11 November, 2017

House of Dior Exhibition

I made it to The House of Dior Seventy Years of Haute Couture the second last day of the exhibition and 
I'm so glad I did. It was fabulous.
The Atelier (studio or workshop).
One of the highlights was meeting Catherine. Catherine is one of the Parisian Artisans at The House of Dior. I could very easily have sat and listened (through an interpreter) to her all day. She had some fascinating stories about what it is like to be in the Atelier. Someone asked Catherine 
how long it took to study to get to be able to do this 
kind of work. It was thirteen years of study!
 Demonstrating a sleeve. 
That little dark bag is Catherine's sewing kit. She kindly showed us the different sizes of pins and needles she works with, along with the different kinds of threads. I have never seen such fine or heavy pins as she had.
 These are some examples of her handstitched button 
holes. Look how perfect they are.
 Everything in a garment is stitched by hand. 
This is the red coat made by Catherine. 
You can see her working on it in the background. 
This one took her about 160 hours to make. 
Some dresses can be up to 180 hours to make.
 Only one seamstress will work on each dress.
Looking down on the Atelier.
 Watching fashion shows on the large screen.
 You could then go an see the actual dresses.
 These are a couple of my favourite dresses. 
Just the style I love!
 A close up of the embroidery. It was all so perfect. 
They are all gold stitches, not gold ribbon.
 More embroidered dressses.
 A close-up of the embroidery on the dress above.
 Then there were the shoes.
And the hats.
 Aren't these gorgeous!
 Perfume bottles.
 This was Miranda Kerr's dress for her wedding to 
Evan Spiegal earlier this year. 
Those are appliqued embroidered 
sprays of lily-of-the-valley.
Yves Saint Larent gowns.
John Galliano gowns.
The chartreuse gown was worn by Nicole Kidman 
to the 1997 Academy Awards.
There were so many amazing gowns. 
Just out of interest, did you know that the models had 49cm (about 19 inch) waists!

04 November, 2017

Friday Night With Friends - A Finish!

 I finished my mini Christmas quilt last night. This is one of Gail Pan's new patterns called "A Merry Christmas Tree". 
When I chose the blue thread, I had this fabric in mind. I was going to make it into a cushion but when I got the fabric out, I must have used some of it. As I then didn't have enough, I made a mini. This picture is more the true colour. 
I had to replace my computer this week and now I can't edit my photos like I used to. Will have to check what's happened to the program I normally use. So frustrating!
Thank you for being a lovely hostess, Chez. 
You can see what others got up to here.
 Well, I'm off to start putting my 
Christmas collage together!

01 November, 2017

October's OPAM

Well, it is One Project A Month and
that's what I've finished - one!
I am so happy with my caddy.
Thank you to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

28 October, 2017

My Time, My Place Caddy

Remember this?
It is now this.
I've finished my "My Time, My Place Caddy".

I'm so pleased with how it turned out.
Pockets at the end.
Even the base is gorgeous.
Of course, it wasn't without it's hiccups! When I turned the bag through, the handles were on the inside of the lining!
 I'm keeping this one for me.

21 October, 2017

End Of An Era and FNSI!

Yesterday was Nelson's last day of school. 
Here he is on his first day.
Nelson has completed his VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and will commence an apprenticeship in roof plumbing in the new year. As part of his VCAL, Nelson had to do one day a week work experience in the field he wanted to work in, which was plumbing. He asked a friend's dad who said yes straight away but told Nelson he was a roof plumber. Nelson decided to give it a try and loved it.
Mick was so impressed that he offered Nelson an apprenticeship at the end of term 3 for this year! After discussions with school, we decided Nelson would do Year 11 this year but undertake the senior VCAL work (Year 12). He worked very hard this year and has successfully 
fulfilled all requirements for his certificate.

After 17 years of driving up and down Yan Yean Road and waiting in the car park for the boys, my school run days 
are over. It's a little sad but I'm sure I'll find ways to 
fill in that extra time I'll now have!
I joined Wendy and the girls for Friday Night Sew-In and worked on my Gail Pan stitchery. Not much left to go now!

14 October, 2017

Spartan Race!

 Last weekend saw Nelson head to Bright with his friend Graeme and Graeme's parents, Ian and Annelise.
 The boys were taking part in the Spartan Race. 
All set to go!
 The rope climb. Nelson is second from the left.
 Jumping fire.
 That's Nelson at the top on the right.
 Rope walk.
 Javlin throwing.
There were lots of other obstacles but these were
the ones in the area where Annelise was.
 Finished and feeling very pleased with themselves.
 Apparently this guy ran the race dressed like this.
Somehow I don't think this will be the last of these races!
They both had such a great time.