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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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)