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  • Keechii B

Hello Gems! I love February! One of my favorite months of the year. This month is full of love and I just want to celebrate it. In February we pay homage and celebrate Black History also, I have two kids that celebrate birthdays right around Valentine's Day, which makes February even more special.


So since we basically celebrate all through the month of Feburary, I thought it would be cool to do a special Valentines themed wardrobe series! A completely wearable cohesive line of interchangable pieces that I would wear to celebrate the month of love.



Dresses are lovely but sometimes it seems you only get one look out of them and not much versatility. Unless of course its your classic little black dress. As you already know I love versitility and I need it in my life. So I created a dress that I could play with a little.




This look at first seems to be a beautiful skirt and blouse but it is actually Simplicity Dress pattern R10353 . To tell you the truth I cut this pattern with the intention of making a straight forward dress pattern, but as I started putting the pieces together this look took on on a whole new life of its own. So the pattern hacking began!




Don't get me wrong, I love this dress pattern as it is. Its gorgeous and I do plan to make this dress as presented on the pattern because I love the cut but, for this Valentines look I wanted something a little different.






There were only a few changes I made to this pattern to create this look. First, on the neck line I extended the neck binding to create a tie. I felt it gave me the option to wear a more open neckline or tied for something a little more demure. Second, I created a gathered or rouched effect by adding ties on the inside of the skirt. I felt this created a very interesting silhouette and also gave me the choice to wear the hem line higher or lower. Third, the sleeve originally called for elastic around the hem yet I decided to keep the sleeves free flowing.




I styled this look with a pair of palozzo tiered pants (more details on the pants to come) that took this dress to another level. I love the idea of pants under dresses and skirts. This is a easy way to create another look with your dresses. Try pairing it with a a pair of bell bottoms or straight leg jean. This works great with flowy, feminine style dresses. As for shoes! With palazzo pants this look just about scraps the ground and even at 5'11 I'm grabbing my platform sandals for this one.😘

Just sayin....😏

Peace & Love,

Marcia

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Updated: Mar 17

Hello Gems! Recently I shared a version of a wrap dress hack on my social media. I love the outcome of this dress. Its sexy, cool and comfy! Comfort is number one when I start creating my pieces. I am a mother of three and my youngest is two years old, so I stay busy with a rambunctious toddler and tight constricting clothing doesn't factor into that equation.

I started with a simple wrap pattern silhouette New Look pattern 6581. I chose this pattern because it was already cut for stretch knits, it was a simple pattern with out a lot of darts and tucks and I've made this pattern several times and loved the outcome as is.

This stretch knit fabric was in my stash since Hancock Frabics years ago. It is a super stretchy knit and I had about 6.5 yards of it. With such a drapey fabric, there was no choice but to make a beautiful lengthy dress and the tiered ruffle helped me utilize most of the fabric.

My plan was to do a modern take on the red riding hood cape. I drafted my own hood. Do to my big hair, I had to make a much larger hood to accommodate the fullness especially if I wanted the hood to be functional. I mean, what's a pattern hack if the hacks aren't functional. Just sayin 😏.... Last minute I added the draw string. After that the design gave me a couple of style options and it came out even cooler than intended.

I pretty much used every inch of the fabric! Not holding back or being conservative. Like I mentioned, I have had this fabric for quite a while and was happy to finally be creating a garment with it. I love it when a sewing plan comes together even better than you expected don't you? 😘

I kept the styling on this simple! While I could have worn platform heels with this and added huge earrings and bangles. Thats just not me! The way my schedule and life is set up these days, I just can't pull that off with my toddler. So realistically, Im throwing on my Dr. Martens and some low key hoops and letting the dress speak for itself ! But on date night with the hubby this may be a whole other situation 😘! I mean a girl needs options right?😏

Thats all for now!

Xoxo

Marcia

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  • Keechii B

Updated: Mar 17

Hello Gems! Valentine's Day is tomorrow and Ive been celebrating all week long with this Valentine's Themed Wardrobe Series. Ive fallen in love with each piece that Ive created for this series. Each piece enhances the next! But how could I pull of a Valentines Series with out a little lace?? I mean I would literally be committing style crimes just by leaving this little piece on the table.

First off, I picked this lace up at my local Walmart. Its a beautiful mauvey pink stretch lace. And I used a satin polyester for the collar and the cuff. I went into this project so sure of what I was going to create . I revisited McCalls pattern 7834. This is a pattern I had already made before but the fruits of that labor never made it to social media! I like this version better anyhow... just sayin! 😏

This dress could easily be layered over and under to create different looks! It is definately a transparent lace and could use a slip or something layered underneath for colder weather or just out of modesty. I actually wore a pair of pink bikini swimsuit bottoms I made over the summer because they matched perfectly. Honestly, I was a little unsure of how this would go over in photo but after shooting in the cold with only lace and underwear it soon became the least of my problems!

This was a straight forward pattern and I loved it just as it was so, I made no additions or alterations to the pattern. If I had more of this lace I would have made the longer version. I believe this was all of 3 yards that I purchased. But the more tiers the better right? I mean let the multi layers of gathered fabrics rain down. Lately a maxi dress has been my go to but I settled for a midi on this one and couldn't have been more happy with the results.

I styled this look with brown accessories instead of black which went along with my red, pink, white and black Valentines theme. However, the brown and mauve seemed to be a stronger combo. My shoes are glitter leopard print platform sandals. A fun neutral to play on the rich brown belt. This is a classic yet edgy look I'm absolutely crazy for! Get yourself some lace guys rather its DIY or ready made! You won't regret it.

Until next time!

❤Marcia

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