Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! The hubby and I finally made it over to Chiswick House and gardens for a wander around in the sunshine. It is the most beautiful place and only a 10 minute train journey from where we live in London. We have been meaning to go for years- don’t you love it when you finally get around to one of those long standing intentions!? I also finished reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover this weekend which has been on my to do list for about eight years so it was obviously a good weekend for getting things done!
I wore one of my latest creations to the gardens as it was the perfect weather for a cotton day dress. It is one of a few final summery projects I am squeezing in before I need to start working on some Autumn dresses. I have been making up lots of the big four vintage republished patterns recently (just having a phase of them for some reason!) and this one is a Retro Butterick Dress from 1956. I made it up in a discontinued Liberty print called Carline that I was lucky enough to nab on eBay- I have always wanted to get hold of this particular colourway as I love pale blue but had never found any available until now. Hooray for eBay!
I decided to try and take some pictures of the dress for the blog whilst I was wearing it out and about. Normally all my photos end up being taken in my house for some reason and I have been wanting to mix things up a little recently, standing in front of our dresser is getting a bit old! A sunny morning in a beautiful setting was also a great excuse to play around with my new camera.
Retro Butterick 5605 is a dolman sleeve dress that actually has a big circular skirt- I switched it out for a gathered A-line skirt as I had a few dolman sleeve vintage dresses floating around in my head when creating this and they all featured gathered skirts. I love the original skirt shape and think it would make a fantastic dress- maybe a winter evening dress in a black silk or velvet? I originally bought the pattern with the bracelet length sleeve version in mind so a winter version is a must make.
The pattern came together really nicely but don’t be fooled by the thought that the lack of set in sleeves will make this a quick project. There are eight very sharp corners to sew- four on the bodice and four on the bodice lining. They all need reinforcing, careful pinning, slow stitching and a lot of precision so this is rated accurately as an intermediate pattern I would say. That being said the instructions for reinforcing and sewing the corners are fab, the corners are reinforced in a way I have never come across before that I will be using on all corners like this from now on.
We had such a lovely morning walking around the garden, the house is a Neo-Palladian villa and apparently the gardens were originally inspired by the romance of Italian landscape painting. There are so many things to see as you wander around including beautiful sculptures and statues, a little temple with mirror pond and an ornamental bridge. As we were strolling through some of the hidden little pathways we even stumbled across a guy all on his own just playing his saxophone deep in one of the wooded areas- it doesn’t get more romantic than that! It was such a magically summery day- I don’t think even my fancy-pants new camera was able to capture it but I gave it a try!
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