Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I have been working for a long time to get this post. It all started with me wanting to sing "Popular" from the musical Wicked. Look it up-- you'll see that in the video, Glinda (or "Galinda" as she is called in Act I) wears a fluffy pink ball gown. There are lots of people who want this dress, but there is no replica for sale!!!!! Well, when I found out I was singing "Popular" for my voice recital, I decided that I needed to make this dress. Not only was it essential for the part, but it was an *amazing* challenge. I started looking for patters and fabric everywhere. It wasn't easy to find crinkled pink chiffon in the right shade, and in the end I didn't even get it quite right. Of course, last weekend I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby, but I had already bought this stuff.

Anyway, once I had located the right pattern (Murphy's layer skirt, here) and decided that my top pattern would be cutting apart my pink camisole, I was set. It took me a few days to sew, and no part of it was easy. Still, I made it. Also, if you want one of these dresses, email me at and we'll figure out all the good stuff like prices and sizes.

Here's the whole top. It's very complicated.
A close-up of the corsety ribbon part.
This is the beribboned edge the skirt. They took a loooooong time to sew on.
This is between the layers of the skirt. The fabric I used was gray, which was a mistake, since it shows a little bit when I spin. From now on, I'm using pink.
Here's a picture of the skirt.
 See, I sewed the fabric over an old pink cami. It works really well, since it just took on the shape of something that I knew fit me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm back!!! And with my first designer outfit!!!!

Okay, so yes, I do realize that I've taken a bit of a hiatus from posting lately. But I'm back, and that's what counts, isn't it? Well, now I have EVEN BETTER STUFF THAN EVER!!! Because I have an outfit from Betsey Johnson.

It's all thanks to the Tennessee Bar Association. They had a history video contest, and I won it (Click here to view my video) and I get to go to this Tennessee Bar Association luncheon in June. Naturally, I needed something to wear. After a bit of searching, I discovered that Betsey Johnson was having a huge sale! HURRAH!!! I searched excitedly through the racks and came up with lots of possibles. Then I found the jacket for this outfit. I loved it, but thought "There should be a dress to go with it". Lo and behold, a few minutes later I found the dress. Together, they make a little outfit that is both quirky and professional-looking. It's just the thing to wear with black tights and heels (though I intend to wear flats, since I think that any good impression I may gain from wearing a quirky-yet-professional outfit would be lost again when I fall and break my neck).

Oh, and I got some free perfume, too.

The awesometabulous outfit

The wonderful dress, dressed don with a T-shirt

The wonderful jacket, dressed down with jean shorts and a cami