Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lovely Leaves Laurel

Eek it's been a while, hasn't it? I have recently made a big decision... to return to school! I am currently in the midst of graduate school, working toward becoming a family nurse practitioner. Needless to say, that has eaten up some of my sewing time. Although I will have to slow down, I still hope to finish 2 garments a month. I need me some sewing to keep my sanity!

I can't wait until it warms up a little more so that I can wear this dress! This is the Laurel dress from Colette Patterns. I love the basic shift style of this pattern. It is easy to wear but still has a feminine shape.
I used a beautiful eyelet with a leaf design from Gorgeous Fabrics. I really wanted the eyelet design to pop so I underlined the dress with a white cotton lining. The sleeve hem and neck are bound with black seam binding.
This went together quickly and easily. I sewed the size recommended by the pattern based off of my measurements and didn't need to make any alterations. The only change I would make next time is to make the dress just an inch or two just out of personal preference.
I really like how this turned out! The black and white contrast looks really chic! The Laurel might just turn into one of my go to patterns. I could see this worked up into many different fabrics and prints.

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Little White Dress

Shove over boys- I've got a new love in town: my little white dress! I used Vogue 8787 to create this vampy little number. I was heavily influenced my the always fabulous Mimi G's version.
For the past three years I have attempted to make a little black dress to enter in the contest on Pattern Review. Without fail something would go wrong where it just didn't turn out right and I never was able to enter. I knew my luck was turning when Pattern Review announced a Little White Dress contest. This is my year! The idea is to show the versatility of your dress, illustrating how it can transition from day to night.
After some debate I landed on this Vogue Easy Options pattern. I initially was going to do the version with the drape neck. However, I recall when I attempted a Pippa knockoff and a certain someone asking me about the diaper on my dress. When I saw Mimi's version, I fell in love with the asymmetrical neckline instead.
I used a white double knit ponte roma from Fabric.com. It was actually in my stash already... score! I used a lightweight white lining with just a touch of stretch from Gorgeous Fabrics. I inserted a invisible zipper in back.
I cut one size smaller than recommended by my measurements. I shortened the sleeves into a 3/4 length so that I could wear it in warmer seasons as well. As for the length, I ended up cutting about two inches off before doing the hem. I tapered the skirt slightly at the ends to peg it. I took the bottom of the skirt in about four inches all the way around to create the pegged look.
Although there are many steps, the dress is easy to sew.
Wearing a LWD can be quite tricky. You don't want any unmentionables peaking through. Although the dress is lined, there is still a bit of sheerness to the dress. I recommend nude, seamless underthings to minimize any show through.
For day, I accessorized with a denim jacket, animal print heels, hoop earrings, and a black leather clutch.
For night, I went simple with a silver clutch and heels. I opted for large stud earrings.
I love, love, love this dress and I can see wearing it on many occasions. Don't forget to head over to Pattern Review to vote for your favorites starting 02/18/14!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cowl Neck Renfrew

Here's a quick and easy basic for you. I've made the Sewaholic Renfrew before and have always wanted many more in my closet. It is such a great staple to have in several colors to work with multiple looks. I'm a big fan of the arm and hem bands. Here's the link to my first Renfrew with more of a review included in the post. That one is still a go to top especially in the warmer weather.  
 And in case you're wondering, yes- I think those are deodorant marks under my boob. Something I didn't notice until looking at the pictures. Damn you black shirts!