To Sleep Perchance to Dream (Wedding Dress)

Hey There,

Well this year got away from me. The Historical Sew Fortnightly/Monthly just fell by the wayside and costume projects got sent to the UFO pile. That will happen when you get engaged and married and in the same year….Yes… 03/13/17-engaged…09/03/17-married.

This happened in the span of 5 months…


And before you ask, a lot of it was DIY. From the bouquets…


To the boutonnieres…


To the décor…


To the favors…


And yes, the dress. Possibly some of the most stressful months of my life.


Full disclosure, I never really dreamed about what my wedding would be so it all really just came together based on things I saw that I liked on *ahem*Pinterest.

So when it came to making the dress, I had no dream dress in mind. I never dreamt of being a princess or a sexy goddess ( I have made clothing for those ideas and they are pretty overrated, as fun as they are).  I just dreamt of the marriage and being with the love of my life for the rest of my life. Heck, the prospect of a full wedding made me want to grab my fiancé and run to Vegas and head for the nearest drive-thru chapel. But alas, my conscience got the better of me, so a wedding we planned. And for good measure, did it in the same year we got engaged to please the very old fashioned parents of mine.


So what’s up with the dress?

I basically went with the idea of “Okay what dress haven’t I made yet? Edwardian! Perfect. Done!” Yeah, that’s what happened.

I had very little time to draft and mock up my dress so I went searching through my collection of patterns. I spliced two Edwardian style Simplicity patterns together to get the shape I was looking for.

Then I cut and sewed a mock up…and then I had the idea that I needed dresses for the other wedding related events happening. Like the bridal shower:


And the Rehearsal dinner:


And the Post-wedding breakfast:


All of these done before I even bought the fabric for the wedding dress. What the heck was I thinking?! After finishing all those dresses I had two weeks left before the wedding to sew my entire wedding dress.

Thankfully I had a costume designer God-send of a friend to help adjust my mock up. And Vogue Fabrics had gorgeous selections of everything I needed so it was my one stop shop for all the wedding madness.

Well…besides the huge amount of sequins and beads that I bought from and never used. (A lot of ideas fell by the wayside, beadwork was one of them.)


And I did buy a petticoat from so that was a bit of a cheat.

But besides that, some how I managed to finish my dress with a night of sleep to spare.


And, well, I do like my dress a lot.


I am just not, I don’t know, in love with it. But then I have no idea what dress I would actually be in love with. This dress served its purpose and is happily sitting in the closet waiting to be packed away for decades never to be worn again and I am fine with it.

You know what, the dress I really fell in love with was the one I wore to my bridal shower. It was inspired by this dress that I found on Pinterest years ago.


It’s a 1950’s style swallow tail hem with a lace overlay. I think if I had the dress I found on Pinterest for my wedding maybe that would be the dress I loved. Or maybe I did want the princess dress or the sexy goddess. I don’t know. I am still very happy with the wedding and what really matters to me is that I married the love of my life.


But I am kind of still hung up on the dress because I am trying to be satisfied with it and I don’t think I am.

What I am thinking of doing is making all the possible wedding dresses I would have wanted for my day. Just to say that I did make my “dream wedding dress” and to finally put this dress issue to rest…but this a project for next year I think.

For right now, I have a project in mind that I have always wanted to do and with the new freedom of moving out of my parents house, I can do that now. How to execute it? I have very little to no idea. So what am I going to do next? …I’ll get to that next time…

❤ Sarania


Sewing/Costuming Progress-March 2017

Hey There,

Just for a bit of a self reflection and a change of pace. I made a video. Its pretty much talking about all the projects since the beginning of the year. If the other blog posts were a bit TL;DR and you want to see some new projects, never before seen, have a watch:

Hope this was interesting to watch. Have a great week!

❤ Sarania

Costume Intensive Year (Or Making the Effort)

Hey There,

It has been a while but we are not here to talk about that. Today is the start of a new year and I realized that the past year wasn’t as productive costume-wise as I wanted it to be. So this year that will change.

The goal of this year is to

Make The Effort

I am going to do my best to make the costumes I want to make, improve my skills and overall become the costumer I set out to be years ago.

Here is what I plan to do.

I have a binder which contains my costume intensive study. I came up with this kind of course as I was making a list of costumes I would like to make in the coming year which is also in the binder. I am going to document everything I do costume-wise in this binder in the hopes that I will keep myself accountable of my progress and skill building. Everything I work on during the year will be in this binder.

You can also see that there is The Historical Sew Fortnightly by the Dreamstress as well in there. I will be doing my best to following along with that as well and you will see the results on this blog as well. I will post about that soon.

I will also be documenting what I want to accomplish this year with this blog. I want to be able to look back on 2017 and say “Woah, I did a lot”. Unlike 2016 where I said “Man, I didn’t do enough.” I am very much looking forward to this year and all the work in front of me. I hope you will come along for the ride.

❤ Sarania

Step One: Out with the Old

So, I began may journey of a thousand miles with one simple step. I started off my whole follow my dreams thing with getting rid of things I didn’t need anymore that was taking up space and weighing me down. It feels really good to get rid of some stuff: old papers, little broken bobits, dust bunnies. And it was fun to find things that I had forgotten that had me dreaming in the first place: applications, notebooks, tools. To celebrate the new found space and the new arrangement of things I decided to place We Cheer on the Wii and dance some anime dances (yeah, big nerd). But its so great it feels so open and spacious and productive and this is just the first step. I’ve got loads of plans to make happen and I’m already on the right track. Now here is the funny part, some of the old things that I decided to get rid of was this old children’s room desk and, um, my bed. Ha! Where am I going to sleep now. Oh, you’ll see.

If Today Was Your Last Day…

Today I start a new chapter. I’m getting rid of the old and starting with the new. I was going to start redoing my space yesterday but it was strange. As I was looking into storage options to buy, I felt hesitant. I was scared that what I was doing was all for not. This step is the start of something big. I was finally a decision to go for my dream. But it also felt like this was do or die, fight or flight, succeed or fail. I got really scared. Then I turned on my laptop and played one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. “If Today Was Your Last Day” by Nickelback. It reminded me that I had no time to be scared. I have to go for my dream and not be afraid of failure but strive to succeed. So if you have a dream you are after. I encourage you to go for it. No one else can make it happen but you and you’ve just got to take that first step. Don’t be afraid of failure. You can’t fail unless you let yourself fail. I may not know you, but I believe in you

Disorganization is a sign of Genius…WHAT?!

Okay I’ve heard that messiness is a sign of genius but really how can anyone create anything in a mess? My room is in such a state that I can barely get anything done. I’ve decided to fix that but before that I wanted to get at least one costume done. In pursuit of a very important item, I realized that I cannot find it at all. I saw it days ago and now it is completely gone and I am really, really frustrated (to be honest, pissed off) about it. I really need it and I can’t go to a store and buy it because it won’t be there. It is a metal crest that I took of a shoe that I had to throw away. I had two, then I saw only one. Now I see neither. I’m really annoyed by my space and now I have more of an initiative to change it. It has to get organized. Things I don’t need have to go and things I do need have to have a place to be seen and taken care of.  Its things like this, simple things, that light a fire under you to get you to achieve a goal. Starting today, the room redo begins!