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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time

xo Ladydaisyblog

DIY Floral Skirt

Happy Spring Everyone!

As you all know, this half of the year is by far my favourite. During Spring, the flowers bloom, the clocks get put forward meaning longer days and the sun begins to shine alot more preparing for the warm Summer months. This means it also my favourite time to go shopping for some pieces of brightly coloured fabric and create a bunch of new shorts, skirts and dresses. I found this amazing floral fabric at Pete’s Emporium yesterday for $15 and couldn’t wait to get home and make a great skirt out of it.

I decided to use a half circle skirt pattern for this fabric as I really like how these skirts look while you are wearing them. I have made a few circle skirts over the past few years, and love them but I have found that they tend to be blown up by even the slightest breeze. I was so excited to make a half circle skirt because I still love how flowy they are and find they tend to stay down alot more on windy days. This was my first attempt at a half circle skirt so it helped to watch a few videos on YouTube so I wouldn’t make any mistakes. You can find the video that I used here.

I really liked how easy the instructions were to follow in this video. I usually don’t use a pattern when I am sewing and tend to just wing out and the items turn out fine but I found this pattern was quite easy to make and use, I will definitely be using it again. The first thing I had to do was measure the circumference of my waist in inches and divide it by 3.14. This gave me 8.5 inches. I drew this measurement onto a large piece of wrapping paper by measuring 8.5 inches from the corner of the paper and made several dots which I then joined up. The next step is to determine the length you want your skirt + the waist measurement. I wanted mine to be about 16.5 inches long so I measured 25 inches from the corner of the paper and joined up all the dots.

I then laid my pattern onto my fabric and cut out two pieces. To make this easier you can fold your fabric in half and cut it out as one piece, however my fabric wasn’t big enough to do it this way. I also cut one of my pieces in half so that I would be able to add a zip onto the back.ย I then hemmed and sewed all of the pieces together, added a zip and then decided to add a 1.5 inch waist band to finish it off.

I am really happy with how this skirt turned out and cannot wait to wear it when the warmer days start. I am already planning to go and buy some more fabric to make another few skirts in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

Denim Dungarees

Over the past few weeks I have spent alot of time scrolling through the amazing images on Pinterest to find Summer outfit inspiration, so that I have a few ideas in mind when the weather starts to warm up. One item of clothing that I have been super obsessed with are dungarees or overalls. I have pinned so many to my Spring/Summer inspiration board, in a range of colours but my favourite is definitely the classic denim ones.

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This led me on a search through so many clothing websites and eventually I found this pair from H&M on a secondhand website for only $10. I was absolutely stoked with this find and I began to make a mental list of tops and shoes that would look amazing with them. When they arrived, the colour was a bit too dark for my liking, so I decided to place them in a bit of bleach for a few hours to lighten them up a bit. I also really wanted to add a few rips on the pockets to give them more of a worn look, but got a bit scared that I would wreck them, so I haven’t gotten round to this yet.

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My sister was nice enough to be my model for this blog post and I think she did a fantastic job of showing each angle of this outfit. She is wearing H&M dungarees, a striped long sleeve from Country Road and white Converse. I can imagine wearing these dungarees with a black long sleeve and tights during Spring or a white cropped t-shirt with sneakers during Summer. I am already looking for more pairs of dungarees to add to my collection in colours such as black and white. All in allย I am really happy with how they turned out in the end and am very excited to wear them during the Summer months.

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Do you own dungarees? How do you style them? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Leather and Capes

I’ve been looking through Pinterest quite alot recently, searching for Autumn and Winter outfit inspiration and one thing that was a common occurance in most pictures was leather or faux leather pants. I orginally wanted a pair of black disco pants for Winter as I had read so many reviews about how warm and comfy they were, however, after seeing the retail price of these I immediately began my search for a cheaper alternative. I spent so many shopping trips trying on leggings that were similar to disco pants but none of them felt quite right. I was just about to give up my search when I wandered into Dotti one day and saw these leather look jeans hanging on the rack and let me tell you, it was love at first sight.

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So I grabbed a pair and dragged my sister to the changing room to give me an honest opinion on how they looked. As soon as I had put them on, I knew they were the ones. They’re designed to be quite a tight fit to flatter your natural curves and I like that the fabric is quite a light denim so they are still breathable whilst being more sturdy than a pair of leggings. I also love that they have cropped cuffs as I have short legs and it is so difficult to find a pair of jeans that don’t require me to roll up about half the leg haha. I would definitely recommend these jeans, as aside from being so comfy, they can be worn casually and are also perfect for a night out. I loved them so much that I actually went out and purchased a second pair just in case they sold out.

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Another item of clothing that seems to be quite popular this season are capes. I have seen so many images of both celebrities and everyday people wearing capes in all different styles and colours. I think I spent about 2 months tossing around the idea of actually buying one as I wasn’t really sure how it would look on me, and as it was still Summer in New Zealand when I ordered this one, there were none available to try on in any shops. I ordered this one around the start of February when I was scrolling through the hundreds of gorgeous clothes on Boohoo. I had been admiring all the different capes on their website for about 10 minutes before this one popped up and I just knew that this was the perfect one. When it arrived 2 weeks later I was still a little anxious about how it would look, but as soon as it was on, I realised I had worried about it for nothing. I love the design of this cape, it has padded shoulders to keep the slightly widened shape while you’re wearing it and the lowest point of the back comes down to about the middle of my calves. I really like that it has been designed to have a vest on the inside so when you have it on, it almost looks double layered. My favourite thing about this cape though, is the light camel colour. I feel as if this colour will go with anything in my wardrobe and I am so excited to wear it during Winter.

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The third item that I purchased to add to my Winter collection was this burgundy beanie with a faux fur pom pom. I absolutely love beanies and my collection has grown quite large over the past few years. I would have to say that this is definitely the one I am drawn to every time I feel like wearing one though. I had been on a search for this exact one for about 1 month or so, after I noticed it in one of Zoella’s blog posts, and was obsessed with it. I was actually quite shocked when I found it sitting on a rack in Mirrou some time in March, as I wasn’t really expecting it to be available in any of my local shops. As soon as I saw it, I picked it up and went to the checkout to purchase it, and have worn it so many times since that day.

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The last two items that I have added to my collection were things that I impulsively bought as they were on sale when I was in the store. The first item is this white t-shirt with a black checked design. I got this shirt from Dotti, the same day that I purchased the first pair of leather look jeans. I actually saw it when I was on my way out of the shop and although I loved it and thought it would go perfectly with the pants I’d just bought, I felt a bit awkward about going straight back in to buy another item, so I gave the money to my sister and asked her if she would mind going back into the store to get it for me haha.

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The last item that I purchased were these red boots. I absolutely love these boots, although I don’t wear them as much as I used to due to the purchase of my Chelsea boots, I still enjoy wearing them and think they are such a great colour for brightening up the dull Winter months. Though these weren’t bought recently I really wanted to share them with you because I thought they went great with the rest of this outfit. I bought these boots last Mayย during one of the closing down sales of a Number One Shoes branch. I had wanted a pair in this colour for about a year before I found these, so needless to say I was ecstatic when I saw them. The only thing that made me a little hesitant to buy them was the fact that they only had the size smaller and larger than what I needed. However, I ended up going with the size smaller as they were only $10 and I would have regretted not getting them. Over time I must have grown accustomed to them, as they fit me perfectly now. Another thing I love about these boots is the fact that they have shiny gold heels and shiny gold zips on the outer part of the shoe, I think this is an amazing touch and I have received so many compliments because of it.

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Where do you get your outfit inspiration from? What are your Autumn/Winter staples? ๐Ÿ™‚