Saturday, 11 August 2012

Promaballoona - how it happened

Well in the end it was a very jazzglamorous evening!

We started out at the Fortune of War pub, for jazz courtesy of moi.

Last Sunday, not only were we celebrating Oona's birthday, but also the birthday of ol' Satchmo, with the 2nd annual "Oh Yeah Day".   We got plenty of "Oh Yeahs" and even a tear or 2 from an audience member when we performed "What a Wonderful World" with special guests Virginia and Daniel.   (I hope to have a video to share of some of the tunes soon.)

We met an ever-so-handsome and talented photographer, who kindly took these awesomesauce pics of Natalie, moi, Manisha, and Laurel.  And did our cups not runneth over with attention in town for how delish we all looked?

I had hoped to go to Stitch Bar after the show to start off our night, but it turns out they don't open Sunday evenings, bah.  Never mind, 4 is the perfect number to jump in a cab and wing it over to the Wine Library for a bit of indulgence.

So Oona, even though I'm the only sewist in this little group, we all subscribe to the "dressed up?  I always look this good!" philosophy, so that makes us Team Oona.  So we had a few drinks for you, a bit of a boogie afterwards elsewhere, and a good time was had by all.  

Serendipitously, the next morning as I was running around town for work, I ran into my old prom date Chris, and made plans to catch up for lunch or beers soon, celebrations all round!!!

Next up, my birthday, yay!  And maybe some sewing.   Actually I can say definitely some sewing.

Happy Birthday Oona!

Saturday, 4 August 2012


My poor, poor, neglected blog.  It's not that I haven't been sewing or having adventures, I truly have.  I keep meaning to post something, it's just such a trial uploading photos and thinking of something witty to say.  I really take my hat off to you gals who manage to do it so regularly.

Anyway, off with my hat and on with my curlers, for I am off to Promaballoona tomorrow night!!!  The Sydney sessions of Promaballoona, that is.  I sure hope there is room in the limo for moi!  If there are limo points for effort in posting, I might have a chance.  Having hunted for the very old photographs of my prom, I am getting no love from my scanner.  Undaunted, I've taken digital photos of the prints.  So, apologies, the pics are a bit lame, but all the better for not looking too hard at my dress.

I had not one, but two dates to my year 12 formal (Australian for Prom).  Diamando, and Chris.  Diamando is gorgeous in a dress made by her mum, Chris very handsome and ever so tall.  I'm happy to say that almost 20 years later, he is still a mate.

I really can't remember many of the details of the night, and not because I had too many wines either.  It's just too long ago for my poor old memory.  I don't think my group had a limo.  We may have caught a train.

But, I did make my dress.  I vaguely remember it was a vogue designer pattern, and I'd made a complete hack job  of it by the end, but it was blue and it stayed on for the night.  I recently unearthed the dress while decluttering, but when I tried to find it today to take pictures wearing it, (yes it still fits, albeit as poorly as it did then) but without completely turning my bedroom, sewing room and garage upside down, I don't like my chances of getting my hands on it today.

Unfortunately, I've been too low on sewing time to make a dress for Promaballoona, so I'm grateful for the permission to just wear something from my closet (it is also blue).  I'll be joined by the beautiful Laurel and the stunning TeaLou.  I wish my sewing pal, the wonderful Lucinda could join us as well but I think she's at another event interstate this weekend.  But I believe it's a dance, so it qualifies as joining in.

I will try try try to take loads of pics tomorrow evening and post them on Monday (which is still Sunday in LA, so I make the deadline!)