Made it!! (Sort of.) I ‘finished’ my V1223 dress at 11.30ish this morning, and trotted off to catch the train within the hour. Points to any eagle-eyed sewists who can spot my first shortcut from this photo… um, I didn’t quite get round to hemming it.
Inside… ooh, the place is beautiful. So choice, as Mr B would say – this is actually one of his positive facial expressions:
And they gave me this!
Anyway, on to the dress. As we all know, rushed/last minute projects rarely turn into well-fitting/well-finished ones. I’d roughly modified the pattern by adding 1.5 inches to the bottom of each piece, as my waist tends to be a little lower than patterns allow. I almost got away with it, but it messed up the asymetrical bodice a little and gave me a headache trying to attach the lining this morning. Long story short, the neckline needs more work (i.e. total unpicking, adjusting and re-stitching). But I’m not unpleased with how it turned out, passable I think to the untrained eye:
The pleats are fab, and very flattering figure-wise (considering I’d just polished off a rather large lunch in this photo).
After that rather large lunch, Mr B whisked me off to Harrods, having heard that they sell macaroons there. (I got addicted to macaroons on a trip to Paris about 3 years ago – I think I got through about 30 in 5 days. It’s an expensive habit, so apart from one disastrous attempt at making them myself, I’ve abstained until now.)
So, full marks for a thoughtful idea. Except. I say whisked, but actually I’m ashamed to say neither of us had any idea where Harrods was, and got directed to Victoria station by a misbehaving iPhone. Cue anger (him) and sulks (me). Shouldn’t an iconic London shopping landmark be easy to find? Eventually we turned to the old-fashioned method of asking directions from passers-by, and came across the old place lit up like a firework:
And then I cheered up immensely:
To conclude: Yay for my birthday, for Mr B, and the dress! I hereby solemnly promise to sort out the iffy bits (I tell you now so you can hold me to it.) Thanks for all the birthday wishes, and sewing encouragements!