Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mary had a little dress...

I wandered down to the Anglicare depot a few weekends ago. They sell the second-hand clothes for $6 a kilo before they get sorted and sent off to their stores. I didn't realise it, but I was clearly channeling some spring pastel-ness in the colours I chose. I was looking for sheets or massive dresses that I could use for fabric to make up some of my new patterns.
I used this blue sheath dress and the lace 'Mary-and-her-little-lamb' curtain to make a '50s style summer dress.I cut the dress off at waist length (plus seam allowance). I used the old skirt plus an extra meter of blue cotton and attached to the lace and then gathered it till it fit the waist. Surprisingly simply to do. I will have to hassle Ian for some photos of the dress in action!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hermes in the Garden

These photos have some of my favorite things: flowers; Kate; a Greek god; and cool clothes. Kate is my super smart, stunning well-dressed friend who studies Art History and whom I distract with endless requests for coffee dates around campus. We stumbled upon the vice-chancellor's garden in full bloom last week - isn't it incredible?

I love Mr.Hermes there, frozen for eternity, no doubt on some all-important quest to deliver a message. He is the god of weary travellers, which I think is very fitting for the grounds of an academic institution, aching with the loads of weary students - their minds wandering on journeys between Serious Ideas and day dreams. He is also pretty style-savvy with those winged shoes he so often sports. I saw a pair of suede platform heels with gold wings embroidered on them somewhere on my inter-web wanderings (I wish I could remember where!) that channeled the Hermes spirit, although I am not sure their height would help the wearer in their travels.

Kate is the queen of stripes - I love the way she mixes them with a floral scarf and wooden bangles. I would never think to put them together - but it is magic. She also has an incredible hat collection, that will hopefully feature here another time!

I was wearing this dress, but with my new white stockings from Alannah Hill; my super-awesome shoes that make me feel like I should be in a Rococo painting and a belt I made last week.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Little Bits of Green

Spring is slowly sneaking out. The trees on my street have little bits of green sneaking out day by day. But the weather hasn't quite made it into that glorious spring sunshine - I can't wait!!

Today Ian and I strolled down to Summer Hill for mid-morning coffee, and snapped this photos at the old Post Office. It is all boarded up now and doesn't seem to be used for anything. I hope some day someone takes it on and breathes some life back into it!

I love pixelated mosaics. It is high Victorian meets '80s computer graphics - awesome. These shoes are new and exciting - they are super super comfy. I got them from the lady with the delightful little shoe store at the end of Glebe pt Rd. She is so nice, and seems to read my mind when she chooses her stock.

These last two photos were in response to something Ian said, but I like the way it looks - from my reactions- like some terrible monster is about to break loose from the building and gobble us up!

Top - ?
Belt - thrifted
Skirt - Portmans
Tights -- Myer
Bag - Beacon's Closet
Shoes - Soft Waves

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spring Flowers and Fashion

Every year, for the first week of spring, David Jones puts on a spring flower show in their Elizabeth St store in the city. They fill the windows with incredible blooms and completely overwhelm the ground floor with massive arrangements.

When I worked at a florist I worked on putting the show together one year. It is a mammoth effort! We had little more than three days to prepare and install everything, working in the store's basement and back rooms and avoiding moving through the main floors during opening hours. It was like being backstage on some strange film set - where the film was ladies shopping in the store. We worked 20 hours a day - and in those few precious hours sleep I dreamed of running up and down stairs with buckets of water, or trying to fit huge branches of gum in to service lifts, with the looping music in the background (it played all day AND night!!).

Now when I go to see the show, I don't just see magical displays of colour, but I see HEAVY branches perfectly perched, MOUNTAINS of melons balanced in symmetry and completely spotless floors - not even one drop of water spilled and left.The tireless efforts of a small team of florists.

This year the theme was a general 'Australian' theme, with no expense spared for the 25th anniversary of the show. I love the variety of flowers used, from dry green gum, to vibrant orchids. I also enjoyed getting the reflections of the city streets in my photos of the window displays.

I have to say, I am never blown away with the combination of fashion and flowers. When I worked on the show the fashion was coordinated by the store, and the flowers by the head florist. While they clearly communicated about the theme of each window, there wasn't great cohesion - colours were often slightly off or textures just a but mismatched. I would love to see one person build the whole picture - I think it could be quite incredible.

Now the inside... The ground floor is women's cosmetics. Each section had different theme.

A guide to the flowers used - displayed in test tube vases. And the David Jones pianist - a much appriciated break from the monotonous repeating soundtrack normally played in the store! (You probably haven't ever noticed the music they play... and I didn't either until I spent three full days with it in my head!)