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Monday, June 25, 2012


Do you guys remember the movie I worked on as costume designer last year this time?  Well, "The Coalition" premiered this past weekend in Miami at the ABFF (American Black Film Festival).  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend (I hear my name looked FABULOUS on the big screen, LOL), but it was a MAJOR success (both showings sold out)!
All in part to the creative talent of Team Sizzle Films, Inc. headed by Executive Producer, Writer Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens (NFL Defensive Player of the Year) and my friend and blogger Monica Mingo (Producer, Directer, Writer).

Here is the synopsis:  
The bad boys club is really not all that bad. Young, rich and handsome...the boys know how to have a good time. They love women, fast cars and doing whatever they want to do. There comes a time in life, however, when karma is helped along. When it's done by a group of scorned women...it can prove to be devastating.

Here's the official trailer!
"The Coalition" Trailer - OFFICIAL from Team Sizzle Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Black & White ZigZag -- A Throwback!

This skirt is a throwback from waaaaaaayyyyyyy back.  It's from 2005!  
It's one of my favorite crocheted projects.  In case you haven't been reading my blog from its initial conception, you may or may not know that I do crochet and knit.  I just haven't sat down to do either in a while. 

 All I remember about this project is that this skirt was really easy to make.  Back then, I was churning out about 2 crocheted projects a week.  And I love the fit and flare style! 
As you can see, I'm VERY particular about the care and maintenance of my clothes.  Especially the ones that I put painstaking time and effort into hand making.
Wearing:  silk tank from TJ Maxx; wedges: Jessica Simpson; black raffia & leather clutch: The Limited; fedora: Target; belt: Calvin Klein.

Monday, June 18, 2012

What I'm Wearing / Tropical Florals To Wear From London Hotels to Ocean City Hotels and Things I've Learned!

Since the last dress I made, I've been in the mood to wear halters.  So I pulled out this dress I made  2 years ago.
It's Simplicity 2579.  Now, let's talk about the what I've learned since 2 years ago when I made this dress...
First of all, I should have definitely made a FBA.  And a sewn in bra like I did on the eyelet dress would've been great.  And being that I made this dress out of silk crepe de chine and the lining is of silk habotai, the side and back of the bodice would've really benefitted from some boning.  
You live and you learn. Regardless, I think this dress is a great summer vacation dress and would be appropriate almost anywhere! It would do just fine if you're visiting London hotels or Ocean City hotels as a wardrobe choice to pack for that next big trip.  Have any of you ever gone back and worn something that you'd sewn years ago and thought of all the ways you could have improved the garment if you were to sew it today?

Wearing:  dress: Simplicity 2579; sandals: Zara; purse; TJ Maxx.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Vogue 1298 | Eye Spy Eyelet!

I love a crisp, clean, cool and sparkling white dress.  For me, it's impossible for it to be summer without one.  I've been seeing lace and eyelet everywhere, so I decided that eyelet would be my choice of fabric for this dress.
I used Vogue 1298, a pattern by designer Rachel Comey.  I bought this pattern as quickly as I could get my hands on it.  I was sold at the gorgeous halter back and the curved hemline.  
The description is:  lined dress has straps extending into bands, close-fitting, front pleated bodice, back waistband, pleated skirt with raised waist, side back seams, shaped front hemline, invisible back zipper, and no side seams.
Based off of the pattern envelope AND my flat pattern measurements, I decided that I didn't need to add any additional length.  I wanted to this dress to be casual and it was okay if it fell above the knee.  I cut a size 14 on top and graded to a 16 at the waist.  I did a 1" FBA and added a horizontal dart.  I also sewed in a nude colored strapless bra (I cut the band off at the side seams), because this dress is obviously NOT "bra-friendly".  And being 41, there is NO WAY I'm leaving the house without the girls bound up, doing what they're supposed to be doing!
I used a cotton eyelet and lined it with a light-weight broadcloth, both from Hancock.  And where the instructions advised for "sew-in interfacing", I used cotton batiste.  
With this being a curved hemline, I'm so glad that it had a hem facing.  The hem turned out perfectly!  And instead of the lining being free hanging, it's slipstitched to the hem.
Close-up of the back:  Look!  No gaping!

I really like this pattern.  What I didn't like is that it was more empire-waisted than I thought it would be.  That plus the pleating equals "maternity-ish".  Hence the reason I added this great belt.  But other than that, this is a great, well-drafted pattern and the instructions were precise.  And this hemline is so on trend!

See, I'm not the only one that can rock eyelet!  My little princess Isabella -- The Future Fashionista, decided to get in on this trend!
I love shopping for baby girl clothes, A LOT more than I enjoy sewing them.  One of my favorite stores is Janie & Jack.  For those of you not familiar, those prices are no joke!  Maybe for a special occasion outfit, but for everyday clothes?!  Nope... I can't do it.  She'll grow out of it after barely one wearing.  So while browsing for ideas, I was inspired by the "Tea Time Bright Collection".  I was sold at eyelet, orange and madras!
For the top, I used McCall's 5610 and cotton eyelet and batiste for the lining, all from Hancock.  I cut the infant size medium.  It was a little big in the shoulders and I had to take several inches ( I don't remember how many) out of the shoulder straps.  And since I was using scalloped edge eyelet, I decided to only use one row for the ruffle.  The top has a thread loop center back closure, with a tiny 3/8" buttton.
For the shorts, I couldn't find an option like these for infant girls, so I used a baby boys' pattern -- McCall's 6016.  I eyeballed this pattern and knew it was going to be huge!  I cut the size small and still had to make waist adjustments with the elastic so that they wouldn't be too big.  And I cut around 2" off at the hem and still made 5/8" hem. They looked like pants before I altered them.  I think they mixed in a toddler pattern for infants.  Notice I added grosgrain bows for a girly detail.  Oh... I used a cotton madras from Hancock.  I had no problem matching the pattern.  It was quite easy!
It was so much fun sewing for Isabella.  I hadn't made clothes this small in almost 15 years!  I enjoyed it so much that I picked up more patterns for her!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Neon Yellow + A Pop of Turquoise!

Since I had some running around to do, I decided to put on something today that required minimal effort.
A jersey dress, flat sandals, a big bag for all of my junk and a pair of sunnies always fit the bill.

The dress is Vogue 8631, that I made in February.  I love the draping on this dress and decided to layer it over a cami for a casual look.  This dress is so great because it can be dressed up or down.
Wearing:  dress: Vogue 8631; sandals: Mossimo from Target; purse: Steve Madden; belt:  Anne Klein; Sunnies: Karen Walker.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Simplicity 1887 | Ms. Fancy Pants!

I've been seeing printed pants everywhere -- on all of the style bloggers; as a favorite in street style fashion and all over Pinterest.  I've seen them in wild animal prints, bright florals patterns and bold abstracts.  So I was inspired to try out this trend.

And a popular way  they're shown is with one of this season's biggest trends -- the peplum top.
I decided to use Simplicity 1887, view A -- sans elastic ankles.  I cut the size 16 and added 3 inches to the length.  I omitted the ties.  I'd envisioned wearing these specifically with this top so there was no need for the ties. I love that they have elastic in the waist.  That detail also puts these pants in the "pajama dressing" category.  Not really PJs, just as comfy though and also chic!  

Gratuitous close-up!

Wearing:  top: Vogue 8815: pants: Simplicity 1887; shoes: Nine West; bag: TJ Maxx.