Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Emerald Belladone dress + a little surprise


First things first: I have a new camera! I was becoming more and more frustrated with my old camera and I finally saved up enough to allow myself to splurge for a new toy.
This new little thing (and the tripod I bought with it) are going to make my blogging life a lot easier: first of all, the camera has a flip screen, which is going to help me so much (goodbye, dozens of photos where I'm out of frame!). And then, it is qualitatively better than my old one. I'm not going to throw in technical features, because I'm quite ignorant about them, but it's generally easier for a noob like me to get a good quality picture.


That being said, my first run with my new toy didn't go as well as I was hoping it to, I still need to get used to it. My brother trolling me from the window (UGH!) and my neighbor sneaking up on me with her dogs didn't help this photo shoot either, but that's ok.


The moral of the story is that I don't feel this dress looks as good in these photos as it deserves to. I especially wanted to use a different background to avoid the green overdose effect, but I was very limited in my choice.
Oh, I love this dress soo much!
I've already raved about this pattern by Deer and Doe and about how incredible the fit is on me. I couldn't resist making a second version, especially when I saw this emerald green gabardine at the fabric store. I've been told my super pale complexion looks good in jewel tones, and so far I'd say it's true (see another example).

Now I should find a long sleeved t-shirt with a low back, to preserve the peek-a-boo effect.

This gabardine is as beautiful to see and wear as it is unpleasant to sew. It doesn't want to be pressed and won't lie flat for anything in the world. To solve this problem, I started topstitching. Every seam is topstitched and I went a little crazy with the waistband, using it as a decoration.
This time, I used bias tape as facing, because I didn't want any contrast on the outside of the dress.


Lastly, the little surprise mentioned in the title. One of the features of my new and improved camera is that it makes videos!
I couldn't resist, so I did a little experiment with it today. It's just a tiny little clip, but I had so much fun making it, I definitely want to keep experimenting. First thing to do: use a wider lens. My 50mm lens just doesn't work for this kind of project.

So, if you want to see how the dress moves (and my very ungraceful walk - sorry!-) here it is:


54 comments:

  1. the dress is beautiful! I like seeing the video bc it shows better how the garment wears, and the drape of the fabric.

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  2. This looks absolutely stunning! I think you've hit it on the head with the jewel tones- it looks lovely. I've just received my Belladone pattern and am so excited to sew it up!

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  3. Loved the little video! And yes, Belladone looks gorgeous on you :)

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  4. Miss Crayola CreepyOctober 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Wow, I love this dress so much! You did a great job sewing it and I really like the top stitching as a design feature.

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  5. Fantastic! You're leading the way in video posting as well. I'm not aware that anyone else has done this! I love garbardine - so great that it doesn't crease. I agree with you how it doesn't press as well!

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  6. Lord the video-great idea!

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  8. Love the green colour, the dress looks great on you and I really like the addition of video! It's nice to see how a dress moves, because obviously, it's rare one gets to stand around all day! Really cute pattern too, I think I'm really starting to love all these Deer and Doe patterns, they seem so versatile.

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  9. i'd like to watch more videos of you wearing your creations. pretty nice video for a start. and oh! i like the color of your dress.

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  10. I've been lurking your site for a while now and love everything you make! I especially love the addition of the video. Beautiful dress and seeing it in motion makes me want one too!

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  11. You are SO CUTE on the video ^______^, and I agree the dress moves beautifully with this fabric ! Congratulation for your new camera, from a photo geek to another ^^ (I have to admit the idea of adding little videos to my posts have taunted me, but your video really sells the whole thing :D)

    Oh, and from the start I want to feature you on the Deer&Doe blog, but now I couldn't tell what garment I prefer... I guess I'll need you want until you've made them all :D

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  12. I'll need TO WAIT sorry... I guess I work too much these days ^^'''''

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  13. asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.ukOctober 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Anna, this is a lovely dress! And your photos are as stunning as always, so it looks to me like you've already got the hang of your new camera! Love the cute little film of you too ;o)

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  14. So beautiful!! I'm loving all the green. I would never have guessed you had trouble working with the gabardine. You tackled it like a champ ;)

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  15. Parfait! I love it.

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  16. I think I like this version better than your first...it's lovely! You're so inspiring...

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  17. Beautiful dress - and I like the topstitching, that gives a nice 60s vibe to it!

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  18. Oh ! Thanks for the video... ! I love it ! And another Belladone....you're so inspiring ^^ I'm always having a great pleasure looking at your blog ^^
    This dress looks perfect on you! Ton blog est toujours un plaisir à lire et à regarder !

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  19. Oh it's so lovely! I love how you've styled it with the stockings and the boots. Fantastic! xxx

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  20. Cute cut cute!! I love the idea of wearing the tee shirt underneath and bringing this into use in these colder months. Looks so lovely, and your video is one of the cutes!!

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  21. The colour really suits you! I actually like the black shirt peeking out in the back

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  22. It's totally awesome, you make me want to try this myself.

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  23. muy guapa y el verde te favorece un montón..me alegro por tú cámara nueva

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  24. Your dress is stunning. I love the colour and the topstitching, and even the black shirt through the cut-out! And congrats to your new camera.
    Constance

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  25. OH what fun! Love the dress and I love seeing the little video - Seeing the way things move makes such a difference! Beautiful! Have fun with your new camera - By any chance would you mind sharing what brand/model you bought? I'm in the market for a camera too (so I can stop stealing my husband's - who needs his for work...)

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  26. That dress looks sooo good and comfy!! Love the video too!!!

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  27. Very nice! I love that bright kelly green. And your video is so much fun!

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  28. The dress looks fantastic! You look marvelous in jewel tones - this is definitely true, and this green is stunning!

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  29. You are adorable and I am enamored with this dress. The colour is gorgeous and I love the back detail. So beautiful!

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  30. Oh my goodness, each time you sew up one of these Deer and Doe patterns I like them a bit more. I love the green which shows the design lines so well. You need a "ballerina" style top with a wide scoop and low back. It really looks great styled this way as a jumper with the tights and boots. Well, I may purchase some of these patterns after all, once they are in English.

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  31. I know you said you went crazy with the top stitching on the waist, but I really like it. Beautiful.

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  32. Love the video! I can't wait for this pattern to be released in English so I can make it!

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  33. i love this!! It's absolutely gorgeous and really does fit you perfectly! Congrats on the new camera-- I can't wait to see more videos! :)

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  34. I love the fabric you chose and how you paired it with the black top. I want polka dot thights too! Next time you go fabric shopping I may have to go with you :o) Gorgeous video

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  35. This is beautiful. It's so well fitted I'd go as far as to say it's your best make ever. Good on you.

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  36. This one is so pretty, and you are right about the colour, it suits you very much. The film was so funny too, and it's a good idea for showing how clothes move and look when being worn. Seems like you've got a good new camera!

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  37. I suffer from the slowest broadband connection EVER, but for once it was a bonus, because as the pictures loaded I was treated to the colour of the dress next to your hair and skin (gorgeous!) and then the spotty tights (fab!) and then the lovely brown boots as a finishing touch - woo hoo! I think this is one of the loveliest things you have made - it suits you SO well! :)

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  38. Samantha Hoyt LindgrenNovember 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I love the mini movie! My camera has a video function as well, I am inspired. Thank you....!

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  39. Cute video! And lovely dress. Really nice to see you moving in it, makes such a change from static photos.

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  40. It's ever so frustrating when a garment doesn't show up as well in photos as it does in real life :( But this is really very gorgeous. And yay for the new electronic toy!! Anything that makes taking picture pour le blog a little easier is a very good thing indeed :)

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    Love love love the dress!
    Green is absolutely my favourite, and now this pattern is on my list too...

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