Hoodie; adapted from Butterick 4985, added a hood and with different sleeves, white lace, more details here
Petticoat (not seen) Burda 8071, beige silk satin, more details here
Skirt; skirt "m" from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like by Natsuno Hiraiwa, pinky-grey linen mix, more details here
Shoes; Country Road
I've been awarded an Awesome Blog award, by Stacy! Thank you so much, Stacy!
Now I've got to think of 7 things about myself. Oh dear. This bit is really hard, because I can never think of a thing... but this blog is about sewing, knitting and fashion, so I guess I'll try to aim in that direction.
1. I can't get enough of fashion. I subscribe to Australian Vogue, and I get so excited when I see my new Vogue magazine sitting in the letterbox. Part of me just wants to dive in immediately and devour it cover to cover, but I'm strict with myself. I only allow myself to thoroughly soak up little portions at a time, in quiet moments. So I can stretch it out over the month.
picture from here
2. I hardly ever sew up a muslin. That is how slack I am. Once in a blue moon I will bother with this tiresome task. 99.99999% of the time I've felt no need to go down this path, and have just fitted with the garment along the way. This has always worked just fine. I just find muslins to be almost completely unnecessary. Especially for simple daywear. I admire people who go that extra (superfluous) mile, and admit the necessity when dealing with wedding dresses say, or very expensive or rare fabrics, but when it's a simple little cotton or linen dress well really... Of course I am completely contradicting myself because I recently published here exhaustive pictures of my glove muslins. Yah, I'm a hypocrite, so? And also having said that, I am planning a tailored jacket for this winter, for which I probably will do a muslin. yawn. I promise there will be no photos.
3. Commenting... I guess I might say something here about commenting in blogland. Commenting is kind of tricky, is it not? Everyone seems to employ a different MO. I personally hop over to somebody's blog to reply to their comment, or if someone has asked a direct question which I think others might wish to know I write the answer in my own comments section as well. I also apologise in both our comments sections if someone has seemed offended by my blog post. I try to visit everybody's blog who has commented. Sometimes in my travels I've noticed that other people reply to comments in their own comments section all the time. This tickles me, that someone might be having a conversation with me in their own comments section. If you have replied to my comment in your own comment section then there is a pretty good chance I haven't read it because I never return to the same comment section again.
4. I just asked my son for suggestions, and he said "favourite colour". Thanks darling. But even that helpful suggestion has me writhing in indecision, because my favourite colour changes seasonally. Or monthly. Or even weekly..? I used to have a stock standard answer "white" to that question, to make it easy. But really I love all colours and it would be impossible to pick a favourite!
Perhaps I could talk about least favourite colour combinations. I definitely avoid certain combinations and especially in my apparel. Black and red together is a big one. I look truly awful in that combo. Ill.
5.I've been sewing for about thirty years. Wait I might have used that one previously, for some other award. Meh. It takes up another "thing".
6. Knitting; I've probably been knitting for just as long, but less consistently. My mother taught me to knit, as she did sewing too, and my first project was a dark green scarf for our cat Fluffy. I struggled through a few rows, about 10cm worth. It was extremely holey and weird; "arty" is the nicest way of putting it. Like contemporary modern art. My mother finished it off with her beautiful even stitches, and I forced Fluffy to wear it once or twice. She was a patient cat.
(this isn't Fluffy but she did look a bit like this... I found this picture on the internet, here)
7. A final thought, about fabric in sewing; I think the fabric you choose is the deciding factor in how well your garment is going to turn out. Truly, locating a really good fabric supply is the seamstress' best asset. I once formulated a theory, that you should be able to make something really fabulous out of any fabric and that a person is only limited by their imagination. I do still harbour that belief; but I temper it with this truth, that with really beautiful fabric you are much more likely to have a fabulous result. I might add, that's been theory hard tested around here and a truth hard won...
picture from here
So now I've got to pick 5 wonderful bloggers to pass this award on to.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it....
Veronica, from Veronica Darling
Sherry, from pattern ~ scissors ~ cloth
Sharon, from Communing with Fabric
Terri, from Rags in the Machine
Jacinta, from ModelMumma