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I'm International...Or My Creation Is

Hey Loves!

Here's one of my latest makes for my bestie.  She went on a cruise and wanted a custom jumpsuit.   She picked the pattern, M7598, and I selected this fabric because she loves blue.

She loved it and got lots of compliments.  What do you think?

Here's my review of the pattern:

Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting pullover dresses and step in jumpsuit have sleeve and length variations.
Pattern Sizing: 14-16-18-20-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It was close to the image, but not exact.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The directions were very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how quickly the jumpsuit came together. I don't like how low the sides are, but my friend loved it.
Fabric Used: Plum/Aqua/Violet/Black 100% Poly Abstract Floral Print Blouse Weight Woven Crepe 58W from FabricMart
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted th…

Did Somebody Say Football?

Hey Loves!
DID SOMEBODY DAY FOOTBALL?!  Yes! Yes, they did!  I was waiting for football season all year.



First,  I love football.   Second,  this shirt right here.


I knew I was going to a football game Saturday.   I didn't know which game, but I knew I was gonna make something similar to that shirt, but when was I gonna make it? Ummmm, the day of the game of course.  One hour before the game start time,  I started.   It took me about 1.5 hours to make.
Here's what I chose to do differently.   I chose a shorter length,  a tie at the neckline instead of a button, and a sash belt instead of elastic in the waist.  Instead of white, I used this cute floral print that fit into my fall wardrobe vision.


To make it: Find a simple shirt with a nice fitFold the shirt in halfFold fabric in halfTrace the front of a simple shirt on the fold (Make sure you add 5/8" for inseam.)Trace the neckline, shoulders, sleeves, center, and sides of the back (Make sure you add 5/8" for inseam…

Fall is Coming

Hey Loves! Fall is coming... & I'm gonna be ready! I've done my research and I'm pretty excited about the fashion trends for fall.   Even more excited that a lot of the colors and patterns are already in my stash!Elle.com published "A Complete Guide to Fall 2017's Top Fashion Trends." It's packed with red, blinged out boots, fur, plaid, buttons,  Victorian necklines,  midis, florals, velvet, and fishnets to name a few. My favorite three are in the image below.  I love plaid, when done right is so classy.  The vintage florals made me think of a lot of the fabric in my stash.   Who's gonna be all cute and floral? This chick right here! I love how the right buttons can transform a project.   I'll be doing a little experimenting with all them. So what about colors?!  A girl can't wear plain and floral everyday...or could I?  Well, I won't.   The colors Pantone posted for New York Fall 2017 paired with my favorite neutrals black,  white,  g…

Did Someone Say Fireworks?

Hey Loves!

Have you ever seen fabric that you had to have?  Of course you have!  That's what happened with the fabric. I stalked it on FabricMart.  Then one day it was on sale, 4 yards for $6.40.  Guess who swiped it up along with a bunch of other fabric.

Recently,  I was sorting through my fabric and noticed it.  I immediately thought fireworks, perfect for the 4th.  I've been thinking about pants and tops a lot lately, but was nervous about this print in pants.  I'm a little heavy on the bottom so I try not to be too bold in pants.  I found a pattern that I used for shorts a few years ago and dug in.

Here are the results:



I tried really hard to match the pattern.  Look at the front and back above.  That turned out good,  but look arty the photo below.  Matching the back and front didn't go so well, see below.


But,  I love them!  They scream fireworks to me.  

What do you think?  I love this project.  It satisfies the thrifty person in me (cost about $4 to make) and …

Inspired Work

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I often see clothing I love and imagine how I can put my spin on it.   Sometimes, it's the fit.   Sometimes, it's the color.  Sometimes, it's the print. Sometimes, it's the fabric.   Well, this time, it's the print.   The idea of a navy blue and white vertical stripe midi made me smile! Here's the inspiration pic from Rosewe.com.  It was in an advertisement on Facebook.


So while in Wal-mart looking for something none fabric related, I just "happened" to walk past the fabric section.   Peeking out at the end of the aisle was this striped fabric.   It ended up on the table getting cut and then walking out the store.   With the help of the bodice from Butterick B6330, I made this dress.





I love the fit and look.   It's one of my favorite dresses!

What inspires you to create?!

Until next time,  smooches!

DJ

On Trend

Hey loves!

I'm excited about this post because it's so on trend for spring and summer 2017.
Color It's a yellow very close to the primrose yellow listed as a color for spring and summer 2017.
Sleeves One of the most popular trends in 2017 is fancy sleeves.   A simple top or dress is transformed with some fancy sleeves. Check out these fancy sleeves on the runway for 2017.  Here are a few things I've made with fancy sleeves.



This piece combines some of Summer 2017's hottest trends.   It's made with woven cotton in a mustard yellow using Simplicity 8296.




Here's my review of this project. 

I love it! I hope to share my version of this top with you soon.

Until next time,  Smooches!

DJ


Girls' Trip: The Real Deal

Hey Loves!

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 …