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Pink Ballgown to Seda Dress: a Transformation of Epic Proportions

It has been a bit of a dream of mine for a while now to attend a ball wearing a dress I’ve made myself.

Now that we have established that, we can return to the beginning. In Autumn I was a costume designer for the Cambridge Greek Play, a play (or plays, in our case) performed once every three years, entirely by students, entirely in Ancient Greek (alumni include Tom Hiddleston). In the finale of Lysistrata (this year’s comedy) the cast members were dressed in over-the-top, sparkly, enormous pink ballgowns. So obviously, when the run was over, I nabbed a few of the dresses that were destined for the rubbish bin. Including… Continue reading “Pink Ballgown to Seda Dress: a Transformation of Epic Proportions”

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Sew Over It Erin skirt, or ‘Hannah Tries Selfless Sewing’

One of my best friends, who is confusingly also called Hannah, turned 21 a little while ago, and I knew I wanted to get her something special. She’s been nothing but wonderful over the course of our degrees together, and it’s not every day your girl turns 21 now is it? Hannah has a great sense of style and is always immaculately turned out (even for 9am lectures, what), so I was struggling to think of a present that was befitting for such a sophisticated and elegant girl – nothing seemed quite right. But then it dawned on me. Continue reading “Sew Over It Erin skirt, or ‘Hannah Tries Selfless Sewing’”

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New Year’s Martha Dress: an Epic Saga

After finishing an internship with Tilly and the Buttons, the girls kindly let me have a few of their patterns as a thank-you. One of the patterns I chose was the Martha dress. When this pattern first came out, I’ll admit I didn’t like it – the sleeves were always gorgeous, of course, but as a larger-chested girl I would normally avoid high necklines like the plague. It grew on me over the course of the internship, however, and I resolved to make my own after seeing some beautiful versions on Instagram and Pinterest. The final straw was a similar dress I saw in Marks and Spencer – a stunning piece in a bold black floral. I knew I had to make my own. Continue reading “New Year’s Martha Dress: an Epic Saga”

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DIY Dress-to-Skirt Tutorial

Today I’m going to try my best to show you how to turn a button-up or shirt dress into an adorable skirt – and it’s really not very hard! This tutorial could be useful if (like mine) your dress is a bit too tight upstairs, or just if you don’t think the dress suits you very well. Or if you simply want some quick, easy and cheap skirts because why not.

First of all, you’ll need to find yourself a dress. I found mine in a charity shop for £5. Continue reading “DIY Dress-to-Skirt Tutorial”