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    Trend Spotting: Patchwork!

    So you all know everything old becomes new again in fashion, and patchwork or “piecework” is def one of those things. You probably remember patchwork being “in” when you were younger and especially in denim! Patchwork is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns and built up with different fabric shapes and colors. These shapes are carefully measured and cut, and since they are basic geometric shapes they are easy to piece together. The technique has been around for ages and is widely used for quilts but is also used in the fashion industry to create stunning pieces.

    Patchworked pieces used to consist of drab fabrics and colors or are monotone like most denim pieces. However, nowadays  patchworked pieces have taken on a whole new vibe, they are a bit more colorful and playful, yet still minimal. Most pieces have simple lines and are not complicated in design, making the technique great for long coats! Lately I’ve been seeing patchwork around, and although I don’t know if I have the patience to actually make something patchworked, I definitely would buy a patchwork piece like the ones below!! I’m loving the trend! Would you wear it?

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    LaLa wearing a MSGM coat.
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    Happy HoliD-I-Y’s!

    The holidays are upon us… No matter what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate I’m sure at some point you will get dressed to go somewhere! So I’m sharing 3 D.I.Y holiday inspired looks I created in order to inspire you to create something yourself! They are super easy and skirts can be created in about 1-2 hours!

    The first is this adorable silver pleated lame maxi skirt. This skirt is soo easy to make. I honestly think even a beginner could make this skirt in about 1 hour. It is just a straight maxi skirt with one seam down the back and elastic at the waist. I decided to use a really thick elastic for my waistband. If you also made the skirt a little too big, but not my elastic, so I could gather the skirt to the front, to give it a drape effect. I actually bought this fabric randomly and made the skirt out of it because I had no idea what else to do with it or how to sew with it. When I looked online I didn’t find any help either.

    This fabric is weird because it has a metallic finish, but it stretches because of the tiny pleats, and it cannot be ironed. I’m lazy so I used black thread and a metallic needle when sewing this but I’m sure you can and probably should use metallic thread if you want it to match. Another thing that makes this really easy to sew is that you don’t have to hem it! This fabric does not unravel, and it canNOT be ironed so its best to cut your hem in a straight line and leave it as is. I love the result of using this fabric! It is shiny, lightweight and head turning. lol The only thing I would do is make my skirt a tiny bit shorter, I wanted it long, but mines is a bit too long. Pair it with a slinky v neck blouse, heel, statement necklace, and your ready to turn heads at the holiday party!

     

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    Happy HoliD-I-Y’s!

    The holidays are upon us… No matter what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate I’m sure at some point you will get dressed to go somewhere! So I’m sharing 3 D.I.Y holiday inspired looks I created in order to inspire you to create something yourself!

    I’m all about statement pieces and a sequin top definitely makes a statement! I have a love hate relationship when it comes to sewing with sequins. I love them because the result is soo pretty and luxe looking but I hate sewing with them because it is so time consuming and messy!

    Here are a few tips if you decide to sew with sequin fabric:

    • Don’t use your good scissors while cutting sequin fabric because the sequins can dull them
    • Its good to protect your eyes from flying sequins
    • Always line your sequin fabric because it is itchy on the opposite side
    • Use a heavy duty or leather needle if you are sewing on your machine
    • If you want flat seams on your sequin project you should remove all of the sequins from your seam allowance! This is where your patience and vacuum are NECESSARY! lol I did remove the sequins from most of my seam allowances. When I didn’t remove the sequins I just sewed very slowly and made sure the sequins were flat.
    • When you are done sewing your project you may have to go back and hand sew sequins onto any areas that are bare so save some loose sequins!

    I bought this sequin fabric on a whim because I had this idea I would make a midi skirt with a side split out of it, but that idea was quickly scratched after I saw the “Dior Second Skin Turtleneck” and other sequin tops. Sequin fabric can be very expensive. This particular one was $60 a yard so I only got half a yard and figured if I failed at using it, at least I only wasted $30 instead of $60! lol As I stated, I initially was going to make a midi skirt with a split on the side but I wanted to do the shirt and I only had a half yard of this fabric so I had to squeeeeze the shirt out of this material. I wanted to do the turtleneck also but I just didn’t have enough fabric! To hem this fabric I used fusible tape. Sequin fabric can be hit with the iron as long as it is covered by a press cloth of some sort. Despite the challenges of sewing with sequin fabric the result is soo pretty. I wore this shirt on a night out with my siblings and nephew, but I would definitely wear it to a holiday party, you could even dress it up more and pair it with a skirt!

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    The inspiration behind my top!!

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    Happy Holi D-I-Y’s!

    The holidays are upon us… No matter what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate I’m sure at some point you will get dressed to go somewhere! So I’m sharing 3 D.I.Y holiday inspired looks I created in order to inspire you to create something yourself! They are super easy and skirts can be created in about 1-2 hours!

    Simple, Easy, Classic. A plaid midi skirt can easily become a staple for your wardrobe. I made this skirt last year and I feel like I’m going to wear it every year around the holidays! lol Plaid is so appropriate for this time of year, I feel like when you wear plaid you automatically look like your in the holiday spirit! lol I do not have waistband on this skirt, it is interfaced, serged, and folded under. This skirt has a 7 inch zipper down the back. I used to stay away from plaid because I thought it would be too hard to match the lines but trust me it isn’t hard at all and sewing a skirt is like the easiest clothing item you can make out of a plaid fabric.. So give it a try! This outfit is perfect for a holiday happy hour!

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