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…

 

Bonjour Quebec!

23 Aug

I’m in Quebec City! It’s really nice here, I’ve traveled through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and now I’m here! So excited and can’t wait to shop shop shop!

or more like party party party! My packing job so far has been fantastic, and all I can say is thank god for my red Pegabo sandals because this is NOT a super heels place! Hellllloooo hills!

Laundry Matters

16 Aug

I saw this on pinterest! Love!

What do I PACK?!

16 Aug

I should be packing right now. I hate packing, but really, who likes packing?

People who become professional organizers. I bet they like packing. Asshats.

I don’t know what to bring.

ugh.

Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty Birthday Gift to ME!

8 Aug

Dear Sandy,

Happy Birthday!

Love, Sandy!

So I was at The Bay today looking at Topshop for a pair of nude pumps that I had seen on sale for $46 a couple of weeks ago. Sadly, they were not there. HOWEVER! In celebration of my birthday yesterday, I bought myself these little puppies of love for $27.62.

 

Date Night Look plus… :)

4 Aug

So, I’m still working super hard on my red cheetah print dress, and I have an amazing post detailing the journey coming up for when I hopefully finish it by tomorrow- this girl needs a bday dress! If not, I’ll wear my American Eagle blue flowery one and wear this one next week. It’s just… I ALWAYS wear that dress. OR I’ll wear my green dress and do what I did last night.

I looked like a freakin’ sexpot last night.

 

Look at that hair. I used a really big curling iron to curl my hair and then put each one in pins. I used a kind of metallic-y summery shadow and brown and white liner. The belt I liberated from my Mother’s closet, and the dress is a Le Sac dress from American Apparel. I love these dresses, they’re soooooo great for travel!

Le Sac Dress, American Apparel, $45

Wish me luck with the sewing!

 

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 🙂

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 😉