Category: Wardrobe

Make Your Own Pattern: Reese

Just before the weather turned, I was shopping for the warmer temperatures at a few local stores and in the distance in one store, a blue, floral printed top caught my eye. The colors were vibrant and that’s just what I needed after a winter that wouldn’t go away. I walked over to the table where the blouse was perfectly folded and when I held it up in front of me, I realized that it was just two rectangles that were shirred, sewn together, and had straps attached. My mind goes nuts when I discover things like this. Nuts! Madeleine Vionnet, a fashion designer during the early twentieth century, was known for transforming simple shapes like squares and rectangles into both chic and flattering garments. On body, these garments drape and highlight every type of figure. The goal of my blog is to take the fear out of pattern making and teach other enthusiasts the tricks of the trade. Unlike sewing, pattern making is a closely guarded skill. Unless you’ve had experience in the industry or you’ve had a great mentor, many of the fundamental pattern making skills, like armhole balance, are unknown and hard to learn. About an hour before my bus ride back to Philly on one of my trips to NYC, I met Lindsey, Editor at Kollabora, for coffee. It was the middle of winter so naturally we talked a lot about the summer. She wanted to make a simple top for a summer festival she was attending and asked me for direction. I gave her one suggestion of how she could create a pattern for a simple tank using the pattern making technique of slashing and opening but when I discovered this blouse, I thought it would be the perfect project for her. “Lindsey, I have an…

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How i Wore It: Sequin Skirt

Selfies! Is anyone else as confused and embarrassed about this new phenomenon as I am? An interview that has remained vivid in my memory is one with J. Crew’s Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. The woman is the Einstein of the fashion world, she created the perfect equation for everyday attire, and it is when she described something as making her day “sparkle” in an interview I can’t seem to find now. I loved her use of the word sparkle. There are lots of things that can make a day sparkle – food, the sun, a  bike ride, and fashion. And wearing sequins, wherever – shoes, skirt, or pants, will absolutely make your day sparkle both literally and figuratively. This skirt comes from an online boutique that I just discovered – Dahlia. They’re a British fashion brand that has a playful personality. Their clothes have a quirky twist but are still traditional and affordable. And for the seamstress out there, the construction warrants the price. This skirt was fully lined, even the waistband was even clean finished! With spring just inches away, I’m already visualizing what I’ll be wearing this skirt with – a cotton blouses with lots of ruffles – and the selfies I’ll be taking (that was a joke).

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How i Wore It: Vintage Nightgown and Bodysuit

Other than vacuuming while wearing a wedding dress and drinking wine (like I admitted to doing), do you ever play dress up? I use the word play loosely because it’s not so much about playing, it’s more about just feeling good about yourself. Life sometimes gets in the way of looking pretty during the week and on the weekends, all  you want to do it paint your nails, blow dry your hair, and just put on a damn good outfit. Me too! I’ll be the first one to admit that vintage can be hard to wear without looking like you’re straight out of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and that’s why I reserved this outfit to the confines of my apartment – Chateau Madalynne. These pieces, a vintage nightgown and a lace body suit, are from my favorite sponsors this month – Back In Style and Ines Perpina. Back In Style is a vintage store based out of South Florida and they have loaned clothes to me for some of my photo shoots. They have an online shop full of awesome vintage pieces for very reasonable prices. Ines Perpina is an Etsy shop based out of The Netherlands with handmade bras, undies, and bodysuits. Bodysuits have been on Amy and my mind recently so when I found Ines and her shop while browsing Etsy, I had to introduce myself and see if we could collaborate in some way. She even has a velvet bra! So one Saturday, when I had a particular rough week, I blow dried my hair, did my nails, and spent the afternoon dilly-dallying around my apartment wearing this. It was ridiculous but just what I needed. Oona might say that the only thing missing is a drink in my hand, preferably wine, but I think the only…

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tags: Fashon, Wardrobe Comments: 14

How i Wore It: Cleaning

How do you clean? Do you wear sweats? An oversized tee? Scrunchie socks? Well, I do it a little bit differently. I wear wedding dresses (I have two), sip wine, and dance to really bad tunes. Birds may even chirp. If you’re going to get sh** done, why not do it in style, right? I think I’ve taken blogging and outfit posts to a whole new level.

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A Morsel of Fashion History

A morsel of fashion history is what I have to offer you today. I don’t want to cause any overdoses. While ending an elliptical marathon at the gym two weeks ago, I flipped through Town And Country Weddings to make the time go by faster. Yes, I read wedding magazines. I read all magazines – architecture, gay and lesbian, travel, fashion, etc. But that’s not the point. Stop asking questions, okay? So, in my last five minutes, I came across this paragraph, “For decades, fashion designers have been enamored of the wedding dress. Beginning in the 1920s, couture houses such as Lanvin, Vionnet, and Mainbocher showed bridal gowns as a service to society women who were looking for complete wardrobes to accommodate every facet of their lives. By the ’40s and ’50s the practice had become increasingly popular, thanks in part to Jacques Fath, a Hollywood favorite who designed Rita Hayworth’s gown for her wedding to Prince Aly Khan, in 1949.” The short article continued on to discuss how it was custom for designers to end their collections with a bridal look because, as stated in the paragraph above, it would create a “complete” wardrobe for a woman. That had my head, and not my feet, spinning. The fact didn’t alarm or upset me – it made me think. What kind of impression was that giving – that a wedding and a husband is what entailed “completed” look and in turn, a “completed” life? Who was influencing who? Were the designers pushing marriage on women or were the women pushing the designers to create wedding looks? Was this really a sign of the times? Lastly, oh my how times have changed, for better or for worse.

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