Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Perfect Jersey Dress

Coming down the home stretch of pregnancy I am in love with uber comfy fabrics ie: anything with stretch! and nothing helps camouflage this huge belly better than an awesome print.  This gorgeous Italian jersey from has the perfect amount of stretch and is absolutely beautiful.  Unlike most jersey fabrics, it's very easy to sew and iron.

This dress was made with this downloadable Burdastyle pattern previously seen here which is the perfect pregnancy dress.  This dress was cut the exact same size as my pre-pregnancy weight which will make this the perfect post pregnancy option.  The following alterations were made:

-Removed 13.5" from the length of the sleeves
-Added 6" to the length of the dress
-Removed the zipper option from under the sleeve
-Removed the button option from the back of the neck
-Added a 9" invisible zipper to the back of the neck

Dress: DIY
Clutch: Bottega Venetta
Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
Cuff: Lanvin
Bangle: AV Max

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Crepe and Suede Mini

When I opened my email and saw that had began selling suede and leather, I was over the moon excited.  If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the NY location, the suede and leather section is phenomenal and filled with unique beautiful suede and leather.

Because I absolutely love working with suede and leather I knew I immediately wanted to incorporate it into a mini dress and this suede from was the perfect weight and color to do just that.  The crepe used was this ivory wool crepe from which is perfect for every season.

The pattern used for this dress was Vogue V8840 which is a shirt pattern I have altered many times seen hereherehere and here.  The following alterations were made to this pattern:

-Added 8.5" to the length
-Removed 2" of the length then re-attached to create a band
-Added a 1.5" suede band around the sleeves
-Added a 1/2" suede band around the neck
-Added a 9" invisible zipper at the back of the neck

With 5 weeks to go, this dress will be a perfect post partum option.

Dress: DIY
Heels: Elizabeth & James
Necklace: Vintage and YSL
Bracelet: DIY
Clutch: DIY

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Tribal Print Kimono

My latest goto pregnancy loves are hands down kimonos.  With 8 weeks to go, my fashion options are becoming more and more limited.  Prior to pregnancy my main focus was the perfect fit but I now focus on making clothes that provide comfort and functionality.  I so look forward to my pre-pregnancy fashion options :)

This kimono was made using two of these silk tribal print panels from  I've never worked with panels before but found them very easy to handle.  My one piece of advice is to make sure you cut them accurately and match the patterns because you only have one shot.  These panels are absolutely beautiful, very lightweight and look really rich.

The pattern used for this kimono was the same pattern I used for these caftans here and here, vintage Simplicity 8354 with the following pattern alterations:

-Removed 18" from the length
-Interfaced the front and left it open

Kimono- DIY
Jeans- Rag & Bone
Tee-Nasty Gal
Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch-Bottega Venetta

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DIY 1 Hr. Maxi Dress

I'm going to go ahead and blame my new found love of prints, especially polka dots on hormones and the camouflaging nature of a great print.  It's hard to believe I have only 9 weeks left to go and I'm happy to announce the only maternity wear I've purchased have been bras.  Mood Fabrics has made this process a cinch due to it's incredible fabric selection and the fact I can order a fabric with confidence that It will be just as described.

This dress was made with this beautiful cotton-viscose jersey found on   The fabric has plenty of stretch, is light weight and feels amazing on.

I didn't use a pattern for this quick and easy dress, but used my self-drafted instructions from this maxi I made last year.  This go round I made a few adjustments to accommodate the bump:

-Instead of measuring from the top of the bodice to the waist, I measured from the top of the bodice to 3" above my waist.

-For extra bust support, I added a asymmetric strap by cutting a piece of fabric 1" wide by 20" long.  Stitch fabric closed, turn it inside out, stitch one side of the strap to the inside of the front of the dress, add 2 sew on snaps to the other end of the strap and to the inside of the back of the dress.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Denim-look shirt dress

I have absolutely loved denim dresses in the summer since the beginning of time, and this summer is no different with the exception of pregnancy.  Due to the fact I now tend to stay overwhelming hot all the time, I can't image a denim dress at this point so when I saw this denim-look linen at, I knew I had to have it.  It's light, flowy and simply fantastic.  This fabric reminds me more of chambray as opposed to linen because of how soft it is.

This dress was made with McCalls M6520 view D, the same pattern used to make this shirt dress, with the following alterations:

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 5 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.

-Left out the collar and used the collar band only to create a mandarin, notched collar.

-Added 3 inches to the back hem to create a more asymmetric look.  

-Removed the sleeves from the pattern option and added a 1/2" band around the arm.

Dress: DIY
Heels: Pollini
Clutch: Vintage

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

DIY iIlusion Dress

The perfect dress for any growing frame is an illusion dress.  A darker fabric on the outside will give shape to any pattern.  This dress was made using this great lemon jersey fabric from along with this black jersey.  Both are super simple to work with, great quality, easy cutting and sewing.

The pattern used for this dress was McCalls M6348 view C.  The only patten alteration was the removal of the back zipper.

Dress: DIY
Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
Bag: Banana Republic

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Polka Dot Mini Wrap Dress

The end of last year I found myself pinning all these great polka dot dresses that I absolutely fell in love with and knew once spring and summer came I planned to fill my closet.  So when I spotted this gorgeous  Donna Karan silk on It was exactly what I was looking for.  This fabric is light and flowy and just feels delightful.  Because this is a charmeuse, the true side of the fabric is a bit too shiny for me so I opted to use the wrong side which is a matte finish.  There is a bit of stretch to this fabric which would be perfect for more form fitting dresses.

The dress was made with this Vogue V8825 pattern with the following alterations:

-Used the bodice of the pattern only.  On the left side of the seam of the bodice, leave a 2" opening for t belt
-For the skirt, cut 2 pieces of fabric 25"W x 26"L and 1 piece of fabric 52"W x 26"L.  Connect each 25"w piece of fabric to each side of the 52"w fabric.
-Attach the skirt to the bodice matching the ends of the skirt to the ends of the bodice wrap.
-Pleat the excess fabric that's left in the middle which will create about 22 pleats.
-Connect the belt to the opening of each side of the end of the bodice where it meets the skirt.

Dress: DIY
Heels: Elizabeth & James
Clutch: here

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Monday, June 23, 2014

DIY Track pants and printed top

While searching through my closet for a pair of black pants that fit my waist comfortably, I came up completely empty handed so decided to whip up them super comfy elastic draw string waist pants in this delightful Italian crepe from that's quite light, easy to sew and cut and perfect for warmer temps.  The pattern used for these pants is Vogue V8909  with the following alterations:

-At the waist, I used a draw cord elastic
-Added 1 1/2" to the length of the pattern
-At the ankle I used two rows of  1/4" wide elastics

The top was made with a Anna Sui silk from that's unfortunately sold out but here is an alternative that's just as nice.

The pattern used for this top was Butterick 5948 view C with the following alterations:

-Added two inches to the length of the pattern
-Added a drawstring around the bottom hem
-Removed the sleeves and added a 1/2" band on the neck and sleeves
-Added 2" to the front pattern piece to create a 2" fold at the neck, which gives me more belly room
-Added a 9" invisible zipper at the back of the neck

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