Legally Red

My family and I went to see Legally Blonde – the Musical at the Savoy Theatre yesterday, right next to the newly renovated Savoy Hotel:

This was a great opportunity to give the V1183 dress a test run. I don’t know about any of you, but I do like to be amongst good friends and/or family on first outings in case there are any, erm, wardrobe malfunctions. My big dread and fear is seams splitting. I don’t know why I don’t have more faith in my makes! Anyway, the dress performed magnificently and a big extra plus was that my sister had brought her camera along.

She’s a self-taught photographer and an inspiration. Let this lady teach us all that anything is possible once a hobby is embraced with full passion. The below is a quick snap she took in London’s Cafe in the Crypt:

The red dress of dreams!

Honestly. It took her about a minute to get that shot. If you want to see more of my sister’s wonderful photography, visit here.

The V1183 has proved itself to be a perfect winter dress. During the construction, I’d never imagined wearing it with opaque tights and flat boots, but that’s what I did yesterday because a) it was cold, b) I didn’t have any suitable shoes and c) a jaunt in London always involves lots of walking. As it turns out, the dress worked well with this, ahem, practical attire.

But, enough self-congratulation. What’s next on the agenda? Well, in the run up to Christmas some things I can’t share here. But also – always! – new clothes. I started work on a new Jenny skirt, but rapidly lost the will to live having made this twice already. So I’ve ordered this pattern instead:


The V8363 has six variations. I like almost all of them and want to make as many of them as I can before I get bored! I am particularly inspired by the version with the three buttons at the hem, and the version using lace. (I’m already thinking midnight blue lace overlay and midnight blue duchess satin!)

Thanks, also, for suggestions regarding what I might make on my upcoming sewing course. Karin and Zoe both suggested making a pair of trousers and I think this is an excellent idea. I’ve never made a pair of trousers before and it would bring lots of new challenges – exactly what I need. Thank you, ladies. Now I just need to choose a pattern…

Finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments on the last blog post. Last week was unbelievably stress-ey in all sorts of ways too boring to share. So it was a great boost to have people from around the world making such kind and encouraging comments. Group hug, everyone!

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5 Responses to Legally Red

  1. Kerry says:

    Hi there – I’ve been reading your blog for a while and really enjoy it. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how you get on with V8363. The reason being, I made the skirt with pleats at the front from V8363 as my first project in my beginners dressmaking class this year. I was, and still am, a novice dressmaker and sadly my resulting item became what I call ‘Britain’s most unflattering skirt’. I think pleats in the stomach area can be pretty hard to sit well, as I discovered from experience!

    That being said, you are evidently a more skilled dressmaker than me, as I’ve seen on your blog, so I’m sure you will get on a lot better with it than me! I’m hoping your skirt(s) will inspire me to return to the pattern again.


    • Thanks for the heads up! Perhaps I’ll save that version for one if the later makes. Like you, I need all the help I can get in the tummy area. Oh – and I’m no expert! Not by a long mile.

  2. rachel says:

    You look gorgeous in your red dress. And I really like the idea of that skirt in blue lace — will look forward to seeing it made up!

  3. Kate says:

    The dress is amazing and you are right, your sister is a superb photographer.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Looks great!!! Beautiful dress on you.

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