Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sewpreneur Tip: How to Grow a Following

A couple of months ago I was part of the Bernina sewpreneur series where I discussed how to grow a following.  Here's a look at the video.


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Friday, August 14, 2015

DIY Off the shoulder top and midi with free pattern download

Many years ago Pier 1 Imports the international home goods store sold clothes, not sure if many (anyone) remembers that, but I can recall my mother coming in the house with a bag filled with strange looking clothes.  As I tore through the bag dreading the day my young self had to wear these embroidered and embellished getups, I came across a savior in the form of an off the shoulder cropped top.  This was my introductory into off the shoulder, and I've been sold ever since.

When deciding to make an off the shoulder top, I wanted a very crisp fabric which will make for a timeless piece.  I decided on a solid white cotton from item #301847. Unfortunately it sold out, but here are great shirting alternatives.

The skirt was made using this beautiful lightweight cotton jacquard fabric which is simply sublime.  It's crisp, bright white and perfect.

The pattern used for this top was one I self drafted and available to download free here.

The skirt was made using Butterick B5285 with the following pattern alterations:

Added 10" to the length
Used pleats instead of box pleats
Reduced the width of the waist band by 1/2"

Top worn tied in a bow in the back

Top- DIY Download pattern here
Shades- Stella McCartney
Heels- TopShop

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Friday, July 31, 2015

My Ulta skincare refresh

A few times a year I feel like I need a skincare refresh! With a busy schedule, a 10 month old, starting a new business, summer events and intense heat your skin definitely takes a hit.  My solution is bi-weekly at home facials.
I've compiled a few of my summer refresh fav's from Ulta to help you with your own summer skincare refresh.

Step 1 cleanse-  Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Step 2 exfoliate/Mask- Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

Step 3 serum- Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

Step 4 moisturizer- Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer

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DIY Caftan mini

The caftan has been my fall back look for the past 18 months or so, it was my comfy goto while pregnant and my functional, comfy and fashionable post pregnancy look as well.  One thing that's undeniable is the fact the caftan is versatile and with a few alterations, can take you from day to evening with ease.  With my busy schedule, versatility and comfort is key.

The fabric used for this dress is Mood Fabrics navy matte jersey.

This caftan was made with the same pattern I used here, vintage Simplicity 5900 with the following alterations:

-Removed 25" from the length of the pattern
-Removed the zipper and neck collar
-Cut a 10" neckline
-Sew the batwing sides closer to the body for a more fitted look

In staying with my need for versatility, style and comfort, I have to mention these caged heels by Iylia.  Most of us are guilty of sacrificing comfort for fashion, but with Iylia that's not necessary.  This is truly a heel to be worn all day! Try them for yourself here  and use code BEAUTEJADORE at checkout for 30% off.

Caftan mini-DIY
Heels- Iylia available here

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

DIY open back pencil dress

I left the "traditional" workforce a couple of years ago but these dresses, minus the open back bring me back to that time.  Whenever I now have the opportunity to wear one, I couldn't be happier.  This is my interpretation of modest. :)

This dress was made using this Donna Karan double face crepe from ,  The navy blue color is perfect and so dark it's almost black.  It sews and cuts nicely and has a nice amount of stretch which make it super comfy.  It's lined in this gorgeous silk charmeuse which makes this dress feel luxurious.

The pattern used for this dress was this vintage McCall's pattern 3673  which I altered with a high waist pencil skirt, 12" zipper, 1.5" to the sleeves and a  5" back slit, instead of the button back midi skirt.  As you can see I absolutely love vintage patterns and feel they represent my style more so than the new patterns so thank god for Etsy.

side note- backless bra found here

Dress- DIY Vintage McCall's 3673
Heels- Schutz

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

DIY silk shirt dress

I'm one of those people that have never been a big casual dresser, but since becoming a mom casual in a necessity.  Shirt dresses are the perfect addition which work perfect with heels as well as flats.

This fabric from is absolutely perfect.  It's a stretch silk from Theory that is a must! It cuts, irons and sews with ease and the wrinkles simply fall out.  Another great benefit of this fabric is it's ability to not stain when wet.  I was caught in a down pour but pleasantly surprised when hung to dry, not a single sign of water damage.

The pattern used for this dress was McCalls M6520  view D with the following alterations:

-3" added to the pattern back length
-Cut off the top of the back of the pattern at the arm pit. Place the top portion of the pattern on the fold of the fabric and place the bottom half 3 inches from the fold.  (this will give you enough fabric to allow you to make the inverted pleat on the bottom half of the back of the dress)- (To make the inverted pleat) match up the ends of the top back fabric to the bottom back fabric. With the excess material in the middle, create the inverted pleat.  Top stitch the pleat
-Added 3" to the length of the sleeves
-Added two seams to the sleeves
-Added a pleated pocket to the front of the dress
-Added a pleated shoulder

Dress- DIY
Heels- Jimmy Choo
Bangle- AV Max

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY embroidered mini

When you think of an embroidered fabric the first thing that comes to mind is a heavier more structured fabric..........but I have to tell you, this fabric is AMAZING! It's basically strands of embroidery on a light weight cotton, making this a perfect summer dress.  I've ordered nearly 100 different fabric choices from and this by far is my absolute favorite.  Needless to say I will be ordering more, this fabric will make an amazing skirt.

Because the fabric is most certainly the star, I wanted a very simple silhouette so I used this vintage Simplicity 6219 with the following pattern alterations:

-Added a seam at the bodice
-Added 2" to the length of the sleeve
-Added a strip of boning to the inside top of the sleeve to create a more dramatic sleeve

Mini version

Heels-Alexander Wang

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIY Open back top and ruffle back skirt

When it comes to deciding what to make, I generally have something in mind based on a look that inspired me.  I then look for a pattern similar that will allow me to make alterations.  The process for this look was quite different! While browsing one of my favorite sites M'oda O'perandi,  I fell in love with this Oscar De La Renta top.  It's adorable, feminine and sexy all at the same time.  Instead of looking for a pattern to alter, I instead used my dress form and created the pattern myself.  It's pretty much a shell top with the back bottom half removed and replaced with two very long ties.  

The skirt was a complete after thought.  I didn't have enough fabric for a pattern, so I draped it using the dress form.  Created a fitted A-line effect in the front and cascading ruffle draping in the back. Added a back zipper and partially lined the skirt.  In the future I will definitely cut non stretch fabric on the bias for a look like this for a better fit.

The fabric used was this plum cotton brocade from  It's a lightweight viscose brocade fabric that's a very easy fabric to cut and sew.  This fabric has no stretch and would move a bit nicer with a lining.

Clutch-DIY made here
Heels- Barney's New York on sale here

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DIY animal print maxi

When it comes to animal print, I find summer maxi's are completely appropriate...... and no one does an animal print maxi better than Roberto Cavalli.  When I spotted this animal print jersey, Roberto Cavalli is the first thing I thought about.  What's perfect about this fabric is the ultra drape that makes a jersey dress fantastic.  It's currently sold out but the product code is 303128.  Here are a few others on that are just as gorgeous.

The pattern used for this dress is Vogue V1102 with the following pattern alterations:

Added 4.5" to the length of the bodice pattern which creates a plunging open back
Added 2 25" tie straps across the back

For the skirt, I cut 2 pieces of fabric 30"x54" and double stitched the pieces together at the sides. Attached the skirt to the bodice and pleated the excess fabric in the back, leaving the front flat.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

DIY floral jumpsuit

Traditionally I'm not a floral person at all whatsoever UNLESS I'm on a caribbean vacation when it calls for lightweight uber happy fabric.  This floral slightly sheer fabric from was perfect for this jumpsuit.  It drapes nicely, sews and cuts with ease.  Unfortunately the fabric is now sold out but here is a great alternative.  The pattern used for this jumpsuit is this downloaded Burdastyle with the following alterations:

-Added 4" to the length of the sleeves and bloused with elastic
-Added 5" to the pant length

This is a very easy jumpsuit pattern that's perfect for your first voyage into jumpsuits.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Perfect Pesto

One of my all time favorite pasta's are pesto pasta.  It's also one of the easiest pasta's to make with only five ingredients and no stove required to make the pesto.  The most important ingredient in the pesto is the basil which lucky for me is one of the herbs I grow in my garden and grows like weeds.
Fortunately I will have the pleasure of pesto all summer.


3 cups of fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup parmesan and asiago mixed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper


In a blender mix the basil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese.  While the blender is running, add the olive oil and salt and pepper.

Just that easy!

Serve with angel hair pasta

Store:  Store in a air tight jar with 1 tbls of olive oil drizzled on top in the refrigerator for up to one week. 
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