Add a little extra ease here and a little extra length there and you have a great recipe for a really cool outfit. 

What an adrenaline rush this jumpsuit was to make…I just love making that surefire outfit.  Especially, when I have my fitted bodice pattern that I drafted many moons ago.  This was one of my occasional sewing projects to cleanse the palette  a true no brainer, because I just did not want to deal with another pattern that needed a bunch of fitting. “What you say??!” Fitting is my middle name?  Okay then…guess what?..we don’t always use all our given names, all the time, do we?  

With this ensemble, I took my fitted top that only goes to the waist and made the necessary changes to sew it at the midsection to the pants base to create what is better known as the “jumpsuit”. Duh…okay, some of you who are reading this already knew that right.?  That statement was for the beginners in the house.

If you haven’t guessed it already, we just don’t have winters and thus the closest I could come to styling this “sleeveless” faux fur topper, was to wear it with a “sleeveless” outfit.  And of course, my child and my sister were very instrumental in making sure I pulled this gorgeous ensemble off without a hitch.  Gotta love them both.  
Construction Details:
I added a few little details to make it stand out and give it just a little extra pazzazz…although, that extra doesn’t really show through all the print in the silky polyester fabric I bought umpteen years ago from I know not where.  

The shoulders are pleated so that I had enough bust ease for movement, with a string of rhinestone trim added.  The back is just a simple open slash with a loop and rhinestone button.  At the waist, I made sure the pants were extra long to reach my “true” waistline, and the top is at least 3-4″ longer than my waist to give it the blousing needed to look like a “pant” and top separate.

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Last year I went back to the basics. With the help of a wardrobe consultant, I have been steadily trying to make basic garments to go along with the fun flashy mood enhancing outfits I am prone to focus on regularly.  She insisted I make a basic white shirt, here.  I followed along, rather defiantly, but I did what I was told.  I had no idea that the basic white shirt would become one that I would reach for more often than not.  However, my inner child couldn’t be held back for much longer, I had to “turn it up” a notch so to speak.  Thus, I bring to you my version of the basic white button down shirt!!!!  Tadah!!!

It is so much fun when you can create exactly what you want and have it work out the first time around.  This is particularly so because I had already gone through the process of fitting and tweaking my basic sloper for the “darted” front bodice some time ago.  So all I had to do was make the changes to the basic shirt pattern as needed to make this one.  I had a few design elements in mind that I knew I wanted, including that elastic sleeve detail.  I just love it.

I kept the upper band flat and just kept the 1″ elastic in the area of the sleeve to keep it flat over the bust and at the back.  This small detail made all the difference for me.  

Another very important detail that made the difference for this being an “off-the-shoulder”, was the need for a different type of dart.  I made the regular side bust dart into a “french” dart so that it would not appear like a lone line floating in a sea of clouds.  It also elongated the torso.  Another win.  Also, I just had to have the regular “men’s” shirt pleat in the back in order to give it that oversized look.  Since I have fallen in love with my new “boyfriend” jeans, I now wanted to have a “boyfriend” shirt.  So, I made sure I exaggerated the length of the bodice and the sleeves.
The sleeve cuffs are really regular double button oversized as well so they hang over my thumb just a little to make it look too big but not slouchy.  The buttons were a gift from a customer, which made the outfit.  It really is amazing how easy it is for people to understand your style just by the clothes you wear. 

And to think, I didn’t want to wear an “off-the-shoulder” because I don’t like the idea of adding any extra to my chest area.  This flat band treatment really made all the difference.  The pants are my Style Arc Cassie pants from last year I think.

Construction Details:

  • Pattern- self drafted

  • Pattern Details:
    • Rotate side dart to french dart
    • disregard waist darts so as to keep all amount of fullness 
    • lengthen bodice front and back by 2 inches
    • lengthen sleeve 2 inches
    • slash and spread sleeve cap to add fullness at top only all the way to cuff
    • measure and cut top of shoulder and sleeve away.
Have you taken the time to make sure you have a basic pattern that you can work from when you find that special outfit or garment inspiration?

I have searched and searched for the perfect Henley pattern for years now. I finally came across this one by way of my January Stitch Fix. It was so right I had to duplicate it for future use. I did make an attempt at drafting one before, but I couldn’t figure out what fine detail was missing until now. So I went back to the drawing board and self-drafted this tee with the same details that caught my attention in the Stitch Fix version. Now I know, it was the neckline shaping!!

Grey henley t-shirt with sleeve bands and button placket.

So many fine details make up the perfect wardrobe piece. It’s a wonder I don’t have ten of these by now. I made it about two weeks ago, maybe three. I don’t even remember. What I do remember is that I have worn it so many times that one things for sure, is that I better hurry and find some more fabric and get a few more completed, before my family calls the fashion police.

Of course there was only a few tweaks I had to make for it to fit me the way I like, and that was the arm circumference. The fabric for future makes need to be very lightweight and breezy for it to feel comfy.  It’s really no secret, I’m a button-down and t-shirt kinda gal.  So if I can get it to feel that comfortable, then it will be in heavy rotation in my closet, which is why I needed help for ideas on styling beyond the regular “t-shirt” wear.

For this one, I made the sleeve tabs faux, but next time I will go ahead and put actual buttonholes in them. The main reason for that is I keep trying to unbutton them and lower the sleeves. The button placket is fully functional, just as I wanted with a narrow lightly interfaced band. I am really very happy with the make, I even allowed my daughter to style me up, since I’m prone to just throw this very comfortable top on for any relaxed occasion. I needed her to give me pointers on taking a simple wardrobe piece to another level and jazz it up. I chose the shoes myself, the boyfriend jeans are something I have fallen head over heels for as well. They too are another Stitch Fix find. Total score!! I’m rocking her hat too. I wore it when I visited NYC last year. I do love to wear hats, problem is it is hard to find the right size for my noggins.

I get a kick out of understanding the history and meaning or background for the things I wear or what I do.  For this, I wanted to check out where or what “henley” really is, and this is what I found….
  • The men’s henley is a “collarless” version of a polo shirt with three “signature” buttons.
  • The top button is never buttoned closed… hence the women’s version is a little more sexy with the top opened down to resemble a v-neck
  • It is usually long sleeve and may be worn as a base layer to a jacket.

Here is a video of the original Stitch Fix fashion show where i show you their version.

Rodeo season is upon us and hats are a big thing in these parts. What say ye about hats? Do you wear the big ones are keep to the more conservative type?

Maxi dresses are so much fun to wear.  In my case though I have aways avoided strapless and tube-like dresses.  Mainly due to the major mount rushmore of a change from my waist to my hips.  But the way that Mimi instructed us on how to construct this dress gave it new appeal for me.  I used a Rayon knit that flows so wonderfully. 
This is one of the fabrics I bought from the fashion district in California, back in August 2011 when I attended the ASG conference.
I am so loving this thing….I wore it all day with heals until my daughter came to get a few good pics for this blog. 

 Look how nice this thing flows and it is so slimming.  No matter how I stand it really does its job to make my curves nice. 

This is all I needed to get back my mojo…I have been a little busy with life, but not sewing as much.  So, this was just the juice needed to fuel the fire.  Next up will be a pencil skirt from Mimi as well. 

I have other items to share with everyone, but that will have to wait until I have more time to gather my pics and thoughts.  I do seem to be a little scattered when I’m sewing, so its hard to wrangle in my thoughts enough to document my actions as I sew.