Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Well, just quietly - yesterday was my birthday (shhh).
I'm not normally a big celebration person, but I took the day off work to hang out with Jakk and swan around Sydney doing fun things.

miss l fire mildred review mimco bowler bag glasses 
It was also a really good excuse to wear one of my favourite 1940's rayon dresses, as we were starting the afternoon with High Tea.
 
1940s rayon crepe dress novelty print plus size vintage
































This dress was a bit of a punt - it was bargin priced (for 1940's rayon) due to some small holes but I wasnt sure if it would fit my hips. Turns out it fitted beautifully and the holes were easily mended. That fabric, oh my!

After High Tea, we headed up Oxford Street which is full swing for Mardi Gras. ANZ Bank is one of the sponsers, and they've blinged out a heap of their cash machines to GAYTMs.
We found the sailor one - apparently there is a blinged out unicorn GAYTM around somewhere too.

anz gaytm sailor gay mardi gras
































Charles Phoenix-inspired pose

















And finally, ending the night with Bingay - gay bingo! It raises money for the Aids Council of NSW, and is one of the funniest events on during Mardi Gras.

Unfortunately, the drag-queen host found out it was my birthday which lead to a lot of embarrassing attention...


















Outfit details
1940's dress - Afterglow Vintage, Etsy.
Shoes - Miss L Fire, Mildred
1940's 'B' lucite brooch - Etsy
Bag and Glasses - Mimco

I hope you liked the little look into my birthday!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A quickie - my new favourite dress and some sewing disappointment

Just recently I bought the most amazing 1940's rayon crepe dress from Laurence at Lost In The 50's - if you've ever seen what she wears on her blog, you'll understand why I jump to snap up any of her hand-me-downs!

1940s rayon novelty crepe dress miss l fire milded review plus size































The weather has been really strange at the moment, Sydney had a massive downpour while this photo was being taken but it was still 34c/93F (that's why the light is very odd).

This morning when I woke up there was not a cloud in the sky but the temperature was 14c/57F!

pin up girl plus size novelty bakelite brooch































The dress is a really simple style (gathered waist, dolman sleeves and keyhole neckline) but the fabric is amazing. Can you pick what the design is?

Scarecrows!
I wore this outfit to a Balboa Workshop that was put on by the amazing Peter Flahiff while he's here visiting Australia, and it was divine to dance in (thanks Laurence!).

Outfit detail:
Dress - Lost in the 50s
Shoes - Miss L Fire Mildred
Belt - Ebay
1940's Sweetheart Brooch - Etsy
Bakelite Bracelets - Etsy
Siam Silver Earrings - Etsy

In other news, the Playsuit I posted about recently is a major disappointment.
 



















While the pants-part did fit (after taking them in copious amounts) the top was un-flattering no matter how many variations I've tried. It's on the reject heap for the moment.

After that disappointment I decided to throw caution to the wind and jump in with this easy* number.
Butterick B6019, Patterns by Gertie (mock-Shaheen).


*by 'easy' - I mean not very.
 
This is probably one of the most complex things I have ever sewn, but hey, go hard or go home.
The bust cups have a thin batting faux-bra inside. There's lots of shirring. You have to match a lot of placement lines across the bodice- what was I thinking?
 
I'm actually pretty excited about this, and hopefully I'll get to sew enough of it this weekend to take some decent in-progess photos to show you.
 
Did I mention that I only made one muslin, of the bodice?
Crazy times!
 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Phyllis Bedjacket, circa 1950s

My apologies for the absence, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is about to kick off so life is a bit hectic at the moment!

I have been sewing my little heart out too, I'm onto my second muslin trying to get this 1940's playsuit to look flattering (Anne Adams 4893). I really love the diagonal seams and front button placket.


































Let's just say, it still has a long way to go, and looks nothing like the pattern at the moment (I think they took quite a bit of artistic liberty with the drawing).
Hopefully I'll be able to make it work, and show you soon - or it may end up in the 'give-up' pile.

In the meantime, here's a really cute 1950's bed jacket pattern from Patons No.428 that I hope you'll like. While it says it's for a 32-34 inch bust, the amount of ease means it could easily fit a 36 inch.
It's knit using fingering weight yarn on 5mm, 4mm and 3.25mm needles.







 
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