So anyway, it's the pretty dresses that you all come for, right? And I have a very special pretty dress to show you all today. When I went along to the Epic Sewing Blogger Meet-up on 20th April, I had the absolute privilege of meeting Sew Busy Lizzy in real life.
Me and the darling Lizzy
In this photo, Lizzy has just given me some fabric. It came the whole way from Australia with her, and she'd bought it for me when I was having a tough time at work. When she gave it to me, she said it was happy fabric to make a happy dress, to wear when I needed to feel happy. I was so touched by this thought, and by her kindness. Not just because of the gift, I should say, but for her friendship during a difficult time. This fabric will always be very special to me. Now, my initial plan was to make Cambie number 376 with it, but my latest dress-shaped love seemed to be the ideal plan for this fabric. So, lo and behold, the Promised Land dress was born:
The Promised Land dress - Elisalex bodice by By Hand London and a pleated skirt - worn here with Irregular Choice Mermaid shoes
As the fabric is both from Australia and Australia-themed (close-up photos coming up) I wanted the name to reflect that. I was intitally going to name it after Keitha...
...but Nic pointed out that this might not be very polite. So instead, it's named after That Time When Morse and Lewis Have To Go To Australia - Promised Land:
I couldn't find a good picture of Morse and Lewis down under so here's one of them that's very unflattering. Consider it a little treat for the people who find my blog by doing an image search for Kevin Whatley. EVERY DAY.
Anyway, I love this dress a whole bunch. I wasn't in need of cheering up when I wore it on Sunday because I had a perfectly lovely day and life is good. But it's good to know it's there when I need it. The fabric is lovely - it's cotton poplin with not much drape to it, and it's covered in a fun print of Sydney Harbour!
Here's a little shot of the bodice. Now, I've never been to Sydney so I'm not sure what that face is. I love the boats, though, and the zoo. DAT GIRAFFE.
There's the Sydney Opera House! And the Harbour Bridge!
And here's a dolphin. Do dolphins live in Sydney Harbour? I don't care. I get the impression that dolphins are kind of assholes, so it pleases me that one is on this dress, and the same size as the Giraffe. Killer Asshole Dolphins!
So, yeah, I'm pretty happy with my dress. No, I'm really happy with it - this fabric is perfect with this dress, and wearing it makes me really happy!
I was having a good hair day on Sunday...
It also goes perfectly with my green satchel. Not pictured is how perfectly it goes with the yellow and blue ones I got from Berylune
Thank you SO much for this fabric, Lizzy! I love it a whole bunch. It's made it to the top of my Top 5 Australian Exports list:
1. This fabric
3. John Noble
4. The theme tune from Sons and Daughters
Dudes, Doctor Who totally stole your idea...
In case you're wondering, the reason why the totally awesome Alan Dale isn't on that list is that I recently found out he's not actually Australian. He's a Kiwi! That news rocked my world, I don't mind telling you. I still think he's awesome, and I also love all you Kiwis, right?
Anyway, I've talked a whole lot of crap this evening. But sewing people really really ARE the best, and Lizzy is a pretty special one. Thank you SO much, Lizzy!
Okay, one more photo. Here's me with Mowgli:
That's your lot for now. But don't forget, there's still time for you to enter my giveaway to win a £50 ASOS voucher!