BrisVegas Baby

Another post already! At the request of SS and A here are more adventures and dresses.

New on the blog: Vogue 8998 and adventures #sewing #voguepatterns

A few weeks ago, my friend G and I decided to visit our friends H and K in Brisbane for a weekend and when I mentioned the plan to S she jumped right on board too. When we all lived in CBR we saw each other at least weekly, but the 5 of us haven’t been in the same place at the same time in over 2 years. The visit was just the excuse I needed to finish this little number. It’s another Vogue 8998, this time I used the bodice and waistband of the pattern with my drafted pleated skirt. I used the bodice of New Look 6723, which I have alter to within an inch of it’s life to adjust the fit to my liking. This meant shaving off the top of the shoulder to raise the waist and armhole, scooping out a bit of width just under the bust, narrowing the front and back necklines and shortening the bodice by 2cm. I do think that the waist is now a touch high so I might go back and lengthen my pattern pieces again. The skirt is also shorter than expected as the waistband is about 2 inches higher in this dress then it is as a skirt.


This time I skipped the collar detail. I love the way the scoop at the back looks, I think it’s so chic and I also love the front neckline, which is scooped but still totally work appropriate… I’ve been dreaming of a work version in some pindot brown wool I picked up recently. I may bring in the edge of the neckline a little, just to be extra sure bra straps stay hidden where they belong.


I got the fabric for this little number a while ago while visiting SS – it’s nothing special, just a stretch cotton sateen from Spotlight but I really like the print and colours; it combines all my signature colours – olives, pinks, purples and yellows. I wore it to brunch on Sunday and for the flight home. Originally I had planned on wearing it to dinner and drinks on Saturday but then this happened:

Bernie Dexter Paris Dress in “Cherry Tree Lane” from That Shop. I have literally no idea who the people in the background are.

I have been searching for enough of the Michael Miller cherry tree landscape fabric to make a dress from for years so when I saw this dress I just decided to go with it. I really like it, but I must say that $200 for an unlined quilting cotton dress is not exactly a bargain! I also find it interesting, because I would say the dress itself reads as quite formal, but the fabric is casual. I have toyed with the idea of taking of the bodice and re-making it to be more like V8998, maybe in a matching blue fabric, which would be a lot more wearable for everyday. I do think the gathered bust detail is very pretty but I’m not sure how often I could wear it, and as is typical in RTW the waist sits about an inch too low. I bet I will never get around to it though – I HATE alterations.

The weekend was super fun – I caught up with my dad and aunt on Friday, then went back to the airport to meet G (it’s on my dad’s way home). G and I got the train into the city and met H at work before heading out to the river for drinks where we were joined by K and my old housemate B. Saturday G and I went to That Shop and the End of the Line Festival, before picking up H at the aiport and heading out to drinks, dinner and more drinks with the whole crew. Sunday we brunched before G and I had to fly home (S wasn’t leaving until late on Sunday). So that was my weekend!

Until next time!

The Frocktail that wasn’t: Adventures in Sydney

So this was supposed to be part of my outfit for Canberra frocktails, until a friend scheduled her engagement party for the same night. Being a bridesmaid (and good friend!) I skipped frocktails. The problem was I had a half-complete elaborate skirt ensemble and nowhere to wear it! In the end this skirt has been a super versatile addition to my wardrobe. I first wore it to a cousin’s wedding (with a RTW silky pink blouse), out on the town in Newcastle (with a tee that proclaims my deep love of croissants) and to the races (with a silk RTW top I got from eBay). It’s comfy, flattering and has pockets, all things I very much enjoy in a skirt!


The fabric is glorious. It’s a silk brocade from Oscar de la Renta; medium weight with some loft and the perfect drape/body combo. After much debate I decided to use the black based side as my “right side” but I still have enough left for a little top using the other side which is more gold/platinum with black roses. Both are beautiful. I underlined with black silk organza to give it a tiny bit more body and to protect the brocade.

On the blog: this skirt made of glorious Oscar de la Renta silk brocade and adventures at #theraces plus many cocktails, lunch at #bennelong and many types of cheese  #sewcialists #memadeeveryday

The pattern is my “self drafted” one – aka a pleated a-line attached to the waistband of Vogue 8998. I have three of these skirts, one in floral sateen, this one and a to-be-blogged polka dot number.


I also trimmed the hat I’m wearing! It’s an Alannah Hill number I’ve has for a few years – originally it had a brim which I got rid of almost straight away, but this time I also took off the original trim (a straw bow) and added my own with flowers I picked up at Spotlight. I’m supper happy with the finished product.


I had an amazing time at the races drinking champagne and hanging with my friend S. She’s a member so we got to hang out in the nice not-too-crowded members area and enjoy an excellent view of the track as well as tons of shade. After the races we went into the city to try and eat at Cured &; Cultured at Bennelong because I was super keen to try a 5 cheese and truffle toastie. Sadly they didn’t have any spots free, so instead we went to Opera Bar and had some baked brie and wine, then on to Bulletin Place where we enjoyed more cheese and delicious drinks including this adorable tiny pallet cleanser:

[tiny drink is tiny!]

Then on Sunday we went back into the city because I wanted to shop at the QVB and headed back out to Circular Quay to give Bennelong another shot, this time successfully! We shared the toastie and a roasted carrot salad (which is actually my top pick – it doesn’t sound exciting but it was both pretty and delicious) and I had the sausage roll and cherry jam lamington (at the recommendation of the chef, who was adorable!) and S the yabbies and chocolate cake. Plus we both had a cocktail and a wine spritzer. It was right up there in the food stakes. Everything was totally amazing and beautifully presented. It’s also the most beautiful spot, you sit right at the bar and watch the chefs make your food – at first I didn’t know where to look because I didn’t want to stare, but we started chatting to the one working in front of us and he was just lovely – he told me to get the lamington and was 100% correct as it was AMAZING. Like a party in my mouth (honestly I was on the verge of proposing but if he’d said no I would never be able to go back and that would make me cry!). The view is, of course, exceptional and I’m actually glad we went for lunch so I could take full advantage of it.

After that we went back to Opera Bar to have a coffee and catch up with an old friend from our grad year, M and then I drove back home to CBR (don’t worry it was hours after drinking).

The whole weekend was really the best and I can’t wait to do it again sometime!

What I Wore: Fashions on the Field

So I’ve had these photos on the computer for a really long time, waiting to be posted. Tonight I finally got around to editing & uploading, so I present: what I wore to enter fashions on the field (no, I didn’t win).

I’ve never entered a competition based even loosely on looks before (I really don’t think the fact that the winners are always very conventionally beautiful is a coincidence). Nevertheless, I love dressing up and seeing as how I’d put weeks days a lot of thought into what I’d wear to Canberra cup, I figured I may as well give it a crack. Plus my friends were completely sick of hearing me talk about it super encouraging!

Ever since my sister got my this adorable dress from Mackenzie Mode for Christmas I knew it was destined for a race-day outing. Add some matching accessories, including my new favourite shoes and it was a match made in coordination heaven!

Sadly I didn’t get the chance to take a full length pic, but here are some S took on her phone (as always).

fashions 2

fashions 1
My excellent blurring skills in full force!

I curled my hair with hot rollers in an early 60s Betty Draper inspired ‘do.

the famous cat shoes!

Dress: Mackenzie Mode | Shoes: T.U.K via That Shop | Tights & Lace Gloves: Myer | Belt, Bag & fascinator: Alannah Hill

Until next time

Birthday Madness Part 2: Canberra turns 100!

Well hello there internet!

As promised and surprisingly close to my last post: what I wore to my birthday lunch, and some centenary festivities!

So first up lunch outfit pictures
(I feel like my garden looks really pretty in these, so I didn’t really edit them)

I feel particularly Alice in wonderland in this one


what are giant poofy skirts for if not twirling?

I feel like the exposed zipper stops it being TOO twee

As those of you that live in Canberra (otherwise known as the friends that I forced to subscribe ae totally interested in my wardrobe) will know, this year Canberra turns 100!. I realise that to people from pretty much everywhere places that are a lot older are unimpressed by this, but you know, any excuse for an event! (and there have been so many)

SO, enlightened is an annual event, where a bunch of the national institutions get lit up, people go look, it’s all pretty cool. This year it was even better there were acrobats! bars! strange hairdressers! massive games on snake projected onto buildings! did I mention the bars

My friend SS and I hit it up, the National Library had a pretty cool Jazz bar thing going on. ALSO scrabble cushions and fun book tower things! Of course we needed pictures (apologies in advance. SS took these on her iPhone so they’re not the most amazing quality)

of course I was going to spell out my name

Wine! Stacks of books!
Dress: Cue | Petticoat & Cardigan (inadvertently worn inside out): eBay | Shoes Kmart (not recommended) | Belt: Portmans

ALSO: Strangely while wandering around looking at buildings, I would swear a woman took several pictures of me and the giant skirt, so if you see them somewhere on the internet, do let me know.

Until next time!

Birthday Madness Part One: I turn 26

So this is a little late, but I thought I’d share some of my outfits and adventures from my birthday celebrations. This year I turned 26 (goodbye early mid 20s!), meanwhile Canberra, the place I never expected to like yet somehow fell in love with is this year. A post on some of my centenary adventures will follow shortly (I have been lazy and not edited the photos yet!)

I celebrated my actual birthday with cocktails, canapes and of course cake! The always delightful Playground Martini and Tapas Bar hosted our group.

A few (terrible) mirror-pics of what I wore
& bonus sneaky bunny pic!
Dress: ASOS (worn with petticoat from eBay) | Belt: Forever New | Shoes: Sketchers (I actually wore different shoes out, but changed them when I got home)

Sorry I was too lazy busy to pick the stuff up off the floor, I didn’t even notice it totally look at my pictures before posting them. Sometimes.

The Saturday after my birthday, as is our tradition, S, C and I went to lunch at the wonderful , which I cannot recommend enough, as always it was lovely. Here’s a peak of what I ordered:
(strawberry gazpacho)
(chocolate delice)

As I said above, I haven’t edited the pics of my outfit yet, but when I post them you’ll discover that I made petticoats something of a theme!

I’m planning to edit the rest of the photos I’ve taken sometime this week, so shall hopefully have another post for you every soon.


Eat like a Lady – the Koko Black Desert Degustation

[A note before we begin – this event was actually some time ago and has been sitting in my drafts for weeks, waiting for me to finish & publish it]

My friend, SS invited me to this event an age ago. Unlike the usual occurrence of booking and buying something months in advance, my interest did not dilute in the slightest. In fact with every passing week I got more and more excited. This excitement reached its peak when our little group saw the photos and review of the Melbourne event on Popcorn and Toast. Trust me when I say the second I saw this, I could not wait another second for Canberra’s turn!

I had a fairly horrific day at work the day of the event – last minute demands meant I was at work until 8, with the event due to start at 8:30. Luckily all went well, and I was one of the first few to enter. Excitement was at fever pitch as the first course arrived – a cocktail with Vodka, Creme de Cacao, Cointreau and Blood Orange served with a Chocolate Straw.

It was perfection, not too sweet but not at all bitter. Drinking through the chocolate straw was a novelty, but one that wore off a little for me – I ended up eating the straw then drinking the cocktail normally

After this it was full steam ahead – the pastry chef and chocolateer came out between each course to tell us about what was to come, which was interesting – I like learning about sweets almost as much as I like eating them!

Next up was Dark Chocolate Mousse Rolled in Chocolate with Shortbread Biscuit, Finished in Velvet Atomised Chocolate. It was just as delightful as the cocktail. The chocolate mousse was to die for, and the hints on vanilla were subtle, but noticeable. As a vanilla fan, I also loved the candied vanilla that sat on top.
This was followed by a Passionfruit Marshmallow on top of a Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Semifreddo with a crunchy Feuilletine Base. I also love marshmallow, so this was also hitting the spot for me. I also loved the feuilletine base, which slightly crunchy and wafer-ey

Then we had Caramelised Milk Chocolate Mousse on Chocolate Croquante with Butterscotch Granita. I am not a huge fan of salted caramel, so I wasn’t expecting to love this, but it surprised me and I have to say I’ve been converted to the delights of salted caramel.
salted caramel

Last but not least – a Raspberry Soufflé with Hot Chocolate Centre & Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Dusted with Freeze Dried Raspberries. I was looking forward to this all night, I love raspberries and soufflé so was expecting it to be a real winner. It did not disappoint!
rasberry 2
I finished up with a peppermint tea – I really didn’t think I’d be able to handle more chocolate at that point! Please do excuse my appearance in this photo’s – after an 11 hour day I wasn’t really looking (or feeling!) my best.
Blouse, Blazer, Skirt and Ring : Alannah Hill (This Feminine Lady suit, )| Bracelet: Catch of the Day (via a bulk accessories pack)