Its hard to know where to start; I had a full week of Art Deco Festival and every day was amazing. I find the best bits are usually those which were entirely unplanned; sitting on the beach in the small hours drinking rum (well I had wine), dancing in the Soundshell under the nearly full … Continue reading Art Deco 2016 (Part 2: The Festivities)
It has been remarkably easy to get into a rhythm of sewing and blogging, the words come very easily for the most part - but now for something completely different - my first travel entry! Admittedly not featuring the most far off and exotic destinations; Taupo, Wellington and Napier, but they are all very dear … Continue reading Art Deco 2016 (Part 1: the Touristy Bits and Roadtrip)
Art Deco Festival is the highlight of my year. For a week I live in an idealised version of the 1920s/30s where every day is sunny, every night is filled with music and dancing, the drinks flow, and a small NZ city is completely transformed. The streets fill with vintage cars, vintage planes perform over … Continue reading Discovering Deco
Last weekend was a perfect practice for the next two. I finished three dresses (none of them for me!), had great fun swing dancing, and went on a mini road trip! Hamilton Gardens was the road trip destination; for the Katherine Mansfield Garden Party, after seeing the gardens I can't believe I had never been … Continue reading Two Deco Dresses for the Emma!
To read about Part 1 click here (look at me learning how to do links! Not such a Luddite after all!) So.... its finished! The construction is not perfect, nor is it entirely accurate. But visually the fit and silhouette are spot on; for this dress that was the main goal as it is my … Continue reading Bias Cut 1931 Dress (Part 2: Finished!)
Sometimes a fabric is purchased with a specific garment in mind, and it is made up as planned quite quickly. But for me that is regrettably rare… This fabric you are about to hear about spent closer to 10 years in my stash… Growing up in the house that my grandmother had bought during the … Continue reading Creating a Kimono; part Cocoon Coat, part Oriental Day Dream
Last year for a vintage cycle ride I made these Jodhpurs/Breeches. I cut a pattern, sewed a garment and wore it on numerous occasions all the while wondering absent mindedly if they were jodhpurs or breeches? So today it seemed fitting to do some quick research before posting about making 'them' what ever 'they' are. … Continue reading Jodhpurs or Breeches?
Three years ago I got hooked on Art Deco Weekend Napier, it sounds silly but it cemented my transition from gothy type to 'bright young thing' – I bobbed my hair, learnt to Charleston and started sewing 1920s dresses with gay abandon. Yards of fabric from the stash which before I had considered too girly, … Continue reading Reworked 1925 Day Dress
Ooooh first post! This is a momentous occasion for me; starting a record of my sewing, travelling and dressing up has been in my mind for a long time. If I could have thought of a blog name earlier then this would have happened ages ago… Well here goes! A year ago I bought a … Continue reading Bias cut 1931 Dress (Part 1)