I love the floral embellishments on this dress. I also like that it's sheer, yet covered up -- Perfect for the summer. Furthermore, it was pretty fun to get to use up some of my yellow roses too. The branch pattern was created using embroidery thread. Picture from: http://www.ilikeiwishiheart.com/
Friday, July 04, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This dress reminds me of Austin Powers: Goldmember (which I saw on the opening weekend many, many years ago). I believe while making this, I may have even shouted "I love goooooooold"! Anyway, it was super easy to make and I used four types of gold glitter. Picture from here.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I used to crochet like crazy when I was ten (My proudest achievement was crocheting my friend a replica of Chef Boyardee's hat). I don't really use this skill anymore, though. However, when I saw this funky dress I thought it would be fun to try to replicate. To crochet the pink part of the skirt, I used embroidery floss and an extremely tiny crochet hook. It turned out kinda cute, even though I was really rusty. Picture from http://mostbecoming.wordpress.com/.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Some of my most popular posts have been replicas of bodysuits and bras (see examples below), so when I was approached to take part in Triumph International's "Stand Up for Fit" campaign in celebration of the bra's 100th anniversary, I thought "Why not? My readers clearly like bras!"
Triumph International has found that 76% of the world's women are still wearing the wrong size bra. To combat this, Triumph, which has been a leader in the lingerie business since 1886, has come up with an expert 3-step formula for finding the perfect fitting bra.
1) Wear your best fitting regular bra (no padding or push-up) – measure in inches a straight line right under the root of the bust. If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches to the total. If the measurement is an even number, add 4 inches to the total. This number is your band size.
2) Measure the fullest part of the bust loosely, keeping the tape measure straight around the back and level with the floor (this will determine your cup size)
3) Take the bust measurement and subtract the band size. The difference between the two numbers is your cup size:
1” = A 4” = D
2” = B 5” = DD
3” = C 6” = F
For taking part in the fitting, Truimph sent me its iconic Amourette Spotlight Bra (above) and matching hipster panties. Both are available at select Hudson's Bay locations and fine lingerie stores across Canada. Suggested retail price for the Amourette Spotlight Bra is $52.00 and the matching bikini or hipster panties are $26.00. Thank you, Triumph!
Women should get fitted every 6 months by an experienced bra fit stylist. For readers in Canada, simply book an appointment by emailing Bra.Fittings.email@example.com for dates and times at your local Hudson's Bay.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Here is a Valentino dress I made a while back by sewing scraps of lace together on my mom's sewing machine (which I hadn't used in 6 years, but managed to remember how to thread it). I used it secretly while she was away at the grocery store. Don't tell her, okay. I didn't wreck it, so hopefully she won't mind.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Here is a cute McQ dress that I made quite a while ago. It features some little colourful paper flowers my aunt Jan gave me. The original dress is from 2012 -- does that make it vintage?
Friday, March 14, 2014
Happy Friday! Here is a Wonder Woman costume I made a little while ago based on the costume Lynda Carter wore in the hit 1970s TV Show. As those of you who read What a Kerfuffle know, I am huge Wonder Woman fan. Photos from Pinterest.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I thought this Tom Ford dress was really different, so I decided to make it. It required cutting very tiny and precise bits of double stick tape, which is much more challenging than it sounds. I then glittered it and went over the negative spaces with a black marker.
P.S. Who wants to bet that Bradley Cooper wears a Tom Ford Suit at the Oscars on Sunday?
Tom Ford and Julianne MoorePicture from WWD.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I made these tiny Hobbit replicas especially for my pop up display at the library, as A) I thought the kids would like them, and B) I love Thranduil's look - He's so glam! It was also fun to play around with scale and textures. The wood walking sticks, scepters, and crowns are all made from real twigs I found in my backyard (which I had to bake in the oven to completely dry). I also aged Bilbo's velvet coat and corduroy pants using chalk pastels, which gave them a more rustic, worn look. The chain mail on Thorin's outfit is made from nail art accessories and a ton of glitter was used to cover Thranduil's velvet coat.
Small (Hobbits are usually 4'2" tall): Bilbo Baggins as played by Martin Freeman
Medium (Dwarves are usually 4'10" tall): Thorin Oakenshield as played by Richard Armitage
Large (Elves are normally 6' tall): Thranduil as played by Lee Pace
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Monday, February 03, 2014
If you happen to be living or visiting the Coquitlam area, why not check out a small display of my art and little paper dresses at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, Canada)? It's called "Pop Goes the Library: The Pop Culture Inspired Art of Jamie McCarthy" and it runs until the last week of February. All the works are based on movies, TV shows, or books. Here are a few photos:
Monday, January 20, 2014
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Costumes -- Effie Trinket's President's Ball Dress and Katniss Everdeen's Wedding Dress
Was anyone else shocked that Trish Summerville didn't get nominated for a best Costume Design Academy Award for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?!? Something is wrong with that! (Of the actual nominations, I'm cheering for William Chang Suk Ping's costumes for The Grandmaster -- He went to Emily Carr!). Anyway, here are two of the most awesome costumes from the film: Effie Trinket's Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the President's Ball and Katniss Everdeen's Wedding Dress, which was designed by Tex Saverio. Both were extremely time consuming (lots of hand dying and hand sewing), so please click on the picture to see all the details!
Photos from My Hunger Games and EW.
Photos from My Hunger Games and EW.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
There is a certain English Rose charm to this Prada coat. As a result, Michelle Dockery is the perfect person to wear it (I love her Harper's Bazaar UK cover). To make the fabric for this coat, I sewed together strips of gingham binding ribbon that I then ironed flat. It was my first time doing this approach and I think it was quite successful.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Here is a very cute Christian Siriano dress with a 3d flower appliqué shawl. It was fun getting to use this ribbon for a third time (I previously used it for a Jason Wu and Mad Men dress). Picture from here.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Moonrise Kingdom was a totally hilarious and adorable movie. It's probably now my favourite Wes Anderson film (a title formerly belonging to Bottle Rocket) and I'm looking forward to his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The costumes in the film, as with all Wes Anderson movies, were great and the green and pink colour story was lovely. I also loved Ed Norton in it (he's so cute, teehee)! The costumes of the two main characters, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), were so much fun to replicate. Hope you enjoy it!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
When I was a kid in the 90s, I would watch the old classic 1960s Batman Series starring Adam West every night before dinner on YTV. I loved Batman for two reasons: 1) It was camp as heck and 2) Batgirl. For those of you who don't know, Batgirl's real identity was Barbra Gordon, a librarian at the Gotham City Public Library and daughter of Commissioner Gordon. Batgirl is one of many reasons I decided to become a librarian, ha! Here is my mini tribute to her.
They recently relaunched the Batgirl comic as part of DC's New 52s. She's now a computer wiz like any modern Information Specialist.
Cover by Adam Hughes from here.