Sorry for the radio silence of late, life has a habit of getting between me and the blog and it seems to have had more than a few tricks up its sleeve recently. Fortunately it seems less successful at getting between me and the sewing machine so I do have quite a few little projects to share with you all.
Starting with the most recent make first, I made another version of my Lady Danger dress– Retro Butterick B5209. It has been a rather exceptionally hot Summer so far here in London and so a great deal of my time seems to be spent trying not to melt. This dress was an attempt to assist in that endeavour. It is Swiss Robia cotton which is so light and fine and I lined it with the absolute thinnest cotton batiste I could find which was incredibly cheap at only £2 from Goldhawk Road- bonus! Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Robia which was a beautiful and not cheap purchase from Maculloch and Wallis.
I wore the dress this past weekend on an afternoon stroll around Chelsea Physic Garden. It was a roasting afternoon and the little shady, wooded pathways of London’s oldest Botanical Garden were the perfect retreat.
I wore my favourite shoes of the minute which are my little Agnes and Norman vintage style Mary Janes. They are as comfortable as flats because they fit so well and only have a little 6cm heel but alas I still found myself sinking into the grass a little. Still the heel is wooden so it can cope with these such challenges without any nasty scuffs happening.
The gardens are so beautiful and filled with such interesting plants a lot of which are medicinal. There is also a perfumery area where they grow all kinds of plants used in perfume and cosmetics. They even have a lipstick tree which produces a pigment still commonly used in red lipsticks.
Surrounded by fruit trees and bee hives it is hard to believe you are in London at all let alone in the heart of Chelsea, and us Londoners do love a London spot that doesn’t feel like London, ironic as that may seem!
The garden also has a lot of bee activity happening with cute little hives all over the place. I was hoping to pick up a jar of local honey as it is supposed to help allergies but we were a little early as it isn’t for sale until August.
This is one of those dresses that I was really pleased with until I saw photos of it! (a danger of blogging!) It was so nice and comfy so not a total fail but I think the dress needed to be a little smaller in this fabric than the more substantial cotton of my previous version as it looks a little sloppy in certain areas. This is probably a blessing in the hot weather so I doubt I will alter it, next time I will just wear a belt!
That complaint aside I thoroughly recommend this pattern, especially if you like a vintage style dress and are new to sewing, it’s a lovely easy one to put together.
Oh and for those of you that expressed an understandable disappointment by the lack of Gatsby photos in my last post, here is a one of him in all his splendour checking out my sister’s new wildlife pond!
Thanks for reading!