Showing posts from August, 2012

Work in Progress

Really excited about this dress. It's currently being made as a new collection dress and I can't wait to show you when it's finished.

A-Line Skirt

I recently made myself an A-line skirt.

I made it using pink corduroy that I found in John Lewis fabric department. When I was in the shop it looked more red than it actually is, at home and in daylight I find it's a fairly dazzling pink! But that's OK.

I'm often asked if I make my own clothes and I wish I could say 'Why yes, all of them!' but sadly, lack of (non wedding dress making, relaxing) time is the issue.

I drafted the pattern myself and made it using the simplest methods I could, as speed is of the essence for me when making anything for myself, otherwise it runs the risk of being consigned to 'a cupboard' and forgotten, not unlike my knitting ;)

I'm 5' nothing, so I often find getting skirts and trousers a trial because:
a) I don't want to take them up.
b) There is often a decorative trim at the hem that, although lovely, I would have to either cut off or unpick somehow and move, and that's not likely to happen.
c) The proportio…

Something red

Here's Dawn. She knew what she wanted and that was a red wedding dress, with some pleats and beading on it!

So I set to and made it for her :)

It was good to make Dawn's dress for her because apart from the pleasure of making it, it was nice to have a change of colour in my studio. Ivory is always lovely for wedding dresses, but this was a gorgeous rich red, which made a change for me and made Dawn happy!

Dawn married her chap on a summer day in Ely (you can see the Cathedral in one of the images above) on one of the days when it wasn't raining, and the vibrant green of the well rained-on grass contrasts really well with her dress colour, I think.

The pictures were taken by photographer John Wolfe, who very kindly sent these to me. You can visit his site here.

Craft Polymath

Do you ever like to think of yourself as having a hobby or skill that really you don't have?

For example, in conversation, you may say 'Well, as a keep fit enthusiast, I prefer free weights to aerobics', when in fact you joined the gym three years ago and have only been five times in as many years, and stopped when you inelegantly flew off the back of the treadmill.....? Or, perhaps you might fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur, because you enjoy drinking a lot of whatever is on offer in the supermarket bargain section? (Not that I'm speaking from experience in either of these cases you understand, but you get my drift?)

I'm like this about knitting. I fancy myself as a knitter. Indeed, I actively enjoy knitting, I was taught at my mother's knee after all. But somehow......I can't get to actually finishing much of anything I start.

The storage areas of my house are home to abandoned yarn - usually with several inches of whatever project it was I started s…