Happy Easter everyone!! My sky was blue today, how bout yours?
Let's talk about my outfit,... my husband said.. total cost of my outfit is 1.60 euros! The black tube dress cost me 50 cents, the shoes 50 cents (new-ish), the belt was 60 cents,.. coz I didn't have 50 so I gave the trader 60 cents...lol
I bought them in "el corte ingles", the second hand market.
The vest and the wrist cuff, I made them...
I had my hair swept to one side, as if I follow the trend so much... the truth is I just wash my hair so it was a bit messy un-flattering.
Nothing really particular that day, went to the beach... took some snapshoot. Funny expression I had, should remember the way I look on my 30th years old.
Me, wearing my fav shades at the moment, wore my secretary dress, messy hair coz I stop using hair dryer, my 32 teeth smile... actually 27 teeth! red lippy while holding my camera case,... taken with my cybershoot camera.
Afternoon sun always blinded me ...
Not so everyday dress, actually looks like Ms. Anastasia Steel going to the office dress!!!
My Christmas dress
Kristina's Christmas dress
I coincidentally made the Burdastyle dress, based on the same pattern as Kristina's. So after that, we also had the same idea on reviewing one dress  pattern,... still from BS. Meaning : we will be making the BS dress with our own personal touch, then upload it on BS on the same date, which's on the 31 of january 2013.
I did the pleats, more or less but precise..hahahah... as I don't want to go crazy doing those parts alone.
I've been eyeing this pattern for some time. I wanted to make the dress on black linen material...something formal. But when I read the instructions, its say work with stretch material only. And I don't have any of black stretchy fabric. So I was a bit annoyed with the choice of pattern. On the other hand,I do really want to review this pattern.
I don't plan to look -oh, you think ur diva- or something with the dark shades, but honestly the afternoon sun blinded me...
I came across this sober green out from my stash. It's cotton blend and elastane! Looking at the colour, I decided to make an-everyday-dress instead of once-in-a-while dress,.. ^^,... but then, where do you think ur going dress up like that??!!!
I like it with the belt, my husband prefer without. How bout you?
Now, I'm going to write about the technical issues with this pattern.
  • I'm not sure I'm going to make another dress with this pattern, the chest panel is surely time consuming task.
  • The fitting was nearly perfect. I trace the smallest size, no altering in my case, oh... that's rare..
  • Did I say already about the horror pleats??!! Please straight to Melissa's blog, she's explain well... thanks Melissa, I didn't bother with BS Instructions, I read your blog before I cut the fabric. I have my pleats sewn closed.
  • My green fabric barely make it for the sleeves. I cut the sleeves from different material, I'm so cheap ;p... I almost make it sleeveless, thank Goodness I keep them intact.
  • I shortened the length of the dress and draw the side seam skirt slightly wider.
  • Ah,... yes the neckline! I don't understand why mine is higher though... I attach a small little hooks on the opening, otherwise the collar doesn't want to stand still.
Oh well,... I think I like the dress... just wonder where I can go to...?!
Thanks for reading ^^
I found this website where you can print out croquis template to help you to design clothes, ... you know,.. so you have a view about how the dress will look like before cutting the fabric..... it help, in my case..
Check what I did already today with the template,... so much practical than to draw the female body yourself from scratch.
I cleaned and oiled my sewing machine today, so no sewing activity until tomorrow I guess,... coz I'd like to let the oil properly lubricating every necessary parts.
Check this HOW TO OIL SEWING MACHINE for reference.
My friend, Ibu Mei Mei called the other day to informed that we were invited to a dinner with Mrs. Ambassador (Indonesia for Spain). I've never been to a formal dinner before with The diplomat. ... Help!!!!!!!!! I don't know how to dress!
I don't like to sew with synthetic material, but in this case... it's gonna be a night-time occasion, and I need the sheen where I can only obtain it from synthetic material,...or from real Silk,.. which too much out of reach,...am I right??!!
To be honest, I actually worried wearing synthetic dress bcoz it absorb the bad body odour easily... even though I had to rely my self confident only on my perfume that night,... hahaha
We went to dine in Italian restaurant around Playa Americas. The restaurant is calm, cosy, classy, affordable and relax at the same time. I had a plate of Papardelle with carbonara sauce, which was superb. And my husband get the same type of pasta with Mushrooms sauce, which I like it more,.. more delicate and creamy taste... I had a fork from his plate...
We also had a bottle of House wine and strawberry with a scoop of chocolate ice cream for me, while he had a coffee.
The dinner and the meeting went smoothly,... I proven to worry for nothing in the end.
This is the second time I review this pattern from BS magazine. The first time was HERE
I didn't quite satisfied with the 1st dress. But this time is outstanding! I really like the dress,....so much... it hurt! I could tell I hit the jackpot on picking up the material for this dress. P.E.R.F.E.C.T!!
I took liberty changing the collar, didn't actually turn up like what I imagine it, but didn't come out bad either. The sleeves are 3/4 length, but I fold little bit inside coz otherwise I couldn't move my arms. It's absolutely a non stretch synthetic material, remember...!!????
I actually wore homemade petticoat underneath. My husband prefered without, but I'm in the mood for the whole Cinderella dress.
When I was in the making of this dress, I imagined Ms. Steele dress.... the one Mr. Grey like to unzip it in The fifty shades of Grey.
I can't say it's an easy pattern to work on. Many times I almost give up on finishing the dress and switch into something easier pattern than this. But if you can choose the right material, then it surely such a head turning dress.
All pictures are courtesy of my girlfriend. She kindly took my photos that night while I was busy enjoying her delicious homemade cooking on the dining table, I couldn't be bother to mess around with the camera. Thank you Ibu Mei Mei ^.^
I knew since the day I bought the material that this is such a perfect pattern for night out. So daring bold pattern on the black background. Even by chance I chose the right design... figure hugging style with 3/4 sleeves..awesome!. Took me forever to draft the pattern, I spent whole day only for that, coz by the time I finished drafting, my energy dropped. ...but when I was cutting the fabric the following day, everything went smooth. The material is elastane, no need of a zipper..... so I already spare my time there. I even manage to clean up my kitchen before going to the party. The size was perfect! I ussually do the fitting many times before I get the right fit.
I don't like the dress, but I LOVE IT.... so much that when I arrive back home, I didn't actually want to take it off. The downside of material is it's synthetic. It absorb the bad smells very quickly. I did make sure I put sufficient parfume on me before wearing the dress, but still ...by the time I got home, I could smell the smoke cigarette smell on the dress... horrible!
The party went beyond perfect. Great host, fine hospitality, wonderful friends, delicious food and wine... the list is endless.. so greatful final night of 2012.... couldn't ask for more. And now I have what they called : New Year's Bluessssssssss......
I went to join the walking event today. The event is a fight against breast cancer campaign.... something like that anyway. People can make a donation and other stuff.
The dress code was pink. They give you a pink shirt or a pink hat and other pink attributes if you donate some money.
The temperature was ok, 25 degrees... a bit hot for me actually. It was a fun day. We walk while the group band make some noise with drums and other instruments.
This jacket is my second attempt using the same jacket pattern,... I think I'll stop,... I mean so many beautiful pattern ,,, why want to stick only with one..??!!
The material is a left over from my dress on the left.... kind of short faux fur, medium thickness.
Let's commenting what I wear today,... today was a unclear weather. One moment warm,...next is chill... I wore short sleeves summery dress with black tight underneath,.... and cropped jacket to cover my arm.
My other arm look awkward coz I was actually holding something behind my back.
I went to the second hand market again in Guaza last sunday. After the last time I bought a leather bag for the price of a sandwich, I wanted more... more leather bag!! So I came to the market with this idea in my mind.

I manage to grab a pair of leather ankle boots, my size,... 38, made in Spain (written underneath) and completely flawless for the price of pizza margherita.
I really like the statement heels and the round shape on the front part....
These beautiful bag for a price of a coffee. Seriously! The woman who sells the bag said to me, if I do like the bag I can get it for free... but I gave her a euro and smile... ^^
Basically these trader are ordinary people who want to get rid of their personal belonging, like a garage sale.
There are a few tricks to indentify genuine leather goods. You can burn a little piece of it, check if it smells like plastic or not. You can drop a water or use your saliva on the surface of the leather, see if absorb... means real leather or stay on the surface. You can smell it. In my case I couldn't tell by the smell, it smells old... so I drop a water and it absorb. Also notice the different pattern on each side of the bag, they won't look same one another, not like fabricated plastic.
When to the market today, many English tourist there,,,,one of them said to me,..: "oh dear, you look like a bride"... hahahah a runaway bride, I thought.
I made the maxi white dress, which shrank alotttt (shrank my heart aswell) after washing,... lesson learned I'll pre-wash all my cotton material before work with them.
I also made the biker jacket,..... long agoooooooooooo. Love this pattern so much, I'm going to make another ^^
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