Green Coat


Believe or not, this picture was from last year, around October. It really reinforced in me the importance of only investing in trends that will carry over for years to come. For example, a classic oversized coat will always be a great piece to own, compared to some trendy ones like some particular types of prints. 

I love oversized big, bold coats and give me a little bit of color on that coat, and I am a goner. I wear a lot of blacks during the colder months so adding a pop of color with my coats is a tip I use to switch up my look. 

This jacket was a vintage find at my local thrift store and I just love how it looks just like some of the coats on the market these days, because fashion is constantly being recycled. For a little bit of a modern twist I added this striped belt and I must say a whole year later, I really like this look.






Shades of Fall




Fall is at its peak right now, all the leaves are turning colors and falling into piles. While I love fall colors, every year I tend to gravitate a bit more towards one in particular and as you can probably tell, rust is my fave fall color this year. 

I also love an oversized fit and according to "fashion rules" that is not flattering for a plus size figure as it makes one appear bigger. But who cares? These days, I am all about being comfortable and fashionable at the same time so I care not if I'm looking "bigger". So these days, my closet is full of oversized sweaters and jackets that are two sizes bigger than my true size. 

I love pairing my oversized sweaters with skirts and booties for fall, what a way to keep it simple and chic. This open duster is probably the only medium-sized clothing that I own, but I loved the color and the sleeves and thankfully, it is cut a little big so it works. Finally, my skirt is thrifted and I really liked the paisley print and of course, the color.

Thrifted Finds: Blue Velvet Crush

Sweater & Skirt (Thrifted) ◇ Heels (Old) ◇ Bag (DVF) 

Believe it or not, there are still people under the misconception that people who go to thrift stores cannot afford to shop at "regular" retail stores. Well, let me resolve that misconception for you. It is an absolute lie. I have been to thrift stores or for a better word "consignment" stores that housed items worth thousands of dollars. I am talking high-end brands like LV, Chanel and even rarely, Hermes. Plus, the clientele of some of the thrift stores I visit are ladies strolling in with Gucci backpacks and Balenciaga sneakers...I am not exaggerating. Let's just say that I do not "dress down" when I go thrifting.

So ladies, do not fall for that cliche mindset that only broke folks go to thrift stores...I get that it is not for everybody for a variety of reasons. For example, it takes a whole lotta patience and it is a game of hit or miss. But I have been thrifting since I was a broke college student and I will probably thrift while I get around with rolling walkers, living off my retirement and investment checks. 

That being said, there are certain items that I prefer thrifted and one of said items is a good ole dad sweater. I picked this one up from the men's section and i just love the muted blue. The suede skirt was the only item I picked up during the Memorial day sale event because bruh, the store was packed you hear.

By the way, who else wears their minibags as bumbags?

NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S RUANA


Ruana (not available online, but check out all their other ruanas here) ◇ Jeans (here) ◇ Booties (sold out but love this here) ◇ Bag (YSL College)



*sigh* Ruanas...what more can I say about them? I have a love-hate relationship with them. You see, I love the concept of them...a fashionable blanket that you can take out of the house. Come on, that's a genius idea but for the longest time for me they all just looked shapeless and ugly quite honestly. And reminded me of my grandma for some odd reason, until recently that is. I started to see some high-end brands (most commonly Fendi) with these ruanas that really caught my eye. And honestly, I think it might be their beautiful use of their logo that makes it such a stand out piece. 
But since I might choose to spend my hard-earned money on high fashion bags but not clothing, I couldn't bring myself to cough up $1500 on a ruana, no matter how gorgeous...at least not yet, but never say never you know?
So, I forgot all about my love for that ruana until I came across this one on a casual shopping trip to the mall.

Now, first of all, this particular design came with a belt attached. Since I primarily only wear it wrapped around my body like so, I cut off the belt the minute I bought it. Why do I love this ruana? Number one, it is actually cut to wrap around a plus size figure, not like those one size fits all jokes that look like you're wearing your little sister's handouts. Second, it is structured for a ruana, as they're typically made to drape. And this one does drape, just in a structured manner which I love. Last, the pattern and colors. I love how it is designed with basic colors like black, grey, tan and brown. I wear this ruana everywhere...the movies, to lunch dates, you name it. It is just so perfect for this weather, and it is so very warm and cozy. It is not available online but if you can take a trip to your local store you might get lucky, that's where I got mine. And I do recommend cutting off the attached belt, that's my preference.

Striped sweater and denim

Outfit: Sweater (sold out, similar herehere) ◇ Skirt (here) ◇ Shoes (here) ◇ Bag (here)

First of all, can we all just agree that sweaters are in? I mean, they've always been in, but these days they are off the charts okay? Remember those oversized, cropped, colorful sweaters that used to be featured in shows like the Cosby show, a Different World, Living Single and them all? Those sweaters are back in honey! So go hunt your mama and grandma's closet and basement gals, or in my case hunt your local thrift store.

Fall Trends I am Thankful For


Outfit: Skirt (Thrifted, love these hereherehere) ◇ Blazer (Thrifted, love these hereherehere) ◇ Belt (here) ◇ Shoes (similar here


This look has a few "trends" that I am thankful for this year, can you guess what they are?

The first being the oversized blazer. I have been spotting oversized blazers everywhere, paired with short shorts, pants, dresses, everything. I talked a little bit about my love for thrifting in my last post and one of my favorite items to thrift are blazers. Oversized, vintage, padded shoulders blazers. I love the heck out of them and if I could wear them everyday, I would. Which is why I am so glad that they are back. I love them so much that I even look through the men's section for them and that is where I found this particular one.
 
 Another trend in this look are definitely the animal prints. I have always loved animal prints and it puts a smile on my face when I see all sorts of prints styled on mannequins at department stores or fashion spreads these days.

I think the color brown is one of the colors for Fall 2019, at least according to looks that I spotted on runway pictures. Although it has never been one of my go to colors, I definitely like the maturity of this color. I also love the versatility as it comes in so many different shades and for that reason can fit so many different complexions. I especially how it looks paired with black.

Finally, the last trend is the column skirt, but think the Claire Huxtable kind of column skirt. Bias cut skirts are very popular right now especially a particular leopard print, silk one that every influencer and their mama have right now (you know the one I am referring to :). But this denim skirt is another one of my thrifted finds, picked it up at my local Goodwill for about $5 and I also love pairing it for my library study sessions with flat mules, a tank and of course, an oversized blazer.

The Most Basic Fall Layer Ever




Outfit: Plaid Duster (available in red here) ◇ Jeans (here) ◇ Tank top (here) ◇ Shoes (here) ◇ Bag (Mak Nisy) 


I always love it when I see fashion brands play with silhouettes that flatter the plus size figure and as much as I love kimonos and dusters, I told myself that I was done buying anymore of them...until this plaid one caught my eye. 

There are a few things going on in this duster that make it a great piece to own. First, it is a plaid print. Second it is cut in the style of a fit flare shirt dress. I personally love shirt dresses so this is a win win for me. I also like the fact that the colors are pretty basic black and white with the stripes of mustard. 

The one thing that would have made this duster absolutely perfect would have been the addition of buttons along the front to give you the option of wearing it as a shirt dress or a duster. I was tempted to insert buttons on mine but I am absolutely lazy and horrendous with button holes...although I might brave it one day soon.

Dusters are perfect for that transition into Fall when the mornings are cool and the days are warm. They are an additional layer that will keep you cool without adding any bulk. The easiest way to style a duster for an effortlessly chic look is to style it with a monochromatic base. I picked out the deepest color in my duster which happened to be black and went with a simple black tank and jeans. This way the duster stands out as my statement piece.

My Stance on Fashion Right Now: Red My Mind


Outfit: Tie front sweater (here, available in multiple colors here) ◇ Sequin skirt (Color sold out, but available in a gorgeous green here) ◇ Shoes ( Up to size 12 here) ◇ Bag (Jakar Lagos

SHOP THIS LOOK


Crushin' on Pink: DIY Plus Size Faux Wrap Dress


Hey guys! It's been a while hasn't it? I am currently obsessed with making dresses, all sorts of dresses and while I love drafting my own patterns these days, there are still some commercial patterns that catch my eye and my imagination and refuse to leave until I create them. One of such patterns led me to creating this beauty. 

As usual, this fabric was from the sale room at G street fabrics so I spent less than $12 on this dress, can't beat that. 

Dress: Mccall's 7429
Shoes: FSJ
Bag: Charles & Keith

FINALLY!!! DIY Plus Size Wide Leg Pants



Honestly, is it too much to ask for a seriously chic, high waisted, wide leg pants? Like seriously? I have had this particular conversation with fellow plus size ladies and we have come to the same conclusion, apparently it is too much to ask!
Point me to a gorgeous, chic, high waisted, really wide leg, gorgeous fabric in a stunning color pant that is made to fit my 52inch hips and you just might be a magician lol. So you know what? I got tired of waiting for a brand to step up and I made one for myself, just the way I like it.

This was my first time making pants but I must say, Vogue patterns V1572 is just divine to work with. So simple, easy to follow directions that I strayed from just a little bit. I love this pant so much, it has been on heavy rotation since I took it off my sewing machine.

One of my frustrations with store bought pants is that the fabrics are mostly too thin for people with any form of cellulite and I draw the line at wearing shape-wear underneath my pants, that is a hard no for me. So I picked this gorgeous linen-ish, silk-ish fabric from the $2.97/yard room at G street fabrics and believe me when I say I got all they had lol! I still have some left over for a silky skirt for the Summer. This fabric has an amazing structured drape and has enough body to hide any imperfections.

For the top, I worked with McCall's M7807 and I did alter it just a little bit but this patten is about to get torn up! I mean, I see a lot of tops and dresses for the Summer with this pattern.

I also used a  $2.97/yard shirting fabric from G street fabrics for this shirt but since it was a bit thin, I self lined the bodice but left the sleeves alone. 

Top: McCall's M7807 I cut a size 20.

Alterations: I self lined the bodice since the fabric was a bit too thin and I didn't want any visible underthings lol. Since I was making the tunic, the hips were way too snug for my 52 inch hips so I added the slits on the side to free up some room and i actually liked it better this way.

Thoughts: I absolutely will make multiples of this pattern, it was a project that only cost me a few hours and was very easy to follow. I am thinking of making a hi lo linen dress with pockets for an easy Summer wear.

Pants: Vogue's V1572 I cut a size 22

Alterations: I did an elastic waist instead of the recommended waist as that is my preference, I also added about 2 inches to the hem so I can wear it with heels. Finally, I added side pockets since I add pockets to everything I make lol, just another preference.

Thoughts: This pattern is another multiple remakes for me, I love how it fits and sits on my body and it was yet another project of a few hours.

Diva Behavior: Plus Size DIY Jacket Dress




I told you guys that I have been sewing up a storm didn't I? Between work, school and family time, you can find me in my sewing studio, hunched down over my cutting table or my Juki (which I am so delighted with!)

This DIY project was for a wrap dress but after sewing, I decided that I prefer it as a jacket. Which is a win win for me because i get to multitask this piece.

I used Vogue patterns V8992 for this jacket and I made absolutely no alterations. I made it exactly as directed and i cut a size 24. Looking back, I should have cut a 22 for a more fitted look but I also kinda like how this came out. 

My bodycon midi dress was also a self drafted DIY which I made using a stretch matte jersey which I lined with the same fabric for some cellulite support and I absolutely love! The fit is as perfect as I always wanted my bodycon dresses to fit. 

Since sewing is a time consuming task, I always tend to stay away from basics that I can just easily buy, but some basics are so worth the effort.

Dramatic Sleeves Featuring Vogue V9243


Cheers to the weekend guys! 

A few weeks ago, Vogue patterns posted a picture on their IG page of a Solace London triple flounce sleeve blouse and used their V9243 pattern as a similar piece. I loved that Solace blouse so much that I could not pass up the challenge of recreating it! Since I already had the V9243 pattern in my stash, I quickly pulled it up and started sewing away. And if you follow me on IG, you might have come across behind the scenes glimpses of this blouse.

I utilized a complimenting ankara fabric for my middle flounce, just because i ran out of fabric since this was an impromptu sewing project. I will say, this was a relatively easy pattern to follow but I did make some adjustments for my body shape (as I do with almost all patterns). 

Adjustments
1. I added a few inches to the overall length, as I prefer my blouses to be a tad bit longer than average. 
2. I also added a total of 2 inches to my side pieces, which I cut in an A-line manner to prevent that snug fit over my tummy.
3. I cut view A for the upper sleeve then cut the flounces from view C and then I cut one extra flounce since i wanted the triple flounce look.

That was pretty much it guys! I paired this top with a basic black denim and gold plated belt to showcase my figure.
I will definitely be making this blouse again, in a solid fabric this time around though. 

Top: Ola Moreena (Made by me) ~ Jeans: here ~ Bag: Henri Bendel ~ Belt: here ~ Shoes: Oldie


Call Me Mrs. Gray: Plus size DIY asymmetric dress


Hey guys! It seems like as the Spring weather is coming out to play, so are my creative juices. Honestly, I am sewing up a storm guys! And I can't wait for you to see what I've been up to. 

Let's start with this grey beauty right here. I love pieces that have any sort of asymmetric detail and I completely enjoyed watching a Victoria Beckham runway show recently that had a lot of these asymmetric dresses and that was the inspiration behind this dress.

I had this fabric in my stash but I originally picked it up from the sale room at a local fabric store for $2.97/yard and I picked up 4 yards. It is a stretch knit fabric that I picked up with absolutely no project in mind but I really liked the shade of grey.

This dress was relatively easy to make so I just drafted it directly on the fabric. I cut the bodice into a slouchy off shoulder and then cut the skirt front into two pieces with one piece longer than the other for the asymmetric hem detail. Of course I added pockets! That's one of my perks of making my own clothes, I get to add pockets to everything! And I love pockets lol.

Plus Size DIY: High Collar Sweater Using Simplicity 8738



Hey guys!

This weekend I'm sharing one of my favorite makes of the year so far, this super easy high collar sweater. I used a burnt orange neoprene fabric that I picked up from a trip to New York. I have found that most people who sew have a love or hate relationship with neoprene, but I fall in the love category. 

I love the structured drape that can be achieved with neoprene but in the past I have stuck to making full circle skirts with neoprene which are absolutely stunning and flattering on most body types. But for this project, I wanted to try something different, even though I bought this fabric with something else in mind. 

Pattern: Simplicity 8738 view B, I cut an XXL

Modifications: I stayed pretty true to the pattern for this look, although I could have cut a size XL but I wanted an oversized fit. Since I like to push my sleeves up to my elbow, I made the sleeves fitted because the original cut was for a boxy sleeve look. I also made the back a bit lower than the front for an extra bit of detail. 

Pros/Cons: Since I am a lazy sewer who likes quick rewards, this pattern provided just that...a quick reward. I can definitely see myself making multiples of this pattern, with different fabric choices since it's so easy to make. 

Just like here, I mostly pair this sweater with ripped jeans and booties, or sneakers. Easy peasy and super chic.
I really want to make a sweater dress with this pattern, also using a neoprene fabric...maybe electric blue? I think that'll look stunning. 












Till next time!
~Olà~

Plus Size DIY: Turtleneck Sweater Dress Using McCall's 6886




It's been a while innit? So much has happened since my last post! The biggest thing is that I got married to my love (insert heart emoji here) and that should explain my absence from the blog and all social media for the past few months. 

But...back to the matter at hand, which is the origin of this stunning but amazingly simple sweater dress. After the stress of the wedding, I hit my sewing studio with a vengeance as sewing is great for relaxation (that is, when you don't get frustrated by a certain suit lining that refuses to lay in place!). But while getting back into sewing, I happened to dig back into my stash of sewing patterns and found a pattern that I had been meaning to sew for years. Mccall's M6886 was a great pattern for sewing this basic, midi sweater dress. I added a turtleneck collar and gave the dress some added fitting below the hip for a more fitted, sleek look. But otherwise, stayed true to the original pattern.

Pattern: McCall's 6886 view B, I cut a size 20

Modifications: I added a self drafted collar for the turtleneck and came up about 1 inch higher on the front neckline in order for the collar to attach properly since the original bodice has a bit of a dip neck. And since I wanted a bodycon/fitted look, I took off about 1.5inches from each side from the bottom and shaped it up into the hip.  

Pros/Cons: It is a pretty easy pattern to follow and cutting and sewing took me less than two hours so I'll definitely be making multiple views and versions with this pattern. The only con here is that I didn't really care to be bothered with matching my stripes. I am way too lazy to be working with stripes or fabrics that require any sort of extra arrangement. Not the pattern's fault though, that's all me.

I used a striped knit fabric from the sale room at G street fabrics for $2.97/yard, so this dress was a steal and will be on heavy rotation this season, I've already worn it twice since it came off my machine.

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