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Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Bookworm Club..

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Blazer: George@Asda
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Dress: Handmade (Christine Haynes Emery w/ gathered skirt)
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Glasses: London Retro*
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Heels: Irregular Choice Oz
Happy World Book Day and all that jazz! I used to LOVE World Book Day when I was in school. We would all be asked to dress up as book characters. Costume making would commence a few weeks before and I remember one year being a princess from The Arabian Nights and my mum actually taking me to a hairdresser the evening before to get my hair braided with a load of pearls and jewels and stuff in it. That was the best hair day ever.

I also have fond memories of trips to spend the World Book Day vouchers in WHSmith. There used to be a few books which were brought out each year just for the day, which were £1 each so that you could buy a whole book with your voucher - does that still happen now?

Anyway, I figured that my Bookworm Dress - the second of my attempts at the Christine Haynes Emery pattern (well, bodice, as I've put a gathered skirt on each one, which isn't how the pattern goes) would be quite fitting for  WBD.

As the print is quite colourful, I toned it down a little for the office with black tights and a black blazer, and added my tortoiseshell glasses for that extra geeky look.

Bookwise, I've been reading quite a lot lately. I've even managed to get a couple of reviews done, over on Judging Covers. I'm thinking of bringing back more Tuesday Titles posts here as well, it's just a case of finding the time. Have you been reading anything amazing, lately? 

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  1. Ohh I used to love world book day! I used to love getting my £1 book, and as we got older I used to use my older brother's voucher too as he was never as much of a reader. Such a perfect dress for the occasion! xxx

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    1. I can't believe I almost left this book print fabric behind!

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  2. We never dressed up at my school :( I love this fabric Char! xx

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    1. Aw, that's a shame. It used to be a great day, I remember looking forward to it although can't quite recall whether we used to dfo anything other than regular lessons.

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  3. Yes, you still get the little £1 vouchers you can swap for a book! I'm sure I'll be doing that at the weeknd :)

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  4. We never had a dress up for World Book Day - in fact I didn't know about dressing up for it until I started teaching, then left the profession literally the week before it! Such as shame - I don't know if teachers generally dress up but I was planning to! Since I didn't realise until now it was today anyway, I'm going to do some book reviews on my blog later :)
    Also I LOVE this dress - the shape and fabric are literally amazing. I haven't yet finished my first dress (taking it slooow!) but I think my next pattern will be this one once I've got the hang of it!
    xx

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    1. Aww, that's a shame. I'm so excited about your foray into dressmaking, though!

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  5. What adorable fabric. I love it

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    1. thank you, it was a great find by my friend!

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  6. the teachers definitely dress up however n's school are doing it tomorrow.

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  7. Aaaah we never did anything fun like this for World Book Day. Stupid private school living by its own rules.

    The Rosie Project is a book you definitely need to read. And Heft was very good too.

    I'm currently reading Ash by James Herbert and I'm loving it. It's getting spooooooooky though.

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    1. Yes- The Rosie Project is definitely on my list as I seem to have heard nothing but good things about it!

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  8. Oh my gosh that fabric is absolutely gorgeous! x

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    1. I so nearly left it behind as well - glad I didn't!

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  9. you have THE coolest dresses, funky fabric xx

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  10. We never dressed up on World Book Day at primary school but reading was always encouraged in class. We had set aside time in class most days called ERIC (Everybody Reading In Class!) I used it to plough through the Narnia series.

    Fantastic fabric! How do you find the fit of the Emery dress? I'm tempted by it but worry the shape of the bodice may be slightly too boxy for my liking.

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    1. I find the bodice a nice shape, tbh. I did have to alter it the first time I made it, just to make it a bit smaller, as I'd got a size up cut out instead.
      I think you may be able to see the bodice better on this one: http://dinoprincesschar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/what-to-do-when-walls-are-built-to.html

      I have to admit i haven't yet tried the actual Emery skirt; just been making a simple gathered one as I think I prefer the effect.

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    2. Cool, thanks Char. I must have missed that post (cute dog bag!) I've seen a few Emery dresses around and sometimes they've looked a bit boxy but yours looks nicely fitted.

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    3. I was surprised at how nicely that first one fitted as it was lined as well and I used a cotton sheet for the lining, so that was fairly bulky.

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  11. I don't think it existed when I was a kid! The pound books are great. I used to buy the left overs for prizes for school!
    My school did dress up for 3 years but haven't for the last two and it sucks! Mmmmm, I might just sneakily wear a book themes outfit tomorrow. You dress is,super!!! Also love the clear photos! Did you have a photographer??
    When are you leaving London on Tuesday? If you're there in the evening still, would you like to meet up at all? Would be lovely to meet you! X

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    1. I think my Mum wants to get the train back after tea - she's coming with me. I'll be in London again soon, though and would definitely love to arrange a meet up. Are you booking a place on the Dolly Clackett sewing course btw? x

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    2. Hi! Aha, suddenly thought to check back here!! Not to worry, that would be lovely to meet sometime! I'm always conscious of how when you visit somewhere, time us limited and one always tries to cram in kits of stuff!
      I am GUTTED about the Lolly Clackett course. Chris was going to book me a place this week but I got an email through reminding me I'm on a Dalcroze eurhythmics course in London that same day! So gutted! The ONE time I have a course for school on a Sunday and it has to clash with something I realllllly want to do!! Chris keeps telling me to cancel it but its on my Performance Management this year as a target!!! Hope she does another one!! X

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  12. I don't remember ever dressing up for world book day, but I always loved getting new books. I was such a little book worm back then. I finished reading The Book Thief last weekend, which was such a great book, and I'd recommend the Divergent books if you've not read them.

    I love the cute print of the dress, and those shoes are amazing! xx

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    1. The Book Thief was great - I saw the film at the weekend and really liked that too.

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  13. I love this outfit so much! You know how crazy I am about that dress! Eeep!

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  14. This material is lovely!
    I don't remember doing anything at school for World Book Day, the first I heard of it was a few years ago when I noticed people tweeting about it. What a shame I missed all the fun!
    My to-read pile just gathers dust, I need to find the time to read more, I try before I go to sleep but after a few pages I begin to doze off - which is no reflection on the books I read!

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    1. Mine gets longer and longer every time I read a book review blog post or anything. Gah.

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  15. Thats amazing fabric and perfect for book day. Your very talented with your dress making Char.

    X x

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  16. You made the dress?? Wow! The fabric you chose is fantastic!

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  17. Wow that dress is gorgeous, I really love the print of it! X www.justrach.com xo

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  18. You really do have a knack of finding the most incredible fabrics :) Dressing up for world book day sounds so much fun - I wish we had done that when I was at school!

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