Burlesque costumes!

It has been a little while since I last posted because I have been a slave to my sewing machine and thimble over the last week! I am co-producing a production for the Adelaide Fringe called Big Band Burlesque (not sure if I mentioned this before – I am a burlesque dancer!) and we had a float in the opening Fringe Parade last night. Some beautiful ladies from our troupe The Gin House Floozies came along to help hand out flyers and look gorgeous, and I made their costumes.


Sorry for the terrible instagram photo! Don’t you think these costumes are adorable? So cute! The skirt I am wearing was made by a local costumer (Anna Perry), but I covered the corset I am wearing and the bra as well. What do you think of our hired muscle? 😉


Here I am…still stitching right before the parade! Typical!

Covering the corsets was HARD – I had done this once before but it was stretch fabric. Satin was an absolute nightmare! Still, they worked out pretty well.


So shiny! Here we are with Fez Fanana on the BankSA float.

Big Band Burlesque opens next week, and I still need to put the finishing touches on another costume. Agh! Back to the sewing machine…



I’m a little bit obsessed with bunting at the moment. For Christmas I made some for my mum to hang under her verandah, for my 1 year old niece’s new nursery, and for my aunt to hang in her new beach house. It’s just so festive and colourful!
Beachy themed bunting for my aunt’s house.

I love that I can usually get a few triangles out of scraps from other things I make, and it also means I get to buy all the awesome printed cotton with ridiculously cute designs that I could never get away with wearing. Jarryd and I are getting married at the end of the year (yay!) and we can’t have a wedding without bunting! So I’m sewing triangles whenever I can so that we have a huge amount of bunting hanging over the festivities! I’ve been thrifting old kids sheets for fabric because they often have colourful patterns and designs.

Above is my current stash of triangles. I really get over doing them after a while! As you can see, I don’t need any more pink fabric!

Mollie my kitty loves sewing bunting too…

What are your favourite DIY party decorations?


Lu Tries Deer and Doe’s Plantain Tee

OMG you guys! I made a practical and wearable item of clothing! And it actually turned out! I was very proud of myself when I went fabric shopping, because I stayed away from all of the crazy prints and colours I would normally go for, and just went for a plain, off-white cotton jersey. I love crazy colors and patterns, but it means that I have real difficulty mixing and matching pieces from my wardrobe. This Plantain tee (which is a free pattern – sweet!) filled a hole in my wardrobe and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.


This is my “would you like to buy this t-shirt?” catalogue pose.

And hey look – it’s the first picture of me on the blog! Hello! Excuse the pretty terrible quality…I took these with my mac because I couldn’t find my camera.

I made the size 42, and whilst it fit me pretty well in the top half, the cut of the pattern flares way out at the bottom which is really unflattering for my figure. I did a pretty dodgy “that look’s about right” and took in the side seams, so it’s a bit slimmer to the hips. I probably won’t ever wear it without tucking it in to something high waisted, but considering most of the bottoms I wear are high waisted that works for me.


Here’s my ecstatic “I made a tee!” pose

I reeeeaaalllly wanted to make the long sleeved version (it has elbow patches. I’m sold.), but I decided that was pretty impractical considering we’re suffering a heat wave where I live – South Australia. The awesome elbow patches will have to wait until the weather cools down a bit. Overall, I’m really pleased with how this turned out and I was surprised at how long it took me to finish, just over an hour or so. I think I’ll probably bang out a few more, but I might try a different pattern just to mix it up. Maybe the Renfrew since that seems to be pretty popular around the blogosphere. I’m feeling confident after this success. Hooray!


Oh you want a crazy closeup? HEEEELLLLLLOOOOOO!