Silver & Gold

I told you there was more shiny coming! I said it once (or twice) and I’ll say it again. I’m into the metallic fabrics this year. I’ve sewn more than one (or two) pieces from shiny fabrics this year.

They just add a little extra somethin’ somethin’. But I think the greatest thing about metallic garments are that they are never really out of season. Yeah, you tend to associate them for the holidays–and they are definitely appropriate for this time of year–but in reality, they kind of fit in at any time of the year, especially for those more formal occasions. There are certainly ways to wear metallic fabrics not only for a New Year’s Eve party.




This is one of the most recent shiny pieces I made. A metallic silver wrap dress. I thought I’d use black sateen for the collar, cuffs, and sash since they interfaced better and would add a little more structure.

It’s hard to tell from far away, but the fabric actually has really narrow pleats (from JoAnn’s), which meant it required a little more patience to work with.

Spin tests. ;)

The second part of this shiny ensemble is a gold pleated A-line skirt I made earlier in the year. I think this is that one thing that started my metallic fabric craze. It’s great by itself, but it also looks awesome under dresses and skirts to add a little extra element of fun and surprise.

This coat is an *awesome* vintage curly lamb coat. The label is from Halle’s department store (Cleveland based, back in the day) and the lining is beautifully embossed with some embroidered initials. If you’re loving it, you can find it hereย with some more photos! (And bonus: it’s 20% off until New Year’s Day ;) )

I wore these beautiful earrings from Anthropoloie for my sister’s wedding a few years ago…unfortunately no longer available, but they definitely have some other beauties right now.


What shiny things have you made this year or season? Do they include party plans??



Holiday Sparkle

Last year it seemed like the holiday season came and went and there wasn’t too much time to enjoy it ( I guess it often feels like that), but this year I made it a point to slow down a little and really enjoy the season. I’ve made several pieces (yay!) I’ve watched a bunch of Christmas movies and listened to lots of different holiday music. I’ve also already made quite a few batches of cookies. I. am. embracing it this year.

And since I don’t recall making anything fun and sparkly last Christmas, I thought I’d keep with the festive attitude and make something RED and sparkly, because how much more holiday can you get than that?!

What actually inspired me to make this dress was Grace Kelly’s character, Margo, from Dial M for Murder. As far as Hitchcock films go, Dial M is definitely up there for me. I absolutely love the gorgeous red dress that Margo wears in one of the first scenes.

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How can you not love this beautiful frock?! It makes my heart flutter with joy.

Here is my version, using Vogue pattern #v8280. What I really like about this pattern is how it looks like the sleeves are a separate bolero kind of piece, but it’s all attached.

So I made the sleeves and back with the sparkle red fabric from Joann fabrics. And the solid red is a peachskin fabric.

By some form of magic, I already had this red belt which literally matches perfectly to the red color of the dress.

Like with most projects, there are some tribulations along the way. And this one was with the zipper. I first put in an invisible zipper, and it just did not look right. ( I think mostly because I need to get an invisible zipper foot for my machine) So I ripped that one out and put in a normal zipper and it looked 100 times better.

Also for the back, I made an underlay for the sequin fabric with lining. It just made it a heck of a lot easier to work with by keeping it from shifting and getting sequins caught in the machine.

Kick pleats!

This fabulous coat is an Oscar de la Renta coat I got on MAJOR sale one year. I don’t remember how much it was exactly, but I do remember that it was an absolute steal and it would’ve been stupid not to buy it. I always wear it around the holidays because it is a heavier coat, but also partly because it has the vibrant and festive red lining…which just matches this dress wonderfully. ;)


Outfit details: Seamed nylons-Dillard’s; Coat-Oscar de la Renta; Clutch-Anthropologie, no longer available.


Watch out: More shiny things, coming your way! ;)

White Cotton Dresses

I had a summer sewing resolution this year to make more dresses. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that I have actually come through with that resolution, thanks in part to the McCall’s #V9253 contest from my last post, and also thanks to the fact that I’ve been a little bit better with the sewing self-discipline this summer.

As seen on my Pinterest boards, I’ve really been into flowy white cotton dresses lately, and one has been on my Make List practically the entire summer. The design I had in mind included something easy breezy with brown buttons, going either mid-way or all the way down. So when this Butterick pattern (#6363) appeared in my stash ;) it was a light bulb moment…! My perfect white dress pattern. Wooo!

Given it is white, and cotton…a slip is necessary to wear underneath this number. I admit, I don’t mind slips. I know most women (especially younger) feel slips are a bit of a hassle–but seriously, there’s a reason for them. Not only are they are saviors for unlined white dresses, they also bring back a little nostalgia and femininity to the art of dressing, because ladies…dressing is in fact an art form. Mmmhmm.

These peep-toes round out the entire ensemble perfectly. ;)

Complete with the brown buttons ;)

What I really love about a great white dress though, is of course the versatility. ^ This would totally be an appropriate dinner outfit, but if I wanted, I could make it more casual with some sandals, a sweater, and soft waves and take my basket purse to a picnic. ;)

Outfit details:

Bracelet-H&M (no longer available); Earrings-Vintage (mom’s); Basket purse-Vintage (etsy); Shoes-Target (no longer available)

Dressing for the Summer

I’m sitting here writing on a verrry brisk August evening, and I’m trying to think of where the summer time went.

Oh yeah…I was sewing. I’ve sewn a LOT this summer, and honestly haven’t been able to keep up with posts the way I intended. Included in one of these summer sewing projects has been #v9253 as part of another McCall’s sewing contest. This was a pattern I had really wanted to try, so when they announced another contest, I was definitely up for it.


The pattern sort of reminded me of a Kimono robe, so I thought a floral print would be fitting. This fabric is from JoAnn’s and is a rayon Challis…which was lovely to work with and drapes very well for this particular pattern.

I love when a dress gives a great spin ;)

The pattern itself easy to work with and pretty quick, which is always appreciated in my book. ;)


Outfit details: Purse-Vintage from Etsy; Shoes-from a friend; Bangles-from various places.

Fluttering into Spring

You know how when you find that t-shirt you love with the perfectly soft and drapey cotton, so you buy it in every color? It’s sort of the same as when I find a pattern I really like…I tend to make it over and over. ย As per usual, I made this flutter dress (M7566) with some yardage of fabric I’ve had for a while and decided I needed to use up already. And after I made this one…I made another one (also in different fabric I felt needed to be used).

I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s perfectly feminine and just the right dress for Spring and Summer.

Isn’t this straw hat fantastic? It is vintage (in wonderful condition) and can be found here. ;)

I honestly can’t tell you how long this gingham print had been stashed away, just waiting to be used. But you sewists know how it is…you hang onto fabric knowing that the perfect project will come along sooner or later, we just have to be a little patient ;)


Outfit details:

Dress-McCall’s pattern 7566; Belt-Anthropologie (no longer available); Vintage Coach purse; Straw hat-here; Shoes-Target (similar).

The “Carrie” Coat

I have a confession to make. I am a bit obsessed with ALL of the coats Sarah Jessica Parker wears as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. I’d say it was how I related to Carrie the most…she obviously had a love of coats and jackets, which has also been the truth for me since I was a teenager. Well, about four years ago, I was gifted the entire 6 season set of DVD’s for Christmas and it opened up a whole new world of “Make it” ideas for yours truly.

One particular coat that Carrie wears in Season 4 (?) is this amazing surface designed ivory coat that she wears over a blue dress when she goes on her first date with the politician. This is hands down my favorite coat she wears in the entire series. So, of course I decided I had to make one for myself.

I wanted it to be warm enough to wear in the cold weather, so I made it from a Wool blend felt, and then surface designed the entire front…collar included. I knew it was going to be a project when I decided on how I wanted to execute this ivory wonder, and I can honestly say, a project it was. But sooooo worth it… ;)

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Hand appliqued surface design. I used a bunch of different trims, and made some of my own appliques with various fabrics.

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I also made this 1940’s style dress out of faux suede. I only made it last Fall, and it has surelyย made its way to the top of my “favorites for Fall and Winter” list.

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Just couldn’t resist a few wintery pics, since this weekend was our first official snowfall of the season. ;)


Outfit details: Coat and Dress, made by me; Needlepoint purse-vintage; Boots by Aldo, similar here.