As soon as I saw it I knew that not only did I want to make it, I wanted THAT fabric.
I rang the shop that was shown as a stockist for the fabric, and was lucky enough to get the last 2.3 metres they had.
The fabric arrived in a couple of days, and by that time I had already traced the pattern, and made a toile, so I was already to go. Here's my version
I'm really pleased with it, the bodice has princess seams, which I think I prefer to darts, with a flared skirt, rather than gathers. I tried to find a red belt to match, but in the end I I made my own with the last remaining bit of fabric, some fold-over interfacing, and a vintage green buckle.
I'm laughing because my friend/photographer told me to click my red heels together, and I did - but it doesn't quite come across in a photograph.
I wore the dress on Wednesday for the Homecoming Parade of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment who marched through Hertford following their return from Afghanistan.
They looked very smart, very young and just a tiny bit warm
Apparently the Battalion are know as 'the Poachers' hence this guy ...
There was a really good turn out in the town, with lots of cheering, clapping and flag waving, which is the very least these brave young men deserve.
Oh, and to prove that I've been gardening - look at my produce. This was collected on Thursday
and this was picked about an hour ago
A combination of torrential rain and hot sunshine seems to be doing the trick. The blueberries possibly leave a bit to be desired, but the courgette - yes, that is a courgette and not a marrow - has more than made up for them.
The Lincolnshire Poacher - The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums and 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment