Monthly Archives: May 2012

Consciously Curvy

The body con(scious) dress gets a new update to further emphasize the wearer’s already pronounce curves.  Rounded, slanted cutlines and embellishments like flowing rows of studs bring an added ooh la la to the sexy body con style by mimicking the lines of the female silhouette.  Asos.com, Karmaloop and Style.com flaunt a few of these fun, flirtatious frocks.

Asos

Lipsy

Motel

Stella McCartney

Herver Leger by Max Azria

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Mother Knows Best

In honor of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this post to my mom and my nana who taught me how to sew and inspired my career in fashion.  Here are a few tips to making your clothing from store bought patterns:

1. Selecting your pattern – Pattern sizing doesn’t always match store bought clothing sizing so go by the measurements indicated rather than the size number.  Also, these don’t have to match your measurements exactly; I will explain how to alter a pattern.

2. Selecting fabric and notions – It is very important that you follow the fabric types listed on the back of the pattern.  The garment will not fall correctly on your body if you choose a fabric quality that is not conducive to the shape of the pattern pieces.  You also need to match the content of your notions to your fabric, meaning if you have cotton fabric, use cotton thread so they react the same way in the wash.

3. Prep your fabric – Wash and dry your fabric before you cut.  It may shrink in the wash, have excess dye on the surface or be starched.  You don’t want the fabric to alter after your garment is done!  Also make sure to iron it before cutting, moving the iron along the grain of the fabric.

4. Altering a pattern – Pattern making is basic geometry.  If you want to make sure the bust will fit before you cut your fabric, measure the circumference of your bust at the apex, divide by 4 and add or subtract to the bodice pattern quadrants to match.  Remember to keep your seam allowance!

5. Make a practice garment – Use cheap muslin or scrap fabric of the same quality that you bought for your finished garment to make a draft first.  This will allow you to make sure it fits properly, and you can practice complicated construction.

6. Attention to detail – Don’t rush or skip steps.  Make sure you iron all seams as you go and finish your hems properly (please don’t use hem tape!) so the garment has a quality look.

7. Practice makes perfect! – The more garments you make, the better your skills will get.

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Cut it Out!

Show a little extra skin this summer with cut out details on the casual day dress.  Urban Outfitters, asos and Karmaloop are among the crowd of retailers carrying these cute, flirty modern sun dresses.

Silence and Noise

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Sparkle and Fade

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asos

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Evil Twin

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Jack BB Dakota

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Style Stalker

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Extreme Jeans

This season’s jean trend is color: blues, greens, brights and pastels; crops, skinny, stretch and boyfriend.   They are everywhere and are available in all hues.  Taking it to the next level, is Karmaloop.com with prints, color blocking and even a rainbow gradient to wear with flare.  Here are some of my favs from:

Black Denim,

Tripp NYC,

Washborn

and Motel.

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Fun + Functional Beachwear

Style.com‘s recent “in the mood for” slide show Techno Beach shows a raw, functional, sporty theme to this year’s swimwear and accessories.  Some highlights are this bikini from Lisa Marie Fernandez x Peter Pilotto,

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Cynthia Rowley wetsuit

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and We Are Handsome swimsuit.

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Look for chunky exposed zippers, solid geometric shapes, good body coverage and fun color pops.

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Eleven Objects fashion collar

As embellished collars have recently been peppering the runway, Eleven Objects has built a brand based solely on this delightful accessory.  On their online store elevenobjects.com, you can find gorgeous fashion collars, like their black silk twill collar with Swarovski crystals,

or go for their pineapple printed silk twill collar sleeves to add a whimsical variation to your little black dress.

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Fading of a classic pattern

Houndstooth in all colors and sizes has been trending for the past few years, but Reem Acra has thrown a fresh spin at this ubiquitous notion.  This suit from the brand’s Fall 2012 line has houndstooth bold on the lapels and then fading in and out on the body.  Also note the hint of a partial tonal plaid on the skirt.

 

Thakoon uses a similar look for faded zig zags in this tonal patterned sweater.

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Nana’s wedding dress

To kick off this blog, I start with my grandmother’s wedding dress from 1946.  This dress consists of a v-neck taffeta bodice with shirring around a center flat insert serving as a visual anchor, and it has a soft tulle skirt.  It represents mid-1940s Catholic Italian-American formal style and exudes grace, craftsmanship and femininity.