Lace wrap back dress

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alright, yet another "don't want to pay money so I'm just going to pretend like I can make it" dress.

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The lace is from Etsy (obsessed with this shop!! Except watch out for shipping, it will kill you) and the lining is just the same fabric that I use for everything. (Seriously I've used it for like 6 different projects now, ha I love it! It's just from Joann's and it's always in stock.)

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The bodice was drafted using this book (Principles of Flat Pattern Design by Nora Macdonald for those too lazy to click, hm wonder how I know people are like that? :) haha story of my life.) Anyways, the skirt is just Vogue 8899, just with the bottom slits sewn up.

I'm excited about the French seams in the bodice and sleeves. I usually just serge my seam allowances but Ami from Little Tailoress inspired me to put in a little more effort this time and I'm glad I did. Makes it look so much better!

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I wanted to do an elasticized waist like the original one but I'm ridiculous and didn't take that into account when drafting the bodice. So of course it was way too small and I had to insert a side zipper instead. Oh well, at least it still fits.

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Oh and here's the inspiration dress. $58.94 at Asos for those so inclined (random number because it's originally £38.00) 




Also, last thing and then I'll go. Be Wise mag did a feature on me in their last issue and well, I'm super, super pumped about it. So sorry if annoying promotional stuff like this bothers anyone, but I had to mention it because guys, someone did a feature on me!!! haha that's super exciting stuff for me. It's on page 87 for those with nothing better to do

Have a great week everyone!

131 comments:

  1. Another beautiful creation! This dress is lovely. I'm in love with lace fabrics right now. I recently acquired a bunch, and I have been looking for good uses for them. A dress like this is a great way to feature the fabric.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Man I feel you, I have made like 5 too many lace dresses I think. haha they are just so cute! But they are also starting to take up my closet! haha I'm really excited to see what you end up making with your though, where'd you get the lace?

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  2. This is lovely - I love that length. It makes the dress so elegant and I don't think the back is too low at all. Just read the feature in BeWise - go you!! xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Lara! I love that dresses in this length are easy to find these days, makes my "5 inches too long body" super happy. haha the only downside for the sewing aspect is that man that extra fabric hikes the price up for sure. I did not expect to be paying so much more for that darn lace!

      Thanks for saying that about the back too by the way, it definitely helps me feel better about it AND you read my feature? Girl you deserve to featured just for being so awesome and supportive!! haha really though, thanks Lara.

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  3. Gosh, this is lovely! The lace is so pretty. I actually like the low dip look in the back, so I don't think it is a 'fail' one bit. :)

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    1. Thanks Erica! :) And k those shorts you just made are beyond adorable, like really. I've actually been meaning to make some just like them but I just haven't been able to find the right fabric. I LOVE yours though, it's so perfect and I can't believe you've never made shorts before, they turned out amazing!

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  4. So beautiful! I like it better than the original, but I'm also not much a fan of elastic waists ;) Congratulations on your feature! Don't even apologize for being pumped about it - you SHOULD be pumped! It's such an awesome feeling to be recognized for, well, being awesome :)

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    1. Yay good! That makes me feel glad I didn't do it then. ha ya at first I was sad because elastic waists are so much more comfortable I feel like, but I think I do like the look of a gathered waist better now that you say that. So eh, can't complain much I guess. :) Thanks Lauren!

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  5. Its perfect!!! Oh my goodness Haylee I am obsessed! I am on the hunt for another project for you ;) haha Love you!

    Xo, Kahana
    abeautifullife42.blogspot.com

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    1. haha Kahana I love you, thank you!! And seriously congrats again about your new job. That's SO exciting and you are going to be beyond amazing. When do you start?

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  6. Ahhh I love that lace and I love that dress! You did such a good job! Seriously love all the stuff you make! :)

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    1. Maria thank you so much! That is really sweet of you, and great job on that pleated skirt you just finished by the way! The color looks so pretty on you and I loove the midi length (as you can probably guess from the length of this dress. :) haha thanks again Maria!

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  7. So pretty! This is such a gorgeous dress! I love it! The lace you chose is really nice. And congrats on the feature-- how exciting!

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    1. Thanks so much Sonja! I'm sad I didn't order more of that lace. It ships from China (I think?) so the shipping is freaking ridiculous, but I should have just gotten a ton while I was ordering the one time. Darn it!
      Thanks again Sonja, you always leave the sweetest comments and I really appreciate them.

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  8. I love this, Haylee! My favorite so far! :D It is so romantic and perfect for summer evenings. I'm the same way...penny pinching my way to fabulous and trying to take old clothes and give them a new look. Haha. I haven't attempted to make anything of my own yet, but I would love to work my way to it.

    You look so beautiful :)

    Have a stellar week, lovely.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Tammy you are so sweet! Your comments seriously always mean so much to me considering how talented you are. You should totally try your hand at making something, I have no doubt you'd be able to do it with, again how talented you are. ha seriously though I mean it, and if you ever need help with anything sewing-related or have any questions let me know because I'd be happy to help. Thanks again girly!

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  9. Gahhh! You have done it again woman! Seriously you are amazing! I love lace, like probably a little too obsessed with it. That sleeve length is seriously the best/most flattering length in the whole entire world (at least I think so) and perfectly to the knees the dress goes, I love it. the back v is gorgeous on you, while I couldn't wear due to my garments, so rock it while you can woman! Love it, just love it. I seriously can't wait for your etsy shop, you are amazing. Going to check out your feature now you amazing woman!

    K

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    1. Girl I'm right there with you, I'm OBSESSED. Like it's bad, it's taking over my closet. haha but thanks so much Kirsten, seriously this comment was SO nice and I'm really flattered that you'd care about my Etsy shop at all. So thank you for that, and trust me I would be HONORED to dress you.

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  10. Love this lace! It's really pretty, and the low back look is great on you. I do click on links, and that etsy shop has some seriously drool-worthy things. Thanks (from me, not from my wallet) !

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    1. I know right?? Ahh I died, I seriously think I pinned like 12 different laces when I first found it. haha it's bad, and my wallet is definitely not happy with that either. I'm glad you appreciated it though! I love blogs that share their little "secrets" so I'm glad to know you appreciated that. :) Thanks for telling me!

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  11. You always do such a good job! It looks amazing :)

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    1. Shantel you always leave the sweetest comments, thank you!

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  12. oh my goodness you are beyond amazing, Haylee! You have such TALENT! I want to be you

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    1. Rachel!! k you are the absolute SWEETEST. Seriously though, and trust me I would gladly switch places with you ANY day. :)

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  13. That interview is great - they really let your personality shine through. Loving it - and the cute dress. Deby at So Sew Easy

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    1. Thanks Deby! Ya I feel like I came off as totally awkward in some of my answers so that summed me up quite well I feel like. haha I know that's not what you meant probably but I'm actually kind of glad it did because hey, that makes it genuine right? And that's how interviews should be! Thanks again Deby and thanks for even reading it in the first place.

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  14. How awesome that they featured you!! I'm definitely checking it out!! And this dress is GORGEOUS. I'm kind of obsessed with the lace half-sleeves! You never cease to be amazing, do you?! And your photos are always so lovely and vintage-looking...swoon...
    P.S. Not weird at all to hope your Hubby supports you in fashion blogging! Mine helped me gain the confidence to start mine, became my photographer and even comes to events with me from time to time! He's seriously the best! And the sweetest :)
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jessi! I know I'm so obsessed with quarter-length sleeves right now, and I love how the sleeves on the inspiration dress have no lining because then you actually get to see the lace. Thank goodness for talented designers at ASOS because I don't think I would have thought to do that! haha and k I had no idea your husband was a photographer, that totally makes sense now though and is seriously SO cool because it's like you guys are your own little team. I'm jealous, that'd seriously be really nice. I mean my mom is great as a photographer but you know, there's only so many years you can do that without it starting to be a little weird. haha
      Thanks again Jessi for your sweet comment. :)

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  15. What a gorgeous dress and congrats on you being featured in the magazine - was a great read!

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    1. Thanks Rachael! Thanks for taking the time to read it. I didn't think anybody would so really that means a lot, thank you. :)

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  16. Great work! Being back at uni means that it has been ages since i've sewn clothing, so i'm living vicariously through the sewing blog world to get my daily sewing hit!

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    1. Girl! I am in love your blog. ha seriously though I'm so excited to have found you, your aesthetic is beautiful and trust me, we definitely share the same love for Grainline Studio. (And just Jen in general, my next project is a scout actually!) Anyways I just thought I'd tell you that I'm definitely your newest follower and I'm really glad you left a comment so I could find your blog. Good luck in Uni too, what are you studying?

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  17. This is so pretty! I am loving all the lace I keep seeing on Pinterest lately. I am going to Mood in LA In a couple of weeks, and lace fabric is high on my shopping list :) I read your feature, it was great- congrats!!

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    1. Ahh so jealous, I seriously am so jealous. ha I miss Mood! I mean the online shop is great too but there's only so much you can do looking through a computer screen, you know? Anyways, have the funnest time and find some awesome fabric for me!

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    2. I mean not literally "for me", I meant like have fun for me since I can't come with you kind of thing. haha just so we're clear. :)

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  18. First of all, that dress is beautiful as are you:) And that feature is fabulous! Congrats:)

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    1. Thanks so much Shira! :) Love you cute girl

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  19. That is soo awesome that you got featured in a magazine!! and YES i read the whole thing ;D
    oh and i LOVE this dress!! i would definitely buy a custom made skirt or dress from you!
    you are too darn talented! ^_^

    xoxo,
    www.inspirationsparks.com

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    1. Ahh Laura you're a sweetheart, I can't believe you read it, thank you! That seriously means a lot to me that you would do that and seriously thank you!! Man this comment was so freaking sweet, thanks so much cute girl.

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  20. You've made a beautiful dress yet again! You may not have wanted the V neck as low as it turned out but it looks lovely.
    The feature is fantastic! Congratulations! I love your sewing and designing goals for the future.

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    1. Thanks Anto! I'm glad you think it looks ok, I was worried it was going to look too "hoochy hooch" or something, ha so I'm glad you didn't think that. Especially since you're a classy, fashion-in-the-know gal yourself so your opinion means a lot. :) Thanks girl!

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  21. You made this dress?! Unbelievable. It looks amazing on you. I have been watching Project Runway lately and I admire anyone with the talent to sew. Have you considered setting up a shop or selling your stuff? I bet you could make a pretty penny :)

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    1. K I have to ask, who are you rooting for on Project Runway? I've been all into it too lately! ha, and thank you so much by the way Kate. I've considered it but it's so much TIME and work and effort and I've just been too busy to be able to do it lately but I do hope to someday for sure. Thanks so much again Kate, it means a lot.

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  22. This is absolutely beautiful. And congratulations for being featured! I love your blog.

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  23. oh I envy your sewing skills! Your dress is amazing!

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    1. Girl I envy your WATERCOLORING skills (oh my gosh!). Seriously, there are about 5 talents that I really wish I had and watercoloring is definitely one of them (ballet, dslr photography, photoshop, watercoloring, and sketching to be more specific :) so yes I am definitely all into your blog now. ha thanks for commenting so I could find it!

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  24. Love the dress and the fit! (http://trapkeybygaia.blogspot.com/)

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    1. Thanks Gaia! You have such a pretty name by the way.

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  25. you beauty! i must agree with lladybird lauren, i think your waist is better!

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    1. Well there's not really anyone I can say that would mean more coming from than you two considering that you guys know your stuff! haha so thank you!

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    2. PS, wow well the grammar in that sentence could not have gotten WORSE, haha oh my gosh, if you even could understand what I was trying to say. Pardon my tired brain Oona! Point is, you rock and that's all there is to it. :)

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  26. Lovely dress and a fantastic sewing blog! Im so glad I have found your blog!

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    1. Oh my gosh thank YOU for commenting so I could find yours. Seriously I don't say that to everyone, I really love your blog! Fun to find a new sewing friend and one who's got some serious skills at that. :)

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  27. Beautiful! Just curious, what do you think of the patternmaking book you used? I mean, obviously the dress looks fantastic... I've been looking for a good beginning patternmaking book to get me started, if you have any recommendations, that would be great!

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    1. I love it!! I definitely recommend. Granted, it's the one I learned to pattern draft with in the first place (high school Fashion Design teacher used it) but even that aside, I think it's a great book or beginner's in general. I think theres a 4th edition out too now actually but eh, I say save yourself money and get the 3rd version. I'm very happy with it and from my research it seems to be the same, just lacks the pretty new cover. :)

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  28. Just lovely. Thanks for pointing us toward your resources and suppliers. I think your waist looks great ---and I love the way a French seam finishes a garment. Nicely done!

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    1. I know I never realized how much better they make things look but wow! I will definitely never work with laces without french seams from now on. Oh and thanks again Trina! Your cute sloth on your blog is killing me, cutest thing ever!! haha did you by chance ever see the Ellen episode with Kristen Bell and her sloth meltdown? It's the greatest thing, you need to watch it if you haven't.

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    2. Wow, and talk about most random comment ever award. ha sorry about that, that picture just reminded me of it. But sorry to get completely off topic on you. Thanks again for the nice comment!

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  29. Such a beautiful summers dress... and thankyou for that Etsy link - I've just been drooling over all of their fabrics! Your feature was fabulous :)

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    1. I know right!? I can't decide if I'm more happy or sad that I found it because now. I. want. to. buy. everything. and my wallet isn't happy. haha oh well, thanks girl!

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  30. Another beauty, Haylee! I like yours much better than the original! It's gorgeous.

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    1. hgfkuyvlhf ok yep, that just made my day. Wow especially coming from you, seriously thanks so much girl.

      By the way, that first part was supposed to show me being excited. haha I don't know how else to translate that over text so I left you with that. :)

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  31. Beautiful photos -- it caught my eye on the Spotlight Weekly linkup. There's almost an atmosphere of sweet nostalgia in the photographs. Lovely dress, hair, and setting.

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! That was a really sweet and thoughtful comment, thanks so much for saying that and thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Such a lovely dress! I love reading your blog. It inspires me to do more sewing, which sadly, due to college taking up all my time, I haven't been able to do much of lately. Btw, French seams are the best. :)

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    1. Man I have a feeling that's how it's going to be for me this Fall. I hate school for that, it's like even when you don't have homework you feel like you should always be studying so there's really no time to sew at all Ugh! What are you studying in school?

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  33. Yours turned out prettier than the original!

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    1. Ahh Riana thank you so much, that is really really nice of you to say, thank you.

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  34. Oh my goodness such a darling dress! Well done, and looks stunning on you!

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  35. you did such a great job, I love it! and I think it's better with a zipper than elastic!

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    1. Thanks Daria! Man I'm glad I did it that way then, haha I was so not expecting people to like it better that way. Thanks so much Daria!

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  36. Wow! This is beautiful. Can't believe you made it!!! How awesome!! Your pictures are so beautiful. You really did a great job. I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party going on TODAY on my blog. Not comfortable sharing? Stop by anyway for beauty related post and fun DIY projects. I hope to see you there! :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Done :) thanks for letting me know about it and thanks for your sweet comment too!

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  37. Seriously jealous that you made this! Love that you can do this! You have a great talent girl! Keep it up!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

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    1. Jacqueline you are the sweetest! Thanks so much cute girl. :)

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  39. Hi Haylee!
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award,
    you can find it here at:

    Liebster Award

    Thanks
    Jessica xoxo

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    1. Aw Jessica that was so incredibly thoughtful of you to do, thank you so much! To be honest I've had sort of a crappy day and seeing that helped me feel better a bit, thank you. :)

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  40. Love your dress and congratulations on the magazine feature! :)

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  41. Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day! I still can't believe you made this yourself. I keep looking at the pictures in awe. It's so beautiful and so are you. :) I do hope you'll join the party again. I can't wait to see what you have to share next week. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. P.s. I'm your newest follower. I have a feeling you'll inspire me often. :)

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    2. Karla you are so sweet, and thanks for hosting it and for letting me participate in the first place. :) I definitely will be participating again, thanks again for letting me know!

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  42. Hi Haylee!

    You're an absolute doll! I can't believe how talented you are! I only wish that I could be as creative! Haha, I'm definitely a new follower of your blog!

    Oh, and thank you so much for linking up to Spotlight Weekly last week! We can't wait to have you come link-up again, doll!

    Take care!

    xo, Elle

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    1. Elle you are SO sweet, holy cow. And thank you for letting me! I loved seeing everyone else's link-ups and I definitely will be participating again soon. Thanks Elle!

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  43. This dress is so beautiful and looks great on you!

    ♥, Brittney @ True Vintage Love
    www.truevintagelove.com

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  44. This is SOOO beautiful! I love everything about it! And a HUGE congrats on being featured in Be Wise magazine - I really enjoyed reading your interview! The magazine is pretty awesome too - thanks for the intro :)

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    1. Ah thanks so much Sally and thanks for reading it! Wow that was really nice of you, and I know I was really impressed with the magazine too! I love that they have standards but yet don't push it on people, you know? Anyways thanks again Sally. This comment was so sweet!

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  45. Absolutely stunning! You have the best taste in clothes :)

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    1. Well coming from the girl who made the most beyond incredible Elisalex, that means a lot!! :) thanks so much Kacie!

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  46. Found you via Plane Pretty, and can't believe I hadn't found you until now! Love it! I wish I had your skills.
    Gingersnap

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    1. Ahh Sonja you are the sweetest, thank you!! It's nice to meet a fellow Mormon/Utahn too! :) Even if you're not technically from here. Where does your family live? And what the, you're the genius behind Living Miracles?? No way, I loved that feature! So cool to have you comment on my blog, haha thank you!

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  47. I am so in love with your little blog! and you are just sooo darling. Really, you are! I love your taste and how perfect your hair is in that little bun! So cute!
    xo, Emma
    -alittledarling.blogspot.com

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    1. Emma you are THE sweetest. K so true confession time, I absolutely hate my hair and have for a really long time so for you to say that you think it looks "perfect" in any stretch of the word MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. Like I couldn't stop thinking about this comment, haha thank you so much Emma!

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  48. You're SO ambitious I can't even handle it. Beautiful as always Haylee can't wait to see more (:

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  49. Love the dress, and you're so pretty!

    I often use an elastic as it's easier than sewing in zipper, but i always got a feeling that zippers look more proffesional. or maybe it's just me xx

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    1. Wow thanks Weronika, that's really sweet of you!
      And no I'm the same way most of the time. Just with this dress I was feeling an elastic waist but oh well, a zipper works too I guess.

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    1. Thanks so much! And k I just have to tell you that I love your blog! I'm so happy you commented so I could find it. Definitely subscribing to your newsletter :) haha so pretty much your newest stalker I guess you could say. ;) I love all the tips and tricks you post!

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  51. I can't handle how amazing this dress is, you have talent for dayyyzzzz!

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    1. Coming from the girl who freaking KNITTED HERSELF A SWEATER.

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  52. P.S. I love EVERY. SINGLE. PICTURE. of you in this dress.

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  53. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU MADE THIS. It is amazing. You have a gift girlie!

    ♥ Brittney @ True Vintage Love
    http://www.truevintagelove.com

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  54. I can't believe you made that girl! So much talent! :)
    xo TJ

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    1. Ah thank you so much TJ! That really means a lot coming from you.

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  55. Your lace dress is soooooo beautiful! I love the low v in the back. What a beautiful lace fabric you found too! Jealous!

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    1. I seriously was so pumped when I found that site. haha I want literally like 10 different fabrics from there now and my wallet doesn't like that idea at all. haha but thank you so much!!

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  56. Oh my gosh you are the cutest! I love this dress. Too cool you can make your own clothes, what a talent. <3 Love your blog as well :)

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  57. are you kidding me? you sewed this yourself? i want this dress! you look gorgeous in it! i'm loving the low v in the back.

    thelolajames.blogspot.com

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    1. I already told you this I know but seriously, this comment! Meant so much to me. Thank you Julie :)

      By the way, I secretly want your blog name. and your wardrobe. and your face and just, ya secretly dying in envy over here.

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  58. Gosh that is gorgeous:) So excited to find new blogs through this challenge:)

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    1. Thanks so much Bec! I know I'm loving that about it! I've found so many new and incredible blogs to follow, and including yours now!

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  59. This is incredible!! Keep it up!

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  60. You are so succesful about sewing and your style is so cool. l am going to follow you with instagram.it seems that l am going to frequently have a look to your blog.

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  61. I love you this white skirt.
    http://www.eozy.com/dresses

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