About my photos; I've been asked who takes the pictures I put in my blog; well 99% of the time the photos are taken by me with a self-timer. However for today my photo is taken by my lovely husband. We have been here in Melbourne for him to attend a medical conference, now that is finished and we have two lovely days further to enjoy each other's company here in this exciting city.
Thankyou so much to purple who left a comment yesterday regarding the Alannah Hill fabric outlet; you can be sure we traipsed out there today!! (Later edit: 188 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) And if it hadn't been for my husband, well I'm quite the procrastinator, humming and haa-ing over whether I really need this or that particular thing; my husband always just says "You may as well get it since we've come all the way here"... what a wonderful husband. He really is a great enabler, the perfect shopping companion. So I bought more fabric! And I just had to take a photo of the bundles, see below. Funny! This is just how it was handed to me. I was served by a delightful young man, maybe in his early twenties or some such who obviously had no experience at fabric cutting, well, laugh! He hacked away at the silk charmeuses, laces and sequinned silk chiffons in great jagged sweeps of the scissors while I was torn between giggling or gasping in horror at this very rough treatment of all the delicates, but he was such a sweet guy and all the while chatting and joking away in a very charming manner... Then he just rolled it all randomly up, wrapped around a bit of paper and dabbed on a few sticky labels haphazardly in a vain attempt to hold it all together. Such finesse in the wrapping here, lol! Looks like fish n' chips, or at least a bundle of old rubbish, no? And the little plastic bag; yes, that is 2.5m of the finest silk charmeuse, rolled up and bundled any-old-how and stuffed in to a sandwich bag! A sandwich bag!! This was achieved much the same way one might stuff a cushion... hilarious!
The skirt I'm wearing today is a new-ie for summer, made using a pattern from a Burdastyle magazine issue 8/2009 (I think). I'll have to check for sure when I get home... it's called a trench skirt. Like the photo in the magazine, I wanted for the final effect to be like as if I had bought a trench coat and just chopped the bottom off to get a skirt.. well this is the effect I think, but now I would like the skirt to be a bit more streamlined around the waist and not so "bunch-y". I think I'm hippy enough without this "paper-bag waist", I reckon this gathered excess of fabric at the waist just emphasises the lower half; so I will be doing some slight alterations on this one when I get home...
Skirt; Burdastyle 8/09 trench skirt, khaki cotton
Tshirt; Country Road
Cardigan and tights; Metalicus
Booties; Django and Juliette, from Zomp shoes