When I got married in 2009, I made my dress myself. With a very cheap sewing machine I bought online since I was not sure if I would like sewing and did not want to invest too much. So I made a dress lots of swearing and tears was involved). Shortly after I got married, close friends tied the knot as well and I made the dress for their wedding myself as well (actually I finished it 30 minutes before we were supposed to leave for church). So when I got the invitation for the wedding in Coventry (see post from last week), I decided to keep this newly started tradition going and make the dress once again myself.
As always, I waited till the last minute though the idea sprung up weeks ago. Thursday afternoon I finally decided on the dress pattern and made the entire thing in one afternoon. Friday morning I went to the airport.
The fabric is stretchy jersey. I fell in love with the pattern when I saw it at the market this spring. As always, the dress is not perfect ( I never seem to get the seams right…) but the belt gives it a nice shape. It was very comfortable to wear the entire day.
So why all this blabbering about a dress? You are here to see some awesome crochet (or knitting, but that not so much)! I made a bright red fascinator to go with the bold pattern of the dress and to chase away any clouds that would be lingering in the grey Northern English sky.
When is the next wedding? I have a new idea for a dress and the matching fascinator!
My tv broke this week! Until the new one is delivered in two weeks, I will have to do without a tv. Which probably means I will finally sew something? Crochet works fine while watching movie but sewing requires more attention plus the machine needs to be on a big enough work table…
Here is a light dress I made without any pattern. Basically it is two panels and then two smaller panels were added as arms. The dress sits very loosely, much like a muumuu. Don’t get confused by the sentence “Muumuu are also popular as maternity wear because they do not restrict the waist.”, I am not pregnant!
Sewing is most of the time quite frustrating simply because I am not good at it and I have an extremely short attention span. Enough for the muumuu dress though!
The fabric was lying around in my stash for ages, I bought it in France ages ago for very little money.
One more picture of the entire dress:
For fall, I really would like to take part in a sewing class. I guess you cannot learn everything from books and videos on the internet… Any recommendations for Nuremberg?
When I put this lace tippet/cape on my dress form, my husband started humming the Adams Family Theme and asked me if I finally decided to show my Gothic side in public… Ah, that’s why I love him so much!
I made this cape for a friend who is invited to 6 weddings this year and has promised to advertise my products on those occasions. This cape is perfect for a summer wedding: fine and light-weight you can wear it to church without hiding too much of your nice summer dress, but still making sure you are dressed suitably for the service.
The cape is worked in a simple V-pattern, with a fine blend of Merino and silk (70% Merino, 30% silk) by Lana Grossa.
The cape before blocking:
And the finished cape:
I already had my friend try it on (she kept it, so it is gone), it looked really cute. Maybe I will consider integrating this cape into my collection in my store…
And did you know: when you have an item made with wool and you don’t want it to be scratchy, put it into a plastic bag and put it into your freezer for about 24 hours. Repeat from time to time, if necessary. No more scratchy wool clothing anymore!
Ah, I started to doubt that I ever will make anything else than little embellishments and hats and scarves. But I finally overcame my doubts and fears (making something big also means you can make a lot of mistakes and in the end all the work you put into a project was in vain cause the project looks like crap).
I am very proud to present my first jacket/shrug!
It is based on a pattern from this lovely book by Stefanie Japel: Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter: 25 Projects for the Fashionable Knitter.
I admit, when I cast off, it did not fit like I wanted it to fit so I took my crochet hook and added some more stitches (the rest is knitted).
And I solemnly swear to you (and myself of course) that this is not the last piece of clothing you will see here.
Plus next time I will try to make better pictures. I definitely need to work on those skills too.