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Monday, January 18, 2016

Givenchy inspired DIY top with hidden pearl details. Plus size.

This is a plus size DIY and I started with two well made tops by Pamela McCoy (Evine Live) in black.   I cut one of the tops up to fashion in to a sort of apron.   I sewed faux glass pearl beads in the hem line and made a tube for another long pearl necklace out of some of the excess fabric from the cut up T.    Here it is along with a photo of Marina Abramovic in a white Givenchy original. 

DIY Givenchy inspired hidden pearl beaded top in Plus size.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

DIY Lanvin Dress with eyelets and elastic rope

Lanvin Original Spring 2008 RTW

My homage to this Lanvin by the brilliant Alber.   (Since I cannot afford or fit into.....nor do I have access to the original beauty.)   Mine's a bit different with grosgrain backing the eyelets and elastic cording etc on the shoulder seams too.  Mine has pockets and accommodates a grande size dame like moiself.
I used a semi sheer poly knit in actually has a subtle paisley pattern not very obvious due to my use of flash.   I cut two 43'' rectangles from 54'' wide fabric.    The back is sewn with the fabric
doubled in half on the width.  For the front, I separated the doubled fabric and sewed up the center leaving several inches for the center ''v'' neck.   Then I gathered the front two sections and attached them to the back section, leaving a few inches for the neck opening ( I just tried it on during the sewing process).   I then layed the elastic cording by the gathered front shoulder  (back sections at shoulders are not gathered during the sewing process) and sewed a narrow seam.  Once sewn, pull
the elastic taut and keep in place with the sport end caps (or whatever they are called).   I got my
antiqued/gold bronze and similar color eyelets from ebay.   The grosgrain was from stock and my
fab navy fabric is from our  fabulous fabric store  SR HARRIS in greater Minneapolis.   Fabric at
SR HARRIS comes from NY and Italy and worldwide: all fabric is 50% off.  It is an AMAZING store....leathers, furs, trims, etc., etc.   

If I were to make this again (and I intend to)  I would narrow down the front sections that I used. 
Still the look is's comfy and a quick sew.  I left the edges raw and put them on the outside.   Oh, I added side pockets too since I don't like
to carry a bag.   I'm real pleased with the outcome.   All hail Albert!!!

Please check back as I intend to blog some things I make/sew.   


Monday, December 31, 2012


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mad about black, white and browns in clothing and decor.

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Celine Pre- Fall 2012 and image from ''Desire to Inspire'' blog.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela DIY's it again: S/S 2012 Haute Couture

Champagne labels collaged/patchworked onto a classic trench, a top, shoes and tabi boots. Inspirational and beautiful.  Photos from the best Vogue:  ITALIA, of course.   (Sorry Madame Alt!)

A faux tortoise trench en plastique est magnific.

The macrame'd and freelance style twine/rope jackets, skirts etc. are twisted chic----- 

And how about the en masse button suiting?

Glorious artisanal hommage to London's Pearly Kings and Queens in there ''skeleton'' and ''smother'' suits?  Harks back as a beautiful take on this DIY heritage style.   

Maison Martin Margiela Haute Couture, long may it create!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Intergalactic glamour at Paris Fashion Week

From Manish Arora:  some ''costumey'' designs but some very wearable ones too.  If you have the right figures (shape and $).


Yes, Gaga sings of Mugler women but these are clothes for her and possibly Grace Jones if she'd so choose, courtesy Balenciaga: 

Paris shows 21st Century style

Balenciaga, Pedro Lourenco, Rochas, Mugler.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011