Friday, April 5, 2013

Make This Look guest post - appeared on The Train To Crazy

This guest post originally appeared on The Train To Crazy for the Make This Look mini-series. Enjoy!

Hi! I'm Vanessa, {a sassy lady, Christian first, wife, mama to one, adopting mama, part-time fabric store employee, sewing blogger}, and I'm so glad to be here today! I'm LOVING my new hand-made outfit and I'm so excited to share it with you! I'm thankful Andrea asked me to be on her amazing blog! We are working together for She's Worth it! a campaign to stop human sex trafficking among women and young girls, and we'd love your $10 donation more than ANYTHING else! Find out more information here! It really does matter and your $10 does more than you know!

The Inspiration: This fall/winter, I have been very inspired by the fur vest trend, perfect paired with leggings and a long sleeve tee. It just adds such an aspect of sass to any regular outfit! These are my pinned inspiration photos, in particular the chevron fur vest by Armani Exchange for $200!!!

My hand-made look: 
 All images taken and copyrighted by PhotosOfGrace Photography (Please give credit where it's due!)

Oh, my, this outfit. I really look at it and think... Did I really hand-make it all? It kind of shocks me, because I feel so stylish in it! I think I'm finally figuring out what to make that makes me feel good, too! That's a good day in the sewing world.

The Fur Vest: I recently had the luxury of attending the Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Girls Night Out event in Charlotte, NC hosted by the wonderful and talented Jessica of Me Sew Crazy/The Sewing Rabbit You can find my fun recap post here! While in Charlotte, I found some chevron faux fur... chevron fur, people!!! CHEVRON FUR! (if I need to say that again!) I'm thankful my road trip buddy Rachel of Sew Happily Ever After convinced me it was not a crazy purchase after all!
I self drafted this vest from the Megan Nielson Briar basic shirt block. I made two vests, put them together right sides, sewed the neckline and down the front, flipped them and sewed up the arm pits, then the bottom, similar to this hand-sewn vest for my son. There are no closures added. But it looks really cute belted, as inspired by my Armani inspiration pin.

The cheetah shouldered shirt
I used the Megan Nielson Briar pattern (again! I love this pattern!)to make this shirt tunic. I extended it several inches to give me the length to cover my bum {nobody needs to wear leggings, as pants... just sayin!}, and used the back hemline for the front, as well. I used my serger to hem it, so all the sleeves and hems are actually serged.

Inspired by the chevron clutch in one of my pins AND because I just couldn't make a normal WHITE shirt, I added cheetah print flannel shoulder pads with serged edges.This is most definitely my new go-to-shirt.

The leggings
Simple black lycra leggings (fabric from Hancock), self drafted like my Mama Jeggings, except I did add 2 inch elastic for more support and a waistband casing (not shown). I also reinforced these seams twice with my serger and used the elastic stitch on my sewing machine. I've found with basic leggings, to reinforce them lots for all the mom-bending I do on a daily basis. I made them extra long, so they'd be slouchy when worn with heels. 

Other details
I added some random gunmetal jewelry to give that bangles look, so popular right now. The belt was a hand-me-down. My earrings almost match the inspiration photo exactly! I have no idea where I got any of this stuff. 

And there we have it! I'd love you to come check out Designs By Sessa! A HUGE thanks to Kelly of PhotosByGrace Photography for my amazing blog photo shoot, and for her time spent processing them! Please check her out on FB or instagram @photosOfgrace! And for locals, I have her photography promotional going on, on my blog! Be sure to check that out, too!

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I have more fun photos of this outfit today on my blog, so be sure to check it out! And thank you, Andrea for having me! I know I've got a sweet friend in you! And thank you for reading!