What an amazing Halloween weekend!! My parents are in town and we're having all kinds of adventures together, including helping to create this Monday's #OOTD :). The past few years, I've been able to piece together costumes or styled them into Halloween looks, but this year I really wanted to challenge myself. I learned how to sew many years ago, but the turn-around for my jobs usually require me to shop or hire out someone else to sew for me. However, I had a few days off from work and I decided I was going to make my own dress from scratch! I was absolutely inspired after Netflix-and-binging my new favorite show, "The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell" because she makes her own gooooorgeous clothes. (If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it!). I also knew I was going to be headed to see Danny Elfman again at the Hollywood Bowl for the 25th Anniversary of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" so I particularly had a Tim Burton style in mind. This post is too hard for a simple DIY... it took me 2 full days to finish everything, but I wanted to share my process in honor of Halloween week. Here goes....
So I went to one of my favorite stores, JoAnn Fabrics for all of my supplies. While Connie lives at Michaels, my home resides down the aisles of JoAnn's :). I bought a slinky black fabric with a bit of weight so it could drape nicely and I bought a pattern. For anyone interested, I used Vogue pattern V9344. It's under the "VERY EASY" section, but if you're totally new to sewing this is far, far from easy. There are zippers and rolled hems involved! I drafted it all up first in muslin fabric, which is usually used for practice and perfecting fit. Thankfully I did this because the pattern actually runs a bit big. I have the technical measurements for a size 12, but I'm actually a size 10!
I followed the pattern closely and adjusted the waist to fit my own. This is the beauty of creating your clothes... you can make sure it fits you like a glove! I think cutting the fabric takes the longest amount of time (as it is super slippery) and the sewing itself is pretty fast. This is especially true since I did it once already in a practice fabric!
Once I was done sewing the dress, it was down to deciding what to paint on it! This actually took me quite a while because I was debating whether or not to be "The Night Sky" or "Spider Lady." So to make sure I didn't mess up all of my hard work, I took some scrap fabric and did some practice strokes. I seriously debated what to do for HOURS because I felt so fearful of ruining it. I had to have Connie give me a pep talk. That's what soulmates are for...cheering you through the (sometimes) torturous creative process LOL!
After, carefully looking, I felt like the spider cobwebs had more of a visual impact than my constellations. Also, it's waaaay more Tim Burton-esque and way more Jack Skellington :) So I created a drippy, shadowed abstract web across the front, down the cape sleeves and around the back! However, it all still looked like it was missing SOMETHING.
So I went to Kmart with my parents and we ended up finding a few last minute items that really completed the #OOTD. We found a spiderweb wall hanging, some spiders, and a headband.
It was super cool because my dad ended up helping me paint my dress's centerpiece spider! He's the artist of the family and I got my painting skills from him :) Then I took the wall hanging, sewed it to my headband, painted parts of the spider black, and turned it into my hat. Voila!
My dad's spider!! Didn't he do a great job??
So what do you guys think of this week's Soma & Ulte sewing project? Let us know!
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