Ever tried “shopping the look”? Me neither. Never seriously because- and I’ll let you in on a little secret- I’m a rubbish shopper. This also means I’m a cheap date which is good news for Mr Enthusiast but not good news for my wardrobe. Here’s another secret for you, gratis: if you sew your own clothes, you do not have to shop the look. You can make the look your very own.
Where do you get your inspiration? I’m pretty keen on the entire wardrobe worn by Jess Day, the lead character in sitcom New Girl. Totes snazzy. So when I saw this dress I decided, again: I can make the look my very own.
This dress. Ooh lala. It’s so pretty- the navy colour, the flat piped accents, that (as described on Modcloth) “fit and flare” style.
When I laid my eyes on that dress I knew I could use it to inspire my own cute dress- I still had the recently-made Megan dress on my mind. This time I wanted to try adding some details to a garment (such as piping)- and I had a scanty metre of this weird and adorable bargain bin Liberty cotton print in a lovely dark blue.
The idea was sealed, Instagram stitchers quizzed as to which colour accent to use (mustard won out!) and away we were.
I worked hard to make this dress in time for a lovely weekend away (here I’m standing at the promenade outside the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill- such a wonderful little town!) and it showed me how much work goes into those details- it’s fully lined with a hand picked zip, flat piping on the sleeve hems, in the waistline and piping at the neckline.
There’s also the faux placket down the front with the bow and cute buttons from grandma’s tin. Phew! I’ve worn it on two big occasions-both times with the Shrek legs (must find better tights options!)- and loved it!
All there is now is for me to leave you with this Jess Day quote. A little insight into yours truly, if you like:
I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out.