The dress I wore for my Winter in the Shire photo shoot is one I wear on a regular basis. It’s not made to be a costume, but something practical that I can do housework in, play and cuddle with the children in, is easily washed, and still feel feminine. Those who have followed me for a while know that I make a lot of my skirts and dresses myself (though not all of them make it onto the blog – ordinary photo shoots are just not much fun…) because the mainstream fashion of today is very dull. I want my skirts and dresses rather full and long, but not so much that I need to hold them out of the way to prevent fatal accidents when carrying a child up the stairs. I also want them to send the thoughts to past times, or fairy tales, without them being copies of any particular style.
A proper photo shoot is not always possible.
I really like to re-purpose fabrics, for both economical and environmental reasons. Old curtains and tablecloths have a lot of fabric in them, and are often very cheap – just saying 😉 This dress is made from old curtains – Maria von Trapp would approve, I think.
As I’ve said before, I need to make better support to be worn under the dress (it will make it sit, oh, so much nicer!), but everything that needs to be fitted takes a lot of time to make right now, as I need to find some quiet time when I won’t be interrupted. I’m sure many a mum can relate.