Sorry about the hiatus, work has been hell. Its still extremely busy as we've got a lot of June weddings to get through but I'm hoping things should ease up soon.
On to more fun things! Back in 2011 my friend Louise and I signed up to Race for Life and decided to dress up as Disney Princesses. It was a great success and we looked awesome. Seriously, look:
This year we've signed up again and are starting a tradition by making it a Disney occasion. I've decided to go with Ariel again this year and have chosen her mermaid outfit. It will of course be a Race-safe costume so I'm going to try my hardest not to get too caught up with accuracy and make something I'll be able to walk in.
My design for the costume was partly inspired by an old pattern I had lying around, Butterick B4731. I like how the skirt is fitted and stops at the knee with a seperate flounce section. It has a somewhat mermaid look but leaving the legs free to move.
I cut off the pattern at the waist and also extended it by about 4 inches to elongate the "tail". The next step was to pin the pieces together and try it on. I pinned the skirts down the side seams and slipped it on. I then re-pinned the skirt closer to my legs to get a more fitted shape.
Its actually really exciting to be working on a personal project. I don't remember the last time I wanted to work on someting for myself. And with being a seamstress and working all day at a sewing machine, coming home and sewing some more isn't exactly thrilling. But I'm getting back into it slowly and doing things bit by bit. Here's hoping its the start of some interesting new projects!