Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blue Bird Vintage

Over 50 followers?! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that so many people like my blog it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Easter holidays are coming up so I am busying away trying to get some more stock for a stall at the Retro Markets. I’m going to be selling some Vintage and Retro clothing as well as some hand made good and refashioned accessories. But before I can fully immerse myself in my stall I have a great deal of home work to do first. Boo! But if you are in Perth on the 11th of April come to the Burlesque lounge and say hello.

Besides from this I haven’t been up to a great deal. Finished working on Cabaret (hopefully I’ll have some photos to show soon) last week and have now moved on to Dance. The dance piece I am working most closely with is call “We’re all looking for love, Dear.” It’s a ballet with a 60’s feel and soft pastel pallet. Very cute but I am a little worried about the vintage dresses.

For any Perthies that read my blog there is a new Vintage/Retro clothing store that just opened near my work in Wembley called ‘Blue Bird Vintage’. I just popped in before work today and picked up a wonderful 80’s dose 50’s blue and white polka dot dress for $25. Everything is really reasonable prices so get in quick! It’s also right next door to Russell’s Antiques which is always good for a look around.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Burlesque Ball & News Paper Clipping

Last weekend at spur of the moment I bought a ticket to the burlesque ball. I really wanted to go but thought the tickets were a little too much to spurge on while I am saving to pay uni fees but my very persuasive friend Stacy convinced me that I needed to go.

I only had two days to put together an outfit to wear but I think I did quite well as I won best dressed and a prize of $750 worth of vouchers. 

AND today a friend came in to uni and had asked if I’d seen the paper because I was in it! So many people asked for my photo that night but I never imagined this. Gosh, what a surprise. Just as well too, because I forgot to get a photo of myself again.  If only I could find someone who took photos of my Siamese twin costume. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Seamed Stockings Tutorial

What you need:

~Stretch fabric- I used one-way stretch but if you want a little more comfort I think two-way would be better.

~Stretch Overlooking thread- You can use normal overlocking thread but you wont get the same give and comfort that Stretch will give you.



The grid is 1 square equals 2.5 cm or one-inch-square. This is a size Medium and if you pick a good stretch and stretch overlocking can fit most sizes but if you are worried you can make the pattern larger by having each square equal 2.7cm or smaller 2.3cms.

This pattern has a 1cm seem allowance included.

Step One:

Make a fold about the width of you stocking on the fabric (each leg will need to be on a fold.)

Step Two:

Lay pattern on fold of fabric, pin and cut.

Step Three:

Pin and overlock open sides together leaving the top open.

Step Four:

Overlock around the top keeping it open and trim away excesses threads.

And Wallah! It’s done. Easy, huh? This pattern has an allocated allowance for a fold over to strengthen it while wearing suspenders but if you don’t like the look you can always cut it off at the height you like (make sure you try it on first or it might come out to short). You can also wear theses with the overlocking on the inside or out, there is not set way.

Now you have made your own stockings from scratch you can easily turn a pair of old panty hoes in seamed stockings. Just iron then flat and zoom away on your stretch threaded overlocker. :D

This tutorial is only for recreational use and is not for mass productions or sale.

Hope you all enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions or need help don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Oh, and photos! If you makes some take photos and let me see!