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How is it more than 2 months already?!

Here is another thing I have done recently (ish…) This is a one-off creation where I have taken a simple floor-length prom dress with a train and a big bow, and had some fun with it. The backstory is that a friend had cut out the front of the lining, intending to do something interesting with it that hadn’t worked, and then given it to me to deal with. As the main fabric is quite sheer and the lining stretchy, I decided to put in some jersey patchwork in pink, blue and purple, with an irregular hem and a silvery spiderweb in the middle. Since it turned out this didn’t show through the sheer very well, I also added some drawstrings to the seams, allowing the dress to either look fairly ordinary, or gathered up to show some of the uncoventional lining.

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Hello, it me! Ok, so I’m not back but only because I haven’t been anywhere. It turns out I’m really dreadful at updating, I think because I feel like I need to write an essay which is daunting and then I put it off. Please don’t go and look at when the last time was, it is Not Good. So what I’m going to do is to write some small entries about things I have been doing since then, not necessarily in chronological order.

Today, a dress I made a few months ago for a local lady who was attending a wedding where guests were to wear different dresses made from the same fabric. It was tricky to work with initially as it was both sheer and heavily embroidered, but was ok once I got used to it. This is the first time I have used a fabric with an in-built decorative edge at the hems.Calf-length-sky-blue-floral-embroidered-sheer-empire-line-mid-sleeved-dress

For an encore I put together a matching handbag.Sky-blue-floral-embroidered-sheer-and-satin-dressy-handbag

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Eagle-eyed visitors to atticmirror.co.uk will note that things are looking a little different! I’ve had a redesign and my wares are now sold via Ebay rather than Shopify. My other services are of course still available and I now have a contact form for enquiries. I’ve also added a new Fabric Inventory section, where I am posting pictures of some of my finds.

The other important development is that I now have pictures in my gallery of my wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses, all made by me. The wedding dress actually started out quite simple, but gradually escalated as I added an overdress, train, trims and ribbons. Then I decided that painting the insides of the sleeves in a way that would co-ordinate with the train would be a good idea. Well, when else was I going to pull out all the stops?!

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Ok, I’ve been quiet for a long time as I’ve been off sewing All The Things for my own wedding. That has happened, and now I need to go on and make a fuss about it! Expect pictures in due course. In the meantime, I’m getting back to adding one secondhand item per day to my website. Today’s item is this beauty:

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I’ve decided to embark on a bit of a campaign

I was going to write that it started because a friend linked to this article, “The politics of pockets”, but when I thought about it, I’ve been feeling this for a long time. For years now I’ve been wearing trousers day-to-day that are made for men, because of the pockets. In fact, I wear army-style trousers, because I have too many things to keep in just hip pockets! I even find these days I am less likely to dress up for an evening out, because I don’t want to forego the pockets that are inevitably inadequate in going-out clothes. I have a “smart disguise” I wear for posh restaurants. It works on the premise that if your top half is presentable, the scruffy trousers can be overlooked (especially with a long coat). I haven’t been refused entry yet. 😉

You want me to keep my money and electronics in a bag? In insecure coat pockets? Never! Enough, I say.

As the article mentions, the Rational Dress Society was founded in 1891, and although its main purpose was to stand against the health risks of tight corsetry, I would argue that the concept is still relevant today. As such, I have now made my first pair of “rational dress” shorts in a business-style fabric, and I plan to follow with more. I will also be keeping an eye out for matching or contrasting fabrics in order to give pockets to actual trousers and also skirts, as you may feel shorts are not appropriate for all occasions or indeed weathers. (Though one may of course cut a dash with a striking over-knee-length sock.)

If you’re interested, take a look!