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Girls' Trip: The Real Deal

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This month I had the opportunity to create singe pieces for a few college friends.  One was my site mate and the other is my SAI sister.  These are friendships that haven't faded.   :)

Well, the same is very true for them and their LBG (Ladies of Black and Gold) sisters.   They do a girls' trip every year. They always do a photo shoot and have a good time.   I was commissioned by them to make their pieces for the shoot in Jamaica.   I'm glad to share these pieces with you.

They choose fabrics from TessWorldDesigns on Etsy.  The fabric arrived quickly and was good weight and opacity.  

I love these full maxi skirts because the design is simple but the right fabric will make it look absolutely amazing. I regret not adding pockets. If you're interested in making them, try this tutorial.

The dress is an old pattern from my stash.   I last made it about 2 years ago.   I ran across it while looking for something that for my suite mate's requirements: cute and …

Family Affair

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I'm back with what might be the most fun project this year!  I made 6 pieces for a family photo shoot.


From fabric selection to inspiration pieces, I loved what they close.   It was left up to me to try to bring it to life.  Check out their inspirations and fabric choices:

I'm not sure where they found the inspiration pics but they are beautiful.   All the fabric was purchased from House of Mami Wata on Etsy.  I've had multiple great retail experiences with her.   She's becoming my go to for Ankara prints.

To pull this together,  they returned their measurements on a form and I began to determine what could be self drafted and what would be Frankenstein pieces from a mixture of patterns. All pieces except item A below were fired with minor adjustments the week before the shoot.   I'm happy with how everything turned out.   They look absolutely beautiful.


A: Simplicity 1664 & self-drafted peplumB: Self-draftedC: McCall's M7406 & McCall's M7…

Clean up or Cover Up!

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I'm back with a tip:  Clean Up or Cover Up!

It's spring!  I think.   This weather has been a little funny here in Bama.  It was down in the low 60s and high 50s last week. I equate spring and summer with porch sitting.   I did a lot of that at Grandma's house when I was little.   It's kind of discouraging to walk out on your porch, patio, or deck and see dingy, dirty furniture.

Well, don't throw it away.  It can be saved.

First, try cleaning it.  Click here for some tips on cleaning moldy, dirty patio furniture.

If cleaning doesn't give them new life, cover them up!

For those of you that don't sew,  here are two you can purchase.

If you can sew, go ahead and make them.  I made some very simple cushion covers for a former co-worker.

To do this, I watched a few envelope pillow cover tutorials and applied the measurements she provided.   Here's one that I liked:

You can follow these steps and apply your measurements. Here's a quick tip to…

Overflow

Hey loves!

It's been a very exciting couple of weeks. I left a job I loved for an awesome career opportunity.   My oldest son was accepted into an international baccalaureate school. My husband fulfilled a promise to purchase us a home.  I can't tell how many awesome things have happened since we closed.

Just when I thought the excitement was ending, I got this email:

Say what?! Me featured?!  For the prom dress I made for my niece?! Remember this one:

Click here to read about it.

I'm sew excited that my beautiful niece wearing a dress I made is being featured I a blog read by seamstress all over the world!



I don't know how to describe these last few weeks. I just call it OVERFLOW! And I'm thankful!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ





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