what animal is pink and cool?

the correct answer:

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so it seems that i’m a slow starter this year. i haven’t really blogged and that’s because i haven’t done anything worth mentioning… other than work & house chores, all i’ve done was playing video games, watching TV series on Netflix, reading. it’s been kind of hard to get my lazy a** to do something productive in this cold weather. and i certainly haven’t sewn anything…

… but this.

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self-made dress, hand-knitted loopy leg warmers made by order from a friend’s friend, Bianco shoes.

i have always wanted a shirt dress with long sleeves & buttons all the way from the top to the bottom. this flamingo print viscose fabric was yelling out to me pretty loudly, suggesting that it would be the perfect fabric for that. and i’m glad i listened to it!

i chose to use this vintage pattern again, all the way down to the waist. for the skirt part, i used the whole fabric’s width and gathered the waist part before sewing it onto the upper piece.

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i modified the sleeves so that it would be easier to sew. also i made the collar a little bit smaller than the original version.

but the most significant modification i made was the back part, so that the shirt dress is both cute and, uhm, sexy?

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at first i wasn’t sure if i could make the part under the collar just empty like that (the tulle is only sewn on tiny parts of the sides of the collar), but then i remember that i’ve made a detachable collar once. so come on, what’s so hard about this one?

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a hundred of swearings later, i finally did it. phew. you may not be able to see it from the pics, but the tulle has glitters on it (which i’m sure will come off after the first wash :p) and i used double layer of it to make the ribbon looks fuller.

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hmm… yes, i like how it looks “normal” and almost too “polite” from the front, and then you get a nice surprise when you see the back side. 😀

and why have i always wanted a shirt dress like this? so that i can wear it as an outerwear, too. like a very lightweight coat.

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self-made dress, H&M top, print trousers from my Mum, Crocs ballerinas, H&M necklace, Mica Peet necklace, husband’s sunglasses.

and just like that, this flamingo turned from cutesy to rocky. from J-Pop to J-Rock, haha!

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i mean… just look at how it swings and twirls! i am so in love with this dress!

flamingodress7cheers to the flamingos, the coolest pink animal (in my book)! and here’s hoping that i will get more things done in the near future. but for now, i’m gonna chill out and drink my glass of Coke (yes, from my wine glass).

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8 thoughts on “what animal is pink and cool?

  1. Oh wow, I love the surprise back neckline stuff!! Nice surprise and ingenious! Sure hope the glitters will last longer than just one wash cycle 😛
    Congrats again ❤
    And of course I also love to see you wearing the floral print pants! ❤

    • heheh, i have something else to worry more than the glitters surviving the wash: i hope the whole collar and tulle ribbon stays put even after the wash, LOL! (i do think it will.)

      and what a nice coincidence isn’t it, that the dress works well with the pants? 😉

  2. So glad you are back both sewing and blogging. The flamingo print fabric is so cute and so is the dress. Then wow ! The last three pictures, from cute and kind to fierce and rocky.

  3. You are hilarious! 🙂 I like the dress turning into a lightweight coat! Tadaaa! It looks super hip, especially with Coke in a wine glass! Oh, and the sunglasses! It was such a clever idea for the tulle back: a little surprise won’t harm. Happy sewing and hope to see more extravagant garments from you this year!

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