Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. "

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I love Mondays!! Its a new week, a fresh start, a new day to regroup. The month of October we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. To honor the women and men too who have suffered because of this dreaded disease, I wanted to create and wear something PINK to an upcoming event.  My dear friend Primrose (see blog here), has been affected by breast cancer the last 18 months.  She is a fighter and is so determined to beat cancer.

This easy to sew kimono was made using Simplicity 1108 (here) with a rayon crepe challis fabric that I selected for winning the day to night look for the Fabric mart challenge (here).  This was the last piece of pre-cut fabric in this color and I was so happy to grab it.  I chose to rock it with the jeans that I made using Closet Case mid-rise ginger jeans pattern (here)  for the final Fabric Mart challenge!  Yes the Fabric Mart challenge that I won (here).  These jeans fit amazing and I have worn it every single week since. 
Looks peach in the shade!
This kimono pattern will be modified significantly on the next make for my daughter.  I will probably grade the pattern for her (XXS TO XS), shorten it to mid thighs, add belt loops at the side and cut the back piece on fold and remove the 5/8 inch seam allowance.  I will be in sewing overdrive the next week as I have the sew your view and a few makes before my last vacation of the year.
Glasses: from Aldo Shoes ($8)
Shoes:  Ann Taylor 

What would you rock your kimono with?  I can surely rock this again with shorts or a pencil dress.Thanks for stopping and be sure to check back for more DIY and fall projects.  I will be adding a subscription link and making a few changes to the blog so stay tune!

Have a BLESSED WEEK and one love.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Simplicity 8172 Kimono- Made for my daughter Arielle

“Her smile makes me smile. Her laugh is infectious. Her heart is pure and true. Above all I love that she is my daughter.”

    Happy Monday All!! It's a NEW week, new challenges and of course a few new sewing projects.  The last few months I have neglected sewing for my daughter as I wanted to develop new sewing skills.  During the month of September, my main focus was the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge 5 (here).  This challenge was a great life learning experience as I took each challenge as an opportunity to grow.  I developed so many new sewing skills and I am happy to report that I WON with my first handmade pair of jeans! (here).  I also won the Day to Night look right before the finale (here.)
My makes for the Fabric Mart features will focus on more mommy and me looks.  Can you believe my son is even willing to join in?

Now that the challenge is over, my daughter has set aside her list of makes for the year and I will oblige.  She wants kimonos, jogger pants, sweater dresses and of course a peplum top made before her birthday.  The next few weeks I will be in sewing overdrive as she wants 3 handmade looks before November 10th. I am super excited about this new challenge as I will be able to put my $25 monthly fabric selection to good use.

My daughter had picked out a few rayon fabric for kimonos this fall. She wanted a Mommy and me look and we purchased this fabric back in August. Luckily, the XXS in Simplicity pattern S8172 measurements matches her size with little to no adjustments. The culotte seen here was made using McCall 7131 (here) using a different color palette of the same print. 

 She really loved the fabric, the fit and the details of the yellow bias tape.

Side view!

Jeans - Old Navy
Sneaker - Converse

Arielle pretty much has her own sense of style and I truly embrace it.  She picks out her own fabric and makes the final decisions on most of her look.  Thank goodness she is NOT a fan of skimpy clothing so lucky for me I don't have to worry about that!

Back view

I truly enjoy sewing for my daughter because she appreciates every look that I create.  She is one easy going and pretty much appreciates every item that I make for her.

Hair styled using Curly Kids Hair Care Products (Curly Chic LINE)  (here)
You Mane Moisturizer
and Moisture in a Minute

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

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