Red Velvet Dress

Hello Everyone!

Sorry that it’s been a few weeks since my last post. I was having a bit of trouble trying to upload my posts as everytime I clicked ‘upload’ half of the writing would vanish! Hopefully it’s sorted itself out now as I’ve really missed writing for you all. For today’s post I wanted to share with you, a dress that I have made recently and how you can make it for yourself 🙂 I decided to make this dress as a member of my family is having a party in a few weeks time and I didn’t really have any dresses that were suitable for the event. I wanted something that looked quite dressy but also casual as the party will be held in a pub setting. I decided to go with a classic t-shirt dress as I didn’t actually own any before I made this one and chose to make it with a deep red velvet to give it a more party-like feel. I’m really happy with the outcome of this dress and would love to know what you think 🙂

You Will Need:

  • 1.5 metres stretchy velvet (for a size small)
  • Thread in a matching colour
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • A t-shirt that fits you comfortably
  • Newspaper and a pen
  • A sewing machine

What To Do:

  1. To create your pattern for this dress, lay out your newspaper on a flat surface. Fold your t-shirt in half lengthwise and trace around it onto the paper. Mark the line of the straight edge of the t-shirt ‘fold’.
  2. Measure from the back of your neck, down to where you would like the dress to end and extend the bottom of the pattern down to ensure it will be the correct length.
  3. To create the width of the bottom of the dress, wrap the tape measure around both your legs and loosen it until you feel that its wide enough. Divide this measurement by 2 and starting from the bottom of the ‘fold’ line, mark this measurement onto the side of your pattern and draw a straight line from the armpit of your pattern to this mark.
  4. Trace around one of your sleeves, mark the longest straight line ‘fold’ and cut both pieces of the pattern out. (If you have any trouble figuring out how to create a pattern for this, there are some really great tutorials on YouTube that helped me out alot).
  5. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure how wide the the body piece of the pattern is and using this measurement as a guide, create a fold in your fabric, pin your pattern onto it (with the ‘fold’ on the folded edge) and cut around it leaving 1-2 cm seam allowance. Repeat this step.
  6. Fold your remaining fabric in half and repeat the previous step to cut out your sleeves.
  7. Place your dress pieces right sides together and pin the shoulder seams together. Sew along this line using a zig zag stitch.
  8. Open up the fabric and lay it flat with the right side facing down. Take one of your sleeve pieces and pin to the open armholem with the wrong side facing up. Repeat on the other side and sew along these lines with a zig zag stitch.
  9. By now, your dress should be starting to take shape. On one side of the dress, match up the underarm seams and pin in place. Match up the rest of the edges and pin together. Repeat on the other side and sew down these lines with a zig zag stitch.
  10. Try on your dress and determine if it is the correct length, if it is a big too long, mark the correct length with pins and trim off the excess.
  11. Fold up all of the raw edges of the sleeves, bottom of the dress and the collar, pin into place and sew around these edges with a straight stitch (this creates a neater finish on the outside of the dress).

I decided to pair this dress with a pair of thick fleece lined tights, black booties and a leather jacket as it is almost Winter here in New Zealand, and I wanted the dress to be the statement piece of this outfit. I hope you enjoyed this diy and I would love to see if you recreate it 🙂

The Next Step: Live

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a fantastic week so far, not too much longer until the weekend! For this weeks post I wanted to tell you about my experience seeing Disney’s The Next Step: Live last Friday night. I first watched this show early last year, and although I wasn’t too keen on it at first, before too long I was hooked. Yes, the target audience of this show is probably around ages 7-15 but there is just something the show that appeals to someone of my age.  If you haven’t heard of it, essentially it is a fiction documentary about a group of dancers at The Next Step dance studio in Canada who face everyday problems of being a teenager while also dancing in regional, national and even international dance competitions.

Although I am more than a few epsiodes behind on the show itself, I was so excited to hear that they were bringing the show to stages worldwide. I originally planned to get some tickets for my sister for her birthday but at $100+ for one ticket, we decided that the money would be best saved for another day. We were a little disappointed that we weren’t going as there were so many ads on TV showing how big of a performance it was going to be over the following few months, but we couldn’t really justify spending around $200 on a Disney show. So when the middle of April rolled around and we discovered that the tickets had dropped down to half price, we jumped at the chance to get our hands on some. And boy am I glad we did.

Even though there were a few mishaps on the way to the show ie. terrible weather, a late train and one of us sitting in grape juice (so thankful for black jeans), the show itself was incredible and if you ever have the chance to go to one yourself, I would highly suggest it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as there are quite a few storylines on the show and not too much dancing nowadays but I assumed the show would be dance based, which it was but it had a surprising amount of comedy thrown into the mix. The performance itself was hosted by Disney’s Adam and Ash, who have an afternoon show in Australia and they did a few funny skits along with members of the cast which resulted in laughter around the whole theatre from people of all ages. As for the dancing, it was absolutely incredible. All of the dancers have so much talent and it was amazing to see that they are even more impressive in person.

Overall, I highly recommend going to see this show if you ever have the opportunity and I will not hesitate to go again if they ever find their way back to New Zealand.

Have you seen The Next Step: Live? What did you think of it? 🙂

Stripes and Flickering Gold

Hello Everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed the baking posts over the past few weeks, I had alot of fun making them for you (especially tasting the end result!). I thought it was about time I got back into some more lifestyle based blog posts and what better way to start things off than with a post dedicated to my current go to Autumn outfit. I am really obsessed with this outfit at the moment and although it is mostly black, I feel that the pop of colour from the shoes (which you may remember from this post) really brings this outfit together.

I feel like a classic black leather jacket is a wardrobe staple that most people have somewhere in their wardrobe. I recently talked about where I got mine a few weeks ago in this post and I have worn it almost everyday since, I love how versatile it is and it really completes so many of my outfits, I don’t know how I managed to put together outfits without it!

I bought this striped long sleeve top from Dotti for about $13.00 a few weeks ago and as soon as I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off. I had actually been looking for something similar for about 2 years but never found anything that I really liked, so I was so happy when I saw this hanging on the rack with a half price sign (yay for sales!). I do already own a white long sleeve with black stripes but I really like the classic look of black with white stripes as it’s not so in your face on a dull Autumn or Winter day. There is no doubt in my mind that this top will continue to be one of my favourite purchases of the year.

I like to pair this outfit with a pair of black highwaisted leah jeans that I also got from Dotti earlier in the year for around $40.00. I love these jeans as they are cropped slightly so they are the perfect length for my legs and I’ve found that they’ve kept their colour for much longer than most of my black jeans have. I will continue to buy these jeans as long as Dotti has them in stock because I love them so much.

The shoes I like to wear to add a bit of colour to the outfit are my red boots with gold heels that some of you may remember from last years Autumn outfit post. I find that they really pull the outfit together and add a great focal point (the loud clip clop of the heels on the concrete is also guaranteed to get alot of attention haha). The thing I like most about these boots is that when we are lucky enough to have some sun, the gold tends to catch the light and flickers as I walk. I think these boots may continue to be part of my go to Autumn and Winter outfits as I really like being able to dress in dark colours and really have the shoes do all the talking.

I really hope you enjoyed this blog post! 🙂

Until next time

xo Ladydaisyblog

Anzac Caramel Slice

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend catching up with your families and eating way too much chocolate! I decided to do another baking post this week to celebrate Anzac Day (if you don’t know what this is, I talked about it a little bit in last year’s post which you can find here). I wanted to try baking something a little bit different as I have made quite alot of cupcakes over the past few months and felt that it was time for a bit of a change. I have seen a few recipes similar to this on Pinterest and was really intrigued by it, so I decided to test it out myself and was really pleased with the result. I decided to use my Anzac biscuit recipe from last year for the base, as I really liked how they turned out and thought it would be perfect for this recipe. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • 100g butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup desicated coconut
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Caramel:

  • 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 30g butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup

Topping:

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

What To Do:

Base:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celcius and line a slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a pot over medium heat.
  3. Place the rolled oats, coconut, flour and both sugars into a mixing bowl and stir together until combined.
  4. Place the boiling water into a small bowl and sprinkle over the baking soda, stirring until combined.
  5. Pour the baking soda mixture into the butter and mix until combined.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour the anzac biscuit mixture into your lined slice tin and spread evenly.
  8. Place into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Caramel:

  1. While your base is cooling, add your butter, condensed milk and golden syrup into into a pot over low heat and stir for 15 minutes until golden and thick (make sure to keep an eye on this and constantly stir, otherwise you may end up burning it).
  2. Allow the caramel mixture to cool slightly before pouring over the base and place in the refrigerator to set.

Topping:

  1. Place your butter and dark chocolate into a bowl and microwave in 30 second bursts until melted and smooth.
  2. Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the set caramel and spread evenly.
  3. Place the slice into the refrigerator to set for about an hour before slicing.

    I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see your recreations so feel free to tag me on instagram @ladydaisyblog 🙂

    You can find the original caramel recipe here.

    Easter Cupcakes

    Hello Everyone!

    The recipe I’m going to share with you today is one of my absolute favourite things to make around this time of year. Although I have done quite a  few cupcake recipes lately, there’s always room to squeeze in one more, especially when it comes to Easter. I didn’t really have a particular plan in mind while making these, but they are definitely one of the best I have made so far, in my opinion. I hope you enjoy this recipe and I would love to know what your favourite Easter treat to make is 🙂 Let’s get started!

    You Will Need:

    • 3/4 cup & 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/4 cup & 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/2 boiling water

    Icing:

    • 100g butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
    • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1-2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 large bar milk or dark chocolate
    • 1 bag of mini eggs

    What To Do:

    1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and line a cupcake tin with paper cases.
    2. Sift your dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add both sugars and stir well.
    3. Add the egg, vanilla essence, milk and oil and beat with an electric mixer until combined.
    4. Pour in the boiling water and mix until just combined. Keep in mind that the mixture will will be very runny.
    5. Transfer the mixture into a large jug and pour into the cupcake cases until they are 3/4 full.
    6. Place the oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.
    7. Remove from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool.
    8. While the cupcakes are cooling, you can start preparing your decorations by grating about 2 rows of a large chocolate bar.
    9. To make your icing, place your butter into a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on a high speed for about 5 minutes.
    10. Add the icing sugar and mix slowly until a smooth icing starts to form.
    11. Add the vanilla essence and milk and mix on a high speed for about 10 minutes or until your icing becomes white.
    12. Using a star nozzle, pipe the icing into a swirl on the centre of each cooled cupcake.
    13. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and place 3 mini eggs into the centre of each swirl.

    You can find the original recipe here.

    Autumn Wardrobe Staples

    Hello Everyone!

    With Autumn in full swing here in New Zealand, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few of my Autumn wardrobe staples with you. Although Summer is by far my favourite season, I absolutely love shopping and creating clothes for Autumn and Winter. I love picking out new jeans, jackets and jumpers (especially fluffy ones). Most of my staples for this Autumn are actually really good condition secondhand items and I really like that I’ve managed to get some nice items that were only a fraction of the price of brand new items. Let’s get started!

    Leopard Print Boots

    I got the inspiration for these boots after they appeared in my Pinterest feed near the middle of January and Zoella posted a picture on Instagram of her heeled leopard boots. I instantly fell in love with the trend and searched so many shoe websites to find a pair. Unforunately every pair I found was priced around the $150 mark and there was no way I could rationalise spending that much on a pair of shoes. So I took to Trade Me to see if anything more affordable would come up and that was when I stumbled across this pair for only $15 that the previous owner had only worn once. I have worn these boots almost every day since I bought them and I absolutely love them.

    Black Leather Jacket

    I got my first leather jacket about 6 years ago second hand from my best friend. I loved it to pieces and wore it so many times, however it was more of a hooded bomber jacket style and in the last few years the biker jacket style has been more on trend. Early last year I made an attempt to turn my leather jacket into a biker style and everythng was going well until I got to turning the hood into a collar..I tried so many ways to get it work but eventually gave up after all of my attempts failed and took to the internet to find a replacement. As faux leather jackets tend to cost around $80 brand new, I took to Trade Me to see if I could find a cheaper alternative. I found this jacket for $20 that had never been worn by its previous owner and have worn this almost every day since. I’ve found that it makes a great outfit paired with the leopard boots, a pair of black jeans and a black or grey hoodie.


    Winter Dress

    This is actually an item that I bought last Autumn from Glassons for about $25, however I am stil loving it this year and decided to include in this list as I plan on searching for a few more this year. As much as I love dresses, I don’t really wear them that often in Summer as it gets quite windy here and I constantly have to hold them down. But I find Autumn is a great time for me wear dresses as I can throw on a pair of thick tights underneath and as this dress is quite slim at the bottom, I dont have to worry about it being blown up by the wind. I really love that this dress is made out of a thick jersey knit fabric and has long sleeves, as it keeps me quite warm without having to wear alot of layers. I like to pair it with my leather jacket, some tights and my black leather Chelsea boots.

    I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I would love to know what your Autumn wardrobe staples are 🙂

    Knitted Beanies

    Hello Everyone!

    You may remember a post from the middle of last year when I wrote about the infinity scarves that I was making and had decided to sell. At that time I was selling them through email only as I hadn’t found a suitable website to list them on, but I am currently in the process of setting up an Etsy store which you can find here. Until then they can be order by emailing ladydaisyblog@outlook.com.

    As I had so much fun making scarves and the ones that I gifted to other people got such good feedback, I decided that this year I would have a go at making beanies. I’ve been loving quite autumnal colours lately, such as mustard yellow, burgundy and rust orange. So when I found a burnt orange ball of wool at my local craft store, I knew it was exactly the colour I wanted to use for my first attempt at making a beanie. As a final decorative feature, I decided to add a pair of fox ears to the top of the hat as I have been loving foxes lately (as you may have been able to tell from the mug in my post here). I really love how it turned out and can’t wait until it is cold enough to wear it. I am currently working on making a grey pom pom beanie, and am very excited to see how it turns out. I have had so much fun making these beanies that I have decided to also start selling these on my Etsy store in the near future, so keep and eye out for these 🙂

    I would love to know if you buy a scarf or beanie and what you think of them so feel free to tag me on Twitter and Instagram with your photos. You can find my usernames on my links page here.