I'm super excited to share this new look! If you've read my previous DIY blog, then you know that I'm obsessed with spring floral fabrics. In my spring fabric haul, I mentioned several of the fabrics that I picked up from Joann and my style inspiration from Joni Marie Ross. Well, this two piece jumpsuit is the first of those inspired looks come to life.
For a long time, I shied away from even attempting a cut crease. Primarily because I didn't typically wear dramatic looks, but also because everyone made it seem so hard. You had to draw a line with a pencil, then blend up, then add shadow....doing the absolute most! Recently, I was inspired by a YouTuber to give it a try. She created a look that was so simple, yet stunning. So I tried it and nailed it and now I'm sharing it. Enjoy!
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Of course, with the season change came some pretty awesome fabrics and spring fashion lines. I am particularly in love with Joni Marie Ross’ latest spring line. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s an Atlanta based fashion designer who hand makes each of her items. I first stumbled across her years ago via Instagram and she always serves in her collections. This spring is no different. Her latest line features a maxi skirt, draped cardigan, a wide leg pant and wrap shirt set, and more! I was drawn to it because of the gorgeous, floral fabric.
*All photos via jonimarieross.bigcartel.com
*All photos via jonimarieross.bigcartel.comLike most looks that I ogle over on social media, I took screenshots of them and made a mental note to make my own inspired versions. Well, I basically wanted to make EVERYTHING in her collection. Fortunately for me, nothing seemed out of my reach to make as a beginner. If I didn’t already have a pattern that would make a similar version, I was able to find one that could.
Finding the pattern was only half the battle. It was the fabric that did it justice, so I went on a hunt to find a similar fabric. You guys know that I’m big on ordering online, but Google failed me. I searched high and low to find something similar to no avail. Talk about disappointment.
Needing to go to the fabric store to pick up some interfacing for another project, I was stopped dead in my tracks. There, among the shelves in Joann, was every single piece of fabric used in her collection. I literally almost lost it as I hurried to put the fabric rolls in my cart before anyone else spotted them. Trust me, there would have been an all out brawl if someone dared to grab them. Ok, not really, but it was serious. After 2 (and counting) trips to Joann, I picked up 3 of the 5 fabrics that I intend on purchasing (among others)...and of course, I got them on sale!
Here's what I picked up:
So, the first fabric that I picked up (not pictured) is the exact stretch crepe fabric used for Joni's two piece jumpsuit shown above. I purchased 4 yards to replicate her outfit, with some extra to spare. I will be using the New Look 6735 pattern view D with a modified blind hem to construct the pants. For the top, I'll be using the top portion of the McCall's MP353 romper pattern, which is oddly called M7099 everywhere else except on the pattern that I purchased. Weird.
The second fabric that I picked up is the scuba fabric used for her cardigan. I found the perfect pattern to remake the look; however, the store did not have enough fabric!
I was seriously disappointed. Not to mention the fact that there was some ink marks on a portion of it. But of course, I took the discounted fabric along with the sale percentage off, and will be using this to make a pencil skirt. I haven't decided which pattern (if any) I'll be using. So, for now it'll just sit and wait.
Next, I picked up the blue stretch satin used for her two piece high waist pants and shirt ensemble.I plan to make view A of the McCall's MP353/M7099 romper pattern. There are several notions that I still need to get for this one, including a snap and elastic, but it's next up on the list of projects.
There were two more fabrics from her collection that I also found at Joann. The first is the blue, floral printed cotton fabric used for her peplum skirt. I plan to make slim ankle trousers or shorts with it. I'm open to pattern suggestions! I have not decided if I'm sold on the stretch chiffon used in her floral, ombre skirt. She uses this fabric for a pique dress, similar to New Look 6223 view C. If I decide to purchase it, I'd probably use it to make a self drafted maxi skirt.
There were two additional fabrics that are not a part of her collection, that I also fell in love with. (I told you I LOVE flowers and floral print). The first is another stretch satin that I was dying to get, but had to contain myself. I plan on using this to create another pussy bow blouse from my last blog post. The second, cotton floral print was another great find. I'm considering making another pair of slim ankle trousers or a pique dress...or both! It reminds me of a dress that I saw Tia Mowry wear years ago and I'd like to recreate it.
Overall, GREAT finds at Joann. I was very surprised and impressed, as I often don't find much as far as fashion fabrics there. I've seen some other home sewists on Instragram making patterns with these fabrics, so they're really popular. Check out your local Joann store to grab you some!
What are your projects for the spring? Comment below!
It's been a while since my last post, but trust me, I needed the break. My last DIY really took a toll on my sewing confidence, so I needed to recharge...not to mention that my life has been extremely busy away from the sewing machine.
A few weeks ago, Joanns had a 3 for $6 McCall pattern sale. Granted, I went in the store for one thing (that's what I told my husband who was waiting in the car), but HAD to take them up on the deal. Typical, right? While there, I picked up the McCall M7436 pattern. It caught my attention because it was very similar to the Simplicity D0523 that I had on my to do list but wasn't on sale.
After reading some reviews on PatternReview.com, I decided that this blouse would be my next project. The reviews that I read said that it was a pretty easy sew and their pictures did the pattern justice.
For this pattern, I used black polyester crepe that I ordered through Amazon. I chose view C with the view D bow tie. This was an easy switch, as the bodice is the same on all views. The only thing that I would have done differently would have been to cut the neckline a lot more shallow. I forgot that the reviews said that is was a very deep V neck line. In fact, it comes to the top of my stomach. Since the fabric is sheer, I was already going to wear a cami underneath, so it served a dual purpose of also keeping my goodies covered.
I paired the top with a gray pencil skirt from JC Penney; however, it definitely can be dressed down with some nice skinny jeans and some booties. It's a versatile piece that can be used as business wear, for church, or as a casual outfit.
This project was definitely a confidence builder. It came out great and only took 2 days (outside of cutting out the pattern and pieces). I used my button hole maker setting for the first time and was so proud when it came out right! It was a little frustrating when I had to hand stitch, but that was just impatience talking. It's definitely a pattern that I will remake again in another color.
Pattern – New Look 6735 - http://amzn.to/2nb3Jhj
Material – Stretch Jersey Knit - http://amzn.to/2mhL9VD
Skirt – JC Penney
Bag – New York & Co.
Shoes – AldoWhat do you think?
Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments.
This dress was intended to be worn at a marriage conference dinner during Valentine's Day weekend...but that didn't happen. Ha! What I thought was going to be a pretty straight forward and easy project proved me wrong.
I'm learning that as a beginner, I should probably stick with patterns until I master drafting for my body shape. Learning how to accommodate for my waist-hip proportion is quite a task, as proven with this dress. Nonetheless, after weeks of letting it sit and deciding if I was going to finish it, I did...well, sort of. I will admit that this dress isn't quite complete, as I do need to finish the hems. But, because I probably won't look at it for another week or more, I figured I'd share it as is.
I created this dress using the top portion of the Simplicity 1283 crop top pattern and a bodycon dress that was in my closet. The material is a stretch velvet that I purchased through Amazon. Like all stretch fabrics, its important to note which direction has the most stretch. You want to cut your pattern pieces so that the material has the most stretch widthwise. This allows it to contour to your body, in addition to sewing with negative ease (smaller than actual size needed so that its stretches to fit).
After sewing this project, I think that I'll take a break from stretch material. These last two projects have really tested my patience, skill level, and the ability of my sewing machine. If I am to do this type of dress again, I will definitely have to watch some more sew alongs and possibly upgrade my machine. Ultimately, I'm just glad that it's wearable. Though, with this weather, it'll probably sit in my closet until next winter.
Create the Look!
Pattern – Simplicity 1283 + Self drafted - http://amzn.to/2l0NLXl
Material – Stretch Velvet - http://amzn.to/2mAfGtG
Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments.
I sat at my desk as everyone else swirled around in chaos. They were up in arms because someone had moved containers back into an area we had spent hours cleaning up. They were livid and making it known.
I sat quietly at my desk as I heard, "we need to tell Faneisha. She's going to have to say something." I chuckled inside because I wasn't about to take one step away from my desk to address the issue. I had only arrived 10 minutes prior and I was not about to start my work day off with a confrontation.
Seeing that I wasn't about to do it, one brave soul ventured downstairs to confront the culprit and give them a "talking to." The trip downstairs proved unfruitful, so minutes later, they were at my desk asking me to go down and say something. I remained calm as they recited everything that had taken place. I suppose they wanted me to go downstairs, start yelling, and "pull rank." I just said, "ok," and continued what I was doing.
After hearing more complaints about the issue, I decided to pick up the phone and make a call to my colleague who is the manager over the particular area. I left a brief message explaining the issue, followed by a text message. I didn't move an inch from my desk. I didn't go to the place where the chaos was taking place. I merely spoke a word. Within minutes, I looked out the window and saw that everything was moved back to it's original place. Problem solved.
As I reflected on that morning, I was reminded to the story of the centurion. He knew that Jesus was a man of authority and all he had to do was speak a word and his servant would be healed. Jesus didn't have to go to the place, He just had to speak it. Unlike the centurion, the employees gathered around the window and my desk telling me that I needed to go downstairs and resolve the issue didn't understand authority. Authority is the ability to speak a thing and it move at your words.
How many opportunities have we missed where we could have just spoken a word? How many nights have we been stressed over a situation when we could have just spoken a word? We have the power of life and death in our tongues, so let's use it.
What situation can you speak to this week?