Keep it Short

So for the past couple of years, matching shorts sets have been a definite trend that’s been seen everywhere; whether it’s on your favorite celebs, your favorite fashion bloggers, or just random people you see on the street.  So, I figured why not make one?  But of course, I had to wait until I found the perfect fabric to get the look that I was looking for. When this outfit what finished, I wanted it to be bold, bright, and fun.  I wanted the shorts set to be the image of what Summer style should be; effortless, yet fashionable.
kisI’ve always seen Ankara fabric on other fashion bloggers, but I’ve never seen it for myself in person.  So while in New York, I came across several stores that sold this type of fabric and one particular store had this one for $5/yd!  That’s crazy cheap right?! SOLD!!! I bought a few yards and made this short set for myself and made a simple pillow case dress for my daughter that you can check out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet.
shortsetSo a lot of the shorts sets that I’ve seen were extremely short. If you can’t tell already, I’m quite conservative.  When I make clothes for myself, I keep in mind that first, I am a mom, and second, I am a married woman. I keep my sexiness very subtle. With that in mind, I kept the length of shorts decent enough to be able to go on an outing with my family and be able to still look chic while being quite comfortable.
kis4Let’s talk about the patterns. As you can probably already tell, this outfit was very easy to make.  I think each item took about 2-2.5 hours to complete. So a total of 4-5 hours for the entire look.  The instructions on both patterns were easy to follow and I didn’t need to make too many adjustments. The only adjustment that I made was shortening the top so that it sits just above my hips. My hips are kind of wide, and I did not want my shirt pulled down tight around my hips or bunched up around my stomach area. I wanted the look to be nice and crisp.
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What are your thoughts on matching shorts set? Do you already own one? Do you plan on making one?  Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Peek-a-Boo

As some of you may know, I am one of the co-founders of www.prettygirlssew.com.  It’s a group that 5 women started last May and it’s such an amazing and inspiring group to be apart of.  Well, my love for the group is really expressed in this outfit of the day (OOTD).
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I was inspired to pull together this outfit by the beautiful Sheryl Luke of www.walkinwonderland.com.  Her style to me is flawlessly chic.  The skirt that she wore is pictured below was purchased from Express.  And as you all know, Express definitely has some high prices.  The cheapest I seen this skirt is $84.69 on Asos.
sherylSo after seeing this, you know I had to find a way to make this.  The fabric that I chose to make my skirt was a black satin taffetta and a mesh fabric.    The pattern that I used to make this skirt was McCalls 6706.  If you do decide to make this be careful.  You may have to make a few adjustments to allow this skirt to be actually wearable.  I’m currently working on a tutorial on my channel to show you those adjustments.  As for the shirt, it’s just a simple screen printed shirt that I made at home.   T-shirts with wording on it have been quite popular lately so I decided to jump onto the trend. (*This item is currently in my online closet for purchase.)DSC_03331DSC_02781DSC_02881DSC_03251DSC_03081

Comment below and let me know what you think.  I love to hear from you.  If you made a tee, what would it say?  I want to make another, give me some ideas!

2014 Color of the Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2014 brings on HUGE changes.  I’m pretty excited about this year because I have so many things that are in the works.  Can’t really release any information yet, but you will know soon enough.
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Anyhow, what perfect way to start off the new year than to post the color of the year?!  Besides black, Radiant Orchid is one of my favorite color.s
orchidSo one of New Year’s resolutions is to work with my mom more on sewing.  We haven’t had the best relationship earlier this year when I was learning how to sew.  She definitely would have been a big help but learning on my own gave me the strength to believe in myself and inspire others also.  Anyhow, if you don’t know my mom’s background and her skills in sewing, you MUST watch my Olive Pope Inspired Coat video.  I love my mommy.  I went to her and told her that I wanted to learn how to make my own pattern for a crop top and a high-waist skirt with a high slit  She is so freakin talented!!! She made me a pattern for a high-low crop top and sexy high-waist skirt.  I loved every bit of it.
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Everything that she teaches me, I will be so glad to share.  Don’t worry guys.  I’ll share my mother’s wisdom. I won’t keep it to myself.  My mom and I will do collabs on my YouTube channel.  As you guys are learning to get better at sewing, I’ll be right there with you; learning how to get better at my craft.
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ny3fabricinformationTop: Sequin Knit
Skirt: Cotton knit
Interfacing: Light-weight Apparel

Well, you all have a beautiful, safe, and exciting New Years.  Thank You so so much for your support this year.  You all truly mean a lot to me.  Take care.
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Spotted on the Streets

If you have not gone to Target lately and looked at their Clearance, you are definitely missing out. I scored a great deal in their lately. I bought several pairs of heels for $11.98 and the tops were between 50%-60% off.  I need to do a haul or something. Target2

Lately, I have not had the time to sew because of the classes that I’m taking.  I’m graduating really soon so these classes are becoming more and more challenging.  In the meantime though, I can still play dress up!
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Details

Chambray has been pretty popular these past few years.  It goes with just about everything and it’s extremely comfortable.  You can dress it up or down, with jeans, chiffon, did I mention it goes with just about everything.  It’s a neutral fabric!
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I found this chambray dress at TJ Maxx last year and fell in love with the mini gold studding details on the sleeves and on the collar.  This dress I felt was perfect for Spring, but I love it so much that I didn’t just want to use it for one season.
DSC_0167Details in an outfit take your whole look to another level.  The fall scarf, black opaque tights, and gold-tip booties took this dress from Spring to Fall.  I’m warm, I’m comfortable, and boy do I feel fancy. LOL!
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 “It’s the little details that are vital…”
DSC_0187DSC_02181DSC_0198Chambray Dress: TJMaxx
Purple Scarf: Walmart
Black Opaque Tights: Target
Gold-Tipped Booties: JustFab.com
DSC_0204DSC_0181XOXO Thanks for stopping by.
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Sweater Weather

My goal every year Fall and Winter rolls around is to find a few sweaters that I eventually fall in love with.  A statement sweater that I personally like is difficult to find, so I absolutely was ecstatic when I came across this one.
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Did I mention that my shoes were only 15 bucks?!  Yep! Strangely enough. My Target had their Fall shoes on CLEARANCE!  I went crazy.  I don’t have many red shoes, so when I see some that I really like at a good price, I gotta snatch them up.
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Sweater: Charlotte Russe
Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Aldo
Earrings: Target Clearance
Booties: Target Clearance
sw7sw5sw2sw3sw CollageDo you have a sweater that you fell in love with this season?  Comment below. I’d love to hear what it looks like.
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High-Waist Pallazzo Pants

Pallazzo Pants were so popular way back when and they have came right back around again.  Depending on the fabric that you choose, they are very light, comfortable, and they definitely make a fashion statement.
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The pattern that I chose to make my Pallazzo pants was McCall’s M6515. I’m so sorry. I totally forgot what type of fabric I used for my pants, but it is light, it has a lot of movement, and it feels silky against my skin.
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These are great for day and night.  You can wear them to work with a button up, a fitted top, or a turtle neck.  If worn at night, a crop top would make it more appropriate for dancing at a club, hanging out with the girls, or a bar. However you wear it, keep it sexy.
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Enjoy the tutorial.  Please support my channel by liking the video. If you have any suggestions for upcoming videos or tutorials, comment below. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless! XOXO


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Halloween Special: Cats

Since I started sewing clothes back in April (2013), I decided that I wanted to include my children in my sewing endeavors as well. I’m excited to be adding their fashionable photos to my blog.
kidsOk, so this year I thought it was ambitious, but I really wanted to sew my son and daughter’s Halloween costume. It took me a total of four days to complete both costumes but it was all worth it in the end. My daughter chose her costume. She wanted to be a cheetah and my husband chose for my son to be a lion. The patterns that I chose to make these costumes were McCall’s M6105 (Lion) and McCall’s MO308 (Cheetah).lionpatterncheetahpatternMy daughter (4 yrs old) was a witch last year and won the costume contest last year from a costume that I bought from Walmart. This year I am proud to say that she won again!  I was super excited for her. She played it cool when her name was announced. All the parents were looking at me at the time so I had to scream in my head. My son who is 2 years old was on the run most of the time so I didn’t get many pictures of him, but I will list what I have below.  Btw, I did do both of my kids’ and my own makeup also.  Comment below and let me know what you or your kids are going as a this year.
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Fall Jewel Tones

This weekend, my BFF and I went to the Virginia Fashion week’s main event.  We had a ton of fun. We even vlogged about the event which I will be posting on my YouTube channel soon.  Last year we went to VA Fashion week and purchased our outfits. This year we decided to go all out and sew our outfits.
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So, this is my BFF, Asia. She just started sewing about 2 months ago.  I went with her to purchase her first sewing machine and we brought it home and I taught her the basics of sewing. If you need those sewing tips/lessons, check out my YouTube channel
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.  You can tell that she has been practicing because her DIY High-Waist Pallazzo pants came out great.  The pattern that she chose was Burda’s 7195.  She did change the waistband and made it wider for a more “High-waist” effect.
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get the lookCrop Top: Charlotte Russe
Pants: DIY
Necklace: Aldo
Shoes: Ebay
Purse: Thrift Store
Button Earrings: DIY HERE
vafwasia1 vafwasia2I decided to make a Fall appropriate romper.  The pattern I used was McCall’s 6083. It took me exactly 3 hours to make from start to finish.mccalls 6083

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Romper: DIY
Opaque Tights: Target
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: My Clozet
Belt: H&M
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vafw1vafw4If you ever get the chance to go to a fashion show, GO! Go with your girlfriends.  You’ll have an amazing time and it’s so interesting to see the designer’s outlook on what they feel fashion should look like.
I will be posting highlights of the Virginia show in the next post. Until then, thanks for stopping by!  Share this post to inspire those that are beginners at sewing.
XOXOXO

Fall Florals

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This month over on Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) I chose this Cynthia Rowley pattern that I felt was so perfect for transitioning into the Fall season.
septThis dress took me a total of 6 hours to make. It’s not too difficult but I would not recommend it for a beginner.  The instructions were so difficult to follow.  They were all over the place.  The dress however, came out beautifully so I’m pretty happy with the result. Anyhow, sound off below and let me know what you think.
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Dress Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Sam & Libby Booties: Target
Earrings: Thrift Store
Belt: Thrift Store

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