So. If anyone reading this follows me on Instagram (landgirl1980) - you may have noticed sneek peeks of my newest home made dress.
I made this special, for the Diamond Jubilee, like.
As you do. Well - as I do.
It made it to the same pattern as my other attempt, but for some reason, second time round was a whole lot harder. I f*cked it up Royally (pun intended), I shall not lie to you.
And I won't bore you with the photos I took of my anger and dismay.
It was caused by the weave of the broderie anglaise fabric I had chosen and the fact I needed it to be vertical. This meant that the skirt parts I needed to cut on a fold could not be done. So I made it up as I went along.
I also needed to line it - which meant a whole lot more cutting, pinning and sewing. The machine ground to a halt on more than one occasion.
Then I ran out of fabric.
Tears and snot ensued. And a lot of more, colourful, swearing.
Sh*t the BED! Is that what it looks like from the back? Gahhh! This is after a windy day near the sea. Still, I should of brushed it for you..
In short, I began to hate this dress. And in turn, any thought of getting into Jubilee spirit.
It could well and truly poke off. Shove your flotilla up your....
But then, it all started to come together. I ditched the machine and did the last bits by hand.
I had wanted the whole dress to be blue, but, due to my lack of material, I had to think on my feet (or in actual fact, a sobbing heap on the floor, flicking ash from my smoke into a cold cup of tea) and went with....
This after being in the car for a bit. I should have pulled my belt down.
Two white panels!! I wish I had thought about it before, as I think I would have liked alternating all the way round, but, I shall know for next time.
I had bought Union flag ribbon to go round the neck, but I decided against it at the last minute. I want to be able to wear this dress minus the red accessories at some point, and the ribbon would have looked all wrong in that instance.
And, to top off my joy of not abandoning this dress, I found this antique George V & Queen Mary coronation pin at Victorious Vintage in Portsmouth on the Saturday.
I mentioned my love of the Royal memorabilia last week so I was thrilled.
I think I did a little dance. I may have clapped.
All in all, I must have fallen in love with this creation at some point, because I wore it out the house.
And plan to wear it again.
Hope your's was a goodun!
(don't mention the rain on the Sunday. It still makes me sad)