DIY Dress by ANGELA JEAN
A little bit of Angela. This is hands down on of my favorite DIY gowns. I love designing gowns that have an etherial feel to them. I guess being a princess or queen of some sort is every girl's fantasy. I am positive in a past life, I was some type of queen or part of a royal family. When I read about past lives and parallel universes, it describes feelings that I have felt my whole life. This strong pull of a place that you have been but can't see, a weird connection to a feeling that lives inside you. This feeling comes over me at night when I am staring at the sky, or when I travel over seas. Foreign music triggers it sometimes too. This unsettling familiarity this far away place lives deep inside my soul.
I have always been drawn to gowns and heavy jewelry. I call the jewelry my armor. I feel it gives me strength and protection against the outside world. It makes me feel strong. When I go to fancy dinners and wear dainty jewelry, I literally feel naked.
On that note, this is why I love gowns. The bigger the better, if it were up to me I would live in one. I have designed a few gowns on my youtube channel, this being one of them. After I designed this one, I realized I should of used a full strapless body shaper instead of just the bustier. As you can see, I had to still put a basic mini skirt on underneath. If I had done a full flesh colored body shaper, I could of avoided adding anything. I will most likely design another one with a body shaper dress, so that you can see exactly what I mean.
The belt is also one of my favorite ways to design belts, and it comes in handy when you need to add a punch of color to a summer dress, or need to create a waistline to give your dress more shape. You can buy trims and elastic anywhere, and that is all you need to design my belts. Here is a direct link to a quick video tutorial on how to design stretchy accent belts! HERE
If you love this gown and you want to see the 2 easy steps it takes to design it, then click here :)
Do It Yourself Expert Angela Jean, also known as the How to Hottie®, is your go to girl for fashion on a budget. Angela’s desire to create, design, and revamp clothing started at a very young age. Raised with four sisters by a single dad, money was tight so revamping hand-me-downs on a budget was a necessity. Luckily after a few fashion flops the skill eventually came natural to Angela, and has stayed with her through the years. The struggle that she experienced in her younger years is now a skill set that she loves sharing with others, she knows it is not her grandma’s way or the pro's way, but it is HER WAY. With hundreds of Ehow.com segments under her DIY tool belt, Angela knows how to successfully explain what it takes to turn your idea into reality -
You can now find all of her fashion hacks on her youtube channel RunwayDoneMyWay or download her How-to Hottie Handbook series for fashion on the go tips where she hopes to inspire the creative side in all of you.