Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Oscar wrap

Dear People
The 2012 Oscar parade has come and gone. I did not get to see the telecast as I was at work here on the other side of the globe, sadly. However no one could miss the buzz about the fashions. In theory the night is supposed to be about the movies. Maybe later when they are on DVD and one can order in a pizza and say 'this movie won this many Academy awards in 2012 it must be good right?' - but on the night it's all about the dresses. Gorgeous dresses on gorgeous people. A virtual fantasy shopping trip.

My utmost favourite dress and the one I wear in my Russian Supermodel Fantasy is  the Elie Saab gown worn by Milla Jovovich. Isn't it perfection?

Then of course there's Angelina Jolie's stunning black velvet Atelier Versace gown.

Much has been made of the jutting leg, so much so that it has appeared on the statue of Liberty.

Daily Mail Uk article on Angie's wayward leg

Who knows why she made a statement of it but it gave everyone something to remark on, much like Bjork's swan dress of some years ago. I admire the chutzpah of these ladies. They are entertainers, not heads of state.

I was going to go into what I consider the worst gowns, dresses that did not work and why they didn't work - too much fuss, too harsh or whatever but no...
Thank you for the movies, the music and thank you for the gowns.

Now I have the day off and I'm going to do some non glamourous sewing - a red T shirt.
Happy sewing everybody.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Vogue Vena Cava and seeing double

Dear Sewing Friends,
I have been busy sewing for the Sydney summer and here is the finished V1228 kimono Vena Cava Dress dress on my daughter.

I liked it so much that I made one for me.

The hound somehow got into the act as soon as I set up the tripod. This can come in handy. In fact if I am doing a shot on my own I get him to sit and stay in the required spot so I can set the focus then I go stand in it. I am still working on getting him to then stay out of shot until I am finished. It's a work in progress for both of us. 
The dress is a simple design made into something more by the deep neckline and the pleats and sleeve tabs. It is a good dress to throw on on hot days, in fact a good city shopping dress. It smartens up well with accessories and would be special if done up in a heavy fluid silk.
I'll do a PR review to discuss my modifications, which were basically go large then cut down, and go a bit higher with the neck because it is boob-skimming low.
Happy Sewing folks.

Friday, 10 February 2012

A Bit of Merino

Dear People
I'm settling in to Sydney. It's been cool by Australian standards and we've been getting monsoonal downpours of rain. I am not exaggerating here. I'm talking flash floods and news vision of people getting evacuated, but luckily that was where I work, not where I live and I got out in time. Everything is damp and muggy and steamy but it is the weekend and the sun has come out and I'm going to lunch with some girlfriends, people I've known since schooldays, soon. Life is good here in the land down under.
I've had access to my stored stash and sewing things so I have lots of summer things in the sewing queue but in the meantime a few weeks ago I received a beautiful piece of fine knit merino wool in the mail. It was a gift from http://marynannasews.blogspot.com.au/ Mary Nanna in return for winning a piece of Liberty in my recent give away. Now when someone sends you a note saying "I'm sending you a piece of material that is just so you," it makes you wonder just what you're was going to get (and what if its awful?)
I'm glad to say the merino she gave me resulted in love at first sight and it wasn't hard to figure out what I wanted to do with it http://www.simplicity.com/p-6474-misses-dresses.aspx so I squeezed a winter dress out of it using New Look 6071
Thank you Mary. I love the material and I love the dress. It needs to be a bit shorter but the material has settled a bit. It needs either high heels or tights and boots...
Edited to add:  here is a better photo of the dress. It deserved it.

Here's a preview of  half finished Vogue 1228, which I am making for my daughter.

I have since finished the dress but haven't managed to get her to do a photo shoot.
Happy sewing people. More to follow.