Monday, February 23, 2015

Fuchsia wool dress

There is nothing more special than a hot pink wool.  When I originally ordered this fabric from, I had no idea what I was going to make but I just knew I had to have this fabric.  It's a medium weight 100% wool that's simply amazing.  If you plan to pick some up, hurry it's almost sold out.  It's one of those perfect wool's with a bit of stretch perfect for dresses, skirts and coats.

This dress was made using the bodice to McCalls M5927 view B and self drafted skirt with the following alterations:

-Added 1.5" to the height of the neck
-Faced the bodice with the same wool fabric
-Added a gathered sleeve with zipper detail
-Added a 58"x19" pleated skirt to the bodice

Dress- DIY
Belt- Roland Mouret
Booties- Givenchy
Clutch-Bottega Venetta
Shades-Stella McCartney

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DIY floral ponte dress

The description of this fabric on states "this is a fabric you do not want to miss" and I would like to stand up and salute to that description because this fabric is on my top 10 list of all time favorites.  I knew from the moment I opened the package and felt all it's awesomeness I would fall in love.  It's beautifully soft with a great drape, sews with perfection and super easy to work with.  Lets not mention this is one of the most comfortable dresses I own.  The look reminds me of a neoprene but feels like  a silk jersey.  The muted floral design is simply icing on the top.

The pattern used was the bodice to my beloved McCalls M5927 view E with the following  alterations:
-Added 1 1/2" to the height of neck
-Using a curved ruler, added a cut out to the front sides.
-Added exaggerated sleeves by removing the bottom half of the sleeve and doubling the width the shoulder portion of the sleeve and pleating.  To add extra height to the shoulder, I added mini shoulder pads to the sleeves and added elastic at the hem.

The skirt of the dress was made using a self drafted pattern found here.  The bodice and skirt was attached with a 22" invisible zipper down the back.

The coat was previously made here 

In the next few weeks, I will be posting a video tutorial on altering the McCalls M5927 pattern so stay tuned..............

Coat DIY
Dress- DIY
Heels-Jean Michel Cazabat
Shades-Stella McCartney
Bracelet- YSL necklace worn as a bracelet
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Super moist banana bread

With the addition of my little angel, we decided to jump onto the mass grocery super store bandwagon and get a membership at BJ's.  My deciding factor was the introduction of organic fruit to the produce department and their 2lb's of organic bananas for only $1.59.  Needless to say I have a freezer filled with bananas! so enters one of my fav's.....super moist banana bread.


2 1/2 cups flour
2 ripe bananas smashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup butter and olive oil mix
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar

4 mini loaf pans (greased)


Preheat oven to 350
(TIP: for extra moist bread, don't over cook)

1. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together

2. In a large bowl using a mixer, beat cream cheese and butter and olive oil mix until well mixed.  Add sugar and eggs beating well.

3. Turn mixer on low and add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract.

4. Add the flour mix, mixing well but not over beating.

5. Pour the mix into to the mini loaf pans and bake for 30 minutes.

6. Remove the pans from the oven and let them cool on a wire cooling rack.

Serve with lots of butter

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY wide leg pants & bow shirt

I've been a lover of plaid since I was a child, It's one of those patterns you can dress up or down with ease.  It looks great as a shirt, dress,  pants or coat.  When I saw this fabric while visiting Mood NY, my first thought was a great fitted dress but at the last minute thought the scale of this plaid would be better suited for pants.  It's the perfect wool with a touch of crosswise stretch.  Instead of searching for an appropriate pattern, I decide to put my seam ripper to use and ripped up one of my favorite pair of jeans damaged by bleach.

The great thing about using a piece of clothing as a pattern is the fact the fit is already accurate, so with the exception of a few tweaks this is a no fail process. 

-Removed pockets
-Added 2" to the width of the waist band 
-Added 3" to the pant length

The top was made using this silk georgette that feels amazing and one of the easiest silks I've sewn with.  The pattern used for this top was Vogue V8772 with the following alterations:

-Added 2" to the length of the sleeve
-Removed the sleeve button option and added a band
-Added a gathered shoulder
-Removed the darts from the from of the pattern
(TIP) make sure you interface the button and button hole section


Clutch- Fendi
Heels- Manolo Blahnik

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY oversized coat and neoprene dress

When it comes to investing in a great winter coat, you can never go wrong with an oversized coat worn with everything from dresses to sweat pants.  This coat  was made using a grey wool from that has unfortunately sold out but here are a couple alternative fabrics here and here and lined with a silk charmeuse.

The pattern used was Vogue V8862 view C  previously seen here, with the following alterations:

-Added 24" to the length
-Removed bottom half of coat seam
-Added 3" to length of sleeve
-Connected the top pattern piece to the neck piece to remove the seam
-Cut the back piece on fold to remove the back seam
-Added 8" to the neck for a more dramatic collar
-Added side seam pockets

The dress was made using my loved neoprene found here at  The pattern used was the bodice to McCalls M5927 view E with the following alterations:

-Cut a 6 1/2" curved V neck
-Removed the pockets
-Removed the back slit
-Added a 6" curved slit to skirt front
-Removed the rouching at the sleeve
-Added a 5" sleeve band

Booties- Brian Atwood

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY Printed Skirt

A few years ago pretty much everything I wore was black, you could walk in my closet and a sea a black would hit you.  Since I started to sew, I have a new respect for fabric and an appreciation for color.  While at Mood I spotted this gorgeous Anna Sui fabric with all these bright amazing colors.  My intent was to make a wrap style cape but silly me I inadvertently cut the fabric and was reduced to a skirt.  Lucky for me has the fabric available online.  As beautiful as this fabric is, make sure you treat the can be an unravelling nightmare.

The coat was made last year here using a lush wool from Mood.

The pattern used for this skirt was Butterick B5285 view B with the following alterations:

-Opted for flat inverted pleats
-Added a 2" high waist
-Removed 6" from the hem
-Added seamed drop pockets

Shirt- Mens button up
Coat- DIY
Clutch- DIY
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sewing room re-do

What seems like just yesterday I posted a DIY craft room makeover here then fast forward 9 months I became pregnant.  As much as I enjoyed sewing in that room due to it's proximity to our room, I had to give it up and convert it to our nursery.  Having my first "official" sewing room was great but as my sewing increased, it wasn't as functional as I would have liked so it all worked out perfectly.  I knew I was going to create a new sewing room and my office which after the sewing room I barely used, became my new space.

I made a departure from my normal earth tone colors and went stark white with a pop of yellow.  The white walls and floor provide perfect light and an airy  openness I absolutely love.  I pulled up the carpet and painted the plywood under the carpet with this Glidden floor paint which gives this space a perfect industrial feel.  To account for the space between the floor and the wall, I installed these quarter rounds and painted them white.   I used this Behr paint for the walls and a flat white ceiling paint.

Because this is a "true" office space, the room is a bit smaller but looks large because of the higher ceiling.  I wanted to take advantage of the height by adding open shelving instead of taking away space by installing cabinets and book shelves. To save money with shelving, instead of purchasing pre-cut shelving I purchased two of these 97"x49" particle boards for $36.15 and cut (6) 72"x10" and still had material to cut a 37"x 50" cutting board and (2) 25"x10" boards for thread and misc. with board to spare for future projects.  When purchasing this type of board, don't forget the iron on edge tape which gives your cut board a finished look.

The boxes under the cutting board was purchased at and house my patterns.
The yellow boxes were purchased at Ikea
The peg board which is a perfect inspiration board was a leftover from the old craft room.
In an effort to keep my thread organized, I placed screws partially in the board and spaced them out.

Before process.....

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

DIY Perfect cropped trousers

By now it's quite evident I'm in love with a great fitting pant.  One of the top questions when it comes to pants is always "How do I get a perfect fit?" The answer to this question always starts with a great fabric.  This medium weight wool twill from is simply perfect! It has the just the right amount of stretch and structure and were not going to even talk about how incredible the color is.  This is hands down one of the easiest fabrics to cut, sew and iron.

The pattern used for these pants is McCalls M6404 view A with the following pattern alterations:
-Removed the knee riding sections
-Removed 3" from the length of the  pattern
-Added 3" to the length of the waist
-Added a 9" side zipper
-Added a 3" ankle slit
-Added double welt pockets to the back

The top was made with a fabric I had in my stash using this vintage Vogue pattern 1424 view E with the following pattern alterations:
-Used the neck option to view C
-Removed the loop buttons and added regular buttons and button holes
-Removed the wrist cuffs and added elastic


Pants- DIY
Coat-Ann Taylor
Heels- Schutz
Bag- Cole Haan

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