Let Oscar Week begin!! This is one of my favorite times of the year - the Oscars are a week away (yippee for fun red carpets!!) - and I'm super close to seeing everything nominated. (Yeah, total tradition since college...friends and I all try to cram everything in so we're fully prepared to fill out an Oscar ballot to win $$$!)
To celebrate, I'm going to craft a week's worth of Oscar-themed outfits from some of the nominated films. A little countdown to Sunday eve's festivities, if you will :) To kick off the week, we're starting with Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett is SO good in this and really anything that Louis CK does, I'm 100% on board with.
I went completely literal with this one, friends!!
How 'bout this royal blue dress with INSANE shoulder pads...`
...and this lace layer up top?
There is a bit of work that needs to get done to get this "wear in public ready"!!
In true Marisa form, I cut out the shoulder pads first!
These pads could have kept us all afloat, that's how foamy they were!
Next plan of attack was removing the sleeves.
My seam ripper went to town!!
With both sleeves removed...
...I got down to business.
My idea for this piece was to make the lace the lead character. It's hard to really even notice it because of the blue fabric background, so I decided to remove the background! I began to trim across the blue fabric, beneath the lace, and removed a rectangular piece that was lining the lace.
The top of the lace was now fully exposed!! How fab does it look on the white background?
I stitched the edges of the cut material as well as the area around the arms...
...before taking in the dress a few inches. I wanted to make it fit like a glove.
I pinned the area that needed to be taken in and also hiked up the dress a bit as well before sewing all parts in place.
I must say, I was expecting to like this dress but didn't realize that I would LOVE how it turned out.
It's the perfect cocktail dress! Those of your Instagrammers might have seen this teaser shot yesterday...
...however nobody guessed that the dress was royal blue! We got a few navys as well as Pantone's Color of the Year, radiant orchid, so there was a solid effort in that part of the color spectrum.
It's really amazing what one adjustment can make.
I wrapped up in my DIY indigo shawl (click here for the tutorial!) and vintage purse...
...while smelling the ridiculous jasmine wafting from the surrounding neighbors' plants. One of my favorite parts of LA is the abundance of jasmine and honeysuckle that make the air smell as delicious as Magnolia Bakery tastes.
This cobalt shade has jumped to my top five wearable colors as of late. The only thing that would have solidified an Oscar for this dress was if it had pockets. Next go, I'm adding those suckers!!
Stay tuned for more Oscar themed outfits this week!! They're making me wish it was Halloween this weekend too!