6:11 AM

DIY Escada Inspired Jumpsuit: Get the look for less!

As the snow begins to melt, and the temperature rises above freezing, spring prep is in full swing!  I got off to a late start this year, but in any event, I thought this would be a great way to leap into spring wear!

One of the great things about having or being part of a sewing group is are inspirations.  There is no question, I live for jumpsuits!  Because of this, I jump at every opportunity to recreate or design jumpsuits that are unique in their own right.

The inspiration for this jumpsuit came from Escada's Spring 2015 line.  An actress (Tracee Ellis Ross) wore the jumpsuit in green and I was instantly in love.  I could not think of any patterns that I could use to recreate the top of the jumpsuit, so I decided to draft a pattern by draping on my dress form.   The bottom of the jumpsuit is a drafted wide leg pant from McCalls 6930 (my go to sloper) for a close fit. 


I choose 4 yards of a Coral, light weight linen from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The color option is no longer available due to a recent sale, but other options can be found (HERE), (HERE), (HERE), & (HERE).

I took the first night of this process draping muslin on my dress form in order to accomplish the perfect drape to the flounce on the side.  I had no intentions of putting darts anywhere on this jumpsuit, so this process was completed fairly quickly.  I draped only one side as the bodice and top flounce were to be cut on the fold.  I was able to use these three pieces for the front and back pattern pieces.

This is only the second time I have draped muslin for a garment. The first time was so successful, I had no doubt I would be able to come up with a great concept to achieve this look.  This was one of those times when YT and Craftsy were my best friends.  I would watch draping videos over and over again!

Once I completed the muslin pieces, I was able to proceed as usual.  This project can be completed within a matter of 4-5 hours start to finish.  I am all about projects that I can start and finish in the same day, so I was pleased with how quick I was able to get through the entire process.

I was not able to find this jumpsuit for sale anywhere, but less complicated pieces from Escada are currently for sale for over $1200... Total cost for you to make this yourself????? Less than $50!!!

I created a YT Tutorial for this jumpsuit of which I hope you all will enjoy :)

You can access the YouTube Tutorial (HERE

Happy Sewing! 
- Jenese 
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9:23 AM

Style File Part 2: Shoes anyone?

Straight off of a snow storm weekend, I am back to focusing my efforts on Spring.  Today's topic: SHOES!  The love and joy of my life..... Let's get started!

Found HERE

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9:28 AM

Style File: What's HOT! Part 1 - JUMPSUITS & ROMPERS

Hello again my dears!

As NYFW approaches, I thought it would be a great time to share my picks of what's hot and on trend for the impending Spring weather.  Have you started stacking your wardrobe yet?  What have your made?  Lets run down the list of staples that can successfully get you though the Spring! 

The Perfect Jumpsuit & Rompers

I mean, this should be completely obvious by now.... I live my life in a jumpsuit!

Clover Canyon painted wrap jumpsuit: A great play on proportions, this jumpsuit has an elegant wrap element as well as a wide leg cropped cut.  This look and easily be accomplished by mixing M6083 (HERE) (cropped) with added sleeves, bias tape for defined lines, as well as a belt.  For a bold statement select fabrics that stand out like this  (HERE), (HERE), & (HERE)

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11:16 AM

DIY Pleated Midi Skirt and Crop Top.

Growing up, I was not only the only girl, but one of very few females in my generation.  Quite naturally, I grew up as a major tomboy.  As I got older (post college), I began embracing my feminine side.  Through out these years, I never really could fully embrace wearing skirt and dresses.  To be honest I really don't think they fit me well or look very flattering.

 My wardrobe is filled with countless jumpsuits and separates.  I literally own close to 100 pairs of jeans!  So for my 2015 challenge, I will attempt to create a skirt/dress garment at least once a month. Starting with this month's post!

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5:44 AM

Peek A Boo Jumpsuit - M7021 & M6930

As the winter approaches, I often have a hard time with keeping warm while trying not to suffocate.  While I am originally from NY, I have done tours in both GA, and FL completely erasing my tolerance for cold weather.  In November, I made a full wool jumpsuit (my favorite garment) out of a medium weight wool.  I must admit, while I love the feel and look of wool, it was entirely too hot.  Adding a coat to it would only work if I were walking more than 2-3 blocks in the mist of this frigid weather.

This time around, I decided to make a jumpsuit that was more suitable for winter wear without being too hot.  What better way to do that than to construct one with short sleeves and with a light weight wool!  I must say, this time, I hit it on the nail!

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1:30 PM

Jacket Weather!!! Leather Jackets!

Hi Sew Fam!

I hope you all are having a great Holiday season and are finishing off 2014 in style!  I have been doing a lot of sew soul searching and along with it being cold out, I have decided to start making my own patterns in preparation for my 2015 goals!  Starting with jackets, the first one below, I purchased from an online boutique.  I love the jacket and decided to figure out how to make it in my own materials (original is polyester and at that time was only available in black).  Four painful hours later, I was able to create a paper pattern.  I opted to create this jacket first in denim purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics before I DARED to try it in the fire red lambskin leather intended.  Total time: 9 hours.  You read correctly..... 9 HOURS!  After the New Year, I will be working feverishly to get this pattern to you all as fast as possible.  Once available, you all will be the first to know!

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6:12 AM

Denim Frenzy! V1416 & Simplicity 2255

Hello Sew Family!

For my first official post with Fabric Mart Fabrics, I wanted to share with you my Denim Frenzy outfit.  There is nothing more timeless than denim. With multiple styles, colors and weight, denim provides endless possibilities to your wardrobe!

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