Anyway, I bought this blackish/steel gray denim strappy dress that is a mix between casual and dressy. I like the top: it is fitted to the waist with adjustable straps; then it is full in the skirt. I don't mind the fullness, it is just too long. I will be hemming this.
|Bad hair morning...look at the dress not my hair!!|
I'm simply going to cut about 6 inches off the bottom. The rest fits fine.
I calculated that the hem will be 1" so I will need a 3/4" fold and then another fold that is 1". This is so the raw edge is folded away. Subtract those lengths from 6", I will actually cut 4 1/4" off the bottom. I used chalk to mark my cut line.
|Time to fold and press|
Once pressed and pinned, I sewed around the edge with black thread. That's it for the dress. I told you it was easy.
Now, I wanted to make matching earrings. I found this pic in a magazine of bow earrings that I pinned to my Pintrest board so I could do a designer knockoff on it someday.
These earrings are from Delfina Delettrez and they retail for $1300 - way out of my price range (c'mon, $1300??) so I will have to improvise. I gathered some jewelry supplies and I was off.
|Black ribbon & pearls|
I had thin black ribbon, a strand of pearls (that was me practicing my bending wire technique), a few flat-head pins and a pair of fishhooks. My idea is to make bows with the ribbon and place them in line with pearls.
First, I had to learn how to tie a bow prettily. Eh, just a minor obstacle. I Googled "tying a bow" and I found a tutorial from It's in the Details blog from Lisa Pace that made it a snap.
Second, I tied four bows; I took a flat-head pin and placed a pearl on it and poked the other end through the bow from the bottom.
|Nancy's way of beading|
I'm sure there could've been a better way of doing this, but I don't know enough about beading to care. After the bow was threaded on it, I trimmed the pin down and made a loop for the link. This will be the bottom segment of the earring. From the bottom, I linked one of the pearls, a link to thread another bow on, then another pearl. I then finished it off with the fishhook.
|Black bow earrings: Priceless!|
I think they came out cute! To make sure my bow stays tied, I dotted glue on the backs of each of the knots. Vince then wielded his mini torch to sear the ribbon edges to prevent fraying.
|Much better (dress, not the hair) lol|
The dress does look much better as a short dress. I have the earrings on too, but it's sort of hard to see in the pic. I will post a pic or two when I'm at the party, so you can see the dress and earrings in action.
Have a great week!
UPDATE: Here is Vince and I at the party on Friday night. We were supposed to have our mean face on...oh well.
|Ribbons and pearls|
You can see I am wearing the earrings and I added a necklace that I used the same black ribbon but I took a pearl bracelet and tied the ribbon at the ends so it hung in the middle. Accessories made easy!