Category: What I made

About what I made and how I styled it

Completed: Shorts, Nautical style McCalls M6756

I just have to start by saying that I am so glad I took this Ready To Wear fast… It really has changed the way I look at fashion.  I would probably be the LAST person on earth to be spotted wearing printed shorts. But then… once upon a time…. shortly after I had started my fast, I noticed this lady in the cutest shorts. They were white shorts with little black elephants all over them. That’s the day I decided I would make a pair of printed shorts for myself…And here they are…  

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I decided to style these adorable shorts two ways….first with a casual cotton tee. The ONLY white tee that currently exists in my wardrobe… because I am too lazy to make another one! IMG_8030

The pattern calls for inseam pockets, but I omitted those for two reasons: they add bulk and while I love pockets, I don’t like the added bulk on the hip area. Also- I wanted to simplify the project. IMG_8032

For a more dressy look, I would wear this with a flowy cotton blouse that has bell sleeves and a lace cut out. It is perfect for these hot summer days. IMG_8017

I really love the lace on the top. Something about it is so romantic…IMG_8020

Here is the back view. For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of shorts, I can truly say that I will be wearing these quite a bit!IMG_8036

I don’t plan on wearing these with a top tucked in, but if I did, it would look like this. I prefer the proportion of a longer top. They are “kinda” high-waisted. I will lower the waist band on the next pair I make.IMG_8047

 

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PATTERN: I used Mccalls M6756 . I cut the size 6. To my utter shock and surprise, it did not require any alterations except removing about 5/8th of an inch on the centre back seam. This pattern is labeled as easy. I would say its a pretty simple pair of shorts, but I would probably not recommend this as a 1st project to anyone.

FABRIC:  I used a Navy & White Anchors Apparel Fabric from Hobby Lobby. You can find it HERE. Similar fabrics HERE and HERE

SEWING: For the most part the sewing is easy. If you have installed a waist band and zipper before, this should be easy. If this is your very 1st time sewing, I suggest making a muslin, complete with the zipper and waist band to get one round of practice. Pressing is really important when making a tailored garment. Read my article HERE on how to press while sewing.

I hope that this insipred you to sew something! It’s hot as blazes outside. Go sew a cute pair of shorts 🙂 Or leave me a comment and let me how you are staying cool and fashionable.

-XOXO

 

French Sailor Inspired DIY Dress- Navy Blue and White Stripes

The 4th of July totally inspired me to sew with stripes and I decided to make a dress inspired by the French Sailors shirt. Initially I thought I would make a boat neckline, but ended up going with my very favourite scoop neck.  Here is what I came up with.

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Love Love LOVE the three-quarter sleeve length on this and the fitted silhouette. I actually wanted more ease to begin with but i never feel “put together” unless I have a good fit.. so I took it in some.IMG_7794

Here is the back view. I think this pattern is simple and sews up beautifully but definitely has a good amount of ease. The last time I sewed with this pattern, I ended up adding a centre back seam to accomplish a better fit. I skipped that step here becuase I would have to match up the stripes on one more seam (“Ain’t no body got time for dat”) 🙂

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I previously made a high low black dress HERE using the same pattern . I already had the pattern cut up so I ended up re-using it. This is an easy pattern to sew up and is great for beginners.

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I actually started making this on the 4th of July, but finished it yesterday while my kiddo napped. I took her to a local kids library and wore her out. She slept extra long so mommy could sew!

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I did not have to do much to style this dress. It is so chic on its own! I threw on some nude pumps and these beautiful silver meenakari earrings that are a gift from my mum. I kept the makeup fairly simple with a dark eye and nude lips.IMG_7806

Here is my inspiration pic for this dress, minus the midriff. Mine turned out pretty nice, me thinks..

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Hope you all had a lovely 4th of July! We celebrated freedom by having some friends over and lighting kids sized fireworks and cooking out! I was super delighted to serve up veggies from my garden!

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PATTERN: I used Mccalls M6886 view C . I did not do any pattern alterations. The dress was bit on the waist, so I took it in by one inch on each side and pegged in the hem about an inch on each side as well. I cut the size 6

FABRIC: I used a seasonal knit from Hobby Lobby. You can find similar fabrics HERE, HERE and HERE. The fabric I used was fairly thin and kind of see through. To get around that I undelined all the pattern pieces with a tissue knit before sewing them together.

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Underlining a fabric totally changes its body and drape. I liked it a lot better when it was thicker. If you are a beginner, I suggest using a thicker knit, or double knit or a ponte knit if you can. They are more stable than the thinner knits and makes sewing easier!

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SEWING: The dress is easy to sew. You can use this technique to sew the dress up. For the hem, you can use a twin needle or a cover stitch. I used a coverstitch machine to finish the hem and neckline.

You can also see another version of this dress I made HERE.  The rest of my sewing tutorials can be found HERE.

I hope that this inspired you to create something! Until next time,

XOXO

 

Another Day, Another Dress – McCALLS M6957

After a month of purchasing my coverstitch machine, I finally made some time today to sit down and test it out. It’s been sitting in my studio all this time and if I can be completely honest, I have been scared to enter my sewing room. My sewing rooms looks like it threw up on itself. I really need to spend some time getting my fabric and patterns organized.

Anyways, moving on to the fun stuff.. this little red dress was another UFO (Unfinished Object) hiding in my closet. so I decided to finish it today. Design details below if you want to make your own!IMG_7571

I have had this dress in my UFO stash for at least eight months. . All it needed was hemming, so I used this an opportunity to use the cover stitch and have a new garment in 10 minutes! Talk about instant gratification.

I paired this dress with my favourite (faux) snake-skin pumps and a brown and tan belt with gold hardware.

 

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And of course no outfit is complete without oversized sunnies and a handbag.. so I added these sunnies…IMG_7580 IMG_7582

And this vegan leather bag.. (although I dont know what exactly vegan leather means..)IMG_7588

I will do a detailed review of the coverstitch machine soon. For now, here are more details of the dress.

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PATTERN:I made this dress using Mcalls M6957. This is an easy pattern and excellent for beginners.

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FABRIC: I used an interlock knit from Joanns Fabrics.

SEWING: This dress was fairly simple to sew and is a good project for beginners.Only pattern pieces are front, back and sleeve. I omitted the belt. I also self faced the front of the bodice only. For the the hem, I used a coverstich. You can also finish the hem using with a twin needle. See my tutorial HERE. If you are a beginner, you can use this easy technique to attach the sleeves seen HERE

I hope you enjoyed this! Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!!

Until next time

-XOXO

Mommy and Me outfits for Mothers Day Celebration

May is a month of celebration for me and my family. Last year we celebrated my birthday, wedding anniversary and Mothers Day all in one by taking a family vacation to Charleston, SC. My husband decided to make that an annual tradition, so we went to Charleston again.

I wanted to make some Mommy and Me outfits for the vacation, but I only had time to make one, so I decided to use what was already in my wardrobe and sew what I could last minute. Two of the outfits are made by me, two are RTW.

Here are some pictures of the outfits I styled for myself and my lil’ muchkin!

Outfit # 1:I had this dress for a while, Its slighty big on me around the waist, so I cinched in the waist with this nautical belt I love. The belt was also big, so I quickly altered it to make it snug. For my daughter I happened to find this perfectly matching eyelet dress at Target.

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we went to dinner with some friends that night and my kid took over the dance floor. Of course I had to go join her. I copied all her dance moves:)IMG_7197 IMG_7200

Outfit # 2: On Mothers day, my husband and daughter took me to a yummy breakfast (my favorite meal of the day). My daughter slept in till 10 am and that was a very nice Mothers Day gift since I slept in too! We went to breakfast in our PJ’s, which was the icing on the cake. These were both made by me.

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Outfit #3: I styled daughter and I in casual yet chic skinny jeans and white cotton shirts. We went to the street festival in Charleston. There was a lot of food and live music. My kid LOVES music and drops everything and starts dancing the moment she hears the sound of music. Seems like she loves the blues and jazz.

We started the day off with a nice hello Kitty card from my darling daughter.

 

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Then we strolled to the street festival in downtown Charleston. My kid danced to her heart’s content…IMG_7265

And she made a friend.. IMG_7267

Love her stylish hat.. 🙂 We even wore matching ankle bracelets, both gifts from my mum.IMG_7272

Here she is dancing with her pappa…

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And then.. we found a fountain….IMG_7325

And got drenched 🙂IMG_7350 IMG_7352 IMG_7363

Outfit # 4: I wore this leopard print top I made a few months back. I paired it with cute black shorts and pumps. Mini me wore a dropped waist skater dress in the same print. I think my kid looked a little bit like Pebbles Flintstone, and this might have been a bit much, but I still enjoyed being matchy matchy.  We don’t wear matching outfits much, but it is something I want to enjoy before she gets too big 🙂

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This picture pretty much sums up my life… running after my kid on the go!IMG_7381

I just realised my lipper matches my kids fascinator, but that was not intentional!IMG_7434I hope you all had a wonderful mothers day weekend!

Until next time!

-XOXO

 

Easy DIY Ruffled Lace Tank Tutorial with Linen Pants

Hello and Happy May! Hard to believe it’s May already! Its my birthday month and I am going to celebrate all month long by sewing!

I wanted to share with you a really quick and easy DIY project. This is a ruffled tank with a lace embellishment around the neckline. I made this tank about three years ago and it has been a wardrobe staple ever since. Simple instructions on how to make your own below!

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I like this look with or without the nautical belt. This is such an effortless look, yet it is stylish and chic. I mean, we are talking a tank top and linen pants, but the lace around the neck and arms make this tank so dressy and dainty.

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Love the fact that these pants are not only wide leg, but they have a bit of a flare towards the bottom. The pants are unlined. I did not make these pants, but I did alter them to fit. IMG_6922*

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This tank top is so versatile and it can be worn so many ways! I have worn this tank top so many different ways. I wore it pre-pregnancy:

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I wore it during my pregnancy, it stretched as I did!

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I even wore it to my pregnancy shoot! I wore it with jeans, maxi skirts, shorts, and I am still wearing it today!

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I wore it for Mothers Day brunch last year (what’s with that look on my kids face? Must be poop-face :))

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Easy DIY instructions below for anyone that is interesting in getting this look:

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SUPPLIES: Any tank top, lace trim. You  can find lace time and fabric and craft stores like Joanns, Hancocks and Hobby Lobby.

SEWING:

Step 1: Start with a flat piece of lace trim and then create pleats in the lace about 1.5 inches apart as shown below. IMG_1415

IMG_1413Once the lace is pleated, it can easily be bent into a curve as shown below:

Step 2: Place the pleated trim on the neckline from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. Fold the lace under on the edges for a clean finish. Pin in place.

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Step 3: Sew the pleated lace onto the neckline from shoulder seam to shoulder seam and fold the edges of the lace under for a clean finish as shown below:

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Final Step: Wear it and show it off!! What a super simple diy project. This would be so cute to wear to brunch with jeans and a string of pearls, or for a shopping day out with the girls! The tank I used was a $8 tank I had picked up from Old Navy many moons ago. This would also look so cute in black. Instead of using lace, you can use any fabric trim, or even scrap fabric! This is also such an easy and cute DIY for mommy and me outfits. I think I might just make one for my kid!

To view the rest of my tutorials, click HERE

I hope you enjoyed this DIY and I  hope this inspired you!! Have a lovely rest of the week.

-XOXO

 

Handmade Grey Tee with Wilted Bow

Happy Friday!!! After a week of rain , the sun is out for the last few days! The weather is nice and warm! Can’t believe I haven’t sewn much since Easter, but I just needed the break. I was working on my garden a few weeks ago and now I am sot o ready to jump back into sewing. Here is a simple grey tee I previously made. It’s a really simple DIY as it has a bit of a cap sleeve, so there are only two main seams in this top. Design details below:

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I paired it with a black shorts with gold exposed zippers. On the top itself, I used black contrasting thread for the hemming. I used a zigzag hem for the neckline and the armholes, but if you want a more professional and cleaner finish, you can opt for hemming with a twin needle HERE. The shoes are this cute snake print. They are interesting, but not overstated.

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My favorite part of this tee is this wilted bow I added on the left shoulder. I love casual and comfortable clothes that can be stylish as well. This would be so perfect for brunch with the girls or shopping day out! I made the bow using two rectangle pieces of the same knit fabric. I sewed them all around the perimeter, leaving a two-inch gap, then flipped it right side out, manipulated the fabric to add some pleats and then hand tacked it on to the shoulder. I wanted both parts of the bow to fall over to the front. I called it a wilted bow 🙂

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This was such a simple project. It took about 20 minutes to complete. I actually had some mens X-Large t-shirts I had purchased at Target last year and this was made using that T-shirt. Sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to re-purpose existing clothes then creating from scratch.

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This top would also be cute with a black circle skirt i previously made HERE.

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Believe me when I say this, this has to be one of the easiest projects for beginners:

FABRIC: I re-purposed a mens t-shirt from Target that I purchased a while back but you can use any knit fabric or you can re-purpose a t-shirt of your choice:

PATTERN: I actually used a tank top I had in my closet and placed it on top of the existing t-shirt and cut around it. The front and the back are the same pattern. When I got to the shoulders, I slightly extended the shoulders, creating a “faux” cap sleeve.

SEWING: No sleeves to sew!! All you have to do is sew up the side seams and then hem! For the bow, I used two rectangle pieces of the same knit fabric. I sewed them all around the perimeter, leaving a two-inch gap, then flipped it right side out, manipulated the fabric to add some pleats and then hand tacked it on to the shoulder.

You can see the rest of my tutorials HERE

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy Friday from me to you!

-XOXO

 

A Time Lapse Video: The Making of a Dress

HI Gals!

Happy Friday!

I am taking a break from sewing this week to work on my garden. It was so hot yesterday and I only got to plant two plants. Today is cloudy, so I am going to take advantage of the weather and do some gardening.

I wanted to share with you a time lape video I recorded last weekend when I was making my dress. Take a journey behind the seams with me and see what goes into make a dress from scratch. This is obviosuly very different than how Ready To Wear is made, which is done in an assembly setting. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Friday!!! And Happy Sewing. The weekend is here. Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

The actual post about this dress is HERE

-XOXO

 

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