Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

19 November 2012

Why is it Called A Cocktail Dress When There is No Cock Nor Tail in Sight?

I never got to go to prom.

It's sad, and I'm obviously deprived, but I never got to go.
Apparently if you don't turn up to half your classes, are constantly late and are well known for being a "bright young woman with potential - if only she'd apply herself!", prom is out of question.

This is actually relevant, I promise.
I'm lucky enough to have a boyfriend whose work holds a proper Christmas 'do [could I sound more British?], and I get to spend a night at the British History Museum looking fabulous at a black tie event.

Black Tie events are kinda like proms, right? Just with more legal drinking, no after parties, and less likelihood of unwanted teenage pregnancies, right? Right?

If you're following me on Pinterest, you might know that I have a Cocktail Dress Inspiration board. The Inspiration part comes in the form of - I get to be that person that makes their own dress.
I'm going for cocktail for two reasons;
  1. Wikipedia said I could.
  2. I don't want to hire something and end up looking like this;
I sometimes have nightmares that I'll end up transported to the eighties and have to wear a wedding dress with sleeves like this.

 Okay, three, because it looks classy as fuck.
Okay, okay. FOUR. Because sometimes it IS cheaper to make your own - and it's the run up to Christmas. Meaning I'm broke.

So after a relentless search of Google/Etsy/Ebay/Pinterest, I really couldn't stop thinking about this dress from Aiseirigh Vintage on Etsy.

Look at it! It's gorgeous and full, and the overlay had my head dizzy! I mentally ticked it off on my list. I needed something along these lines. Dressy, but not "I will only ever wear this once" dressy.
Making clothes that only get worn once or twice is up on my "I really hate this" list, next to Georgia Jagger and the Go Compare Man.

And so pencil to paper, this happened;

So basically, I'm making a black taffeta dress, a simple sweetheart-neckline circle dress, but the fabric should have a nice sheen to it to create a more "luxe" feel to it, and an accompanying dobby print lace pullover, which will be a frankenpattern of both Gertie's Bow Tied Blouse and the kimono sleeves of her Wiggle Dress, from her New Better Book for Sewing.

What I wanted to create is an illusion of the mesh-topped dress, with the option of wearing the pieces separately, and as taffeta can be heavy, without creating any pulling of the lace when it's hanging up.

Basically, something simple, but pretty, with wearability outside of a Black Tie Event.

What do you think?
What would you wear to a black tie event? Post all your beautiful dress ideas in the comments, I fancy looking at pretty things instead of looking at the mess of fabric/patterns lying around my sewing table!!


Sorry for the break in posting, I'll post more now that my hand is slowly becoming less of a pain!

15 September 2012

Let's Talk Knickers - High Waist Knickers!

What Katie Did | Knickerocker | Rhonda Shear

I'm all about knickers. If there was an alcohol I liked as much as bourbon which started with a K, you bet I'd be named that and Knickers. Because I'm all about knickers.

And why do I like knickers? Well. They're easier to make than bras, honestly [I swear I will get back to How to Make A Bra. One day.], and high waists... I'm all over that. I'm such a convert that I find hipsters to be completely uncomfortable!

So this week my inspiration comes in the form of some pretty high-waist knickers, because I'm going to sit down and make the most perfect fitting high waists of my life. Or at least I'm going to try. Who knows, if I can work it out - I'll even put the pattern up on the blog for you to play with!
Affinitas | Myla | Dollhouse Bettie
So, dolls! Are you a high waist knicker convert? Have you ever made any of your own? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

I hope your weekend is as knicker-tastic as mine will hopefully be!
Melody ♪

11 August 2012

Wrapped Up...

Butterick 6292 - Modes Royale - Prominent Designer A622 - Simplicity 2842

Can you tell what I'm making?

I'm coming across strange hurdles [why are my boobs so difficult?!] in the making of this, but I have learned;
  1. Why armhole notches are so important
  2. My boobs are awkward
  3. Sweetheart necklines on wrap dresses don't work so well
  4. My boobs are awkward
  5. I need to work on my dart placement
Important lessons, you see. But me and my wrap dress, although getting off on a wrong foot - and a handful of fitting issues still - are in a small whirlwind romance. And I haven't even started on the skirt.

melodymae on Instagram

What are you up to this weekend? I'm determined to get this damned dress finished!!
Hope the weekend is full of the sunshine we're getting here in the sunny south!

Melody ♪

18 May 2012

Weekly Inspiration

So in just under two weeks; I turn 21!

My "Big gift for a big birthday" is a brand new machine - a Brother XL6600 to be exact - that will finally replace my unknown Singer machine that has quite literally seen it's last days, I'm afraid.
And with that, I've been going mad over pincushions. Yes. Pincushions. 21 and concerned about pincushions - talk about getting old before my time!

But who can complain when there's a teapot for a pincushion, right?

Have a great weekend!
Melody ♪
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