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Style in the past …

As I haven’t had a chance to sew for over a week now, I thought I’d smuggle a dress that I made years ago into this blog just for old times sake …

On a visit to Brighton many moons ago, I came across the very lovely Get Cutie in Kensington Gardens where I fell in love with a dress (as you do). Sadly it didn’t fit and I was so disappointed, I thought I’d try and make one. Not a direct copy (I should point that out!) but their dress certainly inspired me, in fact they inspired me! I’d never actually made a dress from a pattern before and I do believe this was the start of something that was going to be big in my life (even though I’d wait a few years to do it again!).


The style of the dress was great, but what I really loved was the fabric and I eventually found some on ebay.


Next, I needed a pattern similar to Get Cutie’s version and this was an exceptionally lucky find in a charity shop. It’s Style 1047, a very flattering shape and pretty easy to follow, I’d highly recommend this one if you can find it.



I wore this dress just the once, to a brilliant New Years Eve party where much alcohol was consumed and I remember feeling very happy in it. My lovely friend slurred to everyone we talked to that I’d made it and I got lots of oohs and ahhs …

But, I never wore it again!

I tried it on last week and realised with a smile that I’ve actually improved my dress making skills! The zip insertion is a bit (ahem) rustic and the bust just a wee bit shapeless (or is that just me), things I wouldn’t put up with now!

To be honest it’s not really ‘me’ anymore anyway and I think it faded a bit when I washed it after that party. It now lives in a suitcase in a cupboard with the other things I don’t wear but can’t get rid of because I made them!

Last year I tried on another dress in Get Cutie and as my bust was as shapeless as ever, that didn’t fit either. After weeks of not being able to find the fabric anywhere, I rang the lovely GC people and they kindly sent me three metres for a very reasonable sum. I’m not sure I’ll use the same pattern when I eventually get around to making something, but I know my zip insertion will be better!


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Here I am …

My goodness, I’m feeling guilty about not writing this blog. I feel like I can’t write anything of any interest at the moment. I’m not sewing or making anything much and since the summer holidays of relaxed, amazing calmness, it’s all back to normal (gosh, the summer was a long time ago). Normal is good, but I just feel so uninspired and tired all the time.

This past couple of months, I have found my bag of crochet that I started almost two years ago. I tried to get started again but have completely forgotten how to do it! I will have to do a youtube search…

I have ordered some lovely fabric from Get Cutie in Brighton for a little project and it is sitting in a bag waiting for the day I feel confident enough to cut into it.

And… I have looked at lots of lovely blogs and instead of feeling inspired I just feel a bit jealous! It’s all down to me I know. I have to pick myself up and stop feeling sorry for myself. Is this a mid life crisis?

But, I have started doing some exercise and that makes me feel better. I have started to look at my lovely teens and realise that it is a good thing that they no longer need my constant attention (I miss their ‘small’ days so, so much) and I do know I am extremely lucky with the life I have and should ‘snap out of it’ as my dad would say.

So, I will try and start writing this blog on a more regular basis and hopefully the creative streak will rise again.

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