A flying visit

Hello m’dears.  I’ve been absent for what seems like ages and thankfully this time it’s been down to having fun rather than coughing like a badger!

Last week was my birthday and Hubby took the week off work and we had a lovely time. Monday evening we celebrated with the family and the rest of the week we pootled and had outings and rounded the week off with a lovely Italian dinner and rather too much champagne.

This week I’ve got my nose to the grindstone.  My neighbour has her prom a week from today and I’m making her a gown.  I thought I had a lot of time….but, in typical fashion, I’d got the dates wrong and need this finished by the weekend!

I’m making her this BurdaStyle gown sans the rosette.

BurdaStyle Rosette Gown

Her fabric is this beautiful silk crepe backed satin in royal blue from Beckford Silk:


This is the first time I’ve purchased from this company and I’ve been really pleased with the levels of customer service and the quality of this fabric.

The colour is saturated and whilst the fabric is, of course, a bear to cut, it’s a joy to stitch and feeds through the machine with no shenanigans.  For which, in my current time constrained manner, I’m eternally grateful.

I’m sewing the medium weight silk for this dress and my preference would have been the heavier, but 16 year olds have definite ideas so who am I to argue?

Thankfully I’m on schedule (yep…I have a schedule for this one…no room for slippage on time) and I’ve just inserted a beautiful invisible zip…hence the time for a quick coffee break and a quick pop in here to say hello.

I’m off now to start on those pleats.  Wish me luck…I’ll see you on the other side!

14 Responses to A flying visit

  1. Gail says:

    Happy birthday! I’m glad you had such a wonderful week – your hubby taking the week off is a fantastic gift, IMO 🙂

    I hope you’ll share pictures of this gown when you finish. I think it’s going to be gorgeous!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Having Hubby at home was the best gift of all. I had a lovely time, thank you. Dress post coming soon!

  2. Happy Birthday! Glad to hear that you have had a lovely week. I like the dress that you are making and the colour is gorgeous. I hope that it carries on behaving and that you get everything finished with plenty of time to spare. Will we get to see it on? Bet it will look amazing. You have a very lucky neighbour. Xx

  3. Anne w says:

    Happy birthday! Beckford Silk is a great place, about 45 minutes from me. They have a screen print workshop you can have a nosey around sometimes. Haven’t been in a while though. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress!!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thank you. You are so lucky having such an amazing resource close by. Dress post coming soon!

  4. Happy Birthday – so glad you’re well and had time with your hubby! Lucky neighbour for her prom – I adjusted a dress bought online for a pal’s daughter and it was just a bit too tight. Had to undo boning and a corset 🙁 Hope she’s happy to share a copy of the finished work of art!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I don’t envy you having to alter boning and corseting. That is a beast! She’s happy to share so I’ll post soon!

  5. ooobop! says:

    Happy birthday from me too! I so can’t wait to see that dress. It’s going to be amazing. That blue is stunning!

  6. Happy Birthday! Glad you’ve been having fun. That dress is going to be beautiful, lucky girl!

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