A few weeks ago I needed a last minute little black dress. When moments like this occur, I have a limited amount of time and typically stick to what I know best. That means fabric I'm familiar with and patterns that don't require 50 fittings. The first fabric to pop into my mind was this black textural blended silk. There aren't enough words to describe how much I love this fabric. My only complaint is that it isn't available in multiple colors. It sews, irons and cuts like a dream, and with lots of movement and body, it makes for the perfect little black dress. This dress was made using Butterick 5948 shirt pattern view D with the following alterations: -Added 10" to the length -Added 1" to the width of the front and back pattern starting under the sleeve to the waist -Added 4" to the width of the front and back pattern starting at the waist to the hem -Faced the arms and the neck -Added a 9" invisible zipper -Remove the cap off the sleeve pattern. Fold the top edge of the sleeve over 1" and sew -Attach the upper part of the sleeve to the bottom of the arm hole -Cut two pieces of fabric 36"x3" serge the edges, tie into a bow and attach the bow to the top of the sleeve.
this double face suiting that reminds me of a slightly heavier linen that moves beautifully. It sews, cuts and irons with ease and it's like getting two fabrics in one with one side black/olive and the other side brown/olive. My only regret is not getting more because it will make an amazing dress or pants. The top was made using my latest McCall 7580 pattern found here. The pants were made several months ago using this cotton woven and Burdastyle 6981 with alterations. Details found here.
this amazing Oscar de la Renta silk wool. Unfortunately, the flowers are sold out but here are some beautiful alternatives. Now let's just talk about the fabric.........This is one of those fabric choices that look pretty average online but absolutely stunning in person. It's a medium weight beautifully made fabric with somewhat of a sheen. Everything about it looks designer. It sews beautifully, irons nicely and would look great as a top, dress or skirt. The pattern used for this dress was my bell sleeve pattern found here.
A couple of years ago I fell madly in love with neoprene, and not your normal run of the mill neoprene but the neoprene that's disguised as a sweatshirt in the form of this jersey back neoprene. As soon as I spotted it on moodfabrics.com I knew it would be the best fitting most comfortable fabric ever. It fits beautifully and is extremely easy to work with. No need to iron and as long as you use a rotary blade, you can keep the edges raw. The pattern I used for the skirt was the instructions from this neoprene self-drafted pencil skirt, with the following alterations: -Removed the zipper (this fabric is comfortable enough to go without -Added a ruffle hem by cutting two pieces of fabric 6"x34". Sew the left and the right side together and attach to the bottom of the skirt by pleating as you go around. -Top stitch the waist band and where the ruffle meets the skirt. The top was made using McCall's M6992 with the following alterations: -Added 1" to the height of the neck -Removed 9" from the bottom of the pattern -Added a 1"x20.5" ribbed neck band -Added a 1.5" ribbed sleeve cuff -Cut a 4" curve from the front of the sweatshirt and add a 6"x40" pleated ruffle to the hem -Added a 8"x45" pleated ruffle to the back of the sweatshirt -Added a 20" pleated ruffle to the seam of the sleeve seam of the right side of the shirt and a 12" ruffle to the left side. -Double needle top stitch all the seams
Your prom should be anything but ordinary. It's one of the most anticipated events of one's high school career, so why settle for just another dress off the rack? Making your own means it will be exactly what you want, with the added bonus of being one of a kind!
Fabric & materials used:
- 4 yards Bordeaux Poly Satin
- 1/2 yard Black Floral Embroidered Guipure Lace
- 1 Black Metal Separating Zipper
- 1 Wine 9" Invisible Zipper
- Dritz Regular Stitch Witchery
I made just two alterations: the bottom was tapered slightly, and I made a mock neck instead of a ruffle collar. If you've never made one, trace a french curve for about 7-8 inches, move it to the right 2 inches and trace it again so you have 2 parallel curves. Place the more curved end on the fold, like so:
To bring a little dimension into the gown, I opted to use this gorgeous guipure lace. It's the perfect overlay for skirts and bodices alike, and the floral makes the dress a little more Spring.
The skirt was the easiest part of the whole project. It's just a basic half circle skirt, so anyone can make it! It's even hemmed with some Stitch Witchery to avoid ugly hem stitching.
If you're not familiar with half circle skirts, I can walk you through it quite easily!
1. You'll need to find your radius length. Measure your waist and divide it by 3.14. So if you have a 30" waist, your radius will be 9.5".
2. Choose how long you'll want your skirt and add 2" for the hem. Keep in mind you'll probably be wearing heels! I made mine 45", hem included.
3. Now you can start laying out your fabric. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and mark out your radius from one of the folded corners.
4. From your radius, measure out the length of your skirt along the fold and selvedge, as well as a few points in between so you can connect the dots to form curves.
5. Cut out your fabric, and sew up the selvedge to create the perfect skirt! You can also add a waistband if you so choose, and an invisible zipper.
Since I chose to use a poly satin (which looks, feels, and drapes beautifully!), it kept the cost down considerably; and for just an afternoon of work, sewing a prom dress is a great alternative to buying one at the store. The possibilities are totally endless though! You can choose your own color, overlay, skirt length, and more! You could even go with a silk to make the look even more luxe! Are you going to try your own?
this floral brocade, the last thing on my mind was a coat. I envisioned a skirt or maybe even a dress but when it arrived, it arrived along with this green silk wool and laying next to each other screamed coat to me and here we have it. I lined it with this green bemberg viscose. Because it's such a busy fabric I knew I wanted a pattern that was simple which brought me back to this Burdastyle 11/2013 #116 pattern with the following pattern alterations: -Added 7" to the collar -Cut the sleeve 7" from the bottom for the top half of the sleeve and added 5" to the length with the green wool fabric -Removed 3.5" from the bottom of the front pattern These leather pants were previously made here along with this silk shirt dress worn as a top.
Apple Butter Stretch Rayon Velour I went for the more "relaxed" fit so I removed the zipper and pockets. I am able to pull it on and off very easily! The velour is very soft and has plenty of stretch. This Apple Butter color is perfect for the holidays! You have to check out all the beautiful color options available on moodfabrics.com Enjoy!!
The pressure to find the perfect New Year's Eve dress is always high. Do you go sleek and sexy, or sparkly and fun? No matter what style you love, you can never go wrong with a little black dress!
For this one, I kept the silhouette fairly simple and chose to mix it up with the details. Overall, it was a really fun make, and it's so cute that you hardly need extra jewelry!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2.5 yards Rag & Bone Black Poly Blend Crepe Back Satin
- 1/2 yard Black Hot Rolling Non-Woven Fusible Interfacing
- 3 yards Silver Metal Chain
Ultimately, I ended up with a 6"x13" rectangle with 1.25" pleats and .25" spaces in between. On the left and right sides, there's also .25" folded under; this acted as seam allowance when I sewed on the remainder of the bodice.
The bodice side panels were 10.5" high so the pleats extend a few inches above it when sewn together. I cut out the shape below, and added in a large dart toward the front.
The skirt is very similar to a basic circle skirt, with a 6" panel in the front to align with the bodice pleats. I drew up the shape of it below - it calls for one straight rectangle panel, and two semi-circle panels (one on each side of the rectangle).
The back closed up with a 9" invisible zipper, and I finished up the dress with some silver metal straps. Each was hand sewn on and connected to a 4.5" triangle on the back.
Paired with some DIY red bottom heels, and the perfect outfit is complete!
So what look are you putting together for this NYE? Is the LBD your style, or are you going metallic like our other style blogger?
this faux fur, I was skeptical simply because I've tried faux fur in the past from other retailers and have been overwhelmingly disappointed. So I wanted to give it another try and crossed my fingers I wouldn't have to add another faux fur disaster to the toss pile. When it arrived, I opened the box and instantly fell in love. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it feels amazing and very authentic. It has a very nice weight and it's extremely warm. This fur is easy to sew and line. Faux fur sewing tips: -Make sure the pile is combed down in the same direction for all pattern pieces. -When cutting the fur, try to push the long hairs out of the way and cut the base of the fur. This will help with stray hair covering your sewing space. -Lining will automatically roll the edges forward for a finished look -Make sure you pick up fur hook and eye closures. -Double stitch seams -When placing the pattern, place on the wrong side of the fur I lined the coat with a bemberg I had in my stash which is perfect for a high static faux fur. The pattern I used was vintage Simplicity 6632 with the following pattern alterations: -Added 5" to the length Chandler's coat was made using New Look 6927 with the following alterations: -Removed 6" from the length -Removed 2" from the side of the pattern which removes the A-line -Removed the buttons
The season of holiday parties is upon us, and it calls for some style! It's easy to throw on that LBD or your favorite outfit to shine in, but what can you do to add a last minute subtle pop to your ensemble? How about a chic pair of red bottoms!
Whether you're restoring your shoes or just getting inspired by those $700 dream heels, this sole paint from Angelus is an absolute game changer.
Angelus is known for quality leather paint, often used for shoe repair and alterations, but this new item from their "Walk On" series is fantastic. Now you can even change the bottom of your shoes without the fear of scuffing them! Mood currently carries it in red and black, and it's beyond easy to apply.
I applied 3 coats to the soles of some heels I had laying in my closet, letting them dry for an hour between each coat, and I can't wait to pair them with the perfect outfit. What would you style them with? Black cigarette pants? A vintage skirt? The possibilities are absolutely endless!