Well, it was really all cocktails, and no actual sewing . It started in a civilised manner, like this:
|Clare and Emmie in the kitchen|
|Clare, you rock SO HARD!|
I decided to debut my Franken-patterened Gypsy dress made from a 90's(?) gypsy top:
...stuck on to the skirt of this 1950's Butterick shirt dress:
A few tweaks here and there - I left off the front button placket, pleated the top to match the skirt darts at the waistband, added a zip at the side - and TA-DAA - you have the Hot Tamale Dress! (Mr Needles named it...):
The striped fabric was something I acquired during the swap at the Spring London blogger meet up. And to reinforce the sewing sisterhood link, I found out the donor of the striped fabric was the lovely Fiona from Diary of a Chain Stitcher, who recognised it at the cocktail soiree. I was so happy to be able to thank her, because I love this dress!
A few details:
A close up of the ruffle around the neck/shoulders:
The skirt has a lapped split at the back, finished with a little arrowhead at the top:
And I lined it all with a lightweight polyester, which I also used to bind the hem:
Anyway, back to the question posed at the beginning of the blog - it was decided that a collection of sewists is a 'spool'! And I couldn't be happier to be a spool-ette - I was laughing and smiling so hard that my face hurt! I can't really remember why I started blogging about sewing - as a diary of my projects? - but I never thought I would get so much back, in the form of knowledge and new friends.
So here's to all the Spoolette's out there, and I'll see you soon!