Sunday 26 February 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane....

Its the weekend and the weather is warming up nicely.  I have just spent an hour in the garden tidying up ready for the new spring growth I can see happening as I clear away the debris of the winter months.

It is nice to be out in the fresh air again.

I'm not sure what to write about today so I have opted for a bit more about me!!!!  I have always loved making things.  It is something a lot of crafters have in common.  I have tried many hobbies over the years.   I have tried my hand at tiffany glass as a result of admiring my uncle Roy's grandmother clock all fashioned from glass and an amazing picture panel he made to decorate an existing shower screen.  I still have the equipment sitting in the attic!

I sewed for many years, cushions, curtains and the like and eventually progressed to designing and making my own ball gowns.  I have a habit of jumping in with both feet when it comes to hobbies and I always want to get to the point where I am making my own designs rather than following a pattern.  It does not always work!!

The first dress I made to my design was almost a disaster.  Fate helped me out though!  I was trying on the dress and altering it to fit snuggly when I had a call of nature.  Luckily for me, as I had taken the dress in too far at the knee and I could no longer lift the dress up high enough to go to the ladies room!  As I had already sewn the fish tail skirt into place (it was the fashion at the time!!).  I opted to add an additional fastening into the lace top so that I could slip the dress down instead.  I'm glad that no one could witness the lengths I had gone to in order to cover up my lack of experience in dress making!!

Actually I think that it is a talent that crafters employ on a regular basis.  If things don't quite work out how you planned you need to think on your feet to come up with a Plan B and know one will ever know but you there was ever a Plan A!!  (A favourite quote of many a crafter!!)

How many pictures do I have to prove that I have often been a fashion victim I wonder!!
Remember the 1980's!
I forgot about the mini bus

I scrapbooked this dressmaking clanger for a challenge that took place at my local scrapbooking crop!  The photo was taken in 1986...I still have the dress in the attic.......I wish I still had the figure!

Thanks for stopping by, Helen


  1. Well done Helen love the blog, have saved it in my favourites

    1. Thanks Amanda and thank you for joining my Blog. This is my first reply to a comment. Think I press the 'publish' button next - here goes!

  2. Wow! As your son said you must have been quite good! I love to play with my sewing machine, curtains, cushions, little bags etc but wouldn't even know where to begin freestyling a dress...

  3. Look at that stunning dress (and figure, oh la la!). And those shoulder wings on the dress. That's the 80's. I heard leg warmers were coming back. Are we doomed to have huge shoulder things again too? I giggled at your ingenious fix for the dress. You are so right that creative people can think their way out of fix! That's us just being crafty!


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