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Saturday, November 15, 2014

RANDOM SEWING PATTERNS II


The following is just a few patterns and pattern companies I appreciate. If drafting patterns seem a bit daunting then check the following links.



One of my favourite shops and blogs for sewing: Tessuti Blog. Always women's clothes but great in-house patterns, some free. Possibly the best place to buy fabrics in Sydney, Australia. 



An excellent hat pattern (for kids but can be scaled up) from my fav blogger, Peter over at Male Pattern Boldness. You MUST know Peter's blog! Such a sweet guy and very generous with his information.




Heres another pattern- full size from KitchBitch. Even better, she uses old jeans to give the hat a unique look. Check it out. 



I love looking at vintage patterns but have only made one or two things using old patterns. If you love vintage clothes or making something for the theatre or re-enactments check out Kannickskorner. I thought this waistcoat was exceptional.



A blast from the 80's past: dungarees from Modelista. These have ben going in and out of fashion for 100 years or so. These look super easy to draft if you have a basic pant pattern to start with. These always remind me of Dexys Midnight Runners. Come on! Don't leave me looking old! You do remember them don't you? 




Russian folk costumes? Now these really rock! Have a look at the site. Great for the more experienced pattern drafter.



If you wanted to buy a menswear pattern then don't go past Thread Theory. You can even buy all the notions and fabric in one pack. Amazing! Great looking patterns and the packaging is so cool. 




One the same page, you can't overlook Hot Patterns. These patterns give the big name brands something to be fearful of. For too long those 'Big Three' have dominated the home sewing pattern world. Not any more!
This shirt looks great with exceptional detail. 

For menswear pattern making I recommend Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear. 


I always get asked about my patterns and I will share some more soon. 

One final word: Patterns and sewing is like cooking: initially you may use a cake mix but eventually that is not going to cut it. You will want to make a cake from scratch, not follow a recipe or make your own patterns. It really isn't that hard. Like all good things it is worth learning if you want to make your own unique pieces. There are plenty of cookbooks and pattern making books worth exploring. 

Check my other post: Random sewing patterns for more patterns and my Free Patterns page.

Happy sewing!

Friday, November 14, 2014

GRAPHICAL ART ATTACK


While in the manic sorting and throwing stuff into boxes phase of moving house, I came across some art I did many years ago. 

It's always nice to look back on older work. To think about where you were and the time and also how you would tackle the work now.

Being a person who loves reclaiming and recycling, I'm thinking these are going to be born again some how. Perhaps laser printed on fabric? Not too sure yet but it was nice dusting these off and giving them an airing.


Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials
Yes, that's Denise and I.

Seven years races past but I still love the strong graphic nature of these pieces. At the time I was stencilling (in the street) but then started using the old stencils themselves in art.


Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials


These are all around A3 size and made of old stencils, discarded sign-writer materials and reclaimed plastic sheeting.  


Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials


Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials
Yes, that's Denise and I.

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Don Urban- graphical art from reclaimed materials

Better get back to packing boxes now. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW CAMERA, NEW PHOTOGRAPHY


After months of research I lashed out and bought a new camera. My choice was a FUJIFILM X-E1. Stunning image quality, vintage styling, Japanese built quality. Highly recommended camera and my second Fujifilm camera.

Having a good camera does not make you a better photographer. Perhaps it makes you a more confident photographer, knowing you can pull of a shot. A new, good camera can inject a bit of enthusiasm into your photography.

I almost always shoot in aperture priority mode, allowing the camera to adjust the shutter speed- it is an efficient and effective way to shoot. In a way, I shoot like I am using a film camera- frame the shot, take one or two shots and move on.

All photos were processed in Perfect B&W. This is great software for giving photos that extra shine.

This is what I have been shooting this past month or so. I hope you enjoy.

URBANDON photography
Cages

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Expired piano

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Fractured self portrait

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Alone

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Puppet

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Reflections

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Clarrisse
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Laneway
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Bruce (our sweet dog)

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Market dog