If you listen to the church a big theme of Christianity is forgiveness. Therefore to celebrate Christmas I’ve made myself a frock that’s very forgiving (ie I could eat a lot of turkey in this).
I wanted to join in Running in Style’s Little Red Dress Project because I’ve almost, kind of, probably, mostly stopped breastfeeding so I could make a dress in whatever style I wanted. Whoop whoop! Also red is my favourite colour for clothes so this project was right up my street.
This Vogue pattern is one of my favourites although I’ve only made 3 dresses from it to date. It says you’re meant to use fabrics with only a moderate stretch but I’ve found most stretch fabrics are fine – I just size down a bit.
Fabworks is my new favourite online shop. Sadly they’d run out of pillar box red Scuba but I figured the orange/red was red enough to work. It’s a medium weight scuba which means it holds the shape very well but it’s also thick enough to keep me warm in winter.
Initially I made up the long length sleeves and skirt. Unfortunately I ended up looking like a North Sea Fisherman or a RNLI lifeboat man. Not exactly the look I was aiming for.
So I hacked off the skirt and the sleeves. Except I was being a bit lackadaisical about the skirt and ended up cutting it a bit short for my liking and it’s also gone a bit high/lo as well. I’m going to pretend it was a style feature. The scuba on the neckline is also a bit odd – makes it a bit gappy. I’m also going to pretend this was a style feature.
Styling is my next issue – black shoes and tights make me look like a Dundee United football fan. Brown shoes and nude tights make me look a bit casual.
In which case I thought I’d bust out my Grandma’s old fur coat (think it might actually have been her mothers originally). It’s that or the fake fur thingy I made a couple of years ago (I’m less likely to get red paint thrown at me wearing this).
On a side note – how do people with small children take photos without constantly being photobombed. Smallest child face planted just as this photo was taken!