31 July 2014

Welcome Aboard - Our New-Look Shop!

So I mentioned in my last post on the shop that we were getting a little bit of a refresh, and MY GOD IT'S ADORABLE.

And a while back (I've been busy, okay?) we finished the shop in time for our Sample Sale last month, and my boyfriend came to take some pictures of our new-look nautical themed shop, I thought you'd like to see!

The shop has been given a new lease of life inside and out with our new Oxford Blue and White colour scheme (Which matches our new swing tags!), and with it has seemingly grown in size, giving a cool and fresh new feeling. Check out that door on the right hand side - you better believe I painted that door (and many other things, mostly things I shouldn't have painted...)!


I hope you'd agree that even this little glimpse of the new shop has completely transformed it - if you compare to my last post, you can really see a difference! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pleased as punch with this restyle!

And since I'm sure you'll ask, the handsome fellow in between myself and Izabela is one of my managers, who was the brains and braun behind the refurbishment, working long hours and getting covered in paint regularly to make it the beautiful shop it now is!

So, if you're in London, you should pop into our Old Spitalfields branch, and you DEFINITELY should come in for a visit this weekend. Why this weekend in particular? Well, from 10:00am GMT Thursday 31st July to 23:59 GMT Sunday 3rd August, we're having a HALF PRICE SALE OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE. That's right, half price of all clothing

Buuuut, all is not lost for my non-UK followers - use code SUN50 online from these times to get beautiful clothes, for half the price!!

Good luck and have a wonderful weekend darlings!


12 June 2014

ModCloth and Bourbon and Bras - Uniquely You Campaign

In keeping with my recent "non-sewing related posts", ModCloth asked me if I wanted to join in on their Uniquely You campaign, in which they send a picture of an item to me, and I digitally style it using other items from ModCloth using Polyvore.

Now. I know what you're thinking. No, I don't have a primarily style-centric blog. And no I get no monetary or clothing-etary gain from this.

What do I get? I get to virtually play dress up and possibly get more followers. Possibly. And that inflates my ego - and we all know I'm here for the online celebrity status! (Not really. But kinda really)

ModCloth sent me the Vivacious and Vibrant dress in Noir (available up to 4X!) to put into an outfit!

ModCloth & Bourbon and Bras - Uniquely You Campain

I'm not going to lie, this dress didn't grab me. The neckline is gorgeous and has the slight 40s flair I enjoy, but it's just not quite my style, and I'm not a fan of the contrast waist. To hide that, I paired it with the 'The Dream of the crop' cardigan and black 'Leaf for the Day' belt - a cropped cardi/belt combo I'd say is very me, with the 'Preserves Purveyor' necklace to exhibit my fondness of cherries. (It's a kitsch problem)

The length of the Vivacious and Vibrant dress is shorter than I would really wear it - although it would be a perfect length for showing off the details on the 'Bowed Over' tights, and with a good pair of (slightly sensible/ comfy shoes because I'm a shoe wuss) shoes and a cute handbag, the job is done, you have a cute little retro-style outfit and which is quite uniquely me!

Make sure to check out all of the adorable dresses ModCloth has to offer here.

Thank you ModCloth for getting in touch and giving me something out of my comfort zone - and for giving me a kick to get a Polyvore (seriously guys it's great fun).

Enjoy the rest of your week, guys!


7 June 2014

Working Nine to Five, What A Way To Make A Living

For once, Dolly's wrong! I don't work 9-5, and I do love my job!
So a while back I took some photos in the shop I work in.
And I wanted to share a slice of my everyday life with my lovely readers - although my life doesn't revolve around sewing, it certainly revolves around clothes!!

For the most part, I co-run our Old Spitalfields shop with my colleague, best friend and blue-haired drinking-partner-in-crime, the beautiful Izabela! And together we do a lot of cleaning and a lot of talking people into trying on amazing dresses - We also play dress up with ourselves, because who wouldn't? We're surrounded by pretty things for so long, it's a shame not to!

At the moment, we're getting in our spring/summer collection and slowly turning the shop into a summery beacon of beautiful retro clothing - as modelled wonderfully by Izabela. These photos were taken a few weeks ago now, after a long day of delivery working and changing the shop around - so we made sure to spend a little time at the end of the day to get excited about the new items in stock.
(For anyone interested, this great combo is our Kiki Jungle top and Monroe jeans)

But the real reason to come to my shop (What was that, you haven't been? Get your arse down to Spitalfields immediately!!) is the company of these nut jobs - in our natural habitat you may possibly see me and Izabela wearing matching outfits (This happens a lot) wearing our Dolores doll dresses in red polkadot, me accessorising in a Jean bolero and Miss L Fire Aloha's, and her in a Jo Bluebird Cardigan in blue (sold out in blue online!) and Miss L Fire Sundae shoes!

Come on, you want to come along and see our glorious mugs now, right? What if I said that the shop now looks 200% more adorable after our renovation, and the 21st June we'll be having a sample sale?
Look out for a new post soon on our renovation and details on the sample sale! For now, pop down anyway!

From me and Izabela, have a great weekend!


22 April 2014

Whatever Floats Your Boat, Sinks Your Battleship

It's Sew Dolly Clackett time!!!

It's like university all over again; the deadline is steadily approaching, I'm sewing like a sewing madman, I can't do simple maths to work out pleating, everything has gone wrong and I've even cried, BUT I HAVE DONE IT. Pulled it out of the bag with little room to breathe before the deadline, but it's here.

If you've been living under a sewing rock, you might not know what Sew Dolly Clackett is, (Shame on you.) but the lovely Sarah from Rhinestones and Telephones made a sewalong-come-wedding-present for the gorgeous Roisin of Dolly Clackett's upcoming nuptials. You make a dress inspired by her frankly substantial self-made wardrobe, and enter it on the Flickr for prizes and notoriety!

Fang Rock Dress | Green Ginger Dress

 I used the inspiration of Roisin's Fang Rock dress for the bodice and sailor theme, and her Green Ginger dress' pleats. Using the Butterick B5880 bodice (YES AGAIN) I tried to re-create the BHL Anna bodice (badly) she used, and the skirt is a 'self drafted' pleated dirndl.

This gets me points, right? Door, pose, shoes, print fabric, shoes...?

The fabric is a gorgeous cotton, bought from my local shop Rolls and Rems, and I ADORE it. It's got printed navy stripes and red anchors - who doesn't want that in a dress?

Fully lined in white cotton, under stitched with a waist stay - this is technically my best-sewn item to date! The zip busted on me in the final try-on, which caused me to cry (it was late, okay?) but luckily I persevered on with a second zip and managed to get out of the house for Gareth to take a few photos outside our door - this is meant to be inspired, after all!

I've had a bit of a massive blogger crush on Roisin for a while now, and I make absolutely no secret of this - I love her humour and her face and her super-human sewing skills (I lose count of just how many dresses she makes in a month!) and her shoe obsessions have, much to my boyfriend's dismay, inspired me to buy countless pairs of ridiculous shoes. Her sewing also inspires me to actually come out of my anti-print comfort zone, and I think every dress will be a Sew Dolly Clackett dress from now on!!

I wore my Irregular Choice 'Bowtiful' shoes, which are knitted. She herself has a tweed version, and I can't agree with this statement more;

"...Totally impractical. You can't wear them when it's warm and you can't wear them when it rains. I love them though."

  • Fabric: 
    Cotton print fashion fabric 
  • & cotton lining

  • Pattern: 
    Butterick B5880
    & Self drafted skirt
  • Pattern Alterations:
    Omitted neckline notches, graded up bodice size, adjusted neckline and kimono-style-sleeves added, replaced sarong skirt with pleated dirndl and in-seam pockets
  • Notions:
  • Invisible zip, bias binding waist stay
  • Make again?: 
  • NO. Not because I don't like it - this happens to be my FOURTH dress that is pretty much the same style - I need to STOP.
  • Final Verdict: 
  • I love this dress, I do. It's comfortable, and looks good which is all I ever want - and it's got anchors on it. Anchors.

    Congratulations to both Roisin and Nic - I hope you have an amazing gin-filled wedding and many, many happy years ahead of you!

    Melody ♪

    10 April 2014

    Madonna Was Wrong - Time Goes Quickly for Every Bugger Out There

    Lately, I feel like I have no time.

    I'm sewing, but the process is  s l o w.  I feel like in between working full time, socialising, making time for my relationship and friends, and doing awesome stuff (which clearly I'm always doing because I'm a downright awesome person, thank you very much for noticing) it just seems like sewing is constantly taking the back burner.

    Don't even get me started on blogging, because as you may have noticed, I'm pretty bad at keeping a constant flow of blog posts! I want to get better and become efamous and live a blogger lifestyle of glamour and free shit but sometimes I have to clean bird shit off shop fittings in a market and get drunk with my friends and do things with my boyfriend (if you're thinking what I think you're thinking then stick around, we could be best friends ;D), and sometimes that takes over the time I had mentally planned to be for blogging.

    I want to know how everyone else does it, how do you goddesses of sewing manage to churn out dresses weekly with busy lives when I'm only half busy and struggle getting one item sewn a month? Seriously, guys, tell me your secrets! Are you super human or something? Should Marvel be making comics about Ultra-Sewing-Lady and her magic sewing skills?

    I realise the point in me wasting time to blog about my lack of time is frankly laughable, but hey, it's a start, right? I've even got artsy photos of a pocket and some pleating for you! Totally worth the time it took.

    Have a great weekend!

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