This post is a slight blast from the past, taking us all the way back to 2010, in which I spent a week near Alderburgh in Suffolk with the lovely family of a friend.
Not only did this feature walks on the beach and Snape Malting and Suffolk alpacas, but this friend and her family are ridiculously talented and ridicolously crafty. This visit was perhaps the start of it all.
I went, armed with some lovely tweed fabric purchased from MacCulloch & Wallis on Derring Street (as was), my first pattern purchased from John Lewis and absolutely no prior sewing experience. I repeat: no prior experience.
It’s by no means perfect, but for a first attempt I am very, very proud of this dress. The heavy fabric is perhaps not the best choice for it as the seams don’t lie wholly flat. After 5 years, the zip is starting to pull out, so I will need to fix it up before wearing it out, but it is fully lined, darted, sleeved and zipped which was an excellent introduction to many of the core concepts of dressmaking.
I am very much looking forward to remaking this pattern in the future with my greater experience as it has a really lovely neckline and full 50s skirt.