February 1, 2016

Celebrate Black History: Nah. The Rosa Parks Tee...

Rosa Parks Nah T-Shirt Brown

Rosa Parks was a Civil Rights Icon and "The Refuser in Chief" of famously not giving up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, which in turn kicked off the Montgomery Boycotts and other efforts to end segregation. Learn more about Rosa Parks HERE. And show your pride in what Black People before us had to endure in this country so we could be a little freer today with the defiant Rosa Parks Tee below. 
Rosa Parks, 1913 - 2005

January 17, 2016

My DIY: Red Satin Shorts...

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DIY Red Satin Shorts. Photo by Ron Ward
Hey y'all! Long time, no post, I know, I know. But we finally got a chance to snap a few pics of my diy red satin party shorts that I finished way before Christmas. I really intended for this to be a holiday post, but circumstances and yuck holiday weather thought otherwise. But whatever, we're here now! And I like the shorts. I do. Honestly, I was a little frightened by the shorts a little at first because they're made of shiny satin, and where in the world do you wear shiny satin shorts? Try saying that 3 times really fast *shiny satin shorts* couldn't do it, could you? lol. Anyway, this is my second time making shorts from this pattern (see the first time I made a pair HERE) and I made them with leftover fabric from this red Mardi Gras ballgown. These would be cute as a party look, yes? My only other observation of these pics is that my legs are in need of some serious beach sun. They look like they belong to a polar bear... O_o Check out a few more pics below! All photos by Ron Ward.

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DIY Red Satin Shorts. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diystyle red shorts
DIY Red Satin Shorts. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diystyle red shorts
DIY Red Satin Shorts. Photo by Ron Ward
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DIY Red Satin Shorts. Photo by Ron Ward

November 24, 2015

My Sewing Style: My DIY 2-Piece Plaid Dress...

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DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
Another 2-piece set? WHATTT?! Yeah, yeah I know, I’ve been going a little buck wild with the crop top sets, but methinks this is my last one for a while. I purchased this plaid fabric over 2 years ago, and YAY for moving my way through my ridiculous fabric stash, right?! I had totally different plans for what I wanted to do with this fabric when I bought it, but hey. Plans change. I’ve been in a crop top set phase and this is my 3rd diy crop top set in 3 months. I like this one! It’s comfy and fun to wear. I used New Look 6483 once again for the top (I cropped it, removed the darts and added buttons to the back of view C) and McCall’s 5578 for the skirt, adding a waistband and pockets (I used McCall’s 5578 before HERE) this pattern is basically a rectangle shape so it's a simple base pattern to do whatever you want with it.

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DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
I think this set could easily go from spring to fall, wouldn’t you agree? See a few more pics of my completed diy 2-piece crop-top dress below! And Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
All photography by Ron Ward.

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DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
fashion sewing diystyle 2 piece plaid dress
DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
fashion sewing diystyle 2 piece plaid dress
DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
fashion sewing diystyle 2 piece plaid dress
DIY 2-Piece crop top dress
Pair this 2-piece dress with a pair of Chuck Taylors in the Spring or Summer for when you want to be extra cute at the backyard barbecue or outdoor music festival.

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November 13, 2015

My DIY: Feeling French in French Quarter New Orleans...

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DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Gingham and stripes and houndstooth and buffalo plaid, oh my! lol. One of the easiest ways to mix a bunch of random patterns is to stay in the same color family. My outfit? It's black. It's white. And none of what I'm wearing is new. The gingham skirt was once a dress I made that I RE-made into a skirt (see HERE) the striped crop top was once a full t-shirt from Forever 21 (that you've probably seen before HERE) I sliced it up to make it new, and the houndstooth pumps you've seen before HERE. My buffalo plaid scarf was a Target find a long time ago and the white sunnies, sorry, I have no clue where I purchased them, they're that old. I was just kind of casually trying on things in my closet one afternoon when I stumbled upon all these items I had in black and white and got the idea to throw it all together to make one cute (very French looking, yes?!) outfit. And like I said, my outfit isn't all that new, but my hair is! This is my 6th DIY crochet braid installation. Having crochet braids just gives me a nice little break from having to style my own hair every day, and that's precisely why I love them. Scroll down below for a few more pics taken in the magical New Orleans French Quarter on a beautifully crisp Fall November day! Photos by Ron Ward.

Striped t-shirt Forever21
My striped t-shirt before I cropped it.
Chartres Street Sign
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter
Fashion Sewing DIY Style Mixed Patterns Jackson Square
DIY Mixed Pattern Outfit, New Orleans French Quarter

November 5, 2015

Dress Remix: Turning a Sheath Dress into a 2-Piece Set.

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2-piece DIY crop top and pencil skirt set
I'm working it out on these crop tops y'all. This is my 2nd crop top set (see the 1st HERE) and I have one more planned so bear with me, won't you? This set was a sheath dress that I made in it's previous life (I used McCall's M5818, see HERE and HERE) but I never really liked the top of it when it was a dress, so I decided to slice it up and try to fashion it into something else and this 2-piece set is my result!
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2-piece DIY crop top and pencil skirt set
I basically cut the top off of the sheath dress and made it into a high waisted (more) fitted skirt using the same pattern from my last 2-piece set. It had a zipper when it was a sheath dress but I completely removed it and elasticized the waist because even though this is a woven fabric, it has a really nice amount of stretch, so I was confident I'd be able to get it over my hips without a zipper. Hips are always the gauge. Fit your hips first, then tailor everything else to fit (waist, length, etc.) and always leave extra seam allowance for when you're not sure. The crop top was made from New Look 6483. THIS PATTERN RIGHT HERE. I've gotten A LOT of mileage out of this one shirt pattern. This pattern is the base for so many of my recent sewing projects from dresses to tops and beyond. Here, I just cropped the short sleeved crew neck top and drafted a new boxy pattern without the use of the darts.  I had about of yard of this fabric left in large sized scraps so I was able to easily get this top done. And this is precisely why I hoard scraps of fabric. I always think in the back of my mind that I could make something else with it and this crop top is exhibit A. An entire crop top made from fabric scraps. BOOM. Done. Overall, I'm pleased with how this set turned out. More pics below!
All Photography by Ron Ward.
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2-piece DIY crop top and pencil skirt set
diy style 2 piece body con crop dress set
2-piece DIY crop top and pencil skirt set
diy style 2 piece body con crop dress set
2-piece DIY crop top and pencil skirt set
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October 18, 2015

My Sewing Style: DIY Bodycon Separates...

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DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
For the awesome folks who follow all my sewing shenanigans on Facebook, finally, photos of my brown ribbed knit bodycon dress! Yay! The weather has been so nice here in New Orleans recently and it was near perfect the day we went out to shoot. Cool, crisp fall weather is THE ABSOLUTE BEST. This sewing project, in all it's simplicity in looks, didn't come without its challenges (see here) but I'm pleased with how it ultimately turned out. I used McCall's M5700 to sew my skirt and Butterick B5386 (view C with lots of adjustments) for my cropped turtleneck. Form-fitted and body conscious is pretty new for me, because I can remember a time that I wouldn't dare. But I'll say this, all you need to wear styles like this is body confidence, whatever your size. Wear it and OWN IT! Below are a few more pics, and if you're not into sewing it yourself, scroll to the bottom to shop similar looks. Photography Credit: Ron Ward.

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DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diy brown knit bodycon design
DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diy brown knit bodycon design
DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diy brown knit bodycon design
DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
fashion sewing diy brown knit bodycon design
DIY brown ribbed stretch knit bodycon separates. Photo by Ron Ward
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September 27, 2015

My DIY: Red Maxi Dress Replay...

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I made this red print maxi dress (with pockets!) waayyy back in 2009 (see HERE and HERE) and from time to time, I like to see if things I made still fit the same. It still fits, so yay! And styling this dress with my navy Converse just felt natural. Because what can't you wear with Converse? They go with everything. Business suits, tuxedos, cocktail dresses, wedding gowns... doesn't matter, a pair of Converse will make your outfit look awesome and boost your street cred at the same time. Boom. Two for one. But the real reason we went out and took a few pics this weekend is because I was really feeling my HAIR, lol. I just hit my 18 month mark after my 2nd big chop and this hair finally growing back is giving me all the feels!  Also, check out my hair 18 months after my first big chop and see if you don't notice a difference in thickness? Do you see what I'm talking about? #TeamThickness! Well, on the hair at least ;) A few more pics below, photo credits - Ron Ward:

fashion sewing red maxi dress diy style 18 months hair
fashion sewing red maxi dress diy style 18 months hair
fashion sewing red maxi dress diy style 18 months hair

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September 8, 2015

Sew Casual: My DIY Midi Dress...

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My Navy DIY Midi Dress
By chance, have I mentioned that I'm ready for Fall? I have? It's just that it's been SO HOT in New Orleans this Summer and I'm over it. Bring on the cooler weather! And look, I'm not anti-Summer, but when it's hot like fire outside, the Summer season can get old real quick. Anyhoo, enough about the weather, let's discuss my navy DIY midi dress! 

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My Navy DIY Midi Dress
Well, I own this ONE raglan t-shirt that's a really comfortable fit, and one day out of the blue, I had this light bulb idea that this same comfy t-shirt would make a really comfy dress. So I laid it flat over some brown pattern paper, got my tracing wheel, traced the front, back and sleeves at the seams, added a half inch seam allowance, and I had a good base pattern to start creating! This navy midi dress is the 3rd dress I've made from that same raglan t-shirt pattern (remember the 1st dress and the 2nd dress I made?) The inspiration for my midi dress came from this dress that I spotted Chelsea Handler wearing online, from there, I was on a mission to create my own and this is the result! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, plus I feel like this dress hits that sweet spot in between a form-fitted body-con dress and a looser fitting sweatshirt dress. Style, say hello to comfort. Pleasure to make your acquaintance comfort! ~Style. Style said that. 
More pics below:

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My Navy DIY Midi Dress
navy midi dress diy Hip Candy Hip Couture
My Navy DIY Midi Dress
navy midi dress diy Hip Candy Hip Couture
My Navy DIY Midi Dress
navy midi dress diy Hip Candy Hip Couture
My Navy DIY Midi Dress
navy midi dress diy Hip Candy Hip Couture
My Navy DIY Midi Dress

July 14, 2015

Hip Candy is Trying Out a New Look!


Bear with us as we make a few cosmetic changes to Hip Candy! We just felt like moving some furniture around and maybe applying a new coat of paint. Stay tuned as we try to make the site better!

June 19, 2015

Sew Inspired: My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress..

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My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
Have you ever spotted an item of clothing and thought, "that's cute" but you knew that if you went on a search spree to purchase this same cute item of clothing that you'd no doubt come up empty? Or say you do score and you find that cute dress or pair of shorts only to see that it cost something crazy like $350 plus shipping? Look y'all, that price point can make a sucker out of somebody else, because your girl is not the one. This is precisely one of the reasons why knowing how to sew is WHAT'S UP. Scenario: See something you like, get a couple yards of fabric, then put your sewing skills to work and make it yourself

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My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
That's where I found myself with this black and white t-shirt dress. I spotted cutie pie DJ Hannah Bronfman on Instagram wearing a similar dress and I knew immediately that I needed this dress in my life and closet. And I completely skipped over searching for the dress online or even trying to find out how much it cost and who made it. Instead, I mentally scanned my fabric stash, and I remembered I had 3 or 4 yards of black knit along with maybe about a yard of white t-shirt fabric, and long story short, I had everything I needed to make this dress happen! To make my pattern, I used a raglan t-shirt that I've had since President Obama won his first term, I laid it flat over some pattern paper and traced with my tracing wheel the front and back bodice and the sleeve. I added the seam allowance and lengthened the hem, cut and sew and this is my result! We decided to go to the park earlier this week and take a few pics (to show you the fit). This was my first time wearing the dress out anywhere, and as soon as I got out of the car, we were walking past 3 women who were working out, and one of them said "her dress is cute" OMGeee, y'all!!! THAT. Right. There. MY DAY = MADE. Pleased? I am indeed :)
My sneakers: 9 West
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My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress

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