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