Hello you wonderful people,
I have been excited about this make and opportunity for so long I can hardly believe it’s finally here – the day that I can unveil my make for the amazing Big Vintage Sew-a-Long! Firstly, I am overwhelmed and honoured to be involved alongside all these incredible bloggers/seamstresses making beautiful vintage patterns up and secondly, I am over the moon to be doing this for the Eve Appeal who are championing women’s gynaecological cancers. I have to say it all feels meant to be when you are keeping yourself busy and distracted from having cancer by sewing up a pretty dress to help other people through it so I am very thankful for this project!
Anyway… the dress:
I dragged my wonderful husband out to our local forest at dusk with the camera to really show off this beautiful dress- fairytale style! I loved this shoot and pretty darn proud of my hubby (who should basically be a photographer!) I also added a rose crown by the lovely Deborah Fanning.
Choosing the pattern was a tricky one for this challenge as we all got to choose between 20 beautiful patterns from 30s-60s era and my shortlist was nothing like short! V2903 Called to me in it’s big skirted, princess seamed beauty and I’m so happy it did as it’s a stunning pattern and I learnt a lot making it!
Of course, being as indecisive as I am I had problems choosing which view to go with … A – short sleeved with smaller yoke or B – Long sleeved with a contrast yoke… Short sleeves seemed to fit a summer make much more so version A won that race!
WOW I love this stuff… I can’t tell you what it is or what it’s made of because I bought it in such a flurry of excitement in Walthamstow for FIVE POUNDS A METER and completely forgot to look or ask what fabric it actually is… all I need to know is I love it. The COLOUR is unbelievable – so rich, so different and yes they are grey roses that you see on there which to me makes it a little gothic in a very very nice way!! Am I the only one that is reminded of Beauty And The Beast?!
OK I’m not going to lie… there was a lot of head scratching and googling with this pattern – it is very tricky. Definitely the most complicated thing I have made yet… the sleeves attach to the yoke shoulders and then are tucked under and only sewn to the facing seam allowances… what now?!
I had to go my own way with bits of this… I added topstitching to the yoke so it stayed in place and ended up with a tuck in the sleeve to make it work.
I’m sorry but I didn’t pattern match as the dress already called for SEVEN METERS of fabric I wasn’t going to add more to my shopping list but luckily it’s come out sort of matched in a few places anyway! I love it when that happens!!
Unfortunately it’s all come out a bit big too – it’s definitely not meant to have this grungey feel instead of a 50s cinched in waist! I have some serious taking in to do before I next wear it- which I will because it’s a stunning dress that deserves a lot more than a lifetime of solitude in the wardrobe!!
I will leave you with some more pretty pictures – I really do love how they came out!
So that’s Vintage Sew-a-Long make and you really should see the ones before me – they are all amazing!
Still to come is…
Friday 2nd September: Rachel Pinheiro, House of Pinheiro
Friday 9th September: Elena Rose Brown, Randomly Happy
Friday 16th September: Wendy Gardiner, Butterick
Friday 23rd September: Winnie Longhurst, Scruffy Badger Time
Friday 30th September: Rachel Walker, The Foldline
So you are in for a treat!
A huge thankyou to to McCall Pattern Company for this brilliant Sew-along, and to The Foldline girls for getting me involved!
Why not join in yourself and make something vintage to help raise money for the Eve Appeal too – sewing for a good cause is about as perfect as making gets!
Find out more at www.vintagesewalong.co.uk
Oh and THE GIVEAWAY…
One of you lucky lot will get a free copy of the V2903 pattern so you can frolic in a forest like me too!
Closing time for the giveaway is THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER then I’ll announce the winner on Friday 10th Sept… GOOD LUCK ALL!
Have a lovely weekend all!
Sew much love,