Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Game Face

The folk at Bwin.com asked if I fancied sharing my favourite way to spend a Saturday when Gray has left me to my own devices.  I am sure he will be gutted to see what he is missing out on, haha!  Bwin.com wanted to have some fun with the UK's grass widows, I was provided with a voucher to buy myself some fabric and carry out my favourite past time on the provision I shared it with you guys, oh if I have to!  

My favourite local fabric shop is just down the road from my nail salon so I pop in after I have had my nails done every few weeks to see what tickles my fancy.  The Quilters Den is, as the name would suggest, aimed at quilters but they sell a wide range of quilting cottons which in my opinion are perfect for dressmaking.  I was taken with this vibrant blue and lime fabric, I had been trying to find a cobalt fabric I loved so I could pair it with my favourite Clarks shoes and this is even more striking than I could have hoped for!  I've since had loads of comments on this dress including a woman do a u-turn out of a shop to come and tell me how fabulous my dress is!  I was a bit taken back by that one as she was looking at me really intently so I missed the opportunity to say anything other than Thank You!  I need to make sure I add that 'I made it' bit next time so I can feel all smug and accomplished. Ha.



I have got the Emery by Christine Haynes all worked out now, I can turn one out in about 5 hours especially when it is a fabric I cannot wait to wear.  That's what drives me, wanting to turn the amazing fabric I have just purchased in to a beautiful dress ready to twirl around in.  As I have made it so many times I no longer need to try it on til the end either, no more sewing in my dressing gown!  It's lovely sitting in the kitchen window watching the world go by too, we live on a pretty quiet street but there is always something to keep you entertained.




Sewing is a treat for me especially when I get a whole day just for me time so I like to get the kettle on and make a hot chocolate and have some sweets to nibble at.  Jealous Sweets kindly sent me a few boxes of their yummy jelly sweets to try so I put on my chief tester hat all in the name of a review.  Honestly I wouldn't have eaten the sweeties otherwise, I did it selflessly just for you guys!!  Haha who am I kidding - I am a total kid when it comes to sweets, I love them.  Over chocolate, sssshh!  The sweets, or covetable candy,  are aimed at adults and come in pretty swanky packaging but when you open them up the jellies are exactly what your inner child is craving.  Soft and fruity, free from artificial colours and flavours and 100% vegetarian.  What's not to love?!  I couldn't decide which are my favourite, they are all really tasty, but if pushed I think it would have to be the gummy bears. 





I find the process of constructing a dress really therapeutic apart from the hemming, boy the hemming sucks!  So close to finishing that dress yet still so far.  I don't want my dresses to look like I made them, I want them to be nicely finished and something I can be proud of.  The addition of the label is the cherry on top. 




I have included some photos of the construction of the dress below, hope you agree it's not too shabby on the inside too!  (The zip is straight, it was me who was all wonky!)



The best bit about my hobby?  Getting to wear the pretty dresses once I have finished them!  It is so satisfying especially when you make something that turns heads and attracts compliments.  Are you a football/sporting widow?  Bwin.com would love to know how you choose to spend your alone time?  I highly recommend dressmaking if you are considering a hobby.  Although sewing may be a fairly solitary hobby there is a lovely bunch of sewers over on twitter only too happy to natter away.

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19 comments:

  1. Love this and the title always makes me think of you and Gray!

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    1. Haha I couldn't resist, it makes me think of you!

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  2. Gorgeous dress the print is fabulous :) x

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    1. The fabric is amazing isn't it!

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  3. So talented, I would love to be able to make my own dresses. Love the style of it and the print really is fab, such beautiful colours. I am such a sweet person too and would happily chomp my way through a bag of sour haribo anyday. Lianne x
    Rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. I've only been sewing for almost two months, if I can do it so can you! The fabric is gorgeous isn't it, I love it! Mmmm Haribo, my favourite are the giant strawberries.

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  4. I think my favourite part is the label - you need your own shop to sell me all these dresses! ;)

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    1. I love when I get to the adding the label bit! Not enough time in the day for me to make all the dresses I want let alone making them for anyone else, haha

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  5. I agree -- sewing is great therapy. I just discovered Emery too ... am on #4 now ... Alas it takes me much more than 5 hours to sew one though, in part because I'm slow but also because I do a full lining and finish all the seams with my serger. (I have an irrational fear of things coming un-sewn it seems.) I machine-stitch my hems though -- that and keeping them super narrow takes a lot of the pain away!

    I ran across your blog from Roisin's, and really enjoyed reading back through all the old entries. You have lovely taste in dresses, both bought and sewn!

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    1. Emery is addictive isn't she! I would love to see your dresses, do you share them over social media at all? Couldn't see any links on your blog :) I decided I didn't need a serger because all but the back seam of the Emery are enclosed and I am a bit scared that it cuts whilst it finishes, eek!

      Thank you, dresses really are my passion!

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    2. I'm always slow to update my blog for some reason! Two of my three finished Emerys are near the top of my Flickr photo stream, though: https://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/ . (Mine are sleeveless.) The one with mod houses is my favorite. I'm planning on wearing it to an event this weekend so hopefully I can get someone to take my picture in it, then I'll blog about the lot of them!

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    3. Oh my! The mod houses one is adorable!! Love it. I've never gotten into Flickr, do you use instagram?

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  6. Love the dress, the print is beautiful! I dabble in sewing every now and then, but I've never sewn a dress from a pattern (I'm more likely to experiement and make something that is either too big or too small).
    Rubi x
    The Den

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    1. Thank you! If you fancy trying a pattern I cannot recommend the Emery enough :)

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  7. Saraaaah you keep on getting better and better! Love the labels too :D <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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    1. The labels make them feel super snazzy! Defo the best ever hobby :)

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  8. This dress is so wonderful!! It's a beautiful pattern, beautifully made, and the fabric is amazing!! Is it OK to ask if you know what line it is? I'd love to score some of that print, although nothing is going to touch your dress!

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    1. Thank you :) I absolutely love the fabric - it is called ecco dots by Kanvas Fabrics which I think is a range by Benartex and the colourway is called navy.
      http://www.benartex.com/page/index.php?page=gallery-detail&collection=709

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  9. Wow, thanks so much for getting back to me. Love all of your creations and just added your blog to my feed. Look forward to following you!

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