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When I think of the disturbing times that we are living in, it almost feels a little silly and maybe even just a little bit selfish for me to be posting here about a dress and a pair of boots.
I personally need a distraction in my life right now, because lately I’m feeling satiated with negative and bad news. I can’t bear to hear another news story about: Covid, politics, or the social inequalities that routinely permeate the society around us today.
It’s not that I don’t care, because I do, I really do! I just choose to approach the situation a little differently than most. I recognize what is within my power to fix and I recognized what is not.
Right now my priority is keeping focus on being the woman, wife, and mother that God says I need to be.
At the end of the day, I know that if I do my part, He is going to take care of the rest. Now you may or may not agree with me on this, but that’s okay as we all get to choose our approach.
And if we can’t agree on how we choose to deal with the problems in the world right now, can we at least agree on how cute this outfit is. LOL.
I know I said at the beginning of the year that I was making no new purchases, well all that changed a few months ago when I was going through an unexpected and stressful Covid-related job change.
I have no regrets about my purchases, because they are quality pieces that I intend to keep and wear for as long as I can. Who knows —- Maybe I will try the no purchase challenge again in 2021. We will see. 🙂
I found the dress marked down to $29 on Ropuddles.Com and these Macy’s Alfani leather riding boots marked down to $33 purchased from a small reseller on Walmart.Com.
Wearing them really added the spark of joy that I desperately need in my life right now.
I fee like this Ankara dress was made for me! I love EVERYTHING about it. I’m more of a geometrical kind of girl so the circles really spoke to me.
I also love this color green. It screams Fall.
Running with the circle theme, I paired it with silver studs, a silver circular choker necklace, and my newly acquired black riding boots that have a silver ring accent at the top.
So what about you guys? How are you doing? How are you coping. Let me know in the comments below.
If you’ve been keeping up with me here on the blog or over on Instagram this post is not a big surprise because you’ve already seen my cut and color.
Today I want to talk a little more about the reasons why I chose to cut it all off.
My Hair & My Lifestyle
At the beginning on 2020, I decided to cut off all of my chemically straightened hair because it wasn’t working for me anymore.
Like most people who work full-time, most of my time is spent working. Even though I work from home, I still dress and groom myself for work. I still need to be professional and presentable for frequent on-camera work meetings.
Since I am not a morning person and I work an early schedule, I often find myself waking up last minute without a lot of time to spare. I need a low maintenance hairstyle that would look neat and polished with very little effort in the mornings.
Additionally, I realized that I was spending a ton of money and time getting a hair style that often wouldn’t last on my fine soft hair beyond a day or two after my visit to the salon.
To get the ease that I was looking for I figured I could either grow my hair out so I could pull it back or cut it super short . Having already tried growing it out several times before and never being happy with that situation, I decided that going shorter was the right option for me.
After making the decision to cut it off, I quickly went out and bought myself a new pair of clippers and cut it all off. After that initial haircut, I found a local barber to clean up the cut and to maintain it going forward.
My Hair – Now
So far, I’ve been extremely happy with my decision and it’s been working out well for me. My initial plan was to visit the barber twice a month for maintenance but Covid-19 has changed all that.
Since the local shelter in place, I’ve had to pick up my clippers again. It was scary at first but it’s getting better. I’ve even been experimenting with color and I REALLY like it.
With GA reopening salons and barbershops last Friday, I thought I might be able to go and get my hair professionally cut 😐. Sadly, that did not work out because my barber’s shop will not reopen until May due to the current restrictions.
As I have had more time to think about it, I’m not sure that going back into the shop this early would even be a safe option. There are just too many unanswered questions about the virus. I’m not 100% clear on how it’s transferred or how it could affect me if I got it.
It has become clearer and clearer to me that I am going to have to get comfortable with doing my own hair at home at least for now.
What about you? Has Covid-19 impacted your hair maintenance routine? If so, how are you managing the situation?
This week’s wardrobe wonder is the A-line sillouhette. It’s the one shape of dress, skirt, or coat that can work for all 6 body shapes.
If helps to give the illusion of curves for the straighter body shapes and nicely accommodates the hips of the curvier body shapes.
Style Details & History
Per Wikipedia, an A- line shape is one that is fitted to the upper hip by means of seams and darts.
Although the term was first coined by Christian Dior in 1955 as the label for his spring collection that year, the shape was not the shape that we understand the term to mean today.
Dior’s A-shape was a fingertip-length flared jacket worn over a dress with a full pleated skirt.
In spring of 1958 Dior’s successor Yves Saint Laurent introduced the A-shape that we recognize to be an A-line today with his “Trapeze Line” which featured dresses flaring out dramatically from a fitted shoulder line.
A-line clothes remained popular in the 60’s and 70’s but disappeared in the 80’s.
By the late 90’s and early 2000’s they saw a revival.
Body Shapes Styling Ideas
As previously mentioned, this shape works well for all 6 body shapes. Length is best worn at or above the knee, below the calves, and maxi.
For oval body shapes dresses are best fitted to right below the bust. Skirts are best with a lower rise. Rise is the distance between your waist and crotch.
Look at me being all consistent with my posting!🤔🤣 I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got a little extra time on your hands or when you’ve been placed on what my job is calling “Pandemic Leave”.
I’m definitely not complaining because I do have some projects around the house that I need to catch up on. I will admit that I’ve spent half of my 4 week leave sulking about being put on leave and also a good bit of the time sewing up face masks for my family and friends
Starting next week I think I’m going to break away from my sewing machine and focus on my bedroom because it needs a little TLC and I need a distraction.
But before I go diving into those two gallons of paint that have been sitting over in the corner for the last two years, I stopped by to show you guys this quick and easy top and pants outfit that I recently whipped up.
About a couple of weeks ago, I realized that none of my bottoms fit me well and that I was gonna have to make myself some more.
While I haven’t made any new shoes or clothing purchases I had to rethink my goal of not purchasing patterns or fabric because I realized after going through my huge pattern and fabric collection that I do not have the right styles of patterns or types of fabric for my life style or body shape.
After spending way too much of my time lowering and altering pant rises last year, I decided to give me and my waistline a break .
Enter New Look 6216. These are elastic waisted pants with a draw string that sit about an inch below the natural waistline. I’ve been lusting after a pair of low rise tapered pants for a while now and these are perfect.
I sewed these up in a size 18 based on the pattern sizing recommendations. I made no intentional design changes but I did leave off the drawstring because I accidentally sewed the waistband with the holes facing inward.😬 No more sipping and socializing while sewing for me.🤣🤣🤣
This is a great pattern that went together without a hitch.
I love these pants and I definitely plan to make them again but the next time I will definitely have to do a full butt adjustment and go with a different fabric. I’m not sure what kind of fabric this is but it feels like it might be a cotton and synthetic blend. It’s really shiny and noisy. It looks cool but it drove me crazy every time I moved.
As far as the top goes, I made view A in a size 14 . I used a black thin sweater knit from my stash. I am really happy with the style but I would definitely go with a different fabric the next time.
I guess I’ve said just about all that I have to say about this ensemble so I’m going to sign off now and go prep some walls.
While I can’t promise to put out 3 blog posts every week, I can promise to do my best to be more consistent.
I hope this post finds you doing well and in good spirits during these challenging times. I’m so excited to finally be kicking of my wardrobe series 😁.
Deciding which wardrobe piece to start with has been quite the challenge for me. With so many options to choose from, I was having trouble picking.
About a week ago, I finally decided. My husband and I were getting ready for a client photo shoot and I was trying to decide what I was going to wear. The shoot was about a 2 hour drive away from where we lived and once we arrived I would be running around styling and photographing the client. In this situation I knew that comfortable and stylish pieces would be key.
While rambling through my dresser drawers, I came across this cute graphic T-Shirt that I had purchased a year ago but never worn. It was the perfect solution. After adding a black blazer,a pair of black skinnies, and my favorite pair of black and white canvas sneakers I was ready to go.
Graphic tees are definitely among my favorite pieces to wear because they are really comfy to wear AND they make me feel cool and current. I own them in several different colors and styles and my absolute favorite way to wear them is under a blazer.
I love learning about the history of fashion. I am always amazed at how a piece of clothing often starts out as a functional utilitarian piece but later becomes fashion. The T-shirt is no exception.
This post isn’t meant to cover all the history or all the different styles of T-shirts. Today’s focus is just the graphic tee. I’ll delve into other styles of T-shirts in future posts.
According to Wikipedia, the T-shirt started out as undergarments in the 19th centry but evolved into general-use casual clothing by the mid-20th century.
The T-shirt became more popular and fashionable after Marlon Brando wore one in A Streetcar Named Desire.
A graphic tee is a T-shirt that has printed pictures and/or words on it. Since the 1960’s this style of T-Shirt has flourished as a form of self expression. Since then they have been used to market products, to celebrate pop culture, to commemorate events and to make a personal or political statements.
Graphic Tee Styling Ideas
There are not many options when it comes to the style of sleeves or necklines for the Graphic Tee, so the styling suggestions presented below will focus on how you can style and wear what’s available on the market. Need a body shape refresher? Click Here
Hourglass. V-necks and fitted silhouettes are best when available. When the t-shirt is not fitted you should tuck in the t-shirt or knot a the waist. Pair with a pencil skirt and a pair of heels.
Rectangle – You are free to wear a crew or v-neckline. Choose a longer t-shirt length and a lower waistline when possible to allow for partial or faux tucking. Remember to also roll up your sleeves for a more polished look.
Apple – V-neck styles are best when available. Pair with an open front cardigan worn with a matching bottom. Three quarter sleeves are great but if not available a pushed up or rolled up sleeve will look just as good.
Oval – Pair with an open blazer worn with a matching bottom. Three quarter sleeves are great but if not available a pushed up or rolled up sleeve will look just as good.
Triangle – You are free to wear crew or v-neck styles. Feel free to add a statement necklace if that is your thing. Bright colors are also good for you. Pair with a pretty midi skirt for a cool look.
Inverted Triangle – V-neck styles are best for you. Three quarter length raglan style sleeves are also good if you find them. You can pair your Graphic Tee with boyfriend jeans, flares, or wide leg pants to achieve a no fail look.
So maybe you are thinking to yourself that Graphic Tees are not your thing, but try to keep an open mind. A Graphic Tees can be styled in so many different ways and can easily be customized with words and/or graphics to suit your personal tastes.
As always your feedback is welcome. I always love hearing from you guys so please feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me via my contact form. I usually respond within 24 hours.
Hey Guys, Hopefully you are all doing okay during these challenging times. I don’t want to dwell on what’s going on in the world right now because I want this post to be a respite for me and for anyone who is taking the time to read it.
I am very excited to finally bring you this post. It has been a long time coming. The reason it’s taken me some time to get it posted is because I was looking for someone to create custom illustrations to go along with this post. Both my husband and daughter agreed to create them for me, but that just never happened. And really, I am not mad at either of them because fashion illustration really isn’t their thing and besides my husband is the BIGGEST supporter of my Blog in so many other ways. Eventually I found a fashion illustrator on the web and he did a fantastic job of bringing my visions to life.
I mentioned in previous posts that I was working on some personal projects and taking a few classes. WELLLLLLL, I’ve been studying to become a Personal Stylist. A large part of my training was learning body shapes and how to dress them. For me personally, this has always been a confusing concept because there is a whole lot of conflicting information out there and there doesn’t really seem to be a universal standard to go by. I’ve seen the number of different body shapes range anywhere from 4 up to 12. And even when the sources agree on number, the categories of shapes aren’t always the same.
The shapes that I will be referencing today will be the shapes that I learned and that I will talk about here on the blog. When I recommend a certain style for a particular body shape, I want to make sure that you guys know what I mean. You may find that you don’t perfectly fit into just one category, but that’s okay because I don’t. Mixed body shapes and variations do exist and I will do my best to show you guys how to work around that.
Without further ado, let’s start talking body shapes. The Body Shapes
First things first. Let’s start out by defining exactly what your body shape is. It’s the front facing silhouette of your body that is formed when you trace an outline around your body that includes both of your shoulders, your waist, and your hips. The width of these three body parts in relation to one another will mainly be used to determine your body shape.
Tip: It is best not to try and determine your body shape based on the circumference of your bust, waist and hips because you can have a straight shape with a protruding bust or bum that causes you to measure like an hourglass. You should measure from left to right at the shoulder line, waistline, and hip line.
Description – When measuring from left to right, your shoulders and upper arms will be broader your waistline and hip line. Your shoulders are broad and rounded. You have a large bust and volume in the stomach. Your waist can be defined or undefined.
Description – When measuring from left to right your shoulders are more prominent/wider than your waistline and hip line. There is often little to no waist definition. Also referred to as strawberry, Y shape, or V Shape.
Cornet – Broad shoulders, small bust, undefined waist, slim hips
Goblet – Broad shoulders, large bust undefined waist, slim hips
Description – When measuring from left to right your shoulders, hips, and waistline are roughly the same width but you have little to no waist definition. Also referred to as brick, H shape, or straight shape.
Column – you are the lean version with narrow hips and shoulders. You have longer legs and a slight waist.
Lollipop – you have large volume in the bust, longer legs, and a slight waist.
Description – When measuring from left to right, your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width but your waistline will be smaller. For the most part, there should be a noticeable curve from bust line to the waistline and from the waistline to hip line.
8 shape – Your hips have a shelf like appearance. The widest point of your hips is at your upper hip line. You have a high waist (short waist).
cello – plus size hourglass
vase – narrower bust line than standard hourglass shape. Not as much definition between the bust and waist.
top heavy – bust is slightly larger than hips
bottom heavy – hip are slightly wider than bust line.
Description – When measuring left to right your shoulders and waistline are balanced (roughly the same width) but your hip line is wider. You will usually have a small bust, longer waistline and shorter heavier legs. You also have a flat stomach. Also referred to as pear body shape.
Skittle – average size bust, big thighs
Bell – small shoulders, small bust, small waist, short waist, big thighs, big bottom
I’ve always wanted my blog to inspire and empower all readers (sewers and non-sewers alike) to dress more stylishly.
In order for this goal to be realized, it’s clear to me that this blog’s content can no longer be limited to just my outfit posts and sewing pattern reviews. To that end, I’ll be shifting the focus a bit, and working to add fresh content type over the course of the year.
I am super excited to announce a new blog series launch 😁. It will be all about deconstructing the classic wardrobe, piece by piece.
Each week, I will publish a blog post featuring a different wardrobe piece. I’ll talk a little bit about the piece’s history, and offer tips on how the piece can be styled and worn by different body shapes.
It’s my hope that the information shared here will enlighten and encourage you to try a new look in 2020.
A Few Other Changes In 2020
Up until this point, the majority of the pieces that I’ve featured on the blog were either made by me or purchased second hand. This won’t be changing in 2020.
Along with my usual DIY and second hand pieces, I’ll also be posting more of the pieces that I’ve purchased from a couple of my favorite local vendors.
Knowing that I need to stretch myself creatively and learn to be more resourceful, I don’t plan on buying myself any more fabric, sewing patterns, purses, shoes, or RTW pieces in 2020.
To lay the groundwork for my new blog series, I will soon be posting a guide that will explain the body shapes referenced in future posts.
If there’s anything in particular that you would like to see here on the blog, please let me know by either dropping a line below, or by submitting a message via my contact form.
I am super excited😁 about my latest project because it turned out much better than I imagined. I made this dress to wear for our recent couple’s photo shoot.
We will be celebrating our 25 year anniversary at the beginning of January and I thought that It would be fun to do a photoshoot this time around.
For this dress I used the new Erica pattern designed by Erica Bunker. Erica teamed up with Style Sew Me Patterns to create this classic beauty.
When I first laid my eyes on this pattern, I knew immediately that I would be making it. Turtleneck dresses are my favorite style of dress to wear when the temperatures drop.
I really love the style of this one in particular because of the back opening.
This is a Ponte De Roma that I purchased online from F.W.D (Fabric Wholesale Direct). I decided to try it out after reading all of the great online reviews. This fabric retails for about $8.99 per yard and comes in many different colors. This fabric was great to work with because It’s a little thicker than what I have seen at my local JoAnns and has really good recovery.
I went with this gorgeous shade of Royal Blue as a nod to my husband’s favorite football team, the New York Giants. Over the years, I have tried to buy him at least 1 New York Giants licensed item for our anniversary. This year I thought it would be fun if we took pictures wearing one of the team’s colors.
4 Things I Like About This Pattern
This pattern is offered in a PDF format. If printed at home, there are 48 pages. If printed at a copy shop, there are only 3 pages. For this dress, I ended up having it printed at a copy shop AND printing it myself again at home.
The sizes on the pattern pieces range from XS – XXXL. While my instructions included bust, waist, and hip measurements to select sizing between 0 – 20, they did not explain exactly which number sizes correspond to the letter sizes printed on the pattern pieces. After reaching out to Support@StyleSewMe.Com, this information was promptly provided.
This pattern is drafted beautifully and the pieces went together without a hitch.
The bodice has bust darts and is drafted for a C – cup. – In my opinion the added darts make the bodice look and fit much better.
The back is open but is bra friendly. – pasties, duck tape, and backless bras do not work for me. I prefer and need the support of a standard bra.
The turtleneck fits me perfectly. – It has a snug fight and is the perfect height. It can be worn folded down or raised like I am wearing it here in my pictures.
Only print the size you need. – As I mentioned earlier, I had this pattern printed at the copy shop and I printed it at home. After working with both, I actually preferred the home printed copy because I was able to select and print only the size that I needed. Multiple sized patterns make me crazy confused sometimes.😜
Although I do plan to make up a version with the full skirt, I wanted something a little more dramatic for my 25th anniversary pictures.
Short Waist Adjustment –While this pattern does have the waistline marked, the back waist length is not provided. This information is crucial for my body type because I often have to remove length from the bodice of my dresses and tops to get a good fit.I attempted to get the information by email, but that did not work out so I was left to figure it out on my own. In the end I removed my usual 1.75 inches and it seemed to work out.
Added a fitted skirt – I wanted a Mermaid/Fishtail look so, I separated the bodice from the skirt at the waistline and inserted a self drafted straight skirt. I added the flared skirt piece that I removed to the bottom edge of my skirt to serve as the tail. It worked out perfectly.
Added button loops, covered buttons, and a concealed zipper – Because of the design changes that I made I added matching button loops and covered buttons at the neckline along with a concealed zipper placed an inch below the back opening.
Now that this dress and our anniversary pictures are all done, I need to start working on a few personal projects. I am taking a few online classes and I have some home improvement projects that need to be completed.
I probably won’t be sewing too much the rest of November through December but I will still be posting to the Blog.
I am BACK!😁 It feels strangely good and unfamiliar to have outfit photos on standby. I took these pictures 3 weeks ago on the same day that I took pics of my recent Vogue 9292 make shown here and here.
Normally I always end up scrambling to take pics on the same day that I publish my blog post. This was definitely not a normal day for me because I “needed” to take pictures of 5 different outfits.
I don’t love the background scenery of my neighborhood as much as I love the backgrounds of the random neighborhood and city spots where we usually go to take pics. I do, however, appreciate the time that we saved by not having to leave home.
Taking pics in my neighborhood also made it possible for me to take pictures of all 5 outfits in less than an hour because I was able to run into the house and quickly change.
Pattern Adjustments & Other Observations
McCall’s 3830 is definitely a favorite of many home sewers. As of today, there are over 100 reviews for this skirt on PatternReview.com . Pattern review describes it as a Misses’ straight skirt, but McCall’s describes it as a Misses’ pencil skirt. I am agreeing with McCall’s on this one. I definitely think it’s more of a pencil skirt.
This pattern offers 5 different lengths ranging from midi to maxi. I chose the midi length for my version.
Sizing – I sewed view B in a size 16 with a 1 inch seam allowance and no other adjustments. My hip measurement usually puts me right between a 14 & 16 for fitted bottoms. I’ve tried the sizing both ways and I personally prefer a larger size with more seam allowance.
Short waist – If you are short waisted like me, I highly recommend this style because it has no waistband. That means that it doesn’t eat up valuable real estate.
Fit – One other great feature of this skirt is that the design allows more room for my fuller thighs. When the skirt bottom is pegged too much or cut too slim in the thigh area, the skirt tends to ride up when I walk. This makes me crazy because I find myself constantly tugging at my skirt.
How I Styled It
I really love the look of a classic midi length pencil skirt but I wanted mine to be a little edgy so I opted to use the same fabric that I used for my Simplicity 8655 skinny pants shown here. This stretch cotton sateen was perfect. It sewed up beautifully.
Top – I created two different looks for this skirt. For the first look I chose a simple black 3/4 sleeve tee and for the 2nd look I chose a thrifted black blazer and white button down. I’m not a lover of brown by itself but when black is added to the mix I start to feel differently about it.😍
Shoes – As with the tops, I stuck with the color black for both pair of shoes. I added a strappy black Nine West sandal for one look and a wide heeled Nine West pump for the second look.
If you have been following my blog for the past year, you probably realize by now how much I love Nine West shoes. I’d estimate that 90 – 95% of the my shoe wardrobe is Nine West because I love their styling and fit.
Accessories – I kept my accessories simple and gold toned. For the skirt and blazer outfit I added a gold brooch over the top button of my white button down.
A long time sewing goal of mine has been to find classic sewing pattern styles that I can sew on repeat. This pattern makes the cut. You will see it again on the blog.
As mentioned in my last post, I am currently working on a dress that I will wear for my upcoming 25th wedding anniversary photoshoot.
I really love the pattern that I picked and I hope to have some pics to share in an upcoming post.
I just made my first pair of skinny pants using Simplicity 8655 and I am soooooo pumped over them. Before now, I have NEVER been able to successfully wear this style of pant in RTW (Ready To Wear) because of the size of my thighs and bottom.
This pattern is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for my fuller thighs and bottom.
These pants were made using a brown animal print cotton stretch sateen that I got from Minervadot.Com. (Did I tell you guys? – I am now a member of their Blogger team! 😁) These pants will be featured on their site at the beginning of 2020.
This was my first time working with this fabric type and I absolutely loved it. It’s easy to sew and easy to wear.
Sewing/ Pattern Modifications
Sizing– After previously sewing up the flares in a size 16, I decided to go with a size 14 for these. I sewed them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Short Waist Adjustment – For these I lowered the waist by 2 inches so the top of these hit right at my belly button. ( click here to see how I did this when I made my last pair of pants using Simplicity 8655)
Length – I wanted my pants to end right below my ankle so I added two inches to the bottom of each leg.
Final Thoughts On Fit – Usually I have issues with fitting my bottom but this pattern fits pretty good right out of the envelope with no modifications. To get an even better fit the next time I make them, I will raise the back crotch curve just a little.
How I Styled It
I kept the styling simple. Here’s what I added:
A black turtleneck ( refashioned from a dress that I previously made using M6886)
I love the fit of these skinny pants so much. This pattern will definitely be a go-to for me when I need this style pant.
Next week I’ll be sharing a second piece that I made using this same print. In the meantime, I’ll be working on a dress to wear for a couples photo shoot to commemorate my upcoming 25th wedding anniversary.