Since the holidays are in full effect, I thought “why not launch my blog writing about my FAVORITE holiday?” -HALLOWWEEEEENN-
Now I’m not into just buying a $50 costume, and I don’t necessarily make my costume from scratch, BUT I do like to put pieces together to create one fabulous hit of a costume. Some of which include, a Pussy Cat Doll, Troy Polamalu, Beyonce, Black Swan, and this year, was none other than Ms. Kim K herself.
We’re all familiar with her Givenchy “floral couch” dress she wore to the Met Ball this year. And to be completely frank, I had the same, confused thought as everyone did. To me, the print was outdated, and I could not understand WHY she was pretty much fully covered. Until…I decided to recreate the dress as my costume.
Last minute of course, I searched a couple of Good Will stores. Right away I found a couple of button up tops with the “special” type of floral print. But no bottom remotely close. A couple days later, I went to another thrift store and I found a couple of big floral dresses. One was not quite the same color scheme as the Givenchy dress, but it was big enough to where I could take in the dress, and cut the extra fabric to make sleeves and the turtleneck of the dress. Of course while I’m telling my mother my plans for alterations, she’s freaking out and skeptical because let me tell you… we’re not seamstresses and we don’t have a sewing machine! haha But terca (stubborn/hardheaded-excuse my Spanish-it’ll come out from time to time) as ever, I told my mom “we’ll make it work,” we HAD to make it work!! As any good mother, she rolled her eyes and agreed 😉
The next day she told me to check one more thrift store. And to think I almost didn’t…because let me tell you..as soon as I saw this kimono I knew it was a keeper 😀 It had a mandarin neckline where I could simply put it on backwards for a turtleneck look and close the robe in the back. It was extra-extra big so that was going to help with having extra fabric for the sleeves. Although a job that would’ve been easier with a sewing machine, and with a day before Halloween we needed a machine, we managed quite alright. I can never say thank you enough to to my mumsy and her friend, Elsa! Who helped cut the extra fabric from the sleeves and bring them in, as well as measured, cut, and sewed where the slit needed to be. Later after work, Ma helped by putting velcro in the back which made it easier to take it off and on.
Oh did I mention we DON’T have a sewing machine?!? lol Ma hand sewed the velcro strips all down the back(they were the type that stuck to fabric, but she sewed them just in case). Also, with the left over fabric I hand sewed fabric onto the sleeve to make it as long as I could. I wasn’t able to make it long sleeves nor make the gloves, but I was happy with the outcome.
After all this work(staying up until 3am) to wear it on Halloween, winning a vacation day from the work costume contest, getting an entire night club to cheer for me, and getting kudos from so many people I realized this dress(the Givenchy gown) is actually a beautiful piece of work. From the fabric, to the slit which balanced the rest of her body being covered…it’s just genius! MAJOR props and admiration to designer Riccardo Tisci who was quoted saying “To me pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers.”
AHHHH I LOVE IT!!!!