Monday, 29 September 2014

Handmade 60s-style psychedelic circles dress

Had this fabric kicking around for ages. I bought it at Derrys (Plymouth department store) just before they closed so that's over 4 years ago! Didn't know what to use it for as I had about 2 meters and I usually only do small projects. Also I didn't want to experiment with it because it's such a cool pattern and I didn't want to mess it up and waste it. Then I got a free dress pattern in a promotion. (The pattern for this dress from the Great British Sewing Bee book ) so I thought I might as well use it. At first I didn't like the shape of the dress. It was too low at the front. (My poor measuring and cutting rather than a fault with the pattern.) Then I put it on back to front... and voila: a great sixties-style shift dress with elegant low back.

Probably says quite a lot about my poor sewing skills that it looks better on backwards. Thinking of finishing the sleeves with lace ribbon.

Beautiful bargains at the All Things Vintage and Lovely Fair, Plymouth

This enjoyable event was on Saturday. Loads of beautiful stands. Particularly loved the retro lamps at the Love Bobbins stand and the cute fabric purses on the Aloha Lounge Designs stand. Also saw a lot of lovely china tea cups but managed to drag myself away... mostly. I did allow myself one china trio and some vintage fabric:

Great music, atmosphere and sellers.