Tuesday, July 31, 2012


This is one of the other dresses I made for 'Max and Anne', but in the film I hadn't finished it yet and pinned it onto Lucy. I finally finished it before I went away but never posted photos. I took my camera with me to pick up Natalie to buy fabric for her dress, and as the sun was going down I screamed "QUICK! PHOTOS!" as we were getting back into the car. So here we have some lovely car park photos.

Boot Shoot

Nitty called me from the chemist earlier to say she'd found that Revlon have made a vintage lipstick! We were all over that, and for $10 well HEY! 


Yay :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Flirty Skirt

After whipping this beauty up in a matter of hours I took to the streets of Fitzroy as princess a la mode. Or something. At least that's what I felt like!

It's been a while since I wore a petticoat, but I'm so glad I did. Look at that poof! Look at it! I was also glad to have worn one as when I stepped off the tram the wind decided it wanted to see my undies, and up went my skirt. My dignity was saved by the petticoat. One of the best reasons for wearing one!

I was originally supposed to buy shoes and a jumper, but instead walked away with a layby receipt for two 1970s plastic tub chairs. Oops. While in the store though, the shop keeper was very taken by my outfit, and asked where I'd acquired such beautiful pieces from. When I said I made them she insisted I start my own line and sell pieces at her store! I told her that I was accepted into the NEIS program a few years ago but went to university instead. Her reaction to my skirt though was enough to make me consider the possibility of starting a line again.

Sans Petticoat
I had a brand name but I'm pretty sure it doesn't suit anymore, especially considering the amount of men who have asked if I would make them a western style shirt. So what do you think, guys? Should I just use my name (Natalie Michelle Watson), or should I use Laika Doll? I figure if I do menswear, using my name shouldn't matter so much *cough* look at Vivienne Westwood *cough*. Opinions please!

And of course, the jumper is the one I made a little while ago.

Je suis un dinosaur
I am currently on my hands and knees putting together a print-at-home pattern as my best friend realised she has an important event she's attending on Friday night and needs me to help her out with a dress. I have three days to make it. Challenge accepted! (Anything for her!) She also took the photos for this post today.

While I'm talking about my beautiful best friend I must also mentioned she's started her own blog now! She doesn't really have anything on it, but here's the link:

Sugar Doll

She's also on BurdaStyle now, under the same name (sugardoll). So now even our usernames are similar! For anyone that has never heard our story, our names are both Natalie Michelle!

She also stars in this little film I made...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pink Elephants on Parade!

Yes, after all my whinging I managed to get this dress sewn up in less than a day. And I couldn't be more happy with it!

Butterick 6582 too so long to cut out because I wanted to use the pattern for the skirt part of view C, but seeing as I had 45" quilting cotton, it just wasn't cutting it. Oh ho ho! Pun.

These pictures were taken at work by some babe after I got changed to go out for the evening. I think all in all I enjoyed making this dress, and though people have said it's not the exact retro look they were hoping for, it is still a beautiful dress. I am planning on making the pencil skirt version soon, and have already picked out the fabric. Tee hee!

So I had to do some fancy work cutting and attaching things, blah blah, but all in all I am quite happy with the result. 

When in Sephora I found a nail polish called 'Seeing Pink Elephants'. I had to have it. I love pink elephants. Which is why I bought this fabric to begin with! (I also layered a glitter over the top, because I freaking love glitter)

Now continuing to work on a few older projects, and one new one!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Another Big Post

Bonjour! Here is a post somewhat continuing on from where I left off, and some new bits and bobs.

First of all I wanted to show you what I had a hand in before I left! My first real stint at making things for screen! Yes, it was a short film that was not mine and therefore I count this as 'professional' work ;)

This is a bed head and cushion I made (well, Nitty has to take some credit for the cushion as I was having a melt down on my hands and knees waving my electric staple gun everywhere all over that bed head and cursing everything good and holy).

And here's what it looked like all put together! The whole room was build from scratch. I made the sheets, bed head, cushions, curtains, and upholstered the chairs. I'm way too excited to see the actual film when it's all done. And I hope it's okay for me to be posting this image! Tee hee

Here are some I took on my phone while we were still setting it all up:

Now, unrelated to sewing I have been building my own little set up. Following my purchase of a Canon 5D I have acquired Manfrotto tripod with fluid head and a dolly, and next week shall be picking up a few more things when my delicious student bonus from Centrelink comes in.

Today I realised that Butterick had released more retro patterns! Hnnrrrr like I need to be spending any more money. But I did. I bought these two online:

It'd be interesting to see if I could somehow turn the second one into a coat version. I need more coats. New York didn't have any coats due to it being summer, so I found and bought this one off eBay.

As much as I would have liked to make one myself, by the time I get around to making a coat winter will be over. Besides! This one is hella pretty ;D

Now, all my lovely phone photos from NYC that I tried to upload from Central Park didn't work, so I'll post them again.

These are the fabrics that I bought!

I was so excited about the space fabric especially, but when I went to work I discovered we'd just got it in! So not as special anymore :( but I still love it and it was still a lot cheaper than if I got it from work! LOOK at the cats. Look at them. Oh my God. Kitties scared in a movie theatre. What is more fitting for me?! So those will be dresses, and the last shall be a skirt :)

My new Prada sunglasses! $350 (ouch) but I knew I'd hate myself if I walked away without them. Now I need to find out if I can have prescription lenses put in them, and if not, I need to invest in some sweet contacts. I'm not sure what is so sweet about contacts. Last time I had them they made one of my eyes all pink and crusty...

And on a completely unrelated note, this is a legitimate brand of bread! I couldn't stop laughing!

Now I'm in the process of making Butterick 6582 in the pink elephants print I posted ages ago. Hopefully I'll have that finished in the next couple of days. At the moment I'm cutting it out, which has taken all day because I hate cutting out fabric! It's one of my least favourite things about sewing!

Anyway, I'm happy to be posting again :) x