Check out this quick transformation from a man’s shirt to a cute top ready for the luau.
So I totally cut out this top without even thinking about the unbalanced stripes. I was pretty disappointed and thought that it was a done deal, especially since I have a personal sewing pet peeve about matching stripes and only had minimal yardage of the fabric to start off with. I really liked the fabric so I pondered over a solution, the challenge: how do I change the perception of continuous flowing stripes? Out of no where, the solution: ruffles came to mind. A creative distraction, if you will, the birth of my “Angel Wings” ruffles.
I’m sure this is how a number of fashion designs happen by trial and error. But wait, my resolution still was not complete. As I scanned my fabric stash for navy or green fabric to construct the ruffle design, I came up empty handed. I was determined this top was going to get completed! So I remembered I had recently bagged some items to be given away. And wha-la a pair of navy pants was in the bundle. I pulled those suckers out, removed the stitches and navy fabric was now at my disposal! I guess you can see my projects become my babies and I find joy in bringing them to life. The “Angel Wing” ruffle was constructed out of a navy crepe and off-white cotton (used what I had).
The simple lesson here, give your project another thought. Turn your Flaws to Fabulous, you never know what idea an Angel may give you 🙂
Check out the four pieces I created to walk this year’s MimiG Fashion and Sewing Conference Runway. I enjoyed sewing these looks and bringing my vision to life.
First, this Ivory jumpsuit made from a linen texture fabric. Walking the many aisles of fabrics, I allowed this texture to speak to me. Thinking outside the box, believe it or not it’s an upholstery fabric. To create this jumpsuit I masterfully combined MimiG’s Simplicity 1115 and a 1950’s Vintage Simplicity 8130.
To accompany the ivory jumpsuit I paired it with a tangerine orange cotton/rayon ruffle open front jacket.
This jacket was crafted by combining MimiG’s Simplicity 8177 coat and the ruffle from S8394.
Take note this jacket has NO side seams, to achieve this I made a muslin jacket and then used it as a one piece pattern to cut. Then I simply made a circular cut and then attached a double ruffle. I love color so I lined it with a hot pink!
For look two, I pin it as my interpretation of “Avant-Garde meet Everyday.” Green polka dots, one puff sleeve with “Snap-off” top which reveals a one-shoulder jumpsuit underneath. Created the jumpsuit by combining MimiG’s S115 and S8380. I drafted the bias snap-off top with Puff sleeve.
This puff sleeve consists of four fabrics: Polka dot chiffon, green cotton/rayon, interfacing and a cotton lining.
Get ready! View the “snap-off”.
Enjoyed making this sweet top using Simplicity 8335, ideal for someone learning to sew. Today’s message, ‘Time and Purpose’, understanding God’s timing is key in fulfilling your purpose. T=Treasure I=Investment M=Measured E=Eternal.
Made this vintage off the shoulder dress last summer which is now….on trend! Added a floral band as anklet and Bam I was ready, ALOHA!
Looking forward to sharing my creative space on upcoming edition of Sew Sew Def magazine.
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During this National Sewing Month (September), I decided to take on some vintage sewing. Crafted this frock with details; added pipping to the ruffle and belt. I enjoy sewing with meaning that is personal to me, therefore I selected this 1978 pattern, the same year I graduated from high school. Walking in my style, confidently. So I’m ahead of the trend for SS/2017 Ruffles and Floral.
I’m attracted to circular patterns, so I created this circle sleeve. This fabric tho, is a must see puff/quilted texture with pocket flaps and a belt.
So I’m a southern girl (a Georgia Peach :), and was raised to appreciate etiquettes of fashion, I thought I’d post this white dress before tomorrow’s Labor Day, however, to me WHITE is a crisp~bright~fresh neutral, so here’s fair warning, you’ll probably find me in White throughout the year! I’m a image consultant and designer confident in my walk, yep White and all. It’s ok to wear white after labor day.
A fashion show displaying Mimi G patterns or DIY tutorial. Here are the Top 4 looks of the fashion show, excitedly my design placed 2nd!
Day 1 in LA ~ Fashion show highlights
Showcased two looks, the first is a three piece tunic and pants with a removable off shoulder accent piece. Look 2 fabric was inspired from my favorite beverage, “Lemonade”, a side button sundress. This was an amazing experience, honored to be a part of creative like minded women. Thank you father for the creative gift and the opportunity for the outlet.
Day 2 ~ Ready to learn sewing tips from the break out sessions…
…but first, I’m presented with my 2nd place prize, YAaasss. Grateful! Then we were filled with sewing tips and knowledge. Making a sloper, “Giant Inch”, Garment finishings and Fit. I wound down the evening in a relaxing spot in LA sun. I made the jumpsuit.
Day 3 ~ Speakers and LA fashion district shopping
Wow! so honored, MimiG commented on a photo and even started following me, YaY!
This 2-in-1 look jumpsuit is so classy and refreshing. Made from MimiG’s Simplicity last summer, style is on point for spring/summer.
Greetings! Today’s look is a skirt and top by Vogue #V1486.
Sewing skills: Intermediate level for the skirt. Tip ⇒ pressing is your friend.
When selecting fabric, I like what I like and make it work (Tim Gunn voice), for instance this skirt was constructed from Waverly Home Decor fabric (wait, wasn’t that just a Project Runway twist, making fashions from different types of fabric?) In addition the top was made on the reverse side of satin fabric. Yellow is one of my favorite colors.
Denim styles come and denim styles go and like most you hold on to your denim. So you have all this denim hanging in your closet, the great thing about this new denim trend, you can wear it all together. Combine your denim jackets, shirts, and jeans, for a great denim look. Remember those 80’s denim dresses, grab it and combine it with jeans as I’ve done here. Don’t be afraid to jump on the denim crave.
My love for jumpsuits continues, made this V9075 to add to my wardrobe.
Greetings All! Go here to see the ABC news interview: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/teens-dress-modestly-program-shows/story?id=24432782
So excited about this new character based program Reveal Your Dignity: http://revealyourdignity.org
I have the honor of designing the JR Stylist kit bag and will serve as an educator.
Bags designed and created by Constance,
One-of-a-kind bags… interested inquire on contact page
One-of-a-kind Spring Collection:
Red Chevron clutch and Techno-Carry-All bag:
Silver Metallic & Tassel Flair:
The Perfume Bottle Bag:
(yes this bag’s design was inspired from a little perfume bottle!)