Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Hope you all had a great Christmas! I did - I'll get round to uploading some pics of the past week soon! So much excitement...
Still, I managed to update the Etsy store with a few new things. Also, it's SALE time for a few of the Winter items shipping from Berlin...I'm going home to Sydney soon so it's time to clear some things out of the closet!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Tomorrow we are on a grand mission to buy all necessary ingredients for our holiday feast. No goose, unforch, as we discovered those giant birds come in at a whopping 13euro/kg, and they're usually 5kg each. I'm so full and tired I can't even bring myself to add a pretty photo to this post.
By the by, I was glad to see that Liebemarlene has joined the Twitterverse - hello!
Also, I updated our Etsy store with a fair whack of vintage shoes, shipping from Sydney.
I'm going to get back on game soon! Last week I acquired a bunch of neat stuff for the store so get ready!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Anyway, a year or so ago a friend of a friend was looking to photograph 'girls with interesting clothes in interesting rooms', so I figured I could get away with wearing the much loved bird dress. Ali the photographer was quite delightful and I thought the resulting photo was lovely (despite being able to see my undies).
So when Q and I were out 'bamming' one day, and I spotted a cute floral print, I decided to re-make the bird dress. It's taken me a couple of months due to all the travelling and bamming and thesis writing I've been doing, but here is what happened. First up I used the original bird dress as a pattern and cut out a new version. I made sure I cut it quite a bit bigger but I could've strangled myself when I first tried it on and realised it was too tight. Again! Luckily I'd left a generous seam allowance.
Then I followed an excellent Invisible Zipper Tutorial, but was far too excited about my new invisible zipper foot to notice that I was using the wrong side of my fabric. Sigh. After much unpicking and re-sewing I finally had a mostly finished dress.
But then I couldn't quite figure out what to do with the neckline or sleeves. It was only after looking through some vintage dresses on Etsy that I realised I wanted a vintage style flutter sleeve. Luckily I found an old Butterick pattern in my stash with the exact sleeve I was looking for.
I nearly sewed the sleeves on upside down, but realised just in time. They were very awkward to hem, but they sit ok. A bit more ‘capped’ than ‘flutter’ but I guess they'll pass. I was desperate to finish the dress for my new bands very first gig. But when it was finally all hemmed I tried it on and realised it just didn't sit right. Anyway, with a few mods and pin tucks and a wash and an iron I’m finally happy. It’s no butter yellow bird dress, but at least it’s a finished project. Unlike my thesis.
Since that first major drop of snow, I've been waiting for another, so I can be less lame and go out and make a snow angel.
I think this snowman is pointing at the bit of Berlin Wall, but let's say he's waving goodbye, because once our current auctions end we're going on holiday until the new year. Hooray!
Actually, I think I will probably continue updating our Etsy store and things will be bloggy as usual, but things will be quieting down on the eBay front for a bit.
Monday, December 15, 2008
And just so this blog doesn't drown in shop update posts, here's a little flickr photo that makes me smile.
I love seeing photos of stylish families. Growing up, I wasn't exactly surrounded by them (bogans, anyone?), nor was I particularly stylish myself (I wore purple docs and army shirts over baby doll dresses. And novelty t-shirts. 1990s, time for Qooza)
Akihiro Furuta's Flickr page is full of cute, funny and stylish portraits of his family. There are many other hilarious photos including the family dog that everyone should check out, but this one is my favourite because of the ADORABLE BABY HAT! I'd love to make one - maybe Erica Knits can work this one out.
Vintage 1970s mauve floral print collared day dress S M
Vintage 1980s cherry red floral high waisted full skirt with sash S
Vintage 1970s Brown pleated secretary blouse S
These lovelies ship from Sydney, Australia.
VINTAGE Silver Filigree Swan Pendant:
Vintage enamel amaranth and gold half flower necklace:
Vintage 1950s pink enamel earrings studs
VINTAGE 1980s secretary red and white button earrings
Vintage 1980s enamel navy white gold tear drop earrings
Vintage 1950s cute cream pearl beaded coin purse
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The snow is coming in dribs and drabs here. Gotta take it when I can! I've decided to go home next year for a job, and also because I miss the Bam photoshoots and sewing days. It does feel a little soon to be leaving this great town but EH - whaddyagunnado?
Meanwhile we're stoked because a paper Absy co-authored got reported on in Scientific American. Woohoo!
(pic from Vanity Fair)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So here at BAM Central, we like to celebrate small wins.
Seeing as Hammer isn't following my personal Twitter, I like to think he's not just indiscriminately clicking on everyone's Follow button. OR IS HE?
Scruffy bob: Homemade
Mexican Smock: Etsy (thanks to The Peach)
Check Pencil Miniskirt: Thrifted (Blue Mountains)
Brogue Ballet Flats: Bloch (Century 21)
I was pretty excited to find this mini pencil skirt for $3 the other week. I had a couple of friends that used to wear them much shorter, and I always thought they looked super cute. Team it with a short sleeved cardi and a belt and you've got a lovely modern take on the secretary look. I'm not talking 'sexretary' here, but just a cute modern take on something that still looks lovely, but without the dowdy. I'm not anti-dowdy, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood.
So, maybe I'll take it up. I think I will when I finish my 8 week 'learn how to become a runner' routine. Although I've been doing a bit of walking/running lately, this morning was the first time I followed the 1min running, 1.5min walking routine. It wasn't very hard at all. Maybe just maybe I'm a natural?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Bundeena is a beautiful, quiet little town, not too far out of Sydney. Absy goes there from time to time to hang out, there are a few little cute op shops to visit.
Our friend Flip gave us this lovely white lace prairie dress to sell in our store, and we were frankly, a little horrified at her decision. She's rocked the little prairie dress a few times at various gatherings and prairie-themed parties and whatnot, and we couldn't believe she'd let go of something so pretty. Anyhoo, once it was in our hands we both telepathically had a conversation which consisted of us both saying the same thing:
So here it is, our homage to the Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock. The dress is still with us (obviously) but it will make its way to the store. At some point. We don't know when. It's a struggle to let it go.
If you are a Twitterer please, follow us and say hello.
We're new, so at the moment the only person we're following is MC Hammer. He prefers just "Hammer" now, just so you know.
Since beginning our Blogger site, and subsequently falling in love with Twitter, Tumblr, and trying to keep up to date with our Flickr site, I have been dreaming of a place that would bring all these disparate elements together in beautiful parallel, and allow me to post once, and ONCE ONLY.
I follow Stephen Fry's Tweets on my personal Twitter, so I was curious to find him posting on Posterous. Did a bit of reading and here I am, seduced by the promise of easy posting to a gazillion different places at once. Don't let me down, Posterous, and let the experiment begin!
Now if Posterous could somehow include our Modepass in its autopost feature, I should be a very happy blogger indeed.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
These cute black patent leather bow flats:
And these rockabilly black and white penny loafer mocassins!
These puppies ship from Germany. See you in the store!