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! 



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