I found a set of 6 napkins and a large rectangular tablecloth in a charity shop near work last week. I was really stuck for the Sew Weekly challenge, to make something inspired by one of the regular contributors ... I was going to make a tailored top a la Adey Lim, with all the polka dots matching at the sides etc .. but I couldn't summon up the energy. Then just by chance I happened upon this set. I didn't know properly what the pieces looked like as they were all sealed up in a bag - never been opened before. Lucky me! Next dilemma, which pattern? Since I'd been given a bag full of 1970's little numbers by a friend at work, I sifted through them and found this one. Fits lovely and glad I chose it. It was really easy to sew up and finish - all I had to do was make sure I placed the napkins correctly for the bodice (making sure to avoid a front that looked like the back - how embarrassing would that have been?? For me anyway ...). Another reason why I like this dress is the fabric design which is by one of my favourite 70's designers, Pat Albeck - she used to design all the National Trust teatowels etc - I love her drawing style. This design in based on a Robert Adam ceiling in one of the properties.
And so, a double celebration, Happy Belated Birthday Oona! I'm toasting you with Guinness, my favourite tipple, in a dainty teacup! You know, it's good for you - has lots of iron in it (or at least that's my excuse!).