Wednesday, April 18, 2018

༺ Autumn Lane ༻

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First world blogger problems….  I have too many photooosssss and I don’t know which ones to choose!

Well obviously I did actually choose something, but it was hard I had to leave so many good pictures out… *dramatic sigh*

And actually, in all reality, I shouldn’t be sitting here writing this post. We leave for Sydney on Thursday, Thailand on Friday and it’s Tuesday as I type. Wow, that’s coming up fast!!

There’s not a whole lot to pack, although there is a veritable butt-ton of cleaning to do. I really don’t want to leave half of my Mum and Dad’s house looking like a nuclear waste zone, but I’m procrastinating. I think tidying up when there’s no real good place to put things is the utter worst.

So I sit amongst the mess and just tough it out until it’s all sorted.

Coffee helps.

A lot.

Until it doesn’t anymore and you wish you could replace your coffee with a glass of wine… Haha!

It’s really hard to gather my thoughts together, as I’m feeling very scatter-brained at the moment. Trying to think of all the things I guess!

I really did like how this outfit came out though. The dress is another great 40’s inspired Hellbunny piece. I paired it with my favourite vintage chestnut straw hat, a cute little canvas purse, and a fab pair of spectator heels from Chelsea Crew.

These shoes are new to me and I can really recommend them, I think they look good, they are quite comfortable for heels and I really like the details. They feel quite authentic to me, which of course, I love!

In this look, I wanted to play on the autumn theme and thought the caramel and chestnut brown accents where perfect with the cornflower blue of the fabric and those bright scarlet apples! I’m also wearing a cute enamel coated vintage apple brooch that I’ve had for ages. It sort of disappears in the fabric, but I can’t resist a good matchy-matchy moment.

Luckily, we found the most amazing carpet of golden leaves to shoot with. I just love how the yellow glows in the late afternoon light ~ it’s a breath of magic to transport to you to a fantasy land for just a short moment.

And l know all the autumn stuff is a sudden 180 turn from the last outfit I posted, but the weather has done exactly the same thing here in Canberra. We went from 30 (86 f) degrees sunshine to 15 (59 f) degrees wind, rain and grey, grey skies in the space of a week! Insane!

Winter is no longer coming… It is here.

And we’re leaving for Thailand. Yay! See you on the other side!

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Apple Brooch | Love Vintage Fair
Blue Apples & Daisies Francine Dress | Hellbunny
Canvas Satchel Purse | E-Spirit, Old
Tan & White Giselle Spectator Heels | Chelsea Crew

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

༺ Winds of Change ༻

A 1940s spring look | Lavender & TwillBy Lake Tuggeranong, Canberra | Lavender & TwillA 1940s spring look | Lavender & TwillA 1940s spring look | Lavender & Twill1940's lipstick shade Victory Red by Besame Cosmetics | Lavender & TwillA 1940s spring look | Lavender & TwillA 1940s spring look | Lavender & TwillReverse carved lucite rose brooch details | Lavender & TwillA 1940s spring look | Lavender & Twill

Before you call me crazy ~ yes, I know it’s not spring in Australia… I know… The cool breezes and changing leaves really are hard to miss. Regardless, here I am with my best spring-inspired ensemble!

We went to Lake Tuggeranong last Friday to take some family photos, and honestly, I had no idea that it'd be such a good day for taking pictures. It was 1 o’clock when we arrived, and I haven’t shot at mid-day in a very long time… Scary!

I thought we’d either be able to make the pictures work or not at all! I was fully prepared to take one test snap and have to leave it for another time because it would not be possible. Thankfully, the sun had just dropped down far enough in the sky, and was sitting in the perfect position behind this lovely avenue of trees, which made for a perfect backdrop.

Trees do look pretty, but the dappled shadows they create can make it a challenge to take photos with them. If the shade and light spots hit in the right places it looks amazing, but if they don’t, they are a nightmare because of the high contrasting areas in close proximity! You just can’t do anything with that in Photoshop. Trust me ~ been there, pulled my hair out over that…

But I didn’t need to do that this time, whoo! I was so excited!

However, I’m sure you are all here for the ensemble, not the photography rambles…

So I have to mention that I’ve just had another about-face with my style.

It was only the other day I posted to Instagram how I’ve been wearing lots of different red outfits all summer. Red was the colour of choice ~  though heavily in rotation with navy blue ~ but suddenly with the change of the seasons, I’m dreaming all about pastels again. I’m probably picking up on the pretty blossom ambience from the northern hemisphere!

Also, it was Easter. So why not…!

I wanted to put on a hat and some matching gloves to create a little more of an authentic 40s look, but wouldn’t you know, I packed away my gloves and I really couldn’t find them no matter how hard I searched.

So I went with flowers in my hair and left it at that.

To match the flowers, I pulled out my favourite rainbow ribbon wicker handbag. The handles are unfortunately looking worse for wear ~ oh, why aren’t things made to last? I’m going to have to replace them, so I will try to look for a nice pair of vintage lucite handles to do that with. I hope it will work.

My vintage brooch, which is from the 40s, has lasted better than this purse! But it’s modern, so I guess that’s not so surprising…

I was super glad to finally add a reverse carved lucite brooch to my collection. I think these really are the prettiest kind of vintage brooch I’ve ever seen, and so completely indicative of that era. You know how some vintage pieces are just so timeless that you can’t always tell when they are from? It happens so much with vintage jewellery I feel, that I really love just once in a while having something that looks super old as soon as you see it. Plus, roses will always and forever be a favourite of mine.

Thankfully, there are roses in autumn and in spring, so I can enjoy them both times! All the roses and all the pastels. Do you love wearing pastels in spring time as much as I do, or are you looking forwards to other spring changes?

xox,

bonita

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Baby Pink Rose Lucite Brooch | 1940s Vintage
Vintage White Eyelet Picnic Blouse | Retromania, Paddington
Spring Celebration Skirt | Me Made, 2016
Rainbow Be Ribboned Handbag | Forever New, 2012
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Monday, March 26, 2018

༺ Stitching Stories: Loop the Loop ༻

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Oh my goodness ~ I knew it has been a long time since I last did a Stitching Stories, but over a year and a half? Wow…

I guess it does make sense, we were so busy packing at the beginning of 2017 that I didn’t have a lick of time spare for any hobbies at all. When we got back for Christmas at the end of November, it wasn’t long until I was sitting down and doing some sewing at my Mom’s machine. I finished two dresses over Christmas ~ this one, and another. But I haven’t had a chance to post about until now.

The dress I’m wearing in this post was supposed to be my Christmas dress {didn’t finish it in time} and a wearable toile test for Butterick Retro Pattern B5748. I’ve had trouble with Butterick patterns fitting me properly before, so even though this was a simple pattern, I was determined to try and make sure it fitted perfectly beforehand.

I added a FBA, added extra seam allowance as the finished measurements of the size 14 I cut were 36B and 28W. Now, I hadn’t measured myself recently {and this is actually a good thing..!} but I knew for certain I was NOT a 28W!

I did the math and added the extra inches I thought I’d need and sewed up the bodice. It seemed to fit okay, but the skirt wasn’t on yet, so I couldn’t really tell. Once I put the skirt on it was clear to me that the bodice was wayyyyy too big! So glad I didn’t try to add even extra for my new measurements!

To make it wearable, I ended up making a series of darts and inside tucks to pinch out ALL the excess fabric I’d put in. Unfortunately, I’d already hand sewn my bias binding trim on around the neckline and armscyes. This meant that they all ended up with visible seams in the binding. Poo.

I had to take a big chunk out of the middle of the bodice, the back and the shoulders. And in the end, I also took more in at the waist seam to get the waist seam up a little higher! This was tricky as I did it after inserting my zipper.

Overall, the dress doesn’t fit as well as I’d like, it has some bunching issues under the arms, and it also likes to drop down at the front, which pushes the shoulder seams forward and the extra fabric bunches under my bust. I think this is actually the fault of too much fabric at the back. I have a slight sway back, and if there was any adjustment that I really needed it was a SBA.

Still, the dress is super lightweight and comfortable. The length and the simplicity of the cut and fabric make it really easy to wear so I was actually wearing it a TON over the summer.

But one thing was still bothering me… I’d added the bow at the neckline when making the dress ~ mostly because I’d had to do that interior tuck right up the middle of the bodice and I needed to camouflage the subsequent seam in the bias binding ~ but it wasn’t enough.

The rest of the dress looked so bare, I knew I had to do something about it. So just a week or so ago, I decided to add decorations to the pockets! I ended up with a loop-the-loop design with a bow at each end, and I really love, love, love it!

It doesn’t make the dress too fussy, but just adds that touch of something special. I was so pleased when I finally figured out what I needed to finish it off.   

I have discovered I really do need to sew more basic clothing. I’m always drawn to all the fiddly patterns and all the fussy prints ~ and while I adore the intricacy of creating a detailed dress, I tend up “saving” those ones for special outings. I kept on pulling this one out over and over and over again because I loved how easy it was to wear! Whereas the second dress {which this one was the toile for…} yes, it has been sitting in the cupboard waiting for a special occasion to wear it! D’oh…

That one might not come out until much later one… Hehe…

~ Project Details ~

  • Year: Retro re-print from the 60s
  • Pattern: Butterick Retro B5748
  • Fabric: From my mother’s stash – a super sheer lightweight poly-cotton, red and white striped.
  • Notions: Red bias binding, red satin tubing, and a zip.
  • Time to complete: I can’t remember. The sewing on the machine didn’t take long at all, it was the hand sewing that really added the time. I hand sewed the bias trim, the hem, and the pocket detail.
  • Make again? Yes! I already have! And I want to make some other versions playing with the bodice style. I really enjoy how easy this one is to sew, and once I figured out the fit issues, I loved the fit.
  • Wear again? Absolutely. This one is come with me to Thailand. I love it.
  • Total Cost:  Not sure. Maybe $15.00? Thanks Mummy for the fabric!

xox,

bonita

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Retrimmed Straw Boater Hat | Old
Red & White Ranunculus Hair Flowers | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Loop The Loop Dress | Me Made, 2018
Red Bow Spectator Court Pumps | Dolce Nome

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

༺ Nothing Gold Can Stay ༻

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“Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”  - Robert Frost

As February ends, this year keeps tumbling rapidly on. Our six week stay in Australia has extended to three months, but will be even longer before we finally leave.

On one hand, it is strange to slip back into old routines and familiar comforts. Nothing changes, everything feels the same. It’s home.

And yet, as the leaves already begin melting from green to gold, I have to keep reminding myself that we aren’t staying. We aren’t back for good ~ we will be leaving as soon as we possibly can to go back to our house in Chiang Mai.

Already the memories of Thailand are fading as we are caught up in the whirl of day to day living here. So then you have to go through the process of steeling yourself up for the change all over again. It was supposed to be a quick holiday. But I guess the longer we stay, the harder it is to leave.

Not that we don’t want to go back! We are all getting a little homesick for Thailand and our house! But it feels a little bit like uprooting our lives again. And that process is always a little nerve-wracking and painful.

I am glad that I get to see a bit of autumn before we fly away. Autumn is probably my most favourite season in Canberra. The leaves are brilliant as they turn to their scarlet, caramel, and cardamom hues, and the days are brisk but warm. It’s crisp, and there are lovely splashes of colour around every corner.

I am particularly pleased with how well this dress matched the Poplar trees that are on the cusp of turning golden. Every year I want to take all the pictures with all the leaves, and this print was perfect for a not-quite-almost-autumn shoot.

The late 50s frock I’m wearing is pretty much the only true vintage dress that I’ve bought in well over a year, and is one of the very few that fit me at the moment {out of a very stuffed closet… I’m so sad I can’t wear my vintage…}. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but recently finding vintage that works for me has been very difficult with all the changes in my body due to my health. 

I have been so excited to wear this dress though! When I put it on, I forget about all those troubles, and it is good. I love that little thrill you get when you slip on a vintage piece that is over 50 years old and it fits like it was made for you. Such a special moment.

I don’t usually go for the warm blue and green tones, but I really adore how this ensemble came together. I just need a pair of green shoes and gloves to match {and possibly a green belt? I thought I had one, but maybe I stupidly gave it away…} and I can really go all matchy-matchy with that clover green!

In the meantime, I think the tan shoes and belt with the green hat and purse created a nice autumn look. I’d also love to see this dress with navy accessories for a more wintery vibe. For a print, which you would think would be limited for styling, there are tons of ensemble ideas to try! 

I’m kind of tempted to bring the dress with me to Thailand, but I’m worried the humidity might wreck the fabric. Has anyone had, or know of, experiences of bringing vintage into tropical environments? Our house is air-conditioned, so it’s not like it will be stored in the humidity, but I definitely wouldn’t want to take the risk of wrecking it… What do you think? 

xox,

bonita

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1950s “Label” Novelty Shirtwaist Dress | FB Group
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

༺ To St. Andrew’s Square ༻

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I know it’s taking me half a century to post these days, but hey! That’s life sometimes!

I’ve been “gifted” with all the colds and flues I missed out on this winter, {thanks Canberra crud…} so between that and trying to spend all the time with friends and family that I can, I have just been away from it all, even Instagram!! *le gasp!* (ô □ ô)

We took these pictures back in November when the Mister and I spent some time in Sydney. He was there for work and I was there for fun… Hehe! His work paid for a gorgeous hotel room right in the city, and we really enjoyed the time away. I loved the night time outlook over the city lights!

It’s kind of funny because I never really thought of myself as much of a city person, but over the last few years I’ve really come to appreciate all the things you get to enjoy in a busy, bustling city. There is certainly something unique to being in the middle of all that hustle, something that is vibrant and fun.

Sure, when it comes to day to day life, I am all for a great suburb with access to a lot of nature {and horses and bush and reserves and parks} and all that good stuff, but I really, really do enjoy a holiday in a big city. It’s a very refreshing change of pace.

And the buildings! Oh, the architecture… *swoon* Finding interesting buildings and places to see, it’s one of my favourite things to do. When I spot an interesting architectural design, or a beautiful piece of wall art, or décor ~ I get a thrill prickling down my spine just like I’ve uncovered a vintage treasure in a thrift shop.

It’s totally as awesome as putting together a fully realized outfit ~ just like this one!

I really adore how the lavender and tan paired together in this ensemble. The whole look is created with the perfect pieces for my style, and I am so into every. single. thing. in this outfit. The soft colour palette is my absolute favourite, it creates such a nice summery look ~ especially when combined with the bold violet purple and cardamom yellow of the pansies in my hair.

I’ve kind of made it my one of my goals to add more shades of purple to my wardrobe. I love violet, lavender and lilac, and I really wish I had more purple to wear! I’ll be keeping an eye out as much as I can, but I think I’ve made a good start with the addition of this Pinup Girl sundress.

Only, whyyyyy doesn’t it have pockets??

Seriously!

I’m am never more disappointed in a dress than when it doesn’t have pockets. Yeah, it bites if it doesn’t fit right, and it’s annoying if it creeps down while you wear it, or refuses to fasten properly, but the saddest thing is a complete lack of pockets if you ask me.

Especially when that’s the simplest problem to fix.

I mean, I purchased this dress second hand, but I know the price range that it was originally in, and boy oh boy, I would have been bummed if I had paid full price only to find that it had no pockets! I think that my Review cocktail dress that I posted about a long time ago has set a high standard, haha!

Is it just me though? Are pockets something you look for in your dresses and skirts? What is the one thing you need to have in your clothing to make it super wearable?

Basically I rate anything in my wardrobe with decent pockets as the best thing ever. If the clothing doesn’t have good, deep pockets, or any pockets at all, I am far less likely to pull it out and wear it. Pockets win all the time. That is all.

xox,

bonita

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Friday, January 12, 2018

༺ A Year Flies By ༻

It’s been a while since I’ve done an end of year review, over 365 days in fact! Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the rite of sitting down and remembering all the things that happened in the last twelve months. Especially as I don’t always get a chance to record those thoughts or events in my actual journal.

As always, if you wish post these questions for yourself, please do! This was a great way to look back over the year.  Here’s how 2017 went down at Lavender & Twill!

Lavender-Bunch


1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?

Moved overseas! What else? Rode in a tuktuk, learned a smattering of Thai {literally only four phrases, but it’s still a new language}, flew with with three little children, went overseas with carry on luggage only… Well, that didn’t last long, but I did it!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions?

I didn’t make any as I had no idea what 2017 would bring. But if a decision to pack and move the family to South East Asia counts, then I guess I did.

3. What countries did you visit?

Yay! I get to answer this one!  Thailand and Malaysia, and technically Australia too as we are only here for a visit over Christmas.

4. How many different places did you travel to in 2017?

Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
Penang Island, Malaysia
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Although I’m not really counting the layover stops as we never left the airport, but Singapore and Kula Lumpa as well.

5. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

This probably is a redundant answer, but good health. I am still struggling to get on top of my Hypothyroidism, so fitness and wellness in my body is so foreign to me right now. I am really desperate to regain strength.

6. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

April 24th. Our departure date from Sydney to Thailand.

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7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Packing up and moving our family overseas. We had deliberately picked a short time frame to get it happening. We started planning our move at the beginning of December 2016, but nothing was confirmed until mid-way through February. We set the end of April as our leaving date, booked some flights for the 24th, and that was that. We then had roughly two and a half months to pack up the house and prepare for an overseas move.

Some people thought I was crazy for trying to do it in such short amount of time considering we’d never even been overseas as a family ~ let alone moved there. The Mister hadn’t even been out of Australia before this trip!

But I knew I could get it done, and I did. I had help, of course I needed it! But in the end I got it done and I am proud of that.

8. What was your biggest failure?

I’m not sure ~ there where lots of little things I failed at during the year. But I can’t think of anything that was a stand out, out and out failure. Unless it was failing to keep my blog going. Haha, I was so slack this year.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes. Hypothyroid sickness dogged me all year, and kept me very, very ill for long periods of the year. I also had to get a crown on my front tooth, which hurt a lot. And I suffered from an inner ear infection in both ears.

10. What was the best thing you bought?

Nothing that I can think of particularly… Oh! I know! Trunkis for the kidlets. These are little wheeled suitcases that the children could pull themselves, or sit on and be towed. The Trunkis were, without a single ounce of doubt, absolute life savers when traveling through the airports with three small children. 

11. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Seeing new places, learning about new cultures. Exploring! Adventure!

12. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter?  Bloated…
iii. richer or poorer? Both!! 

13. What do you wish you'd done more of?

I wish I got to do more exploring. I didn’t do enough as I got too tired.

14. What do you wish you'd done less of?

I’m not sure; spending time in bed? Of course, I wish I had been well enough not to be stuck in bed. But it’s not something I had control over.

15. What was your favourite tv show?

Trollhunters on Netflix.

16. What was your favourite film of this year?

Thor: Ragnarok. I loved it!! It was hilarious!!

17. Where were you when 2017 began?

In bed.

18. Where were you when 2017 ended?

In bed.  I’m old.

New Years Eve


19. Who were you with when 2017 started?

My family.

20. Who were you with when 2017 ended?

My family and extended family. We’ve been staying with my Mom and Dad during our visit to Australia, and it’s been super lovely.

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21. What was the best book you read?

“Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!” By Rachel Macy Stafford

I read this book in one hit on the plane from Singapore to Sydney at 1:00am in the morning when I couldn’t sleep. It was good and a lot of it resonated with me, particularly the parts about the unconscious choices we can be making without realising what they will cost us.

I have resolved to make a greater effort to engage and really pay attention to my family, to make the deliberate choice and effort to spend time with them.

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Eleventyseven’s newest album; “Rad Science” as it had my all-time favourite, most relatable song of my life currently ~ “Holding On”.

23. What did you want and get?

A trip overseas. A new lens for my camera.

24. What did you want and not get?

To be healthy.

25. What did you do on your birthday?

I spent the day with my family. Wore a whirligig brooch and birthday candle brooch and had nachos for dinner.

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26. What kept you sane?

Swimming. Surprisingly!

I wouldn’t call myself a water baby by any stretch of the imagination, but that changed when I was overseas. I think it was because my usual comforts weren’t really available. I couldn’t ride, I didn’t have my crafting supplies, so I couldn’t sew or create. I didn’t have my friends or family to hang out with. So I would jump in the pool every night before bed and float my cares away.

We didn’t have a private pool in Malaysia and Chiang Mai, so when we moved I really missed that nightly routine. But the pool is still really good place for me to go and relax for a bit and I’ve been relying on that. I have discovered this only works with outdoor pools though! I hate indoor pools and never swim in them.

27. Whom did you miss?

All my family and friends. And Copper. Oh boy, was I so homesick for my horse while overseas. At least I could talk to everyone on Skype and messenger, but I missed my ponyboy soooo much, it hurt.

28. Who were the best new people you met?

I met a bunch of new people, and met a friend in Malaysia I’m still in touch with, as well as my awesome coffee lady in Thailand.

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017:

Patience. Things NEVER work out like you plan. But you’ve got to plan them and try them anyway. And maybe if you’re lucky, with patience, time, and hard work, things will end up closer to what you were imagining. But it will not happen straight away. You’ve got to work at it, and wait for it.

30. What are your plans for 2018?

To keep plugging away at things. We are heading back to Thailand in a month or so. We will keep pursuing business plans, and figuring out what the best life for our family looks like.

xox,

bonita

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