BONUS- Using the “Scraps”

This is a bonus project. You know, when that one cut of fabric yields more than one garment?

BONUS!

This skirt, which coordinates nicely with the houndstooth, was made with the same neon dream fabric as this top (there’s still some left). At about the same time, too. I just didn’t have a proper camera to capture it! I took those pictures at work ;)

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

I could fill my wardrobe with tons more things:

Black and White and Neon and Bright.

A spring theme!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Dudes and Dudettes, this sew along has been a bit of a struggle. My sewing mojo wanted to go in a different non-slip direction, a burst of fitness caused some body changes which poked at my confidence (who knew I was so attached to my larger hips??) and the incredibly crappy camera I was attempting to use certainly wasn’t helping matters.

BUT!! FRIENDS AND HUBBY TO THE RESCUE!!

I got a kick ass camera for my anniversary (which was March 25th, in case you’re wondering) which takes nice clear pics with ease! He even got me collapsible tripod!
WIN!
Then, in an email exchange with my sewing posse, Ms. Oona gave me permission to move on (rather, she TOLD me to “ditch that slip and sew the thing that  makes you feel sexy right now.”). Sometimes, you just need someone to TELL YOU that what you want to do is OK. Right after reading that, RIGHT AFTER, I grabbed this super awesome, crazy houndstooth knit from Mood (purchased while my girls Lisette, Lauren, Clare, Latrice, Lucinda, Aleksandra, et all were in NYC) and (inspired by another gem of a babe, Ginger)
MADE THIS!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Self Drafted Skirt
(I use the term so super loosely)

Black : White : Houndstooth & SexyHummingbird-ish Top
(cut out using the top of this dress)

Scrunch

Double Houndstooth Knit, Strip of Black Ponte, Wide Elastic

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

IMG_0062BOOM!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Link Up Your Sexy Makes!!

 

SSSA -Game Plan

So, Lisette pointed out that I never actually declared my official Sew Sexy Sew Along project. And the deadline is FAST approaching (what is it with me and sew alongs??).

I would love to make my very own, proper (as in non ITY stretch) slip!

I have a few options.

The Ruby Slip

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Simplicity 2693
Simplicity 2693, 1940s

Simplicity 4218
Simplicity 4218

Or, Simplicity 9115
Simplicity 9115, 1970s

This pile of blue deliciousness will become undergarment awesomeness! (hopefully)

Ruby Slip Supplies

Only in dreams was I venturesome

“Only in dreams was I venturesome, while in reality I instinctively quailed before the future. […]
I unconsciously decided to be content for the time being with the world of dreams,
in which I alone was master, in which there were only temptations and joys, and where misfortune, if it were admitted at all, played only a passive, evanescent role necessary for the delicious contrasts and unexpected turns of fate that led to the happy endings of all my enthralling, imaginary romances.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Netochka Nezvanova”

I sometimes have days like these.

Like, today.

I’ll just be in my head…..

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

Cation Design’s Dolman Sleeve shirt turned dress

+ Cake Patterns Hummingbird Neckline=

Lupita Dress!!

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

My slapdash frakenpatterning resulted in some post construction fit fudging that made this very easy make a little fiddly. I’m pretty pleased with the lower back, now as it pooled like crazy when I first tried it on.

Lupita Blue

This printed cotton knit loveliness is from Spandex House. I’m wearing my new slip underneath. I’m happy to report that it works!! Absolutely NO riding up!
Lupita Blue

I had a pretty awesome day that I topped off with a bit of Garment District shopping (more black ponte, some very cool double-faced, polka dot cotton and scads and scads of lingerie elastic) but, due to overbooking (or rather, underestimating how long things I agreed to do would take) I missed a scheduled conference call.

It’s so easy to derail a good day, isn’t? Too, easy.Lupita BlueI’m too happy with this dress to beat myself up for long. And, anyway, I’ve got kids to get to bed in a bit and some fiddly underthing sewing to keep me busy until bedtime.

In the meantime, I’ll put on the best can’t-stay-down song in the world and dance like no one is watching!

Sneakily Sexy

It is Sew Sexy Sew Along day #1!!!

Lisette and I suck as co-hosts as it took Clio‘s post to remind us that today was the day, lol

Somehow, I must have knew because last night I was struck with the urge to sew something slinky.

I cut out a bra (effed up the fold-over-elastic in a big way!), did some slapdash mods to this pattern to make a slip (the first go also flubbed the foe) and there’s also a (imho!!!) Lupita worthy dress that you’ll see later.

For now, how about the successful slip that was born this morning?
It’s a sneaky bit of sexy to wear under your clothes!!

Sew Sexy Project, the First

This ITY knit from Spandex House was part of a haul purchased to make my girls fun leggings. This unfortunate piece was cut with the stretch in the wrong direction. Yeah, how long have I been sewing??? This meant that there wasn’t enough leftover to try again.

Sew Sexy Project, the FirstThere was just enough for this! I really, really like how this turned out. You know, with the friggin’ FOE applied properly. Oy. I’m really pleased with how well it matches the fabric, too. I can totally see how all you panty and brassiere makers got hooked. It’s dead satisfying to have the perfect thing to wear under my clingy dress!

Sew Sexy Project, the First

That lace at the hem was in the stash, too. It’s from one of my grandmas (I have notions from both and did not label them all) so that makes it a little special. I can imagine how shocked my late grandma would be that I was even entertaining wearing a full slip! Oh, the things I fussed about as a youth. You really will understand  “one day”.

Sew Sexy Project, the FirstI’m so pleased with this fit (on me it’s a little less boob-y and a lot more hippy), I’m going to use it to rework the pattern I cobbled together to make the dress I’ll be wearing over this. There was much putting-on-pinning-taking-off-sewing-putting-on-pinning-taking-off….anyway, I like the fit, now. I should, it was hard won.

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes! I have so many plans buzzing in my head. The longer days and milder temps have me in a sewing mood!

Please let us know if you make something sexy!!

Sewing and Style with Seamstress Erin

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Go check it out!!! My Sewing & Style post over on Seamstress Erin‘s blog!
Continuing the discussion started here, the one all about style and sexiness and the expression of both!

I’m honored to be included in this series. Some really awesome folks preceded me.

Thank you for asking me, Erin!

Lupita. Miss Nyong’o, If You’re Nasty

Ready to Wear Sexy style cannot possibly be investigated without a big, fat dollop of Lupita.

Miss Nyong’o, if you’re nasty!!

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Here are (some of) my favorite wearable (for me and my life) RTW Sexy, dressed-up casual looks.

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