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

Breaking my Ready To Wear Fast after 1 Year and 5 Days…

 

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I am about to break my Ready To Wear Fast today after one year and five days.

I decided to observe the 2015 RTW Fast in January 2015, and that happened to coincide with the time I started my blog.

The last time I purchased clothes was December 28, 2014. I met a dear friend Kristina for breakfast and then we headed out on our shopping adventures.

Well, Its Jan 2, 2016 now and its been one year and 5 days. When I started the fast, I knew I had the discipline to not purchase a single piece of clothing in 2015. I took this fast mainly because it would help me accomplish my goal, which was to improve my skill, and learn how to make better garments. Looking back I can truly say that the fast made me push myself to expand my creativity.

Today, I can shop again.. but the questions is… do I want to shop? I am not surprised that I don’t feel excited about shopping. Do I really want to try on five pairs of jeans in hopes that one fits?

Maybe the excitement will hit me when I look at clothes on the rack, or when I actually try something on. The problem is, I cannot help but think about the fact that I know nothing about who made this garment, whether they were working under decent conditions, or whether it was made in a facility where people work for less than minimum wage, in inhumane conditions..

You see, the image of the “Last Embrace” is forever burned in my memory… If you don’t know what the last embrace is, it has to do with the Bangladesh Factory collapse a few years ago

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My current feelings: I am going to go shopping, however I am not sure what I will buy. We shall see.. I don’t think I am going to go back to mainly wearing RTW, but I do feel the need to buy some basic layering items, some basic tees, maybe a pair of jeans.. but I will just have to report back on how it goes.

If I had to describe my current mood, I would say “Awkward” . It feels awkward and strange to be going shopping. I have not looked at clothes in over a year, I have not even browsed the garments racks, I have not been in a fitting room. It honestly feels strange.. As my dear friend Vik would put it “I am feeling some kinda way”…

Anyways.. I felt the need to come pen down my feelings..Now I am off to look for some wardrobe basics.. and for support, I am taking my mum along.. If nothing else, it will be a fun mom and daughter outing!

Happy New Year all!!!

See you soon!

XOXO-

Vatsla

 

Christmas Giveaway Winner Announced…

Happy New Year Fashionistas!!!!

My husband & I used Random.Org this afternoon to draw the winner for the Christmas Fabric giveaway!

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Congratulations to Natalie and thank you to everyone who participated. Here is what the box includes:

 

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  • The following fabrics: a denim with gold details with a slight stretch, with a matching exposed zipper. A mustard Ponte knit with a moderate stretch, a royal blue Shantung and a blue floral ITY knit.
  • Few patterns
  • Pattern hooks
  • 4 cones of serger thread
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Elastic 

I hope that you all had a wonderful end to 2015 and a wonderful start to 2016. I pray that you have a wonderful journey in 2016 and continue to sew and create.

See you shortly with my next sewing project!!

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 🙂

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!!!!! And Christmas Giveaway Update

 

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HI Fashionistas!!

I hope that you have a WONDERFUL Christmas. My family and I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve candlelight service last night. It was so festive and so amazing. I absolutely love our Church.  I made this darling dress for my darling daughter.. I was pretty much sewing last-minute (as always)

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More on this dress later.. The fabric is so yummy, even though is was difficult to work with..

Back to the giveaway…

I wanted to let you all know that I am hosting a Christmas giveaway: A box full of sewing goodies: The giveaway includes a box full of the following:

  • The following fabrics: a denim with gold details with a slight stretch, with a matching exposed zipper. A mustard Ponte knit with a moderate stretch, a royal blue Shantung and a blue floral ITY knit.
  • Few patterns
  • Pattern hooks
  • 4 cones of serger thread
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Elastic 

It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this Facebook picture

The giveaway ends Tuesday, December 29th at midnight pacific. I will announce the winner on Wednesday the 30th. Please also be sure to like my Facebook page as another $100 giveaway is coming in the near future. If you don’t have a FB account, leave a comment here and I will include you in the giveaway!

Merry Christmas Everyone. I hope that you spent time with your family and friends!!

I plan on spending the last week of the year in my sewing studio… So see you soon with more sewing updates!

XOXO-

Vatsla 🙂

 

Christmas GiveAway!! A box full of sewing goodies

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Good Evening Fashionistas!!!

When I started my blog earlier this year, I was establishing some goals for myself.  I remember thinking whether aiming for 1000 likes on my Facebook page was too optimistic. Well, Fashion Behind The Seams has really picked up some momentum over the last few months and all I can say is THANK YOU. I am so close to 1000!!!

Thank you SO much for sharing in my love of sewing and DIY Fashion. This year I focused a lot of energy on sewing, building my skill and of course sharing my love of sewing with others. My goal was to start a sewing blog to not only inspire others to sew, but to connect with other like minded people and learn from them.

 

I took the 2015 Ready To Wear fast to push myself further and grow as a dressmaker and a designer. I asked a million questions from those who inspired me, while answering questions from those whom I inspired. I have learned so much this year and received more than I have given. THANK YOU again for such an amazing year.  Here is a picture of the very 1st thing I posted on the blog. A simple box pleat skirt, and the very last thing I made, a tailored coat. Next week I will be doing a Christmas Giveaway as my way of saying thank you. A box full of fabric and sewing goodies! Stay Tuned!!! I will be stuffing as much as I can in a medium flat rate USPS priority box and sending it off to the winner . 
I will announce the giveaway on my Facebook page, so be sure to like it!

 

And another giveaway for a $100 gift card to fabric store is coming up as soon as I hit 1000 likes! It is the season of giving. I have not sewn since I cracked my rib 🙁 But I just pre washed and pre shrunk some GORGEOUS cotton sateen for my next project: A Five looks in one LBD…. I start the pattern making on Monday!

SEW excited.

I’ll be back with more.
Until then, Happy Sewing!! And Merry Christmas!
-XOXO
Vatsla 🙂
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