Hidden gems

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I learnt yet another very valuable camera lesson on Tuesday. That lesson was ‘always make sure your camera is charged’. Oh well, at least I got to use my phone camera’s funky external fish eye lens!

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I found yet another Park I didn’t know existed this week.

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I’m not sure what this one is called, but it has some very very pretty spots.

For example this spot here:

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This was the only picture I got on my camera before it died and I switched to mobile. :(

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Beret : thrifted, shirt : lady Petrova, belt : shop 55, Skirt : home made, socks: Alannah Hill, shoes: kmart.

Everything about this tiny part of the park was absolutely perfect in a forest fairy type of way.

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Fish eye fun times

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I snapped a few shots using my external fish eye lens. About 5 years ago I bought some teeny tiny little phone lenses to make taking photos on my ipod tough easier. I have a wide angle, a macro, a telephoto and the fish eye. Unfortunately I don’t get to play much with them any more, but it’s still very fun when I do get a chance to use them.

Pioneer Park

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I found a “new” park is Gosford yesterday.  It’s a small park called Pioneer Park. As well as being a beautiful park, it also houses some really old graves (Mostly from the mid 1800′s) I didn’t take any photo’s of the graves. (It felt a little disrespectful. Also, what if there was a ghost!?)

The Emerald Ruby

Anyway, this is what I wore. I whipped up this fox pleated skirt Sunday afternoon because that’s the way I roll. I was going to use the fabric for some shorts, but I decided last minute that shorts were too much of a hassle to make on a Sunday afternoon.

The Emerald Ruby

The Emerald Ruby

Cardigan – Hell Bunny, Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home made, Stockings: Coles, Socks: Ebay.

The Emerald Ruby

It amazes me that one can live in an area for so long (I’ve been in the same house for 19 years) and still not know all of its secrets.

The Emerald Ruby

You could say this is a foxy skirt (ha. ha. ha. I would make a great father)

Tree Tops

Passion Fruit Flower

This is a pretty passion fruit flower from my garden because I forgot my shoe shot. Silly Jen

So, this is the outfit I wore Friday.

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I really love wearing this dress, but I had major regrets putting it on when I arrived at uni.

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The weather on friday was very very very hot, and this dress does not breathe. At all.

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I really need to either a) Learn to dress for hot weather, or b) learn to read the weather report the night before. Being way too hot is zero fun :(

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Polka Dot Pooh Bear

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This outfit is a few days late :s.

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This is what I wore on Thursday.

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Flower crown: hand made, blazer: cotton on, Blouse :thrifted, Skirt : handmade, tights : ebay, shoes : thrifted

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Lets ignore the slightly wrinkled pleats.... I took these pictures in the afternoon, long after my pleats had lost their crispness...

I’ve really been loving blouses lately! (which is too bad,  because it’s starting to get hot, which means I can’t wear them very much) Anyway, I’ll try and get rid of my backlog of outfits!

Wearable Art

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I have been doing so. much. sewing.

Remember that alterations pile I talked about a few days ago? Well, I altered another piece of clothing from it!

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The dress I wore today was originally a floor length maxi dress. I’m not a fan of wearing maxi dresses (They look great on others, but a bit odd on me) , so I chopped it up and re configured the fabric arrangement.

Wearing the dress I altered from mimosa.

Basically I made two cuts: One at the waist, then one halfway down the fabric that I removed from the waist section. After that I sewed two darts into the top of  the dress to make it fit better. I then attached the two skirt panels together, gathered the skirt and sewed in onto the bottom of the bodice. To finish off I gathered some block polkadot tulle around the base of the skirt, because I don’t feel quite right without a swishy skirt.

Full outfit of the day shot/ portrait.

Blazer: Black Friday, Dress: Mimosa- altered by me! Tights: Coles, Shoes: Converse

Now for the title explanation. You can’t see it too well from the photos, but the print on my dress is some type of old painting (Hence why I called the post wearable art) I’m not trying to be pretensious, I promise!

Big Green Bows

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This is the last item from my weekend sewing binge.

Home made skirt green big bow

I bought this fabric about 5 or 6 months ago, and I originally intended to create a pair of pleated high waisted shorts out of it.

Big green bow polkadot tights

Obviously that did not happen. Instead I made this skirt. It was partially inspired by a grey polkadot drop waisted dress with a giant bow by Alannah Hill.

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The skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt with a gathered section in the lower portion of the dress. I made he skirt super flouncy (Because that’s the way I roll.) I’m thinking maybe I’ll have to compile a video of how swishy some of my skirts and dresses are (Comment or whatever if you want that to happen) because when I have a swishy skirt on, literally all I want to do all day is stand in front of a mirror and swish.

Also, just quickly, I reached 100 blog posts the other day (I totally missed it. I think this is post 103) so there’s that. Thanks to everyone who reads/supports my blogs :) It means a lot :D

The skirt

Fairy Dress

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Red Dr Martens

I sewed a dress yesterday. Today I wore the dress that I sewed.

Home made fairy dress Dr Martens

This is the first dress I’ve made out of a non stretch fabric. I also drafted the pattern myself. I’m quite surprised it turned out this well. The last time I attempted to sew a dress from cotton, it didn’t end to well (which is part of the reason I hardly sew dresses)

Velvet blazer forest little red riding hood

Hair bow: Alannah Hill, Choker: Home made, Velvet blazer: Thrifted, Dress: Home made, Tights: Myer, Shoes: Dr Marten.

I suppose you’d call this type of dress a ‘skater dress’. It has a fitted top, and the skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt. I’ve made the dress out of two layers of material. The inner layer is a floral printed cotton, and the outer layer is a sort of netting.

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The frilly bits around the base of the dress were hand gathered, and then hand stitched around the base of the outer net layer of the dress. (never. again.(Although, in saying that, the gathered net frill is what turned this dress from an nice dress into a really nice dress))

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If I had the choice, I would have used the machine to stitch the frill onto the bottom of the skirt, but unfortunately the net was super fragile, super stretchy and super uncooperative.

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Close up of the fabric.

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Close up of the bottom layer of fabric.

Gingham fairy princess: shorts edition

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I had a bit of a sewing binge this weekend. I ended up sewing a skirts,  a dress (both of which you will see in the coming days)  and these shorts.

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I’ve had this fabric in my sewing box for ages. I think my mum might have bought it for me about 4 or 5 years ago when I was experimenting with sewing.

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I’ve actively been making an effort to try and use up all of the material which I’ve been hoarding (because I obviously don’t have enough clothes :p ha ha).

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Unfortunately, I didn’t use all of the green gingham for this project. It takes about 3/4 of a meter of material to make high waisted shorts, and I have about 2 meters of material left over.

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Maybe I’ll try my hand at making some sort of shirt…

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