Today, I have this to show you:
What do you think? This is the Lilac Stripe. Isn't she pretty? You can't see her whole form at the moment, because she's rather creased and needs a good press. However, I did a little work on the ribbon detail last night and was rather pleased with it. Obviously, hand sewing, I couldn't get the zigzags completely uniform, but I am rather chuffed with how even the stitching is. I was going to machine sew the ribbon on, but thought it would actually be more fiddly to try and keep the dress out of the way of the needle. She's not finished yet - I've just got the second piece of ribbon to sew on, and the bottom hem to finish, and she's ready for me to wear to a fancy dress party on Saturday :)
Sadly, Miss Lilac Stripe and Miss Black Stripe are a little short, as I didn't buy enough material :( And all of the dresses are rather tight in the bodice, because the pattern we used is a small fit. We expected size 14 (UK) to be just fine, but it looks like we needed just a cm or so extra. Not to worry - learning curve! Next year's dresses will be perfect fits. Mind you, I'll have been cycling all year, so I'll probably be smaller anyway.
I've also got this to show you:
This is Miss Blue Beaded Bracelet. She's almost finished. I might finish her in the next few minutes, since I'm simultaneously blogging and beading. I keep having to rest my fingers, because I'm making my own jump rings out of head pins, because there were no head pins left in the right colour. It's quite painful on the fingertips, making jump rings. Homemade jump rings are not as neat as ready-made ones, but I think they kind of look nicer; and of course, they're more satisfying to look at on a finished piece, because one has the smugness of knowing that the bracelet was more difficult to make. I have six links left to fill with beads, and then I'm done and I can wear the bracelet today :) Bear with me a minute; I'll try to finish it quickly now...
Nearly done ...
Here she is:
Ah. Sorry, that is not the best picture in the world - my camera is on the verge of breaking and I get only a second to take a picture before the camera switches itself off. But you get an idea of what Miss Blue Beaded Bracelet looks like. I must save up for a new camera though.
Nice to blog again :)