Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dressmaking.....motivation essential

A month ago I went to the wedding of the Vintage Man Aprons (see previous blog post).
I had planned to make myself a stunning midnight blue lace dress lined in hot pink satin. Using my current favourite pattern the Colette Peony - WOW.

Except it didn't turn out that way. I simply ran out of time, too busy making aprons and I never finished the dress. Instead I decided to wear a lovely blue silk Theory dress, the one that Mr Fabric Godmother calls my fried egg dress because some of the giant pixelated flowers do look a bit like fried eggs.  (Maybe it was just as well as the sun came out on the day of the wedding and the tan lines from the lace dress would have been hysterical.)

So I now have a half finished shell of blue lace hanging longingly on my dressmaking dummy and no reason to finish it. I know I will love it when it is made but to be honest right now I can't be bothered, I mean when am I going to wear something at striking as that, not exactly a Sunday morning coffee dress or suitable for walking on the hills is it? I could substitute the hot pink for a more sombre black or cream, making it slightly more versatile but I think it will kind of loose the impact if I do that.

I already have my next project planned, a pencil skirt in this fabulous wax print cotton, dress it down with a white t shirt or up with an orange top and statement heels, so much more wearable than a Midnight blue and Hot pink lace dress. But I know the minute I remove the lace dress from the dummy it will go into that elephants graveyard of half finished sewing projects and I am not quite yet ready to resign myself to not finishing it.

So here is my plea fellow sewers and dressmakers. Please give me the motivation to finish this, a raison d'etre for the dress. 
If only so I can get started on the pencil skirt before all chance of summer eludes us!

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Copy her style! - Kate Middleton's yellow dress

Kate was recently spotted with her new husband wearing this fabulous Jenny Packham dress

I love the mix of a fitted waist, flared skirt and cute collar, a wonderful mix of playfulness and demure.

If you want to look like a princess choose The Miz Mozelle Dress pattern from Jamie Christina

and to finish off the outfit slip on a pair of Kate's staple nude platform shoes from LK Bennett

Now where was that sunshine?

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Copy her style! - Kendra Wilkinsons blue wrap dress

Want to hit the streets looking hot like Kendra Wilkinson did in NYC this week?

Vogue pattern 8631 features a curved wrap hem just like Kendra's and great news it is one of their Very Easy patterns...
..and the Milano Jersey in Royal is the perfect colour match!

Just add a pair of nude T-bar shoes like these from Next and your ready to stroll.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

11 pretty vintage floral aprons.

DATE: 26th May 2012
THE MISSION: 11 girlie, flowery, vintage style aprons, with BIG bows designed to protect the MEN from the BEEF!
LOCATION: A farm in Herefordshire!

My fabulous friends Mr and Mrs Hunter got married in the beautiful May sunshine last month. The food was served 'family style' with the main course a huge joint of perfectly pink beef to be carved at the table by a nominated guest.

As the Bride was concerned about the gents suits (and wanted a good old belly chuckle at them in florals) she tasked me to make 11 man size vintage pinnys!

Here are the results, everybody loved them and they made a fabulous fun talking point at the dinner tables. I think the men all look rather refined in their aprons!

They did get their back on the bride later though as they bundled her up for a photo shoot!

My favourite bit, the custom made labels, complete with kitty!

If you want to make your own vintage style pinny simply draw round one of your own aprons to get the shape right, I then used a selection of florals, stripes and spots in a simple cotton mix fabric to create a vintage mix and match effect. The custom labels came from Woven Labels.

Happy sewing xxx