Saturday, 24 December 2011

Bet Lynch Eat Your Heart Out Leopard NL 6000

Hello and Merry Christmas,

I said I wouldn't leave a big gap between posts - never say never.  Anywho rather than go on about my lapsed attention to my blog I will show you the first make that has broken my several week sewing hiatus.

A few weeks ago I spotted on the love Scruffy Badger's blog that she was making a decision on a new frock for Christmas and one of the runners and riders was New Look 6000.  Well it won out in the end because it was a lovely piece of vintagey looking gorgeousness.  She then asked fellow bloggers if they would like to join the festive frock fest.  I was all over it like a cheap suit knowing that I'd had had some lovely leopard and black wool for the contrasting collar and cuffs.

As I've said before I love leopard and the joy of another leopard print frock in time for the party season was too hard a pull to resist.  I had hoped to get it finished last weekend for my friend's 30th birthday but because I'd decided to do a bit of a number on the collar to make it look a little more dramatic and several social engagements and a crocheted blanket amongst other things meant it was only finished Thursday night.

In the spirit of Scruffy herself who made a Pan Am style dress that is gorgeous and acted as an air hostess as the plane was going down I story boarded a little photo shoot yesterday morning.  One of the neighbours spotted me through the window and gave me the look of this area is going downhill but hey it's Christmas it inspires silliness.

This is the sort of fabulous dressed lady I'd like to see in an emergency situation.

So here she is Leopard NL6000 Bet Lynch Eat Your Heart Out!  For those wondering I am wearing a wig as I grow my hair and cross fingers for a real life beehive in 2012.

The beauty of the dress is you can do a bit of light sweeping while feeling glamourous.

Then take a little rest while the bubbles settle on your Babycham.

Then take a call from one of the gals.

Then another call and another Babycham it be rude not too.

It was a long conversation and I've worked hard on the dress so I deserve the bottle.  Bottoms up!

So there we have it my lovely new leopard frock, which I'll be wearing out tonight and probably the wig as well.  I'm already thinking of new variations for what is a fabulous pattern.  

I will post separately on my activities over the time I've been away, which have included crafts of other sorts but for now I'm firmly back in the saddle and about to attempt in my usual last minute fashion a new dress for Christmas day.  I've got 8 hours and counting!

I'll let you know how I get on later but for now chin chin my dears and a very Merry Christmas to you all.

Until next time keep it glittery,

Miss D 


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Bertie Bassett Skirt

Hey Sweeties,

Check out my new sweetie!

Apols for the gaping space between beginning this blog and the next post.  I'm characteristically super busy at the moment and I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed.  That said though I will be attempting to blog regularly in the future.

Now the explanation is over on with the tale of the Bertie Bassett skirt.  I designed the pattern for this skirt in my beginner's pattern cutting course.

This was taken on my Mac webcam because Aymi D (she made my tashtastic logo too) wasn't on hand for photo duty but I caught up with her at a later date for the following photo shoot.

There are many things I love about this skirt including the fact that the shape gives me a bit of much needed booty ;-)

But what I really love and how it gets the name of Bertie Bassett is the lining.  

This skirt is the first thing I've ever lined and my first attempt at adding an invisible zip both of, which went reasonably smoothly.  I had the hot pink gorgeousness in my stash ever since I took an A line skirt making course.  The plan was to line an electric blue A line but my creativity ran wild in the workshop and I ended up instead with the sun shines out of my ass skirt but that's another post.

You would be forgiven for thinking but hmmm I'm sure that design is a Jenny.  Aha you would be right  in your assumption.  When I saw various versions of the Jenny including Gertie's tangerine dream and Tilly's maple leaf marvel I thought dang I need this pattern and then I had an epiphany.  I thought rather than buy it I would design the pattern as my final project on the fabulous Kat's pattern cutting course so I could hopefully get it to fit like a glove.

There you go that is the tale of the Bertie Bassett skirt and even if I do say so myself it's a near perfect fit.  The only things I will tweak for the next one and there will be a next one because I'm in love with this pattern is to taper the waistband for a little more cinch and the bottom for a bit more a of wiggle.

Well I'm off to put my feet up and have a well earned Babycham in one of my new glasses that a lovely lady on the course gave me.

Until next time bottoms up!

Miss D


Monday, 24 October 2011

Title: Hey I'm Rehanon aka Miss Demenanour

Hey there,

Thanks for popping by and welcome to my first plunge into the blogosphere.  I've been meaning to start one for ages but as with everything in my life I'm fashionably late ;-)

Just to set the scene I'm sitting at my laptop dressed head to toe in leopard print including my slippers with a polka dot headband, a glass of red and a bit of Prince on in the background.

I've been meaning to start writing this blog for ages but I kept think I'd work out how to tart it up first but after much tooting and fruiting, which is typical of me, speaking to and being encouraged by Zoe of So Zo  the time is now and  I can worry about the detail later.

I'll tell you a bit more about me in the cleverly named about me section.  Suffice to say the reason I'm starting to blog is I've always wanted to keep a diary but never got round to it and I've taken up sewing after a bout of insomnia in January of this year and a random google search led me to Tilly's blog.  The first post  I read was her one year anniversary and I just couldn't believe the number and the fantasticness (I think I will enjoy the freedom to make up words that blogging allows)  of all the clothes she'd made.
I was hooked and the next day I booked some sewing lessons with the lovely and excellent Kat and Jac's sewing school and by March I made the first of many leopard print items it was revelatory to me.

Tilly's blog led me on to several others including Zoe's who I found out had just moved to Brighton and we ended up hooking up through Craftaganza and my obsession with dressmaking was all sewn up bah boom (sorry I had to get a pun in the first post somewhere).

Anywho I think this is enough for my first post except to say I hope to use this blog to document my sewing journey and life in general.

I hope whoever finds their way to it enjoys reading it as much I hope I will enjoy writing it.

Until next time keep it foxy.


Miss Demeanour