Vogue 8825: Modern Twist on Vintage

Hey Peoples!!!! Oh my Goodness. Let me tell you guys I’ve been a lazy somebody. I’ll be perfectly honest I have had many days where I would come home from work, bypass my sewing machine and head straight to bed. I confess, I love sewing but I am not in love with it at the same time, please don’t judge me lol. Thank goodness I was able to pull a project together. I hate making promises to others as well as myself and fail to fall through.

For this sew project I decided on Vogue 8825. My inspiration for choosing this look was Amy Adams wardrobe in American Hustle. A prime example on how 70s fashion was chic, feminine and bold without the stereotypical cliche tackiness of peace signs and overly exaggerated bellbottoms. american-hustle-amy-adams-1 I love this dress for several reasons, it was easy to sew, its figure flattering and the silhouette is reminiscent of a vintage 1970s dress. V8825-1V8825



I even found this vintage pattern, also by Vogue, which offers a similar silhouette. I would imagine for an experienced sewer it wouldn’t take much difficulty to alter Vogue 8825 to mirror this vintage pattern. 70s-empire-maxi-dress

For this pattern I used knit fabric. I must say I tend to favor woven fabric over knits, probably because I like being able to manipulate it. Thankfully the sewing instructions were pretty straight forward resulting in a lower probability for error. The only alterations I made was to add more length so I can achieve below knee length. IMG_2158 IMG_2092 IMG_2170 IMG_2160 IMG_2226 Oh just in case I get any inquires about the faux fur jacket, this gem was purchased over 10 years ago.

Oh before I forget. You may also notice the obvious…my images. I don’t mind doing my own photos but I decided for my blog I’ll switch it up from time to time.  Yeah, for this post I wanted to step my game up. I would normally shot with my own camera, but this time I wanted to get a professional. For this task I enlisted my photog buddy Jeffrey Perkins of J. Perk Productions.  Please if your in the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) area, check him out and book your shoot.


Until Next Time…….

P.S.  Hold dear to that garment or accessory that can always stand the test of time.

The 180 Skirt

Hey Peoples, its your girl Coco with another Sew Post. While summer is coming close an end and with fall approaching its time to start sewing my autumn wardrobe. I do need some solid pieces but if you know one thing about me fashion wise is that I love prints.  The most lovely of prints in my opinion are Ankara fabric.  Its in a nutshell a 6 yard 45 inch wide bolt of boldness, color and excitement.389762_10200784017016466_1109773403_n1053402_10200907396060865_592650367_o So these two outfits were from my early sewing days. My first pair of pants using McCalls M6514 and My first Pretty Girls Sew sew along project using Vogue Pattern V8788. This project I wanted something simplistic, comfortable and that doesn’t take all day to make.  For those days when I don’t want to do any extreme projects I tend to go for simplistic patterns that contain 6 or less pattern pieces.  For this project I decided I wanted to make a circle skirt using my Ankara fabric. Because of width of the fabric I wasn’t able to pull off a full circle skirt but I managed to do half circle skirt instead. For calculations and drafting I referred to my ever growing sewing reference library. A good online resource for doing a self drafted circle skirt is this cool circle skirt app. IMG_6999IMG_6991IMG_6990 Making this skirt was fairly easy, beginner friendly and quick which makes this a perfect project for days I really don’t feel like spending hours upon hours sewing and pressing. IMG_6981

Until Next time.  (Looking at that Pink and Green at the bottom right corner, definitely will be doing a post once I figure out what to do with it)


Picking the Right Print

Hey Peoples, its been a minute since my last post. Have I been sewing yes, posted what I’ve sewn on social media well no. Like most sewers I have what you’d call USPs or Unfinished Sewing Projects. I promise on all my bobbins, needles and thread I will have them finished, hemmed, fitted and trimmed.

Now on to the topic, Picking the Right Print. One thing I hear a lot from people on the street, friends, family, as-sew-ciates/sew friends (my play on associates), fabric suppliers/distributors is that I have a good eye for prints. For me picking prints is like selecting art, in the case of fabric wearable art. Depending on my mood I can go for something subtle, eclectic, graphic or traditional.

What I’d like to share is one of my processes for selecting fabric. Recently my Sew Sister Ye of Sew Urbane and I decided to take a quick pilgrimage to one of the top fashion capitals of the world NYC. IMG_7561 For our quick trip we decided to visit the MET and afterward do a little fabric shopping. IMG_7556 I was more so looking forward to the MET, especially getting a chance to visit the Costume Institute! Yay!!! Oh but when we got there it was closed BOOOOOOO!!!! I wasn’t at all happy, but I had to remain positive and take this as an opportunity to take my camera and take in all the other exhibits as inspiration towards future fabric and textile purchases.

My inspiration came from West Africa, France, Greece and Italy. These are a few of my favorite pictures from the MET. IMG_7546 IMG_7485 IMG_7456 IMG_7453 IMG_7432IMG_7479
After our visit to the MET we were ready to do some shopping. We decided this time to just go to one place for Fabric. I can admit shopping for fabric itself can be loads of fun but can be mentally draining. Not having any idea of what color(s), textile type, yardage or even what direction your trying to go can make your shopping experience daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that way, make your experience like walking through a museum or an art gallery.

IMG_7568 AKN Fabrics IMG_7570 Now that’s a lot of fabric, however you don’t have to let it overwhelm you. Here are my pics based on my recent trip to the MET. IMG_7580 (Inspired by the vase) IMG_7576 (Graphic print reminiscent of the graphic striped wall) IMG_7575 (black and ivory vases)

Hopefully these tips I use can help you out on your next fabric excursion, keep you from becoming overwhelmed, scratching your head in utter confusion. Make it fun, use the world around you for inspiration and happy shopping.

Til Next Time

Blogger Scene DC

Hey Peoples!!!! So I am excited to share with you guys about my night in DC with the girls and of course what I wore.  So about the event, during the course of the year the lovely Ashley of Ashley in DC and sisters Natalie and Erika of The Fashionably Broke host Blogger Scene.

Blogger Scene Summer Send Off Cocktail Party

This event is a network mixer dedicated to the Blogger Community in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) Tri-State Area. Its serves as an opportunity to connect with other bloggers, gain blogging tips via the blogger panel oh did I mention awesome giveaways!!! BTW So happy to say my Sister/Bestie/Blogger Friend of Do it With Sass stepped out with a lil something something. IMG_7051 Also my Sew Sister/Blogger/Friend Ye of Sew Urbane stepped out in her cute number sewn by her of course.  Yeah, that dress in its self is a winner. IMG_7134 More more details on her look follow her on Instagram @SewUrbane.
If you are in the DMV area, blogger or not I urge you to come out. I actually was encouraged to blog myself after going to Blogger Scene for the second time. I think this allowed me to come out of my shell…Yes Coco people don’t bite lol. IMG_7035 Some of the panelist. (Side Bar: How cute is her skirt paired with the flannel blouse) IMG_7027 IMG_7085 IMG_7088

Now for what I wore to Blogger Scene… I strongly believe that my drive to sew is that I have some where to go and would need something to wear. In my mind everything has a theme, should match the mood and tell some sort of a story, yes in my mind. I wanted a look that was chic, girly, cute, hip and modern. I wanted for the night to be a girl in the city who casual by day and chic by night. To capture all of these things on my must have list I went with Vogue 8872

Vogue 8872

I loved the color blocking, the slight draping of the bodice and the pencil skirt.
IMG_7105 For my version I used Ankara for the bodice and a stretch woven for the skirt portion of the dress.  I also added a Vintage red belt, via my Mommy,  for an extra pop of color.IMG_7068 I think I had slight trouble with fitting, for now I will blame it on my disproportion figure and my not having a dress form. Loosing weight is a good thing but not when it calls for major pattern adjustments and alterations booooo lol. As for the stretch woven it wrinkles easy but I did receive some expert advice from my sew instructor the Sassy Sewer about underlining so we shall see how that goes.  Overall I still love the pattern so I will be looking towards remaking this in another fabric.

For more pics from this event or to see my other creations follow me on Instagram @CocobTaylor or on Twitter @VOTPbyCoco

Until Next Time

“At first you don’t succeed, dust your self of and try again, try again” Aaliyah