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

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 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!















Color Block Brocade Party Dress

We all have something that has a special meaning to us. Sometimes it tenaciously stays with us throughout the years. For me, that special thing arrived on January 30, 2013. On that day, in the wee hours of the morning, a novice version of myself was finishing up my first fully lined dress.  In fact, I had been so determined on perfecting every detail inside and out that unintentionally it ended up as a reversible dress! This dress definitely presented a steep learning curve with its princess seams, heart shaped neckline, lining and an invisible zipper. I thought I was out of my league in attempting to make it.  In hindsight I now realize how little I knew about the dressmaking process, but once I saw the finished product, I knew what I wanted to dedicate myself to.  I had made THE dress that would enhance my construction skills and fuel my passion for quality for years to come.

A combination of black crepe and silver brocade fabric make up the party dress.  It has a heart shaped neckline and full skirt.  It has black acetate lining that is machine understitched.  It also has an invisible zipper application with a hook-and-eye closure. 

Contact me for a consult if you would like to make a dress like this yours!


Model: Yaimari Rodriguez

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!