Hello everyone! Now, I know it’s cold outside in a lot of areas, and most of you are sewing winter garments with long sleeves, but I just had to show this dress for one reason. You see, I made this about 3 months ago, or longer. This Vogue 1329 by Kay Unger New York pattern has been sewn up by many sew sisters, so I’m on the late train, which is not out of the ordinary for me. I’ve had the pattern for over a year now because I was waiting for something fabulous to inspire me with the color blocking, which is what attracted me to the pattern envelope. I really like the design lines. The black and white option is very classic and classy, but I knew I wanted to add some color to it. So one day when I was looking for a new project to start, I pulled out the red ponte and cheetah knit from my stash, and this is what I came up with. So, why didn’t I share this dress right after I made it? I didn’t share this dress because I did NOT like it you guys. Seriously! After completing the dress, I tried it on that evening, without styling it, and was totally uninspired. I didn’t even want to TRY styling it. So I put it away in my closet to be given away at a later date. I figured someone else would look good in it. I violated my own rule.Why am I sharing the dress with you now, especially now that it’s cold outside? It’s simple. I wanted to reiterate a point I made a few posts back, and that is; Don’t give up on your makes before trying them on and styling them! I was working on something else for today’s blog post but it didn’t work out. I had two choices: (1) Sew up something quick and easy to share; or (2) Post something old that I’ve made and not shared. I didn’t think I had anything old but I went to my closet to check anyway. I had forgotten all about this dress until I saw it in the closet. I grabbed it and told myself I would MAKE it work. The next morning I woke up determined to rock this dress, no matter how I felt about it. Shoot, I broke out the makeup and the hairstyling products and went to work. I kept the jewelry minimal, because the animal print is busy enough. When I put the dress on this time, I smiled and thought, “Not bad!” My husband even liked it better seeing it on my body. After I had finished sewing the dress I sent him a picture of it on a hanger while he was at work, and he wasn’t too thrilled about it either. So off we went for a photo shoot. The best part – I have another new dress! Hehehe! And guess what? I like it now! Now the struggle to get good shots was real on this day. Not only was it cold outside, but it was so WINDY! So I grabbed my red pea coat that I made earlier this year. You may see that post HERE. I decided to get a few shots with the coat because it looks really good with the dress. Sleeveless dresses can still be worn in the winter. Just layer them with light weight waist length sweaters, cardigans, or blazers. Then top with your winter trench coat. Remove the layers throughout your work day, as necessary.
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Thanks for stopping by! Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES! Anita
This is what it’s like when you’re trying to have a photo shoot and the wind won’t act right. Hahaha!
All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!