I love roses – big, blousey roses – and especially the kind that grow all over verandahs. A couple of years ago, inspired by a house on the main street of Greytown, I planted roses around our verandah and this year they’re flowering in abundance.
When I’m op-shopping I find it really hard to go past anything with a rose on it. So when I found some vintage-looking rose fabric on Trade Me months ago I knew it was for me – and that I should save it and make it into a dress to wear to my cousin Katherine’s wedding.
The wedding is next weekend so I got onto it yesterday. Any normal person would figure out how to make a dress, create a pattern and use that over and over again. Not me – every single dress I make is a battle. Usually because I like the top to be really fitted and the skirt to be full without looking too frou frou. After a very long battle this weekend – and many pin scratches down my arms – I have prevailed.
I’ll have to iron the pleats down well and am not quite sure about the styling yet but feel I’ve made a pretty great dress for what should be the garden party of the year.
If anyone has any styling tips let me know. The dress looks surprisingly good with my red skinny belt so it might be that and a fitted cardigan… but I have no idea what shoes to wear.