A mid-May resolution
My best friend is getting married in three weeks. Everything is ready, we’ve organised the church service, sent out the invites and had the RSVPs back, we’ve got food (and cream tea, yum!) and bridesmaids dresses and BRIDES dress, we’ve got first dance through to last dance (that’ll be me on my own I think) planned.
Yes, everything is ready… except my evening dress. Now I don’t really do ‘dressy’, at least not evening dress. Most days I look like a student at an agricultural college. I wear flats (often loafers, never boat shoes) with rolled up trousers and long cardigans, and I frequently sport a top knot – I’m from Cirencester, what can I say, it’s in my blood. But dressy dresses are not my forte. So after five hours (no exaggeration) of shuffling around Bath culminating in me crying in Topshop when NOTHING fitted properly, led me to try something a bit new.
Now I know folksy is trying to be the British Etsy, but I’ve got to say, at the moment it’s really lagging behind its American counterpart. But yesterday I found the MOST beautiful dress. It’s the sort of dress you want to twirl in. And guess what? It’s being custom made, in my chosen colour, just for me and my measurements… I’m very excited! Have a nosey at it here: http://www.folksy.com/items/447754-Black-White-Polka-Dots-Cotton-Ruffles-Cap-Sleeves-Cocktail-Dress?shop=yes
Now I’ve got my eye on a coat/cloak and another dress from there! Anyway, all of this got me thinking… why don’t I make more of my own clothes? I’m perfectly capable. I know the patterns that go into the magazine inside out and upside down so I’m sure I could make them (the tea dress from issue 18 is first on my list). The biggest thing is that I don’t have the patience. I can’t be bothered with all that pressing and sewing and folding and pressing again. But my new resolution is to try. First up I’m testing a skirt pattern from DIY Couture (www.diycouture.co.uk), then I’m going to make the beautiful tea dress (you can see that next issue, out at the end of the month) and then the tulip skirt (also in issue 18) in a nice smart linen for the office.
Wish me luck! Alice x