Today is Australia Day. I forgot about it- my husband and I kind of live in our own little world of writing things, reading things, painting stuff and playing with our little girl. I never saw it coming and had a full day of work scheduled. Except today is a public holiday so not much of it got done. I’m not exactly sure what Australia Day means (I am also still hazy on the term “
bogun” “bogan”), except that the day commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 and became a holiday in 1935. Australians, enlighten us! What does Australia Day mean to you? How do you celebrate it?
One of my goals today was to get some decent shots of the “Pirate Skirt” refashion– in which a formerly smart pencil skirt gets a second shot at life as casual-wear.
Do you ever finish a garment and tell yourself it still needs one last thing before it’s finished? Perhaps some embroidery, a bit of lace, an extra hook and eye or even a hem but somehow you never get around to it and wear it anyway?
Yep, that’s me with this skirt. I had visions of cool whale embroidery on the hip above the ruffle like the inspiration skirt. First I tried the simple outline of a humpback whale, then the more cartoony Oh Fransson! style embroidery. I hated both. They felt contrived, so I unpicked them.
Still married to the whale-embroidery idea, I picked up this fusible whale patch from my local Spotlight. My thinking went like this- the white whales were alright, but they looked too “serious” for a flippy little skirt. A smiling whale covered in sequins is just the thing!
Um. No. I don’t know what possessed me. I blame the heat. Lila loves this little fellow, so I have a feeling he’ll find a home on her next pair of jeans or a plain t-shirt.
(I’m not sure what I was doing here, I think I was starting to jig but we didn’t get the shot! I’m much more comfortable sewing than modeling.)
So with that, I declare this skirt finished. I rather like it with the Sailor Sweetheart Tee as well as with most of the red, white, blue and black blouses I own. Versatility and whimsy in one garment! Her name is Waltzing Matilda, which is a famous (and rather charming) Australian folk song. Now every time I wear this skirt, I’ll remember the Australia Day I forgot.
I did not get the chance to finish the instructions for sewing the Sweetheart Sailor Tee today, I will try to have them finished by the weekend- in case you would like to sew one yourself.
Tomorrow- Pants Block Testers Announced!