It Overtakes Me {31 July 2011}

*Edit: The links should work now.*

Of course, you didn’t think I’d come back to my blog without this column, did you? I didn’t think so.

The beautiful photo above was taken by Eliza Claire. She does amazing work.

An Angry Birds birthday party? Oh, yeah!

Since I am going to school for retail management, I have a business plan in the works that will be complete for my capstone project. This post on A Beautiful Mess makes me even more excited to keep working on it! Great job, Elsie!

I’m a little obsessed with books. Not necessarily reading them, but I love the look of piles of books all over the place. Combining that with fashion is just amazing to me. Therefore, these photos from Janetteria are breathtaking.

I know it’s half a year away, but I’m excited to decorate for Christmas this year. Fancy House Road has some posts about Christmas color trends – like silver and green – and even DIY ideas – like these ornaments – for this coming year. Are you ready?

WWD posted an article about some of the best finds at their Paris Trade Show. My favorites? The headpieces and jewelry at Coralie de Seynes and the fine jewelry at Sigomonta.

Fashionista posted a list of some of Tim Gunn’s best sayings. There are some great ones in here!

Also on Fashionista this week, they announced the (reported) cast list for the Sex and the City prequel. I don’t know – I would love to see Blake as Carrie instead of Samantha. What do you think?

I’m not much of drinker. I can drink socially, but I don’t love the taste of alcohol. I do, however, LOVE jello shots. So good! Here are some pretty ones.

As a lover of old movies – and a sucker for celebrity gossip – I found this article on the affairs of Clark Gable extremely interesting.

Do you remember the Nickelodean shows from the 90’s? They’re back on TeenNick. Clarissa Explains it All is already on my DVR! What do you want to see come back?

I’m not the most organized person in the world. The last couple of years, I’ve actually gotten a lot better. My boyfriend, believe it or not, is the one who helped me a lot with that. Don’t tell him I said that, though. I don’t want him to get a big head. 😉 Anyway, if you need help in that department, here are some organizing tips from Stacks And Stacks.

I can't tell you how much I love this video. It is definitely the phase of creativity I am in right now.
This is another creativity video. Love this one, as well.

New straps for my dress

Hey guys!

Remember a few days ago when I said I spilled my box of straight pins? Well, that’s because I was making over this dress.

The straps had been broken for a while and the dress was just sitting in my closet. Even before they broke, they weren’t very functional. Yes, they held the dress up, but they were way too small and weak for me. So, they had needed to be redone for a while. I figured with no money, a working sewing machine, and leftover fabric from an old project from last quarter, it was time to fix the straps.

First, I picked a silk, but it wasn’t heavy enough against the chunky crochet, so it just didn’t work right. Also, the dress is pretty heavy. I knew if I would have used silk, the ends would curl and it would look more worn out then it already does.

I ended up with this Pique fabric. Pique refers to the weaving in the fabric. So, it kind of looks like a checkerboard pattern on the surface. If you look at it from the back side, it has a diamond look to it. This side could actually be used, too. I call it the summer side and the winter side. The summer side reminds me of a smooth, woven basket and the winter side reminds me of a chunky knit sweater. Either way, beautiful. 🙂

Pique is usually made of something like cotton. This particular one is made of cotton and polyester, so it’s pretty strong, but still has a little bit of a stretch, which I needed for this dress. It never really deserved those small, limp straps.

I cut it from one selvage (the ends where the fabric looks different) 2 1/2 times the width I wanted it to be. Then, I folded it over so the “summer side” was on the inside – since this was the side I wanted to show. I pinned it in place and stitched straight down the side so it looked like a long tube.

You may have noticed I was using white thread. That’s because that is what was in my sewing machine already and I was lazy. I knew it wasn’t going to show anyway.

After I stitched the side, I got a little lost in the project and completely forgot to take pictures! So, the rest of this post, there will be no pictures until the end. Sorry about that! 🙂

So I took one side of my strip and attached a safety-pin to it. I put the pin back through the hold it was attached to. The pin helps guide the fabric through itself to turn the fabric right side out. This is also a good trick to use on your hoodie or drawstring pants. When the string comes out, attach a safety-pin to one end and feed it back through the hole. The pin will help you find the end of the string and pull it out when you get to the end. Thank you, Martha Stewart. 🙂

Once I did this, I put the end of one strap where I knew I wanted it on the front of the dress and pinned it. I then put the dress on and looked in the mirror to see where it should be attached on the back of the dress. I pinned that in place, too.

After pinning the first strap in place, I took the dress off. I measured the end that wasn’t already pinned to the dress against the strap that was already in place to make sure I had enough fabric to make another strap. If you don’t have enough, you need to make another strap at this point.

I cut the strip about an inch below where I wanted my first strap to end and repeated all the pinning I did with the first one. You still have to try the dress on when you’re doing your other strap so you can make sure it would fall on the body right.

After making sure everything looked right, I hand stitched them into place. I don’t like using a sewing machine for this part because they make the stitches show. I was using black thread for this part, so it doesn’t show on the front of the dress at all. When hand stitching, I pulled the thread all the way through the Pique fabric and only picked up a few strands from the yarns in the crochet. Here is the final result:

I love the way the straps look now. I will probably add a few things to the dress later … like a button at the end of each strap. That would help bring a little color to the dress. 🙂