Monday, August 25, 2014

Like it's 1954

I've never really been into what's 'trending' or 'in fashion.' Growing up I pretty much wore whatever everyone else was wearing because I wanted to fit in. Typical right? But now that I'm an adult I've literally thrown all that out of the window and I wear what makes me happy and comfortable. And nothing is more comfortable than a dress! Preferably a knee-length dress with a full skirt. Now that I think about it... practically half of my wardrobe consists of dresses with similar silhouettes like this one! But hey, I know what I like and I'll stick to what I know looks good on me.

(to see the makings of this dress CLICK HERE!)


I've been feeling a little bit better about myself this past month. I've never been a confident person and I've never thought of myself as 'one of the pretty girls' or even mildly attractive. I'm average at best. Yeah I know, it sounds really dramatic. But it's also the truth. I can't quite put my finger on what the switch was... but lately when I look in the mirror instead of disgust and anger I think... okay, not so bad. Not bad at all.

I'm not all the way there yet but I'm getting better.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fifty shades of purple

Today I went out with a good friend of mine! He treated me to breakfast at a place I've never been to before, drove around, watched movies, and just hung out all day. I was probably way too silent at times and for that reason I hope I didn't bore him to death! We talked about some random things and I'm just now realizing that I'm being incredibly vague... Oh well. Some things should stay private. All in all I had a great day with a great person.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I stayed up alllll night just to make this last minute dress for my family portraits.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out! It's my new favorite!
Mint green with heart-shaped buttons and a full eyelet skirt.
What else can a girl ask for?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The makings of a green dress

I bought this fabric and didn't have a CLUE what to do with it. After looking at it for a million years I decided on a box pleat skirt. I was going to do a copy-cat of a dress I saw on Zooey Deschanel but I ended up making to many changes to it that it turned into more of a Dear Creatures type dress. So much for that lol! I kind of eyeballed the strips of white and then used a ruler to even it out. The collar was a last minute decision but I'm glad I included it. Collars are so great!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Got Milk?

Okay this dress was seriously so much fun to make! Mainly because I got to play with this really fun Oreo cookie print fabric! I used the new(ish) Lisette pattern from Simplicity (which you can find HERE). All in all I'd say the pattern as pretty darn simple. The only thing that tripped me up was getting the keyhole facing/collar insertion right. I didn't like the look of the slim skirt in the actual pattern so I switched out the skirt for a simple a-line without pockets. The keyhole in front originally came out as barely a slit so I had to widen it just a bit for it to be visible without being too revealing. The edging on the shoulder was completely improvised just for fun ^___^  Jumbo rick-rack had become one of my favorite things to accent garments. It's so versatile and easy to work with! And can we just talk about the collar for a second? I was so happy that it went all the way around without any weird seams halfway through or worse- only made to be on the front. I mean, right? That's the worst. Either have a collar all the way around the neck or not at all. 

Now, according to the instructions the collar is supposed to have a button loop closure at the center front but I saw a few other girls who had done it and I hated the way it looked. Their collars didn't seem to lay correctly with it in the way. So I just sewed it shut, it's not like I'll need to open it for any reason. Usually I would line the bodice if nothing else but this I decided to leave completely unlined. I do have facings on the neck and armholes but that's about it. The fabric is a little on the thin side of the cotton spectrum but I'm so used to wearing a slip underneath my dresses that it doesn't bother me at all. And if I happen to change my mind later... Well I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!