We’ve been invited to my lovely friend Camilla’s wedding. We were at uni together amd although we didn’t technically live together I think Mills probably spent more time at our house than she did her own.
Mills is known for 2 things in our circle.
1) She is very posh and very well brought up
2) She has an obsession for doing absolutely awful accents. She is particularly fond of a bad irish accent and bad Scottish accent. Think Father Ted cross Scotty off Star Trek!
So a wedding provided me with the perfect excuse to break my pledge and buy some fabric for a new outfit. I really fancied a wiggle dress but was too cheap to buy a new pattern. Instead I attempted to do it myself by adapting an old favourite – Simplicity.
I’ve made roughly 6 dresses from this pattern now. I have to shorten the torso quite a bit and narrow the shoulders a bit but otherwise this is the perfect pattern for me.
A wiggle dress is co-called because it goes below the knees but is sufficiently tight that the wearer can only walk if she wiggles. Think Dita von teese or Marilyn Munroe.
To adjust the pattern I added 12 inches to the bottom, dropped the back neckline to a nice v-shape, lined it and tapered it below the hip. Finally I gathered the straps at the shoulders because it was a bit gappy.
I bought the fabric in London when my meeting magically finished early. This never ever happens in my world so I took this as a sign and went for my first ever trip to the Goldhawk road.
For a vintage look wiggle dress I had hoped to get some classic polka dot cotton. I was looking for the large polka dots on quality cotton which was surprisingly difficult to find. I kept finding small polkadots or cheap fabric that had been printed pretty crappily.
When I brought it home and opened the wardrobe I had a bit of a revelation. I own a lot of polka dots. A lot. A shed load in fact. Fricking tonnes and tonnes of polka dots.
I’m vaguely considering trying to avoid polka dots for a while. I’m not promising but I might try a spot of therapy…..
Anyway back to the dress. It’s a Catholic wedding in central London so needs to cover the knees and shoulders and not too much cleavage (always an issue for me).
To cover the arms and make it a bit more sophisticated I busted out the Jackie O jacket pattern I got free a few months ago in Love Sewing magazine. It’s in yellow linen look cotton and again I lined it with a white fabric.
All in all it was a fabulous wedding in Mayfair in London and for once i didn’t disgrace myself – I left that up to the rest of the gang!