19 June 2010

The Way We Wear

I just got back from The Way We Wear Fair in Williamstown.  If you're a Melbourne local it's on tomorrow, Sunday 20th June, also from 10am - 4pm.  Entry is $12 Adult and $6 Child.  Thank you Nicole at Circa Vintage Clothing for the free ticket on her blog give-away!  I forgot my camera and phone so I don't have any pics, but here are some vintage finds from the fair:

A new vintage market starting on 3 July 2010:
Where: German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor
When: 10am to 3pm
Cost: Adult $4.00, Child $2.00 (10 +)

Vintage Jewellery and Accessories:
Vintage Online

Bakelite, Vintage clothes and accessories, lots of stuff...
Online Antiques

Vintage clothes, jewellery, memorabilia, furniture.
318 Smith St, Collingwood
Vintage Garage

They provided the amazing display of wedding dresses from the 1800's to the early 1900's at the fair.

Vintage and antique jewellery, accessories, bits and pieces
Two Birds Collectables
Camberwell Antique Centre, 25/29 Cookson St, Camberwell

For the really serious collector and afficianado:
The Australian Costumers' Guild
Their website has links to Australian suppliers and stores used by professional costume designers.

11 June 2010

Dresses and Bibs

Here are some dresses and bibs I made for my nieces from some of the fabric purchased at the Stitches and Craft show.  The dress fabric was from Kelani Fabric Obsession.  For more details and free pattern downloads for the Popover Sundress and Mu handpuppet, go to my BurdaStyle page. The bibs were made from Butterick pattern B4533 and a lovely free download at the Chickpea Sewing Studio.  Embroidery patterns are once again from the Sublime Stitching craft pad.  I love the fact that I was able to download a free pattern from someone in Slovenia, make the handpuppet in Melbourne, and post it to my niece in Los Angeles! What did we do before the Web?!

Choo Choo Popover Sundress

Upside Down Strawberry Dress
Mu Handpuppet

02 June 2010

1940's Patterns Arrived!

Two 1940's patterns I ordered from Mom's Patterns just arrived! She's great to order from - reasonable shipping and only four days to get here from the U.S. from the day I ordered.  John saw me looking at them and said "This is like your porn, isn't it?" HAHAHAHA. In a way... 
Vogue 6140
"Easy-to-Make" Negligee or Housecoat

New York Pattern 760
Ladies' and Misses' Dress (in either of two lengths) or Smock

There's a great project on the BurdaStyle site called the Work Dress (photo credit: Martyna Szczesnaon Flickr - Work Dress.

Very 1940's in sensibility - a durable knee-length dress to work in with very cool simple styling.  I helped my partner pick out a new suit yesterday and I always marvel at the amount of purpose-built hidden pockets in men's jackets.  This dress has pockets for everything (maybe a few too many for me - I don't think I could reach the one on the back). It's very Rosie the Riveter meets 2010.  I'm a horticulturalist and never have a good place to put all the things I use frequently: secateurs, gloves, plant tags, waterproof pens, seed packets, notebook, hand spade, plant ties, camera.  I constantly have to move bits and pieces from place to place in a garden. I think I'll make one in the Spring!