Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How Cadel's 2011 Tour de France win inspired Jayne's bridesmaid dresses

Jayne and I met to discuss the bridesmaid dresses for her upcoming wedding just a week after Cadel Evans' 2011 Tour de France win.

We met at Dench cafe in North Fitzroy and Jayne expressed how she loved the simplicity of the dresses the two women were wearing when they presented him with his award.

The dress Jayne was planning on wearing was a green vintage dress from the 1960s. I organised a yellow fabric sample and sent it off with the quote. Yellow dresses was decided on and the next step was to meet with Kate and Rachael, her sisters who were going to be her bridesmaids.

During our meeting, Jayne showed us the dress she intended on wearing which was a gorgeous emerald green, I sensed the girls were not too pleased with the colour yellow and we all agreed it would make the bridal party look a little 'green and gold' - the colours that represent Australia.

I whipped out my fabric sample book and looked for an alternate colour that would compliment both Kate and Rachael's skin and hair colour, but also keep the 60s aesthetic Jayne was after.

We settled on purple cotton sateen and decided to make the skirt part of the dress a-line and omit the slits that the original dresses had.

About the dresses, being a November wedding in Melbourne, it was near-impossible to predict what the weather was going to be like. One thing Jayne did not want for her bridal party was for Kate and Rachael to be too hot if it ended up being a 43C day.

I used 95% Cotton/5% Spandex in the colour 'Prince' and purple viscose lining. The bodice has bust and waist darts and waist darts in the CB. Invisible zip closure in the CB and a very slight a-line hem. The girls chose their own shoes and wore silver, which looked fabulous.

Wedding date: 5th November 2011

Photo credit: Mark Burban (http://www.flickr.com/people/giveaphuk/)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Peekaboo Follies Burlesque

Feather Fans, sparkling crystals, ballet en pointe & a bellboy....

Vaudeville & classic burlesque has found a new home at the Memo in St.Kilda, the beautifully restored 1920's theatre hall in Acland St.

'Peekaboo Follies' brought to you by Beckiejo, showcases vintage entertainment at its best with Dolores Daiquiri leading a stellar line up of burlesque beauties.
Scarlett, Vivianne Van Dame & Miss Jane with performances that hark back to Paris & New York in the 1930's & 40's.

Lallah L'amore burlesque darling with cabaret vocals will leave you spellbound, as Daniel Oldaker one of Australia's premier vaudeville performers has you laughing at his slapstick antics & sharp bellboy skills! Whilst Rani Huszar brings the sideshow of old to the stage with her eye popping, body twisting contortion routine that leaves audiences a gasp with wonder & puzzlement.

Wednesday 8th Feb at 7pm during the St.Kilda festival will see old revue entertainment centre stage as Peekaboo Follies makes it's debut.

Peekaboo Follies Feb 8th 7pm
Tickets at the door $25
or $20 online: here
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