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My (almost) Perfect Peony …

My Peony dress is finished and what a beauty (if I do say so myself) she is …

Forgive the fact I haven’t modelled this but I am still pale and sickly looking (cough cough) from the bug that won’t go away. You’ll have to take my word for it that it’s a good fit and it feels very ‘me’! I will get a photo of me wearing it when the sun comes out and I get a bit of colour back in my cheeks, I promise.

This pattern is so lovely to work with, my only issues were to do with my lack of experience, like taking it up on the shoulders (doh!), realising only after I’d finished that the waist dips at the back by about an inch (I am not removing that zip again) and getting in a muddle with the facing and then the piping and then the facing again after I’d altered the neckline slightly. Also, I think my darts are a bit close (point to point) so I would watch that next time. But, in the scheme of things nothing too major, at the end of the day only I know (and you) what went wrong and I have a nice dress and a bucket full of new things learnt to show for all my tears!

This is version 2 of the pattern but I am not sacrificing pockets for anyone so I kept those! I didn’t make the suggested belt either,   it’s not really me, though I can see that it would look good with a more sophisticated version, I think this one suits it very well (a Jigsaw sale bargain). I also added and decided to keep the ricrac on the sleeves as it’s quite subtle and I love ricrac almost as much as I love violet creams, so that stayed and I think it ties in with the vintage style of the dress.

So, would I make it again? Yes of course, perhaps in a different type of fabric though, something with a bit of a drape?

What did it cost?
Cotton fabric from ebay £14.10 including postage for 3 metres (I only used 2!)
Ricrac from my tin of exciting things
Zip £3.60 (really expensive and before I realised the internet was cheaper!)
Cotton, already in my box but probably £2.

So let’s say just under £20 for a vintage style floral frock and the priceless satisfaction of making it myself, perfect!


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Growing up …

It’s Saturday night and me and Jimmy are in on our own. Eldest teen is at work and youngest teen is out at a friends house, they’ll be home in a couple of hours but this is just strange. This afternoon we had the house to ourselves and didn’t know whether to be sad about it or excited. We ended up lying on the sofa, watching Singing in the Rain with a mug of tea and a box of violet creams (these are not the ones I ate but isn’t the box lovely)! I know, of all the things we could be doing, but honestly, it was just lovely spending time together at home.

We’ve been so busy lately, work is all consuming and our home is being neglected along with any creative projects I have in mind. I haven’t had the vacuum cleaner out for a few weeks and I’m having to learn that it’s not really that important. As long as I have clothes washed, happy children and food on the table, I have to relax about all the other stuff.

We spent all day yesterday on a photo shoot for our work Christmas card. We do it every year, our one and only bit of marketing, so we try to make it special. After eleven years though it’s quite hard to think of something that might make people laugh. We’ve made a rod for our own back, it’s now expected of us and even if we’re too busy, we have to make the effort. To make things more complicated, the last couple of years have involved an accompanying video too. The four of us work really closely in a small office and it’s good to break out of the routine and see each other dressing up, relaxing and laughing. We were all women (don’t ask) yesterday in these very high gold shoes, the boys loved it (I think all men relish in the excuse to dress like this really!).

So, although my teens are growing up, I’m relieved to say … I’m not (just yet anyway)!




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