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


Poised in Peplum

Hey Peoples I’m back with another sew project post. In the beginning of my sewing journey I made plenty of mistakes and figured a few quick sew methods to hide them. This worked for me being that I would be the only one wearing my garments. Eventually as I increase my sewing skills and most importantly my finishing techniques, I then can begin to start making garments for others. I couldn’t possibly do it with myself, I would be too tempted to do shortcut sewing. The first person I had in mind was my niece. She fit the criteria perfectly, she’s 4 which for me translates less fabric and little to no alterations.

Now that I have my model, the next thing on my list was the pattern.  In my mind I envisioned a Little Lady, so the tween, Disney and Nickelodeon look was out.  I decided to go with a pattern from Simplicity website being that they have a fairly large selection of children’s patterns.  While in the New Look section I came across New Look 6238

New Look 6238 Peplum Dress

New Look 6238 is a great pattern, its chic, girly and most importantly defined Little Lady. What else screams pretty and poised than peplum.

For this sewing project I decided for go for the professional finish,  that meant taking my time to decrease my need for the seam ripper and no quick sew shortcuts.  I also decided to take a stab at lining the entire dress.IMG_6903IMG_6902IMG_6900
This actually wasn’t a bad sewing project. The pattern directions were straight forward and detailed. I believe this project is beginner friendly and would add to ones sewing skills. From my experience, this was the first time I actually, truly enjoyed the whole sewing process. I believe it was mostly due to the fact that I was sewing for my niece, which overall made it the more worthwhile. What was more worthwhile was her reaction when I pulled out the dress. Her smile was everything. IMG_6916 Yeah I think she liked it.

Until Next Time
“It wouldn’t be called a gift unless you share it with others”

What’s your favorite sewing pattern for children? Do you like sewing for children or adults? Lets talk!

Coco vs Coco

Hey peoples its ya girl Coco reporting live from the DMV.  This week I decided to meet up with one of my dearest Sister Besties Sass IMG_6857 to do a little catching up and eat.  Its amazing looking back how much of a hermit I am now compared to back then.  Let’s put it this way, Sass and I lived for throwing a party and would find any excuse to do so.  Fast forward to today I put in 40 hrs, come home to cook for the hubs, sew here and there go to sleep and do it all over again. (Boring)  Reflecting back for that quick second made me realize I need to have a well rounded social calendar.  The best place for two foodies to fellowship would be no other than DC’s Coco Sala IMG_6773  4862_1171575123249_2748953_nCoCo Sala is a cool chic restaurant known for their delectable desserts, oh the food is good too.  Let’s go through the menu shall we….. It would be typical for me to order a cocktail however I opted out due to an onset headache I acquired earlier that day (Apple Cider Vinegar in water does wonders to alleviate and reduce headache pains).  For my drink I ordered Jasmine Red Flower Green Tea. IMG_6775 You’ll definitely have to order it if your a tea lover. Also they up the ante by serving it in a glass. For dinner I figured I would eat light in order to make room for what I really came for, the dessert. IMG_6836 IMG_6837 For my starter I had a watermelon salad and for my entree the crispy sweet and sour cauliflower. I almost was fooled with the cauliflower cause I swore it looked like sweet n sour chicken. I guess this would be a good dish for someone considering becoming vegan. Mmmmm…dinner was good but lets get on to the important meal of the day,dessert. CoCo Sala offers an extensive dessert menu. We being the greedy sweet goblins we are we went and each ordered a 3-course dessert experience. First course was the Chef’s Amuse Sucre which turned out to be a bon bon size mini chocolate lava cakeIMG_6843The second course I chose the Latin Love Affair a dulce chocolate mousse with cinnamon caramel on top of a chocolate pecan cake some butter pecan
dulcey ice cream with some passion fruit sauce and a cajeta bon bon.IMG_6849 Oh we are not done yet the is more lol. The last course was suppose to had been petit fours but we were given french macarons.IMG_6853 Well I loved my first and second course however those macarons weren’t Bottega Louie. When you’ve had good Macarons, so good (you won’t share and then eat a whole box of 12 to yourself) you sort of become a Macaron snob sort of speak. Overall I couldn’t complain you can’t go wrong with good food, delicious drinks and great company.

Now we discussed food now on to the fashion. 1959358_10202947672986513_5027189613999204385_n I decided to wear my McCalls 6902 Jacket This jacket wasn’t bad to sew minus me rushing to put in the lining. (I’m a lazy sewer,  I know I need to do better). However, this is a great pattern being one its beginner friendly and secondly you can make this jacket with 2 yards or less of fabric, cool huh. My fabric choice, well all I can say is home decor has great fabric selections. This is how I wore my jacket. IMG_6794IMG_6861 I styled my jacket with some cool pleated striped pants I picked up from The Zone, a cool trendy consignment shop located in Baltimore and my white and mesh crop top I got from Wet Seal.

Hope you guys are full on the food and loved the fashion, until next time. Oh and make sure you stop by and show my girl Sass some love at IMG_6780

Until Next Time
“Don’t follow trends set them”