wedding bells!

So this summer my lovely friend Jess got married! The wedding was down in St Ives and the weather was absolutely stunning! When I first got my invitation I remember thinking oh dear, I need something to wear. I always find if I go looking to buy a dress for a specific occasion I can never find it so I thought I'd solve the problem by making it myself! 

I had recently purchased a copy of DIYcouture and had set my eyes on the 'Goddess Dress' it looked elegant in the longer lengths shown and seemed suitable for a summery wedding! For those of you who aren't familiar with DIYcouture patterns they are instruction based rather than paper patterns. They go through step by step how to measure and fit a garment to create your own pattern. They also  show a range of different versions with different lengths, pleats, colour, fabric types, etc. I'm finding it a good way to ease myself into creating my own patterns and it's worked really well when working with students to create final pieces too! 

So the dress itself... one of the most exciting parts was purchasing the fabric! In June I went up to visit my University friend Katie and we popped down to Birmingham to check it out (she's relocating there) and we decided to make a detour to Guthrie and Ghani as we are both huge fans of the Great British sewing bee! They had a wonderful selection of fabrics and I was thrilled to discover this fabric, it's from the Amy Butler for Rowan collection, and I love the combination of pink and yellow! 

Overall I'm really pleased with how the dress came out - I love the small details in it like the pleats in the skirt and top and the fastening on the back. I used some antique lace that I picked up at a market back when we lived in Bath, I've literally been waiting years to use it and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! Here's a snap of me and Matt at the wedding, the weather was incredible! (hand knitted my purse as well!)

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