Skirt Reinvented



Dana Buchman I Miss You

When I first graduated from Tuskegee in 1997 I worked at Marshall Fields, department store in Chicago, It was my favorite store to stop at.  While working at Fields I discovered this bridge designer who could do some thangs with silk that I just fell in love with.  That designer was Dana Buckman… OMG how I loved her silks, could not always afford them but LOVED her silks.  Well Dana shut her bridge brand down and started designing for Kohls, Bye Bye silk. *tears* 

Any who…. I have had one silk Dana Buchman skirt left, but with my weight loss it was WAY too big, so I have changed the skirt in to a peplum top.  While this skirt was over 10 years old the silk has lasted the test of time, and figured I would re-purpose it. 

I used V8815 pattern, for a Vogue pattern it was very easy and quick to make. 


I cut the top out only 4 pieces, in less than a hour and finally sewed it today took a little over 2 hours to sew.

I did not put in the back darts or the zipper, I hate zippers in tops makes it hard for me to get on and off, so since I did not put the zipper in i did not put in the back darts.  And I not have any seam binding *ugh* but I made it work. 

Here is the end result…. I actually LOVE how it came out.  Not only is the top trendy, but the colors are very spring like and the top is way more flattering than the long skirt *as much as I love A-Line skirts they do not really flatter me* 

I can’t wait to wear it some time this week to work. 


What do you think my Curvy Divas….

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~





So I have gone on Challenge overload. So many out there and here are a few I am doing or thinking about doing.
~30 Squats Challenge I will post the pic to see how this challenge goes. I want to drop another 30lbs before the end of the year. I am trying to getting fiancé to join me, so we can both get healthier.


~The April Instagram Challenge
I figured why not seems fun

If u want to follow me on IG I am @the_diva_v

~The Year Long Make Your Wardrobe
This is one I am thinking about. Basically you sew for a year and not buy any clothes. I will decide tomorrow if I will do that one.


I am going to do the Year long sewing challenge….. woohoo… here is a link to the blog for that Challenge….

Those are the new ones I have taken on. I am already doing the Pretty Girls Rock dresses Challenge. So far I suck at this lol it has been cold here do wearing a dress is not really feasible, and most of my dresses are way too big due yo the weight loss.

So my fellow Curvy Girls are you doing any Challenges?
Let me know

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~

eReader vs Paper




In 2010 for Christmas my extra nifty Dr. Brother gave me and my baby brother Nook Colors for gifts…. I really like the Nook as an eReader, great for books and I like having my magazine on it also BUT *I know there is always a but*

While I really enjoy reading books on my eReader there is something about a magazine on the eReader that I just can’t get with.  There is a little thrill that I get flipping through the glossy pages of a new magazine, even the reading of the articles, the turning down of a page to mark my place in the mag where I am stopping.  Call me stuck in my ways or old fashioned.  And while the practical side of me would rather not clutter up my house with stacks of mags, I can’t help myself lol.  I still tear out pages of recipes I to try, clothes, accessories, etc I want to buy or make, or even articles that I want to keep.

I donate/recycle the old mags, in face I have a large stack that needs to be picked up.

So my Curvy Divas do you prefer the ereader or paper?

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty 

~The Diva V~ 

Mode Monday – Day Dress



The #2 item on Tim Gunn’s 10 Essential Pieces is a Day Dress:

The Day Dress:  This is a dress that you’re probably going to wear to work. It is never intended to be a dress that you would wear to a cocktail party alternative.”

My favorite kind of Day Dress is a sheath dress, it can be worn year round and with or with out a jacket or cardi.

peplumdress-84 I love this little trendy dress with the peplum dress in one of Spring’s hottest colors.  It is a great addition to your wardrobe. I found a new website Simply Be I have yet to order from them but they have some great trendy items in plus size and the prices are not bad.

onestop-dress This hounds-tooth dress is great for the office, can be worn spring, winter or fall.  Flattering to almost all shapes, you can get it at 

calvin-dress Loves this Calvin Kline color block dress, not only does it flatter most shapes the color blocking helps to make you look even slimmer.  This dress is available at Macy’s

My other favorite Day Dress is a Wrap Dress.  This Dress made iconic by  Diane Von Furstenberg, is a perfect dress from a size 0 to a 30+ 

*Side Note: still a little upset that DVF does not do plus size but I guess I will get over that*

I prefer a true Wrap Dress as apposed to a Mock Wrap Dress, if you go down or up a size your Wrap Dress can be adjusted.  If you feel that the Wrap Dress is coming down too low in the front on your cleavage, you can wear a cami under the dress, add a cami that has a little lace on the top to add a little extra to the dress. 

mockwrap Mock Wrap Dress from Igig flattering dress for any shape. 

wrap1 I love a cotton A-Line Wrap Dress, reminds me of the 50’s lol but this is a great dress I have one like this, I had had it about 10 years, and is still holding up, very flattering and forgiving.  This one is from Jibri Esty site 

 wrap3 I heart this Asymmetric wrap with the soft ruffle, I might try to make something like this.  This is also from an Esty seller 

 I know Wrap Dresses are not the hot style right now but they are CLASSIC and will stand the test of time.  

So my Curvy Divas, what Day Dresses do you already own? And what do you plan to add to your closet?

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things pretty

~The Diva V~