dress: self-made // top: Ross // tights: Hue // boots: Clarks // earrings: thrifted
I think I’ve figured out what’s so fun about replicating designs. When you’re designing something original, you can do whatever you want with whatever you have. You get to make all of the choices. When it’s something else that someone else has created, you almost have to be more creative because the resources you have might not be the same as theirs. You have to take what you can find and somehow maneuver it or tweak it to look like something someone else created. I guess this is more valid with fantasy costumes than everyday dresses, but it still gives me a rush when I finish a project and it looks more or less like the original.
I saw this dress on Delightfully Tacky a few weeks ago and it jumped right up to the top of my to-do list. The original is (wait for it, it’s totally shocking!) by Dear Creatures. (No seriously, I’m slightly embarrassed and considering renaming my blog The Dear Creatures Fan Club.) I used Burda 7309 for the bodice and collar, but extended the front piece sideways by a few inches and cut two of them (well, technically four including the lining) in order to create the double-breastedness. Since the Burda collar only has front pieces, I also had to draft a back piece that goes around the neck and connects the two front ones. That took a bit of trial and error. I have no idea what the technical term is for the way I pleated the skirt but I’m going to call it a double box pleat because that’s essentially what I did. There’s also an extra snap button right under the left collar holding that side of the bodice up.
Holy crap though, nine buttons and a zipper does not make this the most practical piece of clothing to get in and out of!
Now I want to make this blouse to wear under it!
dress: self-made // tights: Modcloth // shoes: Seychelles
This dress makes me super happy. It’s a replica of this one (why is making replicas so much fun? and why am I so obsessed with Dear Creatures???) and I made it entirely without a pattern, which I’m pretty rusty at, which is why it’s sort of wrinkly in a few places. I’m choosing to ignore them.
I used to pretty much only make costume replicas from historical or fantasy films (mostly Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars with some Lemony Snicket and Stardust thrown in) but it was kind of a bummer because I had these gorgeous dresses that I pretty much never wore, except to the occasional ren faire or Comic-Con. Although there was one occasion where my best friend and I walked to the grocery store dressed as Arwen and Padme. No one stared at all. Not a one.
Anyway, the point is this was a fun project. And I’ve already worn it out once! (There was no staring.)
*Note to self: learn to focus properly, kthx.
dress: self-made // tights: Modcloth // belt: Modcloth // boots: Boutique 9
Anyway, I think this might be my favorite of the Burda 7739 bunch I’ve made. I also think it might be safe to say that I’m a little obsessed with this pattern, considering I’ve already made it three times: this one,
a gray one that I just realized I forgot to post oh no wait, I did post it!, and a spring version I finished last week that I haven’t posted yet.
This one was heavily inspired by yet another Dear Creatures dress. Shocking, I know. I loved the original dress but I knew the lack of a waist would look terrible on me so Burda 7739 seemed the perfect pattern to use for it. As usual, I lengthened the waist by a few inches, and I used double fold bias tape for the white detailing. I also lengthened the sleeves past the elbow and made little cuffs. I’m thinking of ripping those and making new cuffs with buttons.
So far I’ve worn this on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m pretty much in love. I also have about six more dresses in my Sewing Inspiration board that this pattern would be absolutely perfect for recreating.
Do you have any patterns that you just can’t get enough of?
PS It was so great to hear about what everyone’s working on over the long weekend. I’m still hammering out a few pattern piecing-related issues, but so far so good! I hope all of your projects are going swimmingly.
You know that awesome feeling when you make a goal for yourself and you actually do it?
dress: self-made // capelet: Apostrophe (thrifted) // boots: Nine West (thrifted) // tights: F21
It feels pretty good.
I have a confession. I’ve been in love with Zooey Deschanel ever since I saw her in Bridge to Terabithia (which has always made me bawl like an infant, by the way), and when I got my Bon Look glasses a few months ago, my roommate asked me why on earth I didn’t watch New Girl. I didn’t really have an answer, so the next Tuesday, I snuggled on the couch with her and it was pretty much the best half hour ever.
Are you shocked that I was immediately inspired to make a dress from the show?
I used pretty basic pattern frankensteining for this one. I used Simplicity 1873 for the pleated skirt and then used Burda 7309 for the bodice and Burda 7739 for the sleeves, which I elongated to make them end just above the elbow. The dress itself is made of red cotton sateen and is super soft with a tiny bit of stretch. I might be wearing this on Valentine’s Day for whatever Boyfriend has planned that he refuses to divulge.
Still need to work on the lack of photo editing skills. We’ll get there.
Happy Monday, guys!
Call me a dork but I cannot for the life of me decide what to wear to see the last Harry Potter movie next week. (I bought tickets last night and have been flipflopping on what to wear ever since. How I do suffer with these dilemmas.)
Option #1 is the dress. My sister thinks I should go with this one, and I’m kind of leaning toward it just slightly. Except sitting through a two hour movie in a chiffon dress is not exactly the definition of comfort. Except it’s the last Harry Potter movie so comfort schmomfort. I once went to a Lord of the Rings premiere in a full length elf gown, complete with a velvet cape. But no one needs to know about the days when I was super cool.
But then there’s the sweater! This was the sweater that I saw in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 that made me pick up knitting! I feel like it would only be appropriate to wear it to see Part 2.
And then of course there’s the Gryffindor scarf but I might drape that around Boyfriend’s neck when he’s not looking.