Every so often I make something that never sees the light of day because the idea in my head was so much better than the finished article. Sometimes it makes me laugh to see what oddity I ended up with, sometimes I could cry for the hours spent on what turns out to be a bit of a road crash.
And I wondered, do top designers get ideas that really just should never have left the drawing board, too? I decided to do a bit of searching… Here’s what I found…
Yves St Laurent wedding dress, inspired by a babuska doll apparently…. all credit to any man that says yes to a lass in this!
Balenciaga couture 1968 – interesting for a photo but in reality it’s a cross between a bed sheet and a lamp shade
I can only hope this was either by Weta Workshop or was a 13 year old’s sewing project – no other excuses are acceptable
… and this one? well this is just taking the piss…
It’s been another good sewing week, and my favourite pieces are these bright and colourful frocks I’ve made.
It’s a no-brainer that I’d fall in love with the giraffe frock, since I have a rather sizeable giraffe obsession, but even accounting for that, you have to admit this fabric is just divine. I’d like to thank my gorgeous friend Alice for gifting it to me – she is just the best.
Happy Giraffes Dress
The rangoli dress is made from a panel I found in a sale and just couldn’t resist. I just adore it, not least of all because of the sassy strip down the back. Wouldn’t that bring a bit of oomph to the cold winter months?
Rangoli Dress (front and back)
If you want to one of these dresses, or want to peek at my other creations, just pop over to mooandflo’s online shop.
I finally had time to make some new stuff this week and treated myself to making some girls’ dresses in really lovely fabrics. I made size 3s since there have been a fair few requests for that size lately, but there will have to be some 2s and 4s made soon otherwise there’ll be an insurrection.
Anyway here they are, the new frocks. I sometimes so wish I had a wee girly all of my own – thank goodness for nieces, cyber nieces, and friends’ kids!
I guess at some point I should also make some trousers for the boys, too, since winter is just around the corner.
Today I finally finished a wonderful wrap around frock for the daughter of a friend of mine, and I’ll admit that I trimmed the last thread with a huge amount of satisfaction and not a modicum of relief. The thing that plagued me during the making of the frock was the darned bias binding. Man, that stuff is shocking. It is totally irksome when you have to do curves!
But, well, no, to be fair, bias binding does make things look totally smart, so to give it its due, from an aesthetic point of view it’s wonderful stuff.
daisy wrap-around tunic dress by mooandflo
Anyway, I can only thank my lovely friend Donna for ordering the dress, because if it were just about anyone else I’d have said thanks but no thanks – but as it was for her and the delightful Miss F, I persevered and have now passed Bias Binding 101.
I wonder what hell Bias Binding 102 holds, hahahah