Last Saturday Ria and I caught up for a lady date and went to the Home Sewn exhibition at the Dowse. Geeky sewing excitement!
As the name suggests this is an exhibition of home sewn garments all made by hand, with love here in New Zealand and there was so amazing and inspiring frocks on display.
Look at this one - I would love to make something like this now! That fabric is amazing - so bright.
Look at that fun to tone maxi - I LOVE it - I want to make something like that. The sheer pussy bow blouse is adorable too.
Look at the stunning embroidery on this lovely maxi frock.
The lovely frock on the left was made as a wedding dress - so pretty.
These dresses were both made in the 1980's - I love the tropical look frock, so perfect for a summer holiday.
Here's a back view of that lovely tropical dress and some more details of the sewist who made it - they had one of these for each dress.
I LOVE the 1980s - so all I have to say is "bum bow dresses forever!"
This is another wedding dress - this one is made of kimono fabric for a Japanese lady who was marrying a kiwi guy.
This amazing frock was made by a teenager for her school ball! How incredible - I couldn't sew ANYTHING when I was a teenager.
Look at this lovely dress, it was made by a lady in her nineties for her daughter to wear to a wedding. Amazing.
I love the colour of this frock and the bow and how its all asymmetrical - so amazing (also you can see Ria in the back taking pictures!).
This was my favourite dress at the exhibition - its a 1950's ball dress and its just so beautiful. If I made a dress this magnificent I would want to wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY!
More and more and MORE beautifully made handmade frocks - I really love them all. So much hard work and love went into making them all.
The exhibition also had some patterns on display - I loved this plastic way hanging display thing. I wonder where you can buy one of these? It would look rad in my sewing corner (also would help me remember which patterns I actually have).
They also had a box of old patterns to look through - which as we all know, is ALWAYS a good time.
Finally for all of you have ever made a duct tape body form check this out - its quite a simmilar idea, except the tape is SHELLAC! Do they still sell this? If yes - why don't I own one and if no - why the hell not. Surely this is a thing loads of home sewists would buy?