Right, do you want the good news or the bad news first? I’ll start with the bad so that we can end on a happy note 🙂 (clears throat) So basically I broke my stash busting pledge. I bought the fabric for this dress. I would hang my head in shame, but actually when you delve a bit deeper, it isn’t the worst law break ever. I have been sticking to my current stash since I vowed to – my last 8 or so projects have been from existing stock or re-fashioned garments made by me, so surely one little slip up isn’t that bad. PLUS the fabric is from a second hand pair of curtains – huge things with the colourful floral print on top and the plain blue underneath – all for £3!! I’m sure you can understand how I just couldn’t resist them. There’s so much fabric that they may well go to a few projects in the future, but for now I wanted to turn them into an altered version of Vogue V1102.
I always make the lining first – it’s almost like making a muslin, but I know I’ll use it to make the dress look more professional. Win, win. This was a blessing as heightening the back meant that it didn’t close all the way up, so I added a triangle piece and altered the pattern accordingly. Now it fits like a dream.
I’m torn about this dress. Things I love: the shape, the piping, the low back (although I guess that comes in to the shape), the vintage look and feel when I wear it, the fact that it will be perfect in Hawaii. Not so sure on: the front neckline, the narrowness of the back straps, the fabric.
I also painted my nails using this technique .
We went out for my birthday dinner tonight, which was delicious and this dress allowed for plenty of food baby growth – definite bonus.