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

Happy Sewing!

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

Happy Sewing!

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!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vogue P917: Wrap Coat Styled

Just wanted to share a picture of me wearing my Vogue P917 Wrap.  I paired it with an all black ensemble for the color pop effect.  

Me wearing my glam wrap!  Yes it's 70 degrees in FL so this is just a photo op and I'm burning up! #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dres

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

McCalls VP917: Multi Colored Suiting Wrap

I absolutely loved this fabric and had it in my stash for at least a year.  I had no idea what I was going to make with it when I purchased it from Fabric Mart.  The colors struct me as beautiful, but because the way Florida weather is set up I didn't want to make a coat or suit.  I am so glad I came across this pattern while drawer surfing in Joann's.  The moment I laid eyes on it this fabric came to mine.  A perfect pairing I think.

I probably will not get an opportunity to wear it, the weather here in Central Florida is beautiful and it doesn't appear we will get any weather below 65 degrees anytime soon, so I guess I'll hand it up and wait for next January, when the temperature may dip down into the 50's, and I can justify wearing it. 

Wool Multi Color Shoulder Wrap!  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #customsewing

Happy Sewing!!!!!

Birthday Sewing McCalls 7099: Multi Chain Jumpsuit with Contrast Sleeves and Upper Back

My 47th Birthday was Sunday February 22, though we celebrated on Saturday since my Son could only come home for a few hours for my birthday.   I decided to make myself a jumpsuit and also to submit it in a Facebook Sewing group contest, but I got sick with the flu last week so needless to say it didn't happen.  So I finished it up on Monday night.  

My vision for this Jumpsuit McCalls 7099 took a drastic turn when I laid out this fabric to cut it.  I originally was going to go all black for this pattern when I saw it on the pattern cover, I really liked the simplicity of the jumpsuit in all black.  I thought I could jazz it up with a sparkly silver belt and sparkly shoes.  Or dress it down with some cute pumps and a summer blazer.  

I stood at my stash and looked for some black jersey and my eyes traveled over to this fabric.  I instantly thought hmmmmmmm, I wonder if I could pull this off.  Actually, I really wanted to get this fabric out of my stash.  It had been there for awhile and I had no earthly idea what I was going to do with it.  It was on sale I think at Fabric Mart for like $3.00 and something a yard, so me not being able to move pass a sale of any kind, I jumped on it.  When it came in the mail, I didn't even blink just tossed it in the stash.  

Because the pattern of the fabric is so busy I decided to add some black contrast to it and used my black jersey for the sleeves and upper back.  Just to break  up the busyness of the fabric.  I thought if I used it for the entire garment it would look a little clownish, on me anyway.  I really like how it came out.  

ITY Knit Jumpsuit in multi-color chain link print with Black Jersey knit sleeves and upper back!  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imad

Happy Sewing!