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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Don't let the birds do the dishes..

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Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444 w/ cape collar and gathered skirt)
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Heels: Irregular Choice
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Cardigan: Matalan
This fabric has been on my wishlist for a while. Bookmarked for ages, when I found myself with voucher to spend on fabric, I knew precisely what I was going to order. My two metres arrived on Saturday morning and by 11pm that evening I had a new dress to wear which I do really like.

I seem to have recently decided to add some little details to my dresses. Last week when I made my zebra print dress, I decided that the neckline needed some black and white polka dot ribbon, and after making a chicken print Emery last weekend, I didn't declare it finished until I'd stitched some sequin trim around the neck and sleeves. For this Simplicity 2444 I dug out some floral bias binding, which I've had in my stash for about a year with no real idea on what it would be. I finished off the hemline with it, and also made the tie at the centre of the collar from it.

I'm sure this embellishment thing is just a phase, but I'm quite enjoying it at the moment and having just received a parcel of MORE sequins, I'm hoping it will last a little while longer. Just don't stand still too long or you may find yourself embellished.

For a day at the office, I dressed the print down with my trusty grey cardigan. I find this is one of the best office staples. I use it often for making the most crazy item more office-friendly. I'm not sure if it actually works, but it does in my head at least.

I also wore these Irregular Choice heels, which I bought many years ago from TK Maxx and have no idea about their name or anything. I actually went to get them out of the cupboard and dismissed them, as I was sure I'd already worn them for the challenge, but after a quick check through my photos I found I was safe. This is where the challenge is getting tricky, but there are still so many gems I've yet to get around to.

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Char. The fabric is divine (I do like a bit of Michael Miller) and the bias binding embellishments are a great idea. xx

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    1. Thanks, Loo. I'm not sure what made me think of it but the floral print is the same mix of colours so I thought they worked quite nicely together.

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  2. I had been eyeing that up on your mannequin, wondering when we would be introduced! It's really pretty!! X

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  3. This looks gorgeous, it suits you so much! You'll have to do a blog post on this sequin embellished chicken print Emery as that sounds beyond awesome. I've always been a bit of an embellisher as well. I remember attacking my jeans in primary 7 with sequins, ric rac and floral patches. It actually started a very small trend in the play ground! Haha!

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    1. I definitely will when I wear it - I keep wanting to but because I put sleeves on it it's been too warm for it this week.

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  4. What a beautiful dress! You look fabulous! :) xx

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    1. Thank you, I think it's one of my favourite makes.

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  5. I think this is one of my favourite dresses that you've made! xx

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    1. I think it's one of mine too!

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  6. I love your dress -- as well I should, I guess, as I have that very fabric stashed away, and the 50s silhouette is my preference too. A chicken dress also sounds divine!

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    1. OOh, you should make one too - the fabric is so cute, isn't it?

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  7. Love that top picture of you - totally beaut!
    Can never have too much embellishment. Ever!
    Zxx

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  8. I love your enthusiasm! I often get those 'I have to do this, and I have to do it now!' moments. The embellishments sound lovely and if you've got the skills... why hot?

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    1. Thanks, I've certainly got the enthusiasm at the moment - who's to say how long it will last.

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