Another year, another fantastic day at the Galway Races!
I'm not long home from the Races and wow what .a day it was!
In my opinion, Galway is the number one Racecourse for style and this year was no different. It was incredible!
Thank you all so much for all the amazing comments and messages on my outfit.
If you've been following me on Snapchat (My username is 'jenniferwrynne'), you will know I decided to make a dress last Sunday. I was a bit nervous of making it because I haven't made one in years (And the last one I made was a major fail, lol!)
I picked up this beautiful silk and lace fabric recently and knew it's the perfect fabric for a dress.
Here is some pictures of me making the dress...
I had to take apart my poor Zara bomber jacket for the sleeve pattern (What am I like!!)
Talk about getting the exact amount of fabric required.. Here's a picture of what was left!!
My zip was the wrong shade (too creamy) so I dyed it by dipping it into tea. Turned out the perfect colour!
I made a mock dress first (made of calico) but here's a picture of the first time I put the 'actual' dress on. Please excuse my hair (in a messy bun), dodgey tan and no make-up!
It's a little picture taken in my room but hopefully you get the idea...
Self praise is no praise but I have to admit, I genuinely loved it when I put it on. I couldn't believe it actually fitted me!! There was a little adjusting of the sleeves and waist after that picture but here's how it turned out on the day when my outfit was complete (and proper tan/make-up done!)
Your comments and kind words genuinely gave me such a confidence boost for dress making. I've read each and everyone of them. It's so encouraging. Perhaps I won't leave it so long again to make another dress.
Thankfully I had spare fabric for my hat (Just about!). I decided to make one of my signature front facing disc hats. I hand-stitched pink and gold beads all over the front of it in varying sizes. Each bead was individually sewn into place. I also added some petals from the lace to really add to the effect.
Here's a picture of the 'work in progress'.....
An up-close of the finished piece....
The Belt on the Dress
I loved the idea of adding a gold belt to my dress as it defines my waist and the shape of the dress. My belt is a bit of a funny story though... My Mum very kindly picked up this belt for me... However..... It was a size 6! I am no size 6!
There was a gold chain at the back of it which, to be quite honest, wouldn't have tied around my leg, let alone my waist. So...... My Dad cut the chain off the belt, made the holes on the metal belt bigger which meant I could add a fabric tie to the back of the belt, making the belt bigger! The fabric at the back was the same fabric as the one used in the dress so it was perfect.
Our 'Deborah' gold double pearl earrings were the exact same colour of gold as the beads on my hat so I wore these in my ears. They are small and simple - not too fussy with the hat.
I wore our 'Colette' gold clutch with it. I love a neat little box clutch when wearing a formal dress so this was perfect!
My go-to tan at the moment is the Dark Rapid Mousse from Bellamianta. I put this on the night before then shower it off in the morning.
I also always put Sally Hanson on my legs the day of an event. It's literally like make-up for your legs. It's great for covering up any little blemishes.
My favourite perfume...
For my outfit, I wanted a simple pair of gold sandals. I spotted these fab ones on River Island. You can shop them here.
At The Races
The atmosphere at the Races was electric! Here's some snaps of the amazing style...
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The stunning Best Dressed Lady Winner, Aoife McCana from Galway.
Huge huge congratulations to:
Oniesa Owens (Left) - Winner of the 'Best Hat'
Aoife McCana (right) - Best Dressed Lady
Two beautifully dressed ladies. How incredible are their outfits?!
After the Races
Every year after the Races, myself and my Mum love to go to The G Hotel. There's always a lovely atmosphere there with live music, great food and even more amazing fashion!
Here's some snaps from the G....
So that's it from my Galway Races post!
I hope you enjoyed reading it and I answered as many of your questions as I could.
As always, feel free to comment on my Social Media or message me on Snapchat (Username: jenniferwrynne) if there's anything else you want to know!
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!