Monday, February 11, 2013

The Gray Dress of Doom

Okay, so that was kind of a dramatic title. It wasn't that bad after the fact. ;)

So I started this dress... about 3 months or more ago. It was one of those times when the pattern was $1, the fabric on sale, and it was just too good to pass up. :) I started with Vogue Pattern #2903

I know - so cute, right?? Sadly, I discovered that (1) I am not a girl from 1957. (2) My body type is not the same as a pencil drawing of a girl from 1957. (3) This pattern in real life is not at cute as it looks. 

I kid you not - it looked like "1950's meets medieval and frump." When I put it on I kind of looked like a big, dark thundercloud. (I liked that description so much, I started calling this "The Thundercloud Dress") The shoulders slid off, the neckline gaped, and the only thing cute about it was the pleats in the skirt.

If you think ^this^ is bad, you should have seen it on me... way way worse.

So that dress went on hold until I could come up with a suitable plan. My first idea was to keep the skirt, but make a new bodice, with a gathered band around the neckline. Sort of like this dress. But I figured that was a little too fancy for the look I wanted, and I'd probably end up chopping the sleeves to be short, and that would defeat the purpose of a winter 1950's dress.

After a few days of no inspiration, I turned to the ever helpful (or not) Pinterest to get ideas. It didn't take me long to see this dress as a possibility!

Things were pretty easy from there! I cut the skirt off at empire waist level, pulled in a few seams, whipped up a new bodice, took the sleeves off and added them back on, put in a band for the neckline, and voila! A dress I would actually wear!

It's still far from perfect, but at least I think it's cute. ;)

Sadly I didn't have enough fabric to cut this on the bias, so it's a little oddly stretched. But it's a bow. and bows are cute.

Skirt pleats. These were VERY time consuming, but I'm pleased with how they came out!

I was freezing in these photos, so we ran inside and got some gloves and fur... which totally hides the dress, but they made for some cute, retro-ish photos! :)

Other news in my life (since I abandoned this blog for over a month):

I rang in the new year with a cold. (talk about optimistic). Actually, I was pretty thankful I got it when I did, since I had a few important events in the next few weeks, so it was good to get it out of my system. Or so I thought...

I got sick two weeks later, right before I had to play music for my friends' wedding. Oops. God was gracious though, and I was able to make it through the entire day of the wedding without feeling too bad! And the music went great! :) I love playing music with a group!!

 Grace and me at the "photo booth" at the wedding. Haha - it doesn't even look like us! 
Thanks Sierra for taking the picture!

Me with my fellow musician, friend, and "twin", Sierra. We look so much like sisters in this picture!

Our family took a vacation to Florida towards the beginning of January. Oh wow, so so so nice!! I seriously had no idea what month it was the whole time I was down there! Tigertail beach is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.l.y. large! I'm quite a fan of Marco Island in January. Plus we got to see our grandparents, who winter down in Florida, which was a HUGE plus for me! Love you, Opa and Oma!!

I got a PIANO!! Not just ANY piano, but my DREAM piano! It's a 1990 6' 10" Schimmel. I never thought I'd get my dream piano at only 19 years old... needless to say, I am incredibly blessed and thankful! I'll try to get some pictures up of it soon - it's amazing.................. (I'm still slightly "in shock" over it all - it happened really fast!)

Just 'cuz he's cute.... He actually fell asleep in this position.

That's pretty much the highlights of my year so far. We just got a huge amount of snow (as you can see in the photos above), and it is SO beautiful! This winter so far has been pretty snow-less (I mean, it was 60ยบ in January, at one point!), so I'm enjoying seeing white everywhere! I need to go sledding and ice skating!!!!!!!

Again, my apologies for neglecting this blog for so long! 

Keep smiling!

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