It’s been an age. I’m not a good blogger, I clearly was not born to do this. So I’ll not apologise for the gap between posts. That’s just me.
Anyhoo. 2013 was supposed to be a calm and cheerful experience that went wrong in pretty much the first week of the year and didn’t really get much better. I would love to write a post about those experiences, but I don’t feel that I can. It’s not that sort of blog. However, things are back on the straight and narrow, so I’m back on the craft and baking bandwagon.
It’s very likely that if you’re into sewing you’ve been watching The Great British Sewing Bee (Patrick Grant – hubba and also hubba). This guilt tripped me into dusting off the sewing machine and to shop for some pretty fabric. I decided that with the promise of some sunny weather and a summer holiday booked I should really make a dress (but of course!). I chose a pattern from Prima, simple, easy to follow, nothing drastic.
A trip to the Grainger Market in Newcastle followed, good range of fabrics at embarrassingly reasonable prices compared to John Lewis and Cath Kidston around the corner. Well worth a visit. All told, it cost around £15 to make. Only 2 metres of fabric required and a 55cm zip.
You could probably make this dress in a day, it took me a week or so, doing a little here and there. I’m pretty happy with the result, I’ll make it again but with modifications. I’ll opt for a square neckline, as that’s more flattering on my large bust and make the sleeves a little longer and a bit more ‘puffy’, probably with a little cuff.
Last year I won a purse from the lovely Whitney Sews (find her on YouTube under aglanceatmyworld) she was kind enough to send me a length of pretty lace edging that matched the colours in the fabric of this project, so I added this to the hem of the dress.
How would I wear it? Well, it’s a very simple shape, so it can look ‘smocky’, not a good look on me, I’ll definitely wear this with a belt and in this fabric it’s so girly (with an almost little house on the prairie type feel, don’t ask, the idea just popped in there and now it won’t leave) that it needs something not girly to go with it. Im thinking my sort-of-like-cowboy-boots-but-girlier-than-that boots.
As I said, I’ll be making this again. I imagine it’ll look quite different depending on the fabric. The skirt will be very swishy in a silk or jersey. And I’ve got my eye on a polka dot pattern light cotton. Possibilities are endless with this one. Very wearable and easily modified.