On 26 April we watched the London Marathon. Notting Hill had 20 runners in the race and it was a very exciting spectacle. Many of the competitors had been training for months to ensure they could do the race without expiring. Having now spent six months planning and sewing my collection I feel I have been involved in a marathon of my own. I decided to enter the 2015 Stitchers Guild Sewing with a Plan in November 2014, and I have just finished and photographed my collection.
I am proud of my achievement.
- I have made 11 wearable garments in that time
- Seven garments have come from one vintage couture pattern – most of them getting a modern or personal twist. This cost £21 from eBay
- Two were self drafted patterns – a curvy pencil skirt and a kimono sleeved jacket
- The other two patterns were 99p each – fairly ordinary 1960s patterns
- None of the fabrics cost more than £10m, except the white silk for the silk dress which was about £12m.
- I customised some of the fabrics – for the white silk dress, and the linings for my Fuchsia suit
- All the garments are lined, in silk
- Some of the buttons are recycled vintage buttons but I bought new leather ones for the fuchsia suit
- I have worn all the garments and I like every single item which I feel is a flattering shape and length for me
- Every garment works with what I already have in my wardrobe
- I documented the process on this blog with a post every Saturday
- There were a few difficult moments
- I changed my plans considerably in the middle, discarding several already completed items
- I have had some difficulties with zip and shoulder pad insertion (ahem!)
- I left the navy dress and white overblouse on a train and thought I had lost them for good (I cried). Thanks to Virgin Trains they were recovered.
I hadn’t realised how much stress I was carrying. Just getting my 11 garment collection to fit, to work, to please me; to use the exercise to push myself; altering items that didn’t quite work; photographing them nicely. I gave up going to the gym quite a few mornings so I could commune with the collection. And now it is all done my husband is glad to get me back and I can do as I please for a while. At the weekend my son Gus kindly took the photographs which I have now uploaded on the site.