How I Wore It – DIY Striped Maxi

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I made this striped Maxi Skirt with matching sash using 2.5 yards of cotton picked up from one of the local discount fabric stores.

It has a flat front band with elastic in the back to accommodate my changing waistline.

No pattern used here. The front has free formed pleats and the back soft gathers. This was a trial piece to see how I would like wearing this style. I like it! I can definitely see myself making more of these in the future with just a few slight adjustments to the design.

Because of the busy stripes, I decided to pair this skirt with a simple black racer back tank.  To pull out the blue from the skirt, I paired it with a cobalt blue statement necklace and cobalt framed sunnies.

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How I Wore It – Graphic Black&White Maxi

I haven’t been sewing, shopping, or posting any outfits lately because I’ve been a bit distracted.

Back in March, I was feeling extremely tired so I decided to have a head to toe physical completed. As I had suspected, it was confirmed that I am slightly anemic … no biggie. BUT the results from the physical & lab work also confirmed that I am also pre-diabetic. Because of this my doctor challenged me to lose weight to lower my BMI (Body Mass Index) in an effort to lower my A1C level. I hit the gym and lost a few pounds and inches but I still have about 10 more pounds to lose before I hit my target BMI goal.

When it comes to looking good in what you wear  FIT IS EVERYTHING! Because I don’t know exactly where my body will end up at the end of this journey, I am going to try to only sew/purchase a few versatile pieces that will fit a range of sizes.

Once I lose the last 10 pounds or so, I will be due for another professional bra fitting and body measurement session.

Enough about that ….. let’s get to what I wore which is the purpose of this post ….

I was delighted to find this Jersey Black & White Graphic Print Maxi dress at my local K&G Fashion Store for $21.99.  I am wearing it in a size M.

 

Cool chic
Black & White Graphic Print Maxi & Mint Statement Necklace Set (earrings not shown) – K & G Fashion;

Accessories

  • Mint Statement Necklace & Earring Set $12.99 (earrings not shown) – K & G Clothing Store
  • Mint Satchel  Clearance 22.00 – Charming Charlies
  • Mint Shades $7.50 (2@$15.00) – Charming Charlies
  • Gold Hoops
  • Mint colored nail polish

 

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Mint Satchel & Shades – Charming Charlies

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A New Outfit For Rae

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Every year my family and I attend a memorial to commemorate the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.  This is a special occasion for us, so we try to dress our best.

This is a 2 piece outfit that I made for my daughter Rae.  I used Mccall’s 7355 to make the top.  The skirt is a self-drafted full satin circle skirt with 2 layers of tulle and a petticoat underneath.

Circle Skirt

The skirt was really simple once the circle was cut.  I cut a complete circle (with a whole in the middle)  of both the satin and the tulle.  I combined and stitched the layers using my serger.  Because I was using complete circles, I didn’t need to add a zipper.  We used a cute metallic silver elastic for the waistband. I serged the edges of the satin with white thread.

Tutorial – I followed this tutorial on YouTube to make the skirt.

Pattern Alterations/Modifications

  • Added a peplum –  It was just a shorter full circle skirt attached to the bodice. I made the peplum following the same steps that I used for making the skirt, but I used the bodice measurement as the circumference instead of my daughter’s waist measurement.  After I attached it.  I trimmed a portion of the front and sides to give the high low effect.
  • Added a 22 inch zipper to make getting in and out of the top easier.
  • The edges of the top were serged with white thread.

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Gingham & Denim

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I actually made this red and white gingham sheath dress almost 1 year ago.

I used a NewLook pattern to make it but I can’t for the life of me locate or remember the exact pattern that I used. I also didn’t post a review because I didn’t exactly consider it to be a success at the time….but I guess it might have been a success after all because I kept it when I got rid of almost everything else AND I actually wear it.

In my opinion, this dress is not wearable or flattering without a topper. The shaping is a bit too boxy for my rectangular  body shape.

But worn with this somewhat fitted 3 button cap sleeve dark washed denim jacket it begans to work. The  jacket adds needed waist definition.

Accesories

  • Bisou Bisou Denim Dark Washed Jacket w/gold buttons – Thrifted
  • Nine West T Strap Mary Janes – Thrifted
  • Antique Gold Hoops – Target
  • Designer Gold framed Sunglasses – Marshals

  

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How I Wore It – Calvin Klein LBD Pt.2

 Look #2 – Tough Chic

This Calvin Klein dress is my first scuba/body con piece and I must say I really love it so far. It’s comfortable and very forgiving. I’m a little self conscience about my little stomach pooch but once I added the black moto it became a non issue.

What I especially love about this dress is where the seam hit my waistline. I’m short waisted and this dress fits like its custom made for my body. The skirt length is perfect for any occasion.

Accessories

  • Gold chandelier earrings – Thrifted $.99
  • Gold sparkly Guess Signature Pumps – Purchased at Local Ross for around $30
  • Black Moto Jacket – Purchased at K&G clearance around $15
  • Gold Framed Steve Madden Sunglasses-purchased at Local Ross $9.99

How I Wore It – Calvin Klein LBD Pt. 1

Look #1 – Park Avenue Chic

NOTHING works harder in my wardrobe than my LBDs. I purchased this little black number at a local TJMaxx for around $40. It’s constructed of scuba and made by Calvin Klein.

 

Accessories

  • B&W Color Block Purse – purchased on the streets of NYC
  • B&W Geometric Jessica Simpson Pumps – purchased on sale for around $40
  • White Statement Necklace – purchased from walmart for $7
  • White Tahari Blazer – Thrifted

 

 

 

How I Wore It – Simplicity 1755

 

THE BACK STORY (In Case you’re Interested)

My mom was a practical sort of person when it came to dressing.  When it came to clothing and accessories, she tended to favor pieces that could easily be mixed and matched and also worn on all occasions.  Most of her skirts, dresses, and accessories were black.  All of her coats were what she liked to call “All Weather Coats”. They were these tan coats with zip out linings made by London Fog. (I now HATE these coats)

While we were growing up I can’t recall her ever owning or wearing any pretty, fancy, or sparkly pieces.  When it came to dressing me and my two sisters, she kept with her practical nature.

There was one occasion when my older sister and I had been invited to a formal dance party hosted by one of our friends.  We were around 15 & 16 years old.  For this special occasion she decided to hire another seamstress to make our dresses.  Although my sister and I had hoped that we would be getting fancy dresses made, my mom had decided that a fancy dress that could only be worn once would just not be practical. She had a light blue knee length linen dress made for me and a lavender knee length  linen dress made for my sister. When we walked into that party, I think that we were the only girls there not wearing formal dresses.  We both could have just died! Need I say we were both scarred for life.

Fast forward some 30 years later ….. Because of this experience, when I go out or attend a party I might occasionally err on the side of being overdressed.

Back in January, a girlfriend  and I watched this old Bette Davis Movie – “What about Eve?” Fashion-wise it was a great movie.  In fact, I think that we both paid more attention to the gorgeous dresses that the ladies were wearing than we did to the actual plot of the movie. (Shame on Us!)

After watching the movie, she and I decided that it would be fabulous if we could get all dressed up “Old Hollywood” style and attend one of our local theaters – the Fabulous Fox! She and I often joke that instead of us needing the perfect outfit to wear to the occasion, we need the perfect occasion to go with our outfit!

About a week later my girl was able to get us tickets to attend the Alvin Ailey Revelations show at the Fox Theater and the rest is history as they say.

The Alvin Ailey show truly was the perfect occasion for the dress!

ACCESSORIES 

  • Black Sparkly Clutch – Purchased from Marshall’s for around $17
  • Vintage Rhinestone Earrings – Borrowed from my sister
  • Vintage Rhinestone Bracelet – Borrowed from my sister
  • Vintage Gold Toned Rhinestone Pin – Borrowed from my sister
  • Black & Gold Guess Pumps – Purchased from Ross for around $30 – (After seeing the pics I think that I should have gone with my Black Sparkly Guess Ankle Strap heels)