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

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Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Link Up Your Sexy Makes!!

 

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!!

Sew Sexy Sew-Along 2014

Guys, I have fancy britches on the brain, again ;)

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The (hot, screaming, biased, ridiculous) debate about my muse that kick started this collection, Beyonce (and her incredibly sexy videos), also made me take some time to think about sexiness in general and our right as people to express it. I won’t get into the whole BeyDebate, here. BUT I will say that, sometimes, what is good for the  goose is not good for the gander…when the gander is a brown woman.

As I get older, I feel even more comfortable with myself and my looks. As a teen you couldn’t pay me to wear a tank top, lol. So I can relate to her increased comfort level being expressed through her wardrobe. In addition to my plans to sew up some sexy small clothes, I’ve been itching to add some more sexy pieces to my handmade wardrobe to push  my comfort level further, too.

But, as Suzanne says in this post, somehow sexiness and sewing don’t seem to keep the same company. There are some women who can make ANYTHING sexy (see: Mimi G and Nikki making the most basic of patterns POP with fit and fabric), but the sexiness is sort of lacking in my pattern collection. And like Suzanne said, the offerings from many pattern companies are decidedly buttoned up and prim.

So, my friends Clio and Nancy Drew and I are teaming up to hunt up some sexiness!!

Will you get Sew Sexy with us?

SSSA

Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • Fabric Shopping this Saturday – February 22 – (Not required, but certainly fun! Email Lisette at taponmyback(at)cox(dot)net for deets!)
  • Grab a Button here!
  • And join the Flickr group!

As Lisette said, we’ve agreed to leave “sexy” up to the individual. The three of us vary wildly in what we like to wear and our definitions of sexy will surely be affected by that.

Whatever it means to you, we enthusiastically welcome all!

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

Lemoncello. Or is it Limeade?

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

This is Drape Drape Book 1, pattern no. 12 in Lemoncello (or is it Limeade?) cotton/lycra knit from Mood. I have a a super awesome salesperson to thank for adding some much needed color to my purchases that day.

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

I owe her BIG, because this top is so awesome to wear! And it looks great with black (and blue!), which I have a lot of (both colors ;B).

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

When I put this look together, I immediately thought of Sallie’s comments about stylish art teachers. I felt a bit like one in this get up. So, it was rather fitting that my daughter’s art teacher, who was the first person we saw when we entered her school, told me how much she loved it. It is so something she’d wear and she was surprised (nicely, so) that I had made it myself. She told my big girl that she gets her talent from me. Art teachers are awesome people! My baby sister will be joining their ranks, soon.

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

Andddd…..there’s that cape, again! I even earned another “chic” when I appeared fully dressed ;)

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

The one thing I would change about this outfit? I’d have already made a Ginger Bodysuit to wear under it. I have about HAD IT with tank tops rolling up, or hitting too low on the hip, or lumping up under a clingy over layer. This fall, I make that damn bodysuit!! And a couple more Yellow Tail Cami tops (I have an unblogged, one).

This is the fall of foundation sewing!!

Shit, that’s not catchy at all, LOL

EDITED TO ADD:

I made a half assed attempt at reducing the drape of the sides, but it resulted in less width, instead. I made the smaller size with the length the pattern specified.

A Hand Me UP!

Hand Me UP

This started life as size s/xs American Apparel tunic (or dress) that I bought my daughter for school, last year. I thrifted it for less than $10, but it’s not really her style, so it sat, unworn. To make it more Me-Styled, I chopped out the pockets, removed two little belt loops and the sleeves, then used them to make those sweet ruffled cap sleeves!!

Hand Me UP

I was motivated to, finally, refashion this top when I spotted this contest over on Kollabora.

Kollabora & Fashion ManifestoWhat can I say, I’m very easily swayed by the use of the word manifesto. I was also interested in getting back to refashioning. I still have quite the stash of thrifted this-could-be-turned-into-something-great articles of clothing. This was a nice, easy, reintroduction.

Hand Me UP

And it is DEAD comfy to wear on those no tight clothes PLEASE days we sometimes have.

Hand Me UP

It also looks cracking with leggings, little booties and my kick ass cape (told you I can’t stop wearing it! THANKS for all the cape LOVE, btw!!) that even my husband keeps telling me I look chic in.

Hand Me UP

That super neat bun ain’t bad, either!

If you’re on Kollabora, give me some love!

Urban Stroll Cape

After I stopped squealing and jumping around when the good peeps at Britex asked me to join their team, I zoned in on the project I wanted to start with. Almost immediately the word

*CAPE!!

(yes, all caps with !!!!) came to mind.110Because cape wearing, to my way of thinking, is for women with a certain flair. A certain sense of style. A certain je ne sais quoi! Therefore, I did not feel like cape wearing was for me. But, through sewing for myself, and blogging all about it, I became a part of a super supportive community: The Sewing Blogisphere. With the help of these virtual (and real-life) friends my feelings about beauty and talent and style began to change. As those feelings changed, so did the way I viewed myself. I slowly came into my own style. Accepted, and appreciated, my own looks and figure. Got much better at choosing and making things the flatter me. And made the kind of friends that tell you, without hesitation, how great they think you are.

Amazing!!

Also amazing, this *Liesl + Co. pattern!!

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It appealed to me for many reasons. One: it looks amazing on Liesl!! Two: the equation {simple to make = fabulous result} is not always a given. With this pattern I thought I’d have the best of both worlds. Three: thing one + thing two = perfect intro into outerwear. Four: It’s perfect with both dressy and casual outfits. That’s a major one for this tee, jeans and sneakers lover.

IMG_9019You might have noticed that my version is a little different than the pattern image. I didn’t think those curved hems would work well with the curvy area of my body they’d line up with. I also left off the buttons. During one of my (many) try-on-and-twirl-in-the-mirror sessions I began to realize that I loved the look, as is. Simple. So, I swapped out buttons and buttonholes for covered, sew on snaps. I also went with the largest size. I wanted draaaaape!

This wool is PERFECT for drapey-ness.

And it is, easily, the most beautiful wool I’ve ever held in my hot little hands!!

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I had to leave the male side of the snap plain. Covering both sides made them sit too high.

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Isn’t the lining perfect! I loooove the color!

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And my new Chelsea Crew shoes!IMG_8962

Ahem, back to the cape….I also left off the side buttons, opting instead to add about one inch of stitches, straight through both layers, to hold the sides together.

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Now the front is as sleek as the back.

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Overall, this project was a JOY to work on!! It’s SO easy that I’ve promised my sister one. And I never sew for others. It’s so easy to wear and make but still makes a statement!! Even for novice cape wearers. Seriously, I’ve worn it everyday since I completed it. I SO need a plain black one. And a boldly colored one. And one for my little girl. And maybe the big girl, too

;)

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*Amanda guessed that I was making a cape and Lizzy guessed which pattern!! Maybe we’ll be a little mini army of cape wearers, soon!! Get a feel for how fierce they’ll look in this post.

HOT posing, ladies!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Guess That Pattern!!

Hello, again!!

I realized that I forgot the best part of a guessing game,

prizes!!!

So, I’ll be giving away two patterns, one to Amanda who guessed which type of oterwear correctly.

It’s a CAPE!!

The other pattern will go to the person (and if more than one, a randomly selected person from that pool) who can guess which pattern it is.

Here’s a photo I posted on instagram while I was tryng to decide on the final finishing.

Britex Fabrics Project #1

I’m so excited to show you the final product!!

EDITED TO ADD:

Lizzy got it right!