New Dress

After I recently finished a new dress I made, I wanted to show you how it looks on.  Recently, my lovely Mother-in-law gave me this green embroidered fabric that was in her old stash and I fell in love with it and really felt it would pop up against black.  So, as I am still trying to develop my sewing techniques and pattern making skills, I figured I would try to do a simple shift dress from an old vintage pattern that I altered and played around with in order to get a decent fit on my petite frame.  I'm pleased with the final results, but I still have a lot to learn and I will get there in time.  
Below are some style tips on how to wear embroidery this Season!  

Items Worn For Today's Look

Shift Dress:  My Design
Shoes:  BCBG
Bag:  Francesca's
Necklace:   c/o Choies

Style Tips

Since embroidery is so detailed and can be somewhat out-dated, it is important to pair it with modern accessories and silhouettes.  With this look, I kept the embroidery a focal point, but only added it to the hem area for a touch of vintage.  If I had made the entire dress in this print, it would wash me out and also look out-dated.  Black is always a go-to for me when I want to make an old fabric appear fresh and modern.  You can never go wrong with a shift dress and a statement necklace either and black pumps are always classy and sophisticated.  You could wear this look to a wedding, a cocktail event, or to a very nice restaurant and the best thing about this dress is that it is super comfy too!  

Hope you all have a great day and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the latest creation.  


Embroidered Shift Dress

One of the hottest trends for Spring 2014 are Embroidered Pieces.  Today I wanted to show you a little peak into a dress I made this week that I was really hoping would turn out well because my black fabric I used was not cheap.  I have not been able to blog much lately because I am working hard on developing my sewing techniques, but next week things will be back to normal.  My regular style posts will be up twice a week or more if I get a chance.  I consider myself in training and the reason I am trying to do things so fast is because everyday isn't promised and when you really want something, you need to absolutely dive in and get cracking.  That is how I look at life anyways, as I lost my Mom 10 years ago suddenly and tragically and there was no preparing for her death.  I learned one thing out of that experience and that is you must live every day to the fullest.  So, I hope that you also learn to not push aside the things you really want to do too, because you may not get a chance to do them if you wait years or after your kids are a certain age.   

I hope that you are all doing well and I will be wearing this dress Monday for a style post and am so interested to hear your feedback on it!  

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!!


Some New Designs I Have Been Working On

Hello dears!  I know I have MIA lately, but I am working so hard and long to develop my sewing techniques as I have this passion and drive to do this for a living.  Thanks you for your patience with my lack of posting and also thank you so much for your extremely thoughtful feedback so many of you have been leaving me on my sewing journey.  So, here are some new pieces I have made over the last week and a half.  I am in the process right now of learning to line garments, find the right crotch adjustments in pants and learn how to make slopers for my size.  Very very time-consuming when you don't have a dress form or no teacher!  

My goal is to by Fall 2014 open up an Etsy Shop, and since I am doing it all on my own, you can imagine how tired I must be.  I started this February learning to sew on the machine and was hand-sewing all in January and altering my clothing that didn't fit.  My passion is now to design clothing for Petites who are XS-S.  I will not be using this blog specifically for my sewing, but I know many of you are wondering what in the world I am sewing that is keeping me from my usual outfit posts.  So here are my latest adventures!

Sleeveless Dress with Watteau Back

Winter White Circle Skirt with lining

and...Culottes because I feel petites can wear them.  

Please excuse the mess as it is my work room.  These shorts are also basted together as a test run.  I haven't sewn them right because I sharpee marked my darts and the material is really thin for shorts and see-through.  But I wanted to test out size and fit with these for a better and higher quality pair.  I just wanted to prove that petites can get away with a culotte this length.  There is a lot of style advice regarding culottes this season and most of it is to wear the length that hits just above the calf, but petites look better with the length falling just slightly above the knee or at the knee.

Like anything?  Dislike anything?  Feedback is always appreciated, but please keep it constructive!  

Hope you are having a good week so far!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a 
wonderful day! 


The Return Of Culottes

Hello my dear readers!  I am so tired lately and haven't posted due to extreme sewing I have been practicing lately, and I also had a great vacation week with my family last week, so hopefully you are still here to keep in touch and to enjoy my quick post.  Today I want to discuss "Culottes".  They are totally in style for Spring and Fall 2014 and I have to say that I actually really love them!  One issue though with them, is that people either love them or completely hate them, so don't be surprised if someone makes fun of you if you decide to wear them and jump on the trend bandwagon this Season.  I actually love to make people laugh, so I have no issues wearing them out in public when the weather gets warmer and if I see anyone laughing, I will bow to them and say I am so happy that I was able to make you laugh today.  ;)  

I leave you with some of my very favorite inspiration photos from the Runways and some simple tips to help you pull this look off well.

*Style Tips*

My personal feelings towards styling culottes, is to wear them high-waisted and to tuck in your top to them to add length to your body and to appear taller.  With the width of the legs and the way they do cut off the legs a bit, you will be better finding a high-waist pair that speaks to you.  

You can also wear a crop top with them as well, but wear a fitted one for balance or you can appear sloppy.  

Miroslava Duma's look in the first picture is my favorite inspiration picture to go by because not only does she wear hers high-waisted, but she wears a turtleneck to add even more length to her as she is very petite.  

Hope these tips help and that if you are kind of digging this trend for Spring 2014, that you will feel more confident in trying it out!  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a 
wonderful day!