Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Perfect Spring Suit

Lately I have had the desire to wear clothes that are fashionably comfortable.  I have had to wrap my brain around the fact my body is changing and I don't want to fill my closet for the next several months with clothes I will never wear again.  The beauty of making your own clothes is the fact you don't have to settle for those boring maternity clothes that flood pinterest.  When I decided on this look, I wanted a nice breathable fabric with a small amount of stretch that would make for all day comfort, and this Italian lightweight suiting from moodfabrics.com  was perfect.   This is a cream colored lightweight fabric beautiful for spring.


The top was made with Vogue V8815 with the following alterations:
-Cut a 10" graduated V in the neck line
-Added a 2" tapered sleeve
-Added a 51"x 9" double layered pleated peplum instead of the pattern peplum piece
-Cut the back piece on the fold removing the zipper
-Added a 9" zipper on the left side seam
-Faced the front and back neck
-Lined the back with this satin from moodfabrics.com



The pants were made with Vogue V8909 the only alterations made were leaving out the drawstring, adding a 1.5" elastic at the ankle and I lined them with this satin from moodfabrics.com




Top- DIY
Pants-DIY
Clutch-DIY
Bracelet-DIY
Cuff-Lanvin
Heels- Sergio Rossi- alternate color found here
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

DIY Lemon Spring Dress

When I sat down to make something with this beautiful bright stretch cotton sateen fabric on moodfabrics.com that is a dream to sew with and absolutely perfect for spring and summer, I wasn't too sure if I wanted something that would last for the next two months or something that would carry me through the summer.  Considering I'm three months pregnant with zero bump I decided to not allow this cute little dress to go to waste and make it baby friendly for months to come.

This dress was made using this Mcalls pattern with the following alterations:

-Added 2" to the width of the front of the pattern
-Added 3" to the width of the back of the pattern
-Removed 8" from the lenth of the pattern
-Added a front pleat
-Added 2 back pleats
-Added a 9" zipper in to the neck back
-Added a inverted pleated extension to the bottom of the dress




Dress: DIY
Heels: Miu Miu
Clutch: Prada


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY Faux Fur Sleeveless Coat

Being the coat lover that I am, I know true spring weather is right around the corner.  I don't want to yet retire my coat love until next winter, so I did the next best thing..............A sleeveless faux fur and wool coat that will work well into spring.  I've never worked with faux fur before and always thought it looked a bit cheap, but this Persian lamb faux fur from moodfabrics.com has truly proved me wrong.  It feels fantastic, easy to cut and sew and is just down right luxe.  Coupled with this heavy weight Marc Jacobs wool, makes this such a chic coat that I plan to hold on to for quite a while.

The coat was made with Vogue V8865 view A with the following alterations:

-Used the bottom of view C
-Removed the sleeves
-Added a 1" fibre filled band to the sleeve for a more exaggerated sleeve





Coat-DIY
Sweater-DIY seen here
Skirt-DIY seen here available here
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Clutch-JJ Winters




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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DIY Lace Dress

My obsession with lace continues........ Lace is one of those delicate textiles you can't help but prance in when you walk. It provides the perfect amount of coverage that doesn't leave you looking too naked. This silk lace I found on moodfabrics.com is simply amazing! and works well with this Italian black suiting.
It's very delicate and is way more amazing in person.
This dress was made with the bodice of McCalls M5927 with the following alterations: -Added 2" to the front and back of the neck -Cut the front and back bodice piece 6.5" from the top to create an additional pattern piece and seam line. -Added a 22" zipper The skirt of the dress was made by:
-Cutting one piece of fabric 40" wide x 18" long and cut in half lengthwise. (back piece) -Sew the back pieces together using a 5/8" seam allowance basting 7 1/2" from the top of the skirt. -Attach the remaining bodice zipper to the skirt back.-Cut one piece of fabric 21 wide x18" long (front piece) -Sew the front and back pieces together at the sides
-Line the side and back seams of the skirt up with the bodice seams, using the fabric between the seams to create the inverted pleats that line up with the bodice darts in the front and back.
-Sew the bodice to the skirt
-Added 5" of lace to the hem of the skirt -Serged the sleeve openings to seal






Dress-DIY
Shoes-Jason Wu
Clutch-Bottega Venetta


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Monday, March 10, 2014

DIY Highwaisted Lace Trim Skirt

My latest obsession has been everything lace, lots of sexy lace undergarments and robes.  While going through my ridiculously overflowing stash, I came across this faux lace fabric I picked up at G Street last year on the clearance wall for only $2.95.  I'm not sure of the content but it has a very slight stretch and it feels amazing.  The lace I used for the trim was picked up at Mood Fabrics in NY over the summer.  They have tons of beautiful lace at all price points.

This skirt was made with the same pattern used for this DIY pencil skirt with the following alterations:

-Added 2 inches to the top of the waist for a more defined high waist.
-Added a 1 inch waist band
-Added a lace trim to the hem





Skirt-DIY
Shirt-Mens button up
Jacket-Burberry
Heels-Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch-Bottega Veneta


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Friday, February 28, 2014

DIY Little Black Shift Dress

I'm one of those people that can never have enough loose fitting little black dresses, I find them effortless, classic and comfortable.  This dress was made with this crepe from moodfabrics.com  which if you love crepe as much I do and understand the versatility of this awesome fabric you will always keep this in your stash.  It has a nice weight, irons beautifully with very little fraying.

This dress was made with Butterick 5211 with the following pattern alterations:
-Added a front curved flap to the dress by:
Cutting two pieces of the front pattern piece
Using a styling design ruler, cut a curve on the bottom right side of the fabric
Baste the front pieces together
-Drafted a long sleeve instead of the gathered sleeve
-Removed one pocket
-Removed 3" from the hem
-Added a 9" zipper on the back seam





Dress-DIY
Coat-DIY
Boots-Balenciaga
Clutch-Fendi
Necklace-DIY
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Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Bright Red Suit

There was a time in my life when my daily uniform was a suit, normally black or blue but  never would a bright red suit had been appropriate.  Now I can throw appropriate out the window and simply go with how I feel and at this point in my life a bright red suit is beyond appropriate.

The trousers were made with Burdastyle B6981 which is a slimmer fit that I wanted to fit bit looser, so I cut a larger size and adjusted the waist.

The blazer was made using McCalls M5938

No alterations were made to the patterns.                    

Both were made with this Italian poly blend from moodfabrics.com and lined with a black charmeuse.







Suit-DIY
Top-Stella McCartney
Heels-Brian Atwood
Clutch-Fendi
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Diy Cape

My latest obsession is the mighty cape.  There is no easier way to pull separates together to create a polished look.

This cape was made using this Ana Sui faille which is a fabric that gives this cape a more classic look.  I also envision this fabric as a perfect midi or a beautiful floor length skirt because of it's stiff drape.

I lined the cape with this charcoal charmeuse which I happen to love to use as a lining.

This cape was made with Vogue V1322 with the following alterations:

-Removed both placket pockets
-Added a welt pocket






Cape- DIY
Pants- DIY seen here with alterations
Sweater- DIY seen here
Shirt- Burberry
Heels-Manolo Blahnik

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DIY Reebok Design

This is ususally the time of year all those fantastic resolutions have fallen to the side, with the number one resolution being the allmighty fitness promise.
What better way to reinvigorate your fitness goals with a custom pair of Reeboks.

I was given the pleasure of designing my very own pair of Reeboks, which if you've never experienced that process is pretty exciting, especially for someone like myself who enjoys having something uniquely their own. You select from 16 shoe styles and 14 colors customizing the entire shoe down to the sole.  To make the shoe even more of your own creation, you have the option to add a personalized phrase on the heel cap which is pretty awesome.

I also took this time to make my very first pair of fitness pants thanks to the easy to follow downloaded pattern from Fehrtrade.
                                                                     







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Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Mini Dress

I wanted to answer a question I get regularly which is...... How do I come up with the ideas to make the clothes I make and what inspires me?

When I sit down to make something,  I usually don't have a clue what I'm going to make.  I'm not like most people who plan the look from the fabric to every little sewing detail weeks in advance.  When I'm in front of my machine, I open my fabric cabinets and randomly pick my fabric.  Once I have selected the fabric I think about what that particular fabric would look good in ie: pants, skirt, dress etc.  I then go to my inspiration boards to find something that peaks my interest.  Once I have something in mind, I do a quick sketch then search through my patterns for something similar that pattern alterations can see my vision through.  Then the fun begins!

This dress was made with a silk wool fabric from G Street fabrics which was purchased last year. The bodice used was  Butterick B5556 view A and the skirt was made by:
- Cutting two pieces of fabric 38"wide x 15" long
- Sew the two pieces together
- Attach the skirt to the bodice by lining up the side seam and remaining zipper
- With the remaining fabric in the middle of the seams, pleat as you go around
- Add a 4" band around the hem
-Add  2 1/2" band around the sleeves











Dress:DIY
Jacket-Zara
Boots-Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch-Fendi
Belt-Rouland Mouret

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