Category: Fashon

Recap: CurveNY

I had a me-day last Monday, a totally self-indulgent day where I geeked out over lingerie and attended CurveNY. I feel somewhat embarrassed admitting that I went. Why? When I read or hear about Comic-Con, I wonder what weirdos go. Seriously? Three-days of movies, science fiction and comics? What dorks! Well, I am now that dork, but instead of it being comics, it’s lingerie. Oi vey! What has my world come to?! The reason I attended was for inspiration. Really, that’s it. I was not there to buy and I was not there to sell. New York is just a short, cheap bus ride away and CurveNY is one of the nation’s largest lingerie trade shows. Why not go? The day turned out to be not what I expected and at the same time, way better than I ever imagined. Within the first 30 minutes, I ran into Pamela Cooper. She attended my bra workshop and just launched her own lingerie line. I spent the remainder of the day hitting up the booths and it was such a treat spending time with her. Not to mention, it was so much easier to approach each one with a partner in crime. If you’re not privy to CurveNY, I’ll give you a brief rundown. It is a men’s and women’s lingerie and swimwear trade show that showcases spring/summer or fall/winter collections from brands around the world. Buyers and press attend the 3-day event to either purchase or review styles for the upcoming season. Also to note, it is bicoastal, happening separately in New York and Las Vegas. Out of more than 300 vendors, below are my favorites. I don’t mean to be a bore with a review post. Seriously. Before I began making lingerie, Victoria Secret was pretty much the only lingerie…

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tags: bra making, Construction, Fashon, lingerie, personal Comments: 12

In News Unrelated to Sewing: Rocksbox Review + Coupon

I know this is a sewing blog and I know jewelry is unrelated, but unless you’re one super talented human being and make both your clothing and your jewelry, then it’s my guess that you purchase your baubles. That or you inherited pieces, or your significant other gave them to you, or you traded one of your kidneys… you get my gist. Today’s post is not about sewing, it’s about jewelry, and I telling you about Rocksbox because I use their service and really, really like it. What is Rocksbox? It’s is a jewelry rental service – fill out a style profile and receive 3 pieces of jewelry. Each set is mailed to you, and free shipping is provided both ways. Although it’s a monthly service, you can return the pieces as often as you like to get a new set. If you like an item, you can purchase 20% off the retail price. Also, you can request pieces via a wishlist or on their Instagram. Since Instagram is my jam, it’s really convenient for me to “choose” the pieces I want. I have a set of earrings and 2 rings that I wear daily. They were my mother’s and they’re classic pieces that go with everything. But I wanted to add some variety, so I signed up for the service, which is $19.00 a month. I’ve received two boxes so far and each set did not feel plastic-y or cheap. The second box is what you see above and had a Juliet + Co necklace, Wanderlust + Co earrings and a House of Harlow bracelet. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cuff (not pictured), but wore the necklace and earrings several times a week. It takes a good design for me to swap out my mom’s earring for a…

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tags: Fashon, How i Wore It, personal, Wardrobe Comments: 2

Create This Look With The Fabric Market

While Maddie is away, I’m going to share another Create This Look with you! Since she’s in Paris, I decided to choose a dress that would continue the Parisian theme. This week was not only inspired by Maddie’s trip, but also inspired by the Be Outside Dress in Delft from ModCloth. I can imagine a beautiful Parisian lady enjoying a lovely picnic in a park wearing this dress. The fabric used to make the inspiration dress is a thicker cotton. I chose a lighter weight chiffon because of the print. If lined with our white poly cotton, the dress will look very similar. The pattern I chose is a vintage inspired pattern by Butterick. It has a close fitting, lined bodice, contrast facings, flared skirt (cut on crosswise), and petticoat. I love the back detail too. It has two variations, but I recommend view A. It will work better with the chiffon. Other fabric recommendations: Have a Great Week! Be sure to sign up on our mailing list, follow us on Pinterest, blog and Facebook to keep up with the latest looks & to get exclusive deals. And don’t forget to share your creations with us! Have an Awesome week in Paris, Maddie!

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tags: fabric, Fashon, Guest Post, How i Wore It, paris Comments: 1

Haven’t Heard? Megan Nielsen Released an App!

If you haven’t heard, the super talented Megan Nielsen recently launched an iPhone and iPad app that bridges the gap between technology and sewing by providing instructions, size charts, supplies, fabric requirements and finished garment measurements for 9 of her patterns. Users can toggle between pattern variations, add their own notes, view photos of other people who have made a pattern and receive push notifications when new patterns are released. Additionally, each user has an account that syncs between many devices. So you can be a sewing geek wherever you go! Super cool. Our community – the sewing community – can be old school and antiquated. An example is the many sewers who still use Featherweights, myself included. I like that about us, but I don’t want to hang onto the past in every aspect. I believe Megan has done a fantastic job at pushing our industry forward in a good way. Thank you Megan! Download it now for free on iTunes. Yes, for free! I also have to thank Megan one more time for asking me to do the photography for the app. It was so great being a part of the project, even if it was only in a small way. (App will be available on Google Play soon)

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The Story of My Tattoo

Myshka, my mentor who passed away earlier this year, left an indelible impression on my life. I met her not even 6 months after my mom passed away, and I think it was life’s way of giving me a maternal figure when I needed one. I was only 18-years-old – a senior in high school about to go off to college. She taught me how to sew, but her lessons went beyond the needle. She was very much like an iceberg; there was a lot about her that was hidden. It would seep out in bits and pieces – while I was hemming a pant, resetting a sleeve or whatnot, she would recant incredible, almost unbelievable, stories. You’d doubt her too if she told you that Valentino is an asshole and Christian Dior was a very humble man who never thought he was good enough. Turns out, it was all true. At her funeral, the women who knew her best confirmed Myshka’s stories. Yes, she worked for Valentino and Dior. She was also a baroness who spent her younger years traveling the world. She spoke of Monaco often. I got a tattoo for my mom and I wanted to do the same for Myshka. I’ve long wanted a botanical, black and white tattoo, but never had a reason. When Myshka passed, I thought it would be the perfect way to honor her. I asked a local painter, Nicky Pasterfield, to draw a design using an inspiration image I’ve saved over a year. She did an incredible job recreating it with her own tune. Click here to see her sketch. I might regret it in 10 years; I might not. Neither Myshka nor my mom lived with regrets. What matters is that I love it now. I wanted to share the meaning behind the tattoo because Myshka was…

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