As I prepared for Alt Summit over the last month, one of my goals was to wear something handmade every day. The first evening was dinner with sponsors, and we met up with Collectively at Sea Salt right outside of downtown Salt Lake.
I wanted to wear something special and memorable for this night; something that showcased exactly what I do — sewing and style. And when I found these two gorgeous, luxurious, and soft faux leather fabrics at Michael Levine in the LA fabric district, the wheels started turning and an amazing dress was born.
I began researching, pinning all sorts of two-toned dresses, and then started sketching until I came up with a dress that I loved. The fit and flare silhouette is flattering and on trend, the leather is edgy and fun, and the neutral coloring is perfect for any time of year (but especially on trend right now). It was a bit of trial and error, as it always is when making my own patterns, but I absolutely adore how it turned out. Plus, using my custom dress form to create a dress from scratch was a dream — I constructed the entire thing without trying it on once, and then once it was almost completely done I finally tried it on for the first time and it fit perfectly. Definitely one of my proudest sewing moments.
I’ll be sharing a full tutorial for it later this week — don’t miss it!
dress: made by me // fabric c/o michael levine here — black faux leather not online)
tights: c/o we love colors
heels: c/o lulu*s (sold out — find them here!)
necklace: c/o lulu*s
watch: michael kors
nails: c/o cult cosmetics “hollywood hills”