a dress for baba + a birthday for me.

IMG_1.jpgtoday’s post is a very bittersweet one. first, i will begin with this dress tutorial.

when my baba passed away two months ago, my mum and i went through her house and began to decide what should stay and what should go. i found myself going through her closet and having a memory for each piece of clothing that was in there. when i came across her favourite plaid shirt, i just knew that i had to take it home and do something with it. we also had some denim in our home, and i thought that the two would make the cutest and trendiest dress. i bought my first pattern, and began to create what i call baba’s dress.

IMG_2.jpgthe first step was to choose a pattern.

IMG_3.jpgnext i cut the sleeves and bottom half off of the shirt.

IMG_4.jpgthen i followed the pattern for the skirt.

IMG_5.jpgi also added pleats (my first ever attempt). it was a success!

IMG_6.jpglast, i sewed it all together, made alterations, sewed some more, altered, sewed, altered, sewed, altered … you get the picture. ;-)))

1.jpg2.jpgi also made a huge mess since i do not have a sewing room. my cat loved it, though! however, perhaps leave this out of your own diy.

IMG_1.jpgIMG_3.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_5.jpgnow i can always wear something that once belonged to my baba. for that reason, this has become my most cherished dress.

IMG_6362.jpg IMG_6361.jpgreaders, today is my birthday. while i do not like to celebrate turning a year older (what woman does), i am spending the day with my family, as well as at a museum. that is the best gift that i could ask for.


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  1. I love this what you made you’re so creative with clothes love your style. Hope you had a great birthday xx


  2. lovely idea! and what a sweet way to keep the shirt like that.


  3. Jord K

     /  11/23/2013

    Happy Birthday Little Sister! A beautiful post from a thoughtful Auntie. Enjoy your day.


  4. Nadia

     /  11/23/2013

    Happy birthday! Hope you’re having fun!


  5. Mum

     /  11/23/2013

    Happy Birthday my darlin daughter! A lovely tribute from a lovely girl just on the brink of her life.


    • thank you mama! let’s hope that this year will continue to be one of big and wonderful changes. <3<3

      p.s. thanks for giving birth to me! ;-)


  6. Michelle @ The Wardrobe Update

     /  11/23/2013

    Happy birthday! Hope you enjoy the day. Your new dress looks fantastic!


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