Saturday, November 12, 2011

Princess Gail


There's nothing like a ball to stir up the inner princess in every girl.  Last night I finally had the chance to show off my ball outfit and think I scrubbed up pretty well.  Excluding earrings and hairdo, the total cost of my princessery was $85!  Danced the night away and it felt wonderful!!

The skirt is based on Burda 12/2008 125 with adjustments to change the design from double fronted to centre fold.  I used horsehair stiffening in the hemline to emphasise the fishtail hem line.

I changed my mind a dozen times about the blouse as I wanted something practical that I would wear again.  The Japanese fabric origami patterns intrigued me but they are very fabric hungry and I wasn't sure that silk would hold the structures well enough.  Husbie and DD  also convinced me that the design should be quite simple to highlight the skirt. 
In the end I opted for an olive green silk wrap blouse which I created from a Vintage Vogue dress pattern from the 1980s.  I created the cap sleeve by cutting a half circle on the centre fold.

I've also completed a version of Simplicity 3503 which I'll show you in my next post.
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29 comments:

  1. Lovely outfit and perfect color and fabric selection for the blouse.

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  2. That is gorgeous fabric in the skirt and blouse. I love it with your shiny blonde hair. Stylish outfit and you look great.

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  3. Beautiful, Gail! The skirt looks like a really lovely and flattering shape; and your blouse is so elegant and chic. I would have loved to see more photos showing the skirt full length, and how the skirt flared and say, a back view and so on...!

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  4. Beauiful outfit, Gail. You look fantastic.

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  5. Oh, you look lovely! Great choice of top for the skirt. Glad that you had fun.

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  6. The skirt fabric looks intriguing - I think we need a full length shot! Great combination with the top - sounds like fun!!!

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  7. Time to curtsey now to the Princess - it looks great! So glad you had a good time!

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  8. You look totally stunning - princess indeed. The fabric in the skirt is truly gorgeous. The top matches you and the skirt perfectly. It would be hard not to have a good night when you look this good.

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  9. You came up with a great outfit. The blouse is perfect to enhance the gorgeous fabric of the skirt. The whole thing looks so flattering on you.

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  10. You definitely do clean up nicely. That outfit is wonderful.

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  11. What a gorgeous outfit! I love that you don't just wear the "typical blonde" colors - blue etc. The green looks wonderful on you!

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  12. Oh you look gorgeous. The colour of that blouse is exquisite. It complements the skirt beautifully. We need a back view to see the fishtail hemline in action.

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  13. Great outfit, the beautiful colors suit you very well.

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  14. Oh what fun. A Ball!. You look lovely. That shade of green is perfect for you and I am so impressed that your blouse was made from a vintage dress pattern.

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  15. That SKIRT! Amazing! You look gorgeous. You must have been a knock-out at the party.

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  16. Gorgeous you, gorgeous skirt, gorgeous top, Your Royal Gorgeousness!

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  17. Both pieces are lovely! And I like that you made separates, because it might be easier to find ways of wearing both the top and the skirt outside of fancy parties.

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  18. You look gorgeous - and so does your outfit! I bet the hem looked awesome with horsehair - I'd love to see photos too! Wonderful colours.
    PS cute dog too!

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  19. You look gorgeous! Glad you had a fab time.

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  20. That's a very pretty dress-up outfit. Just like Cinderella!

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  21. Gail you look fabulous, I agree that this was the perfect blouse to go with such a stunning skirt. Glad you had a great night and felt wonderful!

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  22. You look beautiful, Gail. I love your choice of fabric - perfect for you~

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  23. Yes, indeed you are a princess. Lovely outfit.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous! The simplicity of the top, not to mention the color, makes it a perfect complement to the skirt. How fun to attend a ball!

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  25. You look beautiful Gail. I love the colours and that print is gorgeous!I want to go to the ball too!!

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  27. Gail, I am falling off my chair. This is ssssssssooooooo deadly gorgeous ! Woaw ! The colour is rich and wonderful on you. Oh lala and it cost you 85$. Oh My ! I am lacking words to tell you how much I like it. I love olive green and this is the most beautiful outfit I have seen in that colour. Super Chic !

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  28. Your beautiful outfit just popped off the page as I'm catching up on blog reading. Love how feminine the skirt is and that olive green blouse looks wonderful with it. Perfect. So glad you could be the belle of the ball.

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  29. You looked gorgeous! Hope you had a good time!

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