My husband and I spent Friday and most of Saturday in Brisbane. He had a business meeting on Friday, and we decided to stay on and catch up with some of his University friends that he hasn't seen for some time (and I've never met).
I've often wondered what people think when they meet me for the first time.... anyway!
There are a couple of quite renowned antique centres in Brisbane, and I made it my mission to visit both of them!
The Woolloongabba Antique Centre was very welcoming and I had a lovely chat to the owner! And she pointed out to me just the thing I was looking for!
I have been looking for a bag just like this one to take on my trip - the same one I've been making the skirts for! This bag is perfect - great size, the perfect colour, and it closes so no-one can relieve me of my things!
I also purchased this little cut crystal dressing table bowl for my bakelite earrings and rings to live in.
And these two 1940s hats
The following day I managed to get to the Paddington Antique Centre. My my my, what a place!!! There were so many fantastic stores with all manner of vintage and antique fabulousness, and the building itself is amazing, if you remember to look. An old theatre, showing all the signs of the faded glory that I love, with beautiful arches over the main stage and side stages. So much beautiful plasterwork!
Sadly, I only had half an hour to look through the whole place, and I easily think I could have spent all day there! I did manage to find two treasures though.
This brooch is a bakelite mourning brooch from the early 1920s, which is early for bakelite. And from what I've been told, I only paid half of what it was worth - hooray!
And there was no way I could leave this incredibly glamorous hat behind!
Sadly I did have to leave these things behind...
Adorable toy sewing machines
This amazing art deco cabinet
This kitchen dresser... I mean look at it!
And this matching canister set!
Steve and I flew back in the afternoon and we were home by early evening. Which meant I had all day Sunday to sew. I hadn't managed to do the hand sewing required to get on with the suit jacket, so I decided to continue with the skirts.
First job was to put the waistbands together, including the hair canvas interface that I decided to use for strength.
Then I put the zippers in the skirts. I don't think anyone is in love with putting zippers in things, but if you do seven of them one after the other you really quickly get the hang of it!
Then came the most exciting bit of all - putting together the skirt and the waistband! I have been making skirts every afternoon this week and finished the last one last night. Here they all are!
Granted, I still have some work to do on the skirts. I need to hand sew the inside of the waistband, and attach the hook and eye, then remove the second line of gathering stitch that you can see just below the waistline.
This week my husband is away so I have the house to myself, which means I can sew all hours of the day and night to my hearts content, so I'm going to do more work on my suit, work on the hand sewing on the skirts, and start on the blouses.
I really can't wait to show you what fabrics go with what skirts. I am beyond happy with my choices and they are going to make fabulous, stylish, and comfortable outfits!
Oh, and check out this sheet that I bought, in its original packaging, for not much.
It will be turned into a dress come summer time!
Goodness I've got a lot to do!!!