Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A New Dress and Other News

I've been having a lot of luck with my second hand shopping recently and have acquired a nice little stack of vintage dresses and accessories, I think I'm becoming addicted to eBay! I'll hopefully be posting some pictures of them soon. This is a dress I bought amongst them, it reminded me of the cute little mod dresses Twiggy was fond of wearing. I kept the rest of my outfit simple to match. It's a lovely little dress, made of a thin knitted fabric and quite perfect for spring (even if isn't spring yet, I can dream!)

I went to see The Shape of Water yesterday, a film I'd been looking forward to for some time as I'm quite the fan of Guillermo del Toro.
"An otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely mute Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment." - IMDB

I enjoyed it very much, but I admit I found it a bit style over substance. I wasn't very invested in the love story between Elisa and the creature and found myself much more interested in the characters surrounding them such as Giles and Bob/Dimitri. It didn't captivate me in the way that Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone did, but I did really enjoy the film overall and loved that it was basically about loneliness due to not fitting in which is something I could relate to oh too well.

In other news, I've been somewhat expanding my sewing equipment and am now the proud owner of a dress form! It's something I've wanted for the longest time, especially as lately I keep making silly frustrating mistakes like making things too big or placing features incorrectly as it's difficult and impractical to fit things to your own body. Dressmaking mannequins are terribly expensive even secondhand, and to be quite honest I think they're tacky. Due to being adjustable they often have large gaps which means they're not very good for draping, and unless you're willing to spend upwards to £200 they're on wobbly spindly legs. Also as I was reading reviews, a lot of women were saying how they had to pad the mannequin out especially in the bust area. I only ever want to make clothes for myself so a fixed size is all I need, and I figured if I was going to have to pad it anyway then I may as well buy a cheap one. I got this one and I couldn't be happier with her!

I bought one that fit my bust size, and then stitched wadding to the hips to fill them out as I'm pear shaped. It came with a jersey bodysuit which I pulled over the wadding so it's barely visible. Pins fit in her nicely, and it has a very sturdy wooden base. I couldn't ask for more and I'm kicking myself for not buying it sooner! It's made me really excited to sew again and I've been purchasing some nice vintage fabrics on eBay as you can see. I plan on making myself some new summer dresses while I wait for spring!


  1. That's such a brilliant idea with the dress form, the big gap at the waist really annoys me, I'm going to try and so something similar.
    You look gorgeous in your pastel coloured dress, the epitome of Spring.
    I love Guillermo del Toro - Pan's Labyrinth and the Devil's Backbone are two of my most favourite films. i know the Guardian's been raving about The Shape Of water but I can't say it really appeals to me. xxx

    1. Thank you!
      I hope you're able to fix your dress form! I had mixed feelings about The Shape of the Water as to be honest the trailer didn't really speak to me, so I enjoyed it more than I thought I would but was disappointed it's not as good as previous films.

  2. It is a pretty dress form. My Mom had an adjustable one, but I think it cracked or broke. I've seen tutorials for taking duct tape and making a custom form, but never got around to it. I haven't made a dress for myself in years. I want to again though.

    Funny seeing the picture of Twiggy in the link. It is so rare to see her smile.

    1. I've seen the tutorials for making your own too, but it's not things I have just lying around so by the time I bought everything required it would of cost me more than the one I bought. I hadn't sewed for ages, but my dress form has been a great motivator! I hope you get to make yourself something soon :)


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