Today was the first day that has actually felt like spring! I even took dress photos without tights on! Let’s hope this weather stays around.
I made this dress a while ago and then it sat in my closet getting dusty because it’s not exactly snow appropriate. I used Burda 7739 for the dress itself (minus the sleeves) and then this tutorial for the bow. And it has pockets!
Yay for spring!
dress: self-made // tights: Modcloth // shoes: Nine West (thrifted) // scarf: French flea market
Birthday dress was a success! It’s slightly difficult to type though because my fingers are frozen. Cannot wait for warmer weather!
I used this pattern along with a self-drafted circle skirt. I was going to include the sleeve caps but a combination of having nearly run out of time and deciding it looked better without them led to my leaving them off.
For the skirt, I folded a square piece of fabric over halfwise twice, and then measured a 10″ curve at the waistline. My waistline is 24″ so I wanted the skirt to be about 1.5″ wider than my actual waist so there would be pleating. Then I measured from the curve down to various points about 20″ (skirt length + hem) and cut both curves so that I was left with a large floppy donut shaped piece.
Sorry if that’s absolutely incomprehensible. I’m terrible at explaining things.
And yes, I totally caved and dyed my hair. Eek!
top: h&m // skirt: self-made // tights: F21 // shoes: Chelsea Crew // sweater: Modcloth
This might seem surprising but a year ago I owned about three dresses (like appropriate-for-public dresses, not counting the ones only appropriate in Middle Earth) and one skirt. And exactly one of those three dresses was not club-wear.
Then I bought a few patterns and started learning how to make dresses and pretty soon I had a whole closet-ful. But I still only had one skirt!
Anyway, this skirt was my first experiment with pattern-less skirt-making. To be fair, I made a few in high school but they were such ruffled low-rised monstrosities that it’s best to forget their existence and just back away quietly.
I think I might do a tutorial on this one, if anyone’s interested. It’s really simple and only involves the tiniest bit of math. Or, if you’re math-phobic like me, some minor trial and error. I used some kind of gold linen that has bits of sparkly gold woven in. It’s not the easiest thing to iron but it definitely creates a cool shimmery effect.
In other news, I just saw this video over at Maidae and I’m just itching to dye my hair red again.
In other other news, I finally figured out how to use my vintage non-auto-focusing lens for taking outfit pictures! It was actually stupidly easy and now I feel dumb for not having tried it before.
dress: Dear Creatures // tights: f21 // cardigan: JCrew // shoes: Chelsea Crew // necklace: f21 // earrings: thrifted
Soooooo I’m 26 today.
Not really sure how I feel about that.
Ask me how I feel about my birthday present to myself instead. I wanted this dress as soon as I saw Dear Creatures’ spring collection and decided to preorder it as a birthday present to myself.
I’m about eighty different kinds of happy about this one. :]
Tonight I’m being an epic nerd and going to a bar to play Magic the Gathering. Birthday festivities will continue on the weekend.
Hope you guys are having a fabulous week!
dress: Dear Creatures // top: Ross // tights: Modcloth // boots: Boutique 9 // scarf: thrifted
You know that feeling when you’re craving a season that still at least five months away and clothing more suited to that season starts jumping out at you from your closet and you briefly consider dressing for that weather in the hopes that that weather will magically appear but you end up having to choke back sobs as you put those clothes back in storage for five months?
Well, this isn’t quite like that. But almost.
I bought myself a birthday present from Emerging Thoughts a few weeks ago and they happened to be offering grab bags so I snagged one. Somehow, magically, one of the items they sent me was a dress I had been eyeballing last summer! Except it really is a summer dress and we’ve had two weeks of pretty steady snow.
After I was done squee-ing, I hung it up and stared at it, petting it occasionally, and thought of all the different outfits I would make with it once summer rolled around.
And then I became annoyed. I have a brand new gorgeous dress by my absolute favorite designer. Why should I have to wait to wear it? Did I mention it has pockets??
So I decided to attempt to winter-ify it. Because expecting a person to wait months to wear a brand new Dear Creatures dress is just nonsense.