Thursday, 2 January 2014

I am Cher hear me roar or my last make of 2013 - The Shoop Shoop dress

Hello darlings,

How are we all?  I imagine if you're anything like me you're in the limbo period that is recovering from the Christmas excess and mulling over the year just passed.  Learning from the losses, celebrating the wins and laughing about the mayhem of life.

As has become custom in the House of Demeanour since it all began in 2011 the last make of the year is always my New Year's Eve outfit.  The first year I was wrapped in gold stretch as Marilyn Monroe and then 2012 I graced B-town in my purple velvet Prince inspired Let's Party Like It's 1999 dress.

 2011 - giving it blonde ambition as Marilyn.

 2012 - Purple power in my second Elisalex

 Not to disappoint I'm sticking with a strong famous theme :)  This year I went off to kick up my heels with the girls at Komedia for a Hollywood Mashup where you could come as a film character of your choice.

I thought long and hard about who I wanted to be as I've got so many favourite heroines - Pam Grier as Foxy Brown, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace, Molly Ringwald as anyone to name but a few.  Then like all good outfits ideas in my world it was triggered by a song on the radio....

Cher - The Shoop Shoop song

It was obvious of course!  I had to go as Mrs Flax from Mermaids in her too die for polka dot dress topped off with a hair as big as her attitude she is literally what we're all about at the House of Demeanour.  As well as part from her aging disgracefully as all my favourite people do I always say when the chips are down life will offer you two choices sink or Cher.  I will always choose Cher :)  This year has been a bit of a merry go round of woes and wins but I like to think that I faced it all with a killer outfit and hair to match like all my heroines.  So without further I do I present to you the Shoop Shoop dress.

I didn't keep strictly to the original as Cher's is baby pink and that shade and I clash more than the 70s ;)

She’s a marriage of the skirt from Vogue 8766 and the bodice of the Gertie wiggle dress with shaped pockets drafted using Casey's excellent tutorial.  I’ve recently taken the Lynda Maynard Perfect Fit class on craftsy, which gives you 8766 for free to work on during the class.  I’ve spent the last few weeks on and off fitting the pattern and I’ve used it to make my Little Red Corvette dress, which needs hemming and then blogging.  It’s a fab course and I highly recommend it if you want to get to grips with fitting our fantastically unique forms.  The Gertie I knew fitted me as I used it to make my Club Tropicana dress back in May and it was just a matter of slicing the bodice from that and by adding a little lace, some me made black satin piping and a hefty back combing session I was Cher :)

I had a fabulous night with the girls dancing until dawn and yesterday was spent in heavy recovery. My biggest achievement after leaving my bed was to make bacon rolls to enjoy with Sherlock and that was absolutely fine by me.

As I say this year has been a real mixed bag both in sewing and in life but I’ve learned a lot and that includes how to lassoo a hula, which I for one feel is a real life skill and what is life if not for learning.

Without doubt though it’s the people who have made this year for me. The ones who read me, believed in me, cried with me, danced with me, laughed with me, had that one last drink with me and who loved me. You know who you all are and I love your more words can say. Thank you for everything and I can't wait to do it all again in even more fabulous fashion.

Before I go I’ll leave with you one last Cher song.  It’s the one I belt out standing on the sofa gin in hand when all hell has broken loose.

I totes recommend following her on twitter she's so wonderfully indiscreet.

Happy 2014 to you all I hope it’s as fabulous as you are.

Love always,

Miss D



  1. YOU are fabulous, darling. What a perfect New Years dress. And I am totally stealing/adopting "sink or Cher".
    All the best to you in 2014!

  2. Happy New Year, you fabulous creature!
    I'd never heard that song before bit damn it's getting added to the music library!

  3. Charity Shop Chic3 January 2014 at 18:39

    Shooping fabulous my darling! Happy new year x

  4. Happy New Year you fabulous lady!!

  5. Scruffybadgertime3 January 2014 at 20:55

    Oh you! If ever there was a dress to match personality this is what I'd imagine for you miss d! But tbh I think there would be a few to choose from. Nice work lady and a bouncing 2014 to you :-)

  6. You are wonderful!
    Here's to a lot more dancing and laughing in 2014!

  7. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 11:49

    Back at ya hot stuff. We've got dance floors to wreck and no mistaking :-* xxx

  8. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 11:51

    Ah cheers to you doll :) there's some serious outfits I wanna replicate but there's time enough in life. I really hope we get to bump heads in 2014 for sure xxx

  9. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 11:52

    Back at ya lovely girl. May 2014 be an absolute banger xxx

  10. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 11:53

    Cheers duck I couldn't fail Cher. Can't wait to rock 2014 with my sewing sisters :) xxx

  11. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 11:54

    Thanks honeypot. In hope I cross your fabulous path this year. Honestly doll that song will have you owning any situation. It's a real in case of emergency number :) xxx

  12. Scruffybadgertime4 January 2014 at 12:04

    That would be super ace. Xx

  13. rehanonmackenzie4 January 2014 at 14:36

    It's yours lovely lady :) I always do think what would Cher do? The answer is inevitably slap on the lippy, tease the hair and sing the shit out of the situation! Have a banger of a year darling xxx

  14. Happy 2014 love! Your NYE tradition is fabulous-- love seeing your dresses all lined up here!

  15. Love it! Hope to spend more time with you in 2014 lovely lady!

  16. rehanonmackenzie7 January 2014 at 13:58

    Thanks sugar and big fat happy new year to you and your dude and those gorgeous little pugs of yours :) xxx

  17. rehanonmackenzie7 January 2014 at 13:59

    Cheers treacle :) too right! xxx

  18. rehanonmackenzie8 February 2014 at 12:55

    Hey there thanks for the enquiry. I'm afraid she's a one of a kind and self drafted for me. I only take on large scale commissions for charity and close friends alongside my sewing for myself. I am sure if you sent some images to a seamstress they would be able to make one up for you. The fabric is from ebay. Here's the link it's the pink and black polka dot one. Good luck.

  19. Aww what a shame, thanks for the response and sorry for all the messages on twitter and facebook x