Sunday, December 6, 2015

BVM Christmas Lunch & Lines in the Sand

On Saturday I had a Christmas Luncheon for our Brisbane Vintage Mafia group.  
I thought that we couldn't end the year without another excuse to get all frocked up and sink a tubload of wine, champers & coffee! 
I chose the venue of The Waterloo Hotel at Newstead. The hotel was built in 1937 and was restored a couple of years back. It is a lovely art deco styled bar & restaurant but most importantly, it is air conditioned!!

OF COURSE another event calls for another frock to sew!!! 
I found some nice fabric in the quilting fabric at the Lincraft 40% sale and set about making Vintage Vogue pattern V8789.  

I changed it slightly by having a 1/2 circle skirt instead of the super full skirt and I also added front patch pockets. This is another pattern that I will add to my 'favorites' list.
It was very very easy to make!  The only problem was that the facings didn't really sit all that well.  
Next time I make it, I think I will either line the bodice or interface the facings.
Other than that, it was great and I think the V-neck is very flattering.

It was a really lovely lunch.  I thought the venue was great and the prices pretty reasonable.
Everybody has a wonderful time chatting & eating & doing our Secret Santa.
I feel truly blessed to be a part of this community of dames that are not only incredibly stylish & fabulous but are also the funniest, caring, thoughtful women you could meet.

Susanne - our BVM unofficial photographer.


Sunday morning hubby announces that he has a surprise for me.  
My cousin Chelsea (who was staying the night) and myself were instructed to go and have a coffee somewhere while he prepared said surprise.
Normally, I am almost freakishly psychic when it comes to guessing presents & surprises but this one really had me  frustratingly stumped.
Soon we get a text that we are GO and are told to come down to the waterfront at Sandgate.

My amazing awesome husband had...


What the heck is a Labyrinth? 

Well besides a fantastic movie made in the eighties a labyrinth is:

A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation.   
One can think of labyrinths as symbolic of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment.   Modern labyrinths to help you achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind

In simple terms, it is a path that you walk. Normally circular.  It's not like a maze as it has no dead ends. You finish where you started.
It is like a form of meditation.
For more information about them go to :

Ever since I saw a show about a lady who was building one in a park I have been fascinated by them.
They cross all religions & faiths but their origins are hazy.   
One of my goals for 2016 was to walk one and here my husband had made me the most glorious one on the waterline.    And so I walked it.
It was just beautiful.  I focused on my breathing and on the feel of the sun on my face & the wind and the sounds of the water & birds around me.

It was just wonderful and it got me a bit teary with happiness.

It was such a beautiful gift.

Afterwards we stood way back to see if any other people would feel inclined to walk it.
Some people walked it, some ran it and some just looked at it a bit freaked out that it was some sort of alien crop circle thing.
I cannot wait to walk some other labyrinths and I particularly want to do the one at St John's Cathedral in the city which looks incredibly beautiful.

What a great weekend.

1 comment:

  1. I also made that vogue pattern. I changed it to a back zip (so I could have side seam pockets). I found the self neck facing fine, but you're right about the armhole facings. They always pull strangely. Next time I'm thinking of just doing a narrow hem on the armhole edge!