Do you ever think starting a sewing blog was one of the best things you ever did for yourself? That's the way I've been feeling since my last post - I've had some really great suggestions to help with my zip issues that I wouldn't have thought of by myself. I really do appreciate each and every answer - thank you.
Now for this:
A thrift store 'find' from the Easter holidays. I liked the muted colours and the peasant-y style top. I didn't try it on but when I got home I did. Disaster. Too short, semi-transparent, and the gathered waist made my bust look HUGE. Even my loyal daughters laughed (and I did a bit, too).
Anyway it has well and truly put paid to any illusions that this is a style I can pull off and the dress now looks like this :)
Infinity scarf, hair tie, fabric covered bangle, elastic and button saved for a future project.
I wanted to re-use the fabric because I really like the colours, but after seeing myself in the dress I knew I'd never wear it as a t-shirt or vest top.
For the infinity scarf, I just made a long tube, turned it, twisted it once and sewed the ends up.
The hair tie was formerly the dress belt and can be worn a couple of ways. I will use it for bad hair days/when it is hot.
The bangle was one of those fairground fluorescent ones that no longer fluoresces (my daughter found it in her drawer). I carefully unpicked the stitching around the inside of the dress waist and reused the fabric from the casing (previously for the elastic) that had been on the inside of the dress to cover it.
These projects were easy, quick and the only cost was the dress (£7). The colours all co-ordinate with stuff I already have. And I promise not to wear them all at once ;)
As a consequence of trying this style - which I still think is cute, just not for me - I am giving away these patterns:
New Look 6936 - stretch knits only UK sizes 8 - 18
If you would like one, please leave a comment with your email address so that I can contact you for your postal address.
I'm leaving this giveaway open for a fortnight. In the case of more than one person wanting a pattern, one of my DD's will draw on Sunday, May 11th, and I will post out as soon as possible after that date. Thanks for reading and happy sewing, 'til next time!