SEWN: A Moneta LBD

It’s about darn time that I have something to show you that I’ve sewn! And also my new hair cause of course I changed it AGAIN. ūüôā

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I started this dress in 2015…in the BEGINNING of 2015. Here we are in March…

I finished this dress sometime in January after working on it very sporadically over almost a year. And now with more free time and my cousin taking pictures for me, I can share it with all of you!! ( and all my awkward hand poses and faces yay!)

The pattern I used was the Moneta dress¬†from Collete patterns, which my lovely friend Rachel at Sew RED-y inspired me to try! She’s literally made 6 of them¬†and each one is more lovely than the last! It’s a knit dress pattern with a few different sleeve options, a boat neckline that scoops a little lower in the back, and even a free downloadable pack of collars to customize it even further! AND…AAAND it has pockets. HALLLELUEAAAHHH.

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The fabric is a silky, soft bamboo jersey knit from Girl Charlee, but it seems they don’t sell it anymore! I also bought some of their combed cotton jersey and they are similar weight, stretch and feel, not sure how it sews up compared to the bamboo jersey though.
I’ve tried sewing with super soft, fine knits before and it was just a disaster haha! But the bamboo jersey, though it is lightweight, sewed up AMAZINGLY. The only thing I will say that isn’t my favorite is it’s a little see-through…so maybe I should have lined it or wear something underneath. But I didn’t for the photos…MEH.

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ANOTHER great thing about this pattern is that it has plus sizes up to 3x! I cut a size XL last year and then gained a few extra pounds…so it’s a little tight. I’m lucky the fabric is stretchy to accommodate my larger areas…*ahem boobs* and I think that’s why it’s a little see-through too…cause of how much the fabric is having to stretch. NEXT TIME I’m going to do the 1x size and it should be more comfy cause it won’t be as tight!

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This was my second time using a twin needle to finish all the hems for a knit project…BUT it’s the first SUCCESSFUL time so I’m super proud of that!!

This was the first time I’ve used clear elastic to gather knit fabric together and even though it was a little tricky to keep the gathering even, I totally love this technique! I love that the elastic is in the dress and keeps the waist were it needs to be. It’s very secure and it’s flattering I think!

Besides that, there’s not much I would change about it! I do think I want to experiment with changing up the neckline, because even though I like how the back scoops down and is super classy and vintage feeling…it also is annoying because my undergarments like to peek out. And usually I don’t like having to fidget and constantly worry that my under thangs are showin’.

And on that note…I’ll leave you with some of my awkward poses because this is just the¬†best it’s gonna get hahahaah

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You’re welcome ‚̧

What do you think of this dress?! I totally recommend you try this pattern if you’re wanting to try sewing knits! Everyone needs a good knit dress.

What have you sewn or crafted recently? post a link so I can see it!

LOVE YOU. MEAN IT.

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Wardrobe Architect / exploring shapes and building silhouettes

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We have reached the end of January! HOLY CANNOLI! I hope it has treated you well my friend.
I have been having so much fun with this challenge, even though¬†it really has been a¬†challenge!¬†haha. It really is harder than you think it would be…

Even though I have always known what my tastes were,¬†I have always¬†gotten very easily distracted by other shiny things¬†that I think I like but then when I make it or try it on in a store, it is a hard pass. I think that’s why I have been enjoying these assignments so much, because I am defining and documenting all the aspects of my personal style. I can’t wait to keep going!

So far I have made style more personal by answering how different aspects in my life has affected my style and I have answered a series of questions that have helped me define my core style. My core style is:
comfy ‚Ästsassy ‚Ästunique¬†‚Ästeasy ‚Ästcohesive

Now, for week 3 and week 4 of the Wardrobe Architect challenge, we were supposed to fill out this worksheet that lists different shapes of clothing (loose, fitted, short, long, different necklines, etc.) with a 0-10 scale and then pair our favorite shapes together to the build silhouettes that we love to wear. (silhouettes are just the lines and style of garment, not the color/pattern/details of it.) It was recommended to use Polyvore to create the silhouettes, and this was really hard for me because I got too hung up on the colors and details of the garment. I got it done though, and I think I did pretty well!

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I pretty much have known what shapes I like to wear for a while, but it was really nice thinking more about it and how I can mix certain pieces together that have similar shape. For example, skinny jeans and a pencil skirt are interchangeable because they are both bottoms that are slimmer to the body.

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I generally find that I like fitted bottom shapes with looser tops or tops that are fitted in the chest/shoulder area but looser in the midriff with some waist definition.

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I also noticed that the shapes and silhouettes that I like are basically the same for all the seasons, I just change the colors, add longer sleeves, switch my shoes, and/or add another layer when its colder.

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After figuring¬†all our shapes/silhouettes¬†out, we were then tasked to design or collect 20 patterns that fit into our shapes/silhouettes. I’m still in the process of picking the patterns out that I¬†like that fit into my silhouettes, if you are interested in seeing what patterns I love and want to use, I will post them in a separate post!

I¬†just want¬†to end by saying this…

THANK YOU SO MUCH! for reading along and expressing how much you are looking forward to seeing what I make! This process is a fun one for me, but it’s even funner (yes, I¬†know it’s not a word) that you are reading along and enjoying it too!! It’s making the whole process so much better!!

If you have been following along with the challenge and taking part as well I would love to see your posts! Put a link below and I will check it out!

What silhouettes do you find yourself wearing often? What makes you feel SASSY?!

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Star Wars Raglan / update a men’s graphic t-shirt

HELLO THERE!
I’m so excited to share with you a couple¬†of my recent makes!!

For the first one:

I took a baggy men’s graphic t-shirt and turned it into a much cuter, fitted (but not too fitted) raglan t-shirt for me!
(and i also got my hair done, so tell me i’m pretty)

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(wonder woman stance…or peter pan)

It really is super simple to do and you can customize the fit, which is perfect since all the graphic t-shirts i find that are made for women are pretty tiny, thin and clingy. not flattering at all for me.

If you want to do this as well, use this tutorial¬†from Autumn of it’s always autumn for drafting your own t-shirt pattern from an existing one that fits you perfectly!
and then use this tutorial from her for turning it into a raglan style shirt!
and the awesome thing too is once you get your perfect tee pattern drafted, you can use it to make A ZILLION different versions like Autumn did (and like i am planning to do!)

The only things you need to get this done are:

– A men’s t-shirt that is really loose. (you don’t want one that fits you too tightly to begin with since it will be harder to adjust)
– a matching or contrasting fabric to use to make the sleeves and neck band
– ballpoint needle or stretch needle for your machine (it really does make a difference)
– thread, scissors, pins, sewing machine (ya know, regular sewing things)

After you have your supplies and your pattern drafted, you will use the body of the shirt pattern on the t-shirt and the sleeve pattern out of your sleeve fabric.

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The cool thing about drafting your own pattern is that you can make it EXACTLY how you want.
I wanted mine not too tight, not too loose. i wanted a scoop neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and a curved bottom hem.
Another cool thing about sewing is you can use whatever material you want!
I used a men’s tshirt because i love the star wars graphic! (i got it from target)


The second thing i have to show you:

A sassy, black and white cheetah print raglan top that i can wear to work!

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I used the same pattern that i drafted before but made it with half sleeves and a straight bottom hem.

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I LOVE THE WAY THEY TURNED OUT

and because you are awesome and you read to the end, here are some bonus pictures…i obviously had fun with the lightsaber…

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come at me bro.

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i look like a super hero in this one haha

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so what do you think? do they look legit? would you buy one?

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Wardrobe Architect / defining my core style

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The first thing we had to do for the wardrobe architect challenge was to make style more of a personal thing by thinking about different ways that our lifestyles affect our aesthetic. you can read all my thoughts on that¬†here. (some of the answers to today’s questions are kinda referenced to those!)

NEXT¬†we are going from¬†thinking about these things generally, to figuring out how they might work¬†in our actual physical wardrobe. It’s all rather exciting! Before I start I recommend you read the post on the coletterie blog¬†and check out the¬†worksheet¬†for this exercise! (maybe even try answering some questions yourself, it really is fun!)
Now, for my answers:

My favorite clothing items make me feel:
comfy – nothing itchy or too tight for me please.
sassy –¬†definition=lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky.
unique – I love feeling like I put together an outfit that not many other people would wear.
confident –¬†like I can be myself 100%. and it accentuates my goods.
cohesive¬†– I don’t want to look like I just threw random stuff on…I want to look like things go together…not necessarily “match”, but go.
edgy – definition=original, offbeat, weird. I like weird.
clean – not dingy looking or fraying. clean lines, clean looking colors.
easy – easy to put on, not tons of layers. easy to wear, not fussy.
happy – obviously…haha.

The way I DON’T want to feel/look when I wear clothing:
frumpy – nobody wants to feel like this.
boring – I need interesting pattern/texture/color/shine/details/accessories in my life.
fussy – when things take lots of work to keep looking nice through the day, I get frustrated. and fussy things are usually uncomfortable.
fat/pregnant – people have mistaken me for pregnant…I don’t want that to happen EVER. you know, unless I actually am pregnant. (but I might still not want people to point it out blatantly).

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My style icons:
I don’t really pay too much attention to “style icons” or celebrity style…and I haven’t found anyone who’s style is the exact same as mine (which I kinda love) but a few celebrity street styles that I love seeing are:
Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, Emma Stone, Kate Beckinsale.

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Some words that describe styles that I like in theory, but not for me:
vintage – I love some vintage inspired things but for the most part what I find is not exactly my style.
bohemian – I love bohemian inspired hairstyles, but I don’t like the earthy tones and deconstructed look in clothing for me.
shabby chic – the pastel colors and uber frilly and girly is not for me. I love frills and lace in small doses.

The 15 descriptive words, moods, and feelings that I associate with my answers from last week are:
unique, comfy, modest, sassy, easy, edgy, simple, flattering, confident, colorful, unexpected, cohesive, well-made, cool, fun.

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If I had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe my style, I would choose:

comfy –¬†sassy –¬†unique¬†–¬†easy –¬†cohesive

(The last thing to do for today was to collect 15-20 images that represent my 3-5 words. I shared some of mine in the collages above and the rest are on my pinterest board which you should for sure check out!)

thank you so much for reading!! can you tell i love the word “sassy”? haha
now, it’s your turn! what words can you come up with that describe your style?!

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Wardrobe Architect / making style more personal.

 

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The very first thing that needs to be done when you are doing a complete style overhaul, is figure out your own personal style tastes! there are so many trends going on at every single moment that leave as fast as they come, with every person taking part around you and on pinterest, blogs, instagram…so how do we even know what WE¬†actual like?!

Well for the first assignment of the challenge, we are asked to think about certain ways we are different and how those things affect the way we choose to look. Go ahead and take a look at the questions on the worksheet and then read my answers below!

History:
I remember not being very concerned with my appearance when I was younger…I cared more about my barbie’s appearance! haha I think it was when I was in the 8th grade (12 years old) that i started to care at all. I chose¬†to wear¬†baggy, all black clothing. I rocked stick straight hair, converse, a wristful of those colored plastic bracelets and lots of eyeliner. Yeah, I thought I was a punk, haha! Then, the following year I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and started wearing all bright colors, all the time! Sometimes¬†multiple at a time! I loved wearing polos with colorful stripes, all aeropostale everything, giant earrings, and ballet flats in neon colors. I, also, started getting into different hairstyles and makeup which has had a huge affect on my life considering I am a hairstylist and makeup artist now! As far as my style choices now, I think I¬†have a healthier dose of black and color¬†and¬†I still¬†have a deep love for ballet flats!

Philosophy:
I am a Latter-Day Saint, and because of that fact i hold myself to a different standard of modesty than most people. I don’t wear tops that are revealing, I don’t wear skirts or shorts that hit farther up above the knee and I always wear tops and dresses with sleeves. Besides how I dress, I also never like to buy things on a whim or that aren’t a reasonable price, and when I go through things to get rid of I always donate them so I am helping others. I try not to have more than I need.

Culture:
I am white. And I’m really sad to say that I don’t know my ethnicity…I have no idea! I have asked my family too and they don’t really know. Based off of the way¬†my family and myself look, I think I am made up of some sort of combo of English, German and Irish. I have very light freckle-y skin and my mom and her 3 brothers are all¬†gingers. And I feel like our noses look kinda German. Like I said, just a guess. Because I don’t really know my family origins, I haven’t really been affected by them. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and there are people that come and go here from all over the world.¬†¬†There really aren’t any strong fashion influences in Las Vegas culture since there is so much diversity here.

Community:
I think my direct community influences me somewhat but not in the way you think, haha. mostly it influences me to be unique and to¬†try to not have the same things as others! The sewing and DIY communities influences me so much with all the patterns they are creating or making with such awesome fabric! To be honest, the sewing community influences me way more than my friends or anyone directly connected to me, haha. I’m not mad about it.

Activities:
I don’t really have too many activities in my life, but if an¬†outfit¬†isn’t comfortable or is too fussy I just won’t wear it. Also, for work I have to wear all black or black with touches of white or grey. So because of that fact,¬†I¬†like to wear garments with different textures, finishes or garments that have unique design details so i don’t feel plain. Luckily I can dress kinda casual for work too¬†so the whole comfort thing is easier! Another activity for me is church, so I¬†need comfy and cute dresses and skirts. I don’t have very many that fit that I actually like.

Location:
I live in Las Vegas, NV where it is hot…pretty much the whole year long. Because it is so freakin’ hot during the summers i try and wear as few layers as possible and thinner clothing too. I need to get more familiar with fabrics and what their properties are so i know what breathes the best. Something else i want to try doing is wearing more skirts and dresses during the summer because I feel like they would be less hot that jeans which is what i usually wear. Winters in Las Vegas are really not bad at all so i usually only need to have some light layering pieces and one or two warmer coats.

Body:
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all aren’t 100% happy with our bodies…and I know I¬†want to improve mine to be healthier and a little thinner. Honestly though, I am way more confident and comfortable in my skin now than I used to be when i was my skinniest in high school¬†(even though I am about 40 lbs heavier). I just miss being able to wear tighter shirts and feel comfortable. But alas, I am making the best of what I got and I want to have a wardrobe that I love because when I wear an outfit that I LOVE it makes me feel amazing! (like my peplum top that i made!)

 

now, I am going to be nosy and ask you to pick a category and tell me how it influences your style! I just love learning more about people ūüôā

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