A month of fundraising with the Made Up Initiative. Over £2500 raised for the National Literacy Trust. More than 220 donations. And at least one dress sewn! We did it. Our original goal was to raise £1000, and we’ve smashed that.
Have you completed your Made Up pledge? If so, it’s really important to leave a link in the comments below or email me a photo, as per the outline in my original blog post. I am too feeble a human to rigorously track shares on other social media sites (much as I adore and appreciate them). So, if you want to guarantee your chance to win, you know what to do! You have until 11am GMT Saturday 12 September to add or email your make. Then, I’ll be pulling names from a hat – possibly in a live situation at our Made Up Meet Up.
For myself? I’ve managed to finish my Vogue 5098 in time for today’s deadline. It’s been a labour of love. Can you believe that this make came from my stash? The fabric was bought over four years ago on my very first trip to Mood Fabrics. I was a young and inexperienced Sewist at the time, so bought far too much of this brocade – enough for two dresses! The belt buckle was a gift from a reader. Forgive me, dear reader, can you remind me if it was you? It’s been used, at last.
This was an intense make to a deadline. Two toiles, kimono sleeve gussets, a bound buttonhole, seven seams to match up at the waist… You get the drift. But I loved the journey. Well, until the very end when I arrived close to that intense hatred you develop for a dress you’ve loved sewing. Ever had that?
The finished make is significantly more flattering than I’d expected. I was concerned about those pleats around the tummy, but actually they work brilliantly. (You can sew them down, which helps with the silhouette.) I’m glad I chose to make the version sans collar – that would have been too much.
Brocade is lovely to work with but there isn’t a smidgin of give, so you really don’t want to over fit. The great detail about brocade is that it doesn’t need lining. All inside seams were overlocked. (A couture purist wouldn’t approve.) The skirt was pegged 1.5 inches at each side seam and shortened from the original pattern by a good 5 inches.
I am very happy with this dress. It was a lot of work. If I had to self-flagellate (and why not, this is a sewing blog after all) I wish I’d anticipated that front centre seam in the skirt and been a bit more canny with my pattern placement. But honestly, a rat’s arse I do not much give.
Thank goodness for the Made Up Initiative, which forced me to complete a project first mooted five months ago. Nothing like a rocket up your behind, eh? Have your rockets worked?
Thanks so much to everyone who took part; we’ve achieved something rather wonderful. If you haven’t already, I urge you to go visit the Justgiving page and read through the inspiring and touching pledges. Maybe make a donation whilst you’re there!
Even if you didn’t manage to complete your Made Up Make, you still have reason to be very proud, raising funds for the National Literacy Trust. Changing lives.
I’m made up to be Made Up. I hope you are, too.
Don’t forget to come along to our Made Up Meet Up on Saturday 12 September – everyone is welcome! I may use this as an opportunity to off load patterns and fabric stash.