12th March 2013
The beginning of Spring is the perfect time to talk about garden parties – only the best kind of parties right? And when that party comes with super quaint decoration and incredible Stella McCartney new collection pieces, well it couldn’t get much better could it? What caught my eye in these pics was naturally all the DIYable elements of the designs – fringe and lace abounded – perfect fodder for the DIY obsessed. Stay tuned to learn how you can make something garden party appropriate!
11th March 2013
I’ve yearned for a statement lace piece by Lover ever since they first hit stores, and so when I spotted a few wisps of lace at my local thrift store (albeit attached to a seriously hideous dress) I knew it was time for another before & after transformation. In its former lifetime this dress was probably more suited as a widowed sister wife funeral outfit, or perhaps was owned by the dowdy wife of a deceased Italian mobster, but with a little bit of time and elbow grease, it was possible to turn it into something truly special. For this project I stuck with my time tested before & after approach of 1. change hemline and 2. alter waistline – makes all the difference in under ten minutes flat!
- a simple lace dress
- needle and thread
- a seam ripper (quick unpick)
1. I started by changing the length of the dress – a must when you are dealing with a not-so-flattering ‘before’ piece like this. To get the right length I laid out a skirt onto the dress, matching the waistbands and then cutting horizontally below the edge of the skirt – making sure to leave enough for a hem. I then sewed the hem over using a sewing machine (although you can do by hand if you don’t have one).
2. I then attacked the bodice of the dress. The black silk lining was hiding the gorgeous and intricate detail of the lace, and so I used my quick unpick to carefully remove it, detaching it from the neckline and the waist.
3. I also carefully removed the stitches attaching the lining to the zipper at the back.
4. I also got rid of the casing that was attached to the neckline.
5. And sewed the neckline down by hand.
6. I then made alterations to the fit of the dress. To do this I simple turned the garment inside out and pinned then sewed darts into the back so it fitted snugly to my body.
Voila! I can’t explain how satisfying it is to see something which immediately makes you think ‘ick’, only to take it home and turn it into the perfect date night ensemble.
26th November 2012
Who else to inspire holiday season party attire than Dolce & Gabbana?
- A sewing machine or a little bit of time to sew by hand.
We are going to make a super simple maxi skirt to start with using an elastic waistband, I’ve done it numerous times on this blog so you should be familiar by now.
1. Cut the fabric to size, roughly maxi length. And then fold over the top edge to create the casing for the waistband.
6. Starting from the side seam, pull the bottom hem of the fabric up and secure it with one handstitch just below the seam of the waistband. Do this 4 or 5 times all the way around so that you pull the skirt up to mini length with a bubble style hem. You want to make sure the pulled sections sit evenly at the front.