Sunday, 27 July 2014
A Groovy Toile and A Grand Day Out!
I have made yet another duvet dress! This was meant to be a toile for a Black and White dress I have got in my head, but I liked this version so much I wore it on a day trip to Bath Spa.
The pattern is New Look 6145 and I made the simplest version I could because I knew the fitting would be a nightmare. I cut a size 14 bust and tapered it out to a size 18 hip - despite the fact that my hip measurements were way over the largest (size 18) sizing. I have only just got away with it and, truth be told, it is too small across the hips but it was so darn lovely to wear I went out in it anyway. I don't know what it is that I like about it really. It was a boiling hot day and the top is a lot looser than I would normally go for so that may have been it - and I liked wearing the shorter length even if my knees did scare children. It just felt comfortable.
I also liked the fabric placement. The duvet I used had a large central design (which I used at the front) that rather unusually blended with a smaller print at the sides (which I used at the back). It meant that I didn't have to pattern match at the sides of the dress but the different patterns obviously toned well together.
These photos were taken in a lovely little coffee shop up a small side street in the centre of Bath. I recommend the real fruit milkshakes!
We had a lovely family day out which included myself and my daughter sneaking off to the Bath Fashion Museum. I have linked to their website rather than put my own photos on here as I am always wary about copyright and also, as no flash is understandably allowed, my photos of the clothes did not come out brilliantly. I do recommend taking a look though (I would love your views on their Dress of The Year 2013).
The one thing I can show you however is the fun we had drawing dresses to put on their notice board.
About the most fun you can have with a fineliner!
My daughter completely trounced me in the design stakes though!
Finally, a walk around some of the vintage clothes and charity shops led to some purchases. I managed to get three metres of this fabric which I am hoping is from the seventies. It is going to become a seventies dress anyway!!!