So how is your credit card doing? Mine is still hungover after a huge splurge and demanding greasy breakfasts (at home – too skint to go out). The spending was lots of fun at the time but I am kind of glad I only do it once a year. BUT I still want something cute and new for New Years Eve, even if it is a casual BBQ with friends. I am a bit greedy like that. What’s a girl to do?
Along with fellow fashionistas, mums and broke people after Christmas, Andrea of Icadoo and Bron of Flat Bum Mum, I set myself the challenge of creating an outfit within a $30 budget. If you feel like playing along, tag #30FlirtyFashion on insta. So keen to see what you come up with!
I am in love with all things off shoulder at the moment, so I thought I’d whip myself up a new dress (as you do). Sewing things is not always the cheapest option but I do like that I can get exactly what I want. Or at least try to get exactly what I want depending if the sewing Goddesses smile on me that day.
My gorgeous friend gave me a stack of vintage patterns that her mum no longer wanted. Last time off the shoulder peasant blouses were super huge was some time in the late eighties and Butterick came to the party. The eighties versions were a bit more ruffle-y so I used this pattern (A) as a base and altered a bit. I didn’t use elastic in the sleeves, I omitted the ruffles and extended the top into a dress.
I picked up some cute striped chambray at Spotlight for $20. Only issue being everyone else thought it was really cute too and there was barely a meter left on the roll. This resulted in some pattern piece juggling, a seam where I didn’t really want one and a very short dress that needed to be trimmed with some lace. The sewing Goddesses were smiling on me and I have to say, I LOVE it with the lace trim. The lace cost me $5 so I was still within budget. (Hint for Brisbanites: Trads Liquidation at Cannon Hill has the BEST lace for outstanding prices)
For me sewing is a process. It goes a bit like this: Select pattern and fabric (all the fun!) Cut out paper pattern pieces (oh this bit is a bit boring). Pin pieces to fabric and cut out (Try to keep it neat! Don’t rush! Straight grain IS important!) Figure out how pieces go together. Forget how to set a sleeve. Finally resort to reading instructions. Instructions make no sense. Remember how to set sleeve and/or ring mum. Sew (love the meditative whir of the machine). If it’s all coming together nicely, I consider myself a true diva and consider a late change career as fashion designer. If it’s turning into one hot mess, I swear a bit, abandon ship, try not to think about how much the material cost and vow to make a cushion cover out of the remnants (I never do).
Thankfully I did not have to abandon ship or consider cushion covers. I am so happy with how this turned out. It’s a really easy pattern (once you remember how to set a sleeve) and very quick to make. If you don’t have a paper pattern on hand, this tutorial might help.
All up the fabric and lace cost me $25 and I already had the pattern, thread and elastic. The dress took about an hour to cut and sew.
I LOVE what I have ended up with and I think this dress will be on high rotation this summer. They say the legs and the shoulders are the last to go, so I’m showing off both while I can.
So what did the other girls get up to?
Andrea from Icadoo hit the chain stores for her gorgeous look and you
can read more here.
Bron from Flat Bum Mum scored during the sales and created this beautiful outfit.
Read how she did it here.
Want to play along? We’d love you to.