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? 🙂