Monday, December 11, 2017


Hi guys! I've been busy with family and holiday stuff. No time for sewing at all (sad face). I was able to sneak in some time to order a copy of Michelle's new magazine, Sewn Magazine. Let me just put my disclaimer out there right now: I am such a fan girl of anything that Michelle does. My style is so opposite of what she makes and I live vicariously through her makes. I wish I had the courage to rock some of the things that she makes. I'm just too traditional. Although, when I saw her pattern in her very first edition, I knew I had to make one for me. 

Enter: Monique Dress
Sizing is from SM-XXL. The pattern is designed for a very stretchy knit. 
When I first saw the line drawings for this pattern, I immediately thought of color blocking. I knew I wanted to do leather and I knew I wanted sexy. But I also wanted a classic look as well. So I decided to sew 2 of them. The pattern is so easy to do that I finished both in 2 days with only a few hours of sewing total. Let's talk about the sexy, sleeveless version.
So my daughter is a budding photographer and I love how she did my black and white photos.

The sexy version is made from Scuba Leather purchased at Fabric Mart Fabrics and Red Scuba Knit also purchased at Fabric Mart. When I think of leather, I think bad ass, outlaw. Initially I put in the sleeves with the black leather, but it was uncomfortable and not cute at all. So I quickly decided to go sleeveless and I quite like it. I simply shaved off about 1/4 off the cap of the sleeve and finished the sleeve head. 

Construction wise, it was super easy. I did have to take the sides in quite a bit, even though I sewed the smallest size. I am very straight up and down. I have absolutely no curves, however, I did want to appear a little curvy in this dress, so I took in the sides about another 3 inches each. After I looked at the photos, I really was stunned at how curvaceous I look! I like it! 
I got my hair braided a few weeks ago and the braids are a little too long. I really like this picture because it shows that I wanna let my hair down and feel free; free from judgement and non caring. Although in reality, the damn braids were all over the place.

Classic dress:
So I think I like this version the better of the two. I sewed it up in a black stretch velvet found at JoAnn's Fabrics. Velvet seems to be one of the fabrics of the season and I don't own anything in velvet, so it had to be. The same adjustments that I made with the first dress, were made with this dress as well.

Another goal of sewing this pattern in two different fabrics, is that I wanted to see just how different they would look and handle. This classic version is a lot more clingy to my body than the red and black version. I also feel different in this dress. I feel almost like a little princess, whereas in the leather version, I feel indestructible; superwoman-ish. The black velvet makes it very difficult to see the seam lines along the front and the back.

Overall, I love both dresses and I love this pattern. I have so many ideas on how to hack the pattern for future makes. It is a good base pattern to start with and a beginner can definitely make this. If you haven't ordered Sewn Magazine, you are missing out. I found so many cute little DIY projects and great articles where I have actually learned a few new things. I can't wait til the next edition comes out.

So tell me, which version do you like best?

Until next time


  1. Both versions of this are gorgeous Latonya! 😍

  2. I love them both. I think the classic version is cuter though.

  3. These are both so cute, but the colorblocking is killer! What a fun dress!


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