This idea came to me Friday afternoon. This is my first attempt at strapless and there will be more to come! I originally was imagining this dress to be short, which I still might make later, but then I decided yesterday morning to make it long. I am loving long dresses for the summer. I think I will wear it to Liz’s graduation party. The ruffle at the top makes me think of something my mom would wear when she was my age. I just ordered fabric to make the other long dresses with the sweetheart neckline for M!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I am making 2 new dresses for my mom so she can wear one to my graduation. This is the first one. I hope it’s long enough. I am almost done with the second one, but I am waiting for my mom to send me buttons from a store in Columbia so I can finish it. I plan to make my graduation dress today, but I need buttons for that one too. The buttons should be here next week! I will have pictures up as soon as the buttons get here!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
First, I want to say I am so sorry to all of you that have commented under my posts. I had no idea there were even comments there. I am new to this blogging thing and I am really sorry I did not get back to any of you.
Most of you want to know how to get the dresses. There is not a way to order them online right now. Emily from M boutique and I are working on a way to make the dresses available to those of you who are from out of town!! I will keep you updated!
I am really happy with the way all 3 of the styles turned out and I can't wait to send them off to Jacksonville!! I am so so excited to have ellen&ollie dresses at Clover!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I am so excited for my next project! Clover Boutique in Jacksonville, FL contacted me a few weeks ago to ask about ellen&ollie dresses for their store. I am thrilled to have my dresses there!!! This is the first of three styles I am making for Clover. I really like the way the peacock fabric looks in the one shoulder dress!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I finished this dress for M this weekend. Looking at the picture now, I really want the dress for myself. I would love to wear it this summer. I will have to make another. This is one of my all time favorite fabrics. I wanted to make a drawstring type waist, but there was just too much fabric that it didn’t look right. I still want to create a drawstring waist for a dress, so expect to see that sometime soon!
Friday, April 17, 2009
A few of my dresses were featured in a fashion show!!! This was my first ever fashion show, so of course I had to bring my mom and Laura Lee along wearing their ellen&ollie dresses! The show was amazing. I have a few pictures, but I am not the best photographer. The Shop Tart has videos from the show!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I woke up at 8:00 yesterday morning and didn’t have to be on campus until 10:30, so I started a new dress. My mom is going to think it’s a top because it does look a little short, but it was past my fingertips. I was just about to sew the zipper in (with the newly figured out invisible zipper foot) and I had to leave for school. As soon as I got parked, walked to class and sat down a teacher walked in to tell us class was canceled. That would have been just enough time to finish the dress if I would have known and stayed home. Since I was already there and I had classes all day I couldn’t go back home. I had to wait until 5:00 to finally finish it! I wore it last night to our Kappa Senior Dinner, where I ate entirely too much and came home to then eat dessert.
I want to change the straps into some kind of ruffle.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I tried to tell myself I was not bringing my sewing machine home with me for Easter weekend. I sewed so much last week that I thought I could survive without it for a few days. I had to do a photo shoot for Stir Magazine on Friday and I thought I would just pick a dress I already made. Stir Magazine is writing an article on my dresses!!! While I was packing to go home, I decided I wanted to wear the new dress style with the side ruffle! I told myself over and over to just leave the sewing machine at school and not worry about the dress for now. So as you can probably guess, I cut the fabric out and started sewing. BUT I did not bring my sewing machine home. I decided to finish the dress at home with my mom’s sewing machine!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Once I have a dress completely figured out in my head, I am ready to start right at that moment. The worst is when I figure a dress out right before I’m ready to go to sleep. I made this dress a few nights ago at 12:00. I worked all the details out in my mind and I knew from experience I could either start it right then or think about it to the point where I can’t fall asleep and eventually get up and do it. Thankfully this dress didn’t take too long to put together. I think I am going to wear this one on Easter!
After making the dress, I wanted to make 2 more for M Boutique. I decided to make the cut out circle in the back slightly more dramatic and move it down a little.
I can’t decide about the belt. I might not add it to the dress, but I feel like the pattern needs to be broken up with something. I also like the way it looks to bring the dress in at the waist.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I am planning to have 12 new dresses for M when I come home this weekend. So I have been sewing like crazy. This is one of the dresses I made over the weekend. I have this dress for myself and I am obsessed with it! I wore it in Cabo. I love the vintage look of the cars!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I have so much to share from this weekend! First, I can't believe the awesome write up in Chaos Magazine!!!!!! Check this out: http://www.chaos-mag.com/
Scroll down to find the title New Fashion Line: ellen&ollie
I was so busy this weekend and I will show you the dresses that resulted later this week!
I went to my grandparent's this weekend and we looked through an old photo album that belonged to my great aunt Molly (Ellen's sister). I took pictures of a few pictures from the album with my phone, so the pictures aren't very clear. I am going to have to start taking my camera with me everywhere.
Ellen and Ollie.