Thursday, January 24, 2013

#DIY Turtleneck Dress + Floral Velvet Shoes

Hi Darlings, so it turns out that the footage from the SD card is corrupted and not recoverable *insert hysterical crying here* but I did manage to go home on Tuesday, take a cat nap and start filming so you will have a new tut on Friday! This week I will also be creating the trim for my "chanel-esque" jacket by taking apart the fibers in the fabric and creating a braid of sorts, I did order some trim just in case the fibers start getting on my nerve, lol

My turtleneck dress however was a breeze, the turtleneck I used to create the pattern didn't have princess seams so I added them because I needed shaping and didn't want to add darts. I drew my princess seam lines right on my turtleneck before cutting it apart (pic below) and then I just used those pieces to create the pattern on paper, added seam allowances and of course length to make it a dress.

I also MUST say that THIS fabric may be my most favorite fabric to work with! it is such a yummy wool/rayon blend that will work for anything; dresses, skirts (pencil), jackets, sweaters it is so versatile and presses like a dream! I need more if it asap in every color and it's only $15 a yard.



DIY Dress (similar style) HERE / Steve Madden Pumps (old) 
**Fabric for the dress found HERE (use your code "mimijan10" to get 10% off)**






Princess Seam Close up

Original Turtleneck





43 comments:

  1. Hi, MiMi! I'm looking to your blog for inspiration~! I just signed up for a sewing class (I had my first one last week!), so I keep visiting and looking for inspiration here! I love your blog!

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty

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  2. Ok, you are definately a mind reader! I've been having problems with a big project I'm working with, so this morning I came up with the idea of an easy palette cleansing project - a simple knit dress. Thought it would be just the thing to calm my nerves, and then up pops your new form fitted version of what I had in mind. Great minds think alike I guess (lol), except I want mine in black with a cowl neck. Princess seams would be a great addition to mine - thanks for the idea!!! I'll even post to your Flicker group when finished!

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  3. love this dress..the princess seams are great. I am so intimidated by them. I'll have to try them soon.
    Danielle

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  4. Hi Mimi, love the color, your dress is fab...this dress shows all your curves...ur no joke in the gym...body is the bomb...go Mimi :-)...keep us ladies inspired!

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  5. Blue is my favorite color. I so love this dress on you. You always rock your clothes anytime. Inspiration.

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  6. Love it! So doable using the prinicples of the T-Shirt Maxi tutorial. I'm so ready to wear dresses but it's still too darn COLD!

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  7. Hi Mimi:
    I found you blog yesterday (referred by the Crafty Gemini) & you rock!! I LOVE your pics & was wondering who takes your photos for you? I will be sewing some plus sized clothes for myself @ some point but am returning to sewing after a long, long break! I just had 5 grandkids in the last 13 months & have been making blankets, quilts & such & will be moving into baby clothes soon but I have my eye on sewing for myself some time this year. You have a HOT body & you rock your outfits & your blog is like fat free candy that I can treat myself too:)

    Keep up the great work & I will will come to your conference in LA next year when I have more knowledge!

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    1. Yay!! I love Vanessa, she is great! Thanks for visiting and welcome!!

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  8. Can't wait for the tut! Dress is TOO cute! :)

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  9. when Im lazy and dont wana go to the gym i just think of how you look in your clothes and I get up and go....Its amazing how someone I dont know has had such a positive impact on my life, I said this woman, works, blogs, is a mother and wife and she still makes time to keep her body right! I have NO excuse...keep living your life in goodness and inspiring women. T

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  10. Nice! I'm so used to belting everything I own, that now I forget what dresses look like without one! Then again, that dress fits right on without any accessory help. I love the blue too. :)

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  11. Awesome dress Mimi! Would it be hard to modify for a flared skirt? I love the fitted option but know I would wear an a-line version to death! Looking forward to another great tute! :-)

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    1. Thanks and no it would be easy just go out at the ip line ;-)

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    2. Great idea, have been making knit dresses from t-shirts recently and they came out great. Nice idea Cadi, you can even go a step further and insert triangles (forget what it's called lol) to give the added swing :0) :0)

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    3. Great idea, have been making knit dresses from t-shirts recently and they came out great. Nice idea Cadi, you can even go a step further and insert triangles (forget what it's called lol) to give the added swing :0) :0)

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    4. Great idea, made some knit dresses from t-shirt pattern recently and is luving this idea. Nice Cadi, you could also add those triangles inserts (forget what they're called lol) to get the fullness :0) :0)

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  12. You are a serious case of hotness, my goodness this dress looks great on you.
    I am kind of going bananas over the shoes here, LOVE them!

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  13. Pretty Blue and a cute simple dress! Always the answer to cute shoes!

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  14. I love how this turned out. I want a long-sleeve maxi like this.

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  15. Shouting a warm and sunny "hi" from the islands! Took a sewing class last year and I haven't been able to get inspired to continue at home. Until this very moment that is! Thanks Mimi! Your West Indian following is on the rise!

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  16. I'm so jealous that it's warm enough for you to wear your legs bare. It's so cold here (Washington, DC) that it's painful. I got gas today and thought I would literally freeze to death within 5 minutes.

    That dress is hot, though... and so are you!!

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  17. This is awesome! I hope your blog stays online for forever!

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  18. Beautiful, dress, amazing work, and the legs, i love you legs.

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  19. Hey Mimi..

    Love the blue and great accessories..

    Following.

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    Dawn

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  20. You are such an inspiration! I cannot go a day without Looking at your blog!

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  21. Love this dress and the color is so HOT!!! I don't comment much but I always look forward to seeing your blog and your positive energy ;)

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  22. I dont think there has been a post that I have disliked. I am ordering this fabric now. This website makes the local fabric stores look scarce. There is so much variety. As always, you look awesome! I wouldn't have thought of a turtleneck....but now I want one lol.

    As for the other colors you will purchase that is the blend...can you post the ones that you purchase? I have looked at the wool blend and its other combinations so I'm not sure if it will be similar to wool/rayon fit. I was eyeing the ML15045 which is viscose/wool blend(Bisque).

    Thanks for all your help and making sewing so easy and attractive :)

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  23. Hi Mimi,
    Hello from France, I love your blog it's such an inspiration. You rock in any garment keep up your amazing work lady. Thanks
    Valencia

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  24. Hi Mimi,

    I just signed up for your blog. I'm lovin what I've seen. I have one question. If you've already answered this I apologize in advance, but do you have a zipper in the back. I tried to look at the fabric content and I didn't see any mention of anything that would allow for stretch. Thank you. Beautiful color fabric...one of my favorites.

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  25. Please please please do a tutorial on this hot little number! I LOVE turtle necks and I've been wanting a turtle neck dress! Pretty please with sugar on top?! LOL

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  26. Hi Mimi

    I just discovered your blog and I feel like I have won the 50 million $ lottery!!! I have spent many, many hours surfing the internet looking for sewing inspiration (funky style, great fit and fantastic sewing skills) and now I've found YOU!!! What a TALENT you have for this. I am devouring your posts and salivating over your STUNNING sewing creations and outfits - better than candy & jewels. I'll be there in a heart beat. Also - I would LOVE LOVE it if you would do a tutorial for this turtleneck dress. I am a moderately experienced sewer but having your step by step guidance on creating the princess seams would be great (or if you could re-direct me to another link that could help me figure it out). I'm the "serger queen" and am really used to sewing stretchy fabric. I even have an industrial cover stitch machine (although it's sadly dusty as family responsibilities keep me busy). THANK you for your incredible blog and please know how inspiring it is to me to get my own sewing machine humming. XX

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xoxo
mimi g.