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28 Aug

I bought the big September issue of InStyle in Quebec. The guy was all, “le bible?” and I was all “‘Oui!” I speak French now. Apparently. No, my French was terrible but the woman at the pub I went to for lunch and quality big September fashion issue reading time was super adorable and was really impressed by my… effort? And she had a super cute headband. The French are just my kind of people πŸ˜›

I’m in the middle of nowhere right now, my Aunt lives in the country and we came to stay for two nights, but thank god she has wifi! I love wifi!

So, today I’m going to look at some clothes… look at some patterns! I’m trying to sew more so I can get the best reviews out! I also think that I need new clothes. Badly.

I love the idea of this bag, it looks so big and roomy! AND, most importantly, I think it can fit my laptop. I love my big Caboodle’s duffle, but I need something a bit more… not 10 years old πŸ˜› I should still totally make myself a pink and purple one of these to keep up the spirit of my 7 year old self! Or a cute black one to use as a purse. The goal is to get this sucker and finish ‘er by Harrison!

SUEDEsays Fashion’s Night Out Red Bag, Simplicity.com, $8

I’m a west coast girl by every definition, and one of the main things you need in Vancouver is something I haven’t had since I was little: A raincoat. Seriously, it pours buckets and buckets, but yet I get wet for no reason. I don’t like umbrella’s either. I mean, they’re all well and good until you don’t need em anymore and then it’s all, “oh hi, wet umbrella. What on earth do I do with you? I don’t want to put you in my locker and infect it with your rainwater, but I sure as hell don’t want to keep you with me.” Then there’s people who attach their umbrella’s to their lockers and it’s like, now the ground is wet. I will fall. Thanks asshat. And then if you get the small lockers, the person below you can’t get into their locker. I honestly don’t know why people get the small lockers, we’re in college now, you can’t even fit a textbook in them. Anyway, RAINCOAT! I like view A (the red one) because what’s the point of making a raincoat that doesn’t have a hood? I think I want a big, gaudy yellow one and a black one. And a purple one. Just tons and tons of colours so that I’ll always have a raincoat to match. Take THAT Vancouver!

Jacket, Belt and Boot Liners- M6517, Mccallpattern.mccall.com, $11.37

One of my friends from fashion school, Ally,Β and I were talking the other day and I was like, “I feel so cute in dresses.” Her advice: “Wear dresses all the time.” Sound advice from a very wise woman. And clearly she knows what she’s talking about- she went to fashion school! I would make these in cotton lace to give them a more daytime feel… and maybe (probably) make a black satin one for nighttime! I feel like white satin lace would look a little to bridal.. but maybe a bright? We all know how I feel about yellow! I’d definitely rock my daytime ones with a long sweater, some tights, high socks and gumboots!

Misses Lined Dress- M6505,Β Mccallpattern.mccall.com, $11.97

This one is just SO cute!!! I love really girly floaty dresses. It reminds my of the blue one I wear, the only one that actually fits me perfectly. Sadly, one of the buttons broke off yesterday, that means that in addition to that and the straps sort of coming off… I think that dress might be in its final days 😦 I can still repair it, but there’s only so many times you can fix something before you admit defeat… I would love one of these in oxblood. It’d really contrast the summery shape. I love cotton dresses so much I’d probably make one in every colour!

Misses Petite Dresses- M6561, Mccallpattern.mcall.com, $10.17

AH! I love these! How perfect for fall! I hate that plaid and turquoise- sometimes I wonder what the people who make the pattern envelope dresses are thinking. But seriously, how gorgeous is the sleeveless one?!

Simplicity 1755, Simplicity.com, $10.75

Another thing that’s apparently really in- and would be perfect for 5 meters of plaid wool and silk suiting that I have in my basement, is the suit. Obviously I want this one for absolutely no practical reason. Serious vintage love swoon! I love when patterns rerelease their vintage stuff. I love vintage anything, like to a scary, scary point, but there’s always that ick factor. Like, you don’t know who wore that, you don’t know what they did. And the smell…. I don’t care what anyone has to say, vintage stuff has that weird musky smell. That’s why it’s so nice that I can just sew up my own version. My own version of this.

Simplicity 2154, Simplicity.com

I need this suit. But I want matching pants too! Pants are hard enough to buy, so you can imagine what they’re like to sew! I’m trying to find a good pants pattern that avoids the mom jean look.

Anyway, before I start sewing anything, I’ve got to get HOME!!!

How To Make A Dress!

27 Aug

As promised I’m going to chronicle you through my making of a dress, specifically:

V1104, voguepatterns.mccall.com, $4

This pattern is V1104 by Anna Sui and OMG IT’S ON CLEARANCE!

I’ve been wanting to do pattern reviews for a while now, I don’t believe that sewing is a lost art, there are tons of us that do it. So whether you’re at home just wanting to sew more, think it’s cheaper (you’re a littttttle bit wrong…), or you’re a student in textiles in high school and don’t have a clue which pattern to pick, then this is you’re domain my friends.

A note on the cheaper thing: Patterns are expensive, this one’s on sale- the original price is $30. Vogue patterns always tend to be more expensive, but we’re talking an Anna Sui Dress Ladies. The good thing about patterns to is you can use them more than once.

So, I had this gorgeous red cheetah print silk chiffon, I had it for months just waiting for me. Calling to me- “Sannnnnndy! WEAR ME!! I’M BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!”

So, I laid it out:

Cut it, do some sewing!

Now here’s a note- the pattern specifies this one way to do a hem on the chiffon. I spent like, 4 hours just trying to figure it out. I could not, at all. It was SO strange. I ended up just serging the hems. It still looks good, and I know I saved HOURS of my life.

Now, here’s where the problem started.

So, this is the bottom ruffle. I followed the pattern layout exactly, and so when it was time to sew it onto the bottom I was so excited!

Problem. The ruffle was SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than the bottom of the dress. I looked at it and just could not figure it out. I spent two days just trying to make it work. Finally my Mum came down and was like, “just cut more circles to attach to the ruffles.” I ended up having to cut 2 extra pieces and it fit PERFECTLY.

In the end, I finished the dress 5 minutes before my friends got there.

 

Let’s just say after making this dress I needed the beer.

As you can see, I didn’t use the sash that came with the pattern, it wasn’t strong enough and I didn’t like the extra bow around the ruffles. It was a little to much. I ended up not being to sure about the dress.

In the end, it’s a cute pattern, the dress is nice and it’s a good way to use chiffon. The ruffle problem is a HUGE one- bought patterns should ALWAYS work. If you’re in a class and your sewing teacher is anything like mine, then don’t use this pattern in class- mine was a pattern Nazi, we weren’t allowed to even lengthen or shorten! I don’t think I’ll be using expensive fabric for my next vogue patterns adventure because I’m dodged out by this one. For the sale price, it’s worth it, just make sure to add that little extra ruffly goodness on the bottom!

I wore it to my cousin’s wedding in Halifax too! It worked really well, and everyone loved it! I’ll put up more pictures when they come… thank god no more were taken of that night…

 

In Progress

3 Aug

I’ve been wearing Lulu’s alllll week. And Pj’s. Partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because of the burn. I have a date tonight though, so I’m wearing my American Eagle dress- the one I wore to the hipsteresque party because it’s floaty and I don’t have anything else really… yet.

I’m in the process of making a new dress and I’ve documented every step, so you’ll soon learn about the creative process πŸ™‚

I’m also going to start thinking about what to wear to my birthday party on Sunday because I highly doubt I’ll be done this dress, especially since I’m not working through tonight. Totally don’t mind though πŸ˜‰

Ooh! It’s Spring!

26 Mar

After Β a sunny weekend there’s only one thing to do: Think about Spring! Spring isn’t my favourite dressing season- I feel a lot more comfortable in the fall when things are a bit more covered, but Spring definitely has its charm. Colours and floaty fabrics are always a welcome departure from the boring and stale. My favourite transitional outfit is definitely the basic pretty dress + long cardigan + belt formula. I ended up breaking it out for the first time to solve my hipster party dilemma on Saturday night, and it was perfect. Not too fancy, not too casual. Not cold, and super adjustable. Despite loving this combo to an unnatural point, I only have one cute flowy sundress.

I bought this at American Eagle when I was 17 and have been in love with it ever since. It works for almost any occasion and is so easy to dress up and down. It also looks great with a t shirt and tights in the winter. It was well worth it’s mileage. And, it has pockets. What more could you want?

I paired it with a gray cardigan I also accumulated when I was 17. I love it to death and I’ve already repaired 3 tiny holes… it’s proven well worth the $4.95 I paid for it. I noticed that I was a little shapeless, so I popped a 70’s vintage brown braided belt over my waist. I wore my Tiffany gold heart tag necklace and black Bloch flats and looked ready to go. If it was cold, I could’ve popped tights under, but I chose to go barelegged for spring.

I think it’s time to buy more dresses and cardigans.

Quick Visit Dress in Green at Modcloth, $97.99

I love modcloth for dresses… and shoes and skirts and swim. There’s some great finds and since they order in small amounts it’s hard to find a look alike. The only problem is massive duty charges.

Pin Up Dress Blaize in Landscape at Bernie Dexter, $156.00

This dress was a splurge for a wedding last year, and it’s been worth every penny. I’ve worn it only to that wedding, but it sits in my closet, waiting for the day I have the nerves (and the cardigan) to wear it. Summer, come sooner. This baby needs an outing. Small problem, it’s dry clean only. I’m going to try it with my washing machine’s gentle cycle- my Mum’s tried some dry clean only stuff through it and it’s been okay, but I can’t mess up that pretty print.

Engineered Floral Corset Fit and Flare Dress at Betsey Johnson, $128.00

I have just discovered a Betsey Johnson diffusion line.

A moment please…

She has sweaters too. I die.

Dip Dye Striped Boyfriend Cardigan at Betsey Johnson, $108

If you haven’t discovered yet, I am a Betsey GROUPIE. When she comes on Project Runway I go rambling around the house being far to excited, yell at everyone to shut up already, grab the dog and something sparkly and become enthralled by the Betsey goodness.

Now, as much as I love Betsey and I’m happy things are finally in the $100-$200 mark, for me, that’s one paycheque. So, it’s not going to work. That’s where sewing comes in. If you’re savvy, you can get amazing deals on fabric, and when you sew you get what you want, every single time.

These books will teach you everything you need to know about how to sew. Start with Sew U (Skirt, button down and pants) and then progress in this order. You’ll be a sewing and pattern mastress. It really is a great way to save some money and avoid that awful look alike problem. As for me? I’m off to make some new girly dresses! ‘Bout time!

P.S. I spent the day in PJ bottoms and a tank top… whoops.