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What to Wednesday: The Red Lace Dress

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I'm back work another inexpensive outfit.   Warming is not the $50 steal from last week.  If not for the cost of the shoes, this outfit would be under $50 too.


So where did this outfit come from? My brain ad my kids say.   Of course, I was inspired by a few things I saw on Pinterest.  I really wanted to wear this steal I found while outlet shopping during spring break so, I put this together.

Let's talk about this dress.  I love the fit as I have all the BCBG dresses I've owned.   I was sad to find out the BCBG factory store was closing, but glad when I heard the price.  This dress was marked down to $23.00 and the last one in the store.  Perfect for me.   I could see me wearing this to church, work,  and even out on the town.   Shoes and accessories will make it work for any of them.

Here's the cost breakdown:
Dress: $23 BCBG Factory Store Belt: $3 Wal-mart Sleeveless Blazer: $8 (Simply 10)Shoes: $39.95 JustFabEarrings: GiftedTotal cost for the outfit: $73…

Tip Tuesday: Keep It Simple

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This is a mix of style and sewing.   I spend a lot of time looking at my patterns and fabric.   Yes, a lot. Why?  Because I want to pair them well.   I like prints but I don't like prints in a complex design.   I like prints worth a simple design.   I like solids on complex designs.   So my style moto is keep it simple.

You can live out loud, while keeping it simple.   Look at the designs below. They are all simple bit the prints give them life.   It's like saying a lot without saying much.   I love it!

Here's a little look at some of my favorite simple designs with pretty prints.





Until next time,  Smooches!

DJ



Sew with Me: Easter Cuteness

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I just want to share my Easter makes with you.  They weren't fancy or overly technical but they were fun and cute. Take a look.



I can't pick a favorite. I love them all. They are so unique like the people who requested them. This is the exciting part of sewing...see a vision come to life. Even better is a proud post from the client wearing their custom garment. I'll be sharing more about each this month.

What's your favorite? Leave a note.

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ

What to Wear Wednesday

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So, you guys know I love to sew.   But, I also really love to bargain shop.  I get really excited when I find really cute items that I know I'll wear multiple times at really great price.   So, I thought I'd share some of those fun finds with you.

Here's a recent find from Simply 10: a mauve pleated skirt. If you're not familiar with the store, most of the items are less than $10.  I find some really cool things in there. This particular skirt was on clearance for $2. Yay!  Plus, it was the only one and it was my size! Winning! Soft pink is hot this spring.  Winning again!
I jumped on Pinterest to find outfits for pleated skirts.  There are many.  I can't wait to wear them.

I found one that I thought I could recreate without buying another piece.
As I was putting this outfit together,  I realized that nothing in this outfit cost over $20.  What a great way to start this feature!
Here's the cost breakdown:
Necklace: $5 (unknown), similarBracelet: $7 …

Do It! Do It! Do It Till You Get Right!

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It's busy,  busy,  busy in my life but I wanted to share a tip.   PRACTICE!

We've all heard the saying Practice makes perfect.   Though it may sound cliché, it's the truth!  You get better with practice.   Trust me.

I have a confession for you.   I was scared of buttonholes.   I hated to see a pattern that requires a buttonhole.  My fear came from many failed attempts at creating a button home.   I mean many failed attempts.    Garments were ruined because of jacked up buttonholes.  One night, I sat down and said I won't be defeated by a darn buttonhole.  I pulled out lots of swatches of different types of fabric, set up my Brother LS590 to create a buttonhole, and practiced and practiced and practiced until I got a perfect buttonhole on each.   There was a lot of trial and error.   I had to pull out stabilizer to help with some of them.  But, practiced until I got it right.   The lessons I learned have stayed with me.

Even now before I sew a buttonhole on …

Knocking Off the Hit List

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I received my March 2017 issue of Essence Magazine.   I always check out the pages that show fashion trends first.   For all you fashionistas and sewcialists, Ava DuVernay is wearing a cute dress.   I'm thinking about replicating it soon.

Anyway, I'm here to talk about the Ann Taylor matching set on the hit list (page 24). It's really cute and simple.  Awesome print and simple design...that's me!  So guess what I did.   That's right.   I made a matching set.

I found a sweater knit with a fun print in my stash and the set was born.   I used two of my go to patterns: Simplicity 1072 and New Look 6217.  They are both really simple wardrobe staples.  The type of pattern you'll use over and over again.   I'm doing just that.

They are great for practicing techniques.   I did a great job with print matching on the skirt, but that shirt.   The shirt prints don't match up at all. I would have redone it but I didn't have enough fabric left over. …

Where's the baby?! Boys & Bowties

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I'm back for #memade Monday.   I've been working on my laundry list of projects for the Sudoku Challenge and a few other cool projects that I'm trying to wrap up now that I am getting back to myself. Whew my creativity had been way off!  The end of 2016 took me for a ride. 
Anywho!  This post is not about me.  It's more about my oldest son.   He's growing up on me so fast.   It's seems surreal that I will have a tween this year.   Thanks to his 5th grade teacher, he's starting to show a real interest in bow ties.  One night while browsing the fabric section of Wal-mart, he picked up some fat quarters and said can you make bow ties from this.   How could I say no?!  
I used my favorite bow tie tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  It's simple and great for growing boys who don't seem to wear anything long.  Jamie offers a tutorial for two different sizes, one for 6-13 year olds and one for the smaller guys. I made one for my …