Sunday, 29 September 2013

Setting myself a challenge

I've always liked to challenge myself: looking at things and thinking "sure, I can do that, how hard can it be?!". Sometimes it works out okay, other times not so much!!!

So the latest challenge I've set myself?! Well we've been invited to a long-service black-tie do for Mr f&f at a posh hotel with a stop-over. Exciting on so many levels!! I can't remember the last time I got all dressed up and we get a night away.

But there is a flip-side: it's the first 'do' I've been to since becoming a full-time mum and there's a little bit of me that's a tad nervous - what will I talk about?! So I figured a good talking point might be saying 'I make things, like my dress!'

I searched high and low for a pattern and eventually settled on Vogue 8358: I like the simplicity of the dress's lines and the straps at the back (though I suspect I may not make the front V quite so deep...and am not even going to start worrying about what kind of bra I'm going to have to try and find!). And as a bonus it's rated Very Easy!


I'm also going to have a go at making a shawl to go over the top as I always get cold. I don't often do lace, but I love this pattern and I think it will work up really well with the yarn I got from Wonderwool earlier this year. And if I get time maybe I'll make a purse with some Oakshott cotton I've got laying around. So not too much to do then!

And because I figured that wasn't enough of a challenge I've also signed up for a Craft & Gift fair on the 19th October in Tewkesbury. Eek! It's going to be all hands to deck over the next few weeks to get everything sorted!

Oh, and if the dress doesn't work out? Some friends have said I can raid their wardrobes. Always good to have a back up!

If anyone has any tips for the evening dress of craft fair, I'd love to hear them!

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

S x

Todays sky ● gorgeous blue with the occasional cloud. The perfect day!

11 comments:

Jo Jo said...

Wow, both patterns are beautiful! I have no advice to offer I'm afraid, except perhaps to buy/borrow/steal some great accessories! Good luck and what a treat!! X

verykerryberry said...

What plans! Lovely dress pattern, very slinky!

Isisjem said...

That's a gorgeous looking dress. Good luck with making that. Love the colour of the wool you picked. There are not enough occasions to get dressed up in my world! (or most people I know!)

pennydog said...

Good luck with the dress making and of course the fabric shopping that goes along with it ;)

Leigh Anne said...

You are going to look fabulous!! I find that setting a deadline is the only way I get things done LOL.

Ali said...

Fab dress, what fabric have you picked? You will look gorgeous in it. Where and when is the Tewkesbury fair? I shall have to pop by - just to cheer you on obviously, shopping hadn't even crossed my mind!

heart of charnwood said...

Looks like a fab dress pattern, good luck! :o)

heart of charnwood said...

Looks like a fab dress pattern, good luck! :o)

Sarah Lou said...

Sometimes it's good to not know how difficult something is, if that makes sense? Good luck with the dressmaking, and I love the colour of that yarn!

Lynne said...

Love the dress and shawl patterns! Good luck with both of them. :)

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

Oh I was eyeing that shawl pattern the other night! I can't wait to see your version, the red you chose will be just stunning over an evening gown. Good luck sewing your evening gown! I have a dream of sewing a holiday party dress for myself (I want to do By Hand London's Elisalex) so I am really interested to see how yours goes.

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