Monday, October 3, 2011

And the heat goes on...

And so the unseasonably wonderful weather continues! Matin and I took a little stroll to the Bishop's Palace Gardens to enjoy the late afternoon sun. The park is tucked away behind the cathedral and not that many people seem to realise it's there, so it's normally pretty quiet.

The heatwave gave me the boost to complete this dress so I could get in a wear while it's warm. It's been lying uncompleted since May, mostly finished, waiting for me to do the neckline facing, insert the zip and stitch the hem. I did the hem at Josie's Make Do and Mend evening a couple of weeks back, and sorted the neckline and zip a few days ago - only to find that (despite making a muslin all those months ago) it had somehow ended up inches too big! So I had to unpick and reinsert the zip - most tiresome. But the dress is finally finished! I still have to make a few small tweaks, but I'm very satisfied with my first completed sewing project for many months.

I love living in Chichester; it's such a nice city. I'm really going to miss it when we move to London next month.

The dress pattern I used is a mid-forties mail order pattern - the same as I used for my red gingham dress. I made some minor adjustments, notably an FBA, and converting the set-in sleeves to cap sleeves (I avoid having to set in sleeves wherever possible! And besides, I like the look of cap sleeves).

The fabric is modern, but I think it has a very vintage-y feel. I love how the print looks really muted from a distance, but actually it's made up of vibrant shades of yellow, bright orange and hot pink - providing a licence to accessorize with brights, which contrasts nicely with the powder blue.

Dress, made by me from a 1940s pattern; Bakelite, plastic and lucite bangles, various; Clutch bag, charity shop; Shoes, similar in my shop; 1930s-40s straw hat, from a friend's vintage clearout.


  1. Oooh that dress! I am always envious of someone that can sew! And that hat truly makes the outfit

  2. Another fabulous outfit! I just love the way you dress and accessorise!

  3. I love that dress. So 'classic'- although a 40s style I think it's the epitome of timeless and would look delightful in any era.

  4. What a corker of a weekend it was weather wise - and you had the perfect dress to match!

  5. That dress pattern is so flattering on you! You should consider making more if you can, it's so lovely!

  6. Gorgeous dress! I think your darling shoes and hat really round out the outfit. :) Bravo for finishing it; I have a couple of those sorts of projects hiding around here somewhere that I need to dig out. ;)

  7. great outfit for the surroudings...
    Good luck on your move to London ! xx

  8. Lovely photos, and what a pretty looking place. I'm a sucker for old buildings and lovely gardens.

    We have the monsoon!

  9. Gorgeous dress and lovely fabric choice! Don't be sad about moving to London, think of all the lovely vintage social events you can go to. Also London has great fabric shops!

  10. Charlotte I am soooo jealous of your hat!! I don't have one like this and it is wonderful!!!!
    WHen you move to London, go to the London Swing Dance Society's monthly SAturday night swing club with lindy taster classes- it's brilliant!!


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