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Kimono Duster In Emerald Green: Vogue V9253 Modified

HI Fashionistas!

I am so so excited to share my latest project with you. I made a kimono duster/ topper. Something like this would have typically taken me 4 to 6 hours to make, but I promise I spent more like 20 hours on this one, working at a turtle pace, in the final two weeks of my pregnancy. Matter of fact, I finished the sash on Saturday, Feb 10, and ended up going into labor that afternoon.  Had I known that baby Connor for waiting for me to finish sewing, I would have wrapped up this project a lot sooner 🙂

Well, the baby is out and he is one week old today. By the time you read this, he will be 11 days old… what a week it has been.. to think a week ago we were in the hospital. Moving on to this gorgeous Kimono… Here it is!

The kimono can be worn with or without a sash. I will probably wear it without a sash. That is more my style, but I wanted to have the sash, so I sewed that up in the solid green color.

I will show you how it looks belted as well.  The kimono is unlined as you can see. Here is the back view:

This print is just so gorgeous:

This is the fabric that I used. The fabric had a solid green panel on of the selvage sides, I used that to create the belt/ sash.I used Vogue pattern number V9253, View B with the following variations:

  1. Eliminated the center back zipper
  2. I also had to make my skirt front and back panels slightly less flared as my fabric was not as wide as the pattern suggested.
Here are the pictures of the Kimono belted:



And this is just me being goofy… because life is too short to be serious all the time 🙂


Here is the back view belted


Oh! Mom is in town visiting from India.. she gifted me these gorgeous earrings that happen to go so well with the kimono, so I wore these 🙂


Here are some “behind the seams” info of the garment in the making.

  • I always like to do a practice run of the thread/ tension/needle combo and make some samples before I take the garment to the machines. This eliminates any surprises and lets me test out the fabric.
  • I ended up serging the CB Seam and the side seams first, then stitched them and pressed them open. For the rest of the garment, I stitched the seams together, pressed them to one side, and the serged as one. Typically I like to press seams towards gravity, but in this case, I serged the waist seam before sewing it, and pressed the seams open, mainly to reduce bulk.

That is all I have. I am so ready to get started on the next sewing project. Not sure exactly what I am making next but I have been thinking about either an off-white peplum top, somewhat structured, or a knit hi low maxi dress. I will be looking for some sewing inspiration before I commit to the next project. I hope you all are well.  Once my baby is a bit older, I will sew for him and I am sure he will make his debut on the blog!


– Vatsla 🙂

Behind The Seams- Nautical Shorts

So I am still in awe of the amazing fabric I found at Hobby Lobby when I went shopping for my 4th of July outfit. I picked up this amazing cotton navy fabric with anchors on it. Lately I have been obsessed with anchors. It all started on Mothers Day in Charleston when my hubby and daughter took me shopping. My husband must have been giggling inside as he knows I don’t like shopping, and barely ever spend any money (except on fabric). I saw an anchor necklace I liked, but it was kinda cheap and cheerful (quality wise), so I didn’t get it. But then next week I found the cutest anchor charm bracelet and ended up gifting that to myself.

Back to the GORGEOUS fabric.  Look… Just L@@K! Isnt it just beautiful?


I decided to use Mccalls M6756 that was sitting in my pattern stash.  To make sure my fabric is straight and not slanting, I placed the pattern piece such that the grain line ran through the anchors. And yes, that IS a tomato I am using as a pattern weight. What can I say, I work on my kitchen island, so I grab whatever is available 😀 Haha!



I decided to make a muslin because I have never sewn a pair of shorts before. Well, maybe in fashion school but that was a long time ago.


I also realized that I don’t have many shorts in my wardrobe. All I have is these el cheapo and el micro shorts from last summer and this summer I am quite surprised that as a momma of one, I ever wore these. The only other pair of shorts I have are these, and while they are nice, I did not make them.


Like my pretty toes? Thanks! That’s my DIY pedicure 🙂

The muslin was quick to sew up. These shorts call for a faux front fly zipper. so I pinned in along the centre front. Looks a lot better on me. This dress form has bigger hips than mine, thus the tightness that is causing the wrinkles on the crotch.  As much as I would LOVE a custom dress form, those run around a thousand dollars. Do you know how many diapers that could buy? So for now, I fit my garments on myself…

IMG_7814Now I have sewn pants before, but I usually stay away from those with a front fly zipper, mainly because it’s a more complex construction technique than an invisible zipper,  and I have always been afraid of wrinkles in the centre front. Remember these pants Haley Berry wore a while back? I like to call this “Mister crotch pants phenomenon”. No body wants that.


Back to my shorts… I should have them done by tomorrow and get to wear them over the weekend! Yay!

What are you guys working on for the weekend and what do you plan to wear, and how do you plan to style it? Whatever you do, stay fashionable!


Behind The Seams: Repurpose with a purpose

HI everyone!! I missed you last week!!

I managed to do a quick tutorial but last week was a tough one, so unfortunately, my sewing had to take a backseat. I made a commitment to myself that I would sew every Thursday without fail. So I did go into my studio late Thursday night and gathered up some tulle, but that was about it!

Well I am back on track and ready to get to work this week! So…. the 1st thing I am going to work on this week is a blue peplum top, and I am planning on re-purposing this dress instead of making it from scratch. Do you have an unwanted knit dress in your wardrobe and want to sew-along? Design details below…

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This is a dress I bought sometime last year and never wore. I tried it on once and it was big on me. I meant to take it in, but I just don’t think I am going to wear it. So…  I am going chop this baby up and re-construct it. I am going to preserve the hemming on the neckline and sleeves and I will be using the fabric from the skirt to create the peplum. I want a full peplum and this is the overall look I am going for:






PATTERN: For the base pattern, I will probably use a self drafted pattern I used HERE. I wont touch the neckline as it is beautifully hemmed.

Peplum: I will self draft the peplum using this technique that I documented HERE

SEWING: After I de-construct the top at the sleeves , side seams and waist, I will resize the sleeves and top and then re-attach the sleeves using this easy method I documented HERE

I am truly hopeful that I will also be able to make a pair of skinny jeans or capri pants to go with this peplum. Ambitious for a day of sewing, but a girl can dream, right?

Are you sewing something? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Until next time, Happy Sewing!!



Pretty in Pink Tulle and Cake Pops!

Hi Folks!

I am so excited about this weeks post. As I mentioned last week, Thursday is my sewing day. Well, last week Thursday was my super sewing day. I was asked by a friend to do a photoshoot for her new website Queen City Cake Pops and she asked that I wear one of my tulle skirts.

Luckily, I had about 6 yards of pink tulle in my fabric stash, so I got to work right away. I made a gorgeous poofy midi length tulle skirt with a satin waistband Here is what I came up with. All the design details are below if you are interested in making your very own tulle skirt!




The focal point of the pictures was a gorgeous cake pop bouquet by Queen City Cake Pops. I got to dress up in tulle and carry a bouquet! I felt like I was getting married and walking down the fairy tale isle!




Check out the gorgeous bouquet made by Queen City Cake Pops. You can see more about QC Cake Pops HERE ! I just wanted to eat it up. Maybe I should have eaten at least one of two. Nobody would have noticed!

All these wonderful pictures were taken by Ariel Photography. I got to work with Ariel Perry, who is so much fun and quite talented. You can check out more of her work HERE


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I made this top as well. I posted about is last week. You can see the details of the black top HERE






PATTERN: I used a self-drafted pattern for the skirt and waistband, but you can use Simplicity pattern 1200 HERE or any circle skirt pattern.

FABRIC: For the lining, I used a matte Satin from Hancock Fabric. I loved using this because it was in the color ivory and gave the skirt more dimension. For the Tulle, I used this fabric from Joann’s in the color “blush”. You can find it HERE. I gathered the tulle using a gathering foot. This accessory makes gathering the tulle a breeze. I highly recommend using a gathering foot.  This universal foot works with most machines:


SEWING:I gathered the tulle using a gathering foot. This accessory makes gathering the tulle a breeze. I highly recommend using a gathering foot. You can find one HERE. I then sewed up the side seams only on the lining. Depending on your pattern, you may not have side seams, but sew up the skirt per your pattern directions. Then I attached the tulle to the skirt using a basting stitch. Once the tulle and lining were one pieces, I attached it to the waist band, right sides together, inserted the zipper and closed up the waist band using the stitch in the ditch method. One thing to be very careful when putting a zipper in tulle is not to attach the tulle to the zipper. I usually attach the tulle half an inch away from the zipper so it does not get caught.

Ladies, I will be doing a giveaway of the simplicity pattern and the tulle fabric, so please subscribe to my blog and stay tuned if you are interested in making this skirt!

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






Dressed in Black: Fitted Top and High Waisted Pants

Happy Friday Peeps!

Aren’t you glad its Friday? So am I. The sun is out. It’s a beautiful day. Still very cold here and ice on the ground, but the sun feels so good. This week I am so exited about the sewing projects I have been working on. This is the first time I am wearing two garments I created. This week I decided to work on some unfinished projects. All they needed for hemming and some minor alterations. Talk about instant gratification!! The entire outfit below is made by me, top and pants:







BRRRR.. As you can see there is still ice on the ground. I wanted something warm and cozy to wear. This outfit is perfect. It covers from head to do and is still stylish. I simply love the neckline on this top. The silhouette is very flattering, and the long sleeves give it class.

Now lets talk about the pants. I used Burda 7122. They are high-waisted wide legged pants. The thing about wide leg pants (especially if you are short) is that they can either look flattering or funny. In my opinion it’s all in the fit. I hear some many ladies complain about how they can’t wear certain styles. While there is some truth to it,  I think the right fit can make all the difference. I am 5’4″, so not tall by any means. Typically I would not wear a wide leg pant, but the high waist had me sold. A high waist can be so flattering on any body type. It created the illusion of longer legs.


The pants have a wide waist band. I did not line these pants, instead I self faced the waist Band. There is a invisible zipper in the back. Love Love LOVE these pants and I will definitely be making more of these in the future. They were a bit too wide legged for me so I altered them to my linking.  Here is a closeup of the waist band:


To accessorize my all black outfit, I added this gorgeous red clutch I bought in India.





I also added this necklace that my hubby gifted me a long time ago. It’s from some boutique at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.

And BOO! Just wanted to scare you with a closeup.. Isn’t the detailing on this purse AMAZING? Shopping in India is the best…seriously!

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PATTERN: The pattern for the top is self drafted. The pants pattern are Burda 7122. You can find them HERE

FABRIC: For the top, I used a jersey knit from Joanns Fabrics. You can find it HERE . For the pants, I used a gabardine from Hancock Fabrics. You can find it HERE

Well..  I still have some more sewing to do today. A last-minute photo shoot with a friend.. So I need to finish sewing up a  tulle skirt for that and head out in the next hour!

I hope that this inspired you to create something! Enjoy this beautiful day.

Happy Sewing and Happy Friday!!!


Behind The Seams: Valentines Day Dress

Hola Peeps!

So this week I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to work on. I am in a bit of a sewing slump to be honest. Baby and I have both been sick and it just hasn’t been a creative week. But… It’s Wednesday and this is when I start thinking about my sewing project for the week.

I heard its Valentines Day this week and I thought about making something for the occasion. I usually don’t do much for V-Day, but I am on a RTW Fast and I have so much in my life to celebrate, so this year is going to be a celebration of love, and I must dress for the occasion. I have also been nagging my husband to buy me chocos and flowers. Just had to throw that in there, in case he is reading 🙂


So… A few weeks ago, I saw this really interesting fabric. It’s a dark red woven fabric, with a small amount of stretch to it. I loved the color of the fabric, but I was really drawn to the texture more than the color. I love texture on fabric. I thought I would make a skirt with it, so I only bought one yard for a pencil skirt, but I am finding myself wanting to make a dress instead. I have already drafted the pattern for the skirt. It’s a simple below the knee pencil skirts with two front darts and two back darts. Now all of a sudden I want to make a dress instead. I want a dress with a peplum, but I don’t have enough fabric, so I am debating between making a pencil skirt, or a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and pencil skirt. To me this is one of the fun parts about being creative. I often end up doing something different from I first imagined. Note to self: Always buy at least two yards of fabric.


I also have another fabric that I was using a couple of years ago. It is a red lace overlay over muslin. I really like that as well. It is a UFO (Unfinished Object). I had cut out the fabric from the dress and was ready to sew it up, but I was pregnant at the time and had started gaining weight, so never finished it. Right now I am not sure exactly what I will end up making by the end of the week.. but it’s either a red dress or red skirt, or a lace dress or lace skirt.


Excited to work on this project! I’ve never worn a red pencil skirt, so I am excited about the finished product!

Happy V Day Peeps. Hope everyone is celebrating their loved one!


DIY Fitted Tee with Ruffle Detail

Hola Folks!

I have been working this week on making a fitted tee for my RTW Fast. I wanted something casual, but a bit dressy. Something I could wear with jeans for date night, or pair it with a maxi skirt for a more dressy occasion.

I love knit tops because they are so comfortable and also cute! I made this top in a taupe jersey knit. It  is so soft and comfy. I am loving it! The pattern is self drafted. I gave it a scoop neck, three-quarter sleeves, and some cute and feminine ruffles! I love ruffles.

I want to make another one in the grey fabric but with an oversized bow on one shoulder.






Here is the close up of the ruffles:


Design details are below if you are interested in making one for yourself!


PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 3 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. This is a pretty simple pattern and the front and back bodice are pretty much the same except for the neckline. And then there is the sleeve pattern.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then there are many commercial patterns available like Mccalls and Simplicity.

SEWING: The construction of this top involves cutting out the fabric pieces, attaching the front to the back at the side seams and the shoulder seams, sewing the underseam of the sleeves and finally setting in the sleeves to the bodice. I used a serger to make this, but a stretch stitch on a sewing machine can be used as well. For the hemming, I used a twin needle on my sewing machine. For the ruffling, I used a gathering foot.  You can find one HERE

Check out how to made the ruffles:

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional)

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)





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