Deadly nightshade

Belladone

Belladone

Belladone

Belladone

Belladone

Belladone
dress: self-made // shoes: Seychelles // headband: J.Crew

Today I went outfit-photographing with the lovely ladies of Katy & Laney and it was a hysterically good time. I climbed in a giant metal wheel in heels, but I’ll save that for the next post. I usually end up ninja-ing my way up to the roof and hoping no one will notice my over-dressed, over-made-up self making faces at a tripod and frantically pulling my dress down when it gets gusty, so it was nice having someone (or a bunch of also super dressed up someones!) behind the camera. Thanks guys!

(It was also pretty hilarious having people to interact with during the photo-taking, especially when it resulted in gems like this.)
Belladone
I don’t remember what was happening, except that Katy said something funny and I almost fell.

This dress was actually my first Belladone, which I made months and months ago. It was snowing and I remember walking home from the fabric shop clutching it excitedly but also kind of questioning my choice of a cut-out dress in the middle of winter.

Hint: Belladone is always a good choice. Always.

So yeah, I love this pattern to bits. It required literally zero adjustment, other than the little changes I make with nearly all patterns I use* (lower the neckline, shorten the hem, usually I add an inch or so to the torso but I can’t remember if I did that here.)

I can never decide if I love this dress, hate it, or am just amazed that it fits like a glove without any major adjustments to the pattern. For some ridiculous reason I decided to buy this awful gabardine (probably because it was like $2/yd) and then decided it would be a good idea to use it for this dress. I love the color, but the fabric itself is just utter crap. It’s too stiff, doesn’t press properly, and unravels like there’s no tomorrow. I made a second one out of a floral cotton that I like better, but it’s really a summery dress and I need to make another darker solid one to wear in the cooler months. The pockets are cute though! I lined them with some pink and white floral cotton I had lying around.

But yay! I <3 Deer and Doe.

*Let’s be honest, it’s a slight slutification. Which we found quite hilarious when we realized what we were taking photos in front of. Hee hee

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16 thoughts on “Deadly nightshade”

  1. Holy…this is beautiful. That color is gorgeous, especially paired with your hair and shoes. I am going to have to get this pattern for myself (and probably modify it; A line skirts are not very flattering on my pear shaped body).

    1. Aww thanks Aspen! It’s really simple to modify the skirt if you’d prefer a different silhouette. I definitely recommend it!

  2. Lookin hot! And yes such an appropriate location for a photo shoot! I not very good with picking the correct fabric for things too, but i thing the gaberdine works and the skirt and back are fab. I love it!

    1. Thanks! Yeah I’m still learning what kinds of drape works for what kinds of shapes. I picked this one for the color so I guess that makes up for it πŸ™‚

  3. These pictures turned out great! It was so much fun to clomp around the South end with you. Lets do it again soon. I’m looking forward to those wheel photos.

  4. Love this dress! Also just finished reading the “dealing with dragons” series and got really excited when you titled this post “deadly nightshade” since that is an cool important plant in the books…… didn’t realize it was a real plant (not just in the enchanted forest πŸ˜‰ or that it translates from Belladonna – SO COOL!!!

    1. Ooh cool! I might have to check out that series! I’ve been listening to Game of Thrones on audiobook and it’s almost over πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

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