An engagement ring? my heart sang.
No, readers. Something almost as good – a huge, ruddy great length of sequinned fabric printed with faces of the sphynx!
One of the benefits of spending half your income on a fabric stall in Walthamstow is that the stall holder gets to know your face and your addiction. He knows how to feed that addiction. He brings out the good stuff that he doesn’t share with just anyone. I don’t even know where he magic-ed this from. All he needed to do was mutter the words ‘designer’, ‘£2000 dresses’ and ‘I’ll give you a metre and a half for the price of a metre’ and I was sold.
Here’s another fact we can take for granted. This sequinned joy is way outside my comfort zone. I have never sewn with sequins, don’t have a clue how to. This is the equivalent of giving a pufferfish to a child and asking them to make you sashimi. Someone’s going to end up crying.
All of that to one side, I am nothing if not an optimist. I have a firm vision in my head. A simple shift dress to platform one glorious sphynx front panel. The rest of the dress in a nice, stable black ponte. But what pattern to use? Not sure those sequins will stand darts. And how the heck would I hem it? Stabilise it? Wear it? Here’s a photo of the rear.
Readers, I’m counting on you. Give me your advice. You might say, ‘Go and have a lie down, then sell the fabric on eBay.’ Or maybe something more constructive. Any patterns you’d recommend? Construction tips? Medication to spare?
I know you’ll be there for me. Laughing.
UPDATE Ooh, look what I just found.