I woke up on Easter Sunday to discover that everyone else had plans, what luck! I could lock myself in my sewing room, get lost in Hancock’s Half Hour and the Seventh Dimension on Radio 4 Extra, eat chocolate, drink tea and make a dress, wow!
For me there was really only one pattern to use, it’s the one I was wearing the day I met Roisin at the London Meet-Up last year and this is my seventh (yes sorry about that) incarnation. After eye-balling each other at the tube station on our way, (to be fair she was probably thinking ‘why the hell is that weirdo staring at me’) she delivered the infamous one liner … “Is that a Simplicity 2444?”. Say no more, I liked her and this was the pattern to use.
My fabric choice was decided by the zip and thread that I had to hand, but actually after worrying (again) about cutting into my vintage treasure, I’m happy to have used this. It’s a 1970s Sanderson medium weight upholstery cotton (Renishaw) and I found it in Oxfam a couple of months ago (£4!!). Red, pink and orange together, oh my goodness, I LOVE it!
Pattern matching was
a bit very tricky. It wasn’t too bad on the side seams and the front bodice was pretty symmetrical too, in fact I spent quite a bit of time getting that right. It’s a shame I didn’t pay as much attention to the back though as I completely cocked up here …
Oh my goodness, when I realised how ‘off’ I was, I almost cried! Nothing left to rectify it with and that responsibility of using rare bit of fabric was all a bit much. A barrage of expletives followed by another bar of Galaxy sort of helped but then I remembered reading that Roisin swears by a) the fact that if you’re wearing it you can’t see it and b) a nice cropped cardi solves a multitude of sins (so damn wise) and this made me feel a whole lot better!
I hand stitched the hem whilst watching Country File (it should have been Alan Partridge I know, but I didn’t think about it until it was too late). A new dress made, an entire Easter egg set (egg plus two bars) devoured and a bath taken, all in time for Fargo (I’m not sure I like it as much as the film in my humble opinion, but hey ho), a perfect day!
Right here follows lots of Dolly inspired photos … I’m afraid that the front door is straight onto the road and I’m not keen on being looked at, so the back door it was …
All in all, I’m so pleased I made this dress. I’ve always loved this Simplicity pattern and making it with such a gem of a charity shop find makes it all the more special. If I hadn’t taken part in this contest the fabric would have eventually become a couple of scatter cushions or worse still stayed hidden in a drawer for another forty years. This is much more fun!
Have a wonderful wedding Roisin and Nick, wishing you lots of happiness, a lifetime of funky frocks and an endless supply of classic sit coms! x