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.