Making it up as we go

Top: Chipper Things
Cardigan: Gorman
Skirt: Modcloth
Belt: City Chic
Shoes: Edward Mellor

Unwelcome news this week from my little corner of Melbourne, with my suburb one of the few going back under lockdown.

It’s been tough to have our recently-regained liberty snatched away (no more trips to the zoo or the playground with E, no possibility of seeing friends or family any time soon), but I’m conscious that we’re luckier than some, especially with the news that 3000 tenants in nine public housing towers are facing much more draconian lockdown rules.

E’s been a bit sick lately, so we both had our first COVID-19 test earlier this week. It came back negative thank goodness, but the queues of people waiting outside testing centres was a sobering reminder that we’re definitely not through this.

I’ve been spending my time working, playing with E, learning embroidery, and sewing. Just taking each day as it comes.

I saw this tee during the first lockdown, and it seemed like the perfect mantra for life right now: Making it up as I go. Aren’t we all.

I bought it from Chipper Things, and had it shipped internationally, but if you’re in Australia you can also find it at Owns It (while you’re there check out their ridiculously fabulous jackets). It’s made of a soft tri-blend fabric, and the sizes are fairly generous. I bought the XXL and it fits my (G-cup, bloody breastfeeding) boobs with room to spare.

Women’s Business

Dress: DIY Torrens Box Top Dress Hack with fabric from Ikuntji Artists
Tights: Snag
Boots: Ziera

I’ve been lusting after this amazing fabric for months now, but the push to support Black and First Nations makers was just the kick in the butt I needed to actually buy it.

Designed by Mavis Nampitjinpa Marks for Ikuntji Artists, it’s called “Women’s Business” and depicts the designs traditionally used for body painting during the women’s ceremonial dancing at Mt Liebig.

I used Muna and Broad’s Torrens Box Top hacked for a long-sleeved dress (using the included narrow sleeve option, and just adding several inches to the hem), since I wanted to give the bold art a relatively blank space to speak for itself. The fabric is a linen/tencel blend that has been screen printed by hand. It’s a little stiff where the print has been applied, but the fabric doesn’t crunch or crease – even after spending an afternoon crawling around on the floor with E.

I bought the fabric from Flying Fox Fabrics, a social enterprise who are also donating 20% of their sales in June to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

If you’re a fan of the style but are not a sewer, Magpie Goose offers a similar dress in the same fabric in sizes up to 18.