Growing up (way, way long ago) I remember my Mom always wearing very vibrant colored flowing dresses and jumpsuits that had really big sleeves and silky fabric.  I didn’t pay much attention to fashion “names” nor styles…the colors are what moved my needle up the richter scale.  So, when my daughter came to me with this gift from a friend, I put it on right away….and went for a road trip.

Unfortunately, the next day, I was in the mood to wear the dress again, but I knew that wouldn’t sit well with my family.  You see I am known to wear the same thing over and over if I am in love with it, like I am with this dress.  And I had to wear my boots.  You can’t really see the pic above where I have on my cow-girl boots.  That was the most comfortable I have felt in silk.  On to duplicate that look…..First, I had to decide on the fabric choice, since I have a huge stash, and growing steadily everyday, I knew it had to be a bold print, and of course “silky”.  In this case silk is all I have, since I don’t actually buy polyester silky prints much since the weather is so humid.  

Well, I went right in to copying the dress so I can move on with my day.  Success.

The neckline is done with rollover elastic….

I really like this dress, and with the boots it really feels sassy and comfy.  

What?? Spring is here!! I gotta do what, clean my studio…?  You know what happens when you have systems in place, that is the only thing that is your saving grace for disorganization and clutter.  If it weren’t for the system I set up during my non-busy days, then cleaning up the studio would be a monumental task.  So when my fellow ambassador, Cheryl, called out for folks to participate in a blog hop of studios for spring I was right on the band wagon since another well known blogger, Rhonda Buss, had already made a “call-to-action” to share.  UNTIL….. I opened the drawers and found “stuff” that was just stuffed into them hidden out of sight.  I call that my “All Dressed Up with a Dirty Neck.” I must have tried to clean up before, and didn’t have time to do a thorough job. 

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That is when I realized, this is what a creative genius looks like in action….

I love being able to move around so freely in my space.  I love the colors I chose to accent, and I just love how bright the extra large window makes my room.  Aside from not having a bed, I could just live in this space, my fridge is in the corner in the picture above.  I still have a few more things to do to get it a tad more productivity friendly, but all-in-all, it is just perfect!!!  Welcome to my world!!  I’ll just go right into it and show you the before pics first for each section and then the after for the second picture. 

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BEFORE Shots:  If you follow me on youtube, then you shouldn’t be surprised with my “creative disorganization,  the area you most often see on my YouTube channel, is the one with all the drawers and wall units, which are all from the Container Store.

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I store all manner of goods in those drawers and boxes and drawers:  bra kits, swimwear kits, silk fabrics, current projects, business forms, interfacings, rulers, embroidery supplies, etc.  It is all there, ready to go whenever I am.  My fabric stash is all in here “stashed” away in bins, and under the cutting table.  Some fabrics, mostly cottons and knits are out on shelves, and wools and fancies are hanging on the rods for now.

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There is a place for everything, if its not in place, then I’m in a creative stance currently, and need it all out while I think and dream.  That is the way I work.  I may lay fabric on the floor, see that on the floor above?.. or hang it over the rod, or over the door or dress form until I feel what I want to make of it, then I dive into the project.

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AFTER Shots:  “All dressed up, with a dirty neck.” is my motto for fast clearing and cleaning for a photoshoot or youtube filming, or a quick periscope broadcast.  Whatever and wherever my mind and creative thoughts take me, I’m usually ready at a moments notice. (most of the time…hehe.)  I need to see everything, it just can’t be inside a cabinet, or I won’t remember what or where it went.  Out of sight, out of mind.  The only difference is, if the cabinet is a single use system.  All, and I mean all of my sewing is required to be in one room of the house.  No exceptions….  “Well I do spill over occasionally.” 

I am always working to improve the flow of my space.  By using folding tables that fit well with the flow of the room is helpful when I have guest or students visit.  As time goes on, I have acquired extra “stuff” that has taken room normally used for a student.  So that will change as I get to clearing out other areas of the room.  Corners are terrible with stashing overages and forgetting them.  I am sad to say that my bad spot is behind the curtain…a very large television, since I overtook the media room to make this my studio.  That is the area I am mentally planning actions for improvement.  Until then, this is what I work with, and its my world and who I am.  I will continue to update you on the progress for the “other” side of the room in the next few months.  This is gonna take a while.  

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In the meantime, remember to check out others on this hop, if you want to see how others create in their rooms. 

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April 20th- Toni Smith – 
April 21st – Sam Hunter –
April 22nd -
April 23rd – Pepper Cory – / 
April 25th – Andrea Davis – ME!
April 26th – Misty Cole –
April 27th – Amalia Morusiewicz –  
April 28th – Jenelle Montilone –
April 29th – Cheryl Sleboda –

If you read any of my blog post over the last few years, then most likely you would currently be calling me a liar!!  “Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am a liar.”  At least where “Off-the-shoulder” trends are concerned.

Bootstrap Fashions

It’s interesting how trends roll around like seeds scattered on the wind only to take root where the ground is receptive.  (was that a corny analogy…?)  Anyway, my point is that the looks are always in fashion for someone, somewhere, at all times.  They only become a “trend” when the masses make it so via publications such as social media.  
Bootstrap Fashion patterns

I’ve done several “off-the-shoulder” looks to date….except now my look has lined up with the “trends”…which means I’m essentially back “in-style”.  Wouldn’t you agree.

Bootstrap Fashion patterns
Oh yeah…by the way..I am also #TeamNatural.  Been there for a long time, just spent most of my looks with the flat iron..frying the crap out of my hair to keep it straight.  So, now you know me in all my true glory. See all the that heat damage on my ends….I’m just gonna leave it be for now and enjoy all the beauty of “my” hair.
Bootstrap Fashion Patterns
The dress is made of a cotton/poly stretch woven I got in New York last year from A&A Textiles.  The lining is just a lightweight rayon knit that I use to line all my knit garments.  
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The fun part is that the pattern is “custom”, meaning it is drafted to my measurement.  Very minimal fitting went into this pattern.  What a wonderful treat…so you will not get a laundry list of fitting issues in this post.  Just a “happy dance” and “happy hands.”  Who wouldn’t want that right.

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Construction Details:  
The pattern started off as a customized base pattern from Bootstrap Fashions.  You can find that pattern here.  It is a raglan sleeve with sleeve bands and a long skirt.  These patterns can be customized for the following measurement ranges:  Heights 4’7″ to 6’6″ and Bust: 17″-58″, Waist 16″-56″, and Hip 18″-56″.  
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I redesigned the skirt portion by removing the waist gathers and side zip and made the skirt hi-lo, and I also sewed the darts with the lining and fashion fabric as one…my tutorial for sewing darts with lace overlay is here.

I created a Youtube video to help you with measuring for an off-the-should look here:
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