Thursday, June 13, 2013

Autumn Outfits

Cooler weather has finally hit Brisbane and I've been loving it!  I like to be able to add layers to an outfit, particularly cardigans, but there's only a matter of months where the weather in Brisbane is cool enough to allow it. 

Dress:  50s Dacron dress in Autumn colours (Melbourne buy)
Jacket: Lovers black work jacket
Shoes: Wittner peep-toe pumps
Bag: Kate Hill black bow large handbag
Accessories:  Black tights, black pashmina scarf, beige beret, beige bead necklace.

Dress:  70s (?) cobolt blue, navy and white plaid shirtdress with original belt.
Cardigan:  Target black cardi with ruffle at front
Shoes: Black, pointed Target pumps
Accessories: navy scarf and black tights, pearl earrings.

Jacket: 70s burnt orange trench coat
Dress: Tempt black office jumper dress
Blouse: Black satin collared blouse worn under jumper dress
Shoes: Black Target shoes.

Blouse: Jay-Jays white button-up blouse
Skirt: Beige and brown barkcloth skirt with blue flower highlights (Kustom Krafts Sandgate Stall)
Cardigan: SES cheap brand cardigan.
Shoes:  light blue Whittner moccasin flats
Accessories:  Light blue 50s scarf (Chapel St Bazaar), blue bead necklace (Remember When), blue headband, brown oversized bag (my Grandma).

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Vintage Sewing - Simplicity 5885 - beige 60s tie-blouse completed!

Back in March I started sewing a 1960s blouse from a vintage Simplicity pattern 5885.

Here is an earlier post with the pattern cover and a photo of my mock-up.

I had finished 90% of the sewing a month ago - but was stuck on the buttons.  I had talked myself into getting glass buttons for the project and found the perfect set in the right size from a marvelous Etsy Shop Orit Dotan.  I took some time to finalise my button choice and then there was the wait for postage.

But finally the little package arrived and I was very pleased regardless of the wait.  Aren't they pretty buttons?  At last I was able to sew in the buttonholes and attach the buttons.  I had completed my second sewing project for the year!

Below are some photos of the details of the finished blouse, including bust darts, bias bound sleeves and a button-down back. 

And I wasted no time in wearing my new blouse out to work...

I think the blouse is a little big around the torso area so I may try to alter the pattern to make a few more blouses for office-wear.