The clothing item that I get most excited about each year in the Fall is a good coat. I may live in Houston where the average temperature is about 85 degrees, but we do get that chilly morning every once in a while, and I will jump at every opportunity to take out leather jacket or a wool peacoat. Continue reading “DIY Khaki Draped Wrap Coat”
Rolling in to September, I always feel a little tricked. Back in Chicago, September was the time of year when the leaves started to change colors and a chill appeared in the air. We would bring out our sweaters and gloves to sit on the football field at high school games, and even evaluate coats for the upcoming snowy winter. Houston is a different story.
Have you ever wondered how I make so many clothing items from scratch without a pattern? Well, sometimes I don’t! Though I don’t buy traditional patterns, I do use clothing I already own to create patterns for new clothing items. Continue reading “Peplum Tank Sewing Tutorial Using a Shirt as a Pattern”
Ah summertime. All I want to wear is blue and white and pastels and whatever fabric I can get my hands on that is as thin as possible without being see through. Oh, and off the shoulder everything. I will never get tired of making off the shoulder dresses for three separate reasons:
- They are so so so cute. I love the flirty fit and they are really comfortable without being too casual.
- They are also so so so easy to make. In the way that I create them with two separate sleeves that attach to a bodice, there is pretty much nothing to the fit. In other words, it will always fit the first time around which is a huge win in saving you from seam ripping for hours.
- I love how the sleeves never creep up your shoulders using the pattern I use. Because the sleeves are separately attached below your arm pits, they will never end up annoyingly on top of your shoulders.
I went back and forth on a title for this blog post because this dress is just so many things. It’s the cutest pink and white striped fabric for Summer. It’s a drop waist silhouette with a v-neck and v-cut back. Plus, it’s totally lined! That’s right, I learned how to line a dress and I’m 100% v. proud of myself. Continue reading “Lined Drop Waist Dress Sewing Tutorial”
Cocktail dresses hold a special place in a closet. They are a bit fancy and get photographed a lot since they are typically only worn to special events. They have to be comfortable enough to spend an evening in and hold up to a night of dancing. When I think of cocktail dresses, I think about structured silhouettes, vibrant colors, and special details. Continue reading “Strapless Scuba Cocktail Dress Sewing Tutorial”
I’m going to go ahead and say that the alternative title to this blog post, or the nickname if you will, is the Belle skirt. Growing up I would shriek at my mom to put on “Beauty Beast” pretty much any time I found myself in front of the television. The songs, the story, and that yellow dress were all I really needed in life. Continue reading “DIY Chiffon Maxi Circle Skirt Sewing Tutorial”
As Spring is quickly approaching and Summer is nearly on the horizon, I’ve been getting so inspired to sew! Since I’m working on so many projects right now and haven’t had much time to photograph them, I thought it would be fun to share my sketches with you and show you a little of my design process. I’m not the best artist, and I don’t totally have the fashion sketching thing down, but at least it all comes out the way I imagine it in my head.
So what is on the agenda? (Or at least in theory… I never have time for all of my projects!) First, I’m thanking the fashion gods for allowing ruffles to be in season this year because I absolutely love them. I’m looking to make a couple of dresses that I think would be absolutely perfect for weddings since they are great for dancing in. I’m also planning to work with lace – what a shocker – but it’s the most feminine way to make tops and dresses, and I can’t say no!
The first is a blue, strapless cocktail dress made from an embossed neoprene scuba fabric. I fell in the love with the fabric first, and since it is so busy and structured, I thought it would lend itself perfectly to a simple silhouette with a little volume.
Another dress I have in mind is a pink and white striped, drop waist ruffled dress. I had planned to make mine red like this dress I found at Nordstrom, but sometimes you just go to the store and a fabric speaks to you. This pink and white striped shirting fabric (similar fabric here, could not find the same one online) is so light, so it will be my go to in the sweltering days of the Summer. I may even line the dress… or even make it reversible!? (I told you I can get overzealous.)
Yet another dress? Yes. I really want a version of this guy. It’s just so expensive and I just can’t bring myself to buy it. There have been a couple of copies made that are similar like this one and this one, but I still don’t have a reason to spend that much on a dress that I can’t even wear to someone’s wedding since it’s white. So it’s time to make it. This one will be a challenge for me since I don’t make a ton of structured and non-stretch pieces, but I want to work on it. I’m considering using a stretch lace to make it a little simpler to fit.
The last piece I’m really excited about is a white off the shoulder top. I know, this sounds like every other shirt I already own, but I actually don’t have anything that works well to compliment to the many voluminous skirts I have collected. Somehow in my ridiculous assortment of white and white lace tops, I don’t have any that are dressy and tight, so it makes pairing fancy skirts difficult. This piece will probably be the first that I tackle since I’m so anxious to have it in my closet!