Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vintage Vogue 1663 - DVF: My Purple Passion, Beaufitully Flawed!

As beautiful as this dress may look here in this picture, it is flawed.  The collar will not lay flat.  I removed and tried three times to get a better outcome, with no avail.  The dress itself is marvelous, and was actually made for a client who I allowed to purchase fabric.   It ultimately my fault that I allowed her to purchase fabric that was not fit for this type of garment.  At least in my opinion for a structured collar.  The fabric is a swimsuit knit, very spongy and tight. She said she loved it and planned on wearing anyway.  Yikes.

Oh the Color Though!

Pretty Purple a Passion!  #CustomHousedesigns @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Distinct and original items for purchase that will set you apart from the everyday and ordinary! #Itsmelaniedarling #polishedbou #sewologists #seamstresses #sewing #sewist

Vogue 1663 DVF!  Yes! #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #isew #sew #fashion #customsewing #fashion #DVF #Vogue #Vi

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

McCalls 6957: Royal Blue Swing Dress!

As I stated numerous times before.  I am not a dress wearer, until NOW.  I am loving dresses and seeking them out more.  I find they hide a multitude of body issues (mine I mean).  

I originally bought this Royal Blue Ponte to make a jumpsuit.  I never got around to it so its been sitting in my stash for at least a year. I wanted something summery enough that I could also transition into fall and wear.  

I've been eyeballing this pattern for months, but I have been so busy with client sewing for prom season I totally forget about it.  I pulled it out and cut out my size and just laid it off to the side.  

So I had a brief moment in between projects and decided to go ahead and make my dress, and I love it.  Its simple yet chic and I can't wait to pair it with tights, boots and a sweater or leather jacket this fall.  

And she's done!  Royal Blue Swing Dress!  Simple and chic!  Will share styling shortly so stay tuned!  Details on the blog soon, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #i

Royal Blue Swing Dress in its simplicity.  Love how simple yet cute it is!  Great for summer office days, and I can't wait to put on some boots, leather jacket and scarf with it!  #m6957 #mccallpatterncompany #Itsmelaniedarling #isew #imadethis #imakemyow

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Look 6351: Relax Fit Denim Pants! Perfect for a Casual Friday!

Fridays are casual days in our office.  I work for a Law Firm and I am very cautious about how I dress down for casual Fridays.  It was an office joke that I was dressed up not down for casual Fridays.  To be honest working in corporate america for so many years without a casual day, I really didn't know how to dress down.  I would wear a suit, dress or dress pants with a jacket Monday through Friday, pantyhose and heels included.   So I decided to revamp my wardrobe a little and try and dress it down a little.  I don't care to wear jeans because most of my jeans I don't feel are corporate appropriate, but I love denim.  So I made these relaxed fit denim pants that feel like butter on.  

The fabric is from Joann's and I didn't want anything stiff or uncomfortable, but something loose that could still be crisp for work. NewLook 6351 was a perfect pattern for what I was looking for. 

Friday Casual in my relax fit Denim pants with side and back pockets!  NewLook 6351!   Love them, so comfy.  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Conventional Circle Skirt Revolution!

I have been doing a lot of sewing but not much posting. It is prom and wedding season and I have been so busy with Prom Dresses and Wedding Dress alterations.  I have not had time to sew for myself in a very long while.  I have even started a new business venture with a very good friend/seamstress whom I have known for years.  We have contemplated on several occasions on doing some kind of collaboration, and while helping one another on various projects we decided to combine knowledge and experience launch a new venture, Customhousedesigns (More about that soon, so stay tuned).

I love mixing prints and using very unconventional fabrics.  I see fabric in everything and it seems as though the lovelier fabrics are non apparel fabrics, such has home decor.  

 Here are a couple of my latest designs.   

Animal Print Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purchase t


Floral Jean Waist Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purch

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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Certain Curtain Skirt!

Everywhere I look I see the potential for a garment.  Window Curtains, Shower Curtains, Bedding, Table Cloths, etc.   Nothing to me is off limits.  I have used car upholstery leather to make bags and clutches and shower curtains to make skirts, and tops.  Sometimes the fabrics used to make curtains and other home good items are such better and quality and prettier designs than apparel fabric. 

This particular circle skirt was made from a single window curtain panel. I just love how it came out and it flows when you walk. 

Knee Length Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purchase th

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Monday, March 23, 2015

I was Born in the Wrong Era! MyObsession for Vintage Patterns.

I realize now that I was born in the wrong era.  I was suppose to be an adult in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.  I love the fashion from those time periods.  I find myself perusing Etsy, Ebay, and other sites that sell Vintage Patterns more than I do the newer ones.  I am so attracted to a 1970's Jumpsuit pattern, or a 1960's Dress pattern.  

I adore the huge collars, the classic lines, the wide legs.  All these design aesthetics fit me to a tee. I came across the following patterns on Etsy and I am in love and have to have them all:

Simplicity 9370 is absolutely gorgeous.  I can see this in so many color and print combinations.  I love the clean lines, the wide legs and the bust darts coupled with a wide belt, yes, so me.

My how I love Butterick 4769.  Can't you see this in a light airy linen (yes I am a Jumpsuit Junkie).  Very pretty eggshell white or soft pastel green would rock the heck out of this tailored jumpsuit.  I love the chest pocket, collar and side pocket details.

If you are summer time fine (that would not be me), I can see you lovely ladies strutting into a classy outdoor bistro, sipping wine and enjoying the cool summer nights in this lovely ensemble.  Vogue 8336 has all the Glam 1960's you can handle. 

I am sew loving the huge collars and clean lines on Simplicity 9674.  The short option is so cutesy retro, though not for my thunder thighs, but I can see the endless possibilities.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Cigarette Pant!

I've been eyeing the Cigarette Pant trend for the last couple of years now. 

Cigarette pants are slim-fitted pants that feature a straight opening at the foot rather than a taper or flare. Also known as “stovepipe pants,” “pencil pants” or “slim-fit pants,” these pants first became popular during the 1950s in both men’s and women’s fashions. While men wore them most commonly in black, women wore them in denim or cropped as “Capri” pants. Since the 1950s, cigarette pants have gone in and out of style throughout the decades, largely following various music movements.
Cigarette pants were particularly favored by such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Sandra Dee during the 1950s. As the 50s gave way to the counter-culture of the 1960s, pants with a flare, boot cut, or bell bottom eclipsed the popularity of the straight-legged pant. While flared pants became a staple of 1970s fashion, many of those who were part of the underground punk scene began wearing cigarette pants again. By the 1980s, leggingsspandex, and skinny jeans were all the rage, and especially favored by heavy metal bands.

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I had originally started making this particular pair last year, but used the wrong pattern I feel to get the results I wanted, Simplicity 1699.  I think there are so many other patterns that will give you the look.  I had to tweak this pattern several times to get it to wear I wanted it. 

Here are my Cigarette Pants using Simplicity 1699.  

My version of cigarette pants.  Actually started them last year, my Muslim but finally got the fit I wanted!  I'll be making some floral ones really soon!  Details on the blog, address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist

Happy Sewing!