When I was a stroppy teenager the thought of the Royal Family made me MAD. It’s wonderful to be a lot older and able to embrace my inner hypocrite!
While most of the time I’m still not that keen on our rather odd ‘rulers’ I am enjoying the national spirit that seems to have taken over this summer.
This week I saw the Olympic torch and finished Storm’s Jubilee dress. How terribly patriotic!
This sweet halterneck was meant to be one of two dresses for her birthday, but it is sweltering at the moment so I just had to give it to her straight away.
Tallulah is dress number 2 in Jenifer Paganelli’s lovely Girls World pattern book and is a simple breezy sundress. Perfect for a hot summer’s day (although you could always put a little shirt underneath it.
The fabric is Sweetwater for Moda – Reunion Vanilla Baby’s Bunting and had sold out at Country Threads, when I went back to buy more for the lining.
It’s an American design, but it really is like it was made for this super-British summer – shame they didn’t do a red colourway too.
Anyway, of course, I didn’t need the extra bit after all. What IS it with pattern allowances? The pattern said 1.1m of fabric and 35cm of lining. I had just 1m of fabric total and was left with plenty over. Eyeroll.
This is a very simple dress, and I really like the shape of it. Like the Mary’s Sash Dress from the same book, the pieces all seemed to fit well, although the front piece was longer than the back so I had to trim that at the end. My only mod was a double seam around the bottom hem and side vents to make it super neat.
After taking her lunch in her paddling pool, Storm retired upstairs to get out of the sun for a little jam session and some pictures.
She recently broke one of my guitar strings from playing too hard. She really gets into it…
Is it just me, or is this pure Elvis?!
OK, self indulgence over.
Oh yeah, while I’m here, remember the Ma’am Mat?
I couldn’t resist. I swear it tastes better. Happy almost Jubilee!