Confession: I’m a sewing stalker, a plagiarist, and a green-eyed monster.
When I spotted a post from Scruffy Badger Time, pondering which winter dress she might knock up next, I immediately honed in on two patterns she was mulling over: the New Look 6000 and the Simplicity 7845. Within minutes I’d found them and bought them. Immediately the frothing at the mouth receded and my WANTTHATWANTTHATWANTTHAT bulging eyes had sunk back into my skull. Happiness was resumed and smugness had settled like a warm blanket around me… until next time…
Check these babies out.
I absolutely love this pattern. It’s very Joanie, non? Specifically View C. I have a dark green fabric I could use for this – it may be crepe (not sure about my fabrics yet). But then I’m looking at the purple-blue colour of View A and thinking hmm might be time to hit me up some new fabric as an early Christmas present to me from me. Why, thank you me!
And what about this little darling?
The neckline on the middle view fits all the boxes I currently adore: vintage, feminine, gamine. Ooh be still my beating heart (and related pulsatile tinnitus – more of that in another post). I found it on Etsy. Even with shipping from the US it came in around standard pattern price (about £12). I recently bought a really heavy sort of satin from Walthamstow market with a fabulous sixties vertical flower print on it. It’s almost curtain material and could be stiff enough to create a really dramatic neckline. And look at that hairdo! A dress like this requires some serious up-tresses.
The sewing monster has been placated even further today – Amazon has announced it has finally despatched my Colette Sewing Handbook. I’ve waited patiently (snarled, yapped, nipped and grizzled) throughout the sweet Colette posts on the Meringue and the Taffy and the Licorice. Now they will be mine – all mine! Can’t wait to get my little paws on it. What about my UK friends? Anyone else got the book on order? Have you got your copy yet?
In other news I’m working on two top secret projects for an early Christmas present so I can’t give you any details yet. Suffice to say I’m struggling with a neckline that doesn’t seem to match up and calls for ‘pivoting’ in the most illogical fashion. I only hope it works out as I ain’t got no back up plan…