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All spots and no trousers …

No trousers today I’m afraid. No matter, there’s still time and I have a rather sweet dress to show off instead.

Yes, I’m very pleased with this (which is why you get the photo of the pattern again). It’s the Miz Mozelle pattern from Jamie Christina.


This is such an appealing pattern and there are some absolutely lovely versions out there to inspire. I bought my fabric from Goldhawk Road for (I think) £4.50 a metre and it drapes beautifully. It took me a few minutes (that is a blatant lie, it took me hours) to decide on the pale green binding. I would have liked to bind the collar edge too but I only had enough to finish the keyhole and collar attachment.


I was a little unsure of which size to cut as I was using a non stretch fabric and in the end I went up a size. The top fits me well but I think I could have stuck to my actual size for the skirt as I have quite a bit of fabric gathered at my waist.

This is the first pattern I’ve made from Jamie Christina and I found the instructions concise and clear. The front and back bodice pieces are sewn up at the shoulders and then the sleeves (to which you have already attached the binding) are inserted, then the side seams are sewn up. Next time, I think I’ll add the bias binding at the end to get a nice finish on the seams, but that’s just me, it was good to try this method anyway.

Once I realised that I could slip the dress over my head, I unpicked my rather lumpy loop and just added the button for show.


Is it just me who skips around the room in delight when I find the perfect button? And it’s not just buttons, I whoop with joy when I find I have vintage thread to match my vintage bias tape too!






I just need the weather to warm up now as this is a bare legs and ice cream in the sun sort of dress really.


Eek! Don’t look at the sock imprints on my legs! Long day in jeans and socks … That’s not all, I realised pretty fast that this is another static, shock your socks off (that’s where they went) type of fabric and it clings a bit. And, I must remember not to wear big navy and white striped pants … they show through. This is me on the phone to the pant police …


Oh and there was just enough fabric over (at a real squeeze) to make a …

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Sorbetto! Yes, I know I have quite a few of these now. And yes, I know I may be developing a polka dot/ contrast binding obsession. It’s a phase and no doubt it will pass … maybe.


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Sorry if I stared at you in London …

Wow, what a wonder of organisational skills and an amazing gathering of sewing sensations! The meet-up on Saturday at London’s V&A and trip to Goldhawk Road was a feat to be reckoned with and Rachel did a wonderful job of making the whole show a sensation.


I took two photos all day (and not very good ones) which was very silly as I talked so much it wasn’t until I got home that I realised I didn’t even get one of Lizzie who had flown miles and miles to meet everyone and is as lovely and bright in real life as she is on her blog. This being my first meet-up, I did a lot of staring at women in awe of their outfits and also with that weird sensation of recognising someone from their blog but not really knowing them if you know what I mean (confusing).


From meeting Roisin for the first time at the tube and laughing at the fact she said “Is that a Simplicity 2444?” (that’s the first time anyone has ever said that to me) to hugging Lizzie goodbye after the infamous swap, the day was full of laughs and sweet natured chit chat from beginning to end. I learnt things too, that there is such a thing as continental knitting, that you an make a sensational dress from boiled wool and that Jane and I are the same age (we thought as much)!

Oh I knew there was something else, I bought some very predictable but exciting pieces …


And showed my weakness for a freebie by acquiring these in the swap. I know the navy huge piece in the background came from Stevie (thank you heaps again!) but where the other bits came from I have no idea but thank you anyway!


What an amazingly lovely bunch of women I met (and stared at). I’m really hoping there will be a list somewhere of who came because I am absolutely rubbish at remembering names, blogs and all that important stuff, so please if we chatted or I just stared at you, do comment so I can say hello!

Thank you again to Rachel, I had a lovely, inspiring, enjoyable day! x



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