Every year my branch of the Women’s Institute’s committee have a dinner out. This year we chose Luton Hoo Hotel, former home of the Lady Zia Wernher, born a Russian royal countess. Lest you think we are bankrupting the WI, we save up all year, putting money into the kitty at every committee meeting.
So a grand setting deserves a new dress doesn’t it?
I thought the Lady Skater would fit the bill nicely, with room for dinner catered for. I had bought a nice long piece of black and white jersey from ebay recently, but when I spread it out the pattern worried me.
I couldn’t see how to place the front pieces without unfortunate results, to put it delicately! I decided to cut the skirt in four pieces to make the pattern appear much more random, and cut each one individually avoiding the central motif. The other change I made was to the back skirt pieces. My first lady skater has a tendency to ride up at the back which tells me my bum needs more fabric. I did a large bottom adjustment by slashing and spreading the pattern piece in the appropriate area. I added about an 1″ in the CB seam tapering to nothing at the side seam. Making a CB seam makes this much easier, as I didn’t have straighten the seam.
I don’t have to keep tugging at the skirt on this version, and my slip stays hidden.
I’m very pleased with the way this has turned out, it’s much nicer than if I had lined up the central motif. My fellow committee members liked it as well!
If you’re interested, the meal cost about £60 each for three courses, wine, and coffee; canapes, amuse bouches, and sorbet thrown in as well. The waiters are so polite and make everyone feel special. I’m not even sorry for the couple who drove up in a chauffeur driven Bentley, while we were getting out of the community minibus! We rather spoilt their grand entrance, as the Concierge was taking a group photo for us under the portico shown on the top picture.
They also do a very nice Afternoon Tea, I had that last year as birthday treat from my DS. Of course you can also stay there, or have your wedding reception, but it’ll cost a fortune.