Wednesday, 25 December 2013

wow, it's been a while...

It is now Christmas day.

I got my beautiful winter coat made, it is in lightweight red melton with a red kasha lining.  I used from 1953, so lovely!  I ended up not doing the top stitching, as the melton proved to be fussy.  I also added more buttons and buttonholes because we're having a really cold winter here and it is only the beginning!  I made bound buttonholes, which normally are easy peasy for me, this time around though, because of numerous factors, each buttonhole took two or three attempts to make happen.  I was so pissed by the end of that day!

In the end, I figure it took a week to make, from start to finish.  I may also have to take the shoulders up just a bit, as my own shoulders are so narrow, the off the shoulder look is a bit too extreme.

Christmas Eve is actually where it's at for this family.  Our party is on that day, we have all of our friends and family over for a big casual afternoon.  This year's count was around 40 people.  Then once everyone went home, we had a simple supper of fried eggs on toast (I have to think ahead better next year and make a casserole I can pop in the oven or something) and gave our gifts to each other.  I can't even say we opened them, because none of us felt like wrapping them, so we each handed each other shopping bags and boxes.  I must say, it was funny, but also really relaxed because nobody felt like they didn't get enough presents for anyone.  We were all just keen on what we received.  I got a lovely merino sweater and two pashminas from Pierre, then Mum handed me the giant box of heavy and I knew it must be books!  She's been so excited for the time to arrive.  So yes, several large, heavy on the words books on Punk, written by really great authors.  She also indulged my love of colonial periods and bought me two books on early history, both in Europe and here in North America.  And!!!  A new bookbag, actually two, with the choice of which one I'd keep, and one for Pierre.  Luckily, we all agreed that the elongated messenger bag worked better for him, and I would keep the traditional style shoulder bag.  My mum, always buying gifts in the middle of the night and not remembering until they arrive what she's makes for a fun Christmas!
Pierre got a waxed watch coat for the 18thC to keep him dry.  The bag.  And the giant pile of long sleeved T shirts.  I think I got him 8 of them this year!  He's a happy guy.  Mum got the traditional nightgowns, a sweater and my brother got her an iPad.  Pierre also bought us all new leather slippers.
Our kids had a new family photo taken and framed for us, which is something that money just can't buy and is cherished.  The younger members of our 18thC family did the was a fabulous gift from both.

Today has been a whole lot of relaxing.  I cooked a turkey, we ate it, there is lots left over for my favourite part of Christmas...leftovers...tomorrow we go to my brother's for leftovers, then home for more relaxing.
This coming week I will be creating mood boards and design sketches for the collection that is accompanying my thesis.  I'll be doing a lot of pinning, so check me out on pinterest at

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

feeling like things are coming together.

I just printed off my paper for Dr David Howard on the philosophy of Punk.  I am feeling really good about my writing, it seems to be getting better with each kick at the can.  I think I have made a case for why Westwood was just as important to British Punk as McLaren was, maybe even more-so.

I learned this past week that there will be a new book out of her life, with some 'startling new details' now that McLaren is gone.  It will be interesting to read it.

I also feel that my personal style is following the concepts that Westwood laid the early groundwork for, I have always felt Punk, and have gone through many 'looks' of Punk and have been looking at the retro wearing grrls of today as being very much Punk.  This paper, I think, tidies that up nicely, talking about the things Westwood wore early on as being both Teddy-boy and very Punk.  My thoughts for my own fashion collection are coalescing as well.  I can't wait to get started on it!

but first, finishing up my dress for Thursday evening, and getting a winter coat made.  I bought the fabric for the latter project Sunday afternoon.  It will be red wool melton, with a kasha lining, interlined in both hair canvas and cotton flannel for warmth.  Red!  Dr Randi will be pleased ;-) she loves it when I wear colour.  I know Pierre is happy, he was as emphatic about the red wool as he was when we bought my red Fluevogs.

Right now though, don't look at me...I am looking very much like the Grad student I've become.  I really should go put some proper clothes on.
In the meantime, check out the World's End Blog by Westwood's son Ben