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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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New Look 6123

New Look 6123

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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One of the curses of a graphic designer is being in a perpetual state of tinkering. With clients, there must be a conclusion and delivery of the final product. There is the creative directive, design feedback, rounds of revisions all culminating in a finished piece. If you are worth your salt, you respect the design process.

However, when you are your own client, there is no signed contract with a limit to the design hours or enforced parameters…it’s all up to you. So you can drag the process out indefinitely and be your own worst critic.

I have gone through at least 5 iterations of my blog, never happy with any of them, either in look or functionality. I finally decided to do justice to my own branding and define my online presence. So below is my new branding. Ta daaahhh!

This is a mini-version of some styling basics we often provide clients. As you can see there are two logo layouts; vertical and horizontal which can be implemented depending on their usage. We often provide 2 color and black-and-white logos as well. The color palette which includes both Pantone colors (PMS) and CMYK.

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Here’s the break down of the logo. The logo mark, type treatment, color selection and fonts used. As you can see, I’m partial to flowers, so I used a camelia for the mark and my favorite color, PINK. (It deserves all caps.)

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And finally, when it came to the blog itself, I wanted a no frills, minimalist layout. I’m versed with just a wee bit of coding knowledge, so I can’t do all the wiz-bang voodoo. Plus, the new trend in web design is “flat design”. It’s both a look and a byproduct of responsive sites which is another thing I wanted. It was important to me that my website resize smoothly over several devices i.e. web, tablet and phone. I did choose a background image that has both my logo colors and invokes a soft welcoming feel to the site. With a blog name “Sew Hot Mommi, it can get cheeky and cheesy really quick. So what do you think of the new…and hopefully…final look?

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