I've just had a couple of weeks off work to recharge my creative batteries.
I was hoping to have a lot of sleeps in, but my cat Lola decided to moonlight as a feline alarm clock.
Anyway, I managed to read lots of books on fashion history and design.
I've been wanting to attack my stash of vintage fabric and patterns (which has alarmingly grown to fill 4 or 5 boxes!) but I have a huge basket of mending which has been something of a mental block.
This peach and blue dress was made by me (from Butterick 3624) in 1986, but I hardly ever wore it because it had a puffy gathered skirt and an annoying floppy scarf-type collar which never sat correctly.
I'm not sure where the fifties / milkmaid revival theme came from, but it must have made sense to me at the time!
My weird mathematical mind thinks that it's a 30 year fashion revival cycle (1950s/1980s/2010s).
When I made it, my antique sewing machine didn't do zigzag, and I was a lazy dressmaker, so the innards are a bit messy.
I seem to remember having to lose some of the fullness in the skirt and sleeves the first time I made it.
This time around I took off the skirt, converted the dirndl to four box pleats, lining them up with the princess seams, and re-attached it.
Then I took off the collar, re-shaped, re-interfaced, re-lined and re-attached it.
Finally it needed some extra oomph so I converted the old scarf collar ends to curved cuffs, re-interfaced them and sewed them on.
The whole project has taken several months of planning, because I like to mull these things over rather than dive right in!
It's still not perfect, but it's a lot better, and I've always loved the blue rose print on a soft cotton twill.
It's also nice to see that my sewing skills have improved over the years.
I'm not 100% sold on the peachy-pink, despite Curtise from Past Caring's fabulous blog post on the colour pink - maybe I'll dye it red or purple.
It follows on quite well from the green roses theme last week, n'est-ce pas?
Hopefully my sewing drought is now over.
Now for some orange roses:
A "Designed by Juliet" NZ-made 1960s chiffon maxi from Toff's which I will be shortening and turning the collar around so it's a V-neck.
And some red roses:
Two cushion covers from the Salvation Army which I will be turning into a skirt.
Roses are beautiful, don't you think?