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

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)