Dresses, dresses, dresses

Having returned the Delphinium blue dress I started sewing a couple of dresses. The first based on Vogue 8766 imageis being sewn from black eyelet fabric and is almost complete. I have made a few alterations, firstly to change the bodice to a princess seamed one which I find more flattering. I used a Butterick blouse pattern as the basis for this and after some very helpful fitting advice and pinning by Pendlestitches I have a block pattern that fits well and is long enough to use as either a blouse or a bodice. Once the dress is completed I will use the altered pattern to make a second version in this pretty Japanese cotton sateen from Calico Laine.image

 

After returning the blue dress I was lucky enough to find another Phase Eight summer dress in a sale, this time in a fine silky 100% cotton fabric similar to cotton lawn, fully lined with a tulle petticoat. This time it is in the Geranium pattern, in vibrant reds, pinks, cream and green. It is so summery and as it is covered in one of my favourite flowers, after tulips of course, is a very appropriate dress for me to wear. image image

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27 dresses continued.

The blue dress shown in my last post arrived and was almost immediately returned due to the strange polyester fabric that made my skin crawl when I touched it as it felt so odd. The design and the colour were wonderful, and the dress suited me but I could not have worn it for more than a few minutes without wanting to tear it off, not a good idea at a wedding or indeed any social occasion! Made up in silk crepe it would have been delightful, and if I can find any fabric in that colour I’d happily make a dress from it as Delphinium blue is a splendid shade.

So I ended up looking online for a dress for Saturday’s wedding and found the perfect dress for the occasion. It is a cotton dress, yes cotton, lined and with the added bonus of a tulle underskirt to give it some extra flare. The colours are pink, browns and cream so it went well with my lovely tan strappy Lotta clogs  and a cream handbag. It is very pretty and was just right for a summer wedding in the Lake District. 
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Despite a terrible forecast and heavy rain early on the sun came out in the afternoon and the wedding photos were taken in bright sunshine.

I have one more wedding to go to this summer, and one more dress to show but that will have to wait until after the wedding. Next time I will put up some of the things I’ve been sewing.