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Coral Crazy

9 Jun

Disclaimer: this dress is a year old already ūüėģ

Whoops.

I’m sure you guys know that I have difficulty photographing things. 1 is the weather and 2 is my laziness.

I had a post written up and ready to be published for this dress, I was just waiting on the photos. Alas it didn’t happen and now we’re right back round to summer again!

The good thing is, when you write about something you’ve just made you have no idea on its wearability, really. I can tell you that this dress has been worn to death. Through the winter it’s great to liven up a miserable day (who said you should stick to ‘winter colours’ in December?!) and in the summer it’s so breathable and floaty, more than anything else I own, so I just wear it all the time. I think really what I’m saying is I need to make more summer dresses- right?

The fabric is from Fabricland which I bought for £2.50 a metre.  £2.50!! I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I love textured fabric so I just ordered it.

Eventually I decided to go with a bow back dress. I used Simplicity 1803 (again!!) and then just drafted a bow like I did for my Hen Do Dress

I lined the bodice in a peach-y cotton I already had but I didn’t have enough to line the skirt. Big whoopsie- it’s quite see-through. I can’t wear this without tights/leggings¬†which is a shame because it’s quite a summery dress.¬†I’ll have to make myself a slip.

Unfortunately, over time, the bow has become a sad droopy thing. The fabric is quite thin so I should’ve interfaced it really so it retained some of its poof. I’ve still got some of this fabric left so I could, theoretically, make another bow but I really can’t be arsed with that.

The good news is I now own a complete coral outfit.

Too much?

 

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Drapey Crepey

12 Oct

It’s the same old, same old. Plenty of makes, no pictures! I forced myself today to photograph everything I’ve made recently so I can blog regularly. It’s always playing on my mind that I must blog but I just hating taking photos of myself! It took me over 2 hours to photograph everything so be prepared for plenty of posts!

First up is this red number.

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I made it for my hen do so we’re talking way behind on the blogging! (June FYI) Because it was for my hen do I splashed out on the fabric – a whole ¬£7 a metre! It’s seriously lovely though; ¬†crepe-backed silk/silk-backed crepe. This has started a whole new love affair with crepe for me and I’m looking to make everything from crepe! I love the way it drapes, it’s got fullness to it without being too heavy and the silk lining with literally zero effort is a definite win for me!

Oh wait, you still think it’s a boring dress….

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Oh yeah! That’s a bow at the back, a great, big, massive bow.

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The dress was self-drafted but pretty simple. Just a darted bodice and a pleated skirt. ¬†The bow was just a rectangle I squidged together in the middle and tacked down on the dress. The fabric’s quite stretchy so there’s no zip, it just pulls on which was fantastic for coming home after a hen do… ūüėČ

I found those AWESOME shoes

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and knew I had to make a dress that would go with them. Would you believe me if I told you they were a fiver?!

chinelo bally

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