It's the second Tuesday of November which is Melbourne Cup day here in Australia. As far as I know, a bunch of horses are forced to race for the enjoyment and financial loss of the nation.
I do not condone casual horse torture - there's plenty of info and stats out there about the treatment of race horses. I don't participate in sweeps or gambling, I don't often watch the race.
But I will take any excuse to wear a hat.
Melbourne Cup has turned into a hat wearing day, and a chance to over dress. Where anyone can wear a hat and no one looks twice. This is the first year that I've been able to frock up and hat up. As a dancer teacher, it's hard to wear a hat while working. No fancy hats go with dance pants and a sweaty work top. But now with my office job... I can frock up all the time!
My Melbourne Cup outfit this year is 60s inspired. My saucer hat is from Etsy, New Look 6000 dress made from a ponte knit which has never let me down. The vintage 60s glo-mesh handbag is from a gorgeous vintage store in the Dandenong Ranges. It's in brand new condition. Very happy M!
Seriously, look at this hat! It's pretty gorgeous. We were told to wear a crazy hat. This hat is crazy to me. Sticking a saucer on your head is fairly mad. But it's still pretty! It's a beige/crème colour. It's got a couple of marks, but that builds character.
Hat: Ehranjadevintage on Etsy here
Dress: Made by me, New Look 6000 (my tried and true pattern)
Seams and underthings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Sheriton Shoes (Inniu)
Can I make a dress in 3 days, only sewing in the evenings? Yes I can. It was stressful, tense, and so much swearing...but I did it!
It was cut out on Tuesday night and I constructed most of the bodice. Wednesday morning before work I finished the armhole facings. Wednesday night was the pockets, sewing the skirt together, gathering the skirt and attaching it to the bodice, inserting the zip incorrectly, and then just MacGyvering the back of the bodice to work with the incorrect zip. That last step was where all the swearing was. I tried it on. And got stuck in it. More swearing.
It was tense.
But it was finished!
I've previously made Vogue 8789 in a lovely yellow cotton duck type fabric. This time it was from a 'spots and stripes' cotton range at Spotlight. Cheap and cheerful.
I did my usual construction of this pattern which is to change the side zip to a back zip.
This is the bodice completed. It's not the best job, but I was rushing! One day I will make this in a stripe and it will be glorious. Beautifully matched stripes running to the front of that bodice.... gorgeous.
The little armhole facing is hiding in there. These armholes facings are not interfaced at all which makes this dress such a quick make. No interfacing, no messing around with stuff. Just get on with it. Perhaps my cutting out was inaccurate, but I can never get the facing seam to line up with the bodice seam. It's fine. I'll just do a little bit of invisible hand sewing to hold the facing in place.
The skirt is attached and the zipper is going in! At this point in time, I didn't know the zip was being stitched in the wrong place.... That was for future M to discover.
The Birthday Partay!
You wouldn't believe it. I didn't actually get any full length pictures in my outfit at the party! There are some almost full length like the picture below. The cardigan and beret were also made by me from a while ago.
Have a look at the general shenanigans. All names of people read from left to right. I didn't get photos with everyone. I was too busy having a lovely day!
Me and my lovely. He did the sound set up for the day. He rocks. :D Happy M.
So I've finished this beret! It's my second attempt at this pattern, and might I say I'm much happier with this version than my first. It's very cute, simple to make, and looks suitably vintage for me. The whole beret is in garter stitch which means it was great for all the flying I've been doing for work.
I used some leftover stash yarn of mine from an old cardigan I made. However, still have a ball of it left. Annoying. Got to find something else very small to make. Maybe a baby thing?
This Poppy skirt is fantastic! It's one of Gertie's for Butterick - B6285. I made the size 10. It comes with a bit of a story.
This was the skirt I made to wear on Christmas Day, 2016. The day before I left to visit my family I tried it on.... and it didn't fit! The waistband was too small. I unpicked it and threw the skirt in the corner. I covered it with other projects as I couldn't bare to see it. Mocking me. Still not fitting. What a betrayal.
Fast forward 6 months.
My Lovely was playing guitar in a band for a community theatre show a few Friday's ago. We had to leave the house at about 6.30pm. At 4.30pm I decided on a whim I was going to finish the skirt and wear it that evening! Found the left over fabric, cut out a new waistband and added a couple of inches on either side, did the interfacing, stitched it on, stitched in the ditch, added the hook and eye and BAM! New skirt ready to go.
Now I want to make another one! Thinking a textured black, definitely a solid colour that isn't grey. I'm open to suggestions.
The double-stacked box pleats are seriously gorgeous and make the skirt full and twirly, like every good skirt should be. The pockets rock my world. Pockets on all the things. Pockets or die!
Top: Black Gable by Jennifer Lauren Handmade
Pillbox Hat: Made my me - tutorial on the way
Skirt: Butterick 6285 size 10
Shoes: B.A.I.T Footwear
Petticoat - eBay
Half slip - Target
Yet again, I bring you another 1940s Simplicity 3688 skirt. It is so fast to make, nothing fiddly. I was going for a 1940s vibe, but with light makeup (office job and 3 hr rehearsal in the evening).
This grey wool skirt was started almost a year ago. It was too big and I never put on the waistband. I had a free Saturday so I pulled it out and completed it! Now it fits... :/ Let me tell you, it is warm. The fabric is deliciously soft and squishy and feels like a dream. It's a mid grey colour, not blue like the photos suggest. It was about 5 degrees C at 8.15am when I took these photos. Yay for Monday mornings.
The zip is handpicked and it's a beautiful finish. Hand stitches disappear into the squishiness of the fabric. Obviously I did that when I cared a bit more! The hem and waistband are machine stitched because I couldn't be bothered hand sewing it. Now I have figured out the best way to stitch-in-the-ditch for waistbands, I cannot think of doing them by hand. So lazy, I know.
Berets are a great option as hats for non-hat-wearing people. They are easy to style and make you look like you made an effort. Berets are also fantastic for pseudo 40s tilt hat styles. It just depends on how you slap it on your head. I have a range of berets in different colours. This one is from the TIGS winter uniform for senior students. It got me through yr 11 and 12, it is still serving me well 10+ years later.
As a person who owns a fringe ('bangs' for Americans), hats can be a real struggle. Hats that sit towards the back of the head are much better and it means I can still see. If a hat is too far forward, my fringe gets in my eyes. I get cross. And I can't see. It's a disaster. Berets and pillbox hats are the way forward.
Unseen are my heat tech tights and long sleeve top, my thermal socks, and standard singlet. It gets cold here. Time to layer like there is no tomorrow!
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.