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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Ballerina Chic :: Coppélia

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Coppélia, in cream. Mods inspired by Rachael.

Something about a the crossover effect of wrap tops and dresses has always screamed understated sexy, to me. I mean, Diane von Furstenberg has forged an empire based primarily on this silhoutte. It’s an enduring style and when you make your own you can eliminate that which can make it hard to wear.

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My first version of this top was made with fabric with a little too much stretch. It could have worked if I thought to shorten the neckband, which when cut the length indicated in the pattern caused the neckline to behave oddly at the shoulders. I had already swapped out the sleeves for the well fitting ones from the BBW pattern I used here (FYI-that sleeve fabric was leftover from this top) and I shaved off several inches from the neckband in this version.

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I really like this fabric. Like REALLY love it. Enough that I planned to buy more, today. But, Kashi was closed when I got there. NY seamstresses, save some for me. I need more because I feel I must have one with ties, too. I can just see the layers they’d create highlighting the waistline of a well fitted black pencil skirt (perhaps in a Beckham or Wang inspired leather version??)

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This was, after all, dead easy to put together. Done completely on my serger. Applying the neckline presented a small challenge, but it was the only one. I could use a loosely fitted one for some dressed up causal styling, too.

More ballerina chic, coming up.

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