Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nothing really

I don't have any really important news but I felt like writing a blog post, so here I am! Updates:

Still waiting for my second skin of the plaid leather. Thinking I should probably muslin the pattern...

Working on another skirt-- my first burdaystyle patttern! I think its going to be completely the wrong of finished product to come (someday).

Got my bangs cut. I would show you but my face is a hot mess...maybe tomorrow? Also, still trying to convince myself that it wouldn't make me a complete narcissist to post pictures of myself.

I am thinking about doing a 30for30 remix challenge a la Kendi Everyday (the new girl crush I mentioned). It does seem like a good way to get more use out of your clothes and it would coincide with the following 2 emotions I have experienced since being home from my mission:

1. An increased passion for fashion

2. A hatred of all my current clothes

I am having a blast looking through the blogs of all the her listed remixers.

And just because this post has no pictures:

Someone actually made glass slippers! I wish I could remember where this photo is from.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bad News

I don't have enough leather.

I have bid on more on Ebay but I am still disapointed. I liked this skirt a lot better when it was a $30 leather skirt rather than a $60 leather skirt. But I have plans on how I can make up some of the cost, so maybe it will turn out ok in the long run.

In other news:

As soon as I find someone I trust with my hair I am getting bangs like these

Also, I have developed a big fat girl crush on this girl. Don't worry TSwift, you are still my number 1.

On Monday I started my new plan to be really careful about what I eat because I still don't come anywhere close to fitting in my pre-mission jeans. That was until I saw the leftovers from [one of my] birthday cake[s] in the fridge. And I got to thinking. That's MY birthday cake. It was made just for ME. That means I'M supposed to eat it, right? In my haste to get that goodness into me, I may or may not have eaten a leftover candle (hint: I did). Guess I'll start again tomorrow.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oh please oh please

So...I bought this piece of leather off Ebay:

(after the obligatory "am I crazy??!" email to my sister) With dreams of it becoming a sweet pencil skirt with a wide, contrast color waistband. But here's the thing. I am not at all sure there is enough of it! And I can't tell currently because all the patterns we have are in a million (ok, like 6) pieces and none of them are quite right.


It's off to the fabric store for me to find a pencil skirt pattern with the skirt part in 3 pieces, so I can lay it out and find out once and for all if I have enough fabric. It's like when you force a boy to say he just really doesn't like you anymore when he is breaking up with you instead of letting him get away with the whole "it's not you it's me" thing. Right? Wait, nobody else emotionally self-mutilates like that? How strange.

Anyway. I really hope I have enough of this amazingly soft, quirky leather. Oh please, oh please.

P.S. Even if I do have enough, we may have a problem because I CAN NOT seem to sew a straight line since I got home from my mission. What's with that?

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Making a Ball Gown: Part II

Ok first thing, you have to understand that the viewer window on my camera is broken so when I take pictures, I'm shooting blind. Apologies. Here is a picture of the dress all cut out, mostly sewn and ready for the bodice to be attached to the skirt:

And here is a picture of the petticoat that needed a lot of help before I could consider wearing it.
One last picture. Here's Mom helping me with a tricky bit when I got too nervous that I was going to mess up all my hard work:

The next time you see this dress it will be in pictures of me from the Ball!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Making a Ball Gown: Part I

I know you will all be SHOCKED to see a new post on here from me but part of my New Year's Resolutions is that I will be better about documenting my creations. So as I begin this huge daunting task of making my own ball gown, I am trying to enjoy the journey.

At the end of the month I am attending a Masquerade Ball and of course, I need a dress for such an event. I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I do want it to be FABULOUS so I went digging in Mom's fabric stash. I found this fabric
I think it is some sort of cotton/poly blend. It doesn't scream special occasion fabric, but I really like the subtle shimmer to it. The problem was, I already have one big beautiful gold dress, and in my head I had a vision of a pink dress. I blame my recent viewing of Grey's Anatomy and Izzie Stevens. So it became dyeing time. I tested it out last night and was happy with the new color so I went home and picked a pattern. Thank goodness I always stock up on crazy poofy dresses during $1 pattern sales!
And, wouldn't you know, the dress on the pattern is even pink!

Because this pattern requires 8 yards of fabric, and that is A LOT of fabric to dye, I had to get a little's some pictures of the process I went through:
Three big pots of dye all added to this huge tub! I felt like a witch with a big tub of blood because it looked red.
Here is the finished product! I am so pleased! I think it is really pretty and I can't wait to get started. One last picture comparing the undyed and dyed fabrics

More to come!