Sunny Isles Beach Fashion Show

Hi there! The past few weeks have involved so much designing, cutting, measuring, and of course…sewing! Why so much? Well, on 3/23/2018 my Modern Vintage Collection will be showcased at the Sunny Isles Beach Fashion Show, which will be held in The Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach. To add to it, a few of my designs will be worn by some of the current title holders from the Ms. Art Deco Beauty Pageant, which is stellar organization produced by Fatima Coello. It’s truly an honor to have such graceful ladies wear my designs down the runway.

So if you’re in the Miami area, pass on by. There will be cocktails, photographers, a red carpet, and even Paso Fino horses from the Hacienda Guadalupe Equestrian Academy! Click on the link below to get your tickets. Have a glamorous week and see you there!

Get your Eventbrite tickets HERE

Valentine’s Day – From Me to You

Valentine’s day is all about celebrating those closest to us.  The ones that impact our lives beyond the experience of a single moment.  Valentine’s Day is all about reminding our present how much we appreciate the past, which is what this updated vintage dress is all about. 

I was inspired by the iconic Audrey Hepburn’s look for my first Valentine’s Day post.  Her timeless and elegant style defined an era. As a tribute, the lovely Keily Camejo modeled a YaviReyes remake of Butterick Patterns B5708  1950’s dress.

I love every single thing about this pattern, which is why I decided to recreate the look without altering the design. The pink chiffon fabric, the batiste underlining, and the added silk organza petticoat all come together to make this one of my favorites.  Oh, and the lace applique with the dark stems are the perfect subtle contrast.  To top it off, its style can be changed to a strapless or one shoulder dress. I can talk about it all day long. Instead, check out this vintage inspired photo shoot so you can see for yourself.

Wishing everyone a stylish Valentine’s Day!



Keily looked amazing in the dress, which made it challenging to pick just a few photos to be part of this post.  I’ll be sharing the other pics on my Instagram. On another note, coming soon is my Prom Collection, which I am equally excited to share!  

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fashion fabric: pink chiffon  
Model: Keily Camejo & Brentley
details: silk organza petticoat, laced hem, and waist stay


details: lace applique 

Photography: Hugo J. Quizhpi

The Prom Collection

Hi! It’s hard to believe February is already here, but time flies by when you’re doing what you love. I’m squeezing in as much sewing time as I can, but it isn’t nearly enough!  I’m quite excited about my new sewing project: The Prom Collection.

The last couple of weeks have been all about research, drawing, shopping for fabrics (my favorite part), and sewing up muslins (this part is vigorously involved but so worth it)! Ever since stumbling into Susan Khlaje’s books, these steps have become a part of my sewing routine.

Coming up with the designs for the Prom Collection has taken some planning.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, but things needed to be more cohesive.  Since I started this blog I’ve been dipping into the past with my designs and adding a splash of modernity to them. I always ensure that the classic elegance of yesteryear plays a large role in the final design, and this collection will be no different.

It’s a real thrill to see all the pieces on my cutting table as my concept comes to life.  For as long as I can remember I’ve played dressed up with day and evening dresses.  Family picture day was (and still is) a great excuse to get dolled up!  Today, I have more fun than I ever have before as I unfold fabrics, and sew my own designs. It is extremely rewarding!

Ok, now on to the fabric. I picked up this blackberry wine crepe and skin color sequin fabric that was practically falling into each other.  Ohh…I’m also going to incorporate something fun and flirty on the straps.

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I have to say the scallop sequin mesh fabric is one of my favorites purchases.



The showstopper though is this gradient white to black fabric I found.  So excited for this design (jumping up and down)!



Notions and boning couldn’t be skipped from my shopping spree, but I think I’ll save that process for another blog post.  

As always, have a fashionable week!




Photos: Hugo J. Quizhpi

The Talk of the Town: Prom

Depending on where you live, the prom could be anywhere from around the corner to a full month away. Generally, it’s between April-June. The prom, like a classic Dior dress, is timeless and oh-so-anticipated, which is why on that day you should be feeling regal. But what do you wear?

Time after time there is one dress that always stands out: the infallible princess gown.  It’s creates a distinguished look that leaves a lasting impression. If you choose to take it up a notch, pair it with a 90’s choker, or even metallic accessories to make it your own!

If the princess look isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Perhaps you prefer a subtle slit, or an elegant metallic curve hugger. How about intricate beaded or embroidered details on the back? Maybe a dramatic train….so many possibilities!

No matter which style you choose, one thing matters above all else.  Picking the dress isn’t all about what’s on trend.  It’s about YOU and how you feel in it when you twirl, walk, or pose in front of the cameras. Below are some of the inspirations currently swirling in my mind for some prom dresses. Which dresses inspire you?  



Camila Cabello
Blake Lively
Jennifer Lawrence

Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend: The Retro Fashion Show

Every year in January a huge street festival takes a hold of Miami Beach. It’s run by The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) to recognize, educate, and celebrate the imprint that the Art Deco era left on the area. It’s a three day event full of music, food, and vintage cars. One of the events, The Retro Fashion Show, was voted as “one of the best things to do during Art Deco Weekend,” by Miami New Times. The event is held right by the beach on the footsteps of the MDPL building. The show is curated by the fashion show director Angela La Muse, who has a personal style that’s reminiscent of a 1940’s Hollywood star.  She captured the essence of the Art Deco era with her selections, which featured a colorful lineup from local designers.

This year I had the opportunity to participate in this amazing event and showcase two of my latest vintage inspired designs, which were featured in my earlier posts Revisiting the 1950’s and The Modern Vintage Dress. Each design on the runway showcased a superb sense of craftsmanship with a fine attention to detail. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the show alongside such talented designers.

For a moment, on the beach, time stood still as the models transported the audience back to an elegant and bygone era. It was a weekend to remember!

Keily Camejo (left), Angela La Muse, YaviReyes, Yaimari Rodgriguez (right)


The Modern Vintage Dress

I love a classic dress as much as the next woman, but when polka dots enter the equation…well, fun is the key element. So it’s back to the 50’s-this time in black and white. Like most women, I find the lack of fine quality in mass produced clothing frustrating.  It’s one of the many reasons I decided to learn how to make clothing.  Now, straining straps, constant readjustments, and the possibility of walking into a room where someone else is wearing the same dress have become a thing of the past.

The glimmer from the teardrop sequin embellished mesh fabric will be hard to ignore as you make your way through any room, while a subtle underlayer of polka dot silk fabric adds a flair of vintage.

On the shoulders, matte satin triangular straps add a touch of modern femininity. To prevent gaping on the bodice I’ve added a partial see through silk organza panel which was hand-dyed. Its structure is further strengthened by a boned underlining, which is also made from silk organza.  A waist stay accentuates the figure and eliminates having to pull up or readjust the dress.  Staying true to the vintage era, a lapped skin color metal zipper was inserted. A hook and handmade thread eye provides a seamless finish.  Tying this all together is a black grosgrain bow belt, which gently creates an hourglass silhouette from every angle.  

What makes this dress one of a kind is not just the beautiful fabric but the attention to the inner structure.  It’s underlining,  hand sewn lining, along with other key couture techniques is what truly sets this dress apart.  It’s also an undeniably sparkly addition to your wardrobe! It goes perfectly with high heels or pumps. Add gloves for an extra retro vibe. Oh, and don’t forget the famous red pout to complete the look! 



Taffeta & Embroidery

Taffeta. A unique fabric known for its unmistakable rustling sound. It demands to be heard, so when worn a grand entrance is inevitable. When combined with another equally adorned fabric, the result is simple: elegance.

This skirt is made from a soft pink taffeta with an overlay composed of mesh and black flowery swirls with gold detail along its petal edges. It has a pink acetate lining that is fell stitched along the edges and around the lapped zipper. It’s finishing touch is an ornate white lace hem tape using a small running stitch along the bottom. The skirt shown is paired with a black Victorian-inspired top, but is versatile enough in style and color that it can be worn with a variety of blouses.

The waistband features a pair of golden leaves embroidered onto it and is acceresorized with colorful beads and swarovski crystals going all around it. It closes with covered snaps along with a hook and handmade eye closure. There are also two hanging loops at the side that become seamless once its worn.

When was the last time you wore something that made you feel regal? This skirt gives you that and more.

Contact me if you would like this skirt (or something similar) in your closet. Have a fun and fashionable week!















Revisiting the 1950’s

My favorite designer is Christian Dior, so it was a no-brainer when I saw Simplicity Pattern 1155. To see a woman in a well-made dress, one that doesn’t outshine her, but becomes one with her, well…that’s perfection.  For me the style of the 1950’s (which was the era when Dior launched his first collection) was all about the cut and the details. It was the post-war era when full flowing skirts and soft rounded shapes oozed opulence. 

While attending The Fashion Institute of South Florida two years ago I began working on a full skirt pattern, but the idea for this style wasn’t fully there yet, so I put it aside. Then when I came across Simplicty Pattern 1155, I knew that unfinished skirt’s other half had finally come along.  The perfect pair if I say so myself.  So I altered the pattern to make it a crop top with button and loop closure.  It was important to keep the 1950’s element, but I added a modern twist to it, which is why this is a two piece. Though the top portion was cut low, I still wanted it to have the seamless continuation with a hint of skin at the waist.  I love the pleat detail in white against the fabrics shine and matte color.  Using both sides of the fabric gives it dimension and interest.  A detachable tulle bow in the back is the perfect accessory that ties it all together. The finished set exceeded my expectations.  It was a fun and girlie project I couldn’t pass up!

The crop top is made of white matte rayon and the matte side of the silky print fabric.  It has a calico underlined boned bodice along with an acetate lining fell stitched into place.  The straps are fell stitched along the edge of the top. The back has a handmade loop and button closure with a detachable tulle bow.  

The skirt is made from the glossy side of the silky print with a tulle overlay.  The inside is lined with blue acetate fabric and hemmed with lace for a polish look.  It has two interior hanging loops made from the lining fabric. An invisible zipper, hook & eye closure finish up the back.

Contact me if you would like to have this set as part of your fashion wardrobe, or any other retro inspired designs. I hope your weekend is fun and fashionable!



Removable bowtie on back


Model: Keily Camejo

*model is wearing a petticoat


New Belle Dress (Beauty and the Beast)


“Tale as old as time, true as it can be…” ~ Mrs. Potts

The iconic yellow dress from Beauty and The Beast ballroom dance scene was probably my most anticipated project of the year. All I needed was the right moment. The detailed work had my name written all over it. Then I got a call from a friend asking if by any chance I had time to make THE Belle dress. I almost fell out of my seat. Yes there was time, and now I had a reason to begin.

I used Simplicity pattern 8405 and altered the entire pattern to make a bigger size, which also prepared it for the decorative edges framing the face. The main layer of the bodice is matte crepe, underlined with 100% (cotton) calico to make a sturdier under layer in preparation for the chiffon fabric.  I made a pattern for the scalloped chiffon edges and seared it to prevent it from fraying.  It was then tacked in place with invisible thread. This ensured it had movement but did not lose its shape.

The main full skirt is made from yellow satin.  Layers of yellow polyester organza make up the overskirt.  I drew two templates for the crystal-like design that would be applied all around the edges using golden glitter. The slip has a layer of petticoat tulle net to give the skirt structure.  The zipper was handpicked in place.  The acetate lining and slip are fell stitched in place.  It has a hook, handmade thread eye, and a grosgrain waist stay.

I was thrilled with the final product.  My client couldn’t wait to put it on when she first saw it. A tale as old as time was now ready to be worn!


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Beauty and The Beast Inspired Dress

Inspiration Dress

Hi and welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to be sharing my first post with you. This is a limited size 8 child size dress inspired by Beauty and the Beast (2017). It was the one worn by Emma Watson at the end of the movie. I’ve been obsessed with the flowers around the dress ever since I saw her wear it, so I decided to make one. I found a similar print and started by drafting a simple bodice and A line skirt (I really wanted to make it a full skirt).

The print fabric is a polyester chiffon and because the fabric is so delicate and see through I decided to underline it with white satin. The sleeves are see through with a half bell bottom.
The skirt has an underlayer of white satin with an attached slip with two rows of stiff tulle, which is what gives it that extra poof. It has a hook and eye and zip closure. The dress is fully lined using fell stitches. The flowers are handmade from pink organza and red chiffon with pink beads in the center.

I love the final product. The dress is simple, elegant, but a head turner with those flowers!

There is only one dress up for sale so if you would like more information, email me! Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing many more designs with you.

Happy Monday!