Summer Cocoon Dress

Happy Friday Everyone!

Fridays always put me in such a good mood. I could seriously have the worst day and once I remember it’s Friday a smile appears. So why not celebrate a lovely Friday with a dress that screams summer. I swore when I wore this dress, I instantly felt I should’ve been on a yacht (but of course I wasn’t).

On to the dress. I used Vogue pattern V1496. The dress was easy enough to sew together. The back yoke is a little different to put together than I am use to. I believe it’s probably due to the way the arm holes are on the dress. The patterns states you should hem the armholes before you sew together the side seems. I’d recommend to follow that step because the stitch goes across the back yoke. I simply followed the directions as stated and it came together. Since I am still learning different techniques for sewing it’s nice when you have directions that are not what you’re use to. It’s simply building up the sewing skills. The rest of the dress was pretty straight forward.

I used a rayon fabric that I picked up from my local fabric store for only 4 bucks a yard. I used two yards to make the dress so if my math is correct it makes it an $8.00 dress. Score!

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend.

Until next time,
DeShanda

Off the shoulder dress

Hey Lovelies! Happy Monday!

I haven’t posted in a while (you know, life) but I am back and with something different than I would normally wear. Cynthia Rowley, S0912. A little cute off the shoulder number. I had a love and hate relationship with this dress. In my mind it looked good but the way my curves are set up it could have easily been a chambray potato sack.

Before I cut the pattern, I did a little research on people that previously made this dress. I looked at their suggestions regarding sizing. Despite what I had read, I cut a size small because I am always cautious when it comes to sizing ( I know now I could have went with XS because the pattern has so much ease). I rather have something bigger and grade down. The dress was pretty easy to pull together. Directions were simple and not many notions were needed.

Once the dress was made, I tried it on and was underwhelmed . I put it on the mannequin and walked away. A week or so later, I thought about my first blog post where I said I would share everything. My goods and bads. At this point, I counted it as a bad. It wasn’t until I did my hair, put on some makeup and styled the right shoes, I actually said, I love it. Moral of the story, clothes mean nothing. Hair and shoes are the real MVP’s!

Until next time,
DeShanda

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all. I hope it’s a healthy and blessed 2016 for you all. I know many people believe with a new year there is a new beginning. I personally believe every day is a new beginning. I try to learn each day and make the next better. With that said, I have been battling with the idea of making pants for quite some time. I’ve shared this with you guys. So my first post of 2016 is trousers.

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Poncho + LBD

So I’m told every girl should have a little black dress (LBD) in her closet. I have a few but this is my first “Sew DeShanda” LBD. I used McCall’s M7240 and a ponte knit fabric to execute the dress. I chose the wrong side of the fabric because of the beautiful sheen it had. So, I wasn’t aware that my hair covered the best part of the dress, sigh! I wanted to edge up the dress a bit so on the front left yoke, I covered the ponte knit with a mesh fabric. It gave a nice little contrasting detail which I unfortunately didn’t capture in the picture. Blame the weather! It was super cold when I shot the photos. I just wanted to take the pictures and head back to my sofa and snuggle with my favorite blanket. I’ve shared with you guys that I love making clothes but picture taking – ummmm, not so much.

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2 For 1

Today is a very special blog post for me. This is my first time making two pieces for one look (2 for 1, get it?). Go me! I normally make one item and style with things from my closet. I wanted to push myself a little more and complete an entire look inspired by Fall. For many of us, fall is the best season. It’s the time when you can wear your cute boots, sweaters and beautiful jackets. You also get humidity free hair. LOL.

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Jump Started

Happy Monday! So I am extremely excited about this post. I finally made a jumpsuit (smiling as I dance in my seat). I have been so scared to try jumpsuits because of the fit. My bottom is bigger than my top so I knew I couldn’t cut the same sizes for both or if I did, I would have to scale the bodice down and somehow still make it fit the pants. I did just that! I used Simplicity 1142. Aside from fitting adjustments the only alteration I made to this pattern was to add elastic to the pant hem. I wanted the feel of joggers. I knew I was taking this on vacation to Paris so ease and comfort were important. I chose a nice polyester geometric fabric with zero stretch ability (of course this also made me nervous). For anyone looking to sew this lovely jumpsuit, I’d recommend to have stitch witchery on hand. I used it to make the facings lay completely flat inside the jumpsuit.

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Tied at the Hip

Bonjour lovelies! I recently vacationed in Paris and felt it would be cool to take along a few Sew DeShanda pieces. I knew I would be doing a lot of exploring so I made a few pieces that were comfortable, basic but not lacking in style of course. Skirts are my thing and I have been seeing tie-waist skirts everywhere and think they are adorable; so I made myself one. I used Simplicity 6348 view C. This pattern sewed up easily. Sometimes I like to put on my music and make things without having to use much brain power (as a novice this is not always often). This pattern took me about an hour from start to finish which was awesome. I think anyone wanting to learn to sew could use this as a starter project. The only adjustment made to my skirt was I pegged the hem of the skirt as I was looking for a pencil skirt fit and not an A-line fit.

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Trumpet Skirt

Hey World! I saw a picture of Beyoncé wearing a trumpet skirt a few weeks back and thought it would be fun to recreate it (See Beyoncé’s skirt HERE). I remembered view D from Burda 6955 had a trumpet version so I made it with a fun fabric. I believe the fabric I used was a mixture of cotton and knit. It had a slight stretch to it but with less of a drape affect. I thought it looked pretty and was cheap so it could only be a win-win situation for me.

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