Blue Dresses | Dresses from Travel | Fashion| Story Behind the Dress | Homemade | Work-wear
These dresses all tell a story from either across the sea (materials sourced from other countries), or from my island home here in Australia. These are my souvenirs from travel, and also reminders of special moments in my Adelaidean life.
NIPPORI KIMONO DRESS
Made with fabric sourced from the Japanese textile district in Tokyo, this dress is just in time for the warmer weather to come Down Under. In Nippori the streets are lined with all sorts of fabric and haberdashery stores. Pedestrians can be seen modelling their own, handmade attire, hats, bags and accessories. There were rolls of fabric to admire, and I ended up buying some bracelet beads as well. All this, thanks to my little sister who led the way on what was an epic sister holiday.
LA ROBE MARSEILLAISE
In my final year of medschool, I travelled to Lille for a 6-week medical elective. Towards the end of my rotation, I had a couple of weeks to travel down south. Marseille was my favourite place to visit dans le sud. For one thing, it was warm when the rest of France was in a snowy winter. I loved the sea, the cobblestoned port, and the delicious seafood lunches that spread their aroma across the mast-scattered bay. One evening, I stumbled upon a little fabric store in the middle of the still-bustling city centre. Upon returning home, I made a dress for myself, and a bowtie for my hubby (which I have borrowed here as a headband :P).
MADE IN MURRAY
Towards the end of my internship year in the hospital, my husband (who also works in the hospital), had a GP placement up at Murray Bridge. Just before Christmas, I took a couple of days to stay at his Murray Bridge accommodation. In between the grocery and Christmas shopping, I explored a local fabric store and picked up this material. The skirt was a style I had been wanting to try for a while. The top was more practical and something I planned to wear for work. Though… they also did seem to work reasonably well worn together as well.
This dress, made from a curtain, was a spontaneous project that was started when I could not decide what to wear to a wedding. Fast forward to the early hours of the morning, and a suitable outfit was completed (with pockets of course!).
I currently play second keys at my church, and my goodness I have come a long way since I first started. The second keyboard produces all the “atmospheric” pad sounds and arpeggiators. We use in-ears when we play so I needed a pocket to hold the pack, and I also wanted to make sure the dress had sleeves and was about knee length. Pretty happy with the end result (first time I had sewn bodice pleats) and it is indeed fulfilling its intended purpose!