It has been a long time, and to my two subscribers out there, I apologise. I have been sewing, and I did go to France for a 4 week holiday (which was wonderful!).
So, for the moment, I present this years Tessuti Award entry. The theme was linen and lace, using natural (creams, ivorys etc) tones. I managed to pick up some lovely cream lace in Toulouse on my travels, bought a couple of meters and thought ‘I’ll work the rest out when I get home’!
For a long time I struggled with a concept, and then, two weeks ago, I spotted a dress in a magazine that sparked an idea.
I used my 1950s bodice and collar for the pattern, with a basic mid waist skirt for the bottom. I overlayed a 3/4 circle around the waist, to carry through the lace idea to the bottom half. The skirt, waist tie and collar are in a slightly darker linen; the lace, overlay and bodice are in a cream.
The whole dress is french seamed, and the only issue I encountered was the fitting – the requirement is for a size 10 dress – I have the hip and bust measurements thereof, but the waist must be 10cm bigger. I designed the waist tie, so I could model the dress and pull in the waist to suit.
The few pictures above are not on the Tessuti website, so of course, there are 9 other shots in my online entry if you’d like to see more! Once again, a big thankyou to my wonderful husband for his eye behind the lens.