This dress is made from a “vintage” tablecloth. I remember buying it myself in the 1980s as a gift for my mother and rediscovered it a few months back in the back of the linen cupboard and thought it would be fun to play around with for a dress.
The bodice is a based on the Colette Patterns Peony but is my own bodice pattern with the Peony neckline, my modified Peony sleeve (forward shoulder adjustment) and McCalls 6706 skirt.
The skirt pattern was perfect is it is just a big rectangle so I could take advantage of the existing hem. The pleat positioning however is clever and includes built in darts and shaping so you get a lovely flared shape to the skirt. I really like this pattern and will use again.
The dress is underlined in black cotton lawn, with the sleeves left unlined. I made a bow belt using velvet ribbon. The zipper is a hand picked lapped zip, and in this lace it looks completely invisible. At the top I added a simple black button and loop.
I wore this to a wedding on Friday, and received so many nice comments on the dress. I was worried about looking like a tablecloth but no one said those dreaded words so I think I got away with it.
Onto another topic, which is the comment syncing problem that is happening with Blogger and Disqus. This means that Blogger no longer registers comments left using my commenting system so if you look at the last few posts it appears as if there are no comments, although once you click into view the full post you can see the comments showing as normal at the bottom of each post. It has really affected my blogging mojo and after fluffing around with some template customisation to work around the problem decided that I really need a fresh start. I will be moving my blog across in the next few days to a wordpress.org blog, with my own domain name. It should be seamless and cause hardly a ripple other than a domain name change. I am actually really looking forward to the extra functionality that wordpress will give me not to mention I can use a much prettier template. Onwards and upwards! Question though: do you think it matters if the domain name is unrelated to the blog name, as sewhopeful is already taken….