Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy Holidays from Outer Space

At a recent Spoolettes event, the lovely Katherine of Yes, I like that blog-fame wore this outta-sight bowling shirt:

I fell head over heels in love with it, especially the fabric because it reminded me of these gorgeous Christopher Kane galaxy print dresses from a few seasons ago:

Christopher Kane, resort 2011
And even more amazing - Kathryn's shirt fabric was a duvet/sheet set from Tesco's (for non-uk readers, a popular chain of supermarkets). As soon as I got home, I scoured the Tesco direct website for this product, but they were sold out. This was probably because all us crafty bloggers have been buying them up to make gorgeous dresses, like this one and this one. Now I wanted it even more! Plus, I always make a new outfit for Christmas, and this was perfect for the upcoming festivities.

The internet came through, namely Ebay, where I scored a couple of single bed sized fitted sheets - I bought 2 just in case the pattern I had in mind wouldn't fit the fabric. I went through my patterns and eventually settled on the sleeveless bodice of this one:

- combined with the skirt of this one:

 And here's my finished piece, the Christmas in Outer Space dress:

 (I don't have any photoshop skillz, so jumping up and down on the bed was the best I could do in order to convey a feeling of weightlessness!)

I made some small adjustments to the patterns, namely adding about 1" to the waist measurement of the bodice. I also moved the back zip to the left side, as I wanted as few seams as possible disrupting that fantastic print:


As usual, I lined the skirt with a contrasting lining, this time orange because I felt it was in keeping with the solar flares in the print:

Close up of the neckline:


2nd prize winner!
You see me above at my annual works Christmas do. Imagine a large department store's-worth of staff out of their minds on booze, letting off a year's worth of pent-up frustrations, then double it - you'll get something close to how messy this event is. But a beautiful thing did come out of it - I won 2nd prize in the nights raffle! I didn't even know there was a raffle until the store director started announcing the winners.

And what did I get? £300 cold hard cash - brilliant! This was how I felt:

I sort of have a small idea what to do with it, but I may need some advice...

I think I might go all modern and invest in an overlocker! But which one to buy?  Being an overlocker novice, I need one that's relatively easy to use, but I want it to do as much as possible, and I don't want it to be too big, but not totally lightweight either. So... it has to be perfect, basically! Does anyone have any suggestions?I'd really appreciate any advice on what to look for.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and has lots of fun stuff planned to ring in the New Year!

See you soon!


  1. Yay another space dress! You look amazing in it. I'm really happy to see the gathered skirt - I have loads of this fabric left but I've been at a bit of a loss as to what kind of pattern to choose next. This helps! And thank you for linking to my dress - couldn't believe it when I clicked it hehe

  2. Love the dress! I have a galaxy print top from Forever21 last year and it's pretty awesome.

    As for an overlock machine (we call 'em sergers in the US) I have a Brother 1034D. It wasn't too expensive, quite lightweight, and it's super-easy to thread. You can either use serger thread with it (the big cone thread) or regular spools with it which is nice. It's definitely made for home use but I've been using it like crazy for about 2 years now and it's never given me any problems whatsoever. My only complaint is that it is a bit loud, but hey. It is going pretty fast!

  3. Great dress Mrs Needles so cool & fun. I looked for this fabric too! Must head to eBay. For the overlocker I have a Brother 3034d and I love it. It's so easy to use and pretty lightweight too.

  4. I splashed out on a pfaff. Is there such a thing as an easy overlocker? I've spent hours trying to thread it properly and get the tension right, think I'm finally getting the hang of it, but not easy! Love it though.

  5. I my stars! (see what I did there?!) What a fabulous dress!! I love your weightlessness photos.

    Re overlockers - I, too, have a Brother 1034D and agree with the other comments about how good it is. Also, it's not too expensive compared to others, so you would still have some pennies left for other sewing goodies.

  6. This is such a fabulous dress! Wishing you a very Happy New Year x

  7. Gorgeous dress! I love your "weightless" photos. So fun! I have the Brother 1034D also and like it a lot. Super easy to thread and use.

  8. HAHAHA I love your weightless pictures!!! This fabric looks great as a dress!

  9. This is such a great dress! I love the fabric too, and the neckline detail is great too. Congrats on the raffle prize too!

  10. Holy cramoly, I LOVE IT. Now I need to find some damn space-sheets. :-)

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