A parade of Washington dresses

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When the Washington dress pattern was first released I wasn’t 100% sure if I could see myself wearing it but as a loyal Cashmerette fan I had to buy it on the day of its release.  I hung onto the pattern for a couple of weeks until a few blog posts started to appear and I could start to visualise how the dress might work for me.

My first version of the Washington was made in 100% ponte, I skipped the woven skirt (blog post here)  As soon as I put the dress on for the first time I knew it was going to become a wardrobe staple.

My teal ponte version did come out a little on the large side, a combination of me picking the wrong size and also changing the woven skirt out for a knitted ponte.  So for my second version (blog post here) I went down a size, added in a full bottom adjustment and shortened the bodice by 1 inch.  I was really pleased with the fit and there began my love affair with the Washington.

During the last two weeks I have made up four new versions and I already have another two cut out waiting to be sewn ……….

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Morris blazers in navy and black

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Tonight I met up with a group of friends for our Christmas get-together.  I’m always so excited this time of the year with Christmas just around the corner and the thought of time with family, a few treats and of course, delicious turkey meals.

We met up in a fabulous restaurant in a small village which I can see across the bay from my back garden.  I always love the chance to go there as it is one of those places that just lifts my spirits, it is like a breath of fresh air.  As you can see from the photo, most of the houses on the sea front are painted in beautiful, bright and vibrant colours – don’t they look amazing?

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Tonight I wore a couple of my current favourite me-mades to the restaurant, my purple Lady Skater dress and my purple Morris blazer.

So why am I telling you about my purple Morris blazer when this blog post is about my navy and black versions?

Well when I wrote my blog post about my purple Morris blazer I noted down the fit issues and the alterations that I planned to incorporate into the next version.

This blog post is about the next two iterations of the Grainline Morris blazer and my conclusions about whether I ended up with a better fitting garment.

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Lady Skater dress in purple

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With less than three weeks to go until The Big Cruise (Southampton UK to San Francisco) I’m starting to panic that I haven’t made enough dresses.  Not only will I need day wear but also evening wear – even if I don’t go to the posh black tie evenings I know I will still want to dress up a little for dinner.

And to make it even more complicated, we will be leaving the UK slap bang in the middle of winter with temperatures around freezing, then sailing into warmer climates until we hit Barbados which apparently has an average temperature of 29 degrees that time of year.  We then carry on to Mexico (average 23 degrees) ending up in SF which should be about 13 degrees.  After short stops at Los Angeles and Las Vegas we round off the holiday in Washington DC – which I am led to believe will be very cold in February.  So not only do I need day and evening wear, I need a Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter wardrobe – eek!

Anyway, with that in mind, my latest make is my first Lady Skater dress from Kitschy Coo.   I’ve seen so many gorgeous Lady Skater dresses around the blogosphere that I just wanted to make one myself.   I really love my Moneta dress but the gathers make me feel that it is more suited to wearing in the daytime.  Whereas I can imagine myself wearing the Lady Skater not only during the day but also dressing it up with a nice jacket for the evening– in fact, I wore this dress last week with my purple Morris jacket and I felt very smart.

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Washington dress in pink and black

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After making and blogging about my new teal ponte Washington Dress yesterday (HERE) I decided I wanted to have a go at using the correct fabric for the skirt section i.e. a woven cotton.  I really like my ponte version but it does seem to be on the large side.  And as I am a larger lady to begin with, I really don’t need to be adding any more width, especially around my hip area.

Please don’t think I’m criticising the Washington pattern, I absolutely am not, the pattern is brilliant. The issues were caused by my decision to go renegade and not use the correctly suggested fabric.  Because I used a ponte knit I should have realised that the finished skirt would run larger than the same sized skirt made with a woven.

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Washington Dress in Teal

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When the new Washington Dress pattern and photos were released on Monday I thought how gorgeous the three models (including Jenny) looked in their versions of the dress.  However, I’m in my early 50s and I just couldn’t picture me wearing anything like the designs being shown.  But I am a true Cashmerette fan and I adore the Appleton dress so I had to order a copy of the pattern even if, at the time, I wasn’t sure I would actually make it myself.

Luckily Elaine quickly posted a review and photos of some of her Washington Dress makes – a gorgeous lacy top version and a two pattern hacked tunics.

Elaine is in a similar age demographic to myself and once I had seen her versions I realised that I could make this dress work for me.  Hooray to all of the other bloggers out there who take the time and effort to show what they have made.  I find it really helps me to see the endless possibilities of any particular pattern

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Appleton with cherries

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I have a busy week ahead of me, supper out tonight with friends, a WI committee meeting tomorrow night, on Friday I have more friends over and then I’m out again for supper on Saturday.  This isn’t normal I assure you – much as I love eating and spending time with friends, I’d soon put on even more weight if I kept up this pace every week.

Even though I have a growing wardrobe of me-made clothes, whenever I’m due to meet up with friends I get this over riding urge to make something new to wear.  Now, that in itself isn’t so bad but for some reason, as sod’s law would predict, it doesn’t matter how many times you have made something, the Sewing Gods of Doom will know you are time limited and decide to play tricks on you.  I really should learn from experience, plan ahead and not leave things until the last minute!  Am I the only one who does this?

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