Oh well hey there pretty people! I promised myself I would blog at least once a week this month but I'm already behind on that little promise, oops!
Not that I fussed about it really. Everything has been pretty swell no-blog wise. I've been doing lots of sewing and this past weekend the boy and I took a little trip up to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains for my birthday! We visited Scenic World which is basically the most touristy thing to do up there. They have a train thingy that takes you down the mountain on a 52 degree incline at a nice little speed so that you can actually look around. I had this idea that it was roller coaster speed but the ticket seller just had to chuckle at me and said they wouldn't let as many pensioners on if it was!
They also have 2 kinds of cable car which gives you lovely views of Jamison Valley and of course a raised walking track down among the trees which we accidentally walked around twice. We were both a little sick with a cold but the lovely mountain air was quite refreshing. Perhaps it was all the eucalyptus trees? The excess eucalyptus being absorbed into the air by the sun is what creates the blue haze, hence the name - Blue Mountains!
We also did a little opp shopping and I missed out on convincing the boy to buy me a lovely lame 60s evening coat cause I couldn't think of where I would wear something so fancy, plus it wasn't a cheap coat to begin with so I just had to buy some patterns and other vintage trinkets instead. The mountains are especially good for antique shopping both of the expensive and regular junk-shop kind.
Usually at this time in the year the weather will have turned and normally my birthday is on a rainy cold day, but as you can tell by the photos it was gorgeous! So I am still getting away with wearing summer clothes (Sorry to those of you still in the depths of winter up there in the north)
Below is a dress I made back in January during holidays to just wear around the house. I don't normally show you guys things I wear at home, but I liked it so much I wore it shopping and to visit friends so I guess you can see it too!
The pattern I used for it was McCall's 8761 view c. I changed the dress so that it has a zipper in the back instead on buttons up the front. I also had to take out a few cm from the armcyce cause it was super tight! That's not normal for size 14 patterns to be so small, but a lot of my McCall's patterns have been like that so it may just be a company preference?
The fabric used was a vintage cotton with a very typically 60's daisy pattern I bought from Susan my fabric selling buddy. The colour and print are so bright, the original owner clearly did a good job storing it
The armholes and neck line were finished with bias tape and once again I stuffed up the darn zipper top with uneven bias. But remember I only wanted to wear this at home initially... and my hair hides it anyway.
I've since done a similar neckline on another dress and it worked out so another achievement unlocked!
Such a simple little dress!
I wanted to make another one out of vintage-sheet looking material. I have a vintage sheet that I don't use but I really don't want to cut it up! There are some paisley and daisy covered fabrics around that have that busy sheet look which I could try. And heck who knows by the time I make it, it may still be silly hot!
I hope you've all been well anyway and I hope spring comes soon for those of you in the cold areas. I really am looking forward to wearing some of the new things I've made which have been waiting for the temp to drop before I can do so.
P.S I got my braces off too!! Yay town! There are photos on my instagram!