Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm Crafty: 1930s Blouse Completed

I finished the blouse! Hurrah! Mum helped me pin it together, and to understand the instructions (reading patterns, no matter how simple, is like reading a foreign language for me, at the moment, so it's nice to have someone to 'translate') but I'm proud that I didn't just give up and let mum take over, like I usually do.

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Ta-da!

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I really am rather proud of myself, which in itself is an achievement as I find it very difficult to internalise  my successes at the best of times.

I wore it out on Friday night to the Way We Wear Fair; I saw lots of lovely things (most of them incredibly expensive) but the only thing I regret is not picking up a little sailor doll I saw. He was lovely. Oh well!

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A view of some of the stalls.

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There were vintage wedding dresses on display. I forgot to take photos of the really nice ones.

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One of the many items I couldn't afford...

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Isn't this carved bracelet beautiful? But it was 325$ Eek.

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Edited to add: I was quite taken with the deco light fixtures in the 'powder room'.

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I did, however, purchase this lovely 1930s straw hat - the woman who sold it to me said that it had belonged to her aunt. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love but I left it for a few minutes, telling myself I'd return to the stall once I went around to all the others. Well, I only made it to the next one and I kept peeking over the racks to see if it was still there...so I knew I had to go back. The lady who sold it to me was lovely, too and asked if I was going to wear it - I assured her I would (it's perfect for summer) and I think she felt better about letting it go.

Here's a few extra shots showing off my blouse...

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I probably didn't need to add this as well but I like that you get to see more of my room.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

P.S. Sorry that this is rather light on text, today, but I'm awfully tired and have no idea why.

52 comments:

  1. I love the blouse! It looks AMAZING!
    I unfortunately missed the Way We Wear fair in Melbourne :( But I'll have to go next time.
    -Ruby

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  2. Ruby Redwitz: Aw, thank-you! And that's a pity! I've only been to the Adelaide ones obviously but I hope you get to one.
    Little Rascal: Thanks. =D

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  3. Congratulations!! what a fantastic blouse!!! And the objects from the axposition are amazing.
    I've been looking at the philmography door. I think that we have feeling in the type of films we like. Good bye Lenin, Cidade Deus...
    I like it too.

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  4. Great work! The blouse is really cute!

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  5. Well Done You, Try a skirt next they are so easy compared to blouses with notched collars. Your button holes look much better than mine.

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  6. The blouse looks incredible! It looks like it was a good choice to turn your hand to sewing again. I love that hat, too - perfect for Summer!

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  7. Good job on the blouse! I, too, am frightened of sewing patterns, but I really want learn how to use them! Think of all the beautiful dresses that you'll be able to make now that you've broken through the fear!

    And I spy a 1959 barbie! Nice!!

    xx Claire

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  8. The blouse looks fantastic - I want one! :P

    Love the hat that you ended up buying. Can't wait to see photos of you wearing it.

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  9. Wow! It looks fantastic. I dont think my first attempt would look that good haha

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  10. fantastic!!!

    Oh those lovelies at the show!!! SWOON!

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  11. Great job on the blouse - you have a right to be proud of yourself!
    Now I'd like to see you in that lovely 1930's straw hat...

    I'm glad you showed off your room. How fun that you have that Barbie gift set with the black "solo in the spotlight" dress!

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  12. oh wow, you did such an amazing job Andi! Looks like there were some lovely things at the fair, even its nice to just look sometimes if things are too expensive.

    Rose

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  13. You did a great job! The blouse is adorable.

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  14. the blouse looks great!

    i also love that bracelet

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  15. the blouse came out really good :}

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  16. The 30's statuete with the dogs is soo adorable! But it does look expensive :P
    The blouse you made looks great! I really need to start making some clothes.

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  17. You look so proud in that first picture :) it really did turn out great

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  18. You did SUCH A GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!! Patterns are so confusing. You're lucky to have someone to help you when you're stuck. That blouse rocks. I hope I can get as good as you! I'm totally impressed! BTW that straw hat is amazing. I can't wait to see you in it.

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  19. You did a wonderful job! I cut out a vintage blouse, but I've been a bit intimidated by it, so it's still in pieces. I might just have to work on it again now!

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  20. Love the blouse, it looks great on you. Well done for a first project!

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  21. Oh goodness this is such a gorgeous shirt. I tis so pretty!! It looks perfect!

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  22. The blouse looks fantastic! And I love your head scarf. I've been wearing them like that too, lately, and I love it.

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  23. wow! this got really nice. its looks great on u!

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  24. You look stunning in red, great job! Love the straw hat too!

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  25. The blouse looks fantastic. I remember having to sew a blouse at school when I was 13 and it took me probably twice the time than for everyone else!

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  26. Oh, gosh, thank-you so much everyone! =D It really means a lot to get so much positive feedback. =]

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  27. Congratulations! The blouse is adorable. Love it!

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  28. Oh, it's so cute! I love the little puff sleeve. You did a fantastic job and have inspired me to take on more than aprons. Love it!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  29. I ADORE that blouse! Congrats -- you did a tremendous job!

    xo Evelyn

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  30. Thank-you all!! And, Rebecca Jean, I'm glad to have inspired you. Hehe.

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  31. Wow, well done! The blouse looks lovely! Reading sewing directions can be really tricky. I've sewn a thing or two, but only "in Swedish" so reading sewing instructions in English (whether modern or vintage) always leaves me totally confused =)

    The hat is to die for! I was just scrolling down the pictures, and as lovely the other things were (the ones you didn't get) the one I stopped for was the hat. I'm so happy for you that you bought it! (I of course went back to read. It's a bad habit of mine to read blogposts in this backways manner =) )

    Love, Erika

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  32. You are a vision. I am so envious of anyone that can sew. Patterns and sewing machines (though owning one) are like Greek to me. BAH!

    Cheers from Chicago!

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  33. I love that hat! What a great find. I just came across your blog and its lovely. I think I will be your new follower :)

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  34. The blouse is great! Keep up the good work.

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  35. The blouse looks amazing! Congrats on the good job :)

    <3
    K

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  36. Cute blouse and I love that big hat!

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  37. WOW! Your blouse looks so amazing! I love that print, and it looks perfect :)
    That show looks like it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing pics :)

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  38. Wow. And thanks again! So much response to this. =D Yay. Thank-you, everyone - as I said it really means a lot.
    Erika: I read blogs backwards a lot of the time, too!
    Wearing History: Yay. I'm so glad you like it! Hehe.

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  39. You have done a fantastic job & it looks really lovely on you!Great fabric choice & the sleeves are darling:)
    I love this pattern of Laurens but i don't think she has it in my size:(

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  40. Mrs Cleaver: Thank-you. Oh dear, that's a pity. =[

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  41. you look AMAZING! I will now kidnap you, bring you to Liverpool & make you make one for me xxx

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  42. Oh wow, you did it – AMAZING! I am so, so impressed :) Well Done!

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  43. Miss N: Hehehe, thank-you. Oh dear! Well...I suppose that wouldn't be too bad. ;]
    Marianne: Thanks! =D Glad you like it.

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  44. Beautiful! That blouse looks great! I'm so sad I missed the fair though :( some months too late. oh well! I'm still excited about going to Adelaide, all the buildings always seem so pretty, it's like most of the suburbs stayed in the 50s!

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  45. callyrabbit: Thank-you! Aw, that's a pity. Yes, Adelaide is lovely - I live in a new suburb, unfortunately, but most of our suburbs have older buildings, still.

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I read and greatly appreciate each and every comment. If there's a question you'd really love answered, though, please feel free to send me an email about it at andi.b.goode@gmail.com. Thank-you! x