31.1.13

Fitted Ponte colour block dress

I'm pretty fond of the recent trend of colour blocked dresses especially those with curved seams. I wanted to try it out and I knew it would have been easier to start with a stretch knit fabric. I used Ponte knit as I am a big fan of it. It's actually in #1 spot right now for Fabric Favorites. I self drafted a knit pattern, back and front then I simply drew where I wanted the curves to be at the back of the dress. For the front I did princess seams, though a plain one piece front would have worked. I was a little confused with what to do with the sleeves as I wanted the black to extend to wide shoulders. I did some tulip sleeves that stand out quite a bit due to the nature of the fabric and the pattern cut. 









I really enjoyed making the dress and I encourage you all to give one a try. Burdastyle has two really lovely patterns with the curved seams (well two that I know of)
Enjoy, God bless!

29.1.13

Tough shoulders

Most of the the time I consider myself to be a tough girlie girl. As much as I love pretty flowing things I also have a fondness for black and sweatshirts; so I tried to merge these two sides of me. I made this pretty punked out top by using a lovely yellow floral jersey fabric with leather like shoulder patches. I really like the floral print but I've realised that some people are not too fond of it. I guess it's one of those fabrics that is loved or hated.
To make the top I used my Burdastyle Lydia  pattern with a  bit of adjustment to the neckline and the sleeve length ( because I am excessively long :) . For the bodice I simply cut down the shoulder tops of the front and back pattern stuck them together and generated another pattern piece for the new shoulders. 








The last picture is quite funny........ Hope you enjoyed it! God bless!


24.1.13

Unusual collar

I was inspiered by something I saw, yet again. I saw this blouse on ASOS.com and I found it so unsual and unique and I really wanted to figure out the design. It seems it's no longer available there so I cannot link it; But here it is!


ASOS blouse 

The ASOS blouse is made with a light weight fabric unlike mine. It was a challenge trying to find a suitable pick. I used crepe back satin on the right side and reverse to give a more unique look to the blouse. The gathering at the sleeve ends seems to be more full thak mine had turned out but I don't think it would have looked right with the thickness of my fabric of choice.

 Features to note are the double layer in the collar, the double lapel and binding on the edges.



 Flash off





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Flash on and shine :)





It looks excellent in jeans, I hope you like it! God bless......xoxo





19.1.13

The lace tee

I'm slowly but surely becoming a copycat expert! I see many things in the stores and online that I simply adore. I  love that the fashion wheel is constantly spinning and that new ideas form as designers seek to be original.

ASOS is one of my favorite online stores. I however don't buy the clothes anymore because now I'm miles away in the Caribbean. Distance is no excuse these days though because international shipping is quite efficient; however the charges are no fun. I was browsing as usual and I came across this lovely lace tee; I really like it! (love is sometimes too strong a word for clothing)...lol
ASOS lace jersey
 So this is my version of this lovely tee. I went to the stores and found a section of really soft and very stretchy lace. It feels really luxurious. I took the blue because I found the ideal colour cotton jersey to line it with and it was the most lively colour of the bunch. This colour looks much like Pantone's Spring 2013 Monaco Blue; very trendy!




I cut simple front and back pieces corresponding to my shoulder width and my bust size. I then used a sleeve pattern I drafted for myself using tutorials from Leena to create the sleeves. I find the instructions very straight forward and the results beautiful. Check it out here---- basic sleeve drafting
I did the neckline with a strip of the lace fabric edges folded together and stitched at the bodice neckline edges. The sleeve ends were finished with a lace and lined strip of fabric to create a nice cuff.


 




I hope you enjoyed it! Don't you just love the necklace too :), God bless

2.1.13

New year.... new colours


This post will focus simply on the colours PANTONE experts picked out for 2013 fashion for the upcoming season. Great examples of the colours in use are shown as well.

PANTONE fashion colour report spring 2013


 

I love these colours! They look so much like the colours of a rainbow; bright and vivid. I am looking forward to seeing these colours in lovely outfits within shops and on the streets.
I love the grayed Jade and the Linen and I can see great pieces of work resulting from such a combination. Emerald is my definite favorite though!

Zac Posen
Zac Posen


Diane von Furstenberg 'Agatha' Knit Sheath Dress
Diane von Furstenberg "Agatha" Knit Sheath Dress

3.1 Phillip Lim 'Pashli - Medium' Leather Satchel
3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Satchel

H&M Biker Jacket in imitation suede

Gryphon New York, Flash Dress in Red

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald
Pantone colour of the year 2013, Emerald- by Fashionmagazine.com
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ShoeBiz Super cool high sneakers

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ASOS silk skater dress in floral applique


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Rag & Bone/ Jean chunky rib knit jumper
BCBGMAXAZRIA High/Low Maxi Dress
BCBGMAXAZRIA High Low maxi dress

Be sure to try to incorporate some of these colours into your wardrobe this year. Colour is life!