Laurel – LBD UFO and the medium of dance

Huzzah! Another UFO completed!  This is my third Colette Laurel, made with the black eyelet-ey stuff that I got from Goldhawk Road at the London Meet Up.

It was supposed to be a quick and easy make. No hems because I used the scalloped edges of the fabric.  No need for fitting because I’ve made it before.  No lining because I have a slip that will go under it, and no zip because I am weird and twisty and can get into it without needing one. However I didn’t take into account the fact that I have never made this with sleeves.  Since I stopped full on training, and especially since having children my limbs have been a touch on the chubby side.  I’m cool with that.  I like to think of my lunch lady arms as un-toned muscle left over from my kick boxing days rather than flubber but if I’m honest a summer of chips and beers on the beach has not helped the old bingo wings.  The sleeves and armholes were way to tight. I had other things I wanted to make so I shoved it into my Un-Finished Objects box where it has festered for a month or so.

As I am on a mission to eliminate UFOs I decided it was worth another look and I’m really glad I did because it was a simple fix.  I’d sewn it all together in the wrong order, attaching the sleeves before sewing up the side seams in order to cheat on easing them in. Yes, I know that is probably why they didn’t fit in the first place, but I thought it would make it easier. However it did mean that I could just unpick the seams of the sleeves right down to an inch or so below the armhole then stitch it up with a tiny seam allowance. Job done and I love it.
I should write more but my brain has stopped working after just two days back at work and I need gin. I admit that I am a complete lightweight but after a summer off doing an honest day’s work has been a bit of a shock to the system.  So allow me to communicate the rest of this post through the medium of Dance.
And please feel free to join in …

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44 thoughts on “Laurel – LBD UFO and the medium of dance

  1. beebeesvintagedress

    I just did a little dance with you, made me smile. Love your LBD and changing up sleeves in frustrating but a quick fix! Thought I’d mention we are shoe Twinsies!

  2. Scruffy badger

    Lovin’ the moves, lady! I’d love to see the post gin photos!! You’ve reminded me that making a sleeved Laurel would be perfect autumn wear, and your lbd is adorable in eyelet. Nice recovery!!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thanks! I tend to only dance at home, but as the weather is turning I will probably be taking more photos there instead of going out, so I’m sure there will be lots more dancing to look forward to.

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thank you! I should probably say that in real life I am a respectable upstanding member of the community who would never behave like this in public, even after gin (believe that and you’ll believe anything 🙂 )

  3. Lynne

    Lol!! Loving your funky moves! And your dress is great too! The fabric is lovely, especially the scalloped edge. Do the sleeves flare out at the ends, because I really like how they look.

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers! I should have mentioned that I made the sleeves a little wider than the ones on the pattern, especially at the bottom, so yes, they do flare out a bit. I did the same on my beach hut Laurel and I really like the way they looked although the sleeves on that one are shorter. I’m afraid I didn’t do anything really technical, just made them an inch or so wider at the bottom and re-drew the line up to where it joins the body.

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