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Atlanta Frocktails 2019: Pretty Meets Practical – Vogue 9292 (Pt. 2)

Hey Guys,

While growing up I can remember wishing that I could wear ALL of the pretty things. From as early as I can remember, I’ve always loved bright red lips, pointy toe heels, and fluffy full skirts. However, these were never the sort of things that my mama wore or dressed us girls in.

As a Baby Boomer raised up in a household of 14, she developed a very practical approach to life. When it came to her clothes and accessories there were no formal or special occasion pieces. If she was invited to such an event, she just wore what she had.

If mama was still with us, I feel like she’d definitely approve of this dress because it’s not the sort of dress that gets worn once and thrown in the back of a closet.

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending Atlanta Frocktails hosted by Topstitch and Fabricate Studios. This is a social event where we home sewists get to meet up with other makers in our community wearing something that we’ve made.

How I Styled This Look

Makeup – With this look I was definitely going for more Glam than my previous look shown here. I traded in my everyday bronze lip for a red lip and also added red nail polish and a set of lashes.

Jewelry – If you look closely, you will see that there is silvery glitter on the denim. Using that as my cue, I added a drippy necklace and earring set along with an over sized matching ring.

Shoes/Purse – Because of how dark the dress is I went with a nude colored cross body clutch and a pretty pair of patent nude colored Nine West strappy sandals with a pointy toe of course.😍

Nude Cross Body Clutch
Nine West Strappy Nude Patent Sandals

I had such a great time at Frocktails and I definitely plan to attend again. My favorite part of the whole night was hanging out in the selfie station with my sew sisters. ( I have got to get me one of those.🀣)

Gonna leave you guys with a few random selfie pics from the night. Until the next time……

DIY, Pattern Review, sewing

The Meghan Markle Inspired Denim Frock – Vogue 9292

Hey Guys,

I’m SUPER excited to talk about my latest DIY dress. It was inspired by the Denim Carolina Herrera midi dress worn by The Duchess of Sussex. Before seeing this dress I never imagined that a denim dress could look so pretty.

To create my version I decided to use Vogue 9292 because I really love the extended cap sleeves and beautifully curved V shaped neckline. It’s not a carbon copy of Meghan’s dress but it definitely captures the essence of the design.


The pattern does not suggest denim as a fabric option but I knew that a midweight denim could work out well in place of poplin, linen, or jacquard.

Too my surprise my biggest challenge in making this dress was finding the right denim. Silly me – I just assumed that this would be the easiest part of the process but I should have known better.😬

I searched high and low both locally and online. Much of what I saw out there was either not the right shade of blue or just too heavyweight.

After 3 failed attempts to purchase my denim online, I decided to try looking again at one of my favorite local fabric outlets. Historically, I’ve found their denim inventory to be a little sparse but I figured I’d give it another shot AND oh boy was I glad I did! I found just what I was looking for. The weight and color were spot on and as a bonus it also had a little stretch.

Pockets Of Course!😁

Pattern Adjustments

Sizing – I made this up in a size 14 but I should have sewn a size 12 with a FBA. I ended up taking it in at the sides to get a better fit.

Short waist Adjustment – Based on my backwaist legnth, I shortened the waistline by 1.75 inches.

Added Length – To compensate for the 1.75 inches that I removed from the waistline, I added 2 inches directly to the bottom of each dress panel using my trusty seam guage and tailors chalk before cutting out each one.

Dickie – Mine is not detachable. I need mine to be a permenant feature so I sewed my on.

Black and Gold Accented Round Sunnies

How I Styled It

I’ve already worn this dress twice since finishing it up on Saturday because I just love it! The pictures I am posting today are from the 2nd outing. I’ll be posting pictures from the first outing in a future blog post.

Purse/Shoes – Because the denim is such a dark color I chose to add my Nine west nude colored cork block heeled platform sandals (Click here for a better picture of the sandals) and a matching fold over cork clutch purse that was gifted to me by one of my sew sisters.

Accessories -1) a pair of cz studs to go along with the gold ball studs that I usually wear. 2) A long gold toned pendant necklace that I knotted at the back to get just the perfect length. 3) black and gold accented round sunglasses that I picked up from a local beauty supply store.


I am usually not a fan of denim dresses but I really do adore this one. I think its a great style that would be flattering on most women.

Vogue Pattern recommends this style for the following body shapes:

  • Inverted Triangle – Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips
  • Triangle – Small Bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips or thighs.
  • Hourglass – Equally balanced to and bottom with a trim waist.

What are your thoughts? Would you wear a denim dress in this style? Drop me a line or two below.

Until next time ……….

DIY, Pattern Review, Thrifted

The Black Corduroy Flares – Mimi G Style Simplicity 8655

Hey Guys,

Today I’m showcasing my new DIY stretch black corduroy flares made using Mimi G Style Simplicity 8655. I’m a 70’s child, so I LOVE me a pair of flares. I’m especially loving these because they are giving me major Rachel Zoe and Victoria Beckham vibes. These fit nice and skinny through the thigh and knee area with a flare that’s wide enough to sufficiently cover these size 10s.πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†

These pants were actually made up as a test garment for my upcoming collaboration post with Minerva Fabrics. I made this version in the flare leg style, but I’ll be featuring a skinny pant version for the collaboration .

So I’m going to be completely honest and transparent in this post. I am so in LOVE with these pants but I am NOT in love with this outfit. Something is off! πŸ€” I’m not sure if it’s my styling, my awkward poses, or a combination of both.

I love having these back pockets. I was able to stick my oversize cell phone inside while we were taking pics

Pattern Changes & Alterations

Sewed 1 inch seam allowances – My hip measurement put me between a size 14 and a size 16. I went with a size 16 because I was terrified that the 14 wouldn’t work out. To my surprise the size 16 was too big. To offset this, I went with a 1 inch seam allowance instead of the standard 5/8 and I took a small chunk out at the center back seam. Making these small changes was just enough to fine tune the fit.

Lowered The Front Rise 1.5 inches – These pants are designed to sit 2 inches above the waistline, but this doesn’t work for me because I am short-waisted. There is only about a 4 inch distance between bust and waist so I really can’t afford to give up the 2 inches. For these pants I decided that I would bring the rise down by 1.5 inches.

Steps to Adjust The Rise

  • I added a line to the pattern about a quarter of an inch down from the dart point. I placed the pattern on top of my cutting mat so that I could use the grid as a guide to mark my line perpendicular to the grain line of my pattern.
  • Once my line was drawn, I slashed it from the inseam to the outer seam. When making that cut, I didn’t cut all the way through the outer seam because I needed to use the uncut edge as a hinge to move my top pattern piece downward to adjust the front rise. Doing it this way allowed me to keep the side seams where the front and back meet the same length.
  • When shortening the rise, I made sure to slide the top half of the pattern piece downward. I used my seam gauge to measure down 1.5 inches.

Added Length – I added 1.5 inches and added a 2 inch hem instead of the 3 inch hem allowance that is built into the pattern. So basically the pants were 2.5 inches longer than they would have been had I not made these adjustments. I added the extra length because I wasn’t 100% sure of the shoes that I would end up wearing with them. For me, this style looks best when it completely covers the feet and hangs really close to the floor.


Collective Concepts Chiffon Navy Leopard Print Top – I thrifted this top maybe 6 years ago and I still love it. I generally don’t go for leopard print clothing, but I really liked this top because I think that it is really fun and interesting in this color. I also love the way that it pops against the black.

Although I do love this top with black, I think it’s bugging me a little with these pants, especially, when worn with out the jacket. I “attempted” to tie the front ends and tuck the tails but I just couldn’t get it to work like I wanted it to.

Black Leather Moto Jacket – This was an anniversary gift from my husband 2 years ago. He purchased it on Amazon for around $120. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces because it adds edge to my outfits and makes me feel a little tough.

Accessories – I kept it simple by adding a pair of rose gold stud earrings and a pair of rose gold Aviator style sunglasses.


At the end of the day, I am really VERY happy with how well these pants turned out. I am going to go back and deepen the hem because the pants are still just a tad bit too long. I love these so much that I will be making up two more pair in denim. I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants good looking flares that are quick and easy sew.

I am hoping in the near future that I will get to restyle and re-shoot these babies.

DIY, Pattern Review, sewing, Thrifted

The Winter White Trousers – Very Easy Vogue 9181 (Custom-Fit)

Let me start out by saying that making up these white boot leg trousers has been a goal of mine every since I saw the white pair that Mimi G made and wore here and the white pair that Erica B made and wore here .

Talk about SLEEK! These pants are E-VERY-THING. In addition to being a quick and easy sew, Vogue 9181 is also custom fit. This means that it can be sewn up to fit your flat, standard, or curvier backside. It doesn’t have pockets which is great for me because I wouldn’t want the extra bulk that pockets would add.

Sewing Details / Pattern Adjustments

  • I sewed a size 14 curvy but ended up removing a little more than an inch at the waist.
  • I added 2 inches to the leg length to compensate for my high heels.
  • The fabric that I used is a thick stretch woven. I purchased it from a local Fabric Outlets. Based on similar fabrics that I have seen online, it looks like it might be some sort of stretch gabardine. Although I love it for these pants, it was really tough to get a good press.


I love when I can find thrifted pieces that I wear on repeat. Pieces that fit into my wardrobe and mix well with the other pieces that I own. This fitted black Merona wool Saks Fifth Avenue sweater is definitely one of those pieces. It’s such a great basic piece that plays really well with lots of different style bottoms.

Because these pants sit pretty high on my waist, I felt like a fitted top would be most flattering. Initially I tried this black and white striped body suit, but I didn’t like how it showed through the pants.

I also added this thrifted patterned chocolate brown and white lightweight statement coat with an aqua lining. I really love the punch that it adds.

For accessories I added:

  • A pair of oversize pearl earrings and a triple strand pearl stretch bracelet
  • A black purse that I purchased from a small corner shop in Little Italy Manhattan while visiting New York
  • Black high heel booties that I picked up at the end of last season on clearance from Nine West
  • One of my favorite pair of Aviator style Sunglasses.


I definitely plan to make myself another pair of these pants in the color black as soon as I find another nice stretch woven.

DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Ankara Mini Dress – S8124 Review

Hey Guys,

Dropping in with my 2nd look from our Atlanta Sewing Style summer photo shoot.

I’m sure you recognize this beauty!😍 That’s right it’s the popular Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 8124 mini dress.

I made it using an african wax print that I picked up from


Pattern Description:

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size xtra small.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sure

Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how quick and easy this dress is. I also love the use of 1″ elastic for the neckline and wrist bands. I think it looks so much nicer than the narrower elastic used in some other designs I’ve seen.

Fabric Used: African Wax Print purchased from a locally based company.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a 2″ hem instead of the suggested 4″ hem. I wanted my dress to have more of an A-Line shape so I redrafted the sides. I also added pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will definitely be making another. I highly recommend this pattern if you like this style

DIY, fitting, How I Wore It, sewing

The White 2-Piece Pant Set

AtlantaSewingStyle just finished our very first summer photo shoot over the weekend. We made an outfit featuring all white and another using Ankara.

This is my white look or what I like to call my White Party look.

Because my last two looks for our group shots were both maxi dresses, I really wanted to make a pants outfit this time.

I originally thought of making a jumpsuit but I still have the white crepe jumpsuit that I made a few years ago using Vogue 1506…… See Here. I thought I’d get more wear out of white seperates than a white jumpsuit.

For the pants I used Mccall’s 7757 and for the top I used Mccall’s 7786 View A. Previously made here and here.

The fabric is a white mid weight cotton tshirt knit picked up locally from the Fabric Joint!

Pattern Adjustments/Changes


  • When I previously made this pattern I had cut off the top of the pattern at the foldline because I added a seperate waistband instead of going with the folded down waistband. I add a seperate elasticized waistband this time also. The waistband I added is 2 inches tall. This time I also removed about 1.5 inches from both the front and back crotch height so that the waistand stopped right around my belly button.
  • I lined the pants.
  • I omitted the pockets because of how clingy the fabric is and I didn’t want to add bulk to my upper thigh area.



  • No changes other than I serged both the bottom edge of the top and the ruffle instead of hemming. I wish I had lined the bodice but I didn’t have enough fabric for that.
  • I originally cut a size 12 but it was too big around the chest area. I recut a size 10 and grated out to a 14 below the waist.



Final Conclusion

I really loved wearing this outfit. It was just as easy to wear as it was to make.

I’ll be posting my Ankara look in a couple of days but until then I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite pics from the shoot.

DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Thrifted Blue & White Infinity Dress – Confessions and Changes

Hey Guys,


I’m Dropping in with a Mini post featuring this Infinity maxi dress that I rescued from my local Goodwill for $6.99.This is actually the first Infinity piece that I’ve ever owned and it “may” possibly be the last.



Seriously I don’t know how I feel about this dress…..It is a cute dress and I REALLY adore the large graphic blue and white floral print but I am not really feeling too comfortable wearing a dress that doesn’t allow for traditional undergarments if you know what I mean. (My girls are begging for the support of a back strap…lol)





But that’s the beauty of thrifting a garment when you sew. If you don’t love it exactly the way that it is, you can change it.So I am pretty sure that this dress will be a future refashion when I get up the nerve to go back down that road again.Which leads me nicely to the subjects of refashioning and thrifting.



When I started this blog 3 years ago it was my goal to feature both thrifted and refashioned garments BUT somewhere along the way I got caught up !!!!I was featuring mostly sewn garments hoping that it would help me to be more accepted in the online sewing community and also help me to grow my blog following. CRAZY RIGHT???πŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ˜¬This faulty reasoning ultimately lead to me feeling like I could only post when I had a sewing project to feature.





And with a full-time job and other life responsibilities, who needs that added pressure in their lives? I know I don’t.All that said, this post is the dawn of a new day and a turning point for



Over the next few weeks I’ll be making some changes to the blog to bring it more in line with my original vision.I do hope that you like them. In the meantime, feel free to drop a few lines in the comment section below. I love hearing from you and your feedback is always appreciated and welcomed.



Until next time….

DIY, sewing

Another Ankara Maxi – Simplicity 1059

Happy Saturday Guys,

Dropping in to share the details of another recent make. It is the second look that I created for our recent SewingAtlantaStyle photo shoot. This look was created for the Rock Your Style Theme.

I have to admit that I really struggled in choosing what to make for both of my looks but in the end I listened to my heart.

If I had to label my style, I’d say I’m definitely a bold classic girl. I am drawn to simple classic shapes made up with bold graphic prints or simple solids accesorized with statement pieces.


For this look I went with this beautiful blue Ankara that I purchased from Wax Prints Lace and More. The owner reached out to me on Instagram after I’d commented about another beautiful print that I’d seen someone else wearing on their post.

I have fallen in love with Ankara. It’s just so easy to work with.


I used Simplicity 1059 for this look. I cut the size 12 with an extra .25 ” at the back and front side seams


My usual short waist adjustment.

Design Changes

  • Extended to maxi length
  • Made a matching interfaced Obi Belt using Mimi G’s free PDF. Although it gets lost in the print, I really love it and I plan to make more of these. I wore it knotted at the back but it can also be worn wrapped around and tied off in the front.
  • Of course I added pockets

DIY, sewing

The Floral Maxi Dress – M7081

Happy Saturday Guys,

Today’s post features a maxi dress that I sewed for the spring Atlanta Sewing Style photo shoot.

We sewed two looks, and this is the first one that I am featuring on the blog.The theme this look follows is Springing Florals.

I used Mccalls 7081, view D for the bodice and self drafted my inverted pleated maxi skirt using stylesewme’s “Easy Box Pleated Skirt (No Math Required)” Tutorial.


I was inspired by one of my favorite designers, Carolina Herrera. I feel like she designs the most AMAZING shirt dress style gowns.


I purchased this floral African print fabric from a local vender that I love doing business with, This print was part of her Big Florals Print Collection. It’s a 45″ large print polished cotton.


Pattern Description:
Dresses have collar band, close-fitting, front pleated, surplice bodice, waistband, flared skirt cut on crosswise grain and side zipper.I sewed the bodice for view D.

PatternSizing:.. My pattern went up to a size 14 so I made a size 14 with a 2inch increase at the waistline.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Close, except for the fact that I added a selfdrafted inverted pleated floor length skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. This was my first time sewing this style of neck opening. I relied heavily upon the instructions particularly for this part of the construction process. I thought they were clear and it turned out great.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that this pleated bodice style accomodates a slightly fuller bustline….so no FBA was needed. However keep in mind that if you opt not to do an adjustment at the bustline, you will lose the depth of your pleats. The pleats may not be as defined.

Fabric Used: Waxed African Print Floral purchased from local vender

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 1) My usual shortwaist adjustment. 2) My bustline sits slightly low so I sewed a 3/8 seamline to the top of the waistband. 3) I eliminated the tabs for the sleeves. 4) As mentioned earlier I added my own self drafted skirt with inverted 4″ pleats using Stylesewme’s “Easy Box Pleated, No Math Required” You Tube Tutorial…

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won’t make this again for myself BUT, I definitely recommend it.


Like I mentioned in an earlier post, pleats make me crazy so I was excited to find Stylesewme’s tutorial. (Click Here)

If you are like me and you prefer to draft your own pleated skirt without a pattern, this tutorial is for you.Erin is an excellent instructor and her instructions are clear, simple and right to the point. The tutorial is less than 22 minutes.


  • Because I didn’t want to interrupt the pattern design I opted for a dress design with a side zipper opening. I made 2 seperate skirt panels following Erin’s tutorial.
  • Erin demonstrates creating box pleats but my skirt features inverted pleats. The process is the same. To get the inverted pleats, just flip the skirt panel over.
  • I left a 2 inch seam allowance on both sides of each panel just incase I needed additional to accomodate the bodice and inseam pocket placement.
  • My dress waistband measured 34 inches so I went with 4″ pleats for my two skirt panels. If your waistline is significantly smaller (under 32), I suggest you go with 3″ pleats or less.


Because the print of this fabric is huge with very little clear space, I ended up having to focus on pleasing random pattern placement as opposed to pattern matching. My favorite pattern placement is the purple foliage that drips down the back of my shoulder.

It took almost every inch of the 6 yards that I had to make this dress.

Although a maxi dress, this is completely wearable in real life with a pair of wedges sans the under skirt.

DIY, sewing

Another M6886 – The Animal Print One

Hey Guys,

Dropping in with another one of my February makes. It’s another version of Mccalls 6886. One of my favorite pieces to wear in cooler months is a turtleneck dress. This is actually my 6th time using this pattern for making a turtleneck dress.

This time I switched it up by drafting a puff sleeve and adding a cuff to each sleeve. I am not normally one for Animal prints but I was inspired by a few of the Leopard prints that I saw Jennifer Lopez wearing on Pinterest.

In addition to drafting the sleeve differently, I decided to raise the neckline of the dress. I did this by using the larger size pattern range and cutting a size 18 for front and back neckline. (I cut my usual size 14 for the rest of the pattern). I think I like the way it turned out much better this time.

I used a stretch leopard print(might be more of a tiger print) velvet that I found at one of the local fabric outlets.

I am really happy with how this dress turned out but I must admit that I did break one of my styling rules on this one. I usually like to show a bit of skin when I wear a high neck, long sleeve garment but today I felt like wearing my black platform boots and I think it all worked out fine.

I have one more February make to show if circumstances and weather allow us to take pictures next weekend.

I’ll be posting updates on Instagram over the next week. Please follow me there to keep up with the latest.

Thanks for dropping by…….