Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Less Expensive Look: Dusky Begonia T-Straps

I bought these anthropologie Dusky Begonia T-Straps with some Christmas money.  I salivated over them for weeks and when they finally went on sale, I bought them.  I spent more than I usually do because, well, it was Christmas money.    These originally retailed for somewhere around $160ish, I believe, but they went on sale online for $80ish.
I was perusing the sale section online at ModCloth today and look what I came across on sale for $37.99--almost an exact replica except for the colors.   They are calling these these Chicka Chicka Noir Bloom Heel.  However, there are only three left in a size 40 (at the time of this posting).

WOW, I have done two posts two days in a row.  I am on a roll.  Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valentino Shoe Look-a-Like

Readers, are you ready for another shoe post?  I love to surf the internet looking at shoes and came across this adorable Valentino Bow Jelly Thong Sandal.  Since I have been watching "What Not To Wear", I have learned to talk about shoes and pants in the singular.  It is a "sandal" or a "pant".  Whatever...  I didn't even have to look at the price because the name brand told me they would be waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy out of my budget.  They retail for $275 at Neiman Marcus.
They come in several other colors such as red, pink and black, but I like the nude color the best.  Well, I came across a very similar look by BCBGeneration called the "Davie" Flip Flop. They are available on Amazon and Dillards and some other places I have never heard of for a much lower price of $40.  Now, $40 is still a bit steep to me to spend on a sandal, but compared to the Valentino version, it is not too bad.  This sandal also comes in several colors, also.
I just wanted to share my latest find.
     On the sewing front, I am working on a skirt.  It is a bit time consuming so I hope to have it finished by this weekend, but that may not happen.  I hope everyone has a great last week of February.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Knocking off Anthropologie: Floe and Current - B5145

Two years ago when Anthropologie came out with the Floe and Current Coat, I became obsessed with it.  It is one of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I have ever seen. 


This coat originally retailed for $498.  I believe it went on sale for $150 at some point, but I never tried to get it.  I had already decided that I was going to do a knockoff.  I live in South Alabama and have a hard time justifying spending more than $100 on coats.  Except for this year, we really don't have that much of a winter.  I have a long list of items I want to sew, but I finally made it to this one in the past couple of weeks.  From what I could tell in the pictures, the fabric looked alot like pique.  The lining of the coat is a butterfly fabric.

I spent awhile looking for a good coat pattern to make this and I decided on B5415.
I made version B that is pictured in white on the pattern envelope.  I did do a few things differently, though. 
I cut the front bodice and back bodice into two pieces and added a seam allowance so that I could have a seam in which to insert the flounces.

I had made flounces before when I knocked off the fluttering pencil skirt.  I did a similar thing this time, but I graduated my flounce outward in width.  I most definitely made a muslin of this coat first using actual real muslin fabric that I bought at a discount fabric store near my hometown.  The flounce was a bit too flouncy (is that even possible?)  so I took out some of the fullness at the shoulder of the flounce. 
I did not want to have to do a narrow hem on the curved edge of the flounce (too stressful)  so I just sewed two right sides together and turned inside out. I made four flounces and sewed two together at the shoulder to achieve the look on both the front and back of the coat.

The original Floe and Current coat has large eyelets on the front and does not have an inverted pleat in the back.  I chose to do an inverted pleat like the pattern and also I used some pretty buttons instead of eyelets.  Honestly, I was scared to death to put eyelets that big in this coat.  I have not had good experiences inserting even small eyelets, so I did not want to chance destroying my coat.    Also, my flounces are a little flouncier than the ones on the original and I tacked them down in different spots to make them lay like I want. 

button closeup and a fabric closeup

    Another thing I did was to insert the sleeves differently than the pattern described.  I don't have the foggiest idea why these patterns are giving instructions to insert the sleeves the way they are doing, but I just set in the coat sleeves, set in the lining sleeves, and then put the lining sleeves down inside the coat sleeves and hemmed both individually.
    Also, the original coat just had welt pockets on the front and I opted to make flaps and flaps are all they are.  I do not have any pockets.  The buttons on the flaps are a smaller version of the front coat buttons.
     I did a hot pink lining with some basic polyester lining fabric.  The original coat has a butterfly print lining.  Honestly, the reason I used this fabric was because I have Christmas money each month to spend at my local fabric shop, and if I had bought butterfly print lining (from somewhere else) , it would have to come from some different sewing money I might want to use on something else.  That was a small sacrifice since you don't see the lining anyway.  Also, I just love the way hot pink looks with turquoise.

     Lastly, the fabric I used was some stretch pique in powder blue that I bought from a few months ago. When it went on sale, I made sure I bought enough to make this coat. I still have enough left to make a skirt or a small short sleeved jacket.

Here are some pics of my coat:

    WHEW!!!  That was not an instant gratification project and I am ready for one.  However, the next project I feel driven to make is another anthro knockoff.  It is really more of an inspired-by piece.  However, it should not be as time consuming as this coat, but I am probably just kidding myself.
    I hope everyone has a HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
I am entering this at Seventy Thirty Three's Knock off Contest.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Less Expensive Look--Shoes

Since this blog is named Shoes and Sewing, I need to do more shoe posts being that I love shoes almost as much as sewing.  Just as I love to sew knock offs of clothing that is too expensive for me to buy, I really love to find knock offs of more expensive shoes or shoes that are very similar.  Awhile back anthropologie came out with the Tangled Treasure Sandals (now sold out).  These retailed for $110.
Tangled Treasure Sandals
from anthropologie

I was just surfing and came across these sandals that reminded me of anthropologie's Tangled Treasure Sandals. These are not exact replicas but they are certainly a similar look.  These are called the Liverpool Sandal  and come in two colors, silver and gold.  They retail for $29.99. 

Disclaimer:  I am in no way affiliated wtih Payless--I just love their shoes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

I think I woke someone up early...a funny

I thought I would share a funny with you...
I just had an interesting exprience with or at least someone who I thought was FabricMart Fabrics. I called just before 8:00 CST this morning to cancel an order I had placed last night. I slept on it and decided I didn't want it. The lady who answered said she would cancel it. I don't recall if she identified herself as FabricMart Fabrics when I called, but something about her voice tone just didn't seem right. I kept waiting for an email to indicate my order was cancelled but never received one. I am not the most patient person, so I called again 2 hrs later and a different, much more professional-sounding woman answered the phone. She told me that they had not received a cancellation call from me earlier and I kept insisting that they did. I heard a lady in the background saying that they had not received a cancellation call. Anyway, the lady I talked to was very nice and professional and she cancelled my order. She also sent me an immediate e-mail saying it was cancelled. The more I think about it, the more I wonder if I dialed a wrong number and woke up some poor, unsuspecting woman who didn't have to go to work this morning. Maybe she just pretended to be from Fabric Mart Fabrics because she was angry for being woken up? My sister and brother-in-law's phone number used to be very close to that of a local restaurant that served a lunch buffet. They received numerous calls wanting to know what was on the menu to the point that my brother-in-law got so tired of it that he just made up something one day that could be on this restaurant's menu.  Anway, I am a little embarrassed.  I am almost positive that is what happened because I have always had very positive experiences with  Be careful when you are punching those phone numbers in.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A simple skirt - S4074

  Last year I bought this beautiful knit floral fabric off ebay.  I can't remember what vendor I bought it from, but I thought it was so pretty.  I debated over what style skirt to make, but I finally settled on something very simple.  I used the skirt pattern from S4074.
It is a super simple pattern with an elastic waist.  I decided to keep it simple since the fabric is so busy and I wanted the fabric to be the feature anyway.  I made it exactly according to the pattern with no alterations, and it is probably the easiest and quickest garment I have ever made.  Instant gratification!!! 
    Here is how I wore the skirt in an outfit:
Mustard yellow cardigan: Forever 21
Brown camisiole:  Walmart
Belt:  Forever 21
Pearl Cluster Necklace:  Forever 21
Riding boots:  by Rocket Dog purchased from Overstock
  I am super excited because all of my fabric I posted about in my last post has arrived.  I can't wait to get started sewing it up.