Monday, February 11, 2013

#DIY Dress Using Color-Blocked Fabric + Check Me Out!

Hi Darlings!

I had a pretty busy weekend, too busy because before I looked up it was Monday. I wish I had 48hrs in a day because I just cant keep up with everything, maybe I should look into cloning, LOL

I made this dress last night after looking through my stash and trying to figure out how to best use this fabric. It is a medium weight knit with the interesting striped and solid color blocked pattern that I wanted to keep in text but make interesting so I when I came across a pattern I have made before (a few times) I knew it would be perfect because the pattern itself (V2091 which is out of print) is cut on the bend because of the pleated side creating an interesting effect at the hem with the angled look. It was fun because it took shape without me really needing to think of it much and it turned out kinda cool.

I also wanted to use the fabric for sleeves and so I used the sleeve pattern from THIS Tracy Reese dress I made and they fit pretty darn good. It just goes to show that sometimes it is not the pattern but the fabric that can lead you to make a really cool garment. I also have always been a huge fan of this patten because I love the boat neck! it is high on the neck the way I like it without being annoying to wear. Maybe Vogue should bring this one back.

**Also on the news front Bernina has asked me to represent them at the Craftcation Conference in March as an instructor ;-) check me out HERE!



Fabric info coming soon, trying to find it; I will post an update.
DIY Dress (similar ready made) HERE and HERE / Steve Madden Red Heels (similar) HERE 



 



106 comments:

  1. Aw man! I was hoping I could buy this somewhere but alas its another of ur masterful creations :) p.s after seeing your body and getting re-inspired about fitness, I amped my workout UP and have lost 8lbs thus far...this is big because Ive been on a plateau for years! #thanks girl....

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    1. Have you ever sold any of your creations! this dress is better than what I see in many stores!

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    2. Your pieces are better than what I see in many top stores - - you should sell your stuff, you'd make a killing!!!

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  2. beautifully AMAZING... i'm so geeked to learn to sew. although i'm FAR from anything this good... i'm just ready to learn!!!

    this is really awesome. you're really great at this!

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  3. *screams* You've done it again lady! Gorgeous. I am trying really hard to pace myself and learn how to sew the right way before jumping into all these fab projects you have here but you make it so hard! Woosah... I'll get there LOL

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    1. I agree with you 100%! I've gone back through the blog and wrote down some of the patterns I want to re-create once I pick this sewing thing back up!

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  4. Love this dress!!! If I saw it in a store it would be a must buy.

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  5. Hey Mimi -

    You are doing your thing lady! Congrats on the conference!!!
    I like the dress - very nice and the red shoes are on fire!!

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  6. Great dress...your 6 pack shows. Motivation!!!

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  7. Why are you not on project runway girl?

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    1. Cuz I won't sign my life away for $100K
      I've read the contract and no thanks ;-) LOL

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    2. You have inspired me to learn to sew. That pencil skirt was so hot and I wanted to fit my shape, so I have enlisted a friend to be my sewing instructor. My skirt is almost finished. I have taking a beginning sewing class and have picked up a sewing book. Next...buying a sewing machine. I think I actually like sewing!

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  8. Oh MY God this dress is GORGEOUS!! I wish I didn't have "twin skin" LOL and could still pull something like this off. GREAT dress & awesome body to put in it--you did amazing on all counts!

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    1. LOL Tara, Thanks but what is "twin skin"

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  9. YES DARLING!!!!!!!! You done it again girlie....This dress is amazing and I wish the pattern wasn't out of print.. Please give us an alternate pattern..YOU ROCKED THAT!!!

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  10. Gorg .. as usual!

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  11. WOW - this dress is absolutely stunning!! Love it!!

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  12. whoa mama! that fabric is awesome and your pattern choice superb....I bow to your greatness...

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  13. Bernina is gaining an amazing instructor, congratulations and thank you for keeping us up to date :)

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  14. You look great Mimi!!!!! Good job on the dress. Also, congratulations on you representing Caftcation. You are definitely BLESSED and you are definitely a BLESSING to others.

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  15. Love the fabric. It looks great!

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    1. Thank u for ur inspiration. After seeing that hot pencil skirt, I have enlisted a friend of mine to be my sewing instructor. I am just about finished with the skirt. I am now looking for a sewing machine. I think I actually like sewing.

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  16. Great use of fabric @ first glance I thought you cut and color blocked it yourself...very nice

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  17. Love the diagonal pattern at the bottom. Nice one Mimi (as always)! -JOY-

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  18. Omg, so so pretty! I can't believe you knock out a dress in a night, and I've had 5 projects sitting on my dresser untouched for more than a month now.

    You've inspired me to dust them off and get going!

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  19. I love this and the color blocking is great beautiful body and dress

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  20. Congratulations on being an instructor!! This dress is just gorgeous, and I love how you made the print asymmetrical at the bottom.

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  21. This dress is fab Mimi! CONGRATS TO YOU :)

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  22. simply gorgeous!!!! I love the dress and the shoes! Congrats on being an instructor!

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  23. Gah always so hot woman:)
    looks soo good

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  24. Congrats on the Bernina love! The dress is hot.

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  25. This dress is GORGEOUS Mimi! Congratulations on being an instructor for Bernina. Thanks for all the knowledge and inspiration you share with us readers!

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  26. That Dress is BUH-BADD!!! Once again you are stepping out by the fruit of your own labor.

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  27. Mimi, you look fantabulous!!! Please be having a tutorial out on such a dress and i would like some additional tutorials on tops please. I want to look as superbulous as you do. I about to do your pencil skirt tutorial and your ruffle top for work tomorrow. I am on an orange theme for this week. Continue to do the great work you do and keep inspiring us to greatness.

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  28. Congrats for the many opening doors....Loving your dress!!! :)

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  29. Love the dress, you have amazing style!!!!!!

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  30. Gorgeous dress - reminds me of Neopolitan Ice Cream!

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  31. Congratulations on your partnership with Bernina. I love that dress and have that pattern, so this was inspirational. I think this was one of the 1st patterns I ever bought .....full price.

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  32. This dress is FABULOUS!! I love the fabric! I have never seen anything like it! You look great as ever :)

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  33. As always, great work, Mimi! Not to get too personal, but I think I see a six pack (or more). I know you've been working out, so congrats!

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  34. I sure hope you are planning an online tutorial for this!!!!!

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  35. Awesome! Love the subtle shift of the stripe - so cool and so simple!

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  36. Dress is great, Mimi - and really showcases the results of your fitness training. Lookin' good, girl!

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  37. You've done it again, another beautiful dress. The fabric is simply gorgeous.

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  38. Dang!!!!!!!! Girl your figure is KILLING. The dress, what can I say .... God did bless those hands of yours. Love.it

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  39. Just wow. I had to pin this. You are killiiiing it, body and style. I'm so glad I found your blog. I really want to learn how to sew. Thank you for giving the information for start the process.

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  40. I love it!

    I was JUST thinking about making a color-blocked skirt with a navy and white stripe, navy and yellow knit. I'm totally inspired to get on it now!

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  41. Wow! Wow!! Triple wow!!! Awesome dress. I too thought that you color blocked the fabric. Had to do a double take. I learned of you last year via the pattern review website (of which I am a member). You have mad skills!!!! I use to see the same way, making a suit or dress on Saturday to wear to church the next day!! (Ahhh, good times, good times). Any who, you are definately an inspiration to me and I look forward to getting back to sewing, just in a more modified way. I'm a working mom, married with 5 kids. To sew like I did back in the day would require mission impossible theme music as well as their gadgets along with those from every James Bond movie for me to declare " mission accomplished". Once again, fabulous job to a very fabulous and talented lady!!!

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  42. You have ruined this pattern for me. I dont want to make it. I just want to buy it. Just like that. So unfair!

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  43. Wow Mimi! I love this dress...looking forward to seeing more of your creations. Beautiful work!!

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  44. I absolutely love this outfit. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

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  45. Just when I think that you have topped the list with your awesome style, you do it even better. And your body is awesome. I am so impressed with your seamstress talents and your ability to put your looks together. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us. Please keep bringing on the fresh looks. We love ya!!

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  46. This is the first time I've seen your blog and this dress brought me to it. This is gorgeous!!!! I came to see where you got it and found out you made it!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Wonderfully done.

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  47. Please tell me you sourced this fabric!!! Absolutely adore it.

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  48. I love ur style... u always look fab and where i can buy the pattern

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  49. Mimi did you ever find this fabric info?!

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  50. Hi Mimi....any update on this fabric? I am itching to give this pattern a try but holding out, LOL. Thanks and you're amazing Doll!!!!

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  51. Mimi you have inspired me to move forward with my dream of designing my own clothes. Love all of your ideas and I am another plus size woman that is working on her weight but also working ony purpose and always believed that this is one of many of my passions. So thanks for doing you to inspire me.

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  52. Is this fabric still for sale? If so, where did you get?

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.