This washed silk is £5 a metre from the Man Outside Sainsburys on Walthamstow market. I’m not kidding, it’s absolutely gorgeous to work with – so get yourselves down there, peeps, before it all disappears!
I’m sewing a test make. I promised a friend I’d duplicate a well-loved dress that she already owns. It’s very rare for me to take on makes for other people – you have to catch me in just the right mood! Fortunately, this dress is uber-simple. A bat wing dress, no darts, back and front matching. So it was no biggie to trace. Cinched in with a wide belt, I know how much my friend can rock this dress!
I’d told Julia that the test make would be in a solid red as that’s what she wants for the final dress. But then, um, I spotted these butterflies, felt the weight of the silk – and I employed my right to change my mind. In fact, a solid colour for this dress is making me slightly nervous. What do you think, readers? I suspect our fabric choice will be really important if we’re going with a solid colour. Something that doesn’t crease too much during wearing, is just the right shade of red… Let me know if you have suggestions!
I’d love to crack on with this make, but I’m away for the weekend, so it will have to wait. Sob! Making things for other people always sends me jittery and nervous. I want my friend to like this dress. I hope she is into butterflies!
Oh. And you just know I bought an extra metre of this silk for myself, don’t you?