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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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  • Keechii B

Hello Gems! It's Spring time and this time of year is marked with pastels, florals and even bright colors have graced the runway for the season. But what about the contrast of Black and White?

Besides the fact these are two classic colors that live together in perfect harmony. There is just something powerful and fresh about these two colors.


Usually, I would create this series with the goal of making it a cohesive series within itself. However, I thought it more beneficial to focus on the individual pieces and how to find fresh ways to wear these colors in the Spring while adding pieces to your wardrobe you can mix and match with color garments later.

Transparent Fabric


Try choosing sheer fabrics! There is something truly sophisticated about sheer black. You can layer it with black undergarments, tanks, leggings or fitted pants.

DIY Look/

Dress: McCalls pattern M6520

Pants: McCalls pattern M7843

Pair with Contrasting Accessories


Pair black or white with accessories in its contrast. This is a great way to take a monochromatic look up a notch. Try adding white scarves, jewelry, handbags, hats etc. to an all black look or vice versa. For this look I took a white and Black Turkish towel/scarf and belted it with my all black look and added a structured bag in white. Just enough to make a statement!


DIY Look /

Dress: McCalls pattern 8039

Pants: McCalls pattern 7843

Try Mixing Fabrics


Try mixing fabrics and choosing pieces with interesting shapes. Transparent fabrics and delicate fabrics are great for this. Garments made in juxtaposing fabrics can create a very interesting look. With this two piece look, I used a knit fabric and a light weight crinkle rayon. For the Bolero, the base is knit. I made a puff gathered sleeve from the rayon to create a little drama . The bodice of the tank dress is knit and lined in knit, the skirt is in the rayon. This dress is drapey, chic, comfortable and great for the warm weather ahead. Best part... both pieces can be worn seperately.


DIY Look/

Dress & Bolero: Designed & Made by me

Choose Fluid Silohettes


Go for fluid layers! I love, love tiers on a dress or skirt any time of the year. The layers create a very elegant look and contrasting colors lend drama to dresses and skirts with simple silhouettes. In these contrasting colors. For this look I chose a thin ribbed knit. This is a very simple dress and the color contrast adds appeal.

DIY Look/

Dress: Simplicity Pattern R10355 (hacked)

Choose Breathable Fabrics


Go for breathable interesting fabrics! Gingham is a popular fabric for Spring and Summer. Its fresh, airy, breathable and classic. Its great on dresses, skirts, jackets, spring suits etc. I created a blazer using one of my favorite balzer patterns. Lined it in a a different black and white cotton print for interest. This makes the great Spring jacket to add to any look. I paired it with the black pants I created from the previous look and a bustier top. The looks are endless for this black and white Jacket. I can't wait to style it with color pieces from my wardrobe.

DIY Look/

Jacket: Simplicity Pattern 8749

Pants: McCalls 7843

Until Next time!

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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