The “bogof” dress
Fabric: blue wool crepe aptly named Jubilee from www.croftmill.co.uk, £10 per metre, I used about 1.5m
Pattern: Colette Truffle, minus flounce
Notions: 22” dress zip
Time to complete: 5 – 6 hours
First worn: for the sewweekly East Anglian Fabric Trail meetut
Wear again? I did, to work, last week
Total price: About £20 I reckon
This is the third time I have made the Colette Truffle. It’s a great pattern. But I got lazy. The first two I fully lined and this one I just lined the bodice. Guess which version I am not keen on? Laziness does not pay.
I made this dress after seeing Mena’s link to this chart. Her Majesty loves blue (and hates beige it seems, good for her, I’m not a lover of beige either). The Jubilee colours of red, white and blue are everywhere in England this week and for the meet I went full on red, white and blue with accessories. However, it was a boiling hot day so the jacket got left in the car. I took the first photo at home with Mia before I got too hot (an American friend might recognise the dress Mia picked out to wear that day – tee hee!) and later on I just loved this shop window in Cambridge. Thanks to Diane for taking this photo!
The title of this dress is not a political comment on the Royal family but rather Buy One Get One Free. While we are showing outfits inspired by something a member of the Royal family has worn, I thought you might like to see a pic of Mia in the costume she wore to our village celebrations. It is a copy of the Queen’s coronation outfit from 60 years ago. My friend’s mummy knitted the crown, isn’t it amazing? The dress is obviously Belle’s Disney gown and I made the cloak from a bit of maroon fleece and a curtain trimming. Mia had drawn the dots on with a marker (no animals harmed!) to look like Ermine. Finally we made the star, sceptre and orb very cunningly with silver foil and my hot glue gun. Total cost for Mia’s Royal outfit: £0. Bargain.
I leave you with my favourite fact about the Coronation in 1952: “The Ministry of Food granted 82 applications for people to roast oxen, if they could prove that by tradition, an ox had been roasted at previous Coronations – a welcome concession in a country where the meat ration was two shillings a week.”