Sequins and Sneakers

 

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s look features my diy black sequin pencil skirt.  I made this skirt around the same time that I made my fuchsia sequin pencil skirt last seen here.  They were both really fast and easy sews using Mc Call’s 9003 Easy Stitch’n Save.  Easy they were.  This is my first time wearing this skirt and I decided to feature it in a sequins for daytime look. Sneakers with dresses and skirts are really hot right now and I truly hope it doesn’t go away because I really love sneakers and recently have been growing my adidas collection.

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Along with the sneakers I decided to pair my diy black sequin pencil skirt with this interesting sequin ant tee I found online at Forever 21 Plus.  I thought it was really cute but my husband who said “it was perfect for Halloween” and my four year old son who said, “Mom what’s that on your shirt?” I told him ant’s do you like it.  He replied I don’t know it’s scary….lol Like father ike son I tell you…lol  Looks like this tee will be stored until Halloween and I’ll reserve this skirt for a more dressier occasion. Although I must say that looking at my pictures I thought this was a cute and fun look!

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I think sometimes it’s fun to play dress up and try new things that may be out of your comfort zone.  There will definitely be some misses, but there will also be some hits.  You’ll never know if something will work or not unless you try it.  I’ve also realized that you can’t always get an accurate read on whether a look works or not by simply looking in the mirror.  Sometimes photographing yourself gives you a better gauge on whether it works or not because you can study it.  Sometimes a look grows on you and ends up working.

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What I’m Wearing:

Skirt: Made by me using Easy Stitch’n save by Mcall’s 9003, exclusive to Wal-Mart, similar, similar, similar (plus size), similar (under $20)

Top: Forever 21, and currently on sale for $10.99

Shoes: Adidas, similar, similar, similar

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Animal Print Dress

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“I am woman hear me roar!”  I always think of this phrase anytime I wear an animal print and this animal print dress has me feeling all types of ways.  First off it was a steal of a deal purchased from T.J.Maxx and yet again another piece I found in my closet that had been there for get this three years and I never wore it. The main reason being that it is made up of a fabric knit and it was never the right time to wear it in Hawaii even in December.  But being back in California and this weird weather we’ve been having with warm days and then cooler days.  It allowed me to break out this animal print dress.

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This was a straight off the rack buy from T.J.Maxx and I love the way it fits.  It is made by Kasper and a size large for reference. Its the perfect above the knee length on my 6’4″ frame and the A-line skirt isn’t frumpy at all, it skims the hips and then flairs out.  The empire waist hits at the smallest point on my torso.  The wrap top covers th boobies perfectly without the need for a came underneath or a pin keeping it together.  This dress is awesome and the best part is that it was under $20!   As a very tall woman shopping in brick and mortar stores it can sometimes be very discouraging because we can’t find things that fit us normally.  So when we happen across a piece that well looks like it was made for us, it brings out a feeling of joy that cannot be explained and especially when that said piece is a bargain. Pretty Tall Style - Tall Women's Fashion and DIY Blog - Animal Print Dress

My bag is a couple of years old from J. Crew and I had it monogrammed with my initials.  Love this bag I use it for everything and love the personalization.  Its no longer available at J. crew but as usual I have linked several similar options for you below.  My shoes are by BCBGeneration and women’s size 13.  I found these at my local Nordstrom Rack.  I loved the cut out/perforated detail and yet the fact that they still resembled a classic black pump, with this sexy heel height, which is something that I have needed in my closet desperately, so I was very happy to find them. Pretty Tall Style - Tall Women's Fashion and DIY Blog - Animal Print Dress

I hope you all have a terrific Thursday and you found some inspiration in this post. It’s probably one of my favorite ones as I feel like a fierce boss lady! I am woman hear me roar! 😉Pretty Tall Style - Tall Women's Fashion and DIY Blog - Animal Print Dress

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: TJ Maxx, I’ve found several similar  style animal print dresses, that don’t break the bank, here,  here, here,and  here ($75 and under)!

Shoes: BCBGeneration (size 13) via Nordstrom Rack, similar, similar, similar (all up to a size 13)

Bag: J. Crew , similar, similar (on sale for $24!),  similar, similar (on sale for $22!)

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DIY Off the Shoulder Short Set

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Hello Lovelies! I hope this mid-week finds you well. Today I’m wearing a celery green diy off the shoulder short set that I made with Simplicity 8124. I have to tell you I am really starting to get into sewing and finding myself more drawn to buying fabric as opposed to shopping for clothes and I hope you all don’t mind. Today’s short set was made using a celery green knit that I purchased from my local Yardage Town store.  I initially planned on making the romper, view c of Simplicity 8124 but then realized I actually really like off the shoulder tops and wanted to be able to wear this top with jeans and other color shorts.  So I  hemmed my top and I added the elastic waist band to the shorts.  I also added about 3 more inches to the sleeves and omitted the elastic. For my shorts I added side seam pockets. You know I love me some pockets and had to add them. I really love this diy off the shoulder short set for summer it is cute, comfy and chic. I can already envision various ways that it can be styled differently, also with the pieces worn separately. Also thinking of different color pairings for this beautiful celery color.  So look out for a few more blog posts featuring these pieces.

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What I’m Wearing:

 DIY Off the Shoulder Short Set: used Simplicity 8124, love these similar ready-to-wear long sleeve rompers here, here, here and here (splurge)

Shoes: 14th and Union via Nordstrom Rack, similar,  similar (up to size 13), similar

Bag: Louis Vuitton, also here, here and here

 

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Pattern Review for Simplicity 8124

Pattern Description: Misses Romper, Dress & Top

Pattern Sizing: Xsm-Xl, I cut a Medium for the top and a large for the bottom (not sure what I was thinking), definitely should have done a medium for the shorts as well.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no, you can see the foundation of the pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes very easy.  I just did a quick glance over.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? How quick and super fast it was to sew.

Fabric Used: Celery colored double knit from my local Yardage Town store.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I initially planned on making the romper but changed my mind because I wanted to be able to wear the pieces separately as well because I really love off the shoulder tops, so I hemmed my top and I added the elastic waist band to the shorts.  I also added about 3 more inches to the sleeves and omitted the elastic. For my shorts I added side seam pockets. You know I love me some pockets and had to add them.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will probably be sewing this again, as a two piece set, hoping to find another unique color for it. I just feel that I will get more use of of it that way.  When I want the romper look I will simply tuck my shirt into my shorts and add a belt.

Conclusion: I  really love this short set and very pleased with how it turned out. I really like this pattern, very easy and great for beginners.  Will be using this pattern again for more summer short sets.

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DIY Turquoise Off the Shoulder Top

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Hello Lovelies! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend.  Today’s look is a casual one combining two bright and bold colors, turquoise and red.  As everyone knows by now off-the-shoulder is a big trend right now and I am a big fan.  I made this turquoise off the shoulder top using McCall’s 7163 View B for style, and view D for the length. My fabric was purchased from my local Yardage Town store and it is a cotton knit with stretch.  This pattern was very easy to use and I will definitely be using it again to make a couple of mini dresses that I can just through on and go this summer.  Today I decided to pair the turquoise top with pops of red and again wearing statement earrings that tie both of the colors together.

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What I’m Wearing:

Top: Made by Me using McCall’s 7163, similar (plus size),  similar on sale, similarsimilar

Jeans: Old Navy, similar, similar, similar

Shoes: BP via Nordstrom, similar up to size 12, similar up to size 13, love these

Bag: L.A.M.B, similar, similar (splurge), similar

Earrings: Ebay

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Pattern Review for McCall’s 7163

Pattern Description: Misses Tops

Pattern Sizing: Xsm-Sml-Med, I cut a Medium.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I did a combination of view B for the sleeves and view D for the body length.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes very easy.  I just did a quick glance over.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? How quick and super fast it was to sew.

Fabric Used: Turquoise cotton knit with stretch, purchased from my local Yardage Town store.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely be sewing this again, lengthening it for dresses and trying view A as well.  I would definitely recommend this pattern to others.  Especially for beginners.

Conclusion: I am really pleased with my top. I really like this pattern, very easy and great for beginners.  Will be using this pattern again for some summer dresses and tops.

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