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.

All About Circle Skirts

HI Fashionistas!

I am so in love with circle skirts lately..full circle skirts in particular.. I have been all over Pinterest looking for sewing inspiration for my April project.

I want to experiment with muslin and make a really full circle skirt. Here is my favorite so far. I believe this one is 2 full circle skirts drafted with half the waist measurement to achieve this amount of fullness. It might even have some box pleats added into it.  You could also accomplish this look by using Mccalls 7022, although you might have to add box pleats to the pattern. I’ll know more once I have created a mockup..

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I also love this bright floral one:

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And this one in tulle is simply adorable. This is a full circle skirt with a tailored waistband..Check out the tutorial at the end of the post to see how to attach a tailored waist band to a skirt..

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Here is the only circle skirt I have ever made. This one is probably somewhere between a half and a three-quarter circle skirt in fullness. I drafted this one:

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I also drafted the skirt of this dress. This is also a full circle skirt:

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If you want to learn about drafting and sewing circle skirts, see more below..

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If you want to draft your own circle skirt, here is a tutorial you can use:

Circle skirts can be a bit tricky to hem at 1st. Check out this tutorial for hemming a circular hem:

How to hem a circle skirt/ round hem  Click HERE

 How to attach a tailored waist band to a skirt  Click HERE

I hope this inspired you to sew! Let me know what you think about circle skirts. I wasn’t a big fan of these when I started sewing.. but now I am totally in love. They are one of the easiest to draft and sew and if you have a go to pattern, you can quickly whip one up in a few hours.

I am also thinking of making one in denim soon! See you with my next sewing project and happy sewing until then!

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 …

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
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