Transitioning into my Summer Wardrobe

So today I decided that I was going to take a look back at past looks and pick out my favorites that I plan on transitioning into my Summer wardrobe.  I chose four looks and I’ve linked them back to their original posts so that you can check out how I went about creating the look and/ or the DIY tutorial I provided.
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Look #2: Neon Maxi Dress
Look #3: Neon Maxi Skirt
Look #4: Water Color Skirt Set
What are some of your favorite garments that you are excited to be transitioning into this season?  Comment below. I’s love to hear about it.
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Lavendar Tulle + Floral Crown

So this month is my anniversary for sewing my first article of clothing. Can you believe it?  April 2013 I decided that I was going to teach myself how to read a pattern and sew my daughter a dress for Easter.  It took a long gruesome 3 days.  I remember it being quite frustrating, but I made it through. So here is the dress I made last year for my daughter here:
DSC_0044A year later, I have loads of experience and have decided to go all out for her with this year’s hottest trend, the tulle skirt.  So I wanted a tulle skirt without the frumpy elastic waist that makes your waist line look bigger than it truly is.  I’ve even seen some where you can tie it in the back like an apron.  I wanted a clean, professional look. So one night I went to bed and had a dream about how I was going to make it and guess what? I woke up and started working.  I can’t believe how great it came out.  The skirt is made with 4 layers of tulle, 2 layers of mesh, and lining.  I added a hidden zipper and closure in the back.  The waistband was made from a satin ribbon.She loved it!  She told me she felt like a fairy when I gave her the DIY Floral Crown that I made.  She said to me, “Mommy, where are my wings?” LOL! As for a tutorial, I will be creating a tutorial for Pretty Girls Sew June Sew Along so keep a look out for that because of course I need a couple tulle skirts for myself and I’m sure you all would love one as well. So here is the final look and Thank You for stopping by.
Floral Crown: DIY
Top: Target
Tulle Skirt: DIY
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target
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Spring Palazzo

So last Fall I made some palazzo pants in a tribal print and I received so many compliments on them, so I decided that I was going to carry that trend right into Spring.

The pattern that I used was McCalls 6515.  I did have to make some adjustments to get the look that I wanted.  If you want to wear them with flats the length of the pattern should be fine, but if you plan on wearing these pants with heels, I suggest that you add about 3 inches to the length of these pants.  Now, for the high-waist, I added about 2 inches to the top of the pant.   When you add the waistband, the look comes together perfectly.  Also, I chose to use an invisible zipper for a cleaner finish.   The fabric that I chose was a Twill fabric.  Twill is perfect for pants because it has great durability to handle day-to-day activities.  As for my top, it was an old, long sleeve turtleneck that I just cut up and altered and within 30 minutes, I came up with the look that you see below.  So here is my pulled together look.  If you would like to make them yourself, I have a tutorial below.
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Here is the tutorial:

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Peek-a-Boo

As some of you may know, I am one of the co-founders of www.prettygirlssew.com.  It’s a group that 5 women started last May and it’s such an amazing and inspiring group to be apart of.  Well, my love for the group is really expressed in this outfit of the day (OOTD).
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I was inspired to pull together this outfit by the beautiful Sheryl Luke of www.walkinwonderland.com.  Her style to me is flawlessly chic.  The skirt that she wore is pictured below was purchased from Express.  And as you all know, Express definitely has some high prices.  The cheapest I seen this skirt is $84.69 on Asos.
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Comment below and let me know what you think.  I love to hear from you.  If you made a tee, what would it say?  I want to make another, give me some ideas!

Spring Fling

The weather has been so crazy lately right? But, that’s not going to keep me from wanting to start Spring early. I must say, Fall and Spring are my two favorite seasons. The colors and perfect temperature that each season brings just makes me so very happy and inspired.tumblr_lif2403jEd1qzr04eo1_500

So for my first “Sew with Me” video for Spring, I chose to make a peplum top using McCalls 6896.  I promise you guys, this pattern is extremely easy.  You can probably make a couple of these on a lazy Saturday.  I would definitely make another one very soon.  This top is perfect for outings wth your girls, a date with your man, or just a regular shopping trip at the mall.  The shape of a peplum is so flattering on so many shapes and it’s perfect for every age group, so why not make one!?
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 So for Spring, I wanted start off by bringing the floral print and bold Spring colors.  As soon as I saw this fabric (from JoAnn Fabrics), I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it and had my outfit already put together in mind.
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Red-Lined

I absolutely love how sophisticated Olivia Pope’s coats are.  I wanted to make a coat that she would possibly wear but instead of the neutral palette that she sticks to, I wanted to make one in a fun, bright color.  Although, I made this coat about 2 weeks ago with my mother, Kim Kardashian was spotted wearing my color of choice.
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If you sew or shop for fabric you know that wool is quite expensive.  It’s almost better to buy a coat that’s already made.  But, hold your horses…I scored some beautiful mustard colored wool for only $5.99/ yd at Hancock Fabrics.  Can you believe it?
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I must also mention that I did not make this coat by myself.  My mother actually helped me a ton.  THANK YOU MOMMY!  I decided to start filming a new series called “Behind the Scenes” of things that I do behind the camera.  This was my first time sewing with my mother who has been sewing longer than I’ve been living. Surprising right?  She lives a bit far from me so sewing is the last thing on our minds when we get together. 1422623_744475725581982_21026249_n

So here’s the story behind the red lining. I chose red lining because it’s unexpected and it reminds me of the luxurious Christian Louboutin heels also known as “Red Bottoms.” 1459085_744064735623081_1038458442_n

I hope you guys enjoy the “Behind the Scenes” video on this coat.  We give you a review on the pattern; for beginners or advanced.  My mom also gives tips along the way when sewing this coat and so much more.  If you guys enjoy this new series, make it known and I’ll do more.  Thanks for stopping by. coat10coatCollagecoat6coat71coat5coatcoat8coat9Pattern Used: McCalls 6800
Neon Button Up: J. Crew
Pink Sweater: Old Navy
Jeggings: AMerican Eagle
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Nude Heels: Tj Maxx


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Fall Jewel Tones

This weekend, my BFF and I went to the Virginia Fashion week’s main event.  We had a ton of fun. We even vlogged about the event which I will be posting on my YouTube channel soon.  Last year we went to VA Fashion week and purchased our outfits. This year we decided to go all out and sew our outfits.
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So, this is my BFF, Asia. She just started sewing about 2 months ago.  I went with her to purchase her first sewing machine and we brought it home and I taught her the basics of sewing. If you need those sewing tips/lessons, check out my YouTube channel
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.  You can tell that she has been practicing because her DIY High-Waist Pallazzo pants came out great.  The pattern that she chose was Burda’s 7195.  She did change the waistband and made it wider for a more “High-waist” effect.
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get the lookCrop Top: Charlotte Russe
Pants: DIY
Necklace: Aldo
Shoes: Ebay
Purse: Thrift Store
Button Earrings: DIY HERE
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Romper: DIY
Opaque Tights: Target
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: My Clozet
Belt: H&M
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vafw1vafw4If you ever get the chance to go to a fashion show, GO! Go with your girlfriends.  You’ll have an amazing time and it’s so interesting to see the designer’s outlook on what they feel fashion should look like.
I will be posting highlights of the Virginia show in the next post. Until then, thanks for stopping by!  Share this post to inspire those that are beginners at sewing.
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Illusions

Are you trying to lose weight but the pounds aren’t falling off fast enough?  Are you losing the weight, but can’t seem to tell?  This skirt is for you! Last year, the illusion dresses was pretty popular.  It gave the illusion that you were slimmer than you really were.  Celebrities were seen everywhere on the red carpets and events sporting this look.celebs

This pattern gives the same effect, but the best part is, it’s customizable!  I was able to choose whatever print I wanted; solid or bold. (View D)
m6711pic The skirt was pretty easy to make as usual.  The waistband I think was the most time consuming, because I had to stitch it by hand.  I think it came out pretty nice though. What do you think?  Scroll below to see the easy to follow tutorial.
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Leopard Printed Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

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Sexy Back

Hi everyone!
In the midst of this heat, our skin needs to breath. So when I saw the pattern to this sexy top, I knew I had to have it.
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Just like with every tutorial that I show you all, it’s pretty easy to make and won’t take you long at all. You can easily make this top with any printed fabric, but I chose a white satin fabric. I wanted to keep my sexy simple.
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WHITE SATIN TOP: DIY
NAVY BLUE PANTS: H&M
NEON PINK, LASER CUT-OUT HEELS: Shoedazzle

BTW, I am excited to let you know that I am launching my revamped online store in the Fall; September 1st.  I will do a blog post on it soon and there will be a giveaway coming also.  So stay tuned for that. Follow @shopclozet on Instagram to get a hint of what will be in my “cloZet” for you to have.  Thank you ladies and gents for your continuous support of this blog.  And as always, comment below, I would LOVE to hear from you.
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Is it bright out here, or it just me?!

Hi ladies and gents!
So for June, Pretty Girls Sew picked out a very flattering maxi dress who’s details are to die for.  I loved the cinched-in waist, the drop front and back neckline and the tie strap that went across the top, back. The pattern that was used this month was McCalls M6700 or another name for it was Project Runway’s MP300.
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So the theme for this month was Summer. When I think of Summer, I already knew I wanted to find fabric that brought out one of this year’s hottest trend; neon.
neon collage I must say, a flattering neon fabric is absolutely hard to find.  I got lucky though. I found my fabric on Fabric.com for only $5.98/ yd.  Here is the description of the fabric: Designer Stretch ITY Jersey Knit Floral Stripe Pink/Gold.juneSo here is my interpretation of the dress.  Like always, I changed up the dress a bit.  Nothing drastic, but I added a high slit.  I was channeling my inner JLO and Angelina Jolie. So what do you guys think?
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DSC_0233Lipstick that I chose to wear is Milani’s Sweet Nectar.  This color is perfect for Summer and for those of us that want to try out an Orange lippie for a great price. You can purchase this one at your local drugstore.
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If you ever want to make your first maxi dress from a pattern, this is the one to make! It was extremely easy and fast to make.  If you plan on making your own, comment below. I would love to hear what your fabric choice would be.
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