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Guest Post: Allyson Potrebka

14 Nov

It’s always tricky to decided what to wear to upcoming holiday parties, there’s a fine line between festive and gaudy. I believe the old saying is true, it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed, it’s just the polite thing to do.

Work Party
It’s important to stay professional, even at a party, no one wants to promote the girl who had a wardrobe malfunction after too many Cosmopolitans. A party like this calls for something classy that leaves a little to the imagination, and yes, sparkles are always welcome.
Social Call
This party calls for something a bit more festive, colourful tights, feathers, sequins, and bows, it’s all on the table. Just make sure your heels can last from mistletoe to dance off.
Spending Time With Family
Being home has no rules, you just want to make sure you’ll be comfortable when you’re napping, laughing, and eating too much food.

Delayed Vacation Post- What I Packed!

15 Oct

So, one of the things I hate most in the world is packing because I’m human and packing sucks. The last vacation I went on was The Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Quebec, and Ontario, so here’s what I packed.

Apparently I make weird faces in photos now. This was a Monday night when my friend and I hit up Charlottetown and listened to a wicked awesome explosion of hip hop and some stuff about fascism. Successful open mic night no? I love this blazer, I got it on sale at Topshop for $120, and it’s served me well. The camisole I got at the bay when I was sixteen, it was $29 down from $68. It’s great for dressing up things!

This was my standard “uniform”- Topshop pants and an American Apparel T shirt. Comfy, fantastic.

I brought this dress with the specific intention to wear it in front of Green Gables. I wasn’t doing this picture in jeans. It ended up being a great dress to bring, I need more day sundresses.

It was HOT in Quebec City, so I broke out the shorts and a t-shirt. A yellow bag jazzes things up, even when you’re touring a jail and a library. And, of course, black flats!

That’s what I packed, and it served me well!

What I did….

14 Oct

So, as we all know I had to go to a party with the weirdest dress code ever. What did I wear?

It’s a terrible picture because I was trying to pose with the shoes. And that’s the one day will be famous Jordan Alexander. Know that face!

I’m Sick :(

5 Oct

I go through this weird cycle.

I don’t go on ravelry for a few months, then I go on and suddenly all I want to do is knit. Today is fantastic timing because apparently when your throat hurts and you ignore it and go out for your cousins 19th birthday- looking FANTASTIC I might add, like, too good for a Wednesday, you won’t feel well at all for the next two days and your throat will close up entirely.

Whoops.

So, I’ve decided to watch Say Yes To The Dress and knit. I’ve been looking for a turban style hat, and I found this

http://reraeblog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/knit-turban-tutorial.html

I’m doing it in a black acrylic that I’m pretty sure is made for babies, but whatever. I love baby yarn. I’m about 13 inches into making it with stockinette. Wish me luck!

What This Blog Was Made For….

2 Oct

It’s my cousin’s nineteenth birthday tomorrow and this is the dress code:

“Dress Code

is sexy party meets 90’s club kid who is dating one of the Fendi sisters but before Karl. So Pre-Karl sexy party club kid glam. And maybe a little splash of Don Draper.

Interpret how you want.”

This is why you don’t want a fashion designer cousin.

Well well well….

28 Sep

I have found my new favourite site besides my own:

makethislook.com

They do this a lot. And it’s wonderful. The problem? They post about as much as I do. Sorry. My bad. I’ve been busy with school, and I’ve managed to miss the elusive back to school posts, in short, I wear skinny jeans, I’ve switched em up to Levi’s Bold Curve Skinnies.

They gap a bit still, but a lot better than any other jean. I don’t need to wear a belt! I am wearing skinnies without a belt. Think about it, it’s a beautiful thing.

So, that’s the stance. I’ve switched my jeans, and I need to sew more.

 

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…