Local Business Feature, Wardrobe

Local Business Spotlight – Fashions By RoPuddles

Hey Guys,

Surprise!!!! I’m popping in again this week to feature a dress I purchased back in 2019 from one of my favorite local based online shops.

I am not being paid or compensated by RoPuddles in any way for this post so I feel like I can be 100% honest and upfront here. In fact, Roshanna had no prior knowledge that her online store is being featured on my blog today.😬☺

I really love supporting small businesses and local vendors when I can because I don’t ever want to live in a world where my main options for buying clothes are Amazon.com or some other faceless online giant.

A Little More About Fashions By RoPuddles

I discovered Fashions By RoPuddles over on Instagram a little more than a year ago. I really liked the look of the items that Roshanna was offering but I really wanted to see them in person so that I could do a quality check. When I found out that she was doing a pop-up shop over near where I lived, I jumped at the chance to meet up with her.

I was blown away by both the quality and the prices.

Since then I’ve purchased several pieces from Roshanna and each time it’s always been a great experience. Her customer service has always been top notch and the pieces that I’ve purchased have always been good quality and well made.

Roshanna offers unique pieces that you don’t see everywhere. Many of the pieces offered are classic styles with a modern twist.

Her shop has Ready To Wear (RTW), Signature Couture skirts and African print fabrics. I’ve purchased fabrics and RTW. To my surprise I found that many of the RTW pieces are made right here in the USA and are very reasonably priced.

The Dress

When I saw this dress, it was love at first sight. I loved EVERYTHING about it. It’s a classic midi length wrap dress made up in a bold and graphic Ankara print with all the colors that I am loving right now.

This dress is one size fits most. I’ve never purchased a dress with this type of sizing but surprisingly it worked out pretty good for me. I’d say that it could fit a small (with alterations) up to a large.

Thanks to the sleeveless bodice, full skirt, and ties at the waist it can easily be altered or adjusted for different body sizes. Having put on a few pounds since I bought this dress a few months ago, I can definitely appreciate this feature.

I also like that this dress can be worn 3 seasons and that this style would also be flattering on most body shapes.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, I think that this particular dress is no longer available but she’s got new pieces coming in all the time and a lot of other pieces in stock that are definitely worth checking out.

So make sure you go and check her out at RoPuddles.com. She can also be found over on IG as RoPuddles.

Because I’ve decided to take this year off from making new purchases, I personally won’t be making any new purchases for myself but I’ve got two other dresses that I purchased last year that I hope to feature on the Blog at some point this year.

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 www.Roppudles.com.

PATTERN REVIEW

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 Roppudles.com 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, 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.

INSPIRATION

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

FABRIC

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

PATTERN REVIEW

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 Ropuddles.com

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.

TUTORIAL REVIEW

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.

***ADDITIONAL NOTES***

  • 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.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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.