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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Panda Tea Party..

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Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444)
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Shoes: Miss KG // Hair Bow: Topshop
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Teapot Bag: Pylones
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Coat: Handmade (Vogue V8346)

By the time New Year's Day came, I think I'd been to a party or out for drinks every night for about a week. Sometimes it's possible to have too much of a good thing, and frankly a few days doing very little but staying in and getting on with some sewing projects was just what I needed before the crazy back-to-work business began once again.

In fact, I was quite productive. On New Year's Day itself I managed to put this coat together. I'll probably post about the process in more detail at some point, but I was fairly pleased with how it turned out. Over the course of the next three days, I made a dress per day.

The handbag is the most recent addition to my novelty bag collection - I'd almost entirely forgotten that I'd won this on eBay at the beginning of December until I had a rather apologetic email from the seller saying she'd totally forgotten to post it. It arrived last weekend and was even cuter than I'd expected and I was pleased to find it a perfect match for these shoes.

I finished this panda print dress on Sunday evening, after having to alter my plans a little with the back of the bodice and cut it into more of a V, as you can see here. The trouble was, I'd got a zip which was the perfect green to match the fabric, but it was a lot shorter than my usual dress zips. I finished off the back with some buttons and ribbon loops in bright pink and they seem to have worked OK - I'd expected them to come undone but they haven't, so I'm pleased with that.

I'm hoping that if I keep the dressmaking up,the spending ban won't be any bother at all...!

20 comments:

  1. Your coat and dress are so pretty and it sounds like you've had a really productive start to 2015.

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm sure that things will slow down now that I'm back to the normal routine.

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  2. Awwww that bag is way too cute! And you're right it goes perfectly with the shoes!
    Sophie
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  3. I love all aspects of this outfit-so pretty and original!! I adore Pylones items. X

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    1. Me too, I loved those shops. So many of my kitchenwares and furniture at home are from them.

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  4. The hand bag is really cute, I've never seen one like it before!

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    1. It was quite a talking point - so many people commented on it when I was at the supermarket.

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  5. This is lovely Char - the teapot bag is the cutest thing! - Tasha xxx

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    1. Thank you, I rather liked how it all matched.

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  6. This is such a gorgeous outfit, that dress is divine!

    Maria xxx

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    1. Thank you, I couldn't resist the cute print.

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  7. Wow, someone's on a roll this month! The dress and coat are both gorgeous! I wish I had your talent. Love that amazing bag, too. xx

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    1. I'm pretty sure my productivity will slow down now that I'm back to the usual routine, but I'm pleased with the things I've made so far.

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  8. That bag is amazing! I've always been impressed with your dressmaking skills, but a coat?!?! Girl, you are skilled.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

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  9. Wow, I absolutely love that bag, must look for one. Great coat.

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    1. They're so cute - also they did a watering can bag and if I remember rightly, a taxi!

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  10. You *MADE* your coat?! Wow!!! That is fantastic, and in one day too? You have serious skills, Char. That is basically my favourite shape of coat. If I hadn't just had a sewing pattern splurge I would buy that pattern too. Will write it down for future reference though :)

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    1. I wasn't quite sure what pattern to go for beforehand, but went to look in the catalogues at John Lewis and the woman in the haberdashery department was really helpful. She suggested this one, which you can make in several different lengths, and the shape was just what I had in mind. I'm not sure if I'll make another coat, but if I find some fabric at some point, I guess I have the option.

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