Wow it has been a bit longer than planned... LOL... after the Royal Wedding, I spent another few days vegging out at home doing nothing majorly special after the week's major events of castle visits, the Royal Wedding, and getting some things repaired in our apartment. A well-deserved rest I can assure you :) Then work started again on Tuesday and even though it was only a 4-day week for me, I was exhausted every evening... On Thursday I came home at 7.30pm, quickly reheated some food for dinner and fell asleep on the sofa at about 8 until nearly midnight! After which I moved to the bed and happily continued sleeping... So not a lot of time to create something or even to blog. So now I have a lot of catching up to do :) Let's start with the green dress:
You may remember our visit to Hampton Court Palace where I was wearing this cute little green velvet minidress? In case you dont, here is a picture:
Let me tell you how this dress came to be... I LOVE the movie Practical Magic :) I am sure you have heard about it (and if you havent you must see it, it's so cute!) and Nicole Kidman wears this amazing dress in it. Let me see if I have a picture somewhere... Other than photographing the tv, my only option is to look online for a reference to show you. This was the original idea. I just loved this dress so much! Actually to be honest this is the first time I notice that the dress actually has a pattern LOL. On TV it just looks like it's plain green usually. Anyway, I found this remnant piece of green velvet in the fabric store for like £7.50 years back and decided to make this. I started (this was about 2 years ago so my skills were not quite so great yet) and the whole thing was a mess... So it went back into the WIP bag and was forgotten for a long time. Until the sewing Christmas of 2009. Yes I had an entire Christmas holiday with only me and my sewing machine, I loved it! I got so much done! Kind of like Mending Week the other day only better :)
I had found a lot of cool ribbon at great prices during a visit in Holland also years back and I came across this cream/gold thick wool ribbon which matched the fabric beautifully. So I tried to salvage what was left of the fabric and the dress and it turned into this little number. I am quite pleased with it actually. Granted, it's not my best creation ever but it's so very comfy which also means something :) In the end it looked nothing like the inspiration picture, but I still love it. Here it is again:
And it's perfect for those few summer days we have here in London :)
So that was the story about the little green dress and how it came to be. I have so many posts lined up in my head, I just need to type them up so hopefully I can bring you many more ideas and share some of my holiday experiences with you. After all, it was a busy week!
Oh yes I nearly forgot: in the not-to-distant future I am starting a Recipe Week. I am trying to sort out linky party stuff so you can participate also but I havent done all the necessary research yet. I will keep you posted though!