30.3.11

Dress from an old pattern and seven things you didn't know about me, part 3

I finally got around to making something based on patterns from the old booklet I found last summer. But for some strange reason I just cannot seem to make anything these days without adding some sort of personal twist to it. This time I couldn't stick to just one pattern, but used two, one for the skirt and one for the top part.



The skirt pattern was a simple "put together 8 identical pieces"-kind of thing and the top part is based on the top of the jacket below...with a twist too, as I wanted a different collar.

 I should have made a muslin first, I admit, but the dress didn't turn out too bad. But I have learned not to trust the patterns in this booklet too much without fitting...

 By the way, check out what I found on my last trip to the thrift store;


I've been looking for a suitable not too modern looking hand bag for ages, and this one only cost 80 cents! I was also very happy about the belt buckles (20 cents each) and the fabric in the background wasn't such a bad find either...Anyways, I've still got some facts to spill about myself;

Fact number three is that I haven't shaved my legs for over a year. I'm not kidding! Zoom in enough on the (original of) the picture of me above and you'd be able to see my hairy legs...The first reason for not shaving is that my sensitive atopic skin can't handle it. I've tried using moisturizing hair removal stuff but nope, my skin still gets so dry and itchy that I have literally scratched til it bleed. So I thought better to be a bit hairy than bloody, right? 

But I didn't stop there. My thoughts went on to wonder why women shave their legs in the first place? To please...who? My man doesn't really mind, and I don't really care either as long as there's no itchiness or stubble. Or blood. Thankfully I've never been one to care to much about what other people think about me either, so I decided to stop shaving. I admit to trimming the ehem, "lengths" every now and then, but the plan is that hopefully, soon, I won't feel the need to. I'm working on that confidence still...
By the way, have you ever thought about what a great way to make money hair removal product are? It's a never ending need...as long as our beauty standards make us do it. Ever thought about how much waste the industry produces? All those disposable razors going in the bin and hair removal creams going down the drain...I'm quite glad not to be a part of it anymore. And I'm saving both time and money!

Do your beauty standards require being hair free? Why/why not?

By the way, me and my hairy legs are probably lying on a beach without internet access when this post goes out, just in case you're wondering why I'm not replying to any comments...I'm of to Playa Del Ingles!

9 kommentarer:

fröken lila sa...

well, i only shave my legs during summer, when i go without tights. since this time is rather short in scandinavia, i get along with shaving my legs only about three months per year, and even then it's usually enough to shave them ever other week, since i don't have much, but long hair. i mean, why th hell should i shave my legs when they are hidden under thick tights? i do shave my armpits, but only every other week during winter, once a week during summer when i go around with sleeveless tops. i'm quite happy with that routine...

Erika sa...

Klänningen blev jättefin! Tycker om krag-ändringen du gjorde, speciellt med den vidare kjolen. Hela klänningen får ett mjukare utseende, väldigt snyggt.

Jag har varit en dålig bloggare (och kommentar-lämnare) senaste veckorna, men dina "Sju saker"-inlägg är väldigt intressanta! Kul med lite längre inlägg om varje sak, blir väldigt mycket mer personligt.

Om rakning: Om du trivs bättre med orakade ben, så är det väl inte någon annans buisness? Jag föredrar mina ben rakade, framför allt om jag har fina stockings med söm (vilket ju händer rätt ofta till dansen). Hade också problem med huden dock (men mindre än dina). Försvann helt när jag började använda parfymfri rakgel och lotion =)

Vintage Girl sa...

Very pretty, Kitten you have such a beautiful style about you. You are a truly pretty girl. I love the dress it just fits you so well.

Donda sa...

my dressmaking instructor (doing a course) says that no pattern can be simply made up to be worn by anyone. and generally the instructions are more complicated, and slightly ridiculous, than they need to be. and also she suggests having a few patterns tweaked to the perfect sizing and then use those patterns in different materials and change details to make them different. if you have to make up a muslin every time you want to make a pattern it's just ridiculous to keep getting new patterns.
love your dress pattern tho. i'm looking into some winter dress patterns.

Suzanne sa...

What an incredibly cute outfit!

Rosy sa...

Oh my God! What a beautiful dress! I hope you enjoy the holiday in this beautiful island and come back another time ....

Kitten loves vintage sa...

Fröken Lila; I used to have a similar routine, but as my skin has gotten worse it just didn't work anymore :(

Erika; Tack! Jo, jag försökte till en början att skriva kort men fick liksom inte sagt allt jag ville få fram! :)
Tyvärr har det inte hjälpt för mig att byta produkter, precis allt verkar torka ut huden ungefär (utom ren matolja o min apotekskräm). Skönt om du fick fixat dina hudproblem med att köra parfymfritt!

Vintage girl; Oh, thank you! But really I'm just a normal girl ;)

Donda; I think your instructor is probably right...But what to do when new patterns are so interesting?! I do have a pattern for my torso that I keep adjusting every time I make something, but it doesn't always work, especially if I want to do something very different (as I did this time). Hope you find a pattern you like!

Suzanne; Thanks! :)

Rosy; Thanks! I'm back in finland now and really had a great time on your beautiful island! I may very well be back someday :)

jersey wrap dress sa...

I am also impressed with your pattern alteration abilities! The colour fabric you chose to make the dress up in is gorgeous too!

Kitten loves vintage sa...

jersey wrap dress; Oh, thanks!