Monday, 22 February 2016

The Slipper Fits

For the first ball I attended I wanted A dress that would make an entrance, but wasn't overly grande that I would never wear it again.
 So I whipped up this little beauty from McCalls 5289 pattern. I have used this pattern before for my favourite dress ever here
As far as I am concerned, if you love a particular dress, why not have it in every colour imaginable!!! 

As you can see it was a Christmas ball and I have only just got around to posting now, bad blogger award!
 But as they say 'life is what happens while we are making plans'

I used a pretty powder blue, silk organza, overlaid on a pink satin to create depth of colour with a wide hem to add a little more interest than one solid fabric.
Note to self- there is no stretch or give in organza, at all! So go a little bigger!!!

Cinderella shoes were of course compulsory for a princess look.
Everyone must have a pair of princess shoes knocking about somewhere at the back of a wardrobe, no, just me then?

I had the most beautiful head piece made by a very talented friend.
 She used fabrics left over from my dress so that it matched perfectly.
The pearls and silver sequins bring a touch of glamour and sparkle that is irresistible. 

I'm not a massive hat wearer and am only just starting to incorporate some headwear into my wardrobe. Hats (although this is not quite a hat) really finish off an outfit flawlessly and give the whole look more polish. So I think my headwear game will need to be upped this year. 

Outfit details

Dress-me made
Fur coat- Belonged to my great grandmother
Shoes- Disney store
Bag-Etsy, Vintage
Gloves- Beyond Retro, Vintage
Necklace- Belinged to my mother
Headpiece- Handmade 
Belt- H&M

This is the most formal garment I have ever worn, and it was a lot of fun to make, but as you can imagine, working with more delicate fabrics is time consuming.
French seams were worth the effort for a more professional look on the sheer fabric.
I often take shortcuts when sewing for myself because who else will ever see inside, but I do always regret it, so for this one I did everything as I should and took my time. 

Located at the Marriott hotel, London, the ball was an indulgent affair. 
As you can see, there were a huge number of people.

The ball room was sublime!
So much SPARKLE!

I am incredible pleased with my princess dress and hope for the occasion to wear it again, perhaps styled more casually for a daytime occasion. It would potentially work for a garden party or for afternoon tea somewhere frivolous.

Of course in true cinderella fashion I flittted away well before the clock struck midnight.




  1. You look amazing! the dress is gorgeous! Well done!

  2. I feel like there are never truly enough occasions in life for sparkly shoes - and a ball is the perfect place for such fabulous heels! I really wish balls were more common these days because I love evening wear so much. You did a fantastic job on this dress, organza was a great choice for how floaty and dainty it feels to wear - just the thing for gliding across the ballroom floor! The fact that the dress has such a classic elegant cut really does mean you will be able to get plenty of wear out of it, would be a great dress to wear to a wedding or the races!

    Deco Darling

  3. You did so well with this dress - it's so beautiful! And the matching headpiece, swoon. I can't believe those shoes were from the Disney store!! I need to get on that. Amazing. You looked every inch a princess :)

  4. Oh my gosh that is amazing, you look so gorgeous! And those shoes *heads off to Disney Store*

  5. You look amazing Christina, so classy and chic, perfect for a ball! I love how you've achieved two such different looks with the same pattern: the first one was so crisp and summery and this one is just drop dead glamorous! x

    1. I was surprised how different they end up looking. Who knew fabric choice plays such a huge role in the end result.

  6. You look so beautiful, your whole outfit is fabulous!! x

  7. You look absolutely divine, I am in awe of your skills in making that beautiful dress yourself! And your friend is very clever to make the matching headpiece. The colour is indeed very Cinderella, it's so classy and pretty!

    I too want to get more into hats this year, so it will be interesting to see how both of our headwear styles evolve.


    1. It's exciting to experiment in a new area, I look forward to seeing your hat adventures.

  8. Breathtakingly gorgeous ensemble! You really do look like a fairy tale princess - or queen. Awesome job on the dress. Smart thinking on creating one that you'd be apt to wear again.

    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  9. I just love the colors of your outfit, you really put it together so divinely! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill