Monday, 25 May 2015

Chelsea Flower Show 2015

What to wear for Chelsea Flower Show, well florals of course! And ruffles and ribbons only improve a good floral, so wack them all into the mix!

I came across this Pinafore pattern in my stash and thought this would be perfect in a delicate meadow, floral patterned cotton. The only change that I made to the pattern was to shorten the ruffle to the bust position instead of the full length of the dress. I also inserted a waist tie to clinch in the waist and tie a bow in the back.
This is only my 3rd vintage pattern of the year but has got me on a roll to really speed through the next 7 that I plan to make!

I'm really pleased with the final result, and finished just in the nick of time (on the morning of the event)

The sleeves are my favourite part of the dress. I do like a softly, dramatic sleeve.

This is my brand new brooch bought from The Pink Bungaloo that is a reproduction of the MacArthur 'Key to My Heart' pin and I'm absolutely taken by it!

I'm very happy with the fabric I chose because it looks just like a wild English meadow, and that's the sort of garden I like- uncontrollable!
I didn't pattern match the back pieces because the print is so busy, and the flowers so small, that I thought it wouldn't mater. Turns out pattern matching always matters, bad seamstress!!!
It doesn't spoil the dress for me at all though, I cant see my back when I wear it!

I went to Chelsea flower show for the first time this year with my friend from work Janina.
Janina has the most astoundingly vast knowledge of past era's and a museum worthy collection of various treasures so naturally we had a brilliant time!

Isn't this flower bag just perfect. Janina was admired for her bag all day, and her necklace is a colourful 50's plastic beaded necklace.
There was an Alice in Wonderland theme to a great many of the displays in recognition of the 150th anniversary this year.
Some of the displays were very grande indeed!
Just look at that giant teacup!

 Oh, Fox gloves are especially stunning. This little area looks just like fairies live among the flowers and help them to grow.

The markings inside of these blooms are amazing, and each one unique.

 There were many garden ideas, if only I had a garden, then this little archway would definitely be an idea worth recreating.
I had never seen a Clematis, but they are so delicate and sweet that I have fallen in love with them. Janina ordered this variety to plant at home in her garden and I cant wait to visit them next year when they bloom.

I had no idea that there were so many varieties of the same flower, I was in awe of the different blooms. Daffodils are my favourite flower, they are happy flowers and when I see them popping up at the beginning of spring it always brings a smile to my face!

I had never considered Cacti to be beautiful, but look at all of those colours.
I bought a tiny one to take home with perfect pastel pink flowers. I hope that it grows and continues to flower just like these.
Sooo Sweet!!!

We stopped for a cheeky lemonade half way around the main tent. It was very busy indeed and there was no where to sit so we sipped lemonade whilst wondering around looking at pretty flowers.

So many colours, it was like walking through a dream!

Those foxes are soon cute strolling through the flowers. I like that the foxes give the gardens a story and personality.

We stopped for a picnic lunch that we brought along and sat on some lawn by a garden. I prepared home made Scotch Eggs, Asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, Greek salad and Tiramisu. It is really worth the effort of packing your own food, there were some envious stares from other visitors.

I needed that sit down after walking around all afternoon. No where better to sit than in a garden!
I hope that you enjoyed the flowers I have shared with you.
I had a Glorious day!! and felt very 'Alice' in my Pinafore, which to my delight suited the event perfectly.
You honestly can't get more quintessentially english than the chelsea flower show.
A very tasteful and proper affair.




  1. I just adore all of the beautiful arrangements!
    I'm taken with your choice of color for the contrasting binding! You've done splendidly on the entire frock. And concerning the pattern matching, I had a friend who bought a busy floral patterned vintage style dress on modcloth and the pattern print didn't match up front or back. It looked bad. Yours doesn't look bad. I always notice these things and other little oopsies on ready made clothing, no offense to anyone who buy their clothes!
    You were lovely and perfect for the day and didn't the show look a grand slam!

    1. I really like the binding too, it was worth the extra effort for sure.
      I'm exactly the same, I see flaws of bought garments too often, it makes it difficult to buy clothes, there is always a flaw, so annoying!

  2. So beautiful!!! They show the Chelsea Flower Show on tv here every year and it looks absolutely marvelous, I love all of those gorgeous classic English flowers. You could not have picked a more perfect dress for the occasion, the fabric is so lovely! I really love pinafore dresses, I have one from Heyday in green gingham and it's one of my favorites.

    1. The heyday gingham pinafore is the dress that first sparked the idea for this dress, it is gorgeous! And I just love gingham, no better print than a gingham in summer!

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  4. hello,ciao Christina...thanks for sharing such nice photos! this's a great Post:Your outfit is very charming...You made such a great work! ...and the photos of the flowers are also so colourful...the Clematis are super beautiful flowers!
    ciao ciao

  5. Wow, wow and wow again, sweet dear! I love this gorgeous, girly dress and the fabric at work here. You're as pretty as a summer garden!

    Big hugs & tons of happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica