Alice in Wonderland 150th birthday celebrations and giveaway. Chapter One, A Tea Party

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

As it Seams has joined the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland celebrations organised by Made by Sara, and has got a little bit carried away. Honestly, this idea has REALLY inspired my sewing mojo.....Welcome to..

Missy in Wonderland by As it Seams... 

Chapter One

(I know, I know... I'm sew loopy)

Take a journey with me and Missy down the rabbit hole....
Where the Mad Hatter's tea party has seen tablecloths spring to life.

Look out for some Alice in Wonderland elements, a tea party, a white rabbit, playing cards, red roses and a little Victorian whimsy....

Once, there was a little girl - and a pile of tablecloths and teacosies beautifully embroidered by the clever seamstresses of the 1930s but left abandoned for decades. 

The little girl's mother bought a bundle of exquisite tablecloths for just a few pounds on a local market. She savaged them with scissors and they were re-born as a pair of dresses.

The little girl was terribly well behaved at the tea party....
A little Victorian lady, in crisp pure linen, with a handdrawn threaded hem, and hand-embroidered yellow daisies.

But then  she ran off into the fields...

while her mother cut up more tablecloths and napkins....

And another dress appeared from fragments of linen and embroidery, and the little girl found herself twirling... and twirling...

Until suddenly she found herself spinning down a rabbit hole....  and another little adventure.... 

To Be Continued,.....

....But you'll have to wait till for Chapter 2 of Missy in Wonderland....Honestly I really have got carried away with this Alice in Wonderland adventure!

Missy in Wonderland - the Credits.

Yellow dress

Fabric - vintage linen table cloth, and hand embroidered tea cosy, lined with vintage sheet, all from Mary's stall, Stroud Shambles Market
Pattern - self-drafted, very loosely based on Hanami dress by Straightgrain, square neckline back and front, invisbile zip

White dress

Fabric - vintage table cloths from Mary's stall, Shambles Market Stroud, pieced with Robert Kaufman chambray, ribbon tie in Artisan Cotton both from Imagine Gnats
Pattern - Ribbon tie dress from Sew Chic Kids Happy Homemade by Tuttle publishing.


These dresses have been created as part of the fantasically fun Alice in Wonderland Series hosted by Made by Sara. All week some of the best seamstresses have created something special.

Take the tour and look around! My dear friend Suz at Sewpony is also taking part today.

Monday July 13th ||  Kid Approved  |  Call Ajaire
Tuesday July 14th ||  Sew Country Chick  |  Feathers Flights  |  StraightGrain
Wednesday July 15th ||  Sewpony  | As It Seams  |  Dotta
Thursday July 16th ||  Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts  |  Brooklyn Pattern Co.  |  Pienkel
Friday July 17th  ||  While She Was Sleeping  |  My Cozy Co. |  Girl Like The Sea
Sunday July 19th ||  Paisley Roots  |  La Inglesita  |  DoGuincho

And there's also a giveaway with whole packages of patterns to be one from some of the best independent designers... 

Winner #1:
  • 1 pattern of choice from SewPony
  • The Paneled Suit pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
  • 2 patterns from Paisley Roots
  • 1 pattern of choice form MadeIt 
  • The Bubble shorts pattern by DoGuincho
  • 1 pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.

Winner #2:
  • 3 patterns of choice from Jennuine Designs
  • The Ishi Dress pattern and the Jaanu Dress pattern by StraightGrain
  • 1 pattern of choice from Compagnie M.
  • The Mulberry Tunic pattern by Kid Approved

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A Bedford Dress! Plus discount and giveaway update

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

(STOP PRESS - The Big Paris Sew Social Giveaway is still up and running! Hop over here for the first step, to win a choice of pattern from LBG Studio, then cruise around to win 16 prizes!)

If you've ever photographed a little girl, especially my little girl, then you'll know that their favourite trick is to run away.

But hurrah! With the Bedford dress that's perfect!
Because it's the back that is the real 'wow' with this dress.

I was delighted when Erin of Brooklyn Pattern Company asked me to test her new pattern, the Bedford Dress. Mostly I was thrilled because her first dress pattern, the Franklin Dress is one of my all time favourites.
 Franklin dress

Like the Franklin Dress, Erin's new pattern, the Bedford is really beautifully designed, and deceptively simple. It looks like a classic idea, yet you can tell a there's a lot of skill and design eye, behind that simplicity.

 But the Bedford is also very different from the Franklin. Whereas the Franklin was nostalgic and vintage little-girl-style, the Bedford is sharp, funky and playful. It's named after Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And I've actually been there! It's fun and funky area and is where I bought this vintage dress (which sparked a whole sewing adventure - see here)

And now my little girl has her own Bedford dress! 

And I'll be honest, I wasn't sure if I would love the Bedford Dress as most of the dresses I sew are old-fashioned look.

But this dress has surprised me.
I mean - that back!

It is so elegant. 
The straps are narrower than I expected, and somehow that slimness just contrasts with the loose A-line shape of the dress in a really pretty and dramatic way.

(Now a quick note about these photos . It was a hot day,  Missy wasn't in the mood for photos. I did my best, by asking her to dance with this rainbow slinky spring thing, before she ran away. Since then, it has either not been sunny, or we have been away camping and busy. Honestly photographs is BY FAR the hardest part of this blogging the pix aren't brilliant. Please bear with me.... but I digress)

So the details: Erin's pattern comes with little drawings in the instructions, which I tend to prefer over photographs, they're much clearer. This is a straighforward sew, and Erin has a clever technique for making sure that armhole facing stays perfectly in place.
And this was my first ever exposed zip. I haven't got the top very neat - but that's my fault not Erin's.

The fabric? Well I must admit, I went really thrifty with this dress. This is a re-purposed sheet, possibly Ikea, I'm not sure. I liked its large lime green print. To me it had a bit of a surfer-vibe, which fitted the line of the Bedford dress. I finished the hem with pink bias trim. The Bedford has this lovely scooped detail, which I think the pink emphasizes. 

This is a dress for playing in! For camping trips and digging sandcastles on the beach. I am so hopeful that we can find the time, and the sunny weather to spend more days full of play in the Bedford dress this summer.

And in the meantime I'm going to work on my photography skills! (and my ironing)

Now Erin at Brooklyn Pattern Company is offering a special launch rate for any of her patterns (Check out the Henry and the Franklin!) with 20% discount on any pattern in her shop with the code SUMMERFUN15. The code runs until 11.59 on July 15.

And look at this line-up! They're are going to be some wonderful Henry's and Bedford dresses popping up this week.

Giveaway reminder - 16 prizes up for grabs until July 10. Details here!

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