Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New party dress and a trip to Duttons

Yesterday we went on a family trip to York. After an hour and a half in the car and a trip on the Park and Ride, we headed to Jamie's Italian as they offer gluten free meals for me. I had the homemade blueberry lemonade to drink- which was really tasty and refreshing. To eat I had the Sausage Pappardelle with gluten free pasta, although I chose a small sized meal, I still struggled to finish it. My sister got some 'Funky Chips' for us to share which were coated in rosemary and garlic and were also really good.
Jasmine and I, then went off around York for a while and browsed all the independent shops in The Shambles as well as wishing we had enough money to stop off at Betty's for afternoon tea!

I wore my latest creation, a brocade 60s style shift made from one of my favourite patterns- Simplicity Jiffy 1609. I opted to make view B, which included making a decorative bow. Usually with this pattern, I make view A which has a collar, but this time I wanted to change it up a bit and make something 'dressier'. The fabric was kindly donated by my Aunt as the remnants of one of her dressmaking projects. I paired the dress with tights and a cardigan from Primark, a hat from H&M last year and my beloved yellow jacket. Seeing as the jacket cost £5 and I only had to purchase sewing thread for it, it's definitely already been great value for money.

Duttons for Buttons is a haberdashery shop which mostly sells buttons (obviously), but also sells ribbons, knitting needles and fat quarters of fabric. I first discovered the shop when me and my mum went to York in 2010, and have only been back a couple of times since as York isn't close to where we live. I realised when we got there that I hadn't prepared myself for what projects I actually needed buttons for, so I ended up buying some which I liked the look of and could think of uses for.

These are the buttons I settled for- I thought that the circular buttons would look good on another Simplicity 1609 dress, or any similar dress/top for that matter! I really loved the rectangular buttons when I saw them but wasn't entirely sure what I'd do with them until I got home. I'd been wanting to make a cape for a while and really liked the one featured in last month's Mollie Makes magazine. I realised that these buttons would look good on said cape instead of using the tie fastening featured in the magazine, especially since I now know how to use the buttonhole setting on my sewing machine! So that may be one of my next projects to feature on this blog.

Incase you didn't know, this week I set up a Facebook page for my blog. This is where I will post updates and also will be a way for readers to leave comments and talk to me if they don't have a Google account. It's part of my plan to become a better blogger, I will also (hopefully) be uploading an outfit post every Wednesday and a DIY post every Sunday- so stay tuned!

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Until next time

Holly Olivia x

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