Friday, August 28, 2009

Make do and mend

Well, tomorrow I start my 3 day P/P tailoring workshop where I will add another fitted jacket to my collection! I'm really looking forward to improving my sewing skills and having 3 childfree sewing days is a luxury of my wildest dreams. (OK, it may not be my wildest dreams but parenthood has a way of tempering fantasy)

I never got round to my basics this month what with one thing and another but it's a theme I'm keen to return to, but first some unfinished business: here is a pile of projects I label "near successes" - with a little bit of reworking I'm sure I can pull off something I am much happier wearing.

You may be able to recognise the shirt dress in there - it's the ruffle people, I just don't like it, was I channeling holly hobby?

I still love the fabric, but I need to make something I feel comfortable in, literally.


  1. I know just what you mean about the ruffle, because I'm not a ruffle person either. Personally, I'd just take all the fullness out of the ruffle and sew it back on as though it were an extension of the dress. Then I'd sew that trim back on over the seam to hide it. (I did that once on a bridesmaid's dress when I was sent some dodgy measurements and the skirt was too short. The MOB told me later that many people commented on the ribbon being a great design feature!) But that's just my opinion. I'd sure try and salvage that gorgeous silk by any means.

  2. I like the vintage feel of your dress, although I'm not a fan of the ruffle skirt. I'd personally ditch the ruffle and shorten the dress to a tunic length and wear it with jeans. Enjoy your tailoring course!

  3. Well, I like the shirt dress. I think youre right about losing some of the frou from the frou frou, but I have to say I think this is a great combination of pattern, fabric, and style.

    By the way, this week I made some fabulous marmalade and I would like to have a quick skite about that.

    Thank you.

  4. Somehow I missed your last I too late...don't take to it too drastically with the scissors because you look great...very modern, very fresh...frills and all. Give yourself a few days to get used to the look. Maybe your wardrobe could do with just a dash of Holly Hobby.

  5. You have a great blog. I'd love for you to come and visit my blog. I just made a Vintage Vogue Original 1944 Design, V2858. On the previous page you'll find a dress I made from an original 1974 pattern that I found in an antique store. I call that post The Lady in Lavender. And lots of other things in between. Hope you enjoy.

  6. Mary Anna, I am not generally a ruffle-at-hem gal myself, and so in the end I would support the removal of the ruffle. More so, though, I think I would prefer the dress at non-ruffled LENGTH, too.

    What a great opportunity, this workshop! Can't wait to find out all the secrets to the universe you will learn.

  7. Do you have scraps left for the bonnet? And you'll always find a sheep in NZ. Seriously though I like the dress.

  8. Miriam and I decided over the weekend when she was staying with the twins that we loved this dress exactly as is where is. Thaks for having Rosie to stay.

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