These pictures were taken some weeks ago before the great Swing Cruise (24 hours of dance and fun). The first picture is supposed to be me all fresh and still a bit reddish after sauna with my rollers on (and with a skarf to protect them). The second picture was taken the following morning after some serious work was done. Sorry for the lack of lipstick... ;)
(Oh my, I just noticed that I'm not wearing any jewelry either, besides that missing lipstick. Shock and horror!)
It's amazing what a little makeup with some curls and bobby pins can do to a girls appearance... I usually don't bother that much with hairdo's, but perhaps I should start paying more attention to that area... It's not that I couldn't, just that I'm so lazy. ;)
We just came back from Munich and Rock That Swing festival around 4 am on Tuesday. I spent four days there with "my partner in crime", Mr. A. It was three amazing nights of huge parties with bands like Ray Collins Hot-Club, Nine Pennies Big Band, Jive Romeros, Marty & His Rocking Comets and Swing Cat Club, just to name some, and three days of dance lessons (we took lindy hop and collegiate shag) with great teachers.
Yep, no one wanted to buy this even though many people told it looked beautiful and even tried it on... And the price was more than sensible too. It's very comfortable jersey dress, perfect for swing dancing, but there's a But... The bodice is short. Very short.
It's made combining two different patterns, both actually for children/teens. I originally made this for myself and made a little mistake during the process. Ok, it was a big mistake. I shortened the shoulder part without trying it on. Just because that's what I usually have to do to adjust a pattern for myself. I was in a hurry and not thinking. And then I had to add the satin ribbon there to keep it pulled under my bust.
So that's the shameful truth of a project gone wrong... It's even more shame because the fabric is so lovely. Maybe I could replace the upper front bodice with some other fabric and add some room for my bust? Maybe. Maybe not. I really hate mending and redoing my own projects.
I have only one final thing to say about this project: Despite what it looks like, I can sew. Really, I can. ;)
Look at the details! I love the embroidery on this dress. (The seller says that this dress was propably never worn.) It's almost my size, but not quite (and it's blue). Bust 36", waist 26", hip 50". Price at the moment is $29.99 with one bid only.
This dress is just super sweet... Just look at that slightly sheer white insert on the bodice and those appliqued hearts! *Sight* The Bust 38", waist 30", hips free. Zero bids so far and the starting price is $9.99.
My room was small but comfortable and the breakfast was great. I love hotel breakfasts! The idea of so many different choices, fresh fruits, croissants... I love it. The best thing is that I can just walk in and it's all there, ready to enjoy.
Because I had a free night I arranged to meet a friend who lives in Helsinki. We had nice time, a cup of coffee and went fabric shopping... Here's what I got:
I just couldn't decide if I should take the pink or the blue one, so I got both. ;) My friend was also very supportive and told me I should get both. (That's what girlfriends are for... LOL!) I also bought some sheer fabric to make a petticoat for my two future 50's style sundresses.
I barely had the time to visit Minna Parikka's boutique in Helsinki before going back home, but I didn't have to leave empty-handed (or should I say barefooted?). ;) I got these beautiful dark grey Brigitte boots I've been drooling over for a while now. They were on sale (that's always a good reason, right?), my size and make my big (strong?) calves look oh so fine and slender! I was thinking of buying them from the web boutigue before, but hesitated... very few boots actually fit me because of my "strong" calves.
I just love those bow details on the side!