The Ride That Turned Us Inside Out


Approximately 36 hours before my graduation ceremony was due to begin, I decided that I didn't own anything that I wanted to wear, and that I should make a dress to rectify this situation. I had some skeptical responses to this decision, but I managed to complete the dress - even with having to take the zip in and out four times!

Handmade dress - Hush Puppies shoes - Innocent World bag (both bought secondhand)

I used Simplicity 1609 for this, which is a reprint of an authentic 1960s pattern. I'd had the fabric for about two years and still hadn't found a use for it. I'm really glad I used it for this, as it was a comfy dress to sit through the ceremony in and didn't crease at all despite the long drive.

Although the University of Nottingham is gorgeous, these pictures were taken when we stopped off at Thoresby Hall for an ice cream. It feels really odd to be a graduate now - I definitely don't feel ready enough to enter "the Real World", as my dad keeps referring to it!

Title taken from The Academy Is...'s Paper Chase.

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