A Tale Of Two Cities
Forgot my mobile phone ...!
Fabric: Approx 2m crepey/georgettey print stuff from the 60’s (?), 1m black crepe, 1m black lining
Pattern: Victory Clover
Notions: Thread and interfacing from stash
Time to complete: Approx 10 hours
First Worn: In these pictures.
Wear Again?: Yes, it’s great for work – I wore it there on the day of the photoshoot.
Total Price: 60’s print – £1.70 from charity shop. New black crepe – £7 from John Lewis. Lining – £1 from charity shop.
Two cities because the 60’s print came from the City of Ely and the black crepe from the City of Cambridge. Both historic and famous places in their own right. Ely for its magnificent 12th century cathedral which technically makes it a ‘city’ and is one of the smallest in the UK, and Cambridge, well I don’t need to go into too much detail there …
The University outfitters...
Posing outside King's College Chapel ...
- Gorgeous houses here in Ely …
Magnificent Porch of Ely Cathedral
The dress started out as ‘Mad Men’, but I only got as far as cutting out when I was struck down with fluey cold. Anyway, Sarah
was on the same track and it was great to see how her version turned out. This is a fabulous pattern, so easy to buy in the first place – it comes as a download and as soon as you pay, it’s there almost immediately in a zip file. Thanks Charlotte
for bringing Victory Patterns
to our attention at Sew Weekly. It’s aimed at beginners and cutting out was a breeze, but I thought the neckline construction could be tricky, with a ‘sandwich’ being made of collar, facing and body (had to be careful not to get the tie in the way) – no zip to worry about though and it’s a really comfy, easy to wear shape. I’ve made it a little longer in length, as I don’t have the most flattering knees these days! This will definitely have another outing in some other fabric. I didn’t mention that Ely is a fabulous place for good quality charity shops and I’ve found some great fabrics, including this flowery, geometric print – there are at least 6 shops here.
I’ve finished off the insides with false french seams on the flimsy fabric, a technique I learned for my Tropical Sorbetto. I’ve also attached the lower half lining by hand to the seam where it joins the bodice, which makes it all nice and neat!
Maybe I'll get good enough to sell on the market ...
Here in Cambridge, I’m standing outside The Haunted Bookshop, one of the few bookshops left. It specialises in second hand volumes and you can find some beautiful covers and bindings here. Worth a look if ever you’re down this way …
FINALLY, I’ve actually got the hang of posting my photos now, thanks to discussion in the Sew Weekly Contributors group, particularly from Tina Crossgrove who recommended here – I was leaving my digital images waaay to wide before and could only end up with ‘small’ images fitting on the blog page. Here’s to some better posts from now on! I also hope to get out and about in Cambridge a bit more this coming summer …. Thank you to my friend Jane this time for the photos.
On yer bike!