Friday, September 23, 2011

Deconstructing Reconstructing Grimm

It occurred to me the other day that in a vlog update ages ago I promised to to a video on how to create the Tinkerbell dress for yourself... and as you can see... I forgot... sorry.  But anyway I thought I would take a rare day off and share a few tips on how to get similar looks for your own wardrobe.  Some will be cheaper, some will be more expensive, but either way it'll be a nice way to add a little fairy tale to your everyday life, which I truly believe people need every once and a while.

First off, because I promised here's a breakdown on the Tinkerbell dress:

To be honest this is not my favorite dress on me.  That being said, on someone taller and less hourglass like it would look much better.  This dress is a super simple pattern that can be found on Simplicity or you can just follow this link: TINKERBELL DRESS ON SIMPLICITY.  The pattern is really cheap, under $3 and the instructions are included in the pattern.
I did make a few modifications to the pattern that I will share with you so that you're not confused if you follow the directions to a T and it doesn't look the same.  

1.) Instead of sewing together fabric for the neckline I used ribbon, much easier and faster.  Plus it gives the dress an extra pop of color.

2.) I cut about seven inches off the bottom of the pattern.  I am short, it's my gift, it's my curse.  So figure out a good length for yourself.

3.) The Belt:  I made the ribbon belt myself and you can too.  It's really easy trust me.  
 -First off use the same ribbon you use for the neckline of your dress.
- Then cut a long enough section so that you can tie it in a bow around your waist.
-Find the middle of the ribbon by folding the material in half and lightly marking the inside with a pencil.
-Buy any flat backed beads or items in the "hair accessories" section of your local fabric store. Then grab your glue gun.  I will say though, that before you start randomly gluing layout your beads or jewels on the ribbon so you have a good idea of what you're going for.

See easy! Now and there's the Tinkerbell dress.

Now to a more expensive version of the Cinderella Work Dress:

Now this one is going to get pricey, just because I wanted to show you what an outfit you could create for yourself for under thirty dollars can end up costing.  I guess what I'm really saying is, don't pay retail people, if I can make it, it shouldn't cost that much.

The Dress:
Here are some similar versions:

This is a great dress from ModCloth; however it is also 187.99.  Now for me that breaks the bank.  Plus after you spent that on the dress would you really spend more money on the scarf, belt, boots, gloves, and tights?

Here's a more affordable version:

At 32.80 this is a much more affordable option provided by Forever21, plus now you might have some extra cash left over for accessories.

Speaking of accessories, my favorite place to shot for those is, drumroll please.  Goodwill.  It's true, everything is more affordable and granted it is pretty hit and miss but that is a reasonable risk.  Also, lots of pieces like belts and boots are already distress from prior use as opposed to buying something new made to look old.  Give it a shot people.

Those are your two looks for today.  If this is a post you enjoyed tell me so and I'll do a few more.  Write in the comments which outfits you'd like a deconstruction of and I'll be happy to oblige.  Shipe out!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Arabian Nights... Nights... Nights

The past few week have been a whirlwind.  I opened a show every weekend in August, and still somehow found time to do the Hamlet photo shoot.  I'm on empty at the moment, but I really want to push to do the Arabian nights shoot soon.  But there are several issues....

Join me as a share them with you.

1.) Time. I have almost no time.  I am working two jobs and a show starting next week.  That means that sewing has to be done in the wee hours of the morning like I'm some wee elf that cobbles shoes.  I don't mind it all that much, but this does make me a sleepy kitty most of the time and then my work ethic for the rest of my jobs a little tricky. 

(As a subnote to the "Time" heading I have thought about just finding the clothes for this shoot as opposed to sewing them.  But I fear that I may jump the shark, or maybe then I'll do a blog post about where you can buy the clothes after the shoot? I don't know what do you think?)

2.) Complexity.  This shoot requires at least three different locations, maybe more, none of them in the same area.  A HUGE cast.  Massive, and people schedules are never friendly for such things.

3.) Inspiration. Normally I at this point after I pick locations and people I have a super clear idea of the shots I want to get. Not the case this time.  Just having trouble visualizing specifically what I want.  It's just for this shoot though.  I  can see the next two shoots in my head clear as a bell, but this one...

Anyway that's your short update post about where we are on the next project. Shipe out!