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Dress Repurpose Quickie

HI Fashionistas:

Here is the quickest repurpose I have ever done. This took me a total of 20 mins of sewing time. I had a serious “I have nothing to wear” moment and decided to turn it into a “make it work” moment..

I purchased this dress when I was pregnant with my daughter. I got it from Old navy. It wasn’t exactly a maternity dress but it was big enough to be one. Vanity sizing is always so annoying to me. This was supposed to be an XS “fitted dress”. Yeah right.

Anyways, here is the dress after I was done with it:

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Here is the before:

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I did the following alterations:

  • Removed about 1.5 inches of the side seams, which meant removing 6 inches around the circumference
  • Chopped off the sleeves and used the remainder of the fabric to create a band at the arm. I like my dresses at elbow length.
  • Pegged the hem in a little bit

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To make the alteration super quick, I used this EASY technique for sewing the sleeves and side seams at once. To the style the outfit, I paired it with one of my fav nautical belts I previously wore HERE and HERE

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I wore it out to shopping that night with my darling daughter who also wore this DIY neoprene dress I made for her for easter.

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Oh! and want to see a bigger version of me? Hehe. Here I am at 40 weeks enjoying ice cream.

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Oh and a 38 week selfie…gotta love a stretchy knit..

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I hope you enjoyed this quick project. I hate wasting clothes that I can still wear.

See y’all next time!

XOXO

-Vatsla

 

 

 

Little Black dress for May

Hi Fashionistas!

I hope you are doing fashionably well! The month of May is typically a busy month for my family and I. We celebrate Mother’s day, my birthday and wedding anniversary all in the same month.

Typically, we take our annual trip around this time.. but honestly, this year it seems like we have just been taking it one day at a time. So given its my birthday month, I figured I would sew up a cute Little black dress.

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The fabric is a textured double knit. I like that this fabric is sturdy like a ponte knit, but has more than a moderate stretch. I love the way this dress feels on! I’ll be making my daughter a matching skater skirt soon!

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If you want to make this, see the “Behind The Seams” section at the end of this post. I have included details of pattern, fabric, and how to draft the flounce.

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This really is a quick and easy project. I made this the same day as the fabric arrived. I had NO intentions of sewing that day, but I had just picked my kid up from preschool and as soon as I saw that box on my porch, my plans changed.

 

Here is the back view. Just check out the photobomb! She thinks she is such a diva! 🙂 Hehe

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For the makeup, I kept is simple yet bold. A red lip and dark eye makeup. That’s it!

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PATTERN: I used Mccalls M6886, one of the easiest and simplest patterns out there. I cut view C, shortened the sleeves, chopped off the skirt where I wanted to add the flounce. I self drafted the flounce. Drafting a flounce is exactly the same as drafting a peplum. So use my tutorial HERE and instead of using your waist measurement, use the circumference of wherever you chose to insert the flounce.

I have modified this pattern so many times before.. I have a hard time sewing a pattern out of the envelope. I am like that person who ALWAYS has to customize their meal at a restaurant.. 🙂 Here are the other garments I have made using Mcalls M6886

FABRIC: The fabric is a textured double knit that can be found HERE

SEWING: This is an easy project. If you don’t like inserting sleeves in the round, you can use my tutorial HERE to add sleeves the easy way. I used my serger to sew this up. You can use a sewing machine with a ball point and a stretch stitch as well. I cover hemmed the neckline and sleeves and left the hem on the flounce raw as it will not fray. If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, you can do a beautiful cover hem using a twin needle. See my tutorial on that HERE

I hope you enjoyed my DIY project and that this inspired you to sew 🙂

Until next time!
XOXO

-Vatsla

 

 

 

DIY Box Pleated Circle Skirt

Hi Fashionistas!

 

Here is my latest sewing project: A super voluminous box pleated circle skirt made with a bottom weight fabric that has texture and looks embroidered. The skirt is self drafted/free-handed. Details on how to make the pattern are on the bottom of this post.

 

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For a casual look, I chose to pair this skirt with a loose and flowy top.
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For a more dressed up look, I chose to pair this skirt with my favorite button down and some tan pumps
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Here is a view of the side and the back:

 

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This skirt was fun and easy to make. I would not recommend this as a beginner project, but if you have made a circle skirt with a waist band before, then this is a good project to make. While is not difficult or advanced, it is time consuming. Read below if you want to draft and make your own (or take a commercial pattern and use that)

 

This skirt has a good amount of twirl factor, and the movement is just gorgeous.. To get this volume, I basically drafted a full circle skirt for myself. Then I cut 3 full circle skirts from the pattern. All pieces were a half doughnut cut on the fold of the fabric. I ended up with 6 panels (6 half doughnuts) that I seamed together. After that I free handed some box pleats on the waist. I did not measure or calculate. I just added pleats that are about 2 inches on the top. I also drafted the waist band. If you want to draft your own circle skirt, watch my video:

I used about 5 yards of this fabric. It is a cotton/lycra bottomweight with the look of embroidery on the surface. I have some leftover and will be making a dress for my daughter soon.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this. I love this skirt. I might not wear it very often but this will be in my wardrobe for a very long time and I will definitely wear it to the next dressed up girls night out!
Sew you next time!
XOXO-Vatsla.

She wore it Best!

Hi Fashionistas!

I hope that you had a lovely Easter! I certainly did. My family joined us at Church and then we all grabbed a nice Easter Brunch! It’s so nice to get together with family.

I made my daughter a dress to match mine. She was so adorable in it! Here it is:

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It’s always hard to take pics with a toddler, but we managed to get some good ones  after Church.

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Just look at that face!

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This is one of my fav pics of all time:

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Here is the side view and back view of her dress:

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I hope you enjoyed this project! I used the same scuba knit as my own Easter Dress

I have been unwell for the last couple of month and just now getting back into the swing of things. I plan on doing a lot more sewing for my munchkin soon! Matter of fact, I have decided to design a 10 piece collection for her 🙂

See you soon with more of my sewing adventures!

XO-Vatsla

 

 

Sewing with a Splash of Color!

Hi Fashionistas!

Can you believe that Easter is less than a week away? Keeping with last year’s tradition, I am making matchy matchy Mommy and Me Easter outfits. (I only had a chance to make my dress, so check back later for my daughter’s dress!)

This year I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone, and go with something bright and bold. I found the perfect, happiest fabric I have ever seen and it was such a pleasure to work with. Here is what I came up with.

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This dress is a mix between a pattern and self drafting. I used McCall 7315 for the bodice, view D. The bodice is self faced. or self lined, which means I cut twice the pattern pieces for the bodice, treated one as the self, and one as the lining. If you are interested in learning pattern drafting, I highly recommend Suzy Furrer’s class on craftsy.  I studied in person with Suzy Furrer at Apparel Arts and skirt making is the first thing we tackled. I think skirts are easy to understand when you are just getting started.

I used a gorgeous floral abstract scuba knit from Fabric Mart. I have never sewn with or even touched scuba knit before and I have to tell you that it was such a joy to work with. It’s fun to cut, fun to sew and it presses beautifully. That surprised me given its made with a man-made fibre. I also LOVED the fact that it does not fray. What you say? A raw hem on a high-end looking garment? Yes please!!!!

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The backside of garments are often overlooked. I showed the back some love by opting for a v-neck and also installing a beautiful exposed zipper with gold teeth. Oh! And watch me twirl in this full circle skirt. I love the body and drape of this fabric. It makes wearing a circle skirt so much fun!

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Twirl Vasi Twirl!!! 🙂 I swear this fabric wants to make me get up and dance!

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Here is the side view..

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And a closeup of the back zipper.. (the fact that I had eggplant color nails is a total coincidence!)

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I still have to make a matching Easter dress or skirt for my daughter..I will be working on that hopefully before the weekend.

This is the 1st dress I have ever made that has hanger appeal. I typically tend to make my dresses with barely any ease and using my sloper.. and they typically look very 3D, if that makes sense. This one actually looks good on the hanger.. and I have to say, its looks very high-end..

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading this. I am currently working on my daughters dress. I just wrapped up the pattern making for the bodice and start cutting in a few. Here is my mommy and me Easter outfit from last year

Happy Good Friday everyone. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

XO-

Vatsla.

Equestrian Inspired DIY Jacket

Hi Fashionistas!

My latest creation is a modern equestrian inspired jacket! I picked a very traditional wool/tweed/boucle blend and used the speed tailoring method I learned on Craftsy to come up with this beauty.  I have been learning so many new tailoring techniques and I will be sharing them with you today 🙂 If you want to learn how to make your very own jacket, keep reading!!!

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Let me start by saying that this fabric was an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s a 100% wool, so it sewed up beautifully. And it smelled so sheepy when I gave it heat and steam (Can you tell that I am a fabric nerd). Hehe. I added shoulder pads and some hair canvas in the sleeves to act as a sleeve head. I also top stitched all the way around the collar, lapel and the front of the jacket.

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For the construction of this jacket, I fused all the pieces with a mid weight fusible interfacing. The fabric was more on the loosely woven side. To give the fabric structure and to avoid fraying, a mid weight fusible was a good choice. It also helped to prevent the fabric from stretching while sewing.  The fit on this jacket is fabulous, isn’t it? How did I get such a good fit, you might ask. No I didn’t make a muslin, no I didn’t use my sloper. I lifted the pattern from an existing Victorias Secret jacket. Because I replicated the fit, no need for a muslin!

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To accessorize, I added an orange statement necklace. I love bold and bright colors. It complemented the orange speckles in the fabric so well. And I added this clutch….

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For a more casual look, I paired the same outfit with a crimson silk scarf and riding boots!

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Aren’t these boots adorable?

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Here is a view of the back of the jacket. It turned out really nice. I am a 100% happy with it. I eliminated a button and button-hole because I would never button this up…The only thing this jacket is missing is elbow patches! I plan  on adding some later but I need to find some good leather.. I had some faux leather in my stash but pairing faux leather with real wool would make the sewing gods very angry…

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Pattern: I lifted the pattern from an existing jacket that fit me well. Since this was not drafted from scratch, there was no need for a muslin.

Fabric: 100% wool, wool/tweed/boucle blend from Fabric Mart with yummy orange speckles in it. Reminds me of a Cadburys orange chocolate I used to eat !

Sewing: While constructing jackets is not difficult, there are a lot of steps and a lot of techniques..If you have experience sewing other garments but have never sewn a jacket, here are some of the things you would need to learn: Sewing a notched collar, learning how to attach shoulder pads and sleeve heads (and how to make sleeve heads and shoulder pads unless you decide to buy the ready-made ones). Learning how to set in a sleeve is very important, since there is additional ease on the sleeve cap and it needs to be eased. Lastly, you would need to understand what type of structure to build inside the jacket.  I did not know much about these topics until I took some classes on Craftsy. I took the following two classes to learn how to make coats and jackets and it was an excellent investment!

1. Essential Guide To Tailoring: Shape and Structure:  Click HERE. This class teaches you all about how to build the inner structure of a jacket or coat, which method of tailoring to select based on your fabric and garment. You will learn all about shoulder pads, pad stitching, sleeve headings, hair canvas, interfacing, and even pressing techniques. This class is so fascinating.

2. Essential Guide To Tailoring Construction: Click HERE. This class will teach you all about tailoring techniques. For example, how to set in the perfect sleeve, how to attach a notched collar, pockets and even a little bit about pants!

Both these classes are taught by Alison Smith and she is excellent and very responsive. I think I bugged her with way too many questions!

Well lovelies.. Its time to say goodbye and start work on my next sewing project. What magic are you making in your sewing studios? Is anyone sewing for Easter yet?! Leave me a comment and let me know.. and please connect with me on my facebook page

Until next time my loves! Keep sewing and stay beautiful! XOXO

-Vatsla …

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