Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Over-thought Belladone and Sew Dolly Clackett

Hello all!  I have so much to talk about today - there's a new dress, a giveaway win, and a Sew Dolly Clackett win!   Eep!  So let's start at the start...

  

The new dress is my second version of Deer and Doe's Belladone dress.  I love my first version and wear it a lot, even if the bias tape facing is a bit dodgy.  I got this fabric from Fancy Moon, it's called Guinea Flower Green by Kaffe Fassett, and was £13.00 per metre.  I bought 2.5 metres which was just enough, and I made absolutely no attempt at pattern matching because I didn't think this print needed it.


The green bits are brighter than they appeared on the website, but I love it.  Then when I added the brown bias tape, I thought it made the dress look very 70s, which is right up my street.  Although I appreciate 70s isn't to everybodys' taste!


I made one mod from the first version, which was to take 1cm out of the back shoulder pieces and back bodice pieces using this tutorial.  It was really easy, and definately makes the back sit better.

I mentioned that on my first version I had trouble following the instructions for the invisible bias tape facing.  Well, I didn't fare much better with the visible bias tape instructions!  A classic case of me over-thinking, because I'm very good at that! 


What I should have done was to fold the tape in half long-ways and put it over the edge of the fabric - half on the wrong side, half on the right side and sew it on: job done.  Instead, I treated it like it was a facing, but on the outside.  Then to top it off, I ran out of dark brown bobbin thread 2 inches from the end of sewing in the neck tape!  Grrr...  Anyway, I'm pleased with how it turned out, because I think the thick bias tape adds to the 70s-ness.  


I have a third Belladone planned, and will be doing the bias tape as above.  And wait till you see the fabric - it's fabulous!

Then on Tuesday morning, while I was having my breakfast, I was faffing about on Ravelry, and got a message from the lovely Helen at The Woolly Adventures of a Knitting Kitty, to say I'd won a giveaway she was doing.  Have a look at what I won!



It's a crochet covered tape measure (and chocolate, mmm...), it's it great?  It was crocheted by Helen herself, and she's even written a tutorial on how to make them.  I've already got some retractable tape measures from ebay to give this a go, I think they'd make great gifts.  Helen's blog is one of the very first (if not the first) blog I started following.  If you're a knitter, I can recommend it; and if you would like to knit, it's perfect inspiration.  Also, Helen is a cat person - enough said.

And finally, and quite unbelievably, I was one of the Sew Dolly Clackett winners!  I entered three dresses (one, two and three), and it was the third one, the Lucky Elisalex, that won (it was lucky indeed!).  I love this dress, I've worn it three times already, and it's had lots of lovely comments. 
 

I found out about this on Tuesday too - it was a pretty good day for me!  I had just got into work, was feeling pleased with myself for winning Helen's giveaway,  and did what I always do when I get into work - make a cup of tea (can't start work without it!).  Here's what happened - I was waiting for the kettle to boil, Rock and Roll All Nite by Kiss was on the radio, I looking at bloglovin' on my phone, and saw Roisin's post annoucing the winners.  You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw myself at the bottom!  If you  haven't already seen the other winning dresses, please take a look , they're all gorgeous and I would definately have picked them as winners.   In fact, all the dresses that were entered were lovely, and I don't envy the judges at having to choose!  And my prize is some fabric picked by Roisin's own fair hands!

 

Here's the video for Rock and Roll All Nite, because now it's going around my head.  This song is so great!  Be warned, if you haven't heard it before, it's extremely catchy, and you will be singing the chorus for the next two hours!  It's worth it though just to see Paul Stanley's boots...
 
This has been said a million times, but crafters really are the nicest people, and I am so proud to be one of them.  So, I am going to host my own giveaway shortly, because this week I also reached over 250 followers!  Hello to all my new followers, and thank you for reading my blog.  This week have left me feeling pretty much like this!


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Lynne

24 comments:

  1. Lovely post Lynne, and a well deserved win! I love the Dear & Doe dress, I have my eye on this pattern, I just love the back cut-out. The dress looks great on you, fab fit and green suits you so well. I look forward to seeing what you make with the the fabric Roisin chooses for you.

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    1. Oh, thank you! Isn't the cut-out great?! It's a bit time consuming to do, but definately worth it.

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  2. Well done for the win! I love the 70's vibe of the Belladonne dress - the colours are fab.

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    1. Thank you! You can't go wrong with 70s as far as I'm concerned!

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  3. Love the new Belladone! It's so cute on you! The satin finish of the bias binding really adds a nice touch. And congrats on your win! I was so thrilled to see your dress in the mix!

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    1. Oh, thank you!! I'm pretty pleased with the bias tape, after all the trouble it gave me.

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  4. Congratulations! Your winning dress is absolutely stunning!
    I love the back of your new dress!

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  5. The bias tape is perfect!

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  6. Congratulations on your Dolly Clackett Dress- It is beautiful and loving the 70's styles

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    1. Thank you! What's not to love about the 70s!

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  7. Well done on your winning dress, it was well deserved! Your Belladone looks beautiful on you, really want to have a go at making one myself!

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    1. Thank you! Belldone is a lovely pattern, it's such a clever design.

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  8. Congratulations on the Sew Dolly Clackett win, you deserved it. Loving the exposed bias facing. I tried it myself the first time this week on a Mathilde blouse and loving it

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    1. Thank you! The bias facing really was a "make it up as I go along" job!

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  9. Your bias taped neckline and back looks very precise, despite having all these troubles. And I like that is looks like from the 70's :) When having a closer look, I discovered that there are actually pansies on the dress - love it! Also, congratulations on being one of the winners of Sew Dolly Clackett. I think you got the best price and the fabric Roisin will be bringing from Paris will be amazing, I am sure :)

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    1. Thank you! Yep, the fabric has little pansies on it. I've always like pansies, they're cheery wee flowers.

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  10. Congratulations on your Dolly Clackett win! Your sewing is fabulous! So pleased you liked your little package too!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you once again for my tape measure, it's already had some use!

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  11. The Belladone Dress is been in my queue forever and seeing yours makes me want to make mine even more. And congratulations!

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    1. Thank you! Belladone is such a lovely pattern, but, holey moley, the instructions are so vague!

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