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.