I have got to the stage in my life where I can’t be bothered to concern myself with what people think of me.
For too long I have held onto the idea that someone, who does not like me, will take time out of their life to discredit my name, my reputation, my hard-work.
One day it became a reality, and there was nothing I could do about it. So now it’s a fear of mine that it will happen again. I try to reassure myself that it will be fine. Reminding myself that if I got through it once I will do again. Music helps me to calm down and recenter.
Jill Scott, Golden, is a powerful song.
While I was making this dress I was thinking of Ms Scott’s song. Humming it to myself but not really paying attention to the lyrics. It wasn’t until I began writing this post I took time to read the lyrics and realised the song is a mantra.
It is the perfect wake up in the morning and say 3 affirmations to yourself in the mirror song. I’m sure she knew it at the time, but we are only coming round to the idea now that self-care is trending.
I do, and will, say this a lot. “I absolutely love this dress” (laughing face emoji).
This is not the first time I have used McCalls pattern M6505 to make a dress that I “absolutely love”. My first creation was a PU Lazer cut dress, I made in December 2016 for a blog series I did with William Gee.
At the time I had had the pattern for a while and never used it, and picked it to use in the series for that specific reason. I went to my usual fabric stomping ground, Goldhawk Road. Cast my eye on the PU fabric and knew instantly what I wanted to make.
With this gold fabric, a bargain from Woolcrest Textiles. The garment choice wasn’t as instant. I knew I wanted it to be a dress but initial thoughts were quiet elaborate.
With the idea to make a slightly more revealing dress. Still lined but in a way that it exposed more flesh while maintaining modesty.
In the end I am glad I did not go down that route. Was clearly being too heavily influenced by my (self-proclaimed) cousin Rihanna.
This shift dress is far more versatile and will be something I can get a lot more wear out of.