sew happy!

I am so over the moon I can’t express how happy I am!¬† Just looked at the Coletterie blog and my dress has made the Hawthorn parade!¬† How exciting is that!¬† I was just happy to post a picture on the flickr page, mainly as I felt such a sense of achievement on finishing it without making a complete hash of it!¬† There are so many beautiful dresses on there, it’s really opened my mind to how one pattern can be interpreted in so many different ways and all look fabulous!¬†¬†The Hawthorn¬†is definitely the most ambitious thing I have tackled so far.¬† I think¬† I have learnt a good lesson from following the sew long and that is to just take my time with things and that is why it turned out so well.¬† I have had a tendency to go at things hell for leather and keep going until it is finished at the expense of everything else!¬†¬†It was nice just to leisurely potter along with it, doing a little bit every other day.¬† I have embraced the creases though, when I first put it on I didn’t sit down for an hour as I didn’t want to get crumpled but I decided¬†that wasn’t viable long term!¬† The pictures don’t really pick up the colour of the fabric as it has a kind of sheen on it when it falls on the bias, a little bit like shot taffeta (hope you know what I mean because I’m not sure how to explain it!) It was¬†very cool to wear as the temperature reached¬†91 degrees here in Derbyshire this afternoon.¬† I’m now planning my next Hawthorn, I’d like to make an Autumnal¬†¬†one¬†.¬†Image

The Portrait Blouse is coming along even though I spent a day trying to decide which way up the fabric should go!¬† I decided that one way was a sort of feathered effect and the other was a scale like pattern,¬†I thought it would be more flattering looking like a bird rather than a reptile!¬†I’m going to finish the neck, armholes and hem with bias binding.¬† I tried it on last night after finishing all the seams and putting the¬†zip in and my first thought was ‘it’s a bit mad men’!¬† It is very fitted around the waist and consequently makes the girls look enormous!¬† I think it will be perfect tucked into a skirt but I’m hoping that it may be passable with some black capri pants.¬† Will add pictures once it’s finished!

We are off to the sea side in a couple of weeks, annual trip to Anglesey which is absolutely beautiful.¬† Prince William is stationed just a mile up the beach so every time a helicopter goes over we always wave(along with everybody else!), just in case it’s him.¬† I think he’ll be elsewhere this year though!

i’m trying to put together as much as a me made wardrobe as possible to take with me so today decided to butcher a pair of old jeans to use up the red flowery fabric I made my last Sorbetto with.¬† I made a belt and headband as well!

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My next big project is the new Anna dress pattern from By Hand London.¬† I wasn’t too fussed to start with as being 5ft 1in maxi dresses seem to drown me but I have seen some lovely ones on the blogs, especially at handmadejane, did you make that? and sew busy lizzy (will work out how to do links when I have more time!)¬† The pattern arrived today and it’s beautiful!¬† Just about to have a rummage through my stash and see what I can come up with!

So pleased about the Hawthorn parade, going to celebrate with a long bath and a bottle of Crabbies Ginger Beer! (little pleasures are the best!)