One last hurrah for the mullet dress. Not sure why I’ve stayed hooked on this trend, but for some reason I just like the style. Burda seems to be in agreement with me because they throw a mullet pattern out there every once in a while…I’m sure just for me. So since I’ve been indulged, I thought it my duty to craft this one from the BurdaStyle magazine August 2014 issue, pattern 116.

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It was love at first site when I saw this dress. Sweet, with a dash of flirty. Right up my alley.  Continue reading…

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Me and Scandal have this thing going on. In return for my dutiful viewing, it gives me a whopping dose of Shonda, smut and improbable plots. But best of all, its a mouthwatering parade of clothes!

It’s hard to deny the influence of Scandal on fashion. It’s given rise to the return of power dressing without those mega shoulders from the 80′s. Olivia Pope, who is as relentlessly coiffed as she is driven, dons wonderful statement pieces that exude power and femininity. Pastels, peplums and tailoring make for beautiful stuff.

But those coats…catch my eye. O.k. the gowns and suits too…actually everything she wears, but those coats though…

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So I decided in honor of the show to make my own “Scandal” Coat and Simplicity 2311 was the pattern of choice. This is a Project Runway pattern that has been around for a few years, but remains a good, solid design. I went for the double-breasted pseudo shawl-collar version in a shorter length. Continue reading…

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For the most part, I try my best to eat some what clean…or at least my version of it. Fresh fruits and vegetables, less processed foods, and so on and so forth. But I DO appreciate a cheat meal! This is what I look like when I do.

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More end of summer sewing. I’ve wanted one of these mullet dresses for a while and settled on Simplicity 1358.

In theory, this is an exceptionally easy dress to make. However…the pattern drafting of the Big 4 (Vogue, McCalls, Butterick & Simplicity) contains A LOT of ease, especially for my figure. Any time there is a pattern piece that you are to place on the fold and cut spells disaster for me. There is no shaping in that, particularly through the back. I’m more of an athletic build with narrow hips and slim through the back, so where traditional ease is included for the typical female figure, I often times have to draft out.

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black dress18_730pxYou can never have enough LBD’s. They’re just so dang flattering and fun. Well I love this pattern so much that I had to make it in black. I made New Look 6123 last year as a test run. It turned out so well that I just had to make it again.

I love no-brainer dressing. For this, you just need killer shoes, earrings and you’re good to go. It’s also a versatile look. The pattern calls for a variety of woven fabrics, like cotton, damask pique, sateen, wool crepe, charmeuse, etc. so you can see that it can be a polished business look all the way through to an after-five look.

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So incredibly glad to finally be back behind a sewing machine again!

I know fall is around the corner, but I’m cramming in as much summer sewing as possible. To get back into the swing of things I made this simple sleeveless top, New Look 6286. Easy enough you really don’t need the sewing instructions.

This top is so incredibly comfortable and flattering. It can be worn with jeans…

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It’s so good to be back in front on my sewing machine. She probably thinks I’m divorcing her ’cause I’ve been so negligent.

This dress has been on my mannequin for 3 months and I finally finished it. I’m usually a neutrals kind of girl, mainly because it’s no brainer color selecting; black, grey, beige, navy. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy green, but I went for it. Thought I’d look like Kermit the Frog, but I’m diggin’ the vert now.

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This was my last summer hurrah. I have always loved the maxi dress or anything that lengthens and leans the body. I’m also an avid fan of stripes. Wide, thin, pinstripe, I love them all. So I combined the two using a G Street Fabric clearance bin knit.

Now I already had in mind the dress I wanted, but couldn’t find a suitable pattern. Like any good sewist hellbent on having her way, I drafted the top and stole the bottom from somewhere else, Simplicity 2580. The bodice is fully lined and the skirt is lined to the knee, both with black tricot which is quickly becoming one of my favs.

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When you’ve been out of the game for a while you need to break yourself in slowly. My skill set is a little rusty, so I decided on something simple. A cosmetic bag.

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Made by Marzipan posted this video tutorial on how to make this adorable little bag. Shouldn’t take you an hour…tops! Looks like she used quilting weight fabric in her version, but I opted for a heavier weight cotton canvas which I bought from JoAnn Fabric years ago. More sturdy I figure, especially if I plan on giving this as a gift to a young lady headed to college.

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