Midsummer Scream was just two weekends ago, but as I see more and more people share their coverage online, I’m determined not to let myself get lazy and not post all about it too! However! Before I get into the fun and excitement that it was, I want to share a little on my attire of choice for the weekend.
On social media, I had debated over dressing up in costume or dressing for comfort as at the time of MSS, I was 20 weeks pregnant. No sign of a big round belly on me just yet, but still visible enough that what would have been my go-to choice for such an event (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, of course!) would not have been flattering nor do I think I would have fit. In addition to that little factor, I was still in need of some comfort to make the weekend as pleasant to experience as possible.
As of now, I am still battling with my maternity style and haven’t found a look that I 100% love so the whole thing was beginning to get kind of frustrating to figure out. Eventually, thanks to the magic of Pinterest, I found this amazingly simple tutorial for an adorable top that would be perfect to modify into spooky maternity wear.
The top tutorial was super easy to follow and if you’ve sewn a circle skirt before, you’ll find the assemply to be very similar. Even better is that the non-ruffle part of the top is made from a tank top or camisole that you find most comfortable so I got to really have a perfect fit without messing with crazy complicated patterns or instructions. Because my fabric was directional, I did have to cut and sew my fabric in two parts, adding together two half circles to make a whole, but even with doing that modification on my own, it was a quick and easy project that only took me about an hour to do from cutting to sewing.
However, as cute as it was and as comfy as I knew it was going to be, I still found that the cold shoulder look was making me look a little…chest heavy. I’m sure a big contributor to this was the fabric print I chose for the top, but not willing to sacrifice it’s adorableness and still wanting to look adorable myself, I sought out advice from family and friends. My final solution? The adorable neck scarf you see in the photos! It perfectly balanced out the look and wrapped everything together in a flattering ensemble. The best part? That little kerchief only took me ten minutes to throw together!
How did I do it?
I took a rectangle remnant of fabric and folded the corner so it became a sort-of triangle shape. Then I wrapped it around my neck, adjusting as needed until I decided how much I really wanted to use for tying the knot and how much I wanted to be left hanging from the knot. Once I decided how thick and long I wanted it, I cut off the excess until I had a square, folded that into half to make a triangle and then ironed it. Once ironed, I ran the open sides through my serger with a rolled hem. You don’t have to serge, especially if you don’t have one. You can always use the zigzag stitch or fold it over and hem with a straight stitch if that’s more your style.
I made my kerchief a permanent triangle with the rolled hem, but you could just serge all four sides without folding it into a triangle to make it more multi-functional. Me, I was satisfied with it working this one way, so I just kept it simple.
Once done, I just rolled the long side of the triangle until I had it thin enough to wrap and tie around my neck. I didn’t roll it all the way so it was just a band, because I thought the little corner hanging loose looked really cute, but I was capable of rolling it up enough if I wanted to achieve more of a straight-on ascot look.
Interested in seeing an actual tutorial to make your own? Let me know in the comments. If I hear enough interest, I’ll demonstrate it for you in a future post!
Curious about other parts of my look? I highlighted all I could down below if there was something in particular you were really interested in.
From my head down to my toes, this is what I chose:
- Hair Clips: Black and Orange Curled Polka Dot Ribbon clips by Unknown
purchased at the Manteca Pumpkin Festival many many years ago…
- Earrings: Triple Pumpkin Chandelier Earrings by Spirit Halloween
- Lipstick: Darkness Prevails Matte Liquid Lipstick by Makeup Monster Cosmetics
- Neck Scarf: Self Drafted
- Blouse: Flutter Top Tutorial by MimiG Style
- Jeans: Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Crop Jeans by Motherhood Maternity
- Shoes: T.U.K. Cat Bombshell Cat Heels by T.U.K.