A day out

I have been at home a lot recently.  My work contract ended and we have been renovating madly.

But I snuck away for a haircut.  I went to Sterling Apothecary in Chippendale.  It’s really fabulous.  The decor is vintage barbershop – right down to the Bakelite power points – fantastic attention to detail.  While I was there some TV types were scoping it out to use it in an ad.

Tony Vacher cut my hair – as you can see, I’m pretty pleased with it!  He is amazing.  A very understated guy of huge talent.  He masterminded the decor of the place, and is a very experienced in “precision cutting”.

You know it’s a good haircut when you wake up the next day and boing! You run your fingers through it and you are good to go!

I am experimenting with letting a little of they grey come through, as I have been dying my hair since about 1987 and I am really over it!

Then on the way home I popped in to Spotlight, had time for a quick outfit photo in the Centre Loos! I wore my Forties Jeans

Just for a look – below are a few shots. I visited Gertie’s Fabrics, to see if any new ones had been added to the range. Didn’t find any and they were a little messy!

See that stack of infant prints?  I bought some of the diamonds.

I have been sewing some toiles, testing patterns – not ready to cut into it yet.  I will keep you posted!



Make Do and Mend – Party Girl 70’s Leopard Jacket

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A while ago I found this cool 1970’s Fake Leopard Fur Coat with contrast fur collar, made by Girmes in Oedt, West Germany.  For just $20 and In need of a little TLC – who could resist?

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Her a sad-looking belt which was missing the buckle. I thought I could find a replacement and soon after I found this vintage brass “Aros” buckle which has the lettering inside the shape of Australia – what a great logo.

Vintage "Aros" Made in Australia Belt Buckle

Vintage “Aros” Made in Australia Belt Buckle

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If you want to replace a buckle you can hand sew it on, or if you are truly lazy, like me, use your sewing machine. The way to do this is to sew inside the hole of the buckle – you might like to pin it if you think it will move about, but the great thing is that the stitches disappear into the pile of the fur.

I also repaired one of the bust darts which was pulling open.  As the lining was free hanging, I just turned it inside out and re-stitched the dart – easy.Pic Monkey Edited Leopard 5

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The funniest thing about this jacket was that in the pocket there was a Cruiser bottle top – oh yes, she’s a party girl.Pic Monkey Edited Leopard 7