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    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a UFO!!

    “Oh… hey, remember this dress?”

    Little Green UFO

    “Yeah! Wasn’t that the dress you finished month’s ago Amy?

    “Kind of. It was the one I rushed through like a demon just to get done only to see it start fraying before I’d even hemmed it.”


    “Yeah but all is well now…. cos I unpicked it all and used Sergei the serger to redo all the seams and stop the fraying.”

    “Woooohoooo! Bitchin.”

    “You knows it.”*

    *Disclaimer…. this is only how I talk to myself in my head. Not in the office. Well not often.

    Ta Daaaaaaaa!!!! (*smug*)

    I LOVE this dress. Thank goodness I repaired it and didn’t cast it forever into the scrap pile.

    One teeny downside is the fact it blew up round my ears when a big gust of wind struck up and I flashed an older male colleague who was walking behind me up the hill to work.

    Ahem. I gotta ask…

    Is it worse to flash your rear or your front?

    I’m thinking my rear as at least I didn’t see his face as I flashed him. Basically I didn’t dare turn around hehehe.

    Oh well it has a lovely swishy skirt and is such a bright colour. Still a thumbs up from me!

    Other things to blog / brag about is how pleased I am that I figured out sewing zip-up pouches. ¬†Please don’t roll your eyes and say “they’re sooo easy”. I was really struggling for a while.

    I used Sew Kate Sew’s fab post. She spells it out so simply! I made myself a new make up bag.

    Dotty goodness
    Everything neatly fits inside

    Totally recommend you try this too! I’m going to make plenty more.

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    MMM12: Day 21. Elsie knock-off

    Woo I’m super pleased with myself. And not afraid to say it!

    Ages ago I saw a picture of Elsie and went “ooooooh”.

    I love Elsie’s blog A Beautiful Mess. Her fashion taste is fab and she always tries to include lots of varying fun diy ideas. She’s also a lovely photographer.

    Immediately I pinned this dress on Pinterest and set about making my duplicate! What do you think?!

    Unfortunately my fabric isn’t as bright, but it is still lovely and was ¬£1 a metre! Have I said before that I LOVE Jack’s Fabrics.

    I then made my own pattern for the front panel. I use baking paper when making my own pattern pieces. It’s a bit stiffer than tissue paper which makes it harder to pin but the pieces last longer.

    I found some cheap red lining fabric and buttons that are a near perfect match for the Elsie buttons. And set about sewing. I decided not to include the sleeves as they looked a bit poofy in the picture and I didn’t think they’d suit me.

    I’m super pleased with the construction because I used french seams, top stitching and my serger finished all my seams beautifully!

    I wore the dress to work and was quietly smug. It turned out to be lovely and sunny today too so I didn’t feel too out of place in a sundress.