Satisfaction

Wednesday, 11 May 2011




I am so pleased with how this skirt has turned out. It has been the bane of my life over the past week.

Actually, I think we can extend that annoyance to the whole Paris print range in River Island. The dress version haunted me for weeks. Last year I found one in my size randomly tucked away in a rail of jumpsuits in the little River Island store near to where I work. Most odd, thought I, where are all the others? I hadn't been paid at the time so I couldn't afford it and resorted to that horribly sneaky trick of hiding it right at the back of a crowded rail so no-one else would notice it. Went back: it was gone. DOOM! Went back again and found it. HUZZAH! Bought it, then discovered it didn't look at all flattering on my shape. DOOM! Char bought it off me. HUZZAH! (I felt like I had a bond with the dress by this point and didn't want to just return it for a refund)


Alas I did not look this pretty when I tried it on.




Then up popped this skirt in the sale and Mum bought it for me as a birthday present. Unfortunately when it arrived it was a very weird midi length and had super unflattering pleats that made me look about 40 miles wide. Undeterred, I decided that if it was going to make me look wide, it would be on purpose dammit!



So began three evenings of hell (I won't even go into the palaver that was the shopping trip to buy the netting). I do not like working with netting. I had to handstitch three flipping tiers onto the underskirt of this. The hemming was horrible - I unpicked and resewed one section more times than I care to remember, plus there are little twinkly bits on the fabric that my machine does not like sewing over the top of.



But it's done. And I love it. Swoosh!







Top - George


Skirt - River Island sale, birthday present

Shoes - Primark via ebay

Necklace - H&M

Bracelet - a present from the truly wonderful Vix




ps - quite a few of you asked about the sewing machine in my last post. It's great! My main reasons for buying it were that it was basic and fairly cheap (and also because it's green...). I didn't see the point in spending hundreds on a big scary machine that I didn't know how to use. So yes, it doesn't have some of the fancy features that the pricier models have, and I don't know how well it would cope with heavy fabrics, but it's absolutely perfect for the things I need it for. I'm a real novice when it comes to sewing machines and even I find it easy to use, so I give it a double thumbs up.

30 comments:

  1. This is fabulous. I think this is my fav of your outfit posts. The skirt, the top, the shoes all work perfectly. Love, love, love it!

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  2. Love it! You're becoming a little wizz on the sewing machine aren't you, you clever thing!

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  3. I can already feel an ebay stalking obsession coming on with this skirt/ dress. The print passed me by completely when it was in the shops although God knows how, as quirky prints are my Favourite. Thing. Ever.
    But let's clear one thing up- it does not make you look wide, either accidentally or by design. This is not something that is possible, my dear with your skinny minny-ness!

    I love the whole outfit, you look devine.


    xxx Maddie

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  4. This skirt looks fab!! Well done on keeping with it, as the end result is great.
    Love those shoes!!

    xx

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  5. I cannot tell how confusing I just found it to see Char on your blog. That skirt looks great though Alex. I love your orange shoes too.

    I think you did the right thing. You and Char both look FABULOUS!

    Caroline
    xxx

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  6. Love the skirt! How funny is this story though! lol!

    I love my little machine too, I do have a big full monty machine but the mini John Lewis really does do the trick as you say!

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  7. It looks brilliant and respect to you for sewing with netting!! I love black white and red together, absolutely lovely! :)

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  8. Totally gorgeous and it makes your waist look tiny! Well worth the hassle with the netting. Both you and Char look gorgeous and those shoes are blooming fab. xxx

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  9. Well done on the skirt, It looks lovely on you. Hate it when clothes haunt me, that are just never going to look nice on me. Topshop have a gorgeous blouse at the moment, and I'm semi tempted to buy it, except their blouses never with me because I have to buy a 16 to accomodate my boobs, when my waist would fit a 10. Grrrrrrr, because the blouse is just so damn nice and I have a topshop giftcard to use.

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  10. That print looks magnificent, well done with perservering with the restyle, it really suits you

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  11. Hurrah, for sheer determination! It was worth the faffing and looks great, those orange shoes are rather good arent they x

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  12. Oh Alex,
    my favourite outfit on you ever! EVER x

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  13. Well it was totally worth it Alex because you look incredible. I would have thought that was a genuine 50s skirt. You certainly suit that sillhouette, more poufy skirts are needed I think! xx

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  14. The whole outfit looks great.
    Oh, how I wish I had ankles like your's.

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  15. Wow. It looks fantastic. Almost 50s style. Clever you! It was well worth the effort Hun!

    Thanks or your suggestion by the way. (expect an email if I get stuck resizing the photos! Thank you in advance)

    X x

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  16. wahey i'm very glad it turned out so well in the end.
    i had the dress in my alterations pile this weekend as well, it had come a little loose at the strap..i've worn it loads though! :)

    i loooove how swoooshy it is - and how fab are the shoes with it! :)

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  17. You've done such a wonderful job with that skirt, I would never have the patience for netting!! It looks just beautiful on you, well done lady! xxx

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  18. This is lovely and your colour matching is perfect too!

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  19. Really gald you finally got your hands on it, in one form or another. It looks terrific on you! Just noticed these on Folksy and thought of you - http://www.folksy.com/items/1750245-Victorian-Beaded-Ornament-Cover
    Kandi x

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  20. Ooh its gorgeous, great altering! Love when you eventually find something you were at one point desperate for - I missed out on some shoes in M&S sale last year and I've been ebay stalking for them ever since, no luck so far, grr! :)

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  21. Oh wow!! and double wow!! Alex, you look so, so, sexy in that outfit. Love the shoes too, where have you been hiding those beautifully turned ankles?

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  22. LOVE this outfit,the colurs are wonderful,the shoes hawt and the skirt print fabulous!!!
    Well done,darl.It can be frustrating,but it's amazing what you can do with a little old sewing machine.And it doesn't NEED to be flash!
    I really get a buzz out of turning something drab into something FAB!
    Love!!! XXX

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  23. Yay for the tweaking and fabulising of the skirt! Boo for you being a bad influence and helping Char re-fill her wardrobe! ;-)

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  24. BTW - have you ever checked this blog? http://www.guiltfreefashion.co.uk/ Might be a bit simple for your talent but I really enjoyed it!

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  25. adore the pattern on the skirt as well as your heels. i also want to get a sewing machine. and i agree that for me personally its not worth spending too much on! x
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  26. So many things I want to say! 1. You look really really lovely! It really does suit you and I love that it has a story to it, the print and all and then you also worked on it yourself and it is yours now and nobody has the same! Isn't that just super special and nice? I think so! :) 2. You bought a sewing machine! YAY! I got one for my birthday but I didnt have time to use it yet, but I'm moving in June and i will use it as soon as I set myself up in the new house and all, I'm quite new to it as well but it will be fun to learn! :)

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  27. Oh Alex you've done a great job with this! I'm not surprised you hunted for it, that print is beautiful! The cut is gorgeous, so perfect for summer :) ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  28. I love your perseverance. I've eyed up this range before but missed out on it, and am sort of relieved now! But you have done wonders with this skirt and it looks FAB. I love it with the orange top and perfectly matching shoes!

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  29. Dearest Alex, I'm glad you persevered because it's fabulous! I love the print xx

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