Lucky me, the hubby took control of the children and I got to indulge in a little sewing. I have been desperate to do a bit for a while, but it’s hard finding the time at the moment. Yesterday we had a fab time in Cambridge, I even got to have a little browse around the shops alone which is unheard of. It’s amazing how refreshing it is to have a little look without someone tugging at your skirt or running away.
Cambridge has a newly refurbished John Lewis, which I have never been in before. I was astonished by the choice of fabrics that were available. I couldn’t help myself and bought the fabric I used for this dress as I thought it was so unusual. Unfortunately, I only bought 1 metre, so I may have to return.
As you can see I have turned it into a Japanese inspired dress for Fifi. If you zoom in, you can see a pink fabric which I used to line the dress, I was going to trim the cuffs and the bottom with it. However, that would have made it far too big for her and I couldn’t bear to waste any of the material, so I may just have to make another variation.
This dress was adapted from a Simplicity pattern in the Project Runway series. These patterns basically encourage you to design your own dress from parts. I have to say, I found it a little bit of a challenge. But then I am entirely self taught and I often just make my own patterns up from scratch. Following instructions doesn’t come easily, especially when you don’t understand all the terminology. That said, I’m really pleased with the results and in all seriousness, I am very tempted to scale this one up for myself!