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Sunday Best

The beautiful fabric is a textured silk (texture of Chux, according to my husband!) that I bought from a little old lady at her garage sale.

The beautiful fabric is a textured silk (texture of Chux, according to my husband!) that I bought from a little old lady at her garage sale.

When I was younger, everyone dressed to the hilt to attend church.  It really was your Sunday Best - high heels,  meticulous make-up, even fresh flowers in your hair! 

Everyone dresses very casually now, but to recreate the past, I've decided to put in a bit more effort.   Each Sunday, I'll try to wear something I've handmade myself.

After lowering the neckline on my pattern draft, it gaped a little, so I added tucks to rein it back in.

After lowering the neckline on my pattern draft, it gaped a little, so I added tucks to rein it back in.

Picked up a self-cover belt kit from an op-shop for twenty cents.  They add a lovely retro finish to a dress!

Picked up a self-cover belt kit from an op-shop for twenty cents.  They add a lovely retro finish to a dress!

 

Here's yesterday's effort - a little dress I based on a Sixties shift pattern.  I did make a toile in calico, before I cut into the silk and added a series of tucks to make the neckline fit better.  I always pick up self-cover belt kits from op shops as I've never seen them for sale anywhere else. You sew a bias strip into a tube to cover the buckle and iron on your fabric to the belt for a great retro accessory.  

Hmmm, must start thinking about next Sunday...