Archive for January, 2008

MONIF C

ok i finally got one of these dresses, i am still going to try my hand at making one for myself.

but this is the one i got

monif c dress

I got it in pumpkin

I love this pumpkin color and i am going to play with different style of dress. I am now debating what i am going to pair this with. My plans are to wear it to the Jill Scott concert me and Mr. Man are going to in March.

Monif C is having a sale so ladies get on the good foot and pick something up 🙂

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Ok back to the Sewing Board

Well the holidays are over, and I am very much looking forward to Spring….Well I picked up a few yards of fabric at Joann’s a few weeks ago and I will get to sewing very soon….

Brown

black and white fabric

green fabric

They are all silky prints, the first is a chocolate brown background with flowers, that are orange and baby blue, while i am not a big flower fan i love the baby blue and chocolate combo. The 2nd is a black background with white/grey/black circles on it. And the last is a cream with green/brown squares on it. I wanted more of each of these but a last it was the end of the bolt for all 3 i got about 3.5 yards of out of all of them.

Now what i am thinking of sewing.

McCalls Dress


So ok i want to make dress A, i have to find something to be the contrasting band at the bottom i have not found that fabric yet. And i plan to make one with out the sleeves, because i love the rounded collar style. I am going to make it with the black fabric, i might get something fancy to add to the bottom.

i have not quite figured out what i am going to make with the other two fabric, but i have a wide range of patterns to choose from.

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

Well I wanted to spotlight an American Designer this time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ralph Lauren, and I was too uber geeked when he started doing plus sized clothes….here is some information about Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifschitz on October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive.


Life

Ralph J. Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in the south of New York City borough of The Bronx to Ashkenazi Jewish[citation needed] immigrants Fraydl (Kotlar) and Frank Lifshitz, a house painter.

From a very young age, he started working after school to earn money to buy suits that were stylish, expensive suits with an early preference for quality over quantity. His attire soon gave him a trendy reputation among his peers. Calvin Klein, a younger contemporary also lived in the same Bronx neighborhood, but it is not believed that they ever met while living there.

Lauren attended the Salanter Academy Jewish Day School followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before ultimately graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957.[citation needed] In MTA Lauren was known by his classmates for selling ties to his fellow students. In his Clinton yearbook he stated under his picture that he wanted to be a millionaire.[citation needed] Other notables who attended this school include Burt Lancaster, Robert Klein, and Stan Lee. At age 16, Ralph’s brother Jerry changed their last name from Lifshitz to Lauren (his brother Lenny remained a Lifshitz for many years).

He went to the Baruch College (of the City University of New York) where he studied Business and dropped out after two years. From 1962 to 1964, he served in the United States Army. After his discharge, in 1968, he married Ricky Low-Beer. He did not attend fashion school, but worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman and then created the label Polo, a necktie business. He later purchased this name from his initial backer, Norman Hilton. Lauren’s fashion empire has since grown into a billion-dollar business.

In 1984 he recreated the Rhinelander Mansion, a former home of the photographer Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning, into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren. This same year de Evia photographed the cover feature story for House & Garden on the Lauren home Round Hill in Jamaica[1], which had formerly been the home of Babe and Bill Paley.[2]

In the middle of the 1990s, Polo Ralph Lauren became a public company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RL.

Ralph and his wife, Ricky, have two sons and a daughter: Andrew (b. 1969 in New York City, New York), David (b. 1971), and Dylan Lauren (b. May 1974 in New York City, New York). David is an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren and Dylan owns and operates an upscale candy store, Dylan’s Candy Bar, at 59th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan. Ricky appeared on the television show Martha on December 10th 2006 and stated that her son Andrew is in the “movie business”.

Lauren is the subject of several biographies (written by Jeffrey Trachtenberg, Michael Gross and Colin MacDowell).

Lauren is also well-known as a collector of classic automobiles. His cars have won best in show at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance multiple times. His collection was recently displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

By 2007 Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in United States. There were 23 locations that carried Ralph Lauren Purple Label, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, Chevy Chase, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Manhasset, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Short Hills, Troy, and Washington DC.

In 2000, Ralph Lauren created the home section. It now has Lauren by Ralph Lauren collection and the fancier Ralph Lauren collection. The signature stores of the Ralph Lauren home collection are Madison Ave, Boston and Short Hills Mall.

Classic Polo Shirt
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Designer Spotlight

I wanted to spotlight a few of my favorite Designers and I will start with every woman’s uber designer. I dont know any woman who does not love this woman….The One

The Only

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (August 19, 1883January 10, 1971)[1] was a pioneering French fashion designer20th-century fashion. Her influence on haute couture was such that she was the only person in the field to be named on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.[2] The influential Chanel suit, launched in 1923, it was an elegant suit comprising a knee-length skirt and trim, boxy jacket, traditionally made of woven wool with black trim and gold buttons and worn with large costume-pearl necklaces. Coco Chanel also popularized the little black dress, whose blank-slate versatility allowed it to be worn for day and evening, depending on how it was accessorized. Although unassuming black dresses existed before Chanel, the ones she designed were considered the haute couture[citation needed] In 1923, she told Harper’s Bazaar that “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Chanel always kept the clothing she designed simple and comfortable. She took what were considered poor fabrics like jersey and upgraded them. She was instrumental in helping to design the image on the 1920’s flapper. Her loose-fitting clothes and shortened hemlines were to become trademarks of the flapper look.

*taken from Wikipedia* *and while i realize that it is not always on point these are the highlights about Coco*

Here are a few of my favorite Chanel pieces and one day maybe i can afford one or make one to look like the real thing:

Pink Chanel SuitChanel BagChanel Suits - Tan

The House of Chanel has branched out from not only couture, to ready-to-wear, accessories, eyewear, makeup, fragrances, and jewelry. Coco Chanel has reached Iconic status that we only know her by one name Coco.

All woman around the world know the interwined C’s and become giddy as school girls when we see the symbol that we just love *as much as we love the lil blue box*. We know that we can can be the epitome of style and class with one of those Chanel suits on or even one of her classic quilted handbags. Coco I bow to you, my style icon. I strive to be as stylish as you were.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I am still shocked at how quick ’07 zipped by……

So HAPPY NEW YEAR to every one…

how did you ring in your new year? Any thing special?

I have some new fabric and patterns that i will post in a few…..