DIY Sleeveless Skater Dress

This DIY Sleeveless Skater Dress is proof that good things can still happen on a bad day.

Happy Van in her Dress

It’s the first dress I’ve sewn in over a year.

A Line Dress by Bumbling Panda

So a couple days ago, I was having a really terrible time at work. I felt like sitting and crying at my desk for really no reason, one of the worse things about depression. Having depression sucks because you feel sad, like the deepest sadness ever like you’re in this deep black cave in your own mind and there’s no way out even though a part of you knows it’s only temporary, but there’s really no reason to feel sad, so then you end up feeling guilty for feeling sad, which makes you feel alone and unloved, which makes you feel sadder, which leads to more guilt. It’s a vicious cycle some days.

Anyway, so I went home but on the way, remembered that I had discovered a Joann’s directly on the route to my home. Since moving back to LA in January I haven’t stopped by an arts and crafts or fabric store–I haven’t even been back to LA Fashion District, even though it’s like 15 minutes from where I live now. I know! Shocker.

I promised my budget I would only buy one yard to make a dress out of (it only takes a yard for me because I am short. Lucky me!), but of course, had to nab this gorgeous plaid fabric that I eventually turned into a plaid scarf.

Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda

And then I struggled with only buying one yard. I really wanted this gorgeous galaxy-like mix of colorful knit fabric, but but but stopped myself. I’m so proud of me, yo.

I settled on chose this cute floral print instead (because I need more floral print dresses in my life). I didn’t pressure myself too much, just said I’m going to play around with making a dress and if I didn’t like it, well it was only like $8.

Floral Print Knit

Floral Print Knit Fabric

It turned out to be so much lovelier as a dress than when I saw it in the store. The fabric is lightweight but thick enough that I didn’t need a lining or double-layer for the bodice. My favorite types of dresses are ones without a lining, since I live in Los Angeles and spend most of my days sweating (TMI, sorry). I’m so glad that this fabric is light but thick with the perfect weight, coverage, and patterning in the print.

I busted out my sewing machine, which has been stowed in a box in my closet, and started cutting up some fabric.

And voila!

A Line Dress by Van Hoang

A Line Dress by Bumbling Panda

Sorry there is no tutorial. It’s such a simple dress though, very similar to these other ones I’ve made in the past.

Like this fit and flare a-line dress, but without the sleeves:

Or this one but without the ruched wasteline:

I’m glad to be making things again and getting out of my funk. Sometimes when I feel the depression monster sneaking up on me, it’s very easy to just let myself slip away. But this helped me be more present and mindful, and it helped distract me from darker thoughts. I was able to focus on a project, an end goal, and it turned out so well in the end. Times like this remind me that I need to be creative and make things and not neglect that artsy side of myself I desperately need.

Week 7! DIY Two-Toned Fit-and-Flare Dress


Jeez, I can’t believe it’s already the seventh week. Only three more dresses to go and this will all be over.

So for this DIY Two-Toned Fit-and-Flare Dress you’ll need one to one and a half yards of lining, half a yard of lace, and half a yard of woven fabric.

The instructions in the video are starting to sound redundant to me, but that’s because the basic construction of most dresses are very similar. I love this fit-and-flare cut though. It’s flattering on most anyone.

It was a beautiful day at the harbor when I took this photo.


Next week we’ll be making this fit-and-flare a-line dress. Told you I’m obsessed with that cut. 😉

Fall is Here and Boots are Back!

Floral Fit and Flare Dress and Brown Bag Outfit

Bright Girly Floral Dress

Floral Fit and Flare Chiffon Dress

Floral Dress and Suede Boots Outfit

Suede Boots and Brown Bag

FLoral Dress and Gray Cardigan Outfit

Floral Chiffon Dress and Brown Boots

Outfit of Floral Dress and Gray Cardigan

Black and Blond Ombre Hair

Brown Suede Boots

Floral Fit and Flare Dress and Brown Boots

The other day, the Hubz and I stopped by Ross to pick up some new bowls for the children, and of course I spent half our time there in the shoes section. I was really looking for a pair of comfortable sneakers since our recent trip to San Diego made me realize I don’t have enough of those. That’s when I noticed that there are quite a many pair more boots than there were since the last time I was there.

And it suddenly hit me that it’s fall. Fall is here and boots are back!

Which is like, jeez, wasn’t the April 15th deadline just yesterday? (This is relevant because I work in a tax firm.) And now we’re already approaching the final extended deadline?

What am I doing with my life??

Anyway, you can’t blame me for not realizing that it’s fall because I live in Southern California and, really, it’s like never-ending summer here.

BUT nevertheless, I still love boots.

Plus no matter how hot it is, it’s always freezing in the office where I work. There was a period where it was nice and comfortable, but turns out it was just the calm before the storm. Because right after that the power went out completely so we were suffocating due to no airflow, and then after they fixed it, we returned to sub-zero temperatures.

So you can even argue that I’m always dressed for somewhere between fall and summer. The best part about this transitional season is that you can still throw on a dress. Just style it with leggings and warm shoes and you’re prepared for the weather.

Which explains why I love boots.

Except the ones I’m wearing today, I’ve had since forever. At $10 from, they’re quite the steal, since I wear them almost everyday–fall, summer, or winter. Actually, I seem to wear whatever I want no matter what the season or what’s trending. Hey it’s ninety degrees? I’m going to wear my giant crocheted sweater if I want to! Or hey it’s freezing outside? Bring it on, shorts.

:: Outfit Details ::

Dress ($17 from here)
Gray Cocoon Cardigan ($15 from F21, forever ago)
Black Leggings ($6 from Ross)
Brown Cross-Over Body Bag ($30 from H&M)
Suede Qupid Boots ($10 from here)