Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.


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Even though I am not a punter I can’t help but get excited over Cup Day! *Yeeeeee-haaarrrrrrrrr* Today is the day is when ‘The race that stops’ a nation happens. And you won’t believe it, at the very second that the horses start racing, you won’t find anyone at their desk. They will most probably be gathered in front of a tv somewhere shouting at the top of their lungs for the horse they are barracking for!

It isn’t just about the horses and winning copious amounts of money through gambling. But it is about the hats and fashion TOO! Hats are the classic old school look, whereas the younger generation like to sport fascinators or headpieces. 

In the spirit of Cup Day, it is not unusual to see people dressed up more formal than usual. Or sometimes you will find some are dressed up as jockeys or horses it’s all in celebration of The Melbourne Cup :)

Since I am in Perth, the celebrations aren’t as big. But we still like to join in by dressing up and taking part by watching the tv. Here are some pieces I picked for Melbourne Cup racewear. 

Jubilee Jersey Capped Dress 

Black and white is always a classic colour for racewear

Lori Lace Jersey Dress

Lace on this panel dress adds a touch of femininity and sex appeal. The colour is very regal too!

Stretch Crepe Dress

A red dress is also a show stopper! With a modest length and a side split to give it that ‘sexy glam’ look.

And here are some accessories I found online, paired with a gorgeous frock to look like a million bucks! I can’t remember where they were sourced from (apologies!!)

Will you be dressing up for Cup Day? Which horse are you backing?

E x

In the spirit of Halloween I was inspired to sew a Mario Hat for my hubby. He is an absolute Nintendo fan at heart and a extensive games collector. I was searching the net for some instructions on how to do this and came across 'Fleeting Thing' blogsite. I found it amazingly helpful to follow, it was the answer to my sewing prayers. You can print out the pattern and make it yourself! It is designed for a 4-5 year old, so I just traced a few centimeters around each shape of the pattern to make it fit an adult’s head. Mine actually turned out really really BIG, but it is meant to be a novelty hat anyway.

But here are some of the progress photos I took when I was sewing the Mario Hat. 

Cutting out the pattern, as you can see I have traced at least 2 cms around the original pattern

Pinning the pattern to the red felt

Cutting out the individual shapes

Sewing all the ‘leaf’ shapes to one another to form the hat shape

Cut out the ‘M’ from white felt and pin it to the hat 

Sewing the ‘M’ to the front of the hat

Sewing the two hat pieces together and stuffing the front with a bit of polyfill to make it appear big at the front

Insert a plastic ‘crescent’ shape inside the visor and sew that to the hat

Finished Mario hat (And look at the impressive games collection behind, it is turning into a library!)

My other Halloween sewing adventures will be posted up soon, which will include a Nintendo ‘toad’ hat and a fairy dress I sewed for Leo and Sofia. I also attempted sewing a cosplay outfit…and that will be revealed shortly too. Please come back and check out the new entries!

E x

On the 1st November, ‘The race that stops the nation’, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day will take place and Australians celebrate the day by either wearing a hat, fascinator in the hair or wearing their favourite frock. For Australian work places this is the only day in the year that it is actually considered taboo if you do not place a bet on your favourite horse for the Melbourne Cup. Fortunately, the Melbournians receive a day off work, and the rest of the country group together by ordering catering, turning on the radios and their tvs, gossip about the fashion on the field and punt on which horse will win the race. 

If you are heading down to Flemington Race Course to see all the action. Here are some staple beauty items that I can recommend to ensure your look is preserved through all the champagne drinking, finger food munching, cheek-to-cheek air kisses that is all necessary on Cup Day.

Benefit Pocket Pal - lip/cheek stain & clear gloss

Benefit One Hot Minute - sexy in seconds face powder

Wearing a dress is an absolute must unless you have a gorgeous Calvin Klein pantsuit locked away. Dressing up for the races should be glamorous, fun and bold. If you want to wear a statement dress, this is the occasion to do it. However, make sure it is a dress that won’t trip you up, will not need be adjusted every 10 seconds or constrict your body until you are unable to breathe by the end of the day. Remember…Comfortable trumps passing out on the lawn!

Miss Selfridge Red 1 Shoulder Corsage Dress

Manhattanite Voom Elle Tube Dress in White and Black

Miss Selfridge Petites Embellished Halter Dress

The smaller the bag the better, as you will be competing with other race goers for space. You need a compact little hand bag that can hold your lippie for quick touch-ups for when you spot that hot guy, breath mints which you will need after those champagnes, a digital camera for those happy snaps and a purse-sized perfume to freshen up. Clutches or a small cross body bag are perfect for this occasion. 


Miss Selfridge Colourblock Clutch 

Miss Selfridge Cream Horse X Body Bag

You will want to choose a pretty little heel, however choose one that can make you feel ‘relaxed enough’ to survive the whole day.  If a ‘comfortable’ heel is not possible, protect your feet with blister-proof band aids and feet cushions to minimise feet torture. You can always invest in some plain fold-away ballet flats that fit in your purse to pull out at the end of the day when it gets all ‘too much’. Bare feet is not an option…you don’t want to know what your feet will be subjected to if you do! 

Miss Selfridge LO Double Corsage Shoe   

Miss Selfridge GARLAND Glitter Platform

And of course accessorise with a hat or fascinator, there are some really unique millinery pieces out there. Or you could even make your own. Pair together with gorgeous earrings, a necklace and bracelet…what ever takes your fancy. It is meant to be fun, so play around with your look and don’t take these tips too seriously :) Most important tip of all, is to have fun on the day where ever you are!

Miss Selfridge 3 Soft Flower Aliceband

Miss Selfridge Mixed Flowers Headband

'Stephanie' head piece from the 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' collection of Jessica Beattie Millinery. I love the combination of red and white in this photo. 

What are some of your tips for Race Day? Please share in the comments section below.

E-von x

The sudden Perth sunshine is quite inspiring! So much so that I wish to get out of these layers way before the temperature has warmed up and wear something light and casual. In reality, I would just freeze my bum off. Miss Selfridge has some fun pieces that are easy to throw on to create that down to earth, cool chick look. Here are some of my favourite picks for the upcoming Spring 2011 season…

Camel Floppy Hat

Denim Pintuck Shirt Dress

Broidery Anglaise Dress

AGNES Black Leather Biker Boot

Neon Coloured Multipack

You say floppy hat, denim, neon and biker boots! This sounds like an outrageous combination but with soft girly touches and add a bit of ‘kick arse’ boots, you will be guranteed a Spring in your step.

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