An Embroidered Wedding Dress…

My radio silence is over! I can finally talk about this dress and the (many, many) hours of work that went into it. 103 hours of stitching, some blood, some spit, and a few dozen tears later, it was reception ready!

This is going to be a pretty photo heavy post, partly because I can’t pick between the dozens of beautiful photos Sunshower Photography took!

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The Unique Vintage Hamilton Dress – Review

Hello again! After 3 weeks of travelling, I’m back to the world of cute sundresses and (very, very) humid days.

Just before I left, I bought the lovely and ever-popular Hamilton sundress in its new yellow and purple color, from Unique Vintage. Although I did get a chance to wear it before I hopped on the plane, I didn’t get a chance to write about it like I’d hoped! However, it’s better late than never, so here’s all my opinions on this lovely little dress (Spoiler alert: It’s cute as hell).

A Change

You may have noticed, things are a little bit different around here. You see, when I started this blog, I was barely 17 years old. I was taking my first leaps into the worlds of sewing, and soon after that, vintage style and fashion. My first project was a fairy costume, and my second, a regency gown.

But, as life goes, things change. I moved out from my house which had a dedicated sewing and arts studio, to a 600 square foot loft which doesn’t have much room for yards and yards of fabric, notions, trims, and a machine to go along with it. I began to focus more on retro style and fashion, and less on costuming and design.

DIY: Hair Accessories Organizer

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I have a lot of hair bows. A lot. And storing them all in a drawer wasn’t working very well, so I decided I needed a better storage solution! It took a few hours, and then it was ready to hang on the wall and hang dozens of bows and flowers on!

You’ll Need:

  • A 12×12 blank activity board (I found mine in Michaels)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

Tutorial: De-Poofing a Petticoat

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What? Me, writing a post about wanting a petticoat to be less poofy? Since school has started, and I have to sit on tiny chairs all day, having a big, poofy skirt has been impractical, so I’ve been liking a more subtle look more and more. However, I don’t really have a petticoat that gives a subtle 50s shape, and I was scared to cut one of mine and have it fail miserably! When I saw Modcloth was having a sale on their short purple petticoat, I bought it, and then proceeded to pretty successfully tone down the poof to a more suitable for everyday amount.

The Floral Silk Dress

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School has been so busy I’ve barely been sewing! I have about 100 ideas I want to get started on as soon as things calm down a bit. I did, however, manage to find some time to photograph a couple of creations I made just before school began! One of these is my floral silk dress. It’s got a 50’s style darted bodice (because what else do I make anymore honestly) and a full circle skirt. I’m wearing a small petticoat in these pictures, but it’s just very twirly and voluminous on it’s own!

The 1950’s Picnic Dress

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My newest 1950’s dress! I call it my picnic dress because the pattern sort of reminds me a vintage picnic blanket. I love the soft colours and the v-neck, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Photos are by Chris Mackay. Unfortunately I didn’t take many progress photos of this, but it took around 7 hours to make, and we ventured out on a 93 degree day to photograph it. More pictures are below!