Sewing up a new wardrobe!

It’s 2014. 
I’ve lost 65 lbs. 
I’ve cleared out my closet. 
I’ve {mostly} de-cluttered my bedroom.
I’m ready to sew up a storm and make myself a whole new wardrobe!
I’m by no means a fashionista and I certainly don’t claim to be.  
I’m just a 30-yr old mom with a healthier new look who needs new clothes! 
To dress my new self I started off with some professional help:
1) Tried out a personal styling online service. Click HERE to read that post.
2) Consulted with a professional stylist on what to wear for my body type and lifestyle. Click HERE to read that post.
Now we get to the part that I’m in total control of- the sewing of these new garments!

To gather my ideas I created a Pinterest board with my style inspiration. These pins consist of outfits, looks or pieces that I either love or would love to wear.  You can check out my Style Inspiration board HERE.
My personal stylist also created a board for me of things she recommends- you can see it HERE.
I spent the month of January researching what garments to sew. I tried to focus on versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down, are comfortable and most importantly, fit my crazy-busy-mom-of-two-preschoolers-living-on-a-farm-lifestyle. 
Here is what I need to make ASAP:
• A blazer {I’ve never owned one but they make you look so chic, right?}
• Peplum top with sleeves {Don’t ask. I just love peplums and don’t have any.}
3/4 sleeve stretch knit tops that can be worn with jeans, a skirt, belted, with a blazer, etc.
• A not-too-short skirt I can wear with funky colored tights. {Again, don’t ask. I have a funky streak in me.}
Cute stretchy tees to wear with jeans that can be easily elevated with cute shoes and accessories.
• A smokin’ hot dress {or two!} for date nights with the hubby. {He will freak if he sees me in a dress. I haven’t worn a dress in almost 3 years. HA!}
Ok, y’all. I put it out there. Now I need to deliver. I’ll be hunting down patterns for all these pieces and will report back to you soon with which ones I decide on and why. If you have any TNT {tried and true} patterns you absolutely love that fit any of my above descriptions feel free to let me know so I can check them out. 

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16 Responses to Sewing up a new wardrobe!

  1. Dee Dee February 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    Sounds like you’ll be busier than busy! Congratulations on the weight loss, too. What did you do to reach your weight loss goals?

  2. Anonymous February 8, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    Please please please put out tutorials!!! 🙂

  3. Wanda Ferrell February 8, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    Yes. Please put tutorials on some of these. 🙂

  4. Ray February 8, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Try Hot Patterns and check out the videos. Awesome.

  5. Adri H. February 8, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    For peplum tops, you can find lots of patterns/adaptations on BurdaStyle, but in general you may want to join Sewing Pattern Review ( It’s a clunky site, but they have awesome resources, reviews, and forums. For the blazer, I made Gertie’s Starlet Suit jacket, and I love it, but I don’t know if it’s still available ( Happy sewing!!

  6. sanyara February 8, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Hi Vanessa, First CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss! You might like to have a look at the patterns on Craftsy which are designed by Natalia Lekala – check out . The important thing about them is that each pattern is made to your own size, and you get a digital pattern you print out & tape together. I found the easiest way to do this was on a large window! She charges very little -about $2.99 – compared to the main commercial patterns too. Happy sewing!

  7. Ashley Williams February 8, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Hey Vanessa!! This is a beautiful dress that you husband will love and will definitely look great on you!

  8. Nightengale February 8, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Vanessa,
    Congratulations on your weight loss… look beautiful! I can’t wait to see your tutorials as I would like to get into sewing my own clothes….Sewing Pattern Review site looks very interesting so I joined and mentioned your blog in my sign up!

  9. Regina February 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Good for you. I am looking to loose a lot more than that. If I can do it, my goal will be to sew lots of new outfits. I’m with you!

  10. Susan February 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

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  11. Tweets February 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    I love your choices actually more that the choices that were suggested for you .. can hardly wait to join you in creating some of these great outfits ..

  12. Anonymous February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Please Vanessa let us know how you lost all that weight. Maybe a few good recipes. And maybe some tutorials

  13. nitasweet February 9, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    I’m so excited for YOU can’t wait to see all your stuff. Watching your journey has been amazing.

  14. Liszt February 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Hello Vanessa.

    Congratulations :). Here you can find gorgeous dress : (V neck with high split). Or you can find other dresses on this website. It’s UK pattern, but I think you can find them on

    You might try this shirt . It’s a french website, but the whole website is translated in english. The pattern + instructions are free, and in english.

    Please show us your new wardrobe once it’s sew 🙂

  15. daperfectmix February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Hi Vanessa, I came across this free pattern for a really cute, versatile dress. I haven’t made it yet, but it’s on my to-do list:

  16. Tehseen Khatoon February 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    You look great in all your new videos. I can’t wait to see you in all your new creations and am desperate to know how to have lost weight and look so stunning and beautiful!! congratulations on your new look.

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