Category: Wardrobe

Panty Traditions: New Year, New You, New Underwear

There’s such thing as panty traditions, did you know that? New year, new you, new undies! I guess I have been hiding underneath a rock (or inside someone’s underwear drawer?) because I did not know this until recently.

In some countries/cultures, it’s most common in Latin America, the color underwear one wears on New Year’s night indicates the kind of year that one is going to have. Men and women are both included. Red indicates a year of passion and love (duh!), yellow indicates a year of happiness, luck and success, and white indicates a year of fresh starts. Polka dots will supposedly bring prosperity.

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What I Made: Holly

By now, you probably think that I don’t wear clothing, that I prance around in my skivvies all day long. Grocery shop wearing Allegra, attend work meeting wearing Sierra. Well, I’m here today to break that assumption, if that was your assumption. I do wear clothes! Multi-colored trumpet skirts!…

Although this skirt is an occasion piece, I think it is not super trendy and that I’ll be able to wear it for many holidays/seasons to come. Sequins and sparkles are timeless – just my two cents. Also, because of the color, I can wear it year round. Maybe a spring wedding?

And a trumpet skirt ain’t a trumpet skirt unless you can bust a move in it. I’ll be cuttin’ some rug y’all this New Year’s Eve.

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What I Made: Theodora

Who could forget Bo Derek’s famous beach scene in the movie 10? Pre Baywatch and Pam Anderson, her slo-mo beach jog instantly made her a sex symbol. I want to braid my hair into cornrows after watching her. Okay, maybe not. Drop dead gorgeous both then and now, she achieved her status wearing a one-piece. A flesh toned one piece. Sure, she’s got some cleavage going on, but she’s not overly provocative. A little come-hither… yes. Slightly suggestive… absolutely. Very hot… you got that right.

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tags: lingerie, tutorial, Wardrobe, What I've Made Comments: 8

How I Wear Sierra + Updated Pattern

Now that you and I have made a Sierra, it’s time to wear that bad boy! Bad lady? There are many ways I wear Sierra, but this is my favorite look. I’m lucky in that I work in a casual office where the dress code is VERY relaxed- I work in fashion – and this is what I wore on Wednesday. The dress is from Urban Outfitters and the shoes are from Free People. Because I’ve spent most of this year beefing up my lingerie wardrobe, my regular wardrobe is mostly RTW. I don’t feel ashamed about it because I have some pretty darn, good-looking, me-made skivvies. I’m not superwoman and I can’t sew it all. Because Sierra is a halter, it “should” be paired with a halter top or a blouse that’s close at the neck. But assuming that you don’t want your bra straps showing. If you’re like me and you like to make your lingerie a part of your outfit, have it peeking through an oversized top or a top with a low armhole. On weekends, you’ll most often see me wearing my Sierra in an outfit like this (last picture in the post). Now that the sew along is over, I’ve updated the PDF with the instructions. There was only one question that came up (how to cut the back piece), which I clarified in the post as well as the PDF. The sew along will live on the blog for free, but if you want all instructions, patterns, and tips packaged together, I’m offering the whole PDF for those who sign up for my monthly newsletter. Click here to be added (you’ll receive the PDF in the final welcome email). If you made a Sierra, how do you wear it? In the house only? To work? On the weekends? Please share! And don’t forget to upload…

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Update: Building A Lingerie Wardrobe

I think the intimates industry as a whole has become more adventurous and fashion-driven and is no longer just about support. Women are also wearing intimates as fashion; I certainly like when my bra shows underneath an oversized tee, blouse or dress. Funny because it wasn’t too many years ago that visible bra straps were a blooper. In high school, if I was wearing anything strappy or strapless, I wore a bra with clear straps. How times have changed, right? Now, I’ll either go braless or wear a cute, lacy number for all to see. I also believe that a revival of 90s Kate Moss is on the horizon. I haven’t warmed up to the trend yet, but I’ve seen these Calvin Klein bras and undies popping up on Instagram and Pinterest as well as in magazines. Tacky or fashion forward? Regardless, these slightly active wear, slightly feminine styles are a reflection of a woman’s lifestyle today – similar to the high-low, boyfriend-jeans-with-statement-heels-and-necklace trend. We want to be feminine, but we also want to be able to go about our busy days comfortably. Just my two cents. I could be totally wrong. I’m still stuck on soft bras. “But you’re limiting yourself” – I get this comment a lot when I say I don’t do underwire. I get it and I agree. But I can’t be all things, at least not right now. I can’t cater to the no-chests, small-chests, large-chests and extra-large chests. Too many boobs to consider at once. That’s not to say I don’t like underwire or I won’t experiment later. I bought a bra in Paris from Wolford that has underwires and it is ridiculously comfortable. It also makes my boobs look big. Ow, ow! I set out to build a lingerie wardrobe earlier this year and boy, was I totally off in my projections. Pun…

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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

Adventures in Muslin Making

Let’s talk muslins, or as some refer to it, toiles. Do you hate making them or love it? Do you make it out of an unbleached cotton or do you use fashion fabric? How do you mark your corrections? Do you transfer them to pattern paper, oak tag or something similar, or do you use the muslin as the pattern for the final garment? Do you use a pen, pencil, pins ot safety pins? Do you take pictures wearing the muslin for a more accurate analysis? Do you have anyone chime in on the fit and silhouette (i.e. children, significant other, pet)? Do you use a longer stitch length to sew? Do you make the whole garment or just a portion (i.e. one sleeve)? I think that about covers all the questions that have been going through my mind as I truck through the muslin stage of the dress pictured above. Oh muslins!

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