Thursday, December 27, 2012

A unitard!

I made a unitard. That word makes me smile :) I think it sounds ridiculous. So usually in my head I think of it as my "hoop outfit".

The latest trick I have learnt. It was worth the pain for the pic.

I made this months ago when my aerial hoop teacher, Helga, was like "how about you girls do an exam next week?" What?! An exam?!! We got her to let us do it two weeks later. There were three of us and it was actually pretty fun. We all chose a song and made up a choreography and then scored each other on stuff like smiling and pointing toes and music choice :) After that Helga said we were ready to start learning on a spinning hoop (!). Now that is fun. Spinning round and round. I love the hoop - it's fun and scary. Challenging but pretty and girly. You really have to focus so it is a great way to forget about the world.

With my super strong teacher, Helga

The day of the exam, a few hours before I had to leave my place, I decided to make an outfit. I found this stretchy, lacy black fabric in the cheap shop and made this in about one hour.... I wear it every week almost now. It's great because unlike a top it doesn't come up when I am upside down. Yay for unitards.

These pics are mostly from last week's class. At the end of it we were too tired to do our whole routines so we took photos instead.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sewing Vintage Modern Book Review

The new book from BurdaStyle, Sewing Vintage Modern has just been released.

Jamie sent me a copy and asked me to review it. Full disclosure: I met Jamie last year when I spent a week or so hanging around the BurdaStyle offices and she was super sweet and helpful.

The book is organised by the decade going from the 20s through to the 80s giving bits of information about what was cool at the time and how you can make garments inspired by those fashions in a modern way.

I really like the concept of the book. There are 5 base patterns which you can use to make different items of clothing. The book shows how to make 19 different items from these slopers. It really encourages creativity - I think a lot of people don't realise how many possibilities there are from basic patterns. Changing necklines, adding sleeves, colour blocking etc - they enable you to really make a garment how you would like it to be. You can let your imagination run wild. You can learn a bit about pattern drafting too. How to change the slopers is clearly explained. Maybe not suitable for total beginners but if you have done a bit of sewing with patterns and want to expand your knowledge I recommend this book.

It's kinda like how I use but in book form...

My favourite project  is the 1950's Lillian Blouse. It's gorgeous - a simple blouse with a cream lace yoke.

Also the Heather Bustier dress is very cute. I forgot to take a pic of that page though and my camera battery has died.

The first pattern I am planning on using is the Frank Button-Down Shirt. I just need to get my friend's measurements so I can get started!