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!

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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RTW Sexy :: Reese : Beckham : Wang

Gaultier, McQueen and Toledo make gorgeous, amazing, show-stopping pieces. But the ones I love the most are not necessarily wearable for my life or personality.

This post is all about wearable, everyday, work appropriate, accessible-to-all-most sexy.
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.

You know?

Reese : Beckham : Wang

All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear SexyTracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.

 Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Victoria BeckhamVB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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Ready To Wear Sexy

Isabel Toledo : Fashion From the Inside Out

“I really love the technique of sewing more than anything else…the seamstress is the one who knows fashion from the inside! That’s the art form really, not fashion design, but the technique of how it’s done.”
Isabel Toledo

I’m not sure how I first discovered Isabel Toledo. Maybe it was when the FLOTUS wore her designs. Maybe it was when I saw her shoe collection at Payless. Whatever threw me into her path, I’m grateful. I  find her, and her relationship with her husband, Ruben, kind of fascinating. Though, perhaps at first glance, her clothes don’t scream SEXY. To me, there is something about the cut and fabric and the way Ruben draws it all that is so, so sexy to me. Maybe it’s an understated way of expressing sexiness, but it is no less effective.

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Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Genius

So continues my exploration into all things sexy. Any undertaking of which MUST include pieces by one Alexander McQueen.
McQueen was undeniably a genius. A tragic genius. One too sensitive for this world.I don’t proclaim to know much about him beyond that. But one only need look at his work, his quotes, examine his aesthetic to determine that much about him.

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Genius

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

: Construction : Demolition : Silhouette : Cutting : Erotic : Power : Fear : Perverse : Sexuality :

Jean Pual Gaultier Takes Brooklyn

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The Brooklyn Museum

There are no words to describe how truly incredible these pieces are in person!! Viewing this exhibit while in the midst of my Sew Sexy-Sewalong mindset made me view many things in a completetly different way. And my recent fabric shopping trip (OMG, so much fun chatting and shopping with these three ladies!!) was certainly influenced by it (leather, metallic, print).

Even as I viewed the pieces and snapped these photos, I sensed a theme. I am, clearly, most drawn to the waistline and garments that highlight it. That nipped-in-ness is sexy to me. Whether it is on a metallic leather corset (my FAVORITE PIECE) or a striped, backless tshirt with a floor length train.

Watch the waist.

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

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Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

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Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

More photos here:

 Jean Paul Gaultier:
@
The Brooklyn Museum

And I found a few of the pieces from the exhibit being worn:

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Movies & Style: Volver

I posted my to watch or not to watch, Volver, dilemma on Instagram, too. Opinions, universally, skewed towards WATCH IT, NOW!! So, I watched it.

And I’m in love….
with the colors, with Penelope Cruz (again, I LOVE her in Woman On Top), and with the knitwear.
So lush. All three.

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MV5BMTUyMjYyNzQ1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTgwODk2._V1_SX640_SY720_It seems that I’ve channeled parts of the color scheme, recently (foreshadowing?). I’m done, all but thumb, on this first mitt. Maybe a Raimnuda inspired cardi in the future? (1,2,3)9af72426718611e3a5e7128a49ca55a1_8My Basquait themed nails continue (there’s an different iteration on them, now!)

And a couple new lip colors joined the crew.

I definitely want more color, this winter. With layers to stay warm.

(1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

And to watch more of the films on my list. Volver’s parental theme is a sensitive one for me. I can get extremely emotional watching anything, but mother-daughter-multi-generational story lines always get to me.

If you’ve seen Volver, what did you think?

The Hollywood Vest

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):

WOOL!!!

The Hollywood Vest
After using that scrumptious plaid for my last project, The Woodland Stroll Cape, I wanted to KISS (keep it simple, Seamstress!!) the next effort. When keeping it simple, you need to start with the best quality materials. This incredibly soft, drape-y, lush crème colored wool more than answered. It’s highly textured on one side, smooth on the other and when combined with By Hand London’s Victoria Blazer pattern you have the main ingredients to create your own version of the perfect, Monroe inspired:

Hollywood Vest!
MarilynThere will never be another Marilyn. BUT! With a few (VERY few) pattern tweaks, you (WE!) can have her vest!
The Hollywood Vest

It took one muslin.

muslins(left: seam allowance turned under. right: an additional 5/8 inch turned under)

And two sets of pattern mods.

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And BOOM!! Here she is!
The Hollywood Vest

The Hollywood Vest

For deets on how I did it, visit Britex!!!

PS: Thanks to hubby for these pics (more here)!!

This was the project that had all the blurry photos. The second photo shoot was a tiny bit stressful because I was WRONG about my deadline (missed it) and unsure how the second crop of pics would. If any of you have the goods, please share your tips on maintaining image resolution when resizing pics!

The Hollywood Vest

Style Icon: Eartha Kitt

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This post wants to be about the lack of recognition and due respect paid to black style icons throughout history. It wants to be about that struggle being the least of their worries in their own time. It wants to be about a great many things: feminism and how it’s different when you’re black, beauty and how it’s viewed differently when you’re black, style and how often it’s copied without credit when you’re black.

BUT

That shit brings me down! Sometimes, even in my own heart and mind, I just want it to be simple! A simple post, conversation, thought, feeling about this person of color and how looking at them

MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!!!

Let’s look at Eartha.

LOOK AT HER!!

She is fucking stunning!

Even though Eartha Kitt was a singer rather than a movie star - she sure had the glamour!

And she knows it.

A STUNNING photo of Eartha Kitt! Thanks @Dee

The fabulous, Eartha Kitt

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Look at that rare, girlish smile!!

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And look, LOOOOOOK at her MOOOOOVE!!

Eartha Kitt, 1951 (Russell Westwood)

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Eartha Kitt dances during Dizzy Gillespie’s set at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1954.

Look at the POWER!!

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Eartha Kitt, 1955. Photo by George Silk

There are millions of images like these from old Hollywood, but not so many of its African American stars.

Being fitted.

Valentino Vamp. Eartha Kitt

Getting pretty.

Eartha Kitt in her dressing room in 1952.

Embracing style and motherhood, with equal aplomb.

Eartha Kitt having fun with daughter Kitt. looking like fiyah!!! get it Eartha!!

She appeared to be so unapologetic about being her full self! So proud and regal (which some might feel she shouldn’t have because of her very humble beginnings, and that is a massive understatement, but this post is not about that)!! So, SO talented and passionate!

And beautiful!!

Especially as she aged.

Eartha Kitt

I hope to see her name and likeness in more vintage style reports around the blogisphere.

She was there.

And she looked fucking awesome.

Black is Beautiful

I’m sure I’ve shared my love of periodicals. I’ve also shared how hard it is to look out over a sea of magazines and see (maybe) one brown face looking back at me.
So, even though I’m supposed to be on a magazine diet, I could NOT resist bringing these two home. So I can leave them out and know that my brown babies will see someone like them, too.
Happy. Smiling. Brown. Beautiful.