Prom 2016

It’s been a little hectic since I got back from holiday.  It was countdown to Prom which meant final fitting time for the dress I have been making.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with Jess and her mum.  I particularly love that Jess always gives good feedback, what can I say, I like a client that knows what she wants ❤

This journey started in February when Jess sent some pictures and asked if I could make “this”.   “Sure” I said, “why don’t you come in and we’ll have a chat”.  It is of course never that simple, before the appointment I found some patterns that were as close as possible so we could talk details.


At the meeting we agreed how the dress would look; style details, colour, materials, length……  But more importantly I got to know Jess and her mum.  I feel when making a custom outfit it’s important to know who I am making it for and that they get to know me because they are trusting me with something really special.  In February it seemed a very long time until June, Ha!

Normally if I’m making for fairs or for me I buy fabric quite happily online but this time it seemed more prudent to get some samples.  While I waited for the sample to arrive I got busy customising the pattern (I did say it’s never that simple didn’t I).  I could use the pattern for under-layer of the dress, however, to create the top layer I need to graft the sheer panel onto the main body, yup that’s as confusing as it sounds!   Still it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy 🙂

The next few months were a blur of cutting, tacking, over-locking, sewing, fittings, discussions.  And for Jess, shoes, underwear, jewellery and unfortunately exams 😦

I will admit I am very very proud of the end result and Dot is still sulking that she can’t wear the dress anymore!  In fact she’s sulking so much I’ve included her in the gallery below but undoubtedly Jess is the star of the show.  Thank you for asking me to make your dress for such an important day.


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Memories are (Mand) Made of this

Before Christmas I’d been helping one of the Sewing Space ladies create some soft toys from her nephews baby clothes.  You may have seen various version of these “memory bears” on the internet.  Inspired I decided to make two for myself (one for each bub), it’s a shame I gave away all of their baby clothes, doh!  So with the only cot sheets to work with ( I’ll let you ponder why I would still have those (!)) this is the first.  Made with Amelie’s sheets.20151218_133531A picture I posted got a lovely positive response on Facebook and a friend asked if I could make one for her little one.  But it seemed she had a similar problem, what to use….

After a little think she brought me his gorgeous christening outfit.  Now cutting up babygrows and vests I can do without a twinge but this was a different ball game (or bundle of fabric if you like).

I will be totally honest I cut and started to make the basic bunny to give myself time to sneak up on it.  The first cut might not be the deepest but in this instance it sure will irreversibly wreck the clothes.  I was fairly sure I could take the features and shape of the outfit and create a bunny looking like he was wearing the same.  So with the painful first cut done and some strategic pieces cut, Bunny would be wearing trousers, a waistcoat and a dapper bow tie.

Here he is a fleecy bunny, stuffed in polyester toy filling and wearing an outfit fit for a prince.

Wondering if he’s missing something?  Yep took the pictures before I gave him his cheeky grin *facepalm*  Even with it though he’s still not as cute as the little guy who donated his clothes so his mum could have a treasured keepsake ❤20160202_194719