With the help of some rather wonderful and talented people I made a collection of lookbook postcards of the four outfits from my collection, Dream of Ghosts. I hope you like them! A round of applause for my photographer Daniela Bermudez, model Agustina Varela, MUA Ayelen Ischuk, and lovely assistants Alison Smith and Carla Ischuk.
And I can’t miss out the campaign photo, featuring the logo designed for me by Isabel Wilkinson.
Don’t worry, I’m still relaxing. I have to wait until after the long carnival weekend finishes to get my sewing machine fixed, anyway…
Posted by abinadressmaker on March 4, 2014
Sketches of my final collection, Dream of Ghosts
Whew! It has been an insane few weeks and I am proud (if slightly baffled) to announce that I passed my design module at Eamoda with a top mark! I have now completed my course and have nothing stretching ahead of me apart from blissful freeeee tiiiiiiime and the looming question WHAT NEXT?
I am determined not to get metaphysical too soon and ruin the relaxing rights I have earned. I am going to relax here, relax there, relax with a book, go for relaxing walks, and generally relax my face off, as well as revelling in normal things like, I dunno, mopping and socialising and maybe even a tiny bit of blogging.
A sign of my addiction to sewing is the fact that I am desperate to get back on the sewing machine and, finally, make some clothes for myself. Unfortunately my sewing machine has taken ill from overstrain and no amount of coaxing or poking or hitting will make it go.
I spose I’d better just get on with some more relaxing, then.
Posted by abinadressmaker on March 2, 2014
You’d think that after making those 25 shirts for the cafe uniform I would be sick to the back teeth of shirts but it seems there’s always room for one (or two) more.
It was Simon’s birthday so I made him this shirt, for which he bought the fabric probably about a year ago (so it was kind of a cheat present really… shhh), AND a bonus shirt, in Liberty fabric no less.
I must have bought this fabric for myself about five years ago, but eventually it dawned on me that I’ve gone off tiny florals on myself, no matter how delicious the fabric. Ah well. My loss is Simon’s gain. And YES that is Evita wrapping paper, because when in Rome… it’s from Papelera Palermo, which is worth a visit just to watch the man hand printing the paper in the studio at the back of the shop. His skill is mesmerising, and far removed from the sweary, inky mess that is me when I screenprint.
Oh and in case you were wondering, the coursework is still going on…. starting to wonder if I shouldn’t have given in to my destiny and made a collection of shirts.
Posted by abinadressmaker on February 6, 2014
Happy Día de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day), everybody! Apparently Argentine children get an extra present on the morning of the 6th of January AND CAKE. Wish I had realised earlier. I mean, I had a biscuit for breakfast but it would have been nice to feel like it was a legitimately festive biscuit.
I’m not going to make any foolish New Year promises or even look back on what has been a fairly inconsistent year for me, blog-wise (just pretend you didn’t notice, thank youuuu), but I will make one resolution: to finish my fashion degree. Yes, in the end I put off my design exam, so I only have to pass one module – should be fairly simple, RIGHT? Have I cursed myself now? After that, I might think about working towards actually making something from all of the worthwhile fabric in my stash before we move back to the UK. I feel like moving a lot of clothes is somehow less insane than moving large amounts of fabric, though there is no real logic to that thought.
The only festive sewing I did this year was to make Christmas stockings for Amy, an old friend of mine who visited over Christmas, and Simon. We spent a couple of days on the Tigre Delta and it was beautiful: lots of nature and swimming in the river. So now it’s back to drawing millions of tiny rectangles for the sketches for my final collection and back to feeling like my brain is on a slow boil, and not in a good way. The heat wave doesn’t seem to be going away; in fact it has turned into an endless heat ocean in which I am drowning.
Of course I got some wonderful sewing presents, too – two MASSIVE lengths of beautiful African wax print fabric from Amy, and a copy of Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary from Issy (I’ll try to write about that for my Sewing Library series).
Aaaaand this week I started making a quilt! Not really the right kind of productive, but I’m finding it a wonderfully relaxing way to get back into sewing. As all sewers know, you have to enjoy repetitive and almost boring manual tasks to really enjoy sewing, and I find (so far) that quilting is a magnification of that. Of course, my blocks are absolutely massive because I’m not sure I’ve got the patience yet for sewing all of those tiny squares. Not for as long as the drawing of tiny rectangles continues, at least. Happy 2014, everyone!
Posted by abinadressmaker on January 6, 2014
I took this book home last Christmas to protect it from any overzealous chucking-out sessions that might happen before we return to the home country (from experience I know that moving often gets to the point where you just want to set fire to all of your belongings), so I only have a few pictures and have never tried any of the patterns, but I just spotted the photo below and thought AHHHH. Eighties silk goodness and martinis could get me through this heat wave! (IT’S HOT, VERY HOT, IN BUENOS AIRES. VERRRRRY HOT).
I have just read a couple of reviews of this book on a popular e-commerce website, one of which complains about the lack of complexity in the patterns. I can’t comment: I just bought it for the lovely Liberty prints in the pictures, and because it reminds me of my sartorial muse (when I’m feeling especially late 80s/early 90s, which is to say always), Mrs Fitz, of Cracker fame.
So. I will leave you with some more delightful photos which evoke a long-forgotten fantasy of a life revolving around yachting, pony club, and being the wife of a minor member of the aristocracy. Please do suggest some captions, I would be positively THRILLED. Arrivederci!
Posted by abinadressmaker on December 18, 2013