Melbourne magic

January 06, 2018

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I hopped over to Melbourne recently for the most amazing weekend with some lovely ladies from blog land. This was a whirlwind trip, as Simon (who was surprisingly happy to join in on all the sew-ist activities) and I ran around town over a weekend, catching up with sewing peeps and trying to soak in as much as possible that this incredible city has to offer: Food, street art, coffee, galleries, did I say food?

Leisl and julia

We started our adventures with Leisl from Jorth and Julia from Julia Bobbin and her charming young man, Harry. These two lovely ladies are so full of smiles and laughter. We chatted about dream projects and aspirations. It was so great to have a little creative pow-wow and such an awesome start to the weekend!

The following day, TJ from The Perfect Nose planned a beautiful meet-up filled to the brim with gallery exhibitions, local thrills, and AMAZING food! This girl blows me away with how much she manages to fit into a day!!! I was surprised to learn that she organizes a meet up on a weekly basis, so if you're even in Melbourne, get in touch and join in. Your feet will hate you, but you'll go to bed full of inspiration.

Melbourne sewist meetup

A rare stop on our action-packed day

Gallery of Victoria

First, we visited a beautiful Art Deco Exhibit at the National Gallery. The show featured a large body of work by Edward Steichen, whose images revolutionized fashion photography. This photo collection was epic, and I wish I could share them all here, but google him if you'd like to go on your photo adventure.

Art deco fashion images

Also on display was a gorgeous collection of deco dresses. Here's a tiny peek...

Art deco fashion

Art deco fashion

Art deco fashion

Art deco fashion

It was such a treat to get a close look at these pieces and to see some of the techniques used in finishing them. It was torture not being able to touch them!

And then some around town galavanting for fabric, magazine, and chocolate...

Fabric shopping in Melbourne

I wish I had a good reason to buy this $300/m silk lace, but the chocolate serves as a decent backup.

An assortment of chocolate

Chocolate display

Afterwards, we ran around the Ian Potter Gallery. 

Ian Potter gallery

This place made my jaw drop! There was a small textile exhibition by the artist, Michael O'Connell who created linocut textile prints. We also spotted a couple of pieces by the local designer, Toni Maticevski.


dresses on display at the gallery
Toni Maticevski

Art gallery

Michael O'Connel textiles

Michael O'Connel textiles

Michael O'Connel textiles

Michael O'Connell

Then it was off the Designing 007, 50 years of Bond style exhibit. Unfortunately, I ran out of sneaky picture taking energy, so this car will have to suffice, but isn't it gorgeous!? You can imagine by this point how we were all ready to pass out!

James Bond car

So dinner was well deserved!!! We stopped by Cookie, and we were all drooling by the time we got there. Sky high daiquiris, incredible food, doily placemats, Gaaa!!!

Cookie restaurant Melbourne

Cookie restaurant Melbourne

Cookie restaurant Melbourne

Cookie restaurant Melbourne

TJ from the perfect nose
TJ, meet up planning master!

Yoshimi from The Flying Squirrel blog
Yoshimi, who joined us all the way from Japan!

Cooke restaurant in Melbourne
I'm thinking of you Oona!

Cookie restaurant in Melbourne

That night, I had a happy tummy, and my head was swimming with visions of beautiful dresses.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our trip to Melbourne so incredible. I can't wait to come back and explore some more, we'll be back!



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