Saturday, 14 May 2011

A dress in a week and a Sew Weekly meet

I'm back! I'm sure you're all happy to know that all computer problems have now been solved, and I've found a way to get pictures onto the airwaves (as my Grandma calls it). So here's one for you now...

Please note the strange woman on the left hand side of the picture, who was one of many who mistook us for movie stars, which of course each and every one of us looked like

As you may or may not be aware, today was the first UK meet up of The Sew Weekly followers. This took place at the V & A in London, where we visited the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition. In honour of the first UK meet up, we aimed to make outfits in the colours of the Union Jack - red, whit and blue.

My aim was to make the Horrocks dress in honour of the location we were meeting, but I got a bit overwhelmed by the idea of grading the pattern up and making it in time. So after the success of Vogue 8615 (pictures to follow soon, I promise) I decided to make this dress again in the colours of the Union Jack. I started Sunday morning, slightly panicky, and was surprised to have it almost finished by the end of the night (it certainly wasn't that quick the first time!). I spent a final few evenings this week hemming, ironing and finishing the seams.

I made the dress in navy cotton with white polka dots, and lined the dress with red, including the pockets. If my outfit was red enough, I finished it off with a little red bow for the front and as you can see from the picture, I was quite pleased with the result.

Everyone else of course looked fantastic. I really thought we would all be wearing matching polka dot dresses, so I was amazed to see such a variety of outfits.

The exhibition itself was lovely. Although Yamamoto used lots of unfinished seams in his designs, which drove me slightly crazy, the designs themselves were fantastic mixing Japanese tradition with Haute Couture.

We then journeyed on to Goldhawk Road to spend our hard earned wages on crepe and cotton. First of all though we participated in a very important activity...a pattern and fabric swap.

 As you can see above, everyone was very generous by bringing along a selection of patterns with different ages and styles. I was lucky enough to come away with 4 patterns, and a copy of Dressmaking Made Easy by Laura Baldt, copyrighted 1928 [squeal].

After weighing ourselves down with bags and bags of fabric, I was lucky enough to join up with Karen and the Fabric Fandango for a few drinks and a drool over their own purchases.

I think it's safe to say a good time was had by all, and I had the privilege of meeting a number of wonderful seamstresses. It just proves that we really are the nicest bunch of people there ever were. I'm now going to have a well earned rest by snuggling under my duvet with some hot chocolate and a 20's guide to sewing.
Rock and Roll.



  1. Yay! Lovely day, great catching up with you again :)

  2. YAY!!! I had such a fun time meeting up! I'm so glad you took the 1928 McCall book...I am eagerly awaiting some scanned photos :) And your dress looked fabulous!!!

  3. Hi There! Your dress looks wonderful! I am currently sewing the Vogue 8615 and it's doing my head in! I'm a beginner at sewing and so there are a few problems I have encountered. I was just wondering if you posted any tutorial videos, or had any tips for this dress??

  4. @Nikolina I haven't done any tutorials no, I'm not sure it's sensible for me to start teaching people how to sew! Saying that, if you have any specific questions, we could try and muddle through together. Email me x