Monday, March 28, 2016

Butterick 5850: Resurrection Sunday Dress.

This dress makes me smile.  I had something totally different to wear for Easter, a white linen trapeze style dress that I will share later.  I ordered a pair of orange suede pumps to wear with my white dress, but when I received them they didn't fit and I didn't have time to find an alternate pair so I decided to wear this dress that was working on anyway.  It turned out to be an awesome backup plan. 

The fabric is from Fine Fabrics in Atlanta, I picked it up in February for a client piece, but my client decided to back out and go buy a dress.  It's a Wax African Print, a little heavy, but draped well. 

I have mad this pattern several times, but mostly out of Taffeta or special occasion fabric. 

Quick Review:

  • I did not like the instructions when it got to the neck section.  I really didn't need the instructions as I have made this particular dress before and a few others like it. 

  • I didn't line my dress because the fabric was heavy and double sided and not see through.  

  • I used store bought binding for my arms and did a sewing machine hem after serging edges.    

  • I added 4 inches to the side ties for length.  

  • For the neck portion of the pattern I just gathered it so it would sit nicely on my neck without riding up.  

  • There is a side sipper, and I extended right into the arm hole and used an invisible zipper.  

  • There is four panels for the skirt portion of the dress and I added two inches to each panel for fullness. 

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Double Ruffle off The Shoulder Top/Dress worn by SweeneeStyle!

I had the honor and privilege to make a garment for one my favorite Fashion Style Bloggers SweeneeStyle.  She has inspired me for a long time. Her style is so chic and fashion forward.  She can take the most simplistic item and make it into a fashion show piece.  She is constantly on my radar.  

I love seeing others in my designs, and checking out how they style the garments I make for them.  It is so interesting to me to see what a person sees from fashion view point.  We can all wear the same piece but style it so very differently and get a whole different look.  

The top/dress I made for her was self drafted. I actually asked her what she would like to have made for inspiration, and she sent a pic of a dress that she liked. Off the shoulder is one of her best style aesthetics that she wears often, and wears it well.  I love how she styled a similar top on one of her blog posts, so when I thought about making her garment using her inspiration, it came to me instantly.  

The top was self drafted and I love the fullness that the doubled ruffle makes.  I curved the hem and lengthened it just enough to help it flair a little. It can be worn as both a top and or dress.   The fabric is a lightweight denim.  She paired it with white Jeans and the most gorgeous heels.   Check out more picture of how she styled the ensemble.  

Happy Day!!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Vogue 8808: Black Camouflage Scuba Knit Long Dress

I finally finished my Vogue 8808.  This dress was made from some really nice Scuba Knit I found in Atlanta at Fine Fabrics.  It was a remnant and I had Just over 2 and half yards.  I had a first earmarked it for a pair of wide legged pants, but I am so glad I decided to use it for this particular pattern.  It really came out nice.  

The only modification I made was to shorten the front hem a bout an half of an inch. I paired it with a pair of Nine West Stacked heels gifted to me from my Sister.  I didn't want to add anything else to it, just wanted to keep it simple since it was camouflage it really didn't need anything else. 

A picture of it on my mannequin.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Burda 7340: Asymmetrical Top with Side Slit

Sometimes I just want something easy peasy to wear our and about on my shopping days.  I chose this top because of my constant need to conquer my Burda fear and addiction.  This was one of the simplest tops I've ever made.  It just made me feel like I conquered another Burda.  LOL

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Butterick 5859: High Waisted Polka Dot Pants

I really love how my pants came out.  They are a perfect fit and they can be styled in so many different ways.   When I purchased this cotton stretch fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.   I am a polka dot fanatic and can see myself with a closet full of dots. 

Butterick 5859 is a great wardrobe building pattern. It includes a top with a bow which is one of my design aesthetics I love.  The pieces are classic and well thought out as a group.  I can't wait to make a few of the other pieces in this pattern as well.

Some other style options I chose:

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Butterick 4807: Yoga Pants.

When the fabric was born for the pattern, this would be the time.  I purchased only two yards of this fabric from "The Sewing Studio" in Maitland, Florida.  Its a Fabric store that has some of the most beautiful fabrics.  Sometimes they are a little pricey so I usually go once a month and check out the remnant and $5.00 a yard bin.  This particular fabric was $7.50 a yard, so of course I had to grab a couple of yards.  I knew exactly what I had in mind for it when I purchased it. 

Butterick 4807 is one of my go to patterns.  I love the many variations of the Yoga Pant and how you can use them to get several different looks.  I use "View B" for many of my projects as I just love how they fit me.  I have also used them for wovens.  It works really well with a little modification. 

Here are my Yoga Pants:

Another view in my living room:

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Butterick 5524 and Self-Drafted Leggings: My Leisure Suit.

I love how this outfit turned out.  I love that I can wear it casual and dressy depending on my mood.  I also love how comfortable the fabric is.  It’s a spandex knit from   I’ve had the pattern for the top in my stash for some time now, and I see it is Out of Print as well.  I wanted to make it last year, but opted because the pattern reminds me of winter wear and I don’t need much winter wear here in Florida.   I was inspired by MimiG’s version of this outfit and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to pair it with this fabric.

The Leggings were self drafted.  There are many Youtube videos and Tutorials on the web on making a legging block.   I do not remember who’s tutorial I used because its been such a very long time that I made the pattern.  I use it often.

I styled it with a dressy suede booties and a pair of open toe sandal  booties to show how different shoes can give an out such a different look.

Here is my Leisure Suit:

Happy Sewing!