Confession! I've been stalking these boots (the Tanner Lace-Up in cognac) ever since they landed in my inbox promoting a boot sale in early Fall. I even went and tried them on (they look FABULOUS on and they were sooo comfy). And honestly, I don't usually get down with shoes I have to lace and tie up... a slip on shoe is my best friend honey, but these were so nice on the end of my foot, I looked past all that. They're made with vegan leather (doesn't that sound more elegant than "man made materials"? You're welcome Payless) and they have a soft jersey lining that makes it feel like you could wear them for HOURS. And now you can get them (and other boots too!) for 15% off! Click the pic or the link to shop December 4-5 and scroll down for a pic with hot ways to style your boots...
December 4, 2013
December 2, 2013
September 15, 2013
Finally finished a pair of shorts that I started a few weeks ago and I'm quite pleased with how they turned out! This is my third time sewing this shorts pattern, tweaking and adjusting each time. This third pair definitely feels more polished. Hey are y'all following my Hip Couture page on Facebook? How about following me on Pinterest? Chictopia? Instagram? Foodspotting? Twitter? Because... why not? :)
August 5, 2013
July 29, 2013
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June 1, 2013
This was my maxi dress BEFORE I did it over (above). I made this dress about 3 years ago, find out why I made such a huge bubble dress HERE.
This was my inspiration for doing that dress over. I just fell in like with the idea of doing a long sleeved t-shirt maxi dress for some reason and this particular dress (that I found on Pinterest) just spoke to me. But how would I do it??
I based the way I did the pattern for my long-sleeved maxi dress on the way the pattern was done above (found it HERE) you could either use a pattern you already have OR use a t shirt you like and trace or cut the fit onto pattern paper or your desired fabric (<< click that link for a video on how to do it. It's a bit long, but informative)
|My long sleeved tee and my extra fabric.|
I completely dismantled the dress at the top of this post as I'd be using that for my skirt portion. I had about a yard of extra, never touched fabric to do the long sleeved tee of the dress. And finally...
My long-sleeved t-shirt maxi dress completed! I like it but I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
May 6, 2013
|Jessica Biel (Timberlake?) wearing Giambattista Valli at the 2013 Met Gala|
[source HuffPost]: This year, with a theme like "Punk: Chaos to Couture," we saw plenty of studding, black leather and a few mohawks (see SJP). I thought Jessica Biel Timberlake (?) did the unconventional theme of this year's Gala justice with her look along with a few others (Madonna did... Madonna) The red carpet was livestreamed and Beyonce served as an honorary chair of the event this year. Kim K. was even allowed to attend because of her connection to Kanye (smh to her attending this event and to that dress she wore) The annual Met Gala, which formally kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art's yearly Costume Institute exhibit, always brings in a bevy of style stars, from models to designers to Hollywood's A-list. Click the pic above to see a slide show of the 2013 Met Gala Red Carpet.
April 28, 2013
Hey y'all! Remember me? lol. Look, I realize I've been M.I.A. lately which is why I wanted to document my latest, super simple sewing project. Seriously, making over t-shirts is a quick way to build up your sewing confidence (even though I made a few simple mistakes with this one, you really can't beat sharpening your sewing skills with old t-shirts)
I've had this t-shirt for years now. I used to take annual trips to New York for my birthday in October (my first birthday trip there was in 1996, and my most recent was in 2006) and I purchased this particular tee on one of those trips. I bought it and then never wore it because I didn't love the fit, and it wasn't until recently when I was pinning to my Fashion Sewing Inspiration board on Pinterest that I came across THIS PIN on how to give your t-shirts a more feminine fit. Light bulbs!! I can finally fix my New York City tee!
First I laid my t-shirt flat on my cutting table trying to line up my side seams, shoulder seams, armpit seams and armhole seams. I worked on my t-shirts on the right side but working on it inside out like she did in the tutorial (in the link above) is just as easy.
Then I chose a t-shirt with a fit that I loved (the fit of my Hershey's tee is perfection) and I laid that on top top lining up my shoulder seams and neck line. It was all very crudely done. I didn't pin anything to make sure it didn't shift. I just kind of "eyeballed" it. Eyeballing it is always quicker.
Then I folded the sleeves under on my Hershey's tee so that I could trace and outline it onto my New York City tee (in blue fabric chalk, you can *barely* see it below) and this is the point where I made this project way more complicated than it should have been because I wanted to remove the sleeves completely, then reset them... O_O so seriously, if I'm confusing you, refer back to the tutorial link HERE, because her way is simpler for nearly the identical result.
All in all, even with my simple mistakes, I'm really pleased with the results and I feel really confident that I could do this again (seamlessly) if I wanted to. You can always learn from mistakes, don't forget that :)
April 20, 2013
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March 14, 2013
Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot First Lady Michelle Obama for her 2nd Vogue Cover. Click HERE to see more pics.
March 3, 2013
I have an insane amount of fabric in my sewing room, boxes and boxes of it. It's at the point that I don't need to buy another stitch of fabric until I go through the mountains of stuff I already have. This yellow lace was a part of that overflow.
I had been wanting to do a pencil skirt for the longest and finally, I was able to focus long enough to get it done. Oh you didn't know? I can be THE most unfocused sewing person, so much so, that it could potentially take me weeks (WEEKS!) to finish something as simple as a headband. Pray for me. But I did finish this skirt in kinda record time, so.. PROGRESS! Anyhoo, I didn't really know what fabric I would use for the skirt, until stumbling on some pretty sweet street style photos, one in particular (see it below) that I used for inspiration. I'm pretty satisfied with how mine turned out. See a few more photos of this look HERE, HERE and HERE.
My inspiration for this look is below. Found it on Pinterest...
February 25, 2013
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February 24, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture. It's a little hard to tell where her skin ends and the dress begins. It's a pretty dress, but it's washing her out.
Jessica Chastain wearing Armani Prive.
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive.
Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta and this dress is just way too close to her skin color. A huge trend for the night, no?
Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton.
Zoe Saldana wearing an Alexis Mabille Couture dress.
Octavia Spencer wearing Tadashi Shoji.
Kerry Washington wearing a Miu Miu dress, Chopard earrings and a Prada clutch. I'm not really feeling this on her. I've seen her look much better.
Anne Hathaway wearing Prada. Once again, skin and dress = the SAME COLOR. Underwhelmed.
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture. I have to say, I like everything about this look on her. From her pixie cut to her minimal jewelry, and yes the dress color is a little close to her skin color like a few of the others, but I'm giving her a pass. She's owning it. I think she looks great.
Adele in Jenny Packham.
Jennifer Aniston wearing a red Valentino dress. The Internets exploded with people hating on her in this dress, so let me add my 2 cents. I don't hate it, but it's not what I would have expected from the sleek, clean lined Jen Aniston. It's a little bouffant for her.
Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott. I loved her in this dress when I saw her and Keith Urban on the red carpet, but I hadn't caught a glimpse of the bottom of it. What's going on on the bottom of it exactly? O_o
Salma Hayek wearing an Alexander McQueen that I just can't get with. What IS that? Velvet? I love Salma, I do, I just can't love this dress.
Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab.
Queen Latifah wearing Badgley Mischka.
Halle Berry in Versace. I think the fit of the dress is fabulous on her, she is absolutely working that fit, but I'm still "meh" on the design elements of the dress. The stripes are making me feel some kinda way..
Jamie Foxx wearing Calvin Klein and his daughter Corinne Bishop.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck both in Gucci. This photo really doesn't do Jennifer's dress justice it was so much more vibrant looking on the red carpet. I heart them :)
Kristin Stewart (wearing Naeem Khan) once again ruins an entire look with her horrible posture and her "I don't care" hair. And the color isn't doing her any favors either. I can't with this one, sorry.
Rene Zellweger in Carolina Herrerra. I don't love it. And that "no effort" hair. None of this was on my favorites list.