Toni Goes to Birmingham

I’m accepting a lot more invitations for days out these days, and yesterday was a real treat. I was in Birmingham (again) with a group of lovely ladies (and two honorary ladies for the day 😉 ) on a  shopping and eating day organised by the lovely Demented Fairy. She had suggested in a comment that I wore Toni on our day out, and that seemed like an ideal opportunity to get some unbiased judgments on the dress.


The Group photo post lunch

The general opinion was positive – but we all agree that the ‘side bits’ on the dress are ‘corners not cowls’. I’m quoting directly there. One lady even noted the pattern details as she intends to make some for herself so it can’t have looked too bad. I did add sleeves to the basic pattern as I thought it would be more useful here in the UK in Autumn/Winter. Ruth did the same on her last incarnation at Core Couture which gave me the idea. I just used a basic rectangle the length I wanted and the width of the sleeve opening, narrowing it a bit at the wrist end. Not hard to do but makes the pattern even more useful to me. Sorry the scarf hides that wonderful neckline!

I was surprisingly comfortable all day, and after getting used to the feel of the dress on the back of my calves actually forgot about it! I really need to wear more dresses and skirts.

Anyway, the shopping!

Fairy bought some wonderful fabric and has plans for all of it already. Check out her account of the day and see her haul on her blog HERE . I got off very lightly  was very well behaved and only bought stuff I knew I needed for other projects. The lining is for my coat – how good is that match! The buttons were bought with assistance from Glenda. I wanted something ‘quality’ but that wouldn’t impose any rules on the coat and these were fabulous. Real metal, and only 60p each. The zippers were only £1 each and I intend to shorten some to fit the Ziggi jacket that has been in the queue for and eternity (or so it seems). The patterns weren’t really needed but there is a 1/2 price sale on Vogue patterns at the moment and I had been lusting after these for a while.

So I am a bit closer to having everything ready for the coat, I just need to settle on a design and get going once I have finished Nell.

24 Comments on “Toni Goes to Birmingham”

  1. Woohoo! I’m thinking of asking Vogue for some commission, going on the interest in those Mizono designs. I was very surprised to see how many of our little group had never even looked at Vogue patterns, they’ve been my number 1 for yonks.

    • You sold it well.
      Some people seem to imagine that Vogue are difficult. Not always the case, and some excellent patterns.

      • I’ve only ever had a couple that have beaten me…and that’s down to my lazy ways, not the innate trickiness of the patterns [although those two were evil]. Of the old established companies, I find that they have the most interesting variations, and of course, the designer patterns

  2. jay says:

    Nice dress! I’m trying not to imagine taking a bus to Birmingham next time I’m in London. It’s not as though I need another couple of suitcases full of fabric.

  3. sewbussted says:

    I love it, and those boots are so perfect.

  4. tialys says:

    Looks like a great trip. Do you find you are influenced to buy slightly different things than you usually would depending on who you are shopping with?

  5. What a wonderful day and you look stunning,

  6. sewruth says:

    And what a stylish lot you are……

  7. Roxane says:

    Can’t believe you suffered so much as a moment of doubt on that fabulous dress! Glad you had such a grand day!

  8. mrsmole says:

    How wonderful to have so many sewing friends who are as crazy as you are! Wish I could be closer to join you…wish I could have known you when I lived in Southport! Enjoy wearing that new dress!

  9. Thimberlina says:

    What a fab day! I was so impressed with Birmingham, and to meet all those lovely sewers too. 🙂

  10. Fadanista says:

    Ooh, I see you bought a Koos pattern, I’ll be very interested in how you go with it as I’ve had the urge to buy it. Love your fabric and buttons. I’m tossing up whether to go to Birmingham – could be dangerous!

  11. Oh gosh I would just go crazy in a place like that! That’s why I try to save my visits to the fabric store to once, perhaps twice, a year!!!

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