Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas, little one!!!

My oldest loves the TV show "Go, Diego, Go!", so when I found this fabric I knew I had to make him a pair of pjs. This style was a little more difficult than the earlier elephant pjs because this was a shirt-style top, and the collar was a little more with, but they turned out great, and are lovely and cozy to wear on winter mornings. He loves wearing them, and showed them proudly off at a recent playgroup gathering.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fabulous for holiday partying

My husband saw this fabric when we went to the fabric store one time, and, knowing my love of the color red, he pointed it out to me. I had first decided to make an Asian-style dress, but then decided to break it up, because I am far more likely to wear this top or a skirt (yet to be made) than the whole dress. The top can be dressed up or down and the embroidery on it is just fabulous. I love it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mad for plaid

Ah, the cute little schoolgirl skirt. It was made from the leftovers of my most glorious project yet, but I think it will be quite striking on its own. I plan on wearing it with all black. Top, jacket, tights, and shoes, and the skirt being the only spot of color.

Here it is, my most glorious project yet. I saw a gorgeous dress on the fabulous fashionista Queen Rania of Jordan, with whom I share coloring and hairstyle. I found a similar pattern and decided to give it a go. I must say it is my most couture-ish piece so far, lots of pleats and construction, but it came out very well and very close to Rania's dress. I am very happy with it and plan to wear it with only diamond studs and plain black pumps so the dress is what stands out.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ah, Halloween

We had plans for Halloween. Big ones. Even though we had nowhere to go. That changed with an invitation to a costume party and we were off. We would be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, dressed as Grandma. I must credit my husband for the glorious makeup transformation for his bad self, and I credit the nightgown and cap to me.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The understated dress

On first sight, this dress doesn't look like all that. But on closer inspection, it's a winner. The shape of the dress itself is very current, tunic-y to the hips, then flaring out to the skirt, and the scoop neck is flattering. Worn to a casual barbeque, with cute sandals and maybe a little short-sleeve cardie for when the sun goes down, this is a very cute spring look.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Trendy Swing Jacket

Ok, I am not into the current babydoll/empire/swing/trapeze shaped clothes. Why? Because when you are short and have big boobs and hips, those are the worst possible shapes. Anything that doesn't let my waist be seen just makes me look like a puffball, but I caved in because this jacket is belted, so it's ok. This is the same fabric as the skirt that refuses to be photographed well, the fabric looks a lot nicer in this shot.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Essential Wrap Dress

Once again, I bought a ton of a fabric - this time, a pretty paisley print jersey, and I got the pink print and the lavender print. I chose this wrap dress because I know they are extremely flattering to voluptuous chicks like me. The cuffs were a little challenging and mom came to the rescue, and it looks gorgeous on.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Burgundy Dress

Burgundy is my favorite color, so I was thrilled to find this gorgeous burgundy print, and in the clearance bin of all places! I plan on making more dresses from this pattern as the style is very flattering and comfortable to wear.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Skirt that Refuses to be Photographed

I don't know what it is about this skirt, it's a perfectly nice brown corduroy skirt, flared at the hem, yet it refuses to take a good picture! In this photo it looks a nasty mustard-y yellow and you can't see the shape at all. Anyway, take it from me, it's a nice skirt. With brown boots it looks awesome.

Monday, September 17, 2007


As I mentioned in my first post, my oldest boy is going through an Elephant phase. I noticed some elephant-print fabric and decided to make him some pjs. I made these from a pattern and they turned out really nice. They're a little wide because he's a skinny boy but I figure pjs are supposed to be loose.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Leopard Print Era

Being the thrifty lass that I am, I found this leopard-print crepe for $1/yard and bought what was left. First I made this empire waist dress, which I have yet to wear because now I need a full length slip - crepe is so see-through!

This sweet top came out nicer than I expected, I was still in my Very Thrifty mode so I didn't buy black lining fabric, which, were I to make a similar top, I would use, so I just used some tan fabric I had at home.

This blouse was a bigger challenge than I envisioned, my own mother said she wouldn't have attempted to make the thing, but it turned out very pretty and it looks great with a black camisole as in the picture, and some black pants and heels.

I still have a bunch of fabric left even after mom made a shirt for herself, but I stopped using it because my son would run by and yell "giraffe!" while pointing at the fabric. I suppose that's nicer than him running by yelling "big fat whale!" but still, I don't want him thinking mummy has all clothes from the same fabric. Ahem.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My first ever attempt at sewing

With my mom's incredible help, I made a summery pj set for my son Aidan, who loves Thomas the Tank Engine.

He loved it and then asked for elephant pjs :D His current obsession is elephants.

Mom made a rub-off of a pair of pj pants Aidan had and I sewed it, then decided to make appliques for a plain white t-shirt out of the leftover Thomas fabric.

The green shorts Aidan is wearing are not made by me, they're from a pj set he already had.