Dressed for the Holiday

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Spring!! Seriously, I am definitely feeling the Spring fever…especially after such a chilly Easter day. It seems this winter has been relentless, and I think we can all agree it’s about time we bid the old man adieu for a while. Bring on the flowers!

This Easter, I tried my best to remind myself of all things Spring and flowers…hence the lavender dress and pink petal coat. Call me old fashioned, but I have always loved the Easter dress tradition.

Last week, I was at the hair salon getting my hair done and you know how it is at the salon…you’re sitting there talking with your stylist on and off, and more times than not during that off time you’re sitting there listening to all the other conversations around you (At least, that’s what I do ;D). Well, being a fashion educator, my ears tend to perk up when I hear any talk of fashion in  a social context. The stylist next to me was having a conversation with her client about Easter and their traditions, and of course that included what they wear. They both agreed they keep it casual and there’s no dressing up in their households, that they usually are in their PJ’s. I’m not going to lie, that made me a little sad. To each their own, we all do our thing…but I guess I have a different perspective. I am fascinated with the history and reasons behind why we dress the ways we do and just the evolution of dress in general. This got me thinking to how casual of a society we have truly become. Dressing up for holidays used to be a given. You’d have a special dress or outfit you wore because it was a special occasion, but that tradition has certainly depleted over the years. Especially now, in our increasingly laid back world, it can be refreshing to still use those holidays and special occasions as opportunities to dress up and utilize the clothes in our closets we buy but never give ourselves a chance to wear.

 

My Easter dress this year is a new McCall’s pattern (#m7717). I LOVE this pattern. I cannot get enough of these wonderful sleeves.

I realized I didn’t have much purple in my closet and I’m not really sure why. I like purple, especially lavender…so when I was browsing for fabric, this lavender polyester blend definitely jumped out at me. The drape is wonderful and the fabric was really great to work with. And the weight was absolutely perfect for the chillier Easter day we had.

Okay. If you know me or have been following my blog, you probably know by now that I am, in fact, a major coat person. Maybe it’s from growing up in a place that experiences winter-like weather about 9 months out of the year, but either way…I can’t get enough and I probably say that every coat I post about is “my favorite coat ever!” But really, this one. This one is actually my favorite coat ever. I really only wear it for the special occasions or holidays (this year, Valentine’s day and Easter). And here is its story:

Before Callie Makes, in my past blog life on Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I posted about this coat (which also was an Easter post). I had this pink coat from J.Crew and decided to do a little upcycling to it. It had gotten a little dirty on the bottom and after some dry-cleaning still didn’t look much better, so my next idea was to embellish. I dove into my scrap piles and went to town. I cut up some petals and curled them with my handy milliner tool. ;) A couple at a time, I then tacked them onto the outer shell of the coat.

As expected, it was a long process. But totally. worth. it.

So, with my Easter dress I wore my special occasion coat for this special occasion and she is now already safely packed into her garment bag, awaiting for another appearance on another special day, because sometimes you need to take a break from casual and use those days to look extra special.

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More Adventures in Sewing…

I told you a sequel to my last post was coming…so here it is.

For the McCall’s contest, I made another version of pattern #7542 with a different sleeve variation.

With this one, I wanted to use up some extra faux leather and lace. Since I love mixing those highs and lows in designs, I thought I’d marry the two drastically different fabrics for this top.

Because you know what they say… opposites attract.

 

While this certainly had some challenges during the making process–it wasn’t AS much of a headache as I anticipated it could be. And that is always a nice surprise.

This top certainly turned out to be one you could dress up or wear a little more casually for that edgier vibe.

 

Outfit details:

Jeans-Gap; Belt-came on a BCBG top; Shoes-also BCBGeneration, here

Sewing [Ad]Ventures

It would be a lie if I told you I wasn’t sure when sewing turned into a love affair of mine. I was probably about 7 years old. I think I knew at age 7 that I was intensely interested in making clothes. My Barbie dolls would confirm that to anyone…as they were the guinea pigs for many of very first creations. Luckily when the teenage years happened, I actually learned how to sew a seam instead of using safety pins and mini claw clips to bind together two pieces of fabric. (I should clarify that at that point, I graduated making from Barbie clothes to making actual human clothing).

I’ve been falling down the rabbit hole ever since. And I admit, there have been times, where I think… “is this something I’m ever going to lose interest in?” But again…there’s that rabbit hole. A tiny bit of inspiration sparks one idea…which breeds another, and another…and so on. Which then also reassures me that this making clothes thing is most definitely intrinsic for me. It won’t go away, nor do I want it to.

That said my friends, I have decided to jump on the #m7542 contest bandwagon. I first saw McCall’s post on Instagram about a month ago and thought it would be a good opportunity to make a new top that I could blog about. Then I read the contest rules and saw that you could enter more than one version…annnnd that’s when I tripped and fell down the rabbit hole. The ideas began to flow, and I won’t tell you how many design ideas I actually sketched out but I will tell you that other than the one in this post, I did make a second one featuring a different sleeve version. So stay tuned for an M7542 sequel post. ;)

Okay, on with it…

For my first go around for #m7542, I wanted to make it light and warm weather friendly. I really like the embroidered blouses that have been popping up all over–especially with vintage sellers. And that red and white color combo gets me every time. Those blouses were the inspiration for the top in this post, except I really wanted to make the sleeve stand out, since it is #theyearofthesleeve. So, you’ll notice the fluttery attachments got a little extra attention. ;)

I chose a (barely noticeable) printed 100% cotton fabric to use for the body and sleeves, and for the ruffle I used a white embroidered gauze and red lining.

(^ Am I about to sneeze?)

My, how they drape so… 8)

CLE <3

I thought the back needed a little something special, too.

 

 

Outfit details:

Jeans-Gap; Belt-Anthropologie (no longer available); Purse-Vintage Coach from a local vintage store; Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson; Shoes-hand-me-down from a friend ;)