Hello dears! It's been a while, hasn't it? And before you ask, no - my brief disappearance and re-emergence is not due to a pregnancy. But aren't we having quite the sewing blogger baby boom right now? Congrats to all the expecting mums :)
So. Isn't it funny how sometimes you come across a particular style, then as soon as you've 'noticed' it, you start seeing the same concept just about everywhere??? I'm talking about lace yokes, which bring us to my second Frocktober edition (although rather a lot behind schedule) which has been in creative development ever since I saw Erica B's bright yellow creation. And I'm so shameless I even copied her cutout at the back (the fabric belt is from the Colette Peony pattern). The first week of November always sees Melburnians being bombarded with images of glamourously made up ladies at the races, being Spring Racing Season and all. And everywhere I look, I'm seeing lace yokes combined with heart-shaped necklines.
My Oaks day experience was by no means short on drama:
0845 - Finish sewing on the button at the back, as well as the bar and tacks on the belt (Dress was finished at around 2230 the night before).
0850 - attempt at applying basic makeup (lipstick, mascara and a wee bit of liquid eyeliner). Fail. Wipe it off and get lucky on the second go around.
0915 - Walk around the corner to pick up the hat I had made by a local milliner, with my fabrics so it exactly matched the dress. Milliner accidentally spills coffee on my hat, ruining it. She lets me have anything I want in the shop - unfortunatley, the only thing that matches is slightly less in-your-face than I had wanted. Such is the way things are.
0930 - Meet with one of my best uni buddies at the Euro Patisserie a few doors down from the milliner. He consoles me with a slice of lemon meringue and a peppermint tea to go.
0945 - Spill peppermint tea to go down the front of my dress, 2 meters from my front door. Run to laundry and grab the Sard Wonder soap. Sard soap initially turns peppermint tea stain fluorescent green, before eventually fading away into something probably I will only ever notice. Hairdryer works wonders transforming the sopping fabric back to dry status. Change necklace to my gingko biloba leaf one that perfectly covers up the affected area.
1000 - Best bud snaps the shots you seen here in the street around the corner (Belle- these are for you! Recognise the street?), before racing off to meet two inventors he's looking at investing in at 1030.
1120 - Arrive at Flemington Racecourse. Eventually find my way to where I'm supposed to be, which requires crossing the race track. It looks like this:
1130 - Begin schmoozing in the Winners Circle. The biggest perk? Being the corporate area, the line to the gents is waaaay longer than the line to the ladies. Very easily achieved when there is NO line in the ladies. Awesome!
1201 - First glass of champagne. Schmoozing and boozing begins in earnest.
1330 - Decide the longevity and wearability of my favourite red lippy has been compromised by accidentally leaving it in the car on numerous high-temperature days. Proud to have received several uninvited compliments on the dress.
1741 - Depart Flemington. Self congratulations are in order because I'm still wearing my heels and not the back-up flats stashed in my handbag. Lift head to the heavens briefly in thanks to the gorgeously gay man who sold me said heels, and advised me to 'wear socks whilst wearing them in around the house'. Best shoe-wearing-in advice, ever.
|The makeshift fascinator|
This dress was made using a white cotton lace called 'racy lacy talk' (how appropos for the occasion!) from the Tessuti online store, underlined and lined with a blood red silk/cotton voile from Clegs. And a little red button from Buttonmania at the back.
I toiled of course - my first time working with cup-sizes in a pattern. Turned out I'm an 'A' cup size in patterns - which had me a little concerned, but thankfully it ended up a happily-ever-after. I did a LOT of basting - many thanks to Suzy from SuzyBeeSews for the lifetime supply of silk thread she sent me, and Kat from All The Whimsical Things for the fabulous seam ripper she gave me - both were used extensively for this project!! I pattern matched the sleeves, the centre back seam and the side seams, and that lining is totally bagged out. That way no-one will ever see the basting stitches holding the lace in place!
Because I didn't underline the lace across the yoke, I used silk organza strips to stabilise the seams and hide the seam allowances. (Even more hand sewing). A great reason why you should always save your organza scraps - even the smallest pieces can be put to use. Like I needed another reason to hoard fabric! I think all up, not including the toile, this dress took a solid 5-6 days to make. Unfortunately, my sewing time has been light on recently, as has been my blog reading - and with the crazy-season nearly upon us, that isn't set to change much. At least my blogroll is now down to about 200 new posts I've yet to lay my eyes upon, as opposed to something a little closer to 500!!!
I'll leave you with the knowledge that I'll be having a give-away in the next few days... As on Thursday it was this little blog's very first birthday!