Sunday, May 16, 2010

Channeling Our Inner Chelsea

Update:
Since all TWO of you asked to actually see the dress...here's a picture that shows it better. I've never understood why people look so funny when they take pictures of themselves in the mirror. I get it now. The pattern worked well...I didn't put sleeves on it, but I think I may since it would be fun to wear without a sweater. If I were to do it over, I would lengthen the bodice (the waistline hits me somewhere between my bust and my belly button...I'd like it a bit lower) and also lengthen the skirt. I added a good three inches to the skirt length and still had to add the ruffle thing at the bottom. But I like my skirts a bit on the long side. I made the size 38 and it was a bit big, but liked it that way because then I just sewed up the back center seam and skipped the zipper. The ruffle detail in the front was super easy to do and really fun. I used about three yards total fabric.


Last weekend, while up at my Mother's Day Retreat, my rockin little sister Chelsea rocked this awesome outfit. You can sort of see it in this picture:

She found this super-cute striped top at TJ Max and then paired it with a royal blue dress for church. I never would have thought to put it together, but once she did it, I totally had to copy her.
So, I bought the super-cute top from TJ Max, but then was stuck on finding the royal blue dress. Then I came across this blog. She does this thing called "A Frock by Friday" , where she teaches people to sew a dress each week. The pattern was free, and it was a really easy tutorial to follow. I got so into the idea that I even turned an old Forever 21 tank of mine into a little shrug/sweater for Maggie and made her wear it with a royal blue dress that she already had. It was fun to go to church today as twins, and even more fun to feel like we were really cool because we looked like our super-cool sister/aunt Chelsea. So thanks Chelsea...this picture's for you!

P.S. The fun feathered headband is something I bought for Maggie at Forever 21. When she didn't want to wear it this morning, I stuck it on myself (even though that's something that is usually WAY out of my fashion comfort zone) I figured if I was going to copy Chelsea, I might as go all the way and do it right!

8 comments:

melissa said...

I found grograin a few weeks ago and thought her "frock by friday" was right up your alley (I wish it was up mine :). I loved that dress. Darling!I assume that you also checked out the selfish seamstress http://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/ that was linked there?! cute stuff! Love the matching outfits!

Kiwi said...

I noticed today at church how cute you looked. I can't believe that you just whipped up a new dress, well I guess I can believe it. You rock at sewing.

Chelsea said...

looking good! glad i can inspire somebody! hah

V and Co. said...

um....i can't see the dress my dear! i need to see the dress! from what i can tell it's beautiful!
:)

Annee said...

I totally want to see the dress! I'd been looking through that tutorial, but kind of wanted to see it on a "real" person. From the picture, you guys look so cute. I'm glad you added the feathers!

Lorne said...

I love it, I can copy you right since we don't live in the same place. very cute. -keely

april said...

very cute!! wish i had some sewing talent.

The Scotts said...

Wish I had an ounce of your talent! The dress and you look fabulous.