Denim Travelling Dress

After making my Summer Strawberry Shirt-Dress I knew I wanted to make at least one more everyday version – so here is my Denim Travelling Dress!

After some button-hole drama with the strawberry dress – apparently sewing a buttonhole where all the seams are pressed isn’t a good idea – I carefully positioned the buttons for ease of sewing. When I tried it on I discovered a small gape, so added a small hook and eye where the skirt and bodice join.

Speaking of buttons, here they are… They may or may not cost as much as the rest of the dress, but look how pretty and swirly they are! I thought a simple, classic dress needed some exciting buttons, and these were pretty close up but nice and simple from afar. The annoying thing about this dress is that, despite my overflowing button tin, it is hard to find 10 matching buttons.

Buttons!!

I wore it to school on Friday for a test-wear and it did the job of feeling nicely dressed but comfortable – the shirt part says smart, but the denim says relaxed.

I wore it again on Sunday, accessorised with red, white and blue to watch the Jubilee Flotilla and managed to get my big bro (and reader of my blog!) to take some action shots of flag waving. He did need a bit of artistic direction (I need a photo of the pockets!) but he did a good first job.

It worked well for a day out – pretty crease-free after a day walking and sitting in the rain, and it kept me fairly warm considering the horrendous weather.

exhausted!

I got home exhausted, but not too tired for some patriotic crochet for my blanket.

While I’m all patriotic, here is a picture of Monday night in my local park…

Fireworks and Jubilee beacon at Buckingham Palace

My day in pictures

I have my internet back!! hooray!!

Since technology is on my side, I thought I’d go photo* crazy and show you all the things I have got up to today, starting with my walk to the shops…

Stage being prepared outside the palace

View of the Mall

Guards practicing their steps

Ex-prime-minister John Major being interviewed on the Mall

I went for a walk via St James’ park…

A Filofax store!!

Sparkly Union Jack in Carnaby Street

… to Carnaby Street, to visit a little haberdashery shop called All The Fun of the Fair in Kingly Court. While I was there I thought I might as well visit Liberty (I’ve never been before and was pretty impressed) and then did some other shopping.

Liberty origami

Inspiring cross-stitches on show

Can you guess what city I am in?

The sun had come out so I walked back through the park.

Guard at Clarence House

Big crowds and there wasn’t anything happening (except hearing Cliff’s sound check)

Yet another flag…

… and again (to compare app effects)

The screens are ready for the weekend and the park was pretty busy. There was a man blowing bubbles, using two fishing rods and some string to make ENORMOUS bubbles.

If you thought these bubbles were big…

… think again! (at least a metre long)

I walked about 4 miles so I think I deserved a little rest

Then back home, with a bit of house work to do.

Clearing up the remains of Sorbetto and Traveller sewing

And then there was still time for a relaxing pamper (it has been a long, long week at school!) and time to prepare for festivities tomorrow.

Red, white and blue

Tomorrow I am off to Greenwich for some Jubilee celebrations, and will try and get some pictures of my latest make (it had a test wear yesterday but after having a class party with 25 4 year olds I got home too exhausted for a photo shoot!). What are you doing to celebrate the Jubilee and the long weekend?

*All pictures were taken on my HTC Desire, using FxCamera and Lomo Camera apps.