Personal Photos from the Katy Perry Witness Tour Concert 2018 in Sydney

Last Friday night a girl friend and I went to the Katy Perry Witness Tour Concert in Sydney Olympic Park, at the Qudos Bank Arena. 

I had booked our seats not exactly realizing they were as close to the stage as what they were... we were only three rows away from the small stage area, so it was pretty exciting to be so close!!! 

Here are a few photos I took with my iPhone from the night... 

 Katy Perry entered the stage on a floating star. Quite fitting really!

Katy Perry entered the stage on a floating star. Quite fitting really!

This concert reminded me of the Kylie Minogue concert I watched years ago, mainly due to the screen behind, and the floating objects that Katy Perry seemed to float in on. It’s still a good thing- I really enjoyed that Kylie show!!! I really enjoyed this one too!!! But I guess nothing particularly surprised me (except for the fact that we were so close, which was awesome!!!).

 Leanne and I during the concert when everyone was lighting the stage up with their phone lights.

Leanne and I during the concert when everyone was lighting the stage up with their phone lights.

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 the dancers are coming out of those dice dots above.

the dancers are coming out of those dice dots above.

Ticket tape exploded from above our heads three times throughout the concert so by the end we were covered in it and so were our bags! 

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I loved the costumes, the background images, the music. It was loads of fun! Definitely a great night out!

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I was very surprised by how many children were in the audience though, I would say some were as young as 6 or 8 years old. I didn’t really realize how many young kids loved Katy Perry!

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I am always in total amazement of every entertainers energy though! The lead star, the dancers- I honestly don’t know how they keep doing it night after night, using up all of that energy and being able to keep going. The show was two hours, and Katy and the dancers had a break here and there but mainly they were constantly going.

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I did expect more people to get dressed up. After all, this is Katy Perry- the queen of kitsch, glitter and colour, right? But hardly anyone did, which was a bit disappointing. However, that of course didn’t stop me! I made sure I wore something very bright, colourful, and out there, and of course, all of my designs! 

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My friend, Leanne likes to wear black to concerts, and these Penelope Red black pants and black top had a bit of colour and glitz too.

All in all, it was a great night out. Katy performed for two hours straight, performing her new album, as well as most of the hits. The two songs that I was missing, “Happy Birthday” and “This is how we do” I would’ve liked to have had them included but it was fine. There were plenty of other hits. 

Also Zedd performed beforehand, and I really like his music too, so I was very happy with the night. 

Returning home was another story!!! City rail needs to up thier game!!! 

My New Workroom: My Sewing Room Renovation.

Recently I renovated my workroom! It has made such an improvement to my daily work life... I had no idea how happy I would be until it was done. I am now so inspired and so much more efficient!

Before the renovation I had this massive industrial cutting table, which took up 70% of the room, even though I only used half of it. The room was a continuous mess since I didn't have a perfect spot for anything...

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Above and below are the before pics... 

 

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The chaos above! 

And now witness my beautiful, organized room below...

 The new smaller cutting table has cupboards underneath to store my fabrics neatly and keep things in smaller boxes. Before I was storing fabrics in very large boxes that were so bad for my back. 

The new smaller cutting table has cupboards underneath to store my fabrics neatly and keep things in smaller boxes. Before I was storing fabrics in very large boxes that were so bad for my back. 

We put hooks on the wall for fabric rolls to be stored on. The old cutting table had space for more fabric rolls. The new table has no fabric roll space- but I think it's rather pretty having the rolls displayed on the wall anyway!

 

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We also added a small shelf on the shorter wall to keep all of my cutting and patternmaking tools together and out of the way when I am using the table. 

 

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Next it was a mission to tame this wild beast above... my wall of fabrics. We managed! And it is now looking beautiful like this:

 

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I had to cut out cardboard for each and every piece of fabric that is on this wall, but it was so worth it. Since they are organized I can now actually fit more! This display is so much more inviting, and I have a feeling there will be a few of my regular customers who will love even more now looking at the fabrics!  

Now I can now invite my tea party customers into the room and show them my wall of fabrics, and all the other fabric and trims I room have bursting at the seams. This makes it a more personalized experience since they can choose the fabric and trim together with my recommendations, and then receive something which is just for them!

 I now have two clothes racks permanently in my room displaying my current collection of designs. Before I never had room for this, so I had to set up a display every time a customer visited.  Now it's so easy! 

I now have two clothes racks permanently in my room displaying my current collection of designs. Before I never had room for this, so I had to set up a display every time a customer visited.  Now it's so easy! 

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Then I needed to worry about my sewing table. I am really happy with this one I found in Officeworks since I love the bamboo top and the white steel frame makes it really sturdy. 

 

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My new sewing table holds both my sewing machine and my overlocker. I can happily sew using both side by side, which makes my life so much easier compared to the set up I had before. 

 

Apparently we also really enjoy our masterfoods mustard!!! All of those red lidded bottles have been collected over the past few years! They have come in handy to hold my odd buttons, small pieces of trim, and I am sure I will find many uses as we collect more.

 

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Eventually I would like to have a few trolley drawer units for each side of my sewing table, rather than the boxes I have pictured here. It will make the smaller items like threads, scissors, machine accessories etc much more easily accessible.

 

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I had a very small wall area that could still be utilized and I knew I could put an IKEA Kallax unit there- it fit perfectly- by about 5cm! I filled the kallax unit mainly with boxes that I then filled with items like orders I am working on, paper patterns etc.

 

 

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And here I am working in my new workroom! It's amazing what a bit of planning, time and a little bit of money can do to a space that was once so cluttered and disorganized! The room itself is very small- only 3metres by 2.5 metres. It's tiny! But living in Sydney means that it's ridiculously expensive to buy a bigger place just for a work room... so I had to use whatever space we had... and I am very pleased with the results! 

 

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I now have a really efficient work room with everything I need in it, and even enough room to swing a cat! I actually have space to move. Thank goodness for that!  

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above, Leanne trying on her custom made coat, and she is my first customer in my new workroom!  

 

 All I need to do now is complete my wall of inspiration and favorite things! This will go above the fabric wall and it's going to the fabulous!!!   So that is it... my sewing room is now such a wonderful space to work in, and I cant wait to create some new designs (I have been sooooooooo busy with orders recently)! 

All I need to do now is complete my wall of inspiration and favorite things! This will go above the fabric wall and it's going to the fabulous!!! 

So that is it... my sewing room is now such a wonderful space to work in, and I cant wait to create some new designs (I have been sooooooooo busy with orders recently)! 

More fantastic vintage finds!

I recently inherited some vintage fabrics, through my husbands Russian family, look at previous posts for that... and now I have inherited a big collection of vintage buttons too!  They are simply amazing! 

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Honestly, getting this treasure trove of buttons is so much more exciting for me than getting an unlimited budget in a jewelry shop! I always say to the hubby, don't buy me jewelry- buy me fabric!! (I have a feeling I am not normal! )

So I can't wait to add them to my coming creations! I definitely will be using some of them on some bolero jackets this coming autumn and winter. I think some skirts and pants and maybe even a few blouses too. If only there were more hours in the day!  

New vintage fabrics added to my collection

I have recently acquired some new-to-me but vintage fabrics. Lots of customers ask me, where do I get my fabrics from? Honestly, it depends which fabric we are talking about, but a lot of my vintage fabrics I inherit when a family member or friend of the family has given up sewing or has passed on. It's a great way to delight and show the person who gave it to me, how much I appreciate the fabrics when I have a finished design to show off to them! 

The below collection of fabrics have come from my Russian in-laws side of the family. They are all vintage Russian fabrics and trims. It's amazing to think that these fabrics have traveled half way across the world a long time ago, and now they will be part of my collection of designs soon! 

 

 I have loads of this fabric. It's a very unique print- something you don't really see in Australia much!  

I have loads of this fabric. It's a very unique print- something you don't really see in Australia much!  

 This fabric looks and feels like a wool crepe and has a beautiful soft drape. I am thinking perhaps a pair of flared pants or a full circle skirt or dress might be on the cards for this!  

This fabric looks and feels like a wool crepe and has a beautiful soft drape. I am thinking perhaps a pair of flared pants or a full circle skirt or dress might be on the cards for this!  

 These are all hand crocheted and I think bobbin-laced collars. Either way they are very intricate and detailed. Perhaps they might look nice on a skirt hem? 

These are all hand crocheted and I think bobbin-laced collars. Either way they are very intricate and detailed. Perhaps they might look nice on a skirt hem? 

Hot off the press! New Designs!

I have a sneak peek at some new designs I just finished yesterday and today!  These designs and all of my current collection of designs will be at The Rocks Markets this weekend, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. I am really looking forward to seeing what people think of these!  

 

 The Pastel Kimono, handmade from a mint green, cream and gold cotton fabric and a vintage pink and gold trim.  

The Pastel Kimono, handmade from a mint green, cream and gold cotton fabric and a vintage pink and gold trim.  

 The Pastel Kimono. I decided to create this since my other Kimono print is extremely bright, and I realize that this brightness isn't always for everyone!  

The Pastel Kimono. I decided to create this since my other Kimono print is extremely bright, and I realize that this brightness isn't always for everyone!  

 A closeup of the Jade Pleated Skirt with A vintage "Venus" Print.  

A closeup of the Jade Pleated Skirt with A vintage "Venus" Print.  

 Detail of the vintage button on the Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. 

Detail of the vintage button on the Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. 

 The finished Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. The t bar is made from a vintage print that features a random squiggle in black and gold on a cream background.  

The finished Brown, Gold and Black Pleated Skirt. The t bar is made from a vintage print that features a random squiggle in black and gold on a cream background.  

More styles will be added to the blog, and the shop online during the week. So stay tuned!  

Nicole's Custom Order Catsuit

Recently I created a custom made blue and white satin catsuit for Nicole. I have known Nicole for a while, and I know that she likes designs with a 70's influence, so once I found this gorgeous print I knew it would look fantastic as a catsuit on her!

 

 

 The blue and white satin fabric has a very retro inspired print. 

The blue and white satin fabric has a very retro inspired print. 

With catsuits I find the fitting to be a bit tricky. Everyone's bodies, i.e. torso area, are completely different in length, and since a catsuit is an all-in-one style you must get the length perfect! 

This particular catsuit style is quite unique, since it is a wrap around style, with a low v neck, a tie around the waist, and a thigh high split! Long kimono style sleeves balance out the design nicely. I dreamed up this design when I was dancing away in a club in Sydney! And ever since, every time I wear my version of this design it makes me feel like dancing! 

The below photos show the catsuit pinned and unfinished. This is what it looked like after the first fitting:

 

 The catsuit done to a stage after the first fitting. All the seams are unfinished at this stage. 

The catsuit done to a stage after the first fitting. All the seams are unfinished at this stage. 

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And here is Nicole all dressed up for her friends wedding!  

 

 Nicole wearing her custom made Penelope Red catsuit!  

Nicole wearing her custom made Penelope Red catsuit!  

 Nicole wearing the catsuit, and her friends, the Grooms.  

Nicole wearing the catsuit, and her friends, the Grooms.  

All I can say is, "Wow!!!" I think she looks absolutely amazing in the design, and I am sure she made a few heads turn... Which is totally what this catsuit is made for!!! 

A catalogue of the Penelope Red Jigsaw Skivvy design

Almost every time I create the Jigsaw Skivvy, I am making a one of a kind or one of a very limited few (usually up to three). This womens jersey knit top features a very unique geometric design on the front, that is cut into seven pieces and has contrasting fabrics and textures on these pieces. Below you can see some of the versions I have created with this style, and just how versatile and unique it can be just by changing the combination of fabrics. 

My regular customers have often said that one of my talents is how I mix colours and print combinations together, as well as how I cut a design up into sections or how I cut the fabric up to create something different each time. So the beauty about this Skivvy or turtleneck design is that it combines all of this! 

I started creating skivvies because I am always cold in winter! I tend to feel it mostly around my neck and shoulders and back, and I wanted to look fashionable, while still being warm and comfortable. Ever since having my little boy and being a mum I also wanted to have something that I could easily wear with jeans in the park, but then it would also look nice going out too.

 

 A skivvy with a black jersey knit body and a contrasting design in red lace, red, blue and green paisley and a red jersey knit.

A skivvy with a black jersey knit body and a contrasting design in red lace, red, blue and green paisley and a red jersey knit.

 A bright blue version of my Jigsaw Skivvy, with a bright blue jersey knit body, and a cream lace, and printed contrast.

A bright blue version of my Jigsaw Skivvy, with a bright blue jersey knit body, and a cream lace, and printed contrast.

 Leanne wears a custom made bright red version of the Jigsaw Skivvy. 

Leanne wears a custom made bright red version of the Jigsaw Skivvy. 

 Leanne wears a one of a kind Pink and printed Skivvy that I designed especially for her. I am thinking I might have to make something similar like this next winter! I am wearing a bright blue and pop art inspired version of the Jigsaw Skivvy. One more copy of this version is available. 

Leanne wears a one of a kind Pink and printed Skivvy that I designed especially for her. I am thinking I might have to make something similar like this next winter! I am wearing a bright blue and pop art inspired version of the Jigsaw Skivvy. One more copy of this version is available. 

 I think the colours and prints on this version of the Jigsaw Skivvy are virtually perfect with each other! One of my favorites!  

I think the colours and prints on this version of the Jigsaw Skivvy are virtually perfect with each other! One of my favorites!  

 A black, white and paisley Jigsaw Skivvy. In this design the black, white and purple is the main focus. There are still many other colours in the design, but the focus is on the three main colours. 

A black, white and paisley Jigsaw Skivvy. In this design the black, white and purple is the main focus. There are still many other colours in the design, but the focus is on the three main colours. 

 A custom order again. The customer wanted some sparkle! So the black triangular piece has sequins on it!  

A custom order again. The customer wanted some sparkle! So the black triangular piece has sequins on it!  

 A black jersey knit Skivvy blouse with contrasting colours and prints of Aqua, purple, white and pink. 

A black jersey knit Skivvy blouse with contrasting colours and prints of Aqua, purple, white and pink. 

 I am wearing my own one of a kind version of this Skivvy design. I love how these colours and prints work so well together but yet are so different!  I am not a big fan of black, so if I make anything black for myself, it needs to have something with a bit of pizzazz! I think this fits the bill!

I am wearing my own one of a kind version of this Skivvy design. I love how these colours and prints work so well together but yet are so different!  I am not a big fan of black, so if I make anything black for myself, it needs to have something with a bit of pizzazz! I think this fits the bill!

 Lorelle wears a Penelope Red Jigsaw Skivvy Turtleneck Top in a black jersey knit with contrasting fabrics in shades of red, orange, brown, black and white. 

Lorelle wears a Penelope Red Jigsaw Skivvy Turtleneck Top in a black jersey knit with contrasting fabrics in shades of red, orange, brown, black and white. 

The photos included are just a small selection of the variety available and what I could possibly create. If you would like your own custom made Jigsaw Skivvy, then please don't hesitate to contact me

A Catalogue of Penelope Red Kimonos

My Penelope Red cotton kimonos are still a big seller, years after I first made the pattern up. I created the pattern draping the fabric and creating the pleats on the dummy. It's the perfect adjustable, wear any where, with anything style. And it suits many different women from young to old, with many different body shapes. 

So here is a collection or a design catalogue of most of my handmade cotton kimonos I have created over the years... It's the perfect way to show you how versatile and how different this style can look when in a different print, or styled a certain way.

 

 The Pink, Black and Orange Coral Kimono was the first copy of the Kimono style I ever created. I loved it so much that I knew I needed to make more! I kept one for myself and still wear it years later, since it is such a great, versatile style.

The Pink, Black and Orange Coral Kimono was the first copy of the Kimono style I ever created. I loved it so much that I knew I needed to make more! I kept one for myself and still wear it years later, since it is such a great, versatile style.

 Kat wears the Kaleidoscope Kimono, handmade from a multi coloured and bright cotton print. This kimono is currently available in the Penelope Red online shop here; http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/the-bright-multi-coloured-kaleidoscope-kimono

Kat wears the Kaleidoscope Kimono, handmade from a multi coloured and bright cotton print. This kimono is currently available in the Penelope Red online shop here; http://www.penelopered.com.au/shop/the-bright-multi-coloured-kaleidoscope-kimono

 I love using vintage trims and braids on my designs. This black polished cotton kimono looks so special because of the vintage trim I used. It is a very unique design, since only three copies of this style were created.

I love using vintage trims and braids on my designs. This black polished cotton kimono looks so special because of the vintage trim I used. It is a very unique design, since only three copies of this style were created.

 Penny wears the Hibiscus Kimono Dress. Yes, this kimono style I have extended the length and made it into a dress. This is a one of a kind design, custom made for Penny.

Penny wears the Hibiscus Kimono Dress. Yes, this kimono style I have extended the length and made it into a dress. This is a one of a kind design, custom made for Penny.

 Penny wearing the Hibiscus Kimono Dress again. This dress features a vintage braid, a yellow and white vintage polka dot print, and the main fabric is a brightly coloured, large floral print. 

Penny wearing the Hibiscus Kimono Dress again. This dress features a vintage braid, a yellow and white vintage polka dot print, and the main fabric is a brightly coloured, large floral print. 

 Leanne wears another one of a kind custom order kimono. Leanne wanted an evening version of the kimono, so we chose this vintage bright green silk.

Leanne wears another one of a kind custom order kimono. Leanne wanted an evening version of the kimono, so we chose this vintage bright green silk.

 Here I am wearing the Coral Kimono in Melbourne, tucked into a pencil skirt. I always receive comments on this outfit!

Here I am wearing the Coral Kimono in Melbourne, tucked into a pencil skirt. I always receive comments on this outfit!

 Another one of a kind, created from a vintage cotton print of flowers and birds, vintage braid, and vintage silk. One of my favourites!

Another one of a kind, created from a vintage cotton print of flowers and birds, vintage braid, and vintage silk. One of my favourites!

 Black and White Kimono Dress, a one of a kind style, handmade from a vintage cotton.

Black and White Kimono Dress, a one of a kind style, handmade from a vintage cotton.

 Kiran wears the Kaleidoscope Kimono again. 

Kiran wears the Kaleidoscope Kimono again. 

 Candice is wearing the Hibiscus Kimono, a one of a kind design. 

Candice is wearing the Hibiscus Kimono, a one of a kind design.