For Glastonbury I wanted to make a couple of dresses and a bum bag. I know it might seem a bit crazy and unsustainable to make clothes for a festival, but two things you should know about me 1. I’m really clean and tidy so even at a festival I wouldn’t mess up my clothes and 2. I get so attached to my older makes that the fear of leaving them in a tent was too much – if I go on holiday I insist on putting all my dresses in my hand luggage – no way are they going in the hold.
So with those things in mind, I decided I’d make two dresses that could be layered with a t shirt or jumper, and the Sara Kirsten Fennel Fanny Pack.
For the first dress I made a simple Nina Lee London Kew in Rifle Paper Co Petite Garden Party in Blue which I bought from Sister Mintaka, and I got the flower shaped buttons on eBay. This has been my staple summer dress and it was perfect in the hot weather at Glastonbury, and also a really nice length for the cooler weather in the evening.
For the second dress, I made a By Hand London Eloise in polka dot crinkle crepe from Fabrics Galore. This fabric was ideal because it could be screwed up in a bag or tent and didn’t crease at all.
And the piece de resistance was the Fennel Fanny Pack. This is such a great pattern (well it’s not really even a pattern, it’s just measurements). I used a denim for the outer and a Rifle Paper Co Linen, both from Sister Mintaka. I got all of the notions and zips from eBay. This is probably my most worn item EVER. I wore it all the time at the festival, I’ve used it at the airport, and wear it to the gym almost every day. I’m glad I opted for a plain denim on the outside because it’s so versatile and it goes with everything.
I also took a Flora with me and a vintage M&S dress and these items were enough to get me through the weekend. Although it was incredibly hot, I think they would also work in cooler weather with tights and a t shirt underneath, and although I made them for the festival, they’ve all become staples in my summer wardrobe.