Dressing like a Celebrity: Oscar Top Ten

It’s time for the obligatory Oscar style post.

I mostly watch the Oscars for the clothing (but I think I watched most of the movies nominated this year! I’m addicted to the movies) and I think this year was the best dressed Oscars in a long time! Most years I can’t really relate to the dresses out there, they’re too revealing (or just plain wacky) but this year was different! There were dresses I could actually see myself wearing (if I could afford them and/or sew them myself). Here’s my top ten:

1.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy with her Oscar!

So stunning!

Guys, this was my all time favorite outfit, I just loved it, the color, the embroidery/applique, her shoes (oh I just love Sharmeen’s shoes). I’d probably do without the jewels on the arms and add sleeves but I just went ga-ga over this. I want it (and I don’t know who the designer is).

2.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

I love the semi-cowl neck and cap sleeves on this dress, such easy elegance! I’ve never really liked the dropped waist look on myself so I’d probably want the bodice to sit higher at the natural waist.

3.

Louise Roe in Black Halo, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

I really really love this little suit-skirt outfit, it has a very 1940’s feel to it, the belt and matching clutch finish it off so nicely. I’ve got to sew something like this one day!

4.

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

I have to admit, I didn’t really think much of this dress on Oscar night, but when I saw it in the pictures the next morning I was blown away. It’s such a modern gown with just a touch of  the 1930’s silhouette.

5.

Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

Ooooh maxi dress! I love it, it’s like a futuristic tribute to the 1970’s (make sense? doesn’t matter, maxi dresses always win).

6.

Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

So very Grecian! I just love this dress and the floaty pink chiffon colour is so dreamy, imagine walking around in that all day. I think I’d shorten the sleeves just a bit though.

7.

Maya Rudolph in Johanna Johnson, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

I LOVE the color and the cap sleeves. The embellished back bodice would be such a pretty sari blouse.

8.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

I can’t really see myself in this but Michelle Williams looked so elegant that I just had to include her in this post. I love everything this woman wears.

9.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

Octavia Spencer looked stunning, I just loved everything about her outfit. The dress is so flattering and her accessories were so balanced. She was the best dressed celebrity!

10.

Meryl Streep in Lanvin, courtesy of StyleBistro.com

This dress I loved, not so much for the color but for the style. Why?

Because I have a similar sewing pattern in my collection! It’s a  Retro Butterick (B5152) reproduction of an original pattern from 1948, see?!

Who knew?! Meryl and I have similar tastes!

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My Leibster Shoutouts

Two posts for today!

In January, Laura over at AboutGoodness awarded me a Leibster! From what I gather, the Leibster award is given to bloggers who have under 200 followers, by other fellow bloggers. According to Laura, “Liebster is German for “dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”  Dankeschön Laura (and Google translate)!

The rules of accepting this award are:

Rule #1. You must acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
Rule # 2. Give this award to 5 other bloggers. Please let them know through a comment on their blog.
Rule #3. Post this wonderful award on your blog.
Rule #4. 
Bask in the glory bestowed upon you and appreciate all the amazing bloggers out there.
Rule# 5. Enjoy and spread the good vibes around.

It’s taken me some time to gather up some blogs because I’m new to the sewing blogland and I can’t be sure of how many followers they have but these are my pics!

1. Symondezyn – A fellow blogger whose sewing projects (hello blue chiffon blouse!) and graphic illustrations I love.

2.Stir and Stitch – A sewing, baking and crochet blog that regularly makes me hungry for baked goods.

3. She Sews to Conquer – Skylar Chastain makes gorgeous accessories and blogs about them too. I love browsing through her stuff for inspiration and tutorials.

4. Such Wild Love – A blogger/artist with a sewing space that is to DIE for because of the inspirational view! She also finds and posts some of the most beautiful poems I’ve ever read.

5. Miss Make – I love everything about this blog, and her absolutely GENIUS quilt. I must make this.

Check them out and happy sewing folks!

Sew Grateful Week Giveaway Winner!

I hope you all enjoyed Sew Grateful Week as much as I did and a big thank you to Debi for organizing it, I can’t wait to participate in it again! I didn’t win anything this time but I’m just as glad to be part of it and I can’t wait to see how everyone’s projects/patterns turn out!

And now, the winner of Beautifully Sewn’s first ever giveaway is:

Kim you were the 7th commenter on the original giveaway post: “This is a beautiful pattern, it would be fantastic to have the chance to make it. Thanks.”

Congratulations Kim, I can’t wait to see how your blouse (or will you make all three?) turns out! I’ll send you an email shortly!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Happy Sewing (while I sit and watch old runs of “Brideshead Revisited” – oh how I LOVE British period drama’s)!

My Pads4Girls Sewing Tutorial

I was originally going to post this later during the month but after joining the Sew Grateful Week challenge hosted by the lovely and super talented Debi at My Happy Sewing Place, I’ve decided to go ahead with this today since it fits in with the theme of Sew Grateful Week so well.

But first, a little history:

I really like crafting/sewing for charity and non-profit organizations because it allows me to put a personal touch on causes that I really care about and give back to the world in my own little way. This past November I buckled down and did just that by making 19 sets of resuable menstrual pads for Lunapads Pads4Girls campaign.

The Pads4Girls campaign is organized by the good people at Lunapads who make and sell environmentally friendly, organic, all natural and reusable menstrual supplies. Pads4Girls facilitates the donation of purchased and handmade reusable menstrual products for girls in developing countries so they can stay in school longer and not feel ashamed of something so very normal. As soon as I heard about this campaign, I knew I had to contribute.

I contacted Lunapads and they sent me an email detailing the material and design requirements for accepting donations of hand sewn pads (you also have the option to financially donate pads through their organization if you prefer). I also spent some time thinking about how the design could encompass the needs of girls from diverse socioeconomic and physical environments. So I came up with a checklist for a pad pattern that had to take these three things into consideration:

1) All pads had to be made of all natural materials, I went with 100% cotton flannel.

2) The design had to adjust to individual requirements (i.e – girls should be able to add/reduce layers as they see fit)

3) All pads had to be easily washed and dried by hand (in case the girls did not have access to laundry machines and/or electricity).

There are tons of really great patterns available on the net, check here, here and here, but in the end I decided to use those as inspirational starting points and come up with my own. So now in honor of Sew Grateful Week, I’m going to show you how you can do it too (If you’re doing this to contribute to the Pads4Girls campaign, just send Lunapads an email to let them know you’re doing this).

Tutorial for One Cloth Pad Liner and Pad Holder:

You will need:

–  Pre-washed 100% cotton twill tape (or ricrac), cut two 10 inch strips.

–  Pre-washed 100% cotton flannel pieces. Cut 2 pieces measuring 10 inches by 11 inches, this will be your pad liner (I rounded the corners for comfort on the large pieces). Cut another 2 pieces measuring 4 inches by 10 inches, this will be your pad holder.

– Button or closure of your choice

-Thread

-Scissors

– Sewing Machine (or if you’ve got tons of sewing mojo, your hands :))

Let’s begin!

Step 1:

Stitch your two 10 inch by 11 inch pieces right sides together around the edges (don’t forget to backstitch), leaving a small opening to turn it inside out later. I used a 3/8′ seam allowance. Press your seam, notch your corners (don’t they look like monster teeth?) and turn inside out and press again.

Step 2:

Zig-zag stitch all around the piece you just turned inside out (including the opening) and press. You just made the pad liner! Set aside.

Step 3:

Place the two 10 inch strips of twill tape across the right side of one of the 4 inch by 10 inch pieces and stitch in place.

Step 4:

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the 4 inch by 10 inch pieces. The twill tape will be sandwiched between the two pieces at this point.

Step 5:

Yell at machine for making wonky zig-zag stitches. Don’t hit it though, might make things worse. Take a deep breath and just keep stitching (I’m sure it’s not that bad…)

Step 6:

On the two ends of the right side of your pad holder (the one with the twill tape pieces across it), mark your buttonhole and button placement. Think of the pad holder as the “wings” of the pad and fold one end over the other at the back to estimate placement. Sew buttonhole and attach button.

Step 7:

Fold up the liner and slide it in the pad holder and voila! You are done! As a general rule, for every pad holder I made two liners, you can stick with one or add more because the twill tape is really accommodating while holding everything in place.

I wish you all a happy and crafty Sew Grateful Week!

Sew Grateful Week Giveaway!

After hearing about My Happy Sewing Place’s Sew Grateful Week, I decided that I had to join in and thank the online sewing world online for teaching me so much and welcoming a new blogger like me with kindness and encouragement!

My contribution to Sew Grateful Week is a now out of print Vogue Pattern that I bought a couple of years ago not realizing that it was not the right size and also not refundable. Without further ado:

It’s V7829 in sizes 6, 8 and 10 (Bust: 30.5, 31.5 and 32.5), uncut and in factory folds. So if you like it just leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner via random draw next week on February 15th, 2012.

Be sure to check out all the giveaway goodies at My Happy Sewing Place  and join in the fun!

*Update* – I feel like such a loser for this and I should have mentioned this earlier, but at present moment I’m only able to include participants from North America . I am so sorry about this and I hope to be able to include folks all over the globe in my next giveaway.

Transferring Dart Markings from Pattern to Fabric – Tutorial

I mentioned last time that I was working on Colette’s Crepe pattern, and so far it’s coming along all thanks to Gertie’s Sew-Along posts! I’ll have more construction details later but I thought I’d share a tip about how I transfer my pattern dart markings to paper because I’m really not a fan of thread tracing (but I will do it if I have to) and I don’t always feel like using tailor’s tacks and I haven’t used a tracing wheel/carbon paper yet so this has been working for me so far! Before I begin, let me just highlight that I always work from a tracing of the original patterns, and you may wish to as well if you’re using this method and don’t want to damage the original pattern. Let’s begin:

Here is my traced copy of the bodice pattern and you can see it has bust and under bust darts.

I snip one side of the dart marking, usually the right side, all the way up to the tip and stop there.

Then I lift the flap that I’ve just created and fold it to the left.

I repeat the process with the bust dart and I’m ready to trace onto the fabric.

Wanna see it in action? Alright, let’s do it again!

Here’s the traced pattern with the cut fabric pinned underneath (ignore the other markings – I make a mess of my patterns, just focus on the dart)

Snip n’ fold!

Trace it! (preferably with a Halloween themed pencil, lol)

and….voila!

I can’t emphasize how important it is to keep your fabric pinned to your pattern while you’re doing this, it keeps everything in place so you don’t end up with a wonky marking. Pattern weights (or your preferred substitute) are great for keeping the dart flap firmly on one side as you trace. Feel free to share your tips and tricks for transferring pattern markings!