Friday, January 8, 2016

One of Those Outfits: The Alliday Holiday Party!

What's that?!  An outfit post?!  And an extra special one at that!  If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already saw a sneak peek of what I wore but if not, here ya go!  When we made the big changes to Alliday last year, it was decided to add a Friday night party and boy, oh boy was that a good decision.  Retro Den had been wanting to have a holiday party so it worked out perfectly to combine the two.  For 2014's show, Volupté outfitted us in some gorgeous gowns.  For 2015's show, Owl & Drum guided us in making our own dresses! 
Making these dresses together was such a fun process!  We made the Pearl Dress from Green Bee Patterns.  Super simple to make, with lots of variations to choose from.  We chose these beautiful woven solids and then chose accent fabrics for the neck trim and pockets.  I used that same accent fabric to make Brent a matching tie, but more on that below.  We met three times and sewed together while enjoying each others' company.  Owl & Drum is SO helpful in learning to sew whatever it is you desire!  I strongly encourage you to visit their shop and take a class from them!
The gals from Owl & Drum also made the Pearl Dress but in patterned fabrics.  I was so excited to see us all together!  I really cherish these ladies.  They are all kind, hilarious, driven, and admirable.  I feel fortunate to call them my friends.  And to dress like them.  :)
While I was working on my dress one evening, the mister asked if I would make him a coordinating tie for him.  Um, yeah!!  I'd never made a tie before but I figured I'd never learn how to unless I tried!  I found a free pattern online and went for it.  It was a horrible dud.  It was puffy and impossible to knot thanks to the interfacing I used.  I wasn't deterred though so I made a second one without interfacing and it was perfect!  The real test was Brent's seal of approval - he gave it his stamp!  
So of course I did what I do - I made six more.  Amazingly I only have one left!  Ties, who woulda thought?!

For my neck accessory, I made myself a necklace!  I've been dabbling in my beads a bit lately just for fun.  I finished off my ensemble with some blood-red tights and some never-been-worn 90s Italian leather heels.  I really lucked out on a shoe haul not too long ago!
So many friends came out to party and shop with us!  I wish I'd been able to sit down and take a photo with each and everyone of them!  I was able to steal away a moment to grab a pic with my dad and my best friend.  Who knows what we were laughing about! 
It was a wonderful, wonderful night thanks to so many people who shared their talents with us and who came out to support us!  If you'd like to see more (fantastic!) photos from the Alliday Holiday Party, find them here!  All party photos by Adam Forgash.

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