Tag Archive: fashion design

Monday Morning Inspiration/Stephen Burrows

It was quite the weekend here in Chicago. The weather forecast was for 1.50″ of rain…we had over 5″! I watched as the river rose, and rose, and rose. Thankfully, the rain did not come all at one time. The river is still very high and has a very …

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Custom Lace Bolero

This custom bolero is for a mother of one of my clients that I have been helping with all of their wedding alterations.  As I was altering the mother of the bride’s dress she asks if I can make a custom little jacket because everything that she has tried on in stores never fits the…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Green Peplum

Hello!  I have always been interested in peplum shirts but I never really thought that they were for me.  So to test it out I used leftovers to make this shirt.  For the fabric I used the yard I had left from my 1940’s Green Slytherin Dress. And as for the pattern, I used the…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Florence Eiseman

It has been horribly hot in Chicago the last few days. Last night, I walked Gracie, came home and began getting ready for bed all along thinking about how I couldn’t wait for the temperatures to change and the lovely days of fall to return. As I laid&n…

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Blue Floral Fit and Flare

Hello again! This dress is another project that I finished a long time ago and am just now posting because I was soo excited to wear it I never took photos of it.  I made this back in April just in time for spring. Now after this dress I will not be making any more…

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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Sewbussted’s Material Witness/The Roman Skirt

Happy Friday!!!I think you are going to especially enjoy the new Sewbussted video 🙂 It features a fellow Haute Couture Club of Chicago member, Mary Kay Blaschke. Such a lovely, creative, and innovative lady. She designed a special outfit for our fashi…

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White Shirt Dress

Hello! I really have found a new love for certain cotton fabrics and I really wanted another dress. This was the first one. The fabric I found at Joanns again. I was not even looking for it but as I was walking by it just completely took my attention so I had to buy it.  The…

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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Red Cotton Dress

Hello!  I decided to try something new for this next project, and let me tell you that I am really glad that I did.  I usually avoid cotton fabrics like the plague, but this was cute and I figured why not give it a go. The dress you see above is completely-mega altered.  It started…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Fun, Fresh, Effortless

A friend of mine was so inspired by a past Monday Morning Inspiration post that I did on Carolina Herrera that it prompted her to recreate one of the dresses. She did a beautiful job, and I think it is now one of her favorite dresses. Nice!My friend’s …

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Suit Pants to Vest

I am back! I hope you all have been a little more successful in your sewing and crafting endeavors than I have been lately.  Above is the vest in regular light after a second run of pressing. The bride really wanted a vest for the groom, but the consultant that they were working with completely ignored…

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Pattern Making For Jacket and Coat Design

Earlier this past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and interview Pamela Vanderlinde. Not only is she an accomplished designer, she teaches at both the Illinois Institute of Art and the School of the Art Institute. She recently publish…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Victoria Beckham

This past weekend, the temperatures here in Chicago were FABULOUS!!! If you’ve seen the video, you know that I was out at the airport on Saturday. So sorry about the poor quality of the video, but hopefully you get at least an idea. There was a ti…

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Draped silk blouse

I’m about halfway through my last semester at WVC and I am loving my draping class!  I’ve taken two flat pattern drafting courses, which were amazing too, but draping to create garment designs is just a whole different skill.   So much fun!

Since I work on a dress form that has a similar bust size as me, I can use certain class drapes as designs for myself.  Here’s the original drape from

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Shock Wave

While I was in Denver, I had the opportunity to go to the Denver Art Museum and see a wonderful exhibit on Japanese designers who began a fashion revolution during the 1980s and 90s.  The exhibit is entitled Shock Wave. It was fascinating and…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Oscar de la Renta Resort 2017

Last week, I told you about a book that I was reading, Gary, The Most American of All American Cities. I found the book to be extremely interesting, and enlightening. Rather than watch the Grammy Awards last night, I finished my book. How are you when …

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Teal Box-Pleat Skirt

These box pleat skirts are seriously my favorites.  I will be making a tutorial soon.  I just need to find another fabric perfect for one. The fabric is a brocade that I used a while ago when I made a pencil-dress.  The best part about this skirt is that, like Sam’s, IT HAS POCKETS!  You…

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Concert Dress Refashion

This was my high school concert band dress.  I loved this thing, but ever since high school I have only worn it once and that was in college when I was stuck in the basic concert band for a semester instead of my Major which was jazz.  This dress has soo many amazing memories and…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Stella McCartney Resort 2017

Terri of Virginia’s Daughter posted some pictures on Instagram that caught my attention. The pieces that she posted were from the Stella McCartney 2017 resort collection. Since I liked them, I thought you might too :)Love the lines of this dress.Anothe…

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Sam’s Coral Skirt!

Everyone meet Sam!  She is my first friend that I made when we moved out to New Jersey last year.  We worked together and she really loved some of my clothes, so for Christmas I decided to make her a custom-one-of-a-kind skirt! The fabric is from mood, it is a coral quilted cotton. I made…

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Blue Window Dress

This year has started out with a full on sprint.  Trey and I are moving to a 2-bedroom apartment in March where I will take over the second bedroom and make it a sewing room.  (It will also be a Study with a couch and our 4 bookshelves… but I GET MY OWN LITTLE STUDIO!!!)…

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Teal Tribal Print!!

This fabric took me FOREVER to figure out what is wanted to be.  I was back and forth between having a more blouse-y top like my Workin’ Knit dress, my other tribal knit dress, OR what it turned out to be.  What finally helped me make a decision was that I really wanted sleeves because…

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