yoshimi for spending her Australian weekend in Melbourne with us, Jenny for being a great driver/host and Kristiann and Simon for agreeing to spend their big day out with us. Melbourne lifestyle suits you both – I’m just saying…

2 in 2 days – Vogue 8181

This was really quick to put together. View A is an empire line V-neck knit dress that is very adaptable. I made 2 of these dresses in 2 days.

The first one is a tame version with trim on the sleeve hems and around the neckline. This is a leftover piece from SIL’s dress. The laces are leftovers too.

The second has trim on the sleeve hems, neckline and waist. Both of these fabrics are well established stash pieces.

If you haven’t sewn a gusset before, Vogue walks you through the process and since this is a knit, you can achieve a great finish in no time at all.

Gussets are a handy feature because while this is a knit fabric, you still need to be able to raise your arms naturally without stretching the fabric out of shape.

Both versions work well with my work jackets so these dresses have been worn to work and for dinners. Thank you TJ for gifting this pattern to me and this is a lovely pattern to use.

Victory – Melbourne November meetup

Kristiann from Victory Patterns is visiting Australia in November and when she mentioned this trip, I asked if there was a possibility for a meetup and it’s happening on Sunday 24 November.

Does that make a trip to Melbourne for the weekend more worthwhile now? Click here to let us know if you’re joining in. TJ has done the detailed planning for this meet up.

That’s the same weekend as the Saturday Bendigo gallery visit (FIDM fashion collection). Yoshimi the flying squirrel picked the right weekend to travel from Japan to visit Melbourne. Have you seen Yoshimi’s latest outfit? It’s very refined.

TJ has developed a full itinerary for Sunday (and Saturday if you’re interested). There’s fabric shopping included with a visit to the National Gallery Victoria and the Melbourne Museum of course.

It’s going to be busy weekend full of fashion and fabric. As Stewie(The family guy) says… Victory is mine.

I’m hoping to make Chloe for our meetup.


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Yōkoso

Pronounced “yow-ko-so”. What I’m trying to say is Welcome to Australia in Japanese.
My littlest nephew knows more Japanese than I do and now I want to make the effort to be able to say some welcoming Japanese phrases because Yoshimi the flying squirrel is going to join us for the Modern Love Bendigo meetup in November.

Yoshimi’s makes are beautiful and her photography is really tasteful and artistic. Yoshimi and Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn have a beautiful joint photo blog with daily posts of their lovely surroundings.

I’m looking forward to being a host this time as I’ve had the opportunity to travel and meet some great local and international sewing bloggers this year.

Go to TJ’s post if you’re interested in meeting up in Melbourne in November. We’re making a weekend of it! See you soon.

Meet up: Bendigo Art Gallery in November

Modern Love, Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum, LA

Modern Love at Bendigo Art Gallery for a limited time, is a selection of fashion objects from 40 of the most influential designers and design houses of the last three decades. The exhibit includes creations from the FIDM Museum‘s extensive collection and includes work by Westwood, Miyake, YSL, Lagerfeld, Versace, McQueen, Prada, Louboutin, Valentino, Thom Browne, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Commes des Garcon.
 
TJ of The Perfect Nose is the meet up master planner.  
 
We’ve booked our tickets for the 11:00 AM session on Saturday 23rd of November, 2013 and are driving from Melbourne at 9:00 AM for the Bendigo Art Gallery.

If you’d like to come with us for the trip from Melbourne to Bendigo or join us for lunch in Bendigo, you have till September 30th, 2013 to register your interest.
 
Unless you’re bringing a car, we’ll be renting one and splitting costs. Lunch will probably be around 12:30 at the Dispensary Enoteca (unless you have a better suggestion). A group of 10-12 means you can order what you want, any more and it’ll be a set menu of 2-3 courses. They need reservations a month in advance for large groups.

Book event tickets here and set up a reminder in your calendar now.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in Melbourne who’s sewing I’ve admired online for a while. There was no time on my NY trip to visit fashion museums so this will be a great day full of couture fashion inspiration.

Blog post credit:
This post is 99% written by TJ of The Perfect Nose. She’s a master ‘meet up’ planner, sewer and her writing style is much more engaging than mine.
Image Credits:
Image: Alexander McQueen Evening dress, Fall/Winter 2008-09. Courtesy of
catwalking.com
Featured Image: Detail of Evening Dress by Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2008-2009. Courtesy of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Museum Commission: Funds provided by Karen Coombs-Jordan (2010.5.73). Photography by Brian E. Sanderson

Fearless – 1960s shift

This a typical 60’s style and the instructions are for a short women with a small bust. But this is pattern making from scratch and I haven’t done this before – fearless.


So my aim was to ‘make this work’ for me. I can work in cms or inches so I worked in inches and that was ok. I do have a copy of a metric pattern making book but I’ll use that another time. When it comes to research, I do just enough research to get me into and through a project.
So you saw these fabrics that I intended to use. Then I spied a second-hand cafe curtain remnant that I bought from St Vinnies that was more Enid (60’s) appropriate. The only pattern matching I tried was from the waist line to the hem. I love the front bust dart that goes to the hem and the effect it had on the lacework.
Front view
Back v-neck view

The large lace design is prominent at centre front but is minimised along the dart that goes from the bust to the hem.

Fitting changes:
The dress was at least 2″ too wide – fixed.
The front bust dart was 2″ too low – fixed.
More fitting changes:
On the pattern, the side bust darts need a bit more (2cm) taken out. The shoulder seam also needs to be shortened because the dress looks like it has a cap sleeve, which I don’t mind but wasn’t in Enid’s original pattern.
I’ll have to wear this dress at Love Vintage in March to get some styling feedback. There are sure to be some people there who are taking part in 1940’s Sew for victory.
Thanks again TJ for passing Enid over to me.

Trench by TJ

She’s a great researcher and knows how to ‘downsize’ patterns to fit.
She also has a great collection of tights.
Who could this be?

TJ of ThePerfectNose that’s who.

Here she is wearing her uber cool trench. This is the test version and it’s a gorgeous colour using stash pieces from a previous project. A real life stash buster. She’s used Marella mini-trench # 10 Patrones 264 and her skirt is mini-skirt 102, Burda 10/2011.

Now there are a couple more trenches in progress that I know of and once they’re done, I showcase their work here. But until then, stay fearless this month and try something new.

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