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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com  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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com 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 moodfabrics.com 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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