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I made this dress whilst drunk…

August 27, 2013

The Sunday before last, I went to an afternoon party at a friend’s house, and I ended up drinking rather a lot of Cava, followed by Raki, followed by red wine, followed by gin…or was it vodka?  I can’t even remember!

I came home earlyish to put the baby to bed, and, as husband was doing work-related stuff, I sulked, disappeared into my sewing room and made the very unwise decision to get cracking with my second Tiramisu dress.  I did half-heartedly wonder if it was a bit foolish, but the overwhelming urge to just get on with it and make myself a new dress prevailed.  I’d already made a Cake Patterns Tiramisu dress before, so I knew what to do, and I knew it would be a quick and easy sew.

To be honest, the dress did come together fairly easily, all except for one major flaw.  When I was attaching my neckband, I TOTALLY buggered it up.  And I did it on the overlocker, so there was no going back.  I can’t even really put into words exactly what I did wrong without it sounding overly tedious, but basically I had to add a new bit on and overlap it with the old bit and it didn’t all line up.  These are the perils of sewing whilst drunk.  But, I wasn’t going to let it stop me!  I was determined to have a new dress by the end of the night, and I finished it around midnight!

I used a really beautiful silk jersey that someone kindly donated at the Birmingham swap.  If it was you, let me know!  The fabric is beautiful.  The white stripes are a tiny bit shimmery and the black stripes are a tiny bit velvety, and overall the fabric is beautifully soft and floaty light with a fantastic drape.  I wondered if it might be a bit sheer to use as a dress, but with a waist slip underneath it’s fine even in direct sunlight.

The stripe matching turned out brilliantly and I’m really pleased with the chevron effect.  I only have one other stripy dress – my Colette Hazel – but this dress feels much more practical and wearable.  Despite the major fuck-up with the neckband, which is glaringly obvious being centre front, I am very fond of this dress.

Without further ado, I will leave you with some pictures of my drunken creation:

The back of the dress...ignore the weird pull where I have my hands on my hips!

The back of the dress…ignore the weird pull where I have my hands on my hips!

Swirly whirly twirly.  If I move fast enough you can't see where I went wrong...

Swirly whirly twirly. If I move fast enough you can’t see where I went wrong…

Posing with SlamMan.  I think he approved.

Posing with SlamMan. I think he approved.

Good to wear whilst punching the husband.  As you do.

Good to wear whilst punching the husband. As you do.

And obviously good for drinking Sloe Gin Fizz...

And obviously good for drinking Sloe Gin Fizz…

30 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2013 11:02 pm

    I love it! I think it turned out great. I too like to drink and sew, but its usually simultaneous 😉 I can’t even tell you had a blunder on the front. Super cute!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 8:04 am

      You would be able to tell close up!

  2. August 27, 2013 11:03 pm

    Wow! Gdas(get drunk and sew) really seems to have worked well for you! The chevrons are just perfect and fits you like a dream. I have not had a sloe gin fiz in years, used to love them. Think I will have one next time I go out. 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 8:05 am

      Gdas! Love it! Sloe Gin Fizz is soooo good. Enjoy!

  3. August 28, 2013 12:49 am

    It looks really good! I love how the stripe works around the neck binding as well

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 8:06 am

      The cutting layout is so well designed. It’s a fab pattern.

  4. August 28, 2013 2:52 am

    Wow! I am impressed. I know I could not match stripes that well if I had been a little tipsy.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 8:07 am

      It’s easier than you’d think!

  5. August 28, 2013 7:24 am

    I can’t tell you’ve made a mistake! It looks really good. What happened to your arm btw, is that a bandage in the first picture? Nothing related to gdas I hope…

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 8:08 am

      No not at all, just a cut but it’s getting better now. Thanks for asking! 🙂

  6. August 28, 2013 8:27 am

    Raki – you are hardcore! Love the dress and I can’t see anything wrong with the front so I’m sure it is only really obvious if you know it’s there. And if anyone is staring that closely at the front of your dress you probably need to have words with them anyway 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 9:08 pm

      Haha! My friend brought it back from Greece, I’d never heard of it before. It was very strong indeed!

  7. anne carter permalink
    August 28, 2013 8:44 am

    Very impressive stripe match and especially whilst drunk! It’s a flattering style too with the crossover at the front.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 9:08 pm

      Thanks Anne!

  8. August 28, 2013 12:54 pm

    Some very impressive stripe matching there. I can’t believe how perfect they are while you were under the influence. I also want a slow gin fizz now!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 9:09 pm

      Do it! You won’t regret it! 🙂

  9. August 28, 2013 6:22 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I couldn’t match this up so perfectly stone cold sober!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 9:10 pm

      Haha, you definitely could! The cutting layout instructions are really helpful when it comes to stripe matching… 🙂

  10. August 28, 2013 8:23 pm

    Obviously, drunken sewing is the way to go, if this is the result. Looks great.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 28, 2013 9:11 pm

      I’ll try not to make a habit of it… Thanks Zora!

  11. August 29, 2013 2:22 am

    I am in AWE that you did that stripe-matching while buzzed! I covet your dress, and might have to make a copy stat!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 31, 2013 10:53 am

      Haha. You are the Queen of Tiras!

  12. August 29, 2013 5:55 am

    Love it… I confess I drink and sew quite often… I am not sure I have ever drunkenly sewn tho! 😉 Dress looks GREAT- And your stripes look perfect to me! ~Laurie

  13. August 30, 2013 1:34 pm

    Your dress is lovely! I can’t believe that you matched up the stripes when you were drunk! I haven’t tried the Tiramisu yet, but seeing your version I am really tempted!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 31, 2013 10:55 am

      You should try it. It’s a pretty dress, easy to make and comfy to wear. Win!

  14. September 10, 2013 4:53 am

    Cute, love the stripes! Was the silk jersey easy to sew with? I’ve been admiring some for awhile now.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      September 10, 2013 2:03 pm

      Yes, it was actually! It’s so lovely to wear as well.

  15. November 28, 2013 10:08 am

    Proper rock and roll sewing! Love it! 🙂

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