My love affair with fashion and style began as a teenager…
Sewing runs in the family, my aunt had a natural talent for sewing and I learned the basics by observing her on the sewing machine which inspired me to make my first outfit at age fourteen. This was a major accomplishment and I showed off my creation to everyone who crossed my path.
The thought that I could create and sew my own clothes was exciting and liberating.
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FROM MY PERSONAL WARDROBE!
COMBINING ANIMAL PRINTS
Combining Zebra Print with Leopard
I love the gold and brown zebra stripes and accented it with matching necklace.
THE SOFTNESS OF JERSEY SILK
Silk Navy Jersey sporty two piece accented with white piping down the pant, around the neck and give the top chic emphasis at the back.
I love the softness of the fabric against my skin, it’s so cool and light to wear. Great for packing on a vacation
Wore this outfit while on vacation in Trinidad and teamed it with a black and white soft shoes.
So soft and comfortable to wear. Definitely one of my all time favourites
THE FREEDOM OF WHITE COTTON
This white cotton dress I picked up at a boutique in J&F Mall. I love the silhouette it’s free and yet feminine.
CHEARTREUSE IS THE NEW LIME GREEN – COMBINED WITH PURPLE
This is a purple and cheartreuse combination ensemble.
When I went to purchase the fabric to make this outfit I asked the sales clerk for lime green material to accent the purple she took me to a selection of green fabrics and pointed to what I knew as lime green and said all they have is cheartreuse. I realized that I’ve stepped into a new colour generation.
When I was growing up cheartreuse was more like a magenta but in today’s world what was once called lime green is now cheartreuse
MY VINTAGE BOLERO JACKET WITH A STORY…
Way back in designing school this was my first project.
Designing a jacket, drafting the pattern and executing the design.
I have kept this jacket and worn it over the years. It’s now a vintage but I still love it. Bring back memories
BLACK JERSEY EVENING DRESS
Wore this black jersey evening dress to a Christmas Party.
This dress was a real find at Urban Planet cost me a whopping $25.00
The dress was very simple I accented it with silver sequin shoes, dramatic diamond necklace and matching earrings
with a large diamond ring. (imitation of course).
I LOVE A BARGAIN
One of my favourite outfits – I found this at the Melanie Lynn Outlet store.
I knew I could never go wrong with black & white, forever versatile.
With or without accessories. Can be worn for any occasion.
This is something I picked up in a boutique on the sales rack.
It was a tight fit so I inserted black & white animal print ribbon at the side to give it some room.
To add some pizazz I wear it with a yellow jacket and knee high or ankle tights
matched with running shoes. A chic and sporty outfit.
Kimono Top worn with leggings perfect for a weekend get-together
MY VERY OWN DESIGN
Design and made this patterned chiffon ensemble.
Long shirt slit up the sides with long pants gathered with elastic at the ankle.
Very comfy and flowing
DRAPED YELLOW TOP
Wore this outfit to the Christmas Party.
Yellow top beautifully draped on the side and held together with a diamond pin – teamed up with black wide leg pants
A DAY AT THE PICNIC
For the summer picnic I accessorized this outfit with dark pewter pendant necklace and bracelet. and wore dramatic eastern hanging earrings for emphasis.
Casual Saturday at the picnic. Maxi stripe cotton shirt worn over skinny jeans accentuated with a 4″ cuff and soft shoes was like comfort food for the picnic.
CRUSING ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Put this comfy outfit together for a day cruise. Black cotton pants teamed with striped tank top. I dressed in layers since the lake temperature could be unpredictable I used a very light butter colour sweater over the tank top which I could peel off if it was too hot and carried a heavier white sweater for warmth when the temperature dropped. I added a burst of colour with a bright yellow handbag.
The emphasis was on comfort and added some funk with the sunglasses and metallic soft shoes.
NIGHT AT THE GALA
Wore this vintage top to a gala, teamed it up with a satin trousers and completed the look with a metallic shawl. This metallic fringe shawl can be worn just thrown over the shoulder or wrap around as a complete outfit
Made this outfit and wore it to an event this summer. I love the loose free flowing fit. The pants is pleated at the waist with a high waist band, with a peasant top gathered at the neckline with elastic.
I love the versatility of this design. It can have a less formal fun look by wearing a contrasting top with two different colour scarves.
Because the outfit was solid blue, to add interest I accented it with these statement earrings and colourful shoes.
Floral pants are always smart, sometimes I team it with a white blazer but for this outing I wanted a more casual look and wore it with a long black top with a statement necklace.
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
This top I had for years, but I have not worn it for the past ten years because I gained a few inches around the midriff which made the top too short and the shoulders did not fit right. I made some slight alterations by adding an embroidered trim to the edge to lengthen the top, also added a piece of fabric on the top sleeve before adjusting the elastic. To make the top fit around the bust and stomach area I added a piece of fabric down the front and move the buttons over. This blouse in now back in style and looks very trendy.
I made this silk Chinese style reversible jacket that can be worn on either side. It has a Mandarin collar and button down the front. The darts are reversed on one side, which adds interest to the jacket.
It looks fantastic with black leather pants.
Black and Metallic Silk reversible tunic jacket.
MARRYING THRIFT STORE WITH DESIGNER LABEL
One of my favourite outfits. A navy blue embroidery bolero purchased from V&V, worn with navy slacks from Melany Lynn and pink tank top.
MIXING AND MATCHING
This wool jacket I bought at a thrift store and was inspired to make a skirt to complete the look. Wore it with boots and leopard necklace to match the cuff and collar. Completed the look with a matching leopard top and bronze studded belt.
The hat I made from faux fur and gave the ensemble added dimension.
THE STORY OF THE OVERSIZED SWEATER
I Picked up this oversized hand knitted wool fisherman sweater at V&V. It was way oversized reaching almost to my knees and the sleeves were way pass my hands. The sweater swallowed me up but I saw potential. I shrunk the sweater by washing it on the hot cycle in the washing machine then dried it in the dryer, this made the knit tighter.
Because it was pure wool, to prevent itching and also to add more warmth I lined the sweater. Now I have an oversized, oh so warm and comfy sweater.
See my tutorial: LINING A SWEATER
I Jazz up my oversized sweater with a fluffy wool scarf. During the changing seasons I can wear it instead of a coat. It’s much warmer than a spring or fall coat.
THE SALES RACK
During the summer Jones of New York had their nation wide closing down sale, needless to say I did not let it pass me by, much, much better than any Black Friday Sale.
I fell in love with this princess line floral print, with inverted side pockets, which was originally $135.00. Would you believe the mark down price was $35.00.
Took it to a whole new level when accented with a yellow scarf at a brunch.
The winter season is here, and we have to cover up. There is nothing like this sweater set I purchased at Winners. The sweater has a sequin open zipper. What I like most about this set is that I can use the sleeveless t-shirt in the spring or summer, teamed up with a white slacks or capris.
The black felt hat gives this outfit another dimension. Take the pearls and hat away and you have a more casual look.
WHERE I SHOP
I make most of my clothes, but when I shop for clothing I frequent small boutiques, thrift stores or I head for the mark down rack at the brand name stores. You will discover a gold mine of fashion when you shop this way. Not always trendy fashion but unusual and creative styles that will last throughout fashion fads.
This is an interesting pleated woven cotton harem pants with a skirt effect at the back, I picked up at an indian boutique at the J&F mall. I teamed with a short black & grey jacket and accented with a necklace that picked up the colours of the outfit. Really liked the skirt effect at the back
Worn with a tank top and tied at the front for a more casual look.
THE MAKING OF A YELLOW SUIT
When you can do your own alterations you can achieve wonders. This double breasted jacket I purchased from V & V. The jacket was long and looked dated but I loved the colour. I shortened the jacket and made the pants from a jumper I had cut out but never got around to sewing. I was in luck because the colour was an exact match. It turned out to be a trendy pantsuit.
I up the game with this pantsuit by accessorizing with a Nicole Lee bag.
Adding a scarf gives the pantsuit added dimension
MY SPECIAL FINDS
There is a history to this ensemble. The entire outfit costs $22.00. The dress I bought on sale for $10.00, the shoes at a thrift store for $2.00, the Phantom tights was on sale $10.00. The handbag was a steal, I rescued it from my daughter’s clothing she was about to drop off at goodwill. I threw in some accessories and ohla! Only goes to show money cannot buy style.
The simplicity of the bag accented with the silver at the sides and at the bottom gives an expensive, elegant look. The handles are just a little short but it’s convenient to carry and can still slide over the shoulders. Excellent for a freebee dont you think.
I bought this Dashiki Style Indian Blouse at a Kiosk in the mall. It was love at first sight . It is encrusted with sequins around the hem, sleeves and neck line. I also wear it with jeans and tights. It’s one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe.
I LOVE ASYMMETRICAL HEMLINES
I attended an end of summer dinner The food was excellent only matched by the entertainment that followed. I wore this flowly, light chiffon asymmetrical dress with the scarf draped around the neckline to give a cowl effect, finished off the outfit with red open toe shoes and black clutch purse.
FROM MY SCRAP BOX
Made this yellow short jacket with remnant I had in my scrap box, and combined with a blue jersey tank top and skirt. I love the Interesting colour and texture. I accessorized with a blue bag and yellow sandals to balance the scheme. Added the blue sunglasses to add more dimension.
MAKING THE MOST OF A MAN’S SHIRT
Created this lacy, sexy shirt that can be worn as a dress from the old shirt below.
I removed the collar, took off the sleeves, pockets and collar, inserted lace in-between and finally accented with lace down the front.
See how it’s done: Take an old shirt and transform it into a beautiful summer dress
ENJOYING THE SUN
I wore this bubble sandals with my white dress and it was a conversation piece, it is embellished with hair bubbles.
See how it’s done: Summer Sandals With Hair Bubbles
MY BIRTHDAY DRESS
My birthday outfit. Black Palazzo Jersey Pants, worn with floral hand painted top.
Love, Love, Love this ring. I wore it to accessorize my birthday outfit. I thought it went well with my hand painted flower on my top.
THE AFRICAN INFLUENCE
This is an African influence ensemble I made. I’m still working on tying that perfect headwrap.
THE CONVERSION OF A SCARF
I love scarves because they are so versatile. This is triangle scarf that I added fringe to the bottom and draped it on one shoulder. Wore it with white fitted pants and staw wedge sandals
I LOVE TO CROCHET
This crochet dress was a labour of love. Crochet is no longer a past time for grandma, but it is blazing the runway. Crochet has made a come back and will be around for a long time.
MY WALK ABOUT ENSEMBLE
One of my favorites, black cotton embroidered top with black stretch knee length pants. comfort for walking around the town.