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! 



My New Husqvarna Sewing Machine

This is the Husqvarna Viking Topaz 50. It is my new sewing machine and….I love it! Please note that I am not affiliated with Husqvarna. I am, however, a very satisfied customer 🙂

Previously I owned the Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116. It’s the machine I learned to sew on, and boy…this workhorse put me through some wringers. As time passed (and my expertise grew) so did my sewing needs. Eventually new ideas, projects, and designs came to mind. All these demanded more than my Emerald could handle.

So I went to my Husqvarna Viking dealer and was introduced to the Topaz 50. It is a sewing AND embroidery machine. It has more stitches than what I could have asked for! The design possibilities are endless. Some features that really stand out for me are:

  • It sews with just the push of a button, which is a change I haven’t quite gotten used to yet. It does have an option that allows you to use the foot pedal, which is what I’ve been using. I find that the pedal allows a more precise sense of control over whatever I’m working on.
  • It has a nifty feature called The Sewing Advisor, which is displayed on the touchscreen you see on the right. Some of the marvels it can do is pick a buttonhole for your fabric, recommend needle sizes, automatically match the right stitch according to length, cut the thread for you, and its fix option automatically locks the stitches before you begin sewing. All these options are real time-savers!
  • It has incredibly beautiful satin stitches with numerous style options.

I’ve yet to use the embroidery option, though I already have some ideas on how to include it on upcoming designs. There’s a ton of accessories, a bit of a learning curve, but when passion and persistence fuel your drive the result will always be something you can be proud of.








Resources: (intro and unboxing) (threading and machine setup)