Category: What I made

About what I made and how I styled it

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 …

DIY Keyhole Top- Simplicity 1077 Modified

HI Fashionistas!

It’s taken me longer than desired to get back in the swing of things after the holidays and some vacation.Here is a top I made late last year. We had warm weather all the way through Christmas, so I made a nice keyhole top with a ribbed cotton knit I picked up a Joanns Fabrics a while back.

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I used a simplicity dance pattern for a crop top and made a few flat pattern alterations to get this look. I have mentioned all the alterations at the end of the post if you want to achieve this look

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I love this top. It shows off the shoulders and the back. No I don’t work out, but sometimes I like to believe that I do! The keyhole is sexy indeed.. you never know when you need to look good walking away right? 🙂

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To accessorize, I threw on my favorite (faux) snake-skin pumps from Gianni Bini and a brown clutch… and this was a bad hair day… so I added a gold headband and threw my hair up in a bun.

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And last but not least, to stay true to my roots… I always throw in a Bollywood pose for your viewing pleasure 🙂 Haha!

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 Read below about how to make this top… but don’t stop there…How cute would this be as a maxi dress? Can we saw “Rawrrr”… or shall we say “Mee-Yow” 🙂

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PATTERN: I used Simplicity 1077, view B as a base and made the following alterations:

  • Deepen the keyhole on the back by 2 inches to make is more dramatic
  • Lengthened the top back and front by 6 inches
  • drafted a facing for the front and back since I wanted a clean finish as opposed to hemming the keyhole and armholes.
  • Got rid of the waist band

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SEWING : The top was easy to sew. I used my serger. Since I added a front and back facing, I confused myself a bit.. I usually don’t read pattern instructions.. If you are not doing a facing, this is a one hour top. Easy!

FABRIC: A ribbed knit from Joanns fabric. It was $6.99 a yard. Very casual knit but I put a more dressy twist on it

I love this top. It’s just so cute! And versatile… It can be paired with casual jeans and some pumps or a dressy pair of tailored pants and worn to church!

I am getting back in my sewing studio today after a long hiatus.. What have you been sewing?

XOXO-

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

2015: A Year in Review

HI Fashionistas!!

I am so excited to be doing this post because this is my very first time doing it, since I started my blog in Jan of 2015! It has been so amazing being able to document what I made. Here is a run down of almost everything I made in 2015. Links to all projects are included incase you want to sew the look!

8 TOPS: 
Looks like I made more tops than any other category. And it makes sense because I am a mainly a SAHM. I live in jeans.. and prefer a cute and comfy top!

From left to right:
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Actually there is one more that I have not blogged about yet, so total of 9 tops:
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6 DRESSES:
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4 SKIRTS

 

I am a bit surprised that I only made 4 skirts, given that I love skirts! I guess its time for me to upgrade my wardrobe and become more stylish!

 

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5 PANTS
Nautical shortsWhite Jeans, Black Pants, , Christmas PJ’s, Palazzo pants (since demoted to pajamas)
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2 Outerwear garments:
Cape and winter coat
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5 outfits for my little human

 

As you can imagine, it is close to impossible to get a picture in focus of a toddler.. but here is the best I got..

 

Tulle dress, leopard dress, Easter Dress, Christmas Eve service dress and Christmas PJ’s
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There are also a couple other things that didn’t make it to the blog.. a skirt and a disaster dress.. so that is 2 more. So a total of 33 garments in 2016.. Not too shabby..More coming in 2016..
Thanks so much for reading this.. I so enjoyed writing about my sewing adventures in 2015.. The fun continues!!!

 

Hope you are having a wonderful start to the year!

 

XOXO-
Vatsla

Channeling my Inner Audrey Hepburn – with a touch of hot pink!

HI Fashionistas!!!

Can you believe it is the last day of 2015?! My very last sewing project for 2015 is this gorgeous Little Black dress. I just wrapped up the sewing yesterday. Well I also started sewing it yesterday, so this is my one day LBD. Always sewing at the last-minute 🙂

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I drafted the pattern for this dress using my bodice sloper, which I had made many moons ago in Fashion school. I wanted something that would be a nice fit and flatter my figure. so what better than a custom drafted pattern?

If you are curious as to how I created a custom sloper, I studied with Suzy Furrer at Apparel Arts. She is an amazing teacher and luckily, she is now on Craftsy. If you are interested in making your very own sloper and designing your own garments, I HIGHLY recommend her Bodice Sloper class. Suzy is an excellent teacher, and takes the intimidation out of pattern drafting. She is also very responsive.

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I wanted a classic look, so I went for a fitted silhouette. I drafted a rounded neck, and princess seams on the bodice, and chose a midi length on the skirt. This look is very classy and quite appropriate for a 30 something momma of one!

And while this dress is a simple LBD, there is a surprise hiding in the back! Doesn’t a splash of hot pink just want to make you smile? Me too 🙂

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The fabric is a beautiful cotton sateen and the pink is a shirting fabric, both are from Fabric Mart Fabrics. The flounce looks different from every angle. Such a romantic touch to a simple dress 🙂

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And can we just take a moment to admire these shoes? These are giving me life!

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Here is a close up of the circular flounce. Isn’t she gorgeous? I drafted this flounce by measuring how long I wanted this to be on the centre back seam. I decided on 10 inches. Then I drafted a circle with a 10 inch radius, and folded it in half to get a half circle. I will be doing a detailed tutorial on how you can draft this flounce and insert it into any dress or skirt  pattern. Stay tuned!

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Well my darlings, this is a great way to wrap up 2015. When I started this blog in January of 2015, I was excited about where my fashion adventures would take me. Today , on the last day of the year, I can look back and say that this has been a wonderful journey. I have got to know so many amazing women in the sewing community and have loved connecting with each and every one of you.

Happy New Year!!! I will see you in 2016 with my next sewing project! Until then, happy sewing!

-XOXO

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

 

My Favorite Black Pencil Skirt (replicated)

HI Fashionistas!!

It’s been a minute! I miss you all!! The last month or so has been CRAZY! I welcomed the month of December by breaking a rib! Apparently you CAN break a rib by coughing too much! I have not finished a garment since my winter coat, but that was a big one, so a break was well deserved!!

As my 2015 Ready To Wear Fast is coming to an end, I have been thinking about what all I have learned from it. I can honestly say that I have learned the importance of well-fitting wardrobe staples. Here is one of my favorite staples: The black pencil skirt.  This is a RTW piece I have owned for a few years:

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The things I LOVE about this skirt:

  1. The fit. It fits beautifully
  2. Wearing Comfort: The fabric is a woven with some stretch
  3. Style: Its high-waisted, which is always flattering
  4. The hemline. This hits me just below the knees and is quite appropriate for me, a thirty something momma of one

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t has a slit in the back, which is a must for a fitted pencil skirt. I love this skirt paired with my self drafted DIY leopard top

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Because I loved this skirt so much, I decided to replicate it in a different fabric. So I created this DIY denim skirt below

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It pretty much has the same fit. The fabric I used is a stretch denim that I had left over from fashion school. I had about a yard and it was just what I needed! I paired it with the DIY Frankenpattern top

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Because my denim was a lot thicker than the black fabric, the self faced yoke/ waist band actually acted as a bit of “tummy control”.  On my version, I added an invisible zipper instead of a regular version of the RTW skirt. I love invisible zippers. They instantly make your garments look high-end!

I wore it to Thanksgiving dinner last month with this DIY ruffle top I made

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I also wore this to work a LOT with a crisp white button up shirt:

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If you want to replicate your favorite garment, keep reading!

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I have two preferred methods of copying an existing garment. I have tested and tried both and they work perfectly for me!

My preferred method to copy woven garments is the painters tape method that I documented a while back  This works great for wovens with or without stretch.  I have used this method to copy for my favorite skinny jeans HERE. The white jeans were copies from the skinnies on the left

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For knits, my preferred method is documented HERE. I have used this method plenty of  times with great success.  The ruffled top on the right was copied from the leftFotorCreated

I hope this helped! While I would never ever encourage copying another designers work by using this method, I feel comfortable using it for my personal sewing. I am guaranteed to get the perfect fit over and over again and it is very rewarding to sew for yourself when the clothes fit and look good!

I am so glad I was able to come hang out with you again! Please comment and let me know what you are working on! With a broken rib, most of my sewing has been put on hold, so I would like to vicariously sew through you!

Happy Holiday Sewing everyone! See you soon!

XOXO-

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

 

 

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