I took this photo the morning after the Manchester bombing. The sun was out, and within earshot a church choir was rehearsing. It was hard not to get tearful. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. Now is the time for us all to practice kindness, but I think I’m preaching to the converted here.
This is my third Tessuti Yuki dress. I guess I should stop boring you all soon with them, but I thought my latest variation might be of interest. Instead of battling with a safety pin to turn a drawstring inside out I replaced the drawstring with … a really long shoe lace!
I’m really proud of this lateral thinking. The plaid fabric I’d used on the collar frayed beyond belief and melted beneath a too-hot iron. No way would the same fabric cooperate with being cut on the bias in a drawstring to be sewn and turned inside out. No way was I giving myself that sort of nervous breakdown. I bought my 120cm laces here. Buy 3 Get 1 Free!
I’m also pleased with my thinking around colour. The main body of the dress is sewn from a denim blue peachskin. I love it – it has the look of a heavy sandwashed silk. But I sensed that an entire outfit out of this fabric would leave me looking like a hospital orderly. I’m glad I broke it up with the plaid collar and grey drawstring.
I finished this dress just in time for the heat. It’s time to be brave and get the old limbs out. Now, has everyone remembered to stock up on fresh razors and fake tan?! Oh, and sun screen. Don’t forget the sun screen.