My boys are in LOVE with the movie FROZEN! They have named all of the members in our family one of the characters in the movie (luckily I am Elsa)! My oldest son has decided that he is Kristoff and my two year old is Prince Hans.
My trip to Thailand was actually a pleasure trip, so there was plenty of time to fabric shop. The trip included a 2 day trip to Hong Kong followed by 4 days in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand is a great place for fabric and if you don’t sew…a great place for custom garment work (currency conversion is great!!!). I even CHEATED and had some things made (go figure)!
More from my weekend with my cousin…
She and I did a lot of brainstorming and a lot of talking about FASHION! We attended another cousin’s 30th birthday party on Saturday night. I wore my DIY scuba pencil skirt and got a chance to experiment with some spiral rollers on my hair, too. My hair had a sorta of moment and I kinda liked it! Here are a few pics…
I used about 1 1/2 (or less) yards leftover scuba knit fabric.
Similar fabric can be found HERE.
I took and old pencil bandage skirt folded against the fold of the fabric.
I added about 12″ to the length of my rtw skirt by marking this addition on the fabric
Using an about 1″ seam allowance, followed the lines of my existing skirt to create this one.
I used the coverstitch option on my serger for the hem (a double needle will give a similar finish)
SKIRT: DIY (no pattern …followed lines of an existing skirt)
TOP: BCBG (here)
CAPELET: BCBG (here)
CLUTCH: Charming Charlie (here)
SHOES: Christian Louboutin
Overall…great weekend hanging out and getting inspired! I would love to hear your comments!
Ok…so as a mother of two VERY active little boys…I rarely get time outside of kid’s birthday parties and activities to hang out during the day! This past weekend, with my cousin in town, I was able to take full advantage of the day (sans the kids and the hubs)! She and I had a full day of girl time…brunch at Baba Yega (Houston Montrose area) and shopping at City Centre and party later that night. Here I am wearing one of my favorite DIY skirts…a railroad striped…button front…gathered skirt…
Super simple construction…I had about 2 yards of this railroad striped denim. I purchased the denim from Hancock Fabrics on sale. The best way for me to describe this skirt is to use the pattern of a gathered skirt…cutting three rectangles…adding a waist band. I created my own pattern for this one…
You can use the Kwik Sew (K3931) pattern by making the following alterations:
-Cut one waist band…your waist measurement + 4″.
-Cutting the width of the waistband about 6″ total width…3″ folded over (the one in this pattern looks about 3″total width). Since this is just going to be one waistband, you will omit the elastic in the back
-Instead of front pleats, add a few more inches the width (front and back) and gather instead of pleating
-Follow the rest of the instructions for the Kwik Sew pattern.
SKIRT: DIY…no pattern (or modified Kwik Sew K3931)
SHIRT: GAP (last season)...(here is a similar option)
NECKLACE: Anthropologie (OLD)
HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton
SHOES: GAP (here)
I will admit that I did not love this dress when I initially made it! The waist is extremely loose and the skirt portion of the dress should have been taken in about 1-2″.
After wearing it, I was glad that I did!
I used Vogue pattern V1339.
DRESS: DIY Vogue V1339
JEWELRY: H&M and DIY
SHOES: All Saints
Here is my review for this pattern:
Side Ruffle Dress
I will never tell . Hindsight, I would have cut the skirt portion 2 sizes smaller. The bodice fit great.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No. There might have been some steps that I missed as the instructions were very difficult.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The ruffle and the lining portion were very difficult. The instructions were not clear.
Light weight cotton jersey knit. I used a jersey (tshirt weight) for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I followed the instructions exactly…but waist portion was very baggy! I think that I would add some elastic to cinch the waist a little. In addition, the ruching on the side should also have elastic. I tried make the gathers and they ended up breaking and I thought that I was swimming in the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern has been retired from my collection. I would not recommend this particular one to anyone.
Overall, this is VERY beautiful dress on the package. Even though the dress did not turn out exactly as planned, the fabric was a little forgiving.