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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Keeping warm in my faux fur and midi pencil skirt: Simplicity 2285



  This project has been on my to do list since forever! I actually purchased fabric for this in 2013 and butchered the faux fur so bad, that I couldn't even salvage the vest. The dang lining of the vest confused the crap out of the 2013 Candice, but see the 2015 Candice handled the lining like a champ lol! And by champ, I mean that I lined it my way but hey that's the beauty in sewing, right? That there is more than one way to get it done!

  I've been seeing these faux fur vest everywhere, and knew that I had to finally try this pattern again.  I fell in love with this DKNY faux fur vest; however, I was so not feeling that 239.59 price tag! No ma'am! Don't they know people have to save their coins for fabric and shoes lol!


Inspiration piece: DKNY 239.59 
 I purchased this faux fur from fabric.com, and as I soon as it came in -I got to work! That's how excited I was, y'all lol! I cut a 14 because somehow I had the smaller range of the pattern, not sure how that happened, perhaps wishful thinking lol! Anyway, I had to make it work seeing that this pattern is now OPP(out of print). I had to add about a 1" to the side seams, and this worked great, since there was so much ease built into this pattern. This was one time that I was so thankful for that ease, whew!


My hubby was totally throwing shade at my MJ (Michael Jackson)
hat! LOL!!!
 I also left off the collar, as I wanted this to be as close to my inspiration piece as possible. I didn't find sewing faux fur to be difficult, just messy. I used a denim needle and a longer stitch length, and I am proud to say that my machine handled the faux fur like a champ(I sew on a brother CS6000i)!  This vest came really together quickly; I think it took all of three hours and that's including the cutting out the fabric. I think the thing that took the longest was that I ended up having to hand stitch the lining on the side seams to close them.

Inside shot: The lining..
 As for the skirt, I  actually repurposed a past project that I made. I ended up getting bleach on the dress, sigh! The life of a wife and mommy isn't always pretty lol! I just couldn't imagine throwing the dress away, with only such a tiny imperfection, so I cut off the bleach stain and made a midi skirt, yay!


  I am really pleased with this faux fur vest and midi skirt. I know that this will get plenty of wear this season. I hope you all are having a great start to 2015! I hope to get a head start tomorrow on B5526, but we will see how it goes...

                                           
                                       ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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36 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing! I really like the length. I have some fur that I am trying to be brave enough to sew because it is so messy. Gorgeous make!

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    1. Thanks Janet! I hope you give sewing with faux fur a try, it really isn't hard at all!

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  2. What a great statement piece! And it's awesome that your sewing skills have progressed enough to bang out this make, when before it gave you trouble. Love the styling with jeans, that's a great outfit.

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  3. I love the color of that lining! and your vest looks better than the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks TheTellTaleTasha! Girl, I didn't have any black lining, thought that I did, so I made it work lol!

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  4. Very nice. Isn't it awesome to be able to make something for less than the retail garment that you see trending all over the place! I made one last month and absolutely love it! Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Natisha! Yes, it is so awesome to make something for less than the retail of the garment. I love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth! You should totally make one,and I know it will be gorgeous!

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  6. Wow Candice! I LOVE this! Your fabric is just perfect and you look great! Well done!!!

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  7. Your vest came out perfect. I love both outfits, btw, the lipstick in the last picture is so pretty.

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    1. Thanks Lucy! The lipstick color is "Heroine"by Mac cosmetics.

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  8. Very striking outfits Candice! Bet you got a lot of compliments on your vest - gorgeous!.

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    1. Thanks Faye! I really loved that poncho that you recently made..I may have to make one up myself:)..

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  9. Looking Beautiful. I absolutely love this look.

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  10. Gorgeous!!!! I'm quite envious and would love to show you off on my Saturday Strut on my blog- it's Jungle January and you are too fierce not to focus on!

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    1. Well,thank you prttynpnk! I would be honored to be featured on your blog.Long time lurker here :)..

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  11. You may think you have made it work with that red lining...I think you knocked it out of the ball park with a total fashion statement! Love this vest and it looks great on you! I made one last year and could not wait for the cold Florida weather to wear it again this year! I had my chance this week, LOL!!! Congratulations on your new vest!

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    1. Thanks Myra! I know you rocked your vest,because everything you male is fierce!

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  12. Wow! Just wow! I came over from Pretty Grievances to tell you how amazingly fabulous your vest is. Just perfect! I've been afraid of faux fur for a long time - not because of sewing, but because I don't want to deal with the mess! But your gorgeous vest is really making me rethink that.

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    1. Thanks so much Gail! I hope you GI e sewing with faux fur a try,it's not too bad...

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  13. A previously unknown side of me put several furs in the stash. Now I am seeing why! Your vest IS blessed, fab and fierce. Thanks for the inspiration and the sewing hints;)

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  14. Love love love this! Whole thing, including makeup, is gorgeous! Love that fur.

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    1. Thanks sewmanju! I loved the fur vest you made recently as well, really gorgeous!

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    1. I saw you in the Burda Style 2015 winter edition, how awesome!

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  16. I love the second look with the hat, vest, and jeans. Fierce as always!

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