Time for tea 

This weekend we celebrated Mr B’s mum’s 80th birthday with a garden party & afternoon tea. Luckily the sun shone & a good time was had by all. Of course a garden party deserves a new dress & that was the plan. I’d picked a pretty pink fabric and attempted a spot of speed sewing but alas it didn’t come together in time😞 So out of my previous makes I picked this little outfit. 

 The dress pattern is a vintage Simplicity from the 70’s and has a simply shaped bodice & a 4 piece skirt that has just enough flare to wear with a net petticoat but not enough to have a Marilyn Monroe moment…perfect for a civilised afternoon. It was the first time I’d used a vintage pattern but this one had similar marking to modern day patterns & very clear instructions.  

 

The bodice is lined but there is no supporting structure so I decided to stitch a small length of elastic to the seam allowance under the arms just to help the bodice grip the body. It works well and the bodice stays neatly in place. The only other alteration I made was changing the style of strap.  

 

The waistcoat is made from a recycled pair of jeans & the pocket on the back is a perfect size for my phone even if it’s a bit of an awkward place to put it! It’s a great shape. I love the fact that its halter neck so your back still shows when worn with a summer dress but it looks equally good over a shirt. 

  

Now it’s back to finishing my pink dress….hopefully it will still fit after all those scones & Prosecco! 

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