Friday, 24 January 2014

Dorothy Was A Pin-Up Girl / Portraits Génétiques

Top is DIY | skirt is DIY | headband is DIY | shoes are from Yeswalker

Remember my pink top from my last post? I made one in blue as well, but this time I made it look like a dress by pairing it with my gingham circle skirt made from the same fabric. I'm definitely going to make a proper dress using this style pattern after seeing how well it worked - though I think I'd make the skirt longer and even more voluminous, so it's super-dooper 50s! I went a bit nuts looking through fabric the other day, and I am dreaming of making such a style dress in this pastel ice-cream fabric. I just need to get my hands on some US dollars first so that I can buy it, as the australian dollar is currently rubbish (Hey! Want to sponsor my blog to help me buy it?? Shameless plug? :D)

Soooo I also somehow also reached 300 youtube subscribers and I guess that means I need to get moving on making another tutorial. I actually have one all planned to post tomorrow! Guess what the tutorial is about - it's a ubiquitous item of clothing commonly worn on the lower 1/8th of the body (although sometimes it's worn on the hand and paired with googly-eyes). Can you guess what it might be ;)? Subscribe to my channel and keep an eye out for it tomorrow!

Now for some science! If you've been a reader of this blog for a while, you'll know that I am very much interested by biology, and in particular, genetics! You'll also know that I love the merging of scientific concepts with art. Artist Ulric Colette has created these spliced-up portraits to explore both the similarities and differences that genetics creates between two individuals. To do this, Colette seamlessly merges two family members side-by-side into a portrait-style photograph. She compares brothers, sisters, twins, mothers, daughters and fathers. While the combinations can often be quite jarring, they're also extremely compelling.
In the top left photo below, you can see what difference the environment makes on two individuals who are genetically identical - identical twins share 100% of their DNA, and so any differences between them comes from the lives they have lived! In the others three portraits below, you can notice the similarities in genetics between individuals who share 50% of the same genes (this includes siblings, fraternal (non-identical) twins and parents and their children). However, even though these people share 50% of their genes with the other, some look much more alike than others!
See the whole series of photographs here. And a good explanation of the genetics & statistics behind the whole thing is here!

See you all tomorrow!

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  1. Beautiful outfit and all made by you! Wow I wish I had your talent!
    What fabulous portraits too, a really great project by Ulric!

  2. Look at all the clothes you're making! haha. Oh man that ice cream fabric looks adorable. Yes get it and make an awesome dress out of it!

  3. adorable look! I love there red shoes too, and that top pattern you've been using is so cute!
    those portraits are pretty crazy too! the brothers look more similar than i'd expect.
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

    1. I reckon that it's half to do with the fact that they have the exact same hair!

  4. these portraits are really interesting!

  5. Wow I'm impressed. Someday I hope to be able to sew a pinup set as beautiful as this one!

  6. you did a seriously amazing job, loove the top! :) xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

  7. Fabulous dress!

  8. I loved that series of photographs. I'm super into genetics too. I just think it's so cool and interesting!

    Also this outfit is absolutely adorable and perfect. I love that the "dress" is actually separates. You definitely look like a Dorothy pinup and it's super cute.

  9. Oooo, that dress is just so perfect! i love the color!

    xoxo ,


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