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Whipped up this dress a hot minute ago but somehow didn't get around to blogging with it until yesterday. We shot these at the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla, which is worth a stop even if its just to look or maybe for one cocktail (which is what we did).

This is the same dress pattern that you saw not too long ago in white, and I love this navy one a bit more. This linen is a "linen look" from Joanns, has less stretch and less weight than my white version. Something about it is just more easy going. Now if only I could find an opaque white... 



self drafted navy linen look dress

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Whipped up this dress a hot minute ago but somehow didn't get around to blogging with it until yesterday. We shot these at the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla, which is worth a stop even if its just to look or maybe for one cocktail (which is what we did).

This is the same dress pattern that you saw not too long ago in white, and I love this navy one a bit more. This linen is a "linen look" from Joanns, has less stretch and less weight than my white version. Something about it is just more easy going. Now if only I could find an opaque white... 




Finally sewed up a new Blaire blouse!! It's such an easy pattern, I'm really a big fan of it and you should be too. Very much fits the Madewell/Everlane aesthetic. I had originally planned this fabric for another DIY project but found it more suitable for a blouse. I've never worked with a linen voile before, and it was super easy to sew with (as expected). I was also very excited to put in an order with Blackbird Fabrics, happy to report it was a great experience! 

Something that has been bothering me with collars... Somehow, the neckline with the button band always ends up being way too wide for the collar and collar stand. This has occurred with my Grainline Archer blouses as well as this one. My patterns are to scale so I'm not sure how this has happened all four times. Which leads me to believe that it's something I'm doing but I just can't figure it out. The only thing I could think of would be either the fabric shifting resulting in a larger cut or something to do with grain lines but I checked them before cutting. Is there a step I am missing?? Anyways, to get around this I just add a pleat on the back which you can see in the final photo. Oh well, it will be fine for now.



StyleArc Blaire Blouse in Rayon Linen Voile

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Finally sewed up a new Blaire blouse!! It's such an easy pattern, I'm really a big fan of it and you should be too. Very much fits the Madewell/Everlane aesthetic. I had originally planned this fabric for another DIY project but found it more suitable for a blouse. I've never worked with a linen voile before, and it was super easy to sew with (as expected). I was also very excited to put in an order with Blackbird Fabrics, happy to report it was a great experience! 

Something that has been bothering me with collars... Somehow, the neckline with the button band always ends up being way too wide for the collar and collar stand. This has occurred with my Grainline Archer blouses as well as this one. My patterns are to scale so I'm not sure how this has happened all four times. Which leads me to believe that it's something I'm doing but I just can't figure it out. The only thing I could think of would be either the fabric shifting resulting in a larger cut or something to do with grain lines but I checked them before cutting. Is there a step I am missing?? Anyways, to get around this I just add a pleat on the back which you can see in the final photo. Oh well, it will be fine for now.





California is just about the most magical place on Earth. 



desert part 3

Monday, September 4, 2017



California is just about the most magical place on Earth. 




Long sleeve dresses have always been a favorite of mine. An easy staple to dress up or down, or just wear by itself in the middle of the desert. 



desert part 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Long sleeve dresses have always been a favorite of mine. An easy staple to dress up or down, or just wear by itself in the middle of the desert. 




Time flies pretty fast but happy to be sharing these photos from the desert! From the time that we shot these photos til now, the death and rebirth of American Apparel had taken place. It now seems you can again purchase the ever popular tennis skirt



desert part 1

Monday, August 28, 2017


Time flies pretty fast but happy to be sharing these photos from the desert! From the time that we shot these photos til now, the death and rebirth of American Apparel had taken place. It now seems you can again purchase the ever popular tennis skirt




Went a size up on this strapless bra and the fit is much better! Sometimes its easy to think you need to go with a smaller size with patterns because when the pieces are cut out they look much larger than they need to be. Don't be deceived! I've made this mistake a couple times and have certainly learned my lesson. This lace was left over from my previous bra making project.

While this version isn't perfect (you can see some tucks here in and there) it isn't noticeable when the bra is on. I need to practice more applying channeling because I've found that I keep making the mistake of making the channeling too narrow for the boning, which results in less shape for the bra. 



all over lace MADALYNNE X SIMPLICITY 8437 STRAPLESS BRA

Friday, August 25, 2017


Went a size up on this strapless bra and the fit is much better! Sometimes its easy to think you need to go with a smaller size with patterns because when the pieces are cut out they look much larger than they need to be. Don't be deceived! I've made this mistake a couple times and have certainly learned my lesson. This lace was left over from my previous bra making project.

While this version isn't perfect (you can see some tucks here in and there) it isn't noticeable when the bra is on. I need to practice more applying channeling because I've found that I keep making the mistake of making the channeling too narrow for the boning, which results in less shape for the bra. 




I don't attend too many blogger events, but the Neiman Marcus Trend Previews are always my favorite. It's always great to see familiar faces and this is one event that I know I will see quite a few! It also doesn't hurt to look at all the expensive clothes ;) 







what i wore to neiman marcus fall preview

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I don't attend too many blogger events, but the Neiman Marcus Trend Previews are always my favorite. It's always great to see familiar faces and this is one event that I know I will see quite a few! It also doesn't hurt to look at all the expensive clothes ;) 







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