Keep it Short

So for the past couple of years, matching shorts sets have been a definite trend that’s been seen everywhere; whether it’s on your favorite celebs, your favorite fashion bloggers, or just random people you see on the street.  So, I figured why not make one?  But of course, I had to wait until I found the perfect fabric to get the look that I was looking for. When this outfit what finished, I wanted it to be bold, bright, and fun.  I wanted the shorts set to be the image of what Summer style should be; effortless, yet fashionable.
kisI’ve always seen Ankara fabric on other fashion bloggers, but I’ve never seen it for myself in person.  So while in New York, I came across several stores that sold this type of fabric and one particular store had this one for $5/yd!  That’s crazy cheap right?! SOLD!!! I bought a few yards and made this short set for myself and made a simple pillow case dress for my daughter that you can check out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet.
shortsetSo a lot of the shorts sets that I’ve seen were extremely short. If you can’t tell already, I’m quite conservative.  When I make clothes for myself, I keep in mind that first, I am a mom, and second, I am a married woman. I keep my sexiness very subtle. With that in mind, I kept the length of shorts decent enough to be able to go on an outing with my family and be able to still look chic while being quite comfortable.
kis4Let’s talk about the patterns. As you can probably already tell, this outfit was very easy to make.  I think each item took about 2-2.5 hours to complete. So a total of 4-5 hours for the entire look.  The instructions on both patterns were easy to follow and I didn’t need to make too many adjustments. The only adjustment that I made was shortening the top so that it sits just above my hips. My hips are kind of wide, and I did not want my shirt pulled down tight around my hips or bunched up around my stomach area. I wanted the look to be nice and crisp.
kis3kis2CollageShorts Set: DIY// Earrings: NYC// Watch: TJ Maxx// Lipstick: Milani Uptown Muave//Black Heels: Target// Blue Heels (pictured in 1st pic): Forever21

What are your thoughts on matching shorts set? Do you already own one? Do you plan on making one?  Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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DIY Mother’s Day Brunch OOTD

This year for Mother’s Day, I decided that I was going to try something different.  Every year (for the past 4 yrs), just like every mother, I would run to the store to try and find the most beautiful dress to wear on Mother’s Day.  The bad thing about that was, with the cost of the outfit and some well deserved shoes, everything would come out way overpriced or just too expensive for me to spend on a regular basis.
Anyway, this year I decided to go ahead and make my own Mother’s Day dress.  I have recently gotten into sewing within the last year, so I decided to challenge myself. In this post, I have included a pattern review and where I purchased everything that I am wearing.  I want to wish all of you mother’s out there and Happy Mother’s Day.  Be blessed!
pattern review

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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. There were two different option for the peplum; Flared and pleated.  I chose the flared peplum.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think it all depends on if you have ever sewn a princess cut op before.  If you are a beginner, I this the top may be a bit difficult to understand. It doesn’t hurt to try though.  It took me a minute to understand how to sew this princess cut top.  Once I figured it out, everything else was a breeze.  Also, if you have never sewn an invisible zipper before, then I would suggest to find a tutorial on YouTube.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the outcome of this outfit.  If I had to choose one dislike, I would say that the top had too many pieces to cut.  There were princess cuts in the front as well as the back.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did make a bit of an adjustment to this dress.  I separated the two and made a peplum top and a high-waisted pencil skirt.  The reason I did this is because after brunch on Mother’s Day, I wanted to change into jeans, but still look cute in my peplum top.

Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend this pattern to others and I would actually make another one is different material.  I love how classy it looks.  It’s just an amazing fit.

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get the look
 

Where I purchased my pattern: JoAnn Fabrics
Fabric Used:
Spring Shimmer Peach Linen
Where to purchase fabric:
JoAnn Fabrics
Jewelry:
Charlotte Russe, Target
Shoes:
Charlotte Russe
Belt:
Thrift Store
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