Pattern: Named Clothing’s Florence tulip dress
Fabric: Black and white gingham cotton from Minerva Crafts
It’s been a busy old few weeks haring and tearing all over the countryside. I begin training at the Police College at Tulliallan on Monday so a good bit of time has been spent preparing for that, gathering the many (and varied) items on the kit list, and trying to kid myself that I actually enjoy running very much indeed (failed at this one). I’ve been posted to Edinburgh so will be moving there after training finishes in September (all being well and I actually pass…) so this past wednesday was spent flat hunting with a good friend Jenni, who happens to be from Edinburgh and knows it very well. Plus she shares my general love of decorating and creating lovely living spaces so together we were the dream flat hunting team. So it’s all change change change here.
My boyfirend, Ed, was up staying last week (we’re doing the whole long distance thing..) which was lovely and, as well as a rather lovely (if not slightly rainy) picnic day at the beach he accompanied me on several trips to Edinburgh to help with putting up a group exhibition which I am a part of at St Margaret’s House in Edinburgh. Alongside Jenni and two other friends, Emily and Gemma, I am exhibiting a series of paintings under the theme of ‘home.’ Entitles ‘In Good Taste’ our show runs until the 2nd of July and if you’re in or around Edinburgh you should go see it (it;s free…). Anyway, enough of the shameless plug. It was altogether a lovely lovely week and despite a few last minute panics and stresses, the show came together well and the opening night was a success. So successful we celebrated with many cocktails and all the dancing.
So yes, busy. I have however, finally managed to finish this dress (which was only needing hemmed) having started it a few weeks ago now. I am so pleased with it – it’s the first dressy dress which I’ve made in ages, although as per I’m casually-ing it up with converse. I did have a few fit issues in that it was initially too snug a fit, but I remedied this by letting the zip out a bit. This in turn has had a knock on effect on how the checks lie so that they are no longer straight… but you know what? I’m over it. Life is too short for such silly concerns. I do not notice it (admittedly this is without my glasses on) and unless someone is really staring at me in all the jumble of checks they really shouldn’t either. In fact, this fabric probably wasn’t the best choice for this pattern in that it is virtually impossible to get every line matching up and/or lying straight. But you live and learn and I still love it – I do still think that this style of dress is perfect for summery gingham. All in all this is definitely a pattern I will be making again – as with all Named patterns I am yet to find one which I don’t like.
Anyway, that is all from me for now. Have a lovely weekend!