A Tulip in Winter

Heeeeeyyyy there. I have new stuff to share. Ok not that new but less than a month is something, right? :)

Alright! In December, I did pretty much two big things related to the holidays.
One was a painting for my Sweetie as a present, which I will talk about in the next post.
Second, but somehow I decided to post about it first, a dress for new years.
Don't ask me about the order, it makes no sense but somehow felt right :P

I started out with an idea of a full length dainty fairy dress but when I calculated the price for the amount of fabric I'd need, I had to change plans. It may have been worth it but I didn't trust myself enough not to mess it up. And that would have been such a heartbreak for that price.

So, I chose plan B and went thrifting for dresses I could upcycle into something cool.
Luckily most of the fancy dresses at thrift stores have a lot of fabric and I already changed the plan to knee length or less.

To my joy, I found some nice floor length dresses in dark pink and light gray for a total of $20.
Wooo! I was imagining to layer them into one dress. The glittery leafs on the gray top layer looked like they could give a great effect on the pink.



So I started ripping the seams between the layers of the gray dress and pinned it up on the dress form.
To make sure it would fit and as a guideline I am using another dress and a bra underneath - just if you're wondering why my dress form looks so weird.


It looked pretty good on the green and I was optimistic if only a little worried about the stiffness of the gray fabric. I taped up what I wanted the neckline to be so I would be cutting on the outside of the tape and have seam allowance also already included (hope that makes sense o.O)

Then, I cut the bottom of the pink and pinned to the height I wanted the dress to be.
But when I added the gray layer all the prettiness turned into HORROR.
What was that but the ugliest pink candy wrapper. How could this be?
Pinning it up to the actual length only made it look worse. 


As sad as it was to lose all time already spent on the gray part, I just couldn't do the candy wrapper. Although it took texting friends for advice, and I am SO happy for it.

Now that I was onto plan C, there were more decisions to conquer: Which belt should I use?
Most people I asked said the wide gray but it was tied in the back into a big bow and I didn't like that. Also, I really wanted some more sparkle and details as the dress seemed now a lot plainer. So I went with the thin sparkly one. 


 Next question was the neckline. Did I want to stick with the original plan of a kinda v-neck-sweetheart or should I go with high and wider shoulders? In the end I decided to go with a high neckline but not with wide shoulders.


To at least use some of the gray dress I added one layer to the little purse I was making to match the dress.


In the end I am really happy with how it turned out. It kinda had a Greek feel to it and was amazingly flowy and soft which it would not have been with the gray stuff.
My friend said I look like a tulip with it, LOL, so I am calling it my tulip dress.
I got some nice silver sparkly shoes to round off the look.


And I had a ton of fun on new years. Hope you did too. I wish you all a very awesome 2016!





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  1. Using tape for seam allocate is freaking brilliant!

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    1. Thank you. I was first trying those markers you can wipe off later, then chalk but neither would work on that organza-esk fabric. Then I was thinking basting the line but ugh that would mean so much work. Luckily we had used masking tape for the 3d printer and I was like hey, that sticks nicely but comes off easy. I wanted an inch next to the bra but the tape is wider, so then the idea: hey why not include the allowance and just cut next to the tape. OMG, laziness is the best inventor!

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