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~


Addiction… Yes I Admit it



Yes I am Addicted


Yes, I have a problem I am addicted to patterns.  Yes I love to sew and the BMV club does not help this addiction. 

The pic above is the haul of patterns I got from their .99 cent sale.  Club BMV (Butterick McCalls Vogue) is a membership that is only $9.99 a year and you get discounts on patterns so even with the .99 cent sale on McCalls and Butterick, $2.99 for Vogue *yes 2.99 for Vogue* the Club BMV members paid less than that.  If you are an avid sewer, or you cant always make it to JoAnns or Handcock for their sales check out McCalls website it will take you to the other two…. Club BMV is worth the money but I will warn you their shipping will HURT lol but it still has not stopped me. lol 

So I got some patterns for the spring.  I am really interested in making a peblem  top, and making a white vogue skirt with all the ruffles…. and the wrap dress… Yes i could go on and on… 

I have a horde of patterns already but I did not have these…. 

So I will keep yall posted on which ones I make…. I think the top will be first… I cant wait for it to warm up and i can wear my spring stuff….. 

‘Til Next Time…

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~



I’M DONE  Woohoo 

Yes, I finished my LBD… Here are a few pics…

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Here are a few shots of the dress and jacket.  I used matte jersey black knit material, and Asian inspired satin brocade.

I used Butterick pattern B5309 the pattern is OOP 😦 but I have had it for years.

B5309 It says its easy… yes the dress was easy, but the jacket gave me the blues with the collar…. but I did my best Tim Gunn….”Make it Work”

I am  pleased with my overall results and look forward to wearing this out with Mista Man….

What do you Divas think?

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~ 

Up Date to the LBD Sew-A-Long



LBD Sew-A-Long 

I got a bit done today, even though all I wanted to do was sleep.  I am almost done with the jacket I need to add some kind of closure piece, I am debating on a black frog or a snap….humm maybe a ribbon.. who knows

I also started the dress the actual LBD of the sew-a-long.  I have it completed except for hemming it.  Now the LBD is a bit snug but that’s ok *it has to be ok because I am not about to let it out*  I will put on my body magic and call it a day lol 

I can’t wait to put the pieces together with the jewelry I made. 


I am actually a little excited of how all of this will come together. 

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace & All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~ 

FB Group Sew A Long



You know I am not big on Challenges or going with the flow… sue me its the Gemini in me.  Any who I accepted to do a LBD *Little Black Dress* Challenge/Sew-A-Long for my sewing FB group….

I am the queen of prints… so the fact that I have enough solid black fabric to make a dress is shocking to me lol… 

But you know me I am going to throw some color in there some where….. just where…. humm only I know lol….

We have to be done by February 8, 2013 but here are a couple of teaser shots of what I may or may not be making…

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Just some ideas I am bouncing around in my head….. 

what will I create….. hummmmmm 

Stay Tuned….

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty 

~The Diva V~ 

Pintrest!!!!!! WOOHOO



As many of you all know I am a collector.  So when I found Pintrest, I died and went to collector heaven.

I have found some AMAZING pin’s on Pintrest from food to wedding ideas (yes, I am getting Married)

I highly recommend that you check it out, you will be addicted too lol.

I think my favorite part is the new drinks I have found *plus cool ways to make drunk gummy bears* *dont judge me* 


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These Bears have been soaked in Vodka… yeah buddy lol 

Here is my board on pintrest The Diva V 

The way pintrest works is you set up your account you can customize your own board titles, My boards are:

  I Heart This – Random Stuff I love online & on pintrest

  The Diva V Style Inspiration & Style Icons – Things that I love style wise and that inspire me to sew

  Crafty Diva – Crafts and clothes I want to make 

  Shoe Addict & Its In the Bag – These two boards help to fuel my love and addiction of shoes and hand bags yes I know its a sickness 

  Just Hair – my new love WEAVE, I also have a love of wigs…. these are some of the ones I want to try

  Going to the Chapel – Ideas for my wedding

  Home Sweet Home – Things I want for my house after I get married 

  Hungry Girl – Food items that pop up that make me hungry that i want to make or I have tried

  *Smack* My Life – Some of the things I find that fit my mood that day 

  Sew Sew Cute – Things I have made from clothing to jewelry

  Beat My Face – Make up Inspiration and Ideas

  Life After – Words of Inspiration and Prayers for life after the wedding day

  Tattoo Ideas

   ~Bazinga~ – My Nerd board with all things Trekkie, Big Bang Theory, and Potter related *yeah i am that girl* 

  What A Man – some mens fashions I plan to dress my hunny in sshh dont tell him 

  3 Sheets – all the alcohol ideas i.e. drunk gummy bears lol 

You can have as many or as little boards as you want…. you can follow your FB friends….

So Divas who else is on pintrest?

What are your boards and interests?


‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty 

The Diva V