Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Summer is in full bloom. 
This goldenrod and sienna colored kimono
is a little shout out to Autumn, with
its delicate sunflowers. 

This sewing project was so easy. I picked up this silk blend scarf from Unique,
 and I knew that I could make it into a kimono in less than a hour. 

 I followed the steps in this post Kimono with Me...

I folded and laid out the scarf, 
found the center and cut only the top layer.

 Measured down on each side for the arm holes and sewed the sides.
Used a zig zag stitch on the opening, so the fabric won't unravel.

Straight Stuntin'

Jeans: Old Navy Rock Star
Belt:  Michael Kors
Tank: Mossimo
Shoes:  Steven by Steven Madden
Necklace:  Forever 21
Earrings: Classy Karat
Sunnies:  Chloe

Look back at it!

Trying to look dramatic
Usie with my photographer: dbass

Instagram:  violettog

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Lately, I am so in love with the color navy blue. I've been searching for the perfect navy blue bag to no avail. I almost bought a pair of navy blue loafers from Zara for $29.99, but they were a shiny patent leather.  What I did find is this stretchy polyester floral fabric from Unique for $3.99. Initially, I was thinking wrap dress, but I'm not there yet. So I decided to make a body hugging skirt.

I used/traced one of my pencil skirts as the pattern and sewed up the seams.

The waist was a little flimsy, but didn't require elastic, so I used
 about 4 inches of this stretchy navy blue material as the waistband.

I made it wide enough to fold down.

My photographer (dbass) went home sick.
So I was on my own.

I forgot to smile.
That's better.

Necklace:  Kardashian Kollection
Bracelets:  Thrifted
Shirt:  Faded Glory
Shoes: BCBG

 Instagram:  @violettog

Monday, June 22, 2015


Kimonos are so versatile. They can be worn during every season. Kimonos dress up the plainest of outfits. They're also a great transitional accessory.

Spring: Throw on one when the air is still a little crisp. 

Summer:  On hot days, slip on a sheer kimono.

Autumn: Start adding layers with a textured kimono. 

Winter:  Throw on a knit kimono to stay cozy.

I lucked up on this sheer fabric at Unique and knew it would make a great kimono.
This has to be the easiest sewing project ever. I held it up to me 
to see how long I want it to fall and laid it out and cut.

Next, while still folded in half, I measured down 22 1/2 inches and pinned it for the arm holes.

Then, simply cut straight down the middle of one side. (Make sure you don't cut both sides.)

Before sewing the front opening, I used tape instead of pins.
Epic Fail: The tape was so hard to get off and made the sheer unravel.
(I fixed it with a zigzag stitch)

I used a zigzag stitch to sew the seams under the arm holes.
(a regular stitch will rip and come undone)

Courtesy:  dbass

Necklace: Forever 21
Belt:  Michael Kors

Sunnies: Ray Ban

Bag: Nila Anthony
Shoes:  Chinese Laundry

Instagram: @violettog

Instagram:  @violettog

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I picked up this fabric at Unique for $3.99 during the colder months, but sometimes prints speak to you. This one said, "make me into palazzo pants! I replied, "Yes, ma'am!"

This sewing project is so easy!!! First I laid out the fabric and folded it in half. 
 I folded a pair of pants, that fit me loosely, and traced/cut a little wider for a baggy fit.

Lined up the crotch and pinned the leg seams.

Hemmed and added elastic to the waistband.

 Coachella vibes!

Ray of light 

Hey there!

Necklace:  Aliexpress

Shoes: Merona
Instagram: @violettog

Instagram: @violettog

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


During my many visits to Unique, I picked up some black satin fabric,
 and knew immediately, I wanted to make a skirt.  I wanted something fancy though, 
so I thought why not pleats? Wait, I don't know how to make pleats.
You Tube here I come.

Shout out to MadebySimstatic for the tutorial on making pleats: 
 Place a pin four inches to the right, another pin 2 inches and a third pin another 2 inches.

 Fold the third pin back behind to the first pin and pin that together. 
After the fold, repeat the steps, place a pin 2 inches to the right and another
 pin 2 inches, but this time, fold the 2nd pin to the front and pin that together. 

After tedious pinning, I sewed across the top hem.

I didn't have enough fabric, so I made a flat front.
Sewed the seams, added a zipper on the side and hemmed it.

Stuntin' @work

Shirt: Faded Glory
Shoes: Merona
Bag: Celine

1st floor please!

Sunnies: A.C. Moore (go figure)
Necklace: Walmart

Let's take it outside.

All Photos: dbass