It’s a beautiful autumnal afternoon here in London. This morning we drew the blinds to see a mist wafting through the streets. What a gorgeous time of year. I’m so happy to have finished and named my new dress: The mists and mellow fruitfulness dress! I’m wearing it to a wedding next weekend which is a big deal – I’ve never been so bold as to wear one of my dresses to a big ticket event. Here goes…
The pattern is McCalls 2401 which I made earlier this year in a green polka dot. The fabric is a beautiful 100% vintage silk from Liberty which I picked up at a vintage fair for £15.
I was determined to make this dress as nice on the inside as it is on the outside, so I turned and stitched the seams where I could (side and sleeve seams) and pinked the rest of them.
It was only when I was putting the finishing touches to the dress that I realised I had a beautiful vintage buckle which I bought in Norwich earlier this year. It was so easy running up a little belt. I think it just adds that extra special detail.
The fabric was very keen to fray, especially round the hem. I originally decided to bind the edges with a soft pink bias binding before hemming normally but once I added it I loved the little shot of soft pink at the bottom and decided to leave it there. Plus I like this length. Bonus!
I have a peachy grey fur stoll to wear with it and I need to get some fancier tights. I’m slightly worried about creasing but I’ll be wearing a slip on the day so hopefully that should reduce wrinkles.
I only wish I knew how to add lining to dresses. This frock is crying out for a lining to really give it some longevity and feel more sturdy. One day…
Forgive those under-eye bags – it was a late one last night!
In other news – yesterday was the best sewing-related news day… ever. I got an honorable mention from Tilly about the blog (hooray!), the postman delivered my Minoru pattern (whoop!) and I won Handmade Jane’s giveaway for the most gorgeous snood, inspired by Karen’s snood-around-the-world and knitted by Jane’s very own mum! Unbelievable. It doesn’t get better than that, does it?
Right, I’m off to have some butternut squash soup. Yum.