Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm off to the BP garage for a mushroom slice

I'm suffering from the old 'what am I going to write in the first line?' predicament, sorry about that. Maybe I should just plunge straight in. Sorry again for the unsophisticated opening but, well, I'll put some pictures in to make it up to you.

Nic was working on Saturday at a conference, so I had the whole day in which to be girly and silly. I had a lazy morning and then met up with Sugar Plum and Martha in town for a look around the charity shops. I couldn't find anything much in the charity shops, but I did buy some fabric from Decorative Cloth. It is really pretty fabric, and it has possibly the twee-est name ever, 'A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose' by Red Rooster. Anyway, it is very lovely:

I bought the fabric to make a dress up from the pattern I'd ordered from Royal Fabrics, Simplicity 2591

Anyway - I spent a very lovely afternoon chatting and catching up with Sugar Plum and Martha, and when they left I made a start on making my dress. It took me ages to pin the pattern pieces and cut the fabric out, for some reason. However, that was the most difficult part of the process and I managed to get the dress mostly finished on Saturday evening and Sunday. I was greatly helped by reading the reviews on Pattern Review and also by reading Karen's blog Did You Make That? Karen's blog was especially helpful when I was trying to figure out what way the pockets worked, and once I worked that bit out, the pattern was really straightforward. It's the third dress I've made and I am really delighted with how it has turned out:

Tuesday 20th July 2010

I hand-stitched the armholes, which was the most laborious bit of the dress, and I put in a lapped zip at the back. I'm definitely going to make this dress again - I'm thinking of making the version with sleeves, in a plainer fabric for the autumn. I won't bore on for too much longer about this but this was the first time I'd made darts and also the first time I'd made pockets so, as well as having a nice wearable dress out of it, I've learned a few more things.

Apart from that, it's all been quiet round here. I've been feeling really stressed again about work - my job is hard, and it at times I find it difficult to cope emotionally with the fact that we're going to be closing down. It has a really physical effect on me, I can't sleep and eating makes me feel sick. I'm very up and down with it, and I'm trying to decide now whether to stick with it or to start to look around for another job. I know how lucky I am to even have a job right now, and to have the time to really think about my decisions but it's still hard going at times.

To make up for the doom and gloom of that last paragraph, here are a few more pictures of my dresses. Seeing as I didn't do any outfit shots last week, here are a few from the weekend:

17th July 2010
Mariko Dita dress and Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes
I didn't actually wear this on Saturday but I was trying it on so Martha could see, and she took a photo (in case you're wondering, I wore this on Saturday.) I bought this dress about a week ago but haven't found the occasion to wear it yet - I think it might be a wee bit too wiggly for work! Still, I'm glad I bought it because I love the pencil skirt and the boxy neckline. It's hard not to feel fabulous in this dress.

18th July 2010
Numph Summer dress and Bertie Orkney shoes
This is what I wore on Sunday. I can't think of much to say about this dress, except that I love the colour. Also, it's really practical for sewing in because it's a pullover one, so nice and handy for trying things on!

This week is set to be a very busy one again at work, but despite the things I was saying earlier I am trying to stay positive. I've got lots of nice things to look forward to over the coming weeks. Starting with tonight - Nic is taking me and my new dress out for a date, and then it's dinner and a movie. So really, life is pretty good.