September 2, 2019

The Grand Tour

I had this delightful moment recently where I needed to force myself to take a few days "off", a break if you will, and what did I decide? Oh I'll make a dress, off camera, just for me, a nice easy project.

So I pulled out this gorgeous sateen from Mood Fabrics with it's detailed watercolor print and decided to finally put it to use. A simple design, high neckline, all in one sleeves, just an A-line skirt, but then thanks to this beautiful took me AGES to cut out this project! I wanted to get the print placement just right of course. So much for quick easy projects.

I always think the downside to digital print fabrics is the loss of depth in the colors, like, this print is super pretty, but the background isn't so much black as it is a dark grey...which is fine, but it would be crisper if it was a truly rich black. The trade offs of this print, which does come in white or a camel tan as well, if you are interested. The do still have this print over on! I also bought it in the cotton poplin (this is the cotton sateen) in white, so I'll have a crane blouse eventually too once I get around to that.

The print is "upside-down" for one of the back skirt panels in the end, by the way, but I wanted the fronts to be just so, hence, compromises.

The nice thing about this dress is that because it isn't strictly retro I felt free to wear it with some more epic cut crease eye shadow. I do like playing around with extra fun makeup sometimes :) The tutorial for this look can be found on my much neglected beauty channel as well here:

Outfit Details:
Dress: Made by me
Belt: Target
Clutch: Club Monaco (Vintage/Etsy)
Shoes: Remix Vintage Shoes
Jewelry: Vintage

August 29, 2019

Back to Nature

Another dress I documented making this summer! Find the video of that below. For it's first outing I paired it with simple dark brown leather accessories and a little wooden leaping antelope brooch.

I was originally going to add pockets to this dress, but I think when it comes to 1950's inspired styles I just prefer them more simple and streamlined. As much as I often love 50's pockets, collars, and shirtwaist styles, they just don't work for my personal style. They feel too "housewife" for me and even though it's a super cute look, it just ins't me. So no pockets in the end, just simple sateen in a huge circle skirt!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Made by me
Belt, Jewelry, & Handba: Vintage (Etsy)
Shoes: remix Vintage Shoes
Petticoat: Malco Modes

August 25, 2019

Tropical Grasslands

I always put off working with rayon challis, but it's not that slippy, I don't know why I am so hesitant! This tropical print rayon was one of the challis languishing in my stash. I was originally so exited to use it when I first bought some (at Joanns! They still have it) and then put off turning into a dress for ages. But boy am I glad to have this 1940's inspired dress out of this lovely print now! So lightweight and perfect for summer, someone take me on a vacation!

This dress was part of my summer sewing series over on my YouTube channel where I am documenting the pattern drafting and sewing of a few projects on the channel as a way to force myself to finally get some sewing done this year, as I had been so bad at getting any done this past winter and spring. I am happy to say while I am perhaps a week behind schedule, I have completed all of the projects I set myself for the season! So if you would like to see how I made this dress from start to finish, check out the very long video below. Perhaps grab a snack first...

I was really quite happy with how many of the photos came out for this outfit too, so I hope you all don't mind the spam of them :)

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: BAIT Footwear
Belt: Target
Clutch: Vintage (Etsy)
Hat & Earrings: Etsy (Hat here)

August 13, 2019

A Green Novelty Rayon Dress

Truly I don't have much to say about this dress, though I do like it, and it's because I made a whole video of how I drafted this pattern and made this dress for my YouTube channel! So if you would like to see this dress from flat paper and fabric to finished, grab a snack for the video below :)

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Madden Girl (DSW)
Belt, Hat, Handbag, & Jewelry: Vintage 

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