I was a novice seamstress, and Kelley was three years old before I managed, using a Grace Knott pattern, to finish smocking
and constructing a wearable garment.
If you'd been hoping that the smocking
, ruffles, tunics and bows of the last two seasons were on their way out then I'm sorry to say that you're going to be disappointed.
Red herring purple, red and black tunic, pounds 30, from Debenhams; ABOVE: Gold leather clutch bag, pounds 40, from TopShop (left), and leather smocking
bag, pounds 185, from Whistles; LEFT: Metallic smock dress, pounds 60; grey roll neck, pounds 15, both from Next; Matthew Williamson trousers, pounds 45; Jasper Conran blouse, pounds 45, both from Debenhams; RIGHT: Bobble cardi, pounds 90; wide-leg trouser, pounds 75, both from French Connection; RIGHT: Jersey dress, pounds 45 from Wallis; ABOVE: Black boots with buckle detail, pounds 75 from TopShop and Victoriana style ankle boots, pounds 80, from TopShop; RIGHT: Chunky knit tabard, pounds 40; culottes, pounds 35; silver clutch, pounds 20, all from Wallis