Last month I shot with my friend Michelle to get some photos of some of the clothing I've been making for the blog. We had a lot of fun climbing around Malibu Creek, it was so cold (there was a lot of ice on the ground!) and we kept walking into bushes with stickers, not as fun.
Today's featured dress was less from scratch and more of a reformulation. I found this dress at a clothing exchange over a year ago, I wasn't sure what drew me to it. It was obviously an old bridesmaid dress, very long with a funny belt and bow thing. It was too long, but fit pretty well. I set it aside, and recently realized why! I wish I had taken before and after photos, I'm so stoked on the final product, I wish I could show the full transformation.
I had bought a bunch of stretch red velvet and absolutely hated working with it, but I decided adding some ridiculous peplums to the dress might be easy enough. I first separated the front and sides of the bodice from the skirt, leaving the zipper alone, and ripped out the knot/bow piece. Then I cut two giant circles from the red velvet and folded each in half. I gathered the curve and fit it into the space in between the bodice and skirt and sewed them back together. Then I shortened the hell out of the dress. Hmm, typing this out is making me wish I had taken more pictures. I'll keep this in mind in the future!
For the shoot I actually curled my hair, a true novelty! I'm wearing Quill eyeliner from Lime Crime and Cherry on Top lip gloss over Retrofuturist.
This dress is the beginning of a project I'm working on, so you may see this pop up again in the future. But then again, maybe not. Hope you enjoy!