Friday, 2 December 2011

Sew what? Bridesmaids dresses.

Hello darling readers!

In my recent quiet spells, an awful lot has happened. Mainly moving to a lovely new flat, and also some dressmaking jobs!

Let me tell you about the latter.

When I was recently offered some dressmaking jobs, I jumped at the chance.
But, alas, I also quivered at the thought of actually being relied on to make someone a dress. Help! I was panicking. It's not that I wouldn't be able to, but more that I was out of practice post-uni, and for the first time, had no clever technicians to turn to when I got a bit stuck or had confused myself.

I was asked to make two floral shift dresses for two bridesmaids to wear at a september wedding!

Blimmin' heck, I thought, that's someone's wedding day. What if I mess it up? What if I am too slow? What if my machine breaks?
The third is the one that happened. At which point, I must say, I was not the calmest of people. Read: crying and tantrum-ing. It was three days before the dresses had to be finished, after all.

The sewing machine I toiled on whilst at home.

Initially, whilst visiting my family in Norwich, I had gone ahead and made the toile up in white cotton without any real problems, and even come up with two different capped seeve designs. I was feeling quite proud of myself.

But then... I found a new flat and had to move out. Oh dear! Let me tell you that moving (mostly by means of bus with suitcases and bin bags, after work, for three weeks) whilst also in full time work AND making TWO dresses is not fun. Certainly not when I am a total stress head at the best of times! Talk about bad timing, eh?

Add to the mix a lack of suitable furniture, a bad back and, oh boy, what an adventure that makes for!

And then how about a total sewing machine disaster at the last minute? Yeah, why not!
My sewing machine decided to totally pack up on me, halfway through the final making of dress one, and before dress two was even started properly. DISASTER!

Evil sewing machine of doom!

Luckily, the wonderful Angel Adoree, who was one of the bridesmaids, let me invade her lovely home for three days straight so I could get the dresses finished! (And let me tell you, it is a wonderful place)

Want to see the project that nearly lead to my meltdown?

Rather proud of myself, I am!

Pip pip xx


  1. Jeee-sus, no wonder you haven't posted ina while!! I've moved house like that too and its a bloody nightmare, isn't it? Hope you're all settled now.xx.

  2. Hey Rosie!!!!!!!!!!
    Been a while... huuuh! Just super!

  3. Well done lovely for not going into complete melt down!! They look lovely, what a fab job you did - I think we should organise a sewing session in the New Year! x

  4. Wow your dresses look gorgeous! And I'm in awe that you managed to move house by bus, me and my car barely managed it a few months ago! :)

  5. Ahh, thanks lovelies! Sorry it has taken me a while to reply to you all. Consider me exhausted!

    Lady Cherry....yes we should! That would be fun!

    Faff & Kitty- I did need to enlist a van for the bigger bits. But everything else was bin bags on buses! We are a bit settled in now, but still not got a lot of the furniture we need. But we are getting there bit by bit!

    Anna- It has indeed! I hope all is well with you!


  6. Wow, what a drama. I get scared with making crafts for people, I cant imagine making bridesmaids dresses. Glad you came out on top though!



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