Snow White Disneybound – yellow Clemence skirt and apple bow headband

This September, Dannii and I are heading off on holiday to Japan, and towards the end of the trip we’re spending a couple of days at Tokyo DisneySea! I discovered that we’ll be there for the Halloween special event – and this year, guests are allowed to wear Disney costumes every day of the Halloween season!

Rather than try to run around DisneySea in my full Jasmine costume and very heavy wig, I’ve decided to try Disneybounding, i.e. putting together a Disney character-inspired outfit from my normal clothes. Naturally, being me, I ended up making a couple of pieces instead of just working within my existing wardrobe… but hey, now I’ve got a sweet yellow skirt (my favourite colour!), a cute headband, and a Snow White-inspired outfit!

Snow White Disneybound

To me, Snow White’s outfit has three main elements – a blue top, a yellow skirt, and a red bow headband. I already have a navy blue t-shirt that I love, so I just needed to make the yellow skirt and red bow headband. I decided to add a little apple motif to the headband as well, as an extra nod to Snow White’s story.

Snow White Disneybound

I made the skirt out of a self drafted pattern, following the directions for the Clemence skirt in Love at First Stitch. Since the shell fabric (cotton poplin) was a bit sheer, I opted to line the skirt with cotton lawn as well. It’s lovely, bright and lightweight, and I also added pockets for some extra practicality!

Snow White Disneybound

To make the headband, I measured out a length of red glitter fold-over elastic, and sewed the ends together (overlapping a little) with the zig-zag stitch on my machine. For the apple bow, I made a big bow out of scrap satin and grosgrain ribbons – I made a loop with the wide satin ribbon, pinched the centre of the loop and wrapped it with the skinnier grosgrain ribbon to make the bow shape, and then glued the ends of the grosgrain ribbon in place with regular craft glue. I drew an apple shape and cut it out of red glitter foam, then cut leaf shapes out of green felt and glued them in place. I glued the foam apple to the centre of my ribbon bow, then added a brooch back to the back of the bow so that I have the option of removing it from the headband in future. All in all, it was a pretty quick make – I think it took me about half an hour from start to finish.

Snow White Disneybound

Snow White Disneybound

I’m really pleased with how the skirt and headband turned out, and I can’t wait to wear this outfit at Tokyo DisneySea!

Snow White Disneybound

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Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I recently decluttered my closet and pulled out all of the clothes that I can no longer fit into. One of those items was a lovely black silk shift dress which I got on sale from Jeanswest a couple of years ago – a lovely simple dress that was now too tight across my hips. The top of the dress still fit me very well, though – so I decided, instead of getting rid of the dress, I would refashion it into a basic black silk tee!

Here’s what the original dress looked like:

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

And here’s what it looks like after the refashion!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

It was a very simple hack-and-hem job. I used another woven tee as the guide for the length of my tee, and cut with a long ruler and my rotary cutter to get a straight cut. I then followed these instructions for sewing a rolled hem on my machine without a rolled hem foot. It was the first time I’ve ever tried a rolled hem or sewn with silk, and I’m pretty happy with how it worked out!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I’d actually been looking for a nice basic black blouse to add to my work wardrobe, and now I don’t have to buy anything new! Now all I need to do is think of something to make with the leftover silk scraps… perhaps a cropped square-neck camisole for summer…? I’m glad to have given my old dress some new life in my wardrobe!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

Smudge floral print Bettine dress

Soooo, I made yet another Bettine dress! It’s the last one for a little while, I swear. I just wanted to make one more that I could wear in the office, and I think I struck gold with this gorgeous smudgey floral print rayon!

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

I wore this dress to work last week, with a simple black blazer. I love that this fabric makes the relaxed Bettine silhouette a little bit more professional-looking, but it’s still incredibly comfortable. The pockets are super convenient as well. The only drawback is that the skirt wrinkles a bit when I’ve been sitting at my desk for a long time, but again, the print of this dress is pretty forgiving and the wrinkles don’t crease too sharply.

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

Something I didn’t notice about this fabric when I bought it was how well the purple in the print matched my hair! Definitely unintentional, but a nice bonus! I feel very put-together wearing this dress, haha.

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

Now that the weather is cooling down, I’m going to take a break from making Bettines – though I do plan make one more office-appropriate one, maybe just in a plain black, later in the year. For now, it’s time to give this pattern a rest and find something new!

Print Mimi blouse

I made another Mimi blouse from Love at First Stitch a couple of months ago, but never got around to taking photos until now… so here it is, finally: my print Mimi blouse!

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

I made the blouse with a contrast collar in black rayon, with covered buttons, and I really like the effect!

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

It’s a hard to see in the photos, but the fabric I used has some sparkly gold details in the print – just darling! I really love this print, and the fabric is nice and light, which suited the fit of this pattern.

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

While the Mimi blouse is not my favourite pattern to make (my least favourite part of the sewing process is cutting out fabric, and there are a lot of pieces to cut for this this pattern… plus I don’t love setting in sleeves, haha!), I do really like the results! I’m glad to have another blouse that I can wear to work or for a fun weekend outing – yay for versatile handmade pieces!

all the little happy things - print Mimi blouse

Jersey Bettine dress, AKA the lazy dress

After a stressful week at work, I decided to take it easy on the weekend with a nice long sleep-in on Saturday, and some tea. I opted to make the Bettine dress from Tilly and the Buttons again, this time in a soft grey marle jersey. The result is an incredibly comfy dress, which I have dubbed ‘the lazy dress’- the type of dress I can just throw on when I’m lounging around being lazy at home, but is still appropriate for a trip to the shops or impromptu dinner with friends!

all the little happy things - jersey Bettine dress

all the little happy things - jersey Bettine dress

all the little happy things - jersey Bettine dress

This was also my first attempt at sewing with knit fabric, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job! Sewing with jersey was very different but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I read up on Pretty Prudent’s tips for sewing jersey beforehand and made sure to use a stretch needle and my machine’s stretch stitch for the seams. As recommended by Tilly, I made the plain skirt version of the dress and finished the neckline with a neckband instead of interfacing. The neckband was pretty tricky but I just went slow and I’m happy with how it turned out. I did attempt a blind hem to finish off (my machine has a blind hem stitch for stretch fabrics) but after a couple of tries and quite a bit of time with my seam-ripper, I gave up and just zig-zagged the hem. Oh well, can’t win them all!

all the little happy things - jersey Bettine dress

all the little happy things - jersey Bettine dress

This is the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn, and I can tell it will end up in heavy rotation in my wardrobe! I really, really love the Bettine pattern, am already dreaming up other version – a pocket skirt version in a nice drapey rayon, a jersey Bettine t-shirt… can’t wait to make more!

Floral Lilou dress

My love affair with the Lilou dress from Love at First Stitch is still going strong! I’ve already made an orange flower print Lilou and a dinosaur print Lilou, but this time I’ve gone with a lovely Japanese floral cotton lawn. I saw the fabric at Spotlight and fell in love – isn’t it gorgeous?

all the little happy things - floral Lilou dress

all the little happy things - floral Lilou dress

all the little happy things - floral Lilou dress

As with the last two Lilous, I made the gathered skirt version and added in pockets. Because the fabric was quite thin, I also lined the skirt to prevent any see-through mishaps!

all the little happy things - floral Lilou dress

all the little happy things - floral Lilou dress

I am absolutely in love with this dress, and expect to get a lot of wear out of it this summer!

Bettine dress

For Christmas, my brother gave me some money for fabric and my mum got me the Bettine dress sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons, so I spent one of my holiday days watching Netflix and putting together a lovely Bettine dress!

all the little happy things - Bettine dress

all the little happy things - Bettine dress

The whole dress came together in less than a day – a nice, easy sew. I made the version with pockets and button tabs on the sleeves, and I love it! This dress is so comfortable thanks to the blousey bodice and elasticised waist, and I love the shape of the tulip skirt.

all the little happy things - Bettine dress

all the little happy things - Bettine dress

I am definitely going to make a few more Bettine dresses in the future!