A Dress for Midwinter

Liesl Cinema Dress in folksy corduroy by Ivy Arch

My final dress make of the year is a Cinema Dress trimmed with embroidered ribbons and braid. It's the second dress I've made from this Liesl + Co sewing pattern and this time I used a soft floral corduroy – my favourite choice of fabric for winter dressmaking.

Embellished Cinema Dress by Ivy Arch

Inspired by Gudrun Sjödén's beautiful Midvinter collection, I decided to sew a heavily brocaded panel on the bodice using different braids and embroidered ribbon collected over the years. It took some time to get the placement right!

Liesl + Co Cinema dress with embroidered ribbons

The finished frock has a festive folksy feel and will see me through this season's celebrations.

Back view: braid embellished Cinema Dress

Introducing The Silver Dream Machine

The Silver Dream Machine

Tomorrow will see the debut performance of The Silver Dream Machine. Formed especially for this gig at East Beach Studios art gallery on Worthing seafront, my ukulele partner Harriet Booth and I have written six original songs which have been meticulously rehearsed for the past two months. We are ready, have silver capes, and we hope that Worthing – and the world –  is ready to receive us!

The Silver Dream Machine performs at East Beach Studios, Beach Parade, Worthing on Saturday 12th December at 1pm.

Merry Christmas Wukulele Jam!

Wukulele Christmas Party!

Sunday was the official start of the Christmas party season with a festive edition of Wukulele Jam upstairs at Worthing's art deco Rowing Club. Our own Christmas Songbook (compiled by Harriet) had enough songs to keep us merry for the full 2 hour session, though we paused for refreshments and banter. 

There is no better way to get into the spirit of Yuletide than with the fine people of Worthing Uke Jam and I left wishing it could be (Wukulele) Christmas every day.

Wukulele Christmas Party, upstairs at Worthing Rowing Club
Wukulele Christmas Party, upstairs at Worthing Rowing Club

Wukulele takes a break in January but we'll be back at Worthing Rowing Club on 21st February for our first uke jam of 2016.
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