Saturday, 26 July 2014

And now I fall in love with somebody everyday..

Dress: Handmade (New Look 6223 using 'Cocoland' fabric)
Necklace: George@Asda
Shoes: Irregular Choice

I was on a sewing roll on Sunday. I managed to get two dresses made before 2pm, when I headed out to tackle some weeds at the allotment. It was my first weekend home with "nothing" to do for a while. I am pretty hopeless when it comes to spending time relaxing, as I find it impossible to do nothing but I think that sewing worked as my relax time last weekend, and I was pleased with the dresses I made.

Almost every dress I've made lately has been with a gathered skirt. What can I say - I'm lazy and they're incredibly easy to do. But not this one. This Cocoland fabric, (which I bought from Frumble) was a little heavier than my usual cottons, so I wasn't sure how well it would gather, and therefore went with the regular skirt from NL6223. I lined it with some yellow gingham which I had left over from making the guides some neckers for one of our recent camps.

I really like the way the colours in this print give me so many matching options. I am starting to have to really think about what shoes I have left to wear in my #irregularchoicechallenge and when I realised I was yet to wear these yellow gingham heels, I thought this would be the perfect match. I also love the way the necklace goes with this fabric.

I hope I have time soon to use up some more of the fabric I've recently purchased - I seem to be stashing quite a lot at the moment and am telling myself no more fabric purchases until I've used it. Fat chance! I did take advantage of the Jaycotts promotion on zips the other day and order myself about 40, making sure I have the right colours for the fabrics I've been buying of late, so I hope they turn up soon. I find them the best price for zips of anywhere I've found anyway, so when they were offering 20% off all zips, it was a bit of a no-brainer.


  1. I don't ever really do nothing either, instead I sew or read or make something to relax, I like to think of it as constructive down time :)
    Love the dress and the necklace does look perfect with it.

    1. Constructive downtime. I like it! :)

  2. Such a pretty dress! It looks great on you! I'm in love with your shoes, too! I just love yellow and gingham! xx

    1. Thanks - they match the yellow gingham lining!

  3. Hi,
    I just stumbled across your blog and was drawn in by the IC shoes. Then I saw you made 2 dresses in a day..that seems amazing to me!
    I want to learn dressmaking but I have no idea where to start. How did you do it? Is it worth going to a class or is it possible to self-teach? I don't want to go to a class. Sorry for all the questions on my first visit here..

    1. Hello!! I got so much out of my dressmaking lessons, I think because I'm a much more visual learner - I like to be shown how to do something rather than trying to read it on a page. That said,I'm sure that you would be able to self-teach ( I know a lot of people who have done so and there are so many blogs and youtube videos which would be able to help). I love making dresses and find it fairly quick now because I know which order makes most sense to put things together in, and I cut out a few projects at a time and then sew them all at the same time - i.e I'll put two or three bodices together, then press them all etc etc.
      Good luck if you decide to give it a go, and thank you for your comment!

    2. Thanks for the reply. I'm a visual learner too and whenever I look at my sewing machine I get scared off.. so I probably need someone to teach me. Perhaps in return for cake and tea and adoration...