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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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Caftan dress

Who doesn't love a caftan? a one size fits most caftan.  If you haven't indulged in this chic trend, now is the time.  Because of the simplicity of caftans, what's most important is the fabric choice.  You can go the beach route, the casual lounge route, the elegant route or the sexyish route, which is the direction I went in.  This coral fabric from with it's ribbed texture and 1-way slight stretch was perfect for this caftan.  Unfortunately it's sold out online but possibly still available.  the product #ID 305574.  This is a gorgeous fabric with a substantial weight.  Make sure you have a tiny needle on hand because this fabric is quite a challenge to sew.

The pattern used was this vintage Simplicity 5900 with the following alterations:

-Removed 24" from the length of the pattern
-Removed the zipper from the back of the pattern
-Removed the neck collar option of the pattern
-Cut a plunging neckline  15" down from the top.
-Added a 36"x2" tie belt

Dress- DIY
Heels- Sergio Rossi
Bangle-AV Max

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Jersey stripes

If your searching for a perfect striped jersey this season..............This Ralph Lauren jersey from is a must!

The top was made using the same pattern and alterations seen here two years ago with exception of longer sleeves.

Top & Skirt- DIY
Beach bag-TJ Maxx
Flip flops- Target
Shades-Ralph Lauren

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Summer Maxi

Nothing reads summertime more than a maxi dress and sandals and I absolutely love them both.  Unfortunately summer hasn't arrived yet unless you are on vacation, where it's full steam ahead.

Vacationing for me has taken on a new twist when you have a 7 month old in tow.  A lot of relaxing and lounging where maxi dresses come in right on time.

This dress was made with this matte jersey from which is pretty amazing for maxi dresses. It comes in twenty colors, yes you heard me right a full twenty colors of amazement.  This fabric sews beautifully neat, irons perfectly and drapes like no other jersey with it's medium weight.

The pattern used for this dress was the bodice of Vogue V8896 and a self drafted skirt with the following alterations:

-Added a double seam bell sleeve with elastic
-The skirt was made by cutting 2 pieces of fabric 18x47" long and 1 29x47" sew the 18" pieces to the sides of the 29" piece leaving room 3.5" from the top for the pockets.
Connect the skirt to the bodice by pleating the skirt as you go around to fit the bodice.
I finished the inside by serging the seams.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Suited in red

I can recount a time where everything that hung in my closet was black! and from as far back as I can remember, black was always my favorite color...I know, black isn't a color but you couldn't tell me that.  Fast forward several years and give me the brightest color on the wheel and I'm in heaven.

This color is called poppy which is a mix of red and orange.  It's bright beautiful and definitely standout.  It's medium weight with a bit of stretch which makes this the perfect year round trouser fabric.  It's almost sold out so you better grab some quickly.

The pattern used for these pants was the same pattern used for these, which came from one of my favorite pair of jeans that I damaged with bleach.  I opened the seam which created the perfect fitting pattern.  The changes made were as follows:

-Added a 4.5" waist band
-Removed the fly zipper and added a side zipper
-Added 3" to the length

The top was made using Vogue V8815 view A with the following alterations:

-Cut 6" off the bottom of the top of the pattern
-Faced the top portion of the pattern
-Added a 2" band separating the top portion and the peplum portion
-Added a 12" inverted pleated peplum
-Added a 20" zipper down the back
-Added a 1.5" double band at the bottom of the peplum

Heels- Miu Miu
Clutch- Prada
Shades- Ralph Lauren
Cuff- Vintage Lanvin
Bangle-AV Max

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY Cropped palazzo pants and cropped top

I've been looking at palazzo pants for a minute, I'm not a huge fan of them but wanted to experiment.  What better way to experiment with fashion when you make your own.  I have a long torso so high waisted pants are perfect, but finding high waisted patterns are few and far between, so I used this Vogue V9075 with the following alterations:

-Removed the bodice portion of the pants
-Added a 4.5" waist to the pants
-Added a 9" zipper
-Tacked the pleats to create more movement

The fabric used for these pants was this Donna Karan wool and lycra fabric which was perfect for this application.  Its the perfect weight for tailored pants with a nice drape.  The fabric has a bit of stretch to it and cuts and sews easily.  This fabric would also be great in a nice tailored dress.

The top was made using this Burdastyle crop top pattern.  I purchased this silk striped fabric from Mood LA last year but here is a great alternative.

Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti
Shades-Stella McCartney

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Carrot cake cheese cake

I have lately had such an intense sweet tooth, I go to sleep and wake up thinking about every cake, cookie and pie you could imagine which if you follow me on instagram has been pretty clear.  So when my husband picked me up a slice of carrot cake cheese cake in an effort to satisfy my craving, it only created a monster.  The very next day I decided that one slice wasn't enough.



2 8oz pkgs cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sifted sugar
1tbls flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Carrot cake

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup freshly grated carrots
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup butter
2tsp vanilla
4 1/2 oz crushed pineapple drained (save 3 tbls juice)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut flakes

Cream cheese frosting

3 oz cream cheese softened
1 1/2 tbls butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sifted sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbls pineapple juice


Grease a 9 or 9 1/2 inch springform pan.  Set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat together 2 packages cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.  Beat in 1 tablespoon flour, 3 eggs and 1 teaspoons vanilla until smooth.  Set aside.
For the carrot cake:  in a large bowl, combine oil, butter,  1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and 2 teaspoon vanilla, mixing thoroughly.  Stir in 1 cup flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and pinch of salt, mixing well.  Stir in drained pineapple, carrots, coconut and chopped walnuts.
Spread 1 1/2 cups carrot cake batter over bottom of prepared pan.  Drop large spoonfuls of cream cheese batter over carrot cake batter, about 1 cup.  Drop large spoonfuls of remaining carrot cake batter over the cream cheese.  Finish with remaining cream cheese batter, spreading evenly with a rubber spatula
Bake in preheated 350˚F oven 60  minutes or until cake is set and cooked through.  Cool to room temperature and refrigerate for 4 hours.
When cake is cold, prepare the frosting.  In a bowl of an electric mixer, combine 3 ounce cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, 3 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice and  Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.  Frost top of cheesecake.
Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Little white neoprene dress

I have to confess I'm happier than most to begin to see signs of spring.  Last year this time I was in the throws of morning sickness so I'm embracing every white, pink and pastel color this spring has to offer, starting with this white neoprene from

My original vision for this dress was a boxy mini dress, but once I got started, I loved the way the pleating and darts responded to the neoprene.  The pattern used for this dress was my loved Vogue V8840 shirt pattern which has gone through many transformations including these here here and here.

The pattern alterations are as follows:

-Added 2.5" to the width
-Added 10" to the length
-Added 4 darted pleats to the front and back of the dress
-Added a 9" zipper to the back of the neck
-Added a 1" rolled collar
-Hand stitched the hem

     Using pins, create the pleats with the dress inside out to achieve the proper fit.  Once the fit is  
      correct, baste stitch.  Repeat this process for the back, which is more challenging unless someone
      does it for you.

Clutch- DIY here
Booties- Calvin Klein Collection

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Capital Style

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Capital Style Magazine on their spring fashion issue.  I have to say It was a lot of fun, although smiling for hours can be exhausting.  In addition to working with the great people of Capital Style, I was also lucky enough to shoot with my little angel which I have to admit I was a bit nervous considering their crew arrived right at her nap time.  Thank goodness she perks up when she has an audience :).

If you live in the DC area, you can pick up a copy of the magazine, or view the article here online.

Both looks coming to the blog soon.........

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DIY spring ready sleeveless coat

We are finally in our last days of winter thank goodness, but with that enters a few weeks of unpredictable weather.  It isn't quite warm enough to put the coats away, but you can finally shed those layers.  What better way to do that than with a sleeveless coat, which if you follow my blog have seen several versions over the past few years seen here, here  and here.

When I spotted this Jill Stuart fabric on, I can honestly say I wasn't in love with the texture.  I knew the color would make a great coat but I wasn't sold until it arrived in the mail.   This fabric is gorgeous! the quality is amazing, it sews beautifully and irons great as well.  I'm a bit disappointed this is the only color available.

The coat was made using this downloaded Burdastyle pattern with the following alterations:
-Added a seam line down the front
-Added a front facing
-Made the coat sleeveless and added a 2" faced band
-Removed the pocket stitching and tacked the pocket to the inside

Heels- Sergio Rossi
Clutch-DIY here
Jeans- Joes Jeans
Top- Club Monaco
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