We’re three weeks into #MMMay17, I’ve pledged to wear something I’ve made every day. The problem I’ve had isn’t finding something to wear, it’s finding someone to take a photograph! So some of the photos are from when I made it, but I did wear it, honest!!
This sleeveless top from a couple of years ago works well with my navy straight skirt.
This was the second Gabriola skirt I made, I’m still not sure about the colours in the tie-dye, but I wear it quite a lot as an everyday skirt.
Another tie-dye, this time it’s a lovely soft cotton which makes the top really nice to wear. The skirt this time was my navy Fumeterre skirt, I still really like this pattern. I wore my sewing Archer’s shirt to Otley show.
Saturday night we had a dinner with a Great Gatsby / flappers theme, my attempt to make a flappers dress failed miserably (read about it here) so I ended up wearing a beaded dress I’d bought a couple of years ago. In my sewing drawers I found this…
…and the more I look at it, the more I’m convinced it’s the genuine article, as in a 1920’s headdress. It’s beautiful, all beads, sequins and velvet. We have a lady at Embroiderers Guild who is a bit of an expert on costume and textiles, so I’m thinking of taking it to show her. I needed some way of attaching it to my head and I decided Kate Chiconi’s suggestion of a short length of elastic was probably the safest, in that I could see if I was constantly adjusting hair grips, I would damage the ends. I was still concerned about the pressure put on by stitching elastic on, I remembered seeing some black powermesh, left over from when I made a bra. I gently tacked it onto the back and then stitched the elastic to the powerflex. It seemed to work as it was all in one piece when I got home.
Which is more than could be said for my feathers, I hadn’t even reached the venue when I realised they had flown off somewhere! I did have to laugh as a lot of ladies wore black feather boas and the floor looked like a few birds had come to sticky ends as there were feathers everywhere!
To complete the outfit I wore my midnight blue velvet cape. I made this nearly 30 years ago and I still remember the traumas I had trying to stitch a satin lining onto velvet!!! It’s locally known as my Scottish Widows cape after the lady in an advert many years ago.
Just over a week to go at #MMMay17, I’ll try and get a few more photos for next week 🙂