Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Dear Laura,

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
- William Blake

I came to poetry late in life, even though you tried very very hard to introduce it to me again and again. I did however learn the first verse of two poems as a child one was the one above and the second was "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Where and why and how did I learn these? Well for some reason we have quite a few poetry books in our loo at home. A little quiet reading you know, and someone had been reading these poems. Well it seems they went into my head too. 

I love the first two lines of this poem and whilst I was looking at the fabric for this dress (designed by Cotton + Steel) and making it I kept repeating them over and over again. My dress making confidence has been boosted enormously lately, ever since the success of my three summer dresses. Even better though is that now I finally have my tailors dummy, no more sticking pins into me instead I can stick pins into her. 

It is stunning how quickly this dress came together. It is the same pattern as the deckchair dress, so I knew what I was doing, but to fit is on the dummy was amazing. It has seams so you can feel where to put the darts. The fabric hangs so easily so hopefully it means no more lumpy seams for me or pinning on myself and skewing the hang. It was an amazing experience and I was jumping around for joy when I put it on and on its first fitting it was perfect. I will never go back to stabbing myself with pins!

Lots of love


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