• Dresses,  Wedding

    Sweet days of summer

    So on Friday I got married to my favourite bloke in the world. We had unbelievably good weather, exchanged sweet and slightly soppy vows, laughed with all our friends and family, and danced the night away.

    Almond rock wedding dress fit bride wedding day organza silk bridal sewing fabrics

    It was a joy to wear my handmade dress and see the mix of reactions from people who finally saw it finished as well as people who learnt during the day that I’d made it myself. Made of organza layers over duchesse satin it was floaty, romantic and a dream to wear. I wanted to feel like I’d stepped out of a vintage Dior photo shoot and it really felt that way when I stepped into the ceremony room.

    My dress was all finished the week before and packed in a long garment bag, hidden from view. I started working on my frock before Christmas, testing toiles, deciding on Simplicity 1606 as the base, and draping a test dress to see how I could create the bodice effect I wanted. I practiced seam finishes and stitch settings and agonised over fabric choices for each layer.

    Almond rock wedding dress fit bride wedding day organza silk bridal sewing fabrics

    In April I did the bulk of the work, with the sewing room door firmly shut and my playlist blaring. I redrafted the skirt and just managed to get the pieces on my cutting table. I spent a long time on the bodice and used every single entomology pin I had. Hemming the four skirt layers was extremely stressful and then lining up my lapped zipper nearly pushed me over the edge but as I handstitched my lining into place I knew it was going to be alright.

    Almond rock wedding dress fit bride wedding day organza silk bridal sewing fabrics

    Everyone said to me on the day they couldn’t imagine what I was making but then they saw the dress it was exactly me, which was music to my ears. I’ll be sharing how I made the dress, tips and resources for future brides, and thoughts on the whole process throughout August. Like this post, a few will go up while I’m away on honeymoon but I’m excited to hear what you think when I’m back. So until then…

    Lots of Love

    Mrs Scarr xx

    Almond rock wedding dress fit bride wedding day organza silk bridal sewing fabrics

  • Dresses

    Alpine ski lodge Simplicity 1606 hack

    Happy heatwave everyone!

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    So I’m not going to inundate you with pictures of Simplicity 1606… this is my toile version of the ball gown with a fun twist. The pattern is essentially a great little princess seam sundress waiting to happen. So I simply added sundress straps and a gathered skirt to get the look!

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    The double straps were inspired by the Centaurée by Deer and Doe patterns. The gathered skirt is of course the Emery skirt which you know my feelings on.

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    Like my ball gown I added boning and an invisible zipper. The boning isn’t necessary at all when you’ve got straps but I like how it stops the bodice from creasing which is a likely occurrence in cotton.

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    This dress took 1.2m of 60 inch wide fabric which is incredible stash busting as it meant I could use this Alpine print poplin. I’d been searching in vain for a coordinating plain navy until I tried laying out this dress on a hunch. A perfect fit thanks to the princess seam bodice pieces!

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    This print features skiers, wood lodges and fir trees. It was a cheeky impulse buy from Sew Over It while I was getting the vintage shirtdress pattern a few years back. Note to Future Amy: never buy less than 2m of poplin.

    Almond rock simplicity 1606 sew over it

    These shoes are the bomb and Next have just listed some similar platforms in red too… my bank balance won’t forgive me hahaha.

  • Dresses,  Events and day trips

    The Dressmaker’s Ball Simplicity 1606

    A bit later than planned I wanted to share some pics from The Dressmaker’s Ball!

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    In case you missed it this was the event that took place on May 14th at Leicester’s City Rooms. Organised by the fab team at Crafty Sew and Sew we were treated to an evening of dinner and dancing. It was fab!! Here’s me and Sarah, one half of the organising team.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

     We had a complimentary drink in arrival, access to a glittery photo booth, buffet dinner and live music from Gabby Young. I had the honour of being part of the judging panel for the optional competition. I was joined by ElisalexMarieElle and Becky on the panel. It was incredibly hard picking winners from all the amazing garments on display. I loved how everyone dressed to the nines for the night.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    I wore a version of Simplicity 1606, an amazing fit pattern I picked up last year. Its a great little versatile pattern and I’ve already made a hundred from it since the ball.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    My fabric was a medium-weight polyester satin in a sort of crystallized print from Abakhan Moyston. 3m came to about £20 but with a 15% off voucher this dress pretty much came to £17!

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Of couse I added pockets. I used a concealed zip and boning from my stash. Plus grosgrain ribbon I had as a waist stay.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    The fit was near perfect I think but I should have added more boning to stop the bodice sagging I think. The waist stay keeps it in place but it’s not as rigid as it could be.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    I actually hid my waist stay inside the garment, having it emerge through buttonholes added to the lining before construction. To finish I hand sewed hot pink braid to the circle skirt to keep the drama and added a petticoat for extra floofiness.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    It was such a lovely night and I got to chat to so many sewists! Gabby entertained us with her gorgeous vocals and Marie was an excellent hostess! (I even got to meet Charlotte and the bunnies).

    I’ll leave you with a few more pics of the evening to enjoy. Maybe I’ll see you there if it’s repeated next year? Thanks so much to Freya and Sarah for xreati g this wonderful event.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606