<![CDATA[Lavangirlene's - Home]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:51:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Expensive Taste but Anit Got No Money!]]>Sat, 07 Nov 2015 03:35:58 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/expensive-taste-but-anit-got-no-money
Oh how I wish I had $100,000 to spend on decorating my house.  I always think that even if we did have that much in accessible funds my husband, as frugal as he is would not allow it.  Every since I married, my husband told me that I needed to start thinking like a "Johnson." So call me Mrs. Thrifty Nifty! 

We moved into our house in 2011,  a few months after we married.  I have yet to really do the things that I would like done to my house. My ​husband wants our house to look like a model home. Please.  I just want it to look "lived" in.  We had to purchase more furniture because of the size of our house and we have a lot of walls.  I am the type of person that has an eye for certain things so, when I see that particular item I "gotta" get it.

I am currently working on my master bedroom.  I have the color scheme, furniture and window treatments down to the T.  I know what I want and how I want it to look.  I do not want to work on any other part of the house until our master bedroom is complete. ​Then I wonder will it ever be complete.  SMH.

While on Pinterest searching for ideas I came across a post titled, "10 ways to make your house look expensive."  I thought, "well why not since I have a "Beer Budget!"  While looking through the list one of the suggestions were to paint our interior doors black.  I thought to myself, "Black! Who would paint their doors black.  That sounds awful."  Well I continued to look into that idea and found pictures of black doors similar to our layout upstairs. ​I thought it was gorgeous.  I showed my husband and he was all for it!  He was so much for it that he began painting the next few days. 

Items Used:

He used Behr Better Black satin finish paint and Behr primer.
Painters Tape ​​​​
2' and 4' foam rollers (no brushes)​
All doors were removed from the hinges and door handles removed.
I have to say that my husband did an EXCELLENT job!
A professional painter told my husband that he would charge $50 per door. OOOKAAAAY! 50 multiply by 17 doors. I will leave it up to do to do the math.  I believe we spent $80. Thinking like a Johnson Babbyyy!​

After Photos
I really do love the way that my interior doors came out! I would like to thank my husband for all his time and hard work! Thanks Babe!
<![CDATA[Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:15:32 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/recycle-recycle-recycleI love shopping at Forever21, although I am well past my 20's I still love that store.  Well I purchased a sweater from there last year that I absolutely adore.  Now, we all know that their clothing is not top notch quality but they have the cutest items. I will not talk about their accessories that is another blog post within itself.  So with that being said.  I have a tendency to take extra care with my clothing during the wash cycle.  Gentlemen Jim said  the reason our clothes are worn out so fast is not  because of how it is structure but how often it is washed.  Which I believe to be true.  So I always wash my clothing items from Forever21 on delicate and I hang to dry.  I said all that to say, I don't think it worked with this particular sweater because somewhere down the line a few threads came out.

So that is what caused me to Recycle! Yes! I had a bright idea back in the day to cut the thread! No! No! Don't cut the thread! I had a hole in the sleeve.  So the sweater has sat untouched because of the hole.  I honestly did not know what to do until I saw this picture on Pinterest!​
 Yes! I love this! I wanted one and then I was like I can make this.  The light bulb went off and I said I have a sweater like this I just need to work my magic! So I got to working it out and this is what I came up with. 
I think I did a pretty good job if I say so myself!!! I will be wearing this during the winter.  Remember to recycle. Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!!!

<![CDATA[Neoprene! Neoprene! Neoprene!]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:53:33 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/neoprene-neoprene-neoprenePicture
Hi Loves! I have been wanting to use the neoprene fabric that I purchased earlier this year from Mood fabrics.  I have never worked with neoprene and it is a lot thicker than scuba knit. It is a totally different beast.  I also had purchased about 5 yards of mesh fabric from Fabric Mart (who I absolutely adore) back in June.  I love the mesh fabric and it looks so much better in person. 
My initial idea for the neoprene was a pencil skirt combined with black mesh.  I found a nice quality black mesh at a fabric store in downtown Los Angeles back in June.  I pondered on the idea but I thought it was too simple and I wanted something more.  
Due to the thickness of the fabric I used a walking foot which make sewing this a lot easier. I also use a tool called "jean-a-ma-jig" which helps get over the thick seams. 

Thank you for stopping by.
I used Mcall  pattern #6706 with a slight alteration. I used view B and the skirt has 5 panels going horizontal.  Panel #2 should be the contrast color; however dude to using mesh I made that panel my main color and placed the mesh on panel #4. 
This pattern was easy to follow. I would recommend going down a size if using neoprene fabric.
Here are some photos.

<![CDATA[Camo Camo Camo!!]]>Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:37:34 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/camo-camo-camoCamouflage Skirts
I follow J. Bolin on Instagram who is a professional Celebrity Stylist. He has his own webiste where he sells fabulous clothing.  There were three skirts that he had for sale which were a little over $200 for each skirt.  I thought, "Wow! I know I can make this skirt if I tried."  Well the problem with that was I did not know what type of fabric was used.  Until one day while I was on one of my FB sewing group pages I saw a picture posted of the same fabric. This individual had purchased it from Joann's in the outdoor section.  I thought outdoor? OK, I figured I would go to Joann's and check it out. 
I went into Joann's a few days later and I found the fabric.  I walked around the section and noticed that all of the outdoor fabric in that particular section was 50% off.  What a deal you maybe thinking.  Well, I would not necessarily call it a deal I still paid a "pretty penny" for it.  
I did find the fabric I was looking for but I also noticed the camouflage fabric that they had. I  had to have it!  The camo was original $21.99 per yard but after the mark down it was still $10.99. Ouch!  The camo print was perfect.   
Camouflage is the new white or neutral color.  It can be worn with different colors and in different ways.  I chose initially to wear it with pink and my  bone color Steve Madden's.  Although I had compliments, I noticed that a lot of the comments were directed towards my color choice.  They can keep it safe I will take a risk!
I did use my good ole' faithful Butterick 5285 with no alterations. This is my go to pattern....this fabric is 100% cotton and I prewashed it but there is still a little stiffness to it but I don't mind. 

One of my daughters came into my sewing studio and she said, "Mom! I love this fabric.  Can you make me a skirt?" So I had to make them one.  They were so excited.
Thank you for stopping by!!! xoxo
<![CDATA[Pattern Review]]>Mon, 25 May 2015 16:48:59 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/pattern-reviewSimplicity Pattern 1099
This is a pattern review for Simplicity 1099 view C & E.  

This pattern was easy to follow. I did omit the zipper instructions.  I always do my zippers especially my invisible zippers the same way all the time.  The only issue with this pattern was the side zipper.  Well, I wouldn't necessarily say that it was an issue it was just I had never done one before.  I was trying to install the zipper according to the instructions and after  a while worth of FAILURE, I said forget this and did what I do! 

The one thing I disliked about the pattern was the absence of the finished garment measurements for the skirt. I measured the waist myself but I forgot to take into consideration the 1 1/2 inch hook closure which is a significant difference of course.  Now, I don't know if I overlooked the measurements, but I could not find them at all. Yep!! I made a skirt that was entirely too small in the waist. Crazy!! I still wore it though lol! 

The fabric used for the skirt  was a shuntang and a rayon/poly blend for the top.  The top was easy to make once I got started.  I will be making this again.  Stay tune. 

No alterations were made.  This pattern was made as instructed.  Here is the pattern  

Thanks for stopping by. xoxoxo 
<![CDATA[First Fashion Show]]>Fri, 15 May 2015 18:28:53 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/first-fashion-showFashion Show
May 9, 2015, we had a Mother's Day luncheon at our church which included a small fashion show.  This was my first fashion show but far from my last.  I would not call myself a Designer as of yet but it is coming.  This fashow show consisted of a few items that I made by using a commercial pattern and one item that I sellf drafted myself.   Now, my mother surprised me and brought one of my "Ganny's" dresses that she designed.  So without further ado let the show begin!! 

This is McCall's 7167 view C.  Fabric used: Linen like coral color fabric (that frays like crazy) There were no alterations made to this pattern.  I did not use a lining but I would recommend using one as instructed or use the same fabric as a facing for the bodice back and front.  The bodice fit perfect but because she is tall I had to made alterations to the waist and crotch area.  She loved this romper and the belt was the perfect accessory.  

This is a Burda Style pencil skirt pattern 7124 view B. Fabric used was a floral stretch Jacquard (I think) it was very easy to work with.  It is a high waist skirt with a back slit. I lined the back upper portion of the skirt because the interfacing is left exposed.  There were no alterations done to this skirt.  The top belonged to the model. 

This is Vogue 9104 view A.  Fabric used: Black & white stripe poly/rayon I believe, that I purchased from Walmart a very long time ago.  The black fabric used for the contrast color I purchased from Hancock and it is a twill/poly.  The model "slayed" this dress.  It has a slit in the front and back.  It has a hook n eye closure on the top back with a slit that is approximately 6 inches long.  There are sides pockets and it is sleeveless as you can see.  I love this dress. 
My, My, My! When I say I love this skirt.  I mean I love this skirt! Yes Sir!!!! The top was created by using Burda Style 6765 view A.  Fabric: I found at Hancock on the clearance table. It was $4.95 a yard so I bought all of it every last bit of it!!  My model is so petite it only took 1 yard to make this lol. I didn't asked what type of fabric it was but I think it is a poly/rayon and it very lightweight.  The skirt was self drafted.   I used approximately 8 yards of a cotton twill fabric that I purchased from Hancock.  I had them divide the 8 yards up and cut it.  I did not want to cut this anymore than I had to.  I later opened up the fabric and sewed both pieces together right down the middle.  I then folded it down the seam once and then folded it again.  I used her hip measurement to cut the waist area and because she is tall I went out 50 inches for the length.  It was a lot of work and a lot of fabric.  This skirt also has pockets on the side.  I used 2 inches of  black elastic for my waistband .  Overall I love the skirt! I mean I love it!!! Next time I will need to use a heavy duty elastic which I believe I have found on Amazon.  
This dress was designed by my "Ganny" the late Lavangirlene Miller. I can only estimate that it was created by her back in the early 1980's, especially since my mother will be trying her hardest to get back into it lol. My model, who is my sister, accessorize this with a belt because it was too big for her. It can be worn with a belt but also without.  It should be somewhat fitted to the body. This was my finale and a "hit!" of course so look out for this again because I will be recreating it. 
 Thanks for stopping by xoxoxo T. Samone J. 

<![CDATA[You gotta take risks.............]]>Thu, 14 May 2015 18:51:00 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/you-gotta-take-risks
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.
Yo-Yo Ma
I am really trying to be more creative by thinking outside the box.  I have come to realize that when I just go for it without thinking too much into it the results are perfect!  I always make a point to look at a pattern beyond what the Designer had in mind. This gets my creative juices up and flowing.  Is it risky? Yes it can be but I do not think it would be worth the try if it was not.  When I first saw this pattern I immediately saw a dress so I bought it.  I tried my hand at it and "freestyle" as I went along.  Here are the results. 

The fabric used for this dress was one that I had in my stash from  last year.  This fabric was purchased at my local Hancock Fabric Store here in my city.  I used Vogue Pattern 9085 view A with the following alterations. 

- I add approximately 11" to the length of the front & back of the dress. 
- I added gathers to the shoulders at the sleeve cap. 
- I added a lining to the front & back of the dress only. 
- I added a 2 inch hem band to the hem by machine and hand stitching. 

Regarding the lining.  I cut the lining out using the same pattern and lengthen alterations.  I did a basting stitch by hand stitching the lining to the front and back pieces and then I completed the dress according to the instructions provided.  I created a hem band by cutting out a 2"  band using the bottom of my dress as a guide.  I stitched the hem band to the hem of the front and back of the dress.  I trimmed, pressed, and folded it under the dress to hand stitch the hem in place. 
Accessories: Shoes Chinese Laundry, Clutch Dress Barn and Necklace Purchased at a store in Texas
Thank you for stopping by xoxo T. Samone J. 
<![CDATA[Custom Patterns]]>Tue, 05 May 2015 20:10:35 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/custom-patternsBootstrapfashion.com
I follow other bloggers and I came across one that had purchased a pattern from www.bootstrapfashion.com.  This site has patterns for men and women that are created based on your own measurements.  A dream come true!  Yes !!

When I first purchased from them they were $3.99 so I ordered four of them.  A dress, jacket, pants and a circle skirt.  You have the option to print the patterns out yourself on your home printer or you can have them printed on a 36" plotter and submit them to FedEx for printing.  Omgee it is the coolest thing ever!

Once you purchase your patterns they are sent to your email within 10 minutes or less.  You can also log into your account on the site and download your patterns via PDF.  The site provides you sewing instructions, and other information that will assist you with making the clothing item.  You can also purchase a preview pattern for fifty cents, that way you can see the pieces and determine the difficulty based on your experience.  You can save your measurements on the site as well and they can be used for future purchases. 

If you opt out on the print from home options and use the option to have your patterns printed by FedEx the process is very easy  You will need to log on to FedEx's website and follow the directions to submit your project for printing.  Once you have selected the PDF it will inform you that your size is not the normal printing size and it will send you to "options" to fix it.  Bootstrapfashion will provide you with wording to use so that it will be printed properly.  It will then direct you on how to finish up and submit it for printing. I submitted 3 out of 4 for printing and my total was $46.00 and I paid $16.00 for four patterns. Yea you can do the math it was pricey but hey it was worth it to me.  FedEx did a great job I have no complaints

Here are a few photos of the paper pattern and what it looked like before and after I cut it.  

When I purchased it it was rolled up.  This is what it looks like after I unrolled it.  All you have to do is cut it out and lay it on your fabric.  
All pieces are cut out here and because it is not  tissue paper it can endure the multiple uses. 

I chose a medium weight knit for this fabric.  Prior to you placing your order the site will  provide you with recommended fabrics and notions for the project.  I had this in my stash so I used it but I have a different fabric that I would like to use with this pattern.  There were no alterations made to this pattern the fitting was great. 
It also came with a belt. Lol. This was my first time making a belt  I think it came out alright.  The next time I will add a topstitch all the way around and use a different buckle.  I found this buckle at Hancocks on sale lol! Hey a girl has to do what she gotta do.  

Will I order from www.bootstrapfashion.com again? I already have.  My patterns are just waiting to be sent over for printing.    P.S. Customer service is great and the prices actually have gone to $2.99.  Thanks for stopping by.  Visit them at www.bootstrapfabric.com
<![CDATA[Easter Sunday!]]>Mon, 04 May 2015 18:25:06 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/easter-sundayI do not know what has gotten into me lately but I have been tackling sewing projects at the last minute! It is crazy.  I mean think about it, I act as if I did not know that Easter Sunday was approaching.  I always tell myself that I won't be up late this time but it never fails. 

In all honesty I did not have anything in mind for easter.  You may say what was the big deal; well it was Easter Sunday of course and you know everyone dresses up for Easter Sunday.   On top of not knowing what I wanted to make I took on the task of making  my niece a skirt!  So let us get started. 

It basically started with this lovely fabric that I had been eye balling at my local Joann's every time I walked down the aisle.  This fabric was a sateen broadcloth with a stretch that had a young girl feel to and my 9 year old niece loved it.  

This fabric was perfect for her and I added mesh as a lining and added 4 layers of tulle underneath the skirt with a 3' waistband.   I self drafted this skirt by using Mimi G's circle skirt tutorial on Youtube.  It is really easy just follow along and you will not have any problems.  Remember, you can make the waistband as wide as you prefer.  The tulle will need to be folded and cut out the same way that you cut out your skirt since you will be making a second skirt using the tulle.  

I lined the fabric with two layers of mesh and then I made a tulle underskirt with four layers of tulle and attached it to the waist of the skirt.  I love this skirt and so did she! 

After I completed the skirt I had to figure out what i was going to make for myself.  While I was in Joann's they had about 6 yards of scuba knit on clearance.  I love scuba knit! I love the feel of it, it is easy to work with and it makes a nice skirt.  The fabric is floral made up of  black and various other colors throughout.  I used a rotary cutter to cut the fabric which made for an easy cut.  It is a heavy weight knit to me but not to the point where it would be bothersome.  I used my go to skirt pattern Butterick 5285 View B and I stitched down all my pleats but there were no other alterations done.  Take a look at it for yourself. 
Unfortunately, I did not take as many pictures as I would have liked but oh well.  I plan on wearing the skirt again of course but with a different color blouse.  I am really thinking about a crop top style.  In the future I will plan ahead like making my outfit right now for Mother's Day! Thanks for stopping by. 
<![CDATA[My Designer Icon]]>Sun, 03 May 2015 23:01:40 GMThttp://www.lavangirleneclothing.com/home/my-designer-icon"Don't be into trends.  Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live." Gianni Versace

This quote by Versace is a description of my "Ganny" (my grandmother).  She was who she was and she embraced every bit of it.  She was a designer in her own rite.  A designer before her time.  She is my Icon.

What is Fashion? Fashion I believe is a style, but whose style? Your own.   Fashion is who you are.  What you like, what you don't like and what you choose to wear. Fashion is about influence and inspiration.  What inspires you? What moves you?  I can walk along the walls at a fabric store and I can spot that one piece of fabric that is inspiring and so breath taking.  I may not even know what I want to make with it but I have to have it.  I don't care who likes it or what they have to say about it as long as it suits me.  That is fashion and it is my fashion because it is my style. 

Don't allow what other people say or wear dictate your style.  We all are different so that is why are styles are not the same.  You may not like everything I make or that I wear.  It is okay because it is not about what you like as long as it makes me feel good and I am happy, My Ganny had an "eye" for fabric when she saw something she liked she did not think about what people would say, she would get it because of what it would say to her.  I remember she used to say, " that fabric was talking to me!"  Be you and I can guarantee you that the rest will be HISTORY!. 

Her are some looks below of the designs my Ganny created back in 1984 over 30 years ago!  I plan on creating these looks and few others in the near future.  Lavangirlene Miller Creator & Designer of "Unique Fashions" 

I love this look here it is so unique.  The sleeves are 2 panels that  bell out at the wrist.  The unique way she design what I call a half cape collar but how it only drapes in the front and back.  I can see a two piece out of this design.  A crop top with elastic at the bottom with  a pencil skirt or a dress with a rounded collar  front and back.  So many looks.  

This is my Mama!! lol.  This look has wing sleeves off the shoulder and fitting in the hip area.  I love the look I would extend the top half and take it straight down to a long maxi look.  The unique thing about this to me are the sleeves and the draping in the arm area. 
There she is again!!!! Now this dress was unique within itself it was different period.  I would rock it with no changes but I need the right shoes and accessories.   If I were to change this I would open up my sleeves at the top and add interfacing so that it would hold its shape.  The bottom I would want my gathered layers to stand out more so I would use a Scuba or Neoprene type fabric for this dress.  
Look at my Ganny! This is where I getting my picture taking skills from. lol.  I have promised myself that this is my winter project.  The bishop sleeves on the coat is the business all day! Now I am trying to figure out the dress underneath but the only thing that I can make of it is that there is a pleat on the bottom. So I can pretty much do whatever for my dress or two piece underneath the coat.  This is a must do for winter! 

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and remember fashion is who you are!!! Be you!