Sunday, 27 May 2012

It's my party and I can Bedazzle if I want to

 julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

You would Bedazzle too if it happened to you.


There comes a time in every girls life (and a select few boys) where the urge comes to bedazzle the H out of something. 
Call it an infatuation with shiny things. 
Call it a quarter life crisis (I'm going to live to 120, you do the math)
Call it a cry for help. 

I call it; fabulosity.
It's also my birthday month so I'm allowed to get away with what ever I want in May (I may have made this rule up.)

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

Lets be honest, i always knew i had the potential to be a bedazzler.  I have a secret appreciation for sequins, and an unhealthy obsession with gluing things.  Heck i even tasted clag as a primary schooler.  (sort of tastes like porridge - just with that poison after-taste) and i am forever wasteful with post-it notes

The urge to bedazzle came on quite suddenly for me recently. 

I saw a picture of this dress. The lovely Catherine Middleton wearing a creation by Matthew Williamson and all I could see were the pretty sparkly things.


I immediately went into LOADS (lust over a dress shock) and decided there was nothing for it, but to make a sparkly dress of my own. 

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

I swooped into spotlight and bought my self some bags of dress Jewels and here's the best part; a bottle of fabric glue! Why is my mouth watering?

These jewels can be sewn on or glued on.  And sewers in my weakness I must admit, I took the easy option and glued them on. Please don't judge me!

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton 

The good thing about the glue is that it doesn't seep through to the lining, but it sure takes a while to dry. I put my dress on my dress form and started with one jewel in the centre. I then started gluing on either side, mirroring each side as I went. 

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

I cut the dress with a silk/polyester blend fabric and lined it also.  I closed the centre back with an invisible zipper.  It's the same fabric as I used for this dress

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton, galaxy dress, mad men

I love the shininess of the silk with the strength and firmness of the polyester. 

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

I am really liking the navy of this fabric, and how it acts as a nice back-drop to my fancy pantsy jewels. 

julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

So any other closet bedazzlers out there? Join my support group. You are not alone!


julia bobbin, bedazzler, fabric glue, Catherine Middleton

P.s. - This time next week I'm going to be salivating in New York! Watch out!

Thanks to everyone for their fabulous detailed suggestions on my last post as to where to go for all things fabric in New York! I can't wait to explore!

  

35 comments:

  1. Your dress is WAY nicer than the CM one!!!

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    1. Aw thanks Miriam! You're awesome!

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  2. the dress looks fabulous on you.

    you know, I might pop into to Spotlight tomorrow too, because I have a scarf that could do with some bedazzling.

    Is there a pledge to go with bedazzlers anonymous?

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    1. Oh there is a pledge alright. Let me fine tune it and we can all memorize it!

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  3. SO. GORGEOUS. I love this! Happy Birthday, and you bedazzle everything around you lady, because this is awesome. Just straight up delightful.

    strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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    1. Leah you are one wonderful lady. Thanks so much!

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  4. AWESOME. Get jealous, because I grew up competing gymnastics and trampoline (up until last year at 24, even!), and I got to sew my own leos. Yes, I was all over the diamontees. I know how to make things tasteful and sparkly!

    (Let me know if you want good contact/tips for that).

    Love what you do, BTW (infact, insanely jealous) - have fun in NY!

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    1. Lady I am INTIMIDATED by your over-qualifiedness of bedazzling experience!

      Thanks for the well wishes :)

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  5. LOADS just became my new favourite acronym. Love the navy on you - definitely a colour for you to own. A very happy birthday to you - and have an absolute blast in NYC!!!

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    1. Thanks Mel! I can feel a lot of navy dresses coming on. Thanks so much for the birthday and travel well wishes!

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  6. Absolutely loving it, is that a Butterick pattern? I think it's the same one I'm finishing today! X

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    1. Thank you! The skirt is a half circle (or maybe 3/4? - can't remember) and the bodice was based on the bodice of vogue pattern 1230. Good luck with your dress!

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    2. Which Butterick pattern are you talking about? I love the skirt and the neckline on this dress but I'm not skilled enough to improvise off of Vogue 1230...

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  7. Such a pretty and dazzling dress Julia!!! Did you know (you are probably too young) that you could buy a gadget called the Bedazzler!! It was one of those 90's telly marketing promotions and I bet there is someone here in Australia with one sitting in a cupboard never used, who would love you to have it. I will see if anyone in my craft group has one and if they do, I will send it your way asap. I can just see you bringing the Bedazzler to life again!!

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  8. Such a pretty and dazzling dress Julia!!! Did you know (you are probably too young) that you could buy a gadget called the Bedazzler!! It was one of those 90's telly marketing promotions and I bet there is someone here in Australia with one sitting in a cupboard never used, who would love you to have it. I will see if anyone in my craft group has one and if they do, I will send it your way asap. I can just see you bringing the Bedazzler to life again!!

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  9. Wow, this is fabulosity personified! I love it, you've done such a great job and your navy fabric is the perfect backdrop!!!

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  10. ♫ Bewitched Bedazzled and Bewildered. I know the popular 1950's (Ella Fitzgeralds version) song isn't quite that but Bedazzled slots in just nicely, even better than "Bothered" methinks lol

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  11. When you are in NYC, you must visit the neighborhood on 38th St. between 6th & 8th Aves. They are plenty of shops that sell bedazzle stuff. You'll go crazy when you see it all!

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  12. Gorgeous!! Hope you have a wonderful time in NYC! But be careful-- it's so easy to spend TONS of money! :D

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  13. This is such a nice dress. I have to find some of thoses jewels gluing things as it sounds so cool to use. And this song is one of my favourite...

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  14. Oooh jewels! Yes!
    My name is Sallie Barbee and I am a recovering jewel-aholic. Thanks for spawning my relapse...

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  15. That's one fantastic glue job, Girly! I think I'm now in LOADS over your dress!

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  16. Great work and special color beautiful,nice dress & gorgeous

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  17. You have me blind with sparkly bedazzlement! :o) Safe travels and I look forward to drooling over the purchases!!

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  18. LOADS over this! What pattern dids you use? I love the basic flirty shape

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  19. You know.... I have tried to stifle my love of sparkly things but truthfully I think it's impossible. I always wanted one of those Bedazzler kits from the 80's LOL - but you've done the grown-up, chic version... and I am LOVING it!! Way to pave the way for all us closet Bedazzlers!! :D

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  20. I love your dress and the jewels!!!
    I used to work in a bridal salon and my main job was beading.
    Not to long ago I made V8232 (and it looks just like your dress) and I also bedazzle the front, mimicking a bib.
    Here is a pic:
    http://aprendizdeangelita.blogspot.com/2012_03_18_archive.html

    Happy Birthday!!! And the best of luck in NY!

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  21. Hi Julia, I just came across you blog and it is the most amazing and original blog I have seen in a while. Your creations are fabulous and so well tailored, not to mention you look absolutely gorgeous modeling them. Happy Birthday, have a blast in NY and say hi to Robin for me. Can't wait to see your future posts.

    xx http://camomeetscouture.blogspot.com/

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  22. Love that dress! And I adore the LOADS acronym, too!

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    they have the cutest, cheapest and best quality fabrics
    come check them out!

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  24. You've gotta love a bit of bedazzling! This looks absolutely gorgeous and so well done, I'd have glue everywhere! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. As a ballroom dancer loving sparkles is mandatory :) You would not believe how much fun it is to ask a boy if you over sparkled something and he tells you you could do with more rhinestones. You can actually still buy Bedazzlers I just don't like using them that much. I do have to admit that the amount of bedazzling we need sometimes isn't fun anymore.

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  26. I love this! I think I'm going out to get jewels like RIGHT NOW
    I mentioned this on my blog! (even with a picture!) http://dinosaurgirlfashion.blogspot.com/2012/08/4-things-sewersdesigners-can-and-should.html

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