9/17/18

NYFW Grommet Wrap Skirt


One of the looks I made to wear at New York Fashion Week was this "90's cool" all black set. The look features a mesh panel corset top and black wrap skirt with grommet detailing down the front. I'm glad I went with this design because there was a lot of grommet embellished garments on the runway this year. If you've followed along here you know I'm a fan of using Dritz eyelets on my projects. Whether for a drawstring casing, lace-up closure, or as a decorative detail I use them often.

Get the details below on how I made this skirt with Dritz Grommets:

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9/12/18

New York Fashion Week 2018 With Brother Sewing




This past week I had the opportunity to attend New York Fashion Week with Brother Sewing. They were a sponsor of the Nicole Miller SS19 Fashion Show. The runway show featured looks with vibrant colors and prints of florals, camo, and leopard embellished with sequins. From embroidered bomber jackets to retro mini dresses, it was a mix of 80's cool meets modern rad. "My initial inspiration took root in the '80s with a club vibe. A little GoGo's, a little Blondie..." (Nicole). I loved the embroidered elements she added herself with the Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine.



In true designer fashion I made my looks for the occasion using the Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine. For the first look I wanted to bring Georgia Peach to the Big Apple so went with this twirl worthy floral dress with button closures down the front. I created a lace bell sleeve to wear during the show that can be removed as well. I have several other looks you can check out on my Instagram that I made as well.

NYFW 2018 was an inspiring experience. I left full of creativity and excitement to get to my sewing studio. I look forward to bringing these creative visions to life with my Brother Sewing machine.



8/28/18

DIY Eyelet Embellished Collar


Heading to fashion week next month and it got me inspired to edge up some of my basic garments to wear in the city. I love a classic white shirt with a little hardware added to it and Dritz eyelets are perfect. Eyelets can be used for fasteners and lace ups but they're also great as decorative embellishments. 

I chose to add various sizes on the collar because the crisp weight wouldn't be weighed down by the eyelets. I also like that I can add a sweater over it and still have the collar out. 

Get the details below and make your own:



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8/24/18

Stylish Fabric Liverpool Knit Dress.


This month Stylish Fabric sent me this lovely floral Liverpool knit. This was my first time working with this type of fabric. The moment I got it I was in love. It has a soft, stretchy feel of a knit but the exterior has a woven silk like appearance, this makes it an ideal fabric for many garments. I traditionally wouldn't use a knit fabric with a vintage pattern like this dress but I decided to give it ago. The fabric after all is versatile so I figured I could use it for just about anything. This vintage Vogue pattern from my Grandma's stash was on my list of things to sew and the floral print was just what I was looking for. It was worth the chance because the dress turned out beautifully. When we were taking the final photos I loved that I could run around chasing my 2 year old son and feel pretty as a flower all at once. Check out the other Liverpool knit prints and colors they offer here and give this fabric a try. You will love it! 

See the construction process below:

8/23/18

DIY Backpack





For most of us, school is back in session and with that comes the many post school activities, extracurricular activities, and sports routine. Back to school shopping isn't just for the classroom these days. I find I'm spending more time searching for items they need for all their post school activities. Both my boys are doing Boy Scouts this year. They love anything outdoors and spend most their Summer days fishing or just playing outside catching lizards and playing sports. My son brought up the idea of getting an outdoor backpack he can carry his fishing kit with and some gadgets for holding his water bottle and lures. Since we couldn't find one he was interested in we sat down together and designed one (The Vinny Backpack) using Dritz bag hardware supplies making it great for any activity. 

Get the details below and make your own...

8/13/18

How To: Machine Embroider Jeans


I love the look of embroidery on garments. It's a fun way to customize basics and add color and designs. Lately, I've seen many ready-to-wear looks embellished with machine embroidery, mainly on denim garments. Denim is an ideal textile to embroider on because of the medium weight woven material which does well with dense designs. I love doing machine embroidery on the back of denim jackets, cuffs, and pockets of jeans. Jeans can be a bit tricky to embroidery because there isn't a lot of large panels like the back of a jacket for example. Plus you can open up a jacket to easily hoop the back. When doing embroidery on jeans you will most likely have to do some sort of seam ripping to open up seams. In this tutorial I'm sharing how to machine embroider the bottom edges of a pair of jeans. 

For the thread I'm using Make it Coats Embroidery Thread and the embroidery design is from OESD's Needle Painted Floral Collection

Get the details below...

8/10/18

Black & White Collection: Knot It Hoodie






Recently I partnered with BurdaStyle to create looks each month with their sewing patterns. If you've been following along then you know that I'm not one to follow many sewing patterns. I'm kind of a self-draft type of gal, but BurdaStyle has my type of sewing patterns. They're all pdf so you can just download them, print, and piece together right away. The designs are modern, unique, and simple to follow. For my first few projects I wanted to do a Black N White themes sports collection. I've recently been getting into sewing sportswear and now that I've got the hang of it I wanted to make something that was one-of-a-kind. I've always been into creating textiles specifically with the technique macrame, which I wanted to add to the back panel. I sketched out my idea and then used the Hoodie 01/2017 #103 as my pattern. 

I love how it turned out and it feels cool (literally and figuratively).  For the fabric I used Stylish Fabrics Cotton Jersey Knit in black and white. I love the weight and feel to this cotton jersey. It has a nice medium weight but soft to the touch which is perfect for hoodies or long sleeve tops. I used it for the cording as well. I cut it into strips using my rotary cutter. I then pulled the strips to create string and knotted them together. I didn't really have a plan for the macrame pattern I honesty just started knotting it and came up with this.

You can see some of the construction process below: