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not very rock and roll 40’s dress

So it all started when I was wandering about the West End and was stupid enough to go into Miss Selfridges and see this dress, which is actually much prettier in real life than on the webpage, but sadly only went up to size 14, which was most distressing.

So I thought about it for a few days and then went down to Rolls and Rems in Lewisham and bought what they had left of sheer black swiss dot fabric, which happened to be 4 1/2 meters in order to have a go at making my own and very quickly realised that was no way enough fabric for a maxi dress…

until I was digging through my pattern collection and found this lurking at the bottom…

simplicity4517

(image stolen off the vintage pattern wiki)

Now I gave up on this one about 18 months ago when I made a muslin that went horrendously wrong and I couldn’t work out what the hell it was I’d done. But it looked absolutely perfect for what I was after and only used 4 5/8 fabric at 40″ which was perfect as I have about that of 60″ to play with. well done 40’s austerity there!

So I thought I’d have a seccond go at a muslin of the short version and see what happened.

With hindsight part of what went wrong last time is I added a load of extra to scale it up as it was designed for a 32″ waist, I’m 34 or 35″ and I had just finished with a 40’s 34″ waist pattern by the same company that had come out horribly small, so I assumed this would have the same problem. I ended up having to take all the extra ease back out again and it came out a right mess.

So this time I actually measured the top of the skirt panels and added it all up before I started to see what it came to, and was highly surprised to find it was 40″! So even given there were 6 pieces all needing seams, I couldn’t see how that wouldn’t fit as it was. So i left the pattern alone and cut the pieces the correct size, the only modification I made was to add half an inch on each side at the back in order to move the side zip ( I hate them!) to the centre back, so I stood a chance of getting in and out of it myself.

And it worked, totally easy to sew up, took me two afternoons, and fits like a glove.

Obviously it being new clothes I wanted to wear it out immediately, and this is the bit I messed up on, I thought 40’s with red and black strawberry print, thats very pin up girl/vintage glamorous and I was going to see Rachel Stamp ,a glam band who used to be big in the 90’s play the Nambucca on Holloway Road the next night, so thought it was a good idea to wear the new dress. And then spent the whole evening feeling I looked a bit wrong, but couldn’t put my finger on why (though the gig was totally awesome!).

Then last week I was up at my mums for her coffee morning ladies xmas lunch (don’t ask!) and brought the dress to show my mum what I’d been up to and was immediately talked into wearing it at the lunch in a posh cotswold hotel and I got loads of compliments on it.

My mum took these pictures of me in it afterwards…

strawberry dress with belt

 

with a belt

strawberrys dress without a belt

 

without a belt!

And yes it is very appropriate for a day in the Cotswolds!

So that is something I never knew. The problem is, when looking up ideas from other blogs and online stores one has to remember that the vast majority, with a couple of notable exceptions of the girls you see, specially the ones doing vintage are all about half my weight so something that looks edgy and rebellious on them looks very respectable on me!

I will probably at some point make the long see through version of the dress as planned, and it has not totally put me off vintage patterns, though perhaps 1940’s ones at my current weight. And I suppose it is a good thing to have some really normal day dresses in my wardrobe. But if I’m going for a new pattern style I think I will look for pictures on the internet of someone with a larger figure wearing it a bit more carefully in future!

Anyway…heres a picture of our xmas decorations to be a bit seasonal! I shan’t be sewing till after christmas as they have displaced my sewing machine from the table!

xmas tree and lego

Diary of a London Club Kid

So the health wobble ended up being a bit shorter lived than expected, but as I ended up on 3 types of ‘do not drive or operate machinery’ drowsy making medications at once for 10 days, those days were mostly spent in bed! 😦

Which left us having to do an awful lot of cleaning last weekend, which unusually for us we got on with like whirlwinds! As always happens with cleaning, one thing leads to another. You realise half the reason its messy is there are lots of orphan things lying round that do not have a home, or used to have a home and that home is already full. And before you know it, in order to put away this one thing, you’ve rearranged the living room completely.

One of the main things that for us had been falling foul of the orphan stuff problem of late has been my flyer collection. I’ve been collecting flyers and gig tickets since late 2000, when I left my parents home for the first time and was therefore able to actually go places and do things (showing my age). The gig tickets are all stuff I’ve been to. The flyers are stuff I either went to or would have gone to if I hadn’t already been hungover from something else. And I’m actually quite proud of myself for keeping hold of them all this time; a little less proud of the fact I haven’t actually filed any of them since 2003 :-S when I moved in with my boyfriend basically (blaming him, its all his fault). But by this weekend the boxes I stashed my fliers in were all full, they were piled anywhere there was space on the shelf the boxes were on, and had started migrating across every available surface in the living room. So I decided to do something about it.

This is the biggest box full I had….

this is the smaller box full….

and this is the bag of fliers that were lying round in places they should not be.

So I looked at it all, groaned for a bit, and then headed off to Poundland and Smiths and came back with two scrap books, a load of photo corners and 16 cardboard files for £2 and got to work…..

3 hours later it all looked like this….

from left to right, the heart shaped box, which is the only bit I have left to sort, my original flyer album, and 12 files all with a different year written on them with flyers organised according to year inside them. And quite a large folder of flyers I have no idea what year they are, but as everyone is considerate enough to give a date and a day of the week on their flyers I reckon I can work it out from that!

It is obviously an ongoing project, but I am quite proud of finally after 10 years getting motivated to sort it out!

I also took a load of pictures of my original flyer album c2000-2003, cuz it is pretty, and I find it interesting anyway…..

the album cover, with pretty stickers I picked up over the years. (tsar, anti product, glam-ou-rama club, the strokes, foo fighters…and mo-ho-bish-o-pi (wtf?)!!)

the first grown up club and gigs I went to in Cardiff! (Band was My Ruin btw, not entirely sure its the first gig I went to , but its the first one I had the bright idea of saving the ticket for)

the first time I went to Stay Beautiful (with bonus Amen and Eminem flyers)

early early glam-ou-rama flyer, may even be from the first one.

the first time my mates band The Renegade Playboys played with the Darkness..probably the first time I ever saw the Darkness.

Foo fighters secret gig at ULU (university of london union)

First Manics gig that wasn’t at a festival I went to

Dragonforce looking cute and young!

Trash and Slimelight…the more mainstream clubbing options! 🙂

The Cats Meow (I think the night I first got with my boyfriend at) and Jet black and bleached.

A whole page of B-Movie flyers. The ones that look like film strips were printed on acetate, how cool is that!

Dom’s night Panic.

A rather boring looking Rachel Stamp gig ticket. When I get the later stuff sorted there are some flyers of theirs with hilariously optimistic artwork on them, but not at this stage :-S

So yeah, the day of that same Stamp gig I was in Cardiff and bought King Adoras new album purely so I could go and chat up the boy behind the counter in HMV with nail varnish and millions of bracelets on, and see if he was going to the gig that evening. But he wasn’t, he was going to another gig with a band that also did eyeliner and too many bracelets, but not the same one. And that was just Cardiff on one night. It was such a big scene, Weird to think its a vanished world now!

So hopefully i’ll get that all finished in the next few weeks.

Have also been doing a bit of sewing, but nothings finished yet and some charity shopping, but i haven’t had time to take photographs. So yeah, hopefully get that all up soon! 🙂