There’s nothing quite like a challenge to get the sewing and blogging juices flowing. More so when it’s raising money for a very worthy charity.
This year for the BIG Vintage Sewalong there’s 20 patterns from Retro Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue to choose from.
A donation from every sale will be made to The Eve Appeal – a charity rising awareness and funding research in the 5 gynaecological cancers. Last year over £8000 was raised for the same charity through sales of the Walkaway Dress!
I drooled over almost every pattern, but my final choice was influenced by an invititaiton to my niece’s wedding in September. As I usually have to make 2 or 3 muslins I wanted this dress to be something special, rather than something to be just worn once then stuck at the back of the wardrobe.
I love the tea dress look and the nipped waist, but short of wearing a ridiulously tight corset a nipped in waist is out of the question.
Vogue 9082 grabbed me the most, and as it was slim fitting it wouldn’t require oodles of fabric. Meaning I could splash out on the price per metre!
Here’s how it’s descibed on the vogue website……
Lined jacket has collar, slightly, shaped front hemline, elbow-length dolman sleeves and front bound-button closure. Top has notched front hemline, short dolman sleeves and scoop neckline. A, B: Semi-fitted. Dress has shoulder straps, fitted bodice and lined, front pleated skirt. A, B, C: French darts. B, C: Side zipper.
I was sold!
I loved how the notched top gave the shoulders a little modesty which would be needed during the ceremony. And the jacket – how the sleeves finished level with the waist.
The wedding isn’t until the beginning of September, but last Saturday we were invited to Ripon Races where a new frock was in order. So I decided to make up the dress and see if I felt comfortable in it before I made it up for the BIG day.
Understatement of the year!!
I felt a million dollars!!
After 3 muslins of the bodice I’d gotten the fit fairly spot on, which made me look like I’d lost another 7 pounds! It’s amazing what a well fitted dress can do!
I’ll cut the fitting process and save that for later, I’m too excited and need to show you my favourite new frock!
Don’t you just love the shoes!? These are my sister’s and went perfectly with the dress!
Yay for Pattern matching!!!
(ignore the escess fabric – just when you think you’ve fot the fit spot on!)
Still smiling despite only choosing one winner out of 7 races!
What a car! Shame it wasn’t a Vintage Rolls Royce for the photo.
An embaressing moment for the hubby when i asked a complete stranger to take a photo!
I’ll save the fitting process for another post, don’t want to bombard you too much! But before I go, in case you’re wondering where I found this gem of a fabric here’s how it started off………….
I’d nipped down to Dewsbury to collect a parcel for Del from Fabworks (it’s on it way soon I promise – I’ve been adding to it!) and to look for some fabric for THE dress. (I’d already done the muslins at this point.) Then I got a lovely surpise (thankyou Del!) and had a reduction in my bill when I got to the til :-0!
I wasn’t sure which was the right side of the fabric……….
But thought I’d decide which I preffered when I came to cutting out.
By chance I snipped away at some of the netting which was appliqued onto the fabric….
And then this – the front bodice piece
Turned in to this…..
I then had to painstakingly snip away at every flower, every leaf and every stem.
My arms were aching more than after a Body Pump class! The fabric went everywhere with me for a week, and finally the day before the Races I was ready to sew it together!
Like most of us who sew, it usually down to the last minute. I was still sewing the hem in the last hour before we left!
Fancy joining in??
There’s even a tea party near you where you can wear your new frock.
Check out the Big Vintage Sewalong Event Calender to see what’s happening near you! I’m hoping to make it to the Afternoon Tea at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate in Novemeber. Fingers crossed I might even see you there! I won’t be turning up in a Rolls Royce though!