Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rack it to me

I took this morning off work to take delivery of the magazine rack I bought at Exoffice furniture (I do love ex-office furniture shops!).

I saw this with Kitty when she was down a little while ago, but I resisted. However, I popped into the shop the other weekend and it was still there, calling me like a little orphan kitten - how could I refuse the little mews of a poor lonely magazine rack? Wouldn't it love to be filled with books and paperie?

I have done a preliminary fill with some patterns and my sewing books.

It is only now I realise that I have four different editions of the McCalls Sewing book, three editions of the Singer one, and two identical copies of 'Successful Dressmaking' by Ellen and Marietta Resek - basically a pattern cutting book with some lovely styles. No wonder I have it twice!

I wondered why I hadn't seen that book much on the internet, then realised it is Australian - published in Melbourne in fact. You can sometimes find it on eBay.

I also realised no-one calls it 'dressmaking' nowadays. I say - long live the dress!

I've also rediscovered the lovely set of Women's Institute dressmaking books (late 20s - early 30s I think) that I hauled back from a United Kingdom holiday a few years ago.

Monday, August 11, 2008

fauxlero, wah wah wah-oh

Another addition to the tripfit wardrobe! I had a lovely sewfrezy sesh with Miss L. Bird on Saturday.
She showed me the Vogue 2980 fauxlero top that she had made and previously informed me was grouse: lo and behold, as promised it was a corker.

So, dear reader, I made one.

It's viscose elastane knit (Vietnamese shop on Smith St: $4/m). It's not actually shiny, that is the camera. It's not crooked either, that's me. I've done a review on PR.

I made the Simplicity 4076 twist top as well, but haven't taken a picture yet - the eternal photography of black clothes dilemma!

All I have to make now is a bag. And maybe a short sleeved top. And maybe another dress...