Monday, June 29, 2009

Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

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I had the fabulous opportunity to put a couple items in a show at a local art gallery. I chose to put my previously posted Cross My Heart vest, and had originally planned to make a scrappy skirt as well.

Being me, I left it off until the last weekend before the show. I started making a skirt, and I really didn't like where it was going. Distraught, I brought it before my mom, and together we brainstormed new ideas for it. I decided to make a dress, using a lovely bird print chiffon I'd had on hand for months. The only thing I had originally planned on was that it would be scrappy, and it would be blue & pink--candy colors. I sketched out a design.

As these things tend to, once I began to sew it, it drifted even further from the design. I wanted it airy, fluffy, over-the-top and wonderfully ridiculous. I wanted the scraps to be eating up the dress and taking over, a conversion from formal to madness. I won't bore you with too many details, but a few bobbins worth of thread, singed fingers from melting chiffon edges, a couple more discussions with my mom, and four layers of skirt later, I had myself a dress.

It's a magical thing, to get so excited about something you're making that your heart starts beating faster. :) I named this the "Let Them Eat Cupcakes!" dress because its color scheme and fantastic craziness reminded me of the clothing (and hair!) of Marie Antoinette's time.

So once the dress was totally completed, I needed it properly photographed! I teased my hair up high, stuck some flowers in it, did my makeup all fancy-like, and got my dad to use his fancy camera to take some pictures.

I went to the show opening on Friday, and it was on display amidst a bunch of amazing treasures handcrafted by others. (If you know me, message me for details on the gallery! You must go see everything!) People were incredibly and wonderfully sweet, and the whole night was absolutely fantastic.

Hugs and kisses! <3


    Oh Addie. Addie. I words. (to borrow your you remember that?:) Audrey Hepburn wore that dress. At least, she SHOULD have and WOULD have had she been born in a different era...
    Specifically, I love how it starts out black and white. Basic, chick, sophisticated. Then in melts down into color! It brings the exciting, summery quality that every woman wants in her favorite springtime dress. The final touch, where the princess in every girl comes out, the chiffon...*sigh* Honestly, who doesn't love chiffon? Say it out loud. Doesn't it bring up images of cloudy, light, airy material that makes you feel so attractive and confident? The combination is deadly. The drape? Delightful. Like a cupcake, it is delicious to look at (and I suspect) wear. Not like we wear cupcakes, but you get my point!
    Boy! That was a long gushing spree for someone who had no words moments before... I must recover quickly! :)
    You amaze me, girl. Honestly.
    Love you!

  2. P.S. Your Dad did an awesome job w/ the pictures. I have been waiting forever to see your lake in a photo shot!

  3. That dress is GORGEOUS! It looks fabulous and it makes me happy. Don't you love things that just make you happy?! It's beautiful.

  4. I love the dress! Congrats on the show!! I would love to see a close up photo of the details around the middle of the dress.

  5. Dana -- Thank you so much!! Haha, darling, you are so sweet. & yes, yes you should write commercials. XD

    Hannah -- Aww, thank you! Yes, I love things that make me happy! Being happy is the best thing ever, I'm pretty sure. :)

    Whitney D'aw. Thanks, doll! I think I took some closeups, but it might take me a day or two to search them out.


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