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Blogging Works IFB and CAFFBC — Simplicity 1373

Hello darlings!
Its been a great summer or parts of it LOL it has rained a lot here in the DC area *side eye* and really a pause for being of fashion great! However the sun has come out and with a vengeance! Average temperature 84 degress.. whoot woo! 
More about my outfit below
Even the day of this blogging event it rained, drizzled, thunder storms.. urgh! While that COULD  be romantic IF there were one you were sharing it with but .. I digress..
I attended my first blogging happy hour hosted by District Dress-up and Reddz Trading which has a new location in Georgetown.
The event was held on June 17th and it had a lot to offer including one of the local hair shops doing hair braiding.
As you can see she braid part of my hair right down the middle in a partial braid.

Two of the assistants for the night they were impressed with my Juliette Jake clutch and wanted to know if I would like to sell it LOL no I am actually seeking a Red one..

The top of the clutch actually wraps all the way around the clutch I love it!

Some of the high end items you will find here at Reddz Trading…

This is my outfit the day of.. blasphemy so ashamed back fat that has to go!

The front is fine LOL .. this is Simplicity 1373 and a self-drafted Pencil Skirt.  For the top I actually did the spread method and made the peplum just a little more flowy..

The fabric was from my stash, I purchased this fabric from Mood Fabrics it was the last piece of Oscar De La Renta cotton on the bolt it sewed great!

Top is Simplicity 1373 – Self Drafted Skirt

I thought it looked cute with my BCBG shoes found here.

You like 😉

Pattern: Top – Simplicity 1373 Skirt – Self-Drafted
Shoes: BCBG see link above
Watch: Michelle Classic Chrono
Nail Enamel: Dior Glory Special Edition 2014

Pretty Polka Dot Dress with Vogue 1395

Beautiful Morning in Downtown Silver Spring! Thanks Brittney for the photoshoot 🙂

This is Vogue 1395 and the Fabric I used is from G Street! It was the last piece on the roll! Love love love the feel of this its a rayon with no stretch.. Its a nice sunny yellow with pink polka dots..
This was constructed a bit differently where you made an additional piece for the back with gathers at the top and it ties in the front.. It really didn’t take that long to sew but be mindful of the instructions as they can be confusing..
I made mine a tab bit longer than the pattern and the models.. Cause I just like it that way lol no fit problems.. I cut a 10 on the top and a 12 on the bottom and widened the hips :-9 I did not care for the lining for the skirt so I just omitted it.. 
By the way pay no attention to the massive ball on my head.. its the summer and its hot! lol I get a blow-out later!
Cute hun 😉
Sunnies: Gucci
Necklace: DIY with beads from Fusion Beads
Watch: Michelle
Bracelets: David Yurman
Shoes: Ann Taylor

Two Piece Jersey Vogue 8935

Well Summer is definitely upon us! Warm weather outside including humidity and its nippy inside.. so much so I have on long sleeves and a heater under my desk lol.  I have so many things I have sewn and not worn I though I would pull this out.  This pattern was so cute when it came out last year from Vogue! I then found the perfect fabric in one of my many NYC trips! The fabric is definitely not too bold and its definitely not plain!

Cute buttons I found I believe at JoAnn’s!

Hanging on the dress form!
This fabric was definitely a dream to sew very easy and very quick! Would I make another set.. yes as it was easy.. As long as I find the “perfect” fabric again. No alterations were made to this pattern.
Necklace: JCrew
Shoes: Ann Taylor (2013 Season)
Wash and  wear hair…
You likie???

Fabric Giveaway!

As promised….

Here is my first give away! So you like my pants eh! Well you can have your own pair, or a skirt, or a cute stylish jacket. This is two yards of the pool/ocean blue fabric, one zipper, and Gutermann’s thread! The photo here does not do it justice — the color can be better viewed on yesterday’s post of the pants I created.
Good luck and don’t forget to leave a comment on the fabric of your proposed creation or a post on how you like my pants 😉 
This is what happens when you are doing 10 bizzillion things at once you forget the actual link! *sigh* charge it to my head not my heart lol!

Neoprene in Radiant Orchid!

I saw this fabric on Fabric Mart Fabrics and had no clue what I was going to create! But then this simple pattern from the pattern fairy appeared McCalls 6886 and I knew I wanted to created it!
Pattern Review:
Pattern Description:
Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, sleeve variations,
and stitched hems, view A.
Pattern Sizing: 6-14
(I cut a 10 for the top and 14 for the hips) in fact I could have cut a 12
because of the stretch of the fabric.
Did it look like the
photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes exactly, I added the flounce.
Were the instructions
easy to follow?
Yes very easy no problems at all.
What did you particularly
like or dislike about the pattern?
Nothing simple go to pattern cuts and
sews quickly.
Fabric Used: double-sided
neoprene in Radiant Orchard and Purple on the other side.
Pattern alterations
or any design changes you made:
None, to the pattern just measure the
amount of flounce I wanted I believe it was 5 inches, double the width of the
bottom of the skirt.
Would you sew it
YES! Great for beginners – has set-in sleeve, side bust darts easy
Would you recommend
it to others?
Yes, I certainly would its adorable!
Conclusion: I did
not find this pattern difficult at all; I can probably sew it without the
instructions next time.
Necklace: JCrew
Shoes: (Old) Ann Taylor
Bracelets: David Yurman

Pretty Polka Dots – Lady Shorts

Cute hun?

I would never think to make my own “foundations” let alone my own bras or panties.. but after meeting a fabulous ASG member at the sewing retreat in December and she was creating her own bras I became intrigued. I happen to stubble upon another blog where this sewer has created the most adorable pieces Very Purple Person and I knew I had to begin somewhere. However, most of the suppliers seemed to be in the UK or elsewhere and I wanted to begin right away with something simple at least — yes its that shopping impulsive urge. I then stumbled upon Cloth Habits site and link to a free Lady Shorts Pattern .. the result you see above..

Materials Used:
Polka Dot Cotton Knit from JoAnn’s 1/2 yard
Top Lace from JoAnn’s 2 yards
Smaller lace around the legs JoAnn’s 3 yards
You can’t see it but I did purchase a 1/4 yard of thin cotton fabric in orange (they did not have white, why I do not know).  The clerk suggested a different thin white knit but it had polyester mixed.

I downloaded the pattern — pieced it together and I had to think about it a minute.. Like how in the world would these two pieces of fabric become “lady shorts” lol but 4 seams later or less they were!

I add the cute lace with a little ease and tension and there you have it.. I promised this is probably the quickest thing I have ever sewed! And in less than 30 minutes I might add!

For sure using stretch cotton might not be very economical especially with the lace trim which I love.. But if you use different fabric like stretch silk, or other luxury fabrics you will have a unique piece of lingerie to love and it was fun sewing!

Yeah or Nay.. let me know your thoughts 🙂

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