I have to admit that I very nearly didn't go (I had a very worrying nightmare the night before where I was standing in front of everyone in my undies!) as I was a little apprehensive of meeting so many people but I am glad I did. I met so many lovely, lovely people and had such a fantastic time.
I wore my brand new Christine Haynes Emery Dress (I have just noticed she has 30% off her shop at the moment) which I finished at about 11.00pm the night before. I was in good company though, a lot of people had been finishing outfits at the last minute too.
The fabric for this dress came from a warehouse in Switzerland where my parents live. They brought it back for me last year and I had been wondering what to do with it, I didn't initially think I would make myself a dress but now I have I love it!
In terms of fit, I more or less sewed up a straight size 10 with a couple of modifications (narrowing the neckline and shoulders slightly) and I am really happy with it. I didn't have any issues with sewing it at all, and the instructions were perfect. I will definitely make another.
After meeting at the V&A we went on to Goldhawk Road to go fabric shopping. I didn't have anything particular in mind that I needed before going, other than some vague feelings about making children's summer clothes and in retrospect I am pleased I didn't have a plan. I think if I had been looking for something in particular I may have been too overwhelmed to buy anything. As it is I did go slightly over budget but not by a lot, and I am glad that I did because I am over the moon with my haul:
The green spot is a jersey which I got for £3 per metre and is destined to become a skater dress and possibly some shorts for Élodie. The most expensive was the eyelet cotton at £8 per metre but the yellow is such a vibrant colour that I had to buy it. I don't have any definite plans for any of it at the moment but I think a few bits may end up as things from Tilly and the Buttons book "Love at First Stitch".
The confetti spot fabric I bought 2 metres of and Marilla and I have agreed that we will have 1 metre each and see what we come up with. It is (so Marilla assures me!) a silk/cotton blend and very light.
So, I had so much fun yesterday and I am really glad I went. I really wish I took more photos but I think I spent so much time staring and beautiful outfits that I forgot! Now to sew up some summer clothes for Élodie.