Backless Floral Dress McCalls 3673

Backless Floral Dress McCall’s 3673.  When I saw this dress and pattern on Beaute Jadore’s blog i knew I had to have it Vintage McCall’s 3673 I was lucky enough to find the pattern in my size on Amazon for a great price!

Floral Dress Back View

Floral Dress Back View

I held onto the pattern for a moment but knew I wanted to sew it for a girlfriends 60th Birthday party! However, while this looks cute on the pattern face and the fabric is trey adorable from GStreet.. It need modifications that I totally ignored. This dress has no darts in the bodice.. I really thought I could get away with this — NOT! If you are a D cup this pattern needs major altering. It needs bust darts and a self-bra as finding a totally backless bra for a D cup is close to impossible. If I had (which I generally do) think out such patterns ahead of time I would have consulted my bra making group on the direction for this.

I went on the hunt for the backless bra (insert rolly eyes here) — why don’t we have this — why!

Floral Dress McCalls 3763

Floral Dress McCalls 3763

Floral Dress Front View

I will not show the back its not attractive at all.. I don’t do photo embarrassment by any means..

Floral Dress McCalls 3763

Floral Dress McCalls 3763


As you can see no shape at all in the bodice.. Darts create a shape where there is none and allows for an attractive lift. *lesigh* but I still received lots of complements and that is a good thing!

As you can see “someone” totally forgot their mascara, I got a bit distracted while getting dressed  and was rushing to be on time for her red carpet entrance! We arrived just in time!

Fabric: GStreet, Rockville, MD
Necklace: JCrew Old
Shoes: BCBG – Orange Suede



New Business Venture Announcement!

New Business Venture Announcement! As you know, you can never have too many streams of income! While my passion is sewing, I also have a passion for planning.  One of my Masters is in the field of Project Management therefore it only falls in like with organization. And being a sewer as well as working from home requires a lot of that..


I fell in love with the Erin Condren LifeStyle Planner (right now there is a sale on planners 30% and when you sign-up you receive emails about the sales) over a year ago and always sought away to incorporate that into some kind of passive income.  Outcomes Planner Bits an online planner and accessory store! I will carry all sorts of fun accessories for your planner — stickers, custom-made stickers, stickers for planning your sewing, washi, fine writing instruments, cute Hello Kitty accessories, sticky notes, paper tabs, notebooks, pencil cases, and eventually some planners.  I will also have some affiliate links and plan on offering affiliates to opportunity to earn.  Some classes in the local area and I also hope to get more into doing things on YouTube since this is a huge driver to Do-It-Yourself information.

Planner Bits Erin Condren LP Giveaway

Planner Bits Erin Condren LP Giveaway

Planner Bits

Has its own site as well as an attached blog.  The blog will talk about more planning tricks, designing, and creating of your planner!


I received a referral link from one of my Facebook friends to join Ipsy

Ipsy February Glam Bag

Ipsy February Glam Bag


.. I finally received this adorable bag and a few cute samples that will fit right in my new Tory Burch York Tote. I think the samples were great but they were just not in my shade. I think that is one of the most disappointing things when I receive these kinds of promos. You answer a good deal of questions about shades and background yet you receive shades that do no match my complexion.  I will though look forward to receiving another glambag.. But if the shades stay the same I won’t continue 🙁

Follow the links to the site and the blog to enter in the chance to win!


Silk Leopard Maxi Dress made with Vogue 8921

Hey Hey! Happy New Year!

Just made! Silk Leopard Dress Vogue 8921 – here is Vogue 8921 made with a Silk Jersey Fabric from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be some sort of Maxi Dress.. I wore it on Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit with the family but my Grandmother was insistent on me shorting it and it was too long lol.  I digress Grandma “it should be long” LOL. I like it when it kisses the boot or show and you see just a peek, you do need to be careful though and have a hem that is longer than your heel height so it does not get caught and cause a disaster!

Maxi Dress Vogue 8921

This was quite an easy sew only 4 pieces that are easy to adjust.  The back called for a back zipper but it wasn’t
necessary so I omitted it.

Maxi Dress Portrait Vogue 8921

Vogue 8921 and McCall’s 7257

The above shot I really love and it shows a great deal of detail on the dress and the jacket I made.

Vogue 8921 and McCalls 7257 Side-View

Vogue 8921 and McCall’s 7257 Side-View

Leather Bolero

I never blogged about this leather bolero, but it was also made with McCall’s 7257.  I cut my own strips of leather and gathered them as well as made the puffs from some fur I had here.  I created one bound button hole although the pattern did not call for one. I generally look for leather skins no matter where I shop. I can’t stand pleather its hot, it does not breathe, and the sound of the swish swish just annoys me! These skins were great and I actually had more than I could use, I got these skins from New York.

McCalls 7257 Self made ruffles, bound buttonholes, fur puff

McCall’s 7257 Self made ruffles, bound buttonholes, fur puff


Vogue 8921Sideview

Vogue 8921 Sideview


Vogue 8921 Backview

Vogue 8921 Backview

I think it’s a good transition dress, it can be worn late winter, early spring, into summer as well as most of fall until early December “its an all purpose dress” – Jodi from Baby Boy! LOL

Thanks for reading! Let me know how you like it! Until we meet again! **Mauh*

Nail Enamel: CHANEL
Booties: (old) COACH


Completed #Vogue 1467 Pea Coat Sew Along

Hi dolls and Happy New Year!

Yes this post is a long time coming! My Completed #Vogue 1467 Pea Coat Sew Along was finished long-ago but I was in a hunt for a photographer. I finally found one! My plan is to have quick photo shoots at least twice a month with 3 – 4 outfits each. That will put me at a regular posting schedule of at least twice a week!

Anyway here are the final photos.. it was a good day outside my complex for these — it was a bit nippy but my warm wool and cashmere kept this at bay as long as the wind did not blow LOL.

Now to point out the obvious and perhaps you don’t see it but I do.. the button is pulling on the bottom.. why because my silly tale sewed the closure button right through to the opposite side of the jacket through the pocket! I realized it AFTER I wore the jacket and could not put my hand completely in the pocket 🙁 I completely forgot to fix it prior to the photos :-(, so hence you have this mistake. But guess what? My coat is still fabulous, I fixed and I am wearing it LOL as well as onto other coats to make 🙂

I also made the top and pants too using Vogue 1436. I used the exact notions Vogue used for their shirt sample; the spring snaps, O-Rings, and the silver cord ends on the end of the neck ties! The Anorak Snap Tool Set (and a rubber mallet) was a bit difficult to find and I did find it at JoAnn’s after extensive research.  The coat fabric is from Mood and I left links in previous posts, both the shirt and pants fabric came from G-Street. This shirt and pants were fun to make and would definitely use these patterns again.

Below you will see the rest of the photos.


Photos for Viewing!

Front Vogue 1467Front Vogue 1467 with Burberry Scarf

hook chain detail Vogue 1467

front jacket detail Vogue 1467




Back Triangle and Belt Details Vogue 1467



Vogue 1467 Button Details



  • Boots are from COACH last year
  • Nail Color CHANEL Blue Satin Discontinued
  • Burberry Scarf


Week 5 Vogue 1467 Coat Sew Along – Top Stitching

Hello Curvy Girl Fan..

I will not talk no more about my frustrations with my photos.. it’s just not happening unless I get married in the next few weeks OR I hire a photographer! The later is probably the cheapest route LOL No seriously I am picky to say the least but I also what to take photos with out a lot of drama or cheer leading — just snap my photo let me see!

Anywhoo so that answers why these posts are delayed.. Someone promised me they would be by to take my photos next week — lets hope because this sew along has gone one too long.

This will be the final installment before the big reveal.. I have not worn the jacket yet and I am anxious to wear it..

Today we will look at the top stitching, the collar, and finishing.

Coat Top Stitching

This coat has top stitching all along the seams, the pocket, back center, and side seams. This is a view of the back joined together with the top stitching. I have to say I am impressed with myself LOL This fabric was sooooo easy to work with and so forgiving.  Basically I inserted my top stitch needle, marked the 1/4″ seams with my FriXion Erasable Pen  and ruler, and sewed slowly.

Finished Armscye and Sleeve

Side view with sleeve Vogue 1467

More Top stitching, Front Flap closes to the right.. the white thread you see is my basting thread that’s keeping the hair canvas in place.

Front Flap added Vogue 1467

Top stitching and back belt prior to buttonholes and buttons

Back with Faux Belt Vogue 1467

Side View of Sleeve and Top stitching

Side view with sleeve Vogue 1467

Coat Collar Attachment

Collar with Hair Canvas Vogue 1467

Collar Attachment Vogue 1467

Finished Collar Vogue 1467

Collar after Pressing and Top Stitching

Collar Attachment Vogue 1467

Thanks for following!

Next post will be the complete coat and outfit 🙂





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