As If: Channeling my inner Cher

…Not that I need to force it. I was meant to be a fuzzy pen holding, knee high wearing, jeep driving babe of the 90’s. Found this fantastic fabric at my fave JoMar and knew I had to make a Cher Horowitz mini. My boyfriend loves it. 

I’m outie. 

A friend at work challenged me to make a Hunger Games inspired knit vest. I love being asked to make new things, so I happily accepted. 

I’m super pleased the end result was less Katniss-the-archer and more sexy-Jennifer-Lawrence. Mine is less appropriate for hunting, and more suitable as a wear-to-work or for a night on the town.

Rather than making a literal interpretation of the Katniss cowl, I made a more fitted, flattering scarf/vest. Where many other knitters are interpreting Kaniss’ armor as a chunky piece of outerwear, I decided to turn it into  everyday knitwear. This is a fun piece you can layer like a pullover sweater or cardigan—and add instant edge to any outfit. Love!

I got an Etsy site up and running! If you want to be archer-chic, you can purchase your own sexy Katniss cowl here

I made this vest from an original crocheted pattern that’s not for sale. It’s made of a wool/acrylic blend. 

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New silky purple number I made by modifying this Burda Style pattern. I scored the fabric at Jomar for $1 a yard—it was marked as Michael Kors. Ignore my wild hair and make-up free face.

My little booth at the #craftybalboaholiday fair. I had so much fun selling my knitwear, and thanks to my bestie @leahKauffman for keeping me company all day. 

A little hand made hat and scarf action keeping me warm in Tahoe. And a special cameo from @bhcassidy.

My first maxi dress! I cranked this dress out in under 4 hours. My partner Brian went to play records, I stayed in and crafted a new dress! This pattern was super simple. I traced a tank top for the top, added small darts to the bust, and just let the bottom flow. I lined it with a light grey satin, and kept the lining shorter than the maxi dress—subtly sexy when the light catches the dress & you can see my thighs.  

Shoes are from Anthropologie, watch by Movado, shades by Ray-Ban

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Here I am mellow in yellow. I created this dress using my favorite bodice pattern, and adding a skirt with pleats & a hidden side zipper. I get more compliments wearing this dress than anything else I own! 

This fabric was a true find. I have no clue what the blend is, but I found it in the upholstery section of Jomar—pretty sure it was intended for drapes. My materials cost to make this dress was less than $15. 

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This dress does the body right: form fitting, flattering, chic & relatively timeless. I pieced the fabric together so the black dots cluster around the waist, making a great hourglass illusion & classic silhouette. I make this dress office appropriate with a cropped blazer, and happy hour chic by pulling my hair up and showing off the scooped back. 

I tend to go for longer hemlines—Leah thinks I could have hacked off about 20 inches to show off her gams :-) Next time!

Leah rocks it with fab Miu Miu shoes & Ray-Bans

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