Tutorials

THE PARIS DRESS TUTORIAL

I made this dress for our ten year anniversary trip to London and Paris last year. You can see my inspiration for this dress here (and one of the key factors that led me to create The Monthly Dress Series). SIMILAR BLUSH HEELS OR HERE Last year I made this dress, and...

THE MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE APRIL DRESS

The April Dress. Spring colors are bursting all around me. Trees and flowers and wardrobes are adding pastel pinks, blues, and yellows after a winter of drab. April is the perfect time of year to gather up a bouquet of garden flowers and head to an elegant tea party!...

THE MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: HOW IT STARTED

behind the scenes of The February Dress shoot A FLOOD OF INSPIRATION HOW IT STARTED – One year ago this week, I was walking the streets of London with Garrett. We were on a trip celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary and it was a dream come true; we were...

BEHIND THE DRESS: MARCH

Today I’m taking you behind the construction and shoot from The March Dress. I revealed The March Dress (dress number 6 in The Monthly Dress Series) last week. Dress reveal day is always so much fun, but I might be as excited to share this Behind The Dress...

THE MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE MARCH DRESS

BEHIND THE DRESS: FEBRUARY

So much planning and construction went into The February Dress, and this month we decided to take you along with us! For this month’s edition of Behind the Dress I take you down to the LA Fabric District as I search for the perfect fabric, at home as I cut, sew,...

THE MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE FEBRUARY DRESS

The February Dress. A dress inspired by the love and romance that February brings. A month full of flowers, hearts, love notes, and kisses. I knew early on that February would be a ball gown. It had to be big and grand and beautiful, but it also needed to be...

BEHIND THE DRESS: JANUARY

you can view the full shoot from The January Dress here   Today I’m sharing a full-behind-the-scenes video on my blog showing what it took to get the shots for The January Dress. I’ve decided that after launching the photos and time-lapse videos for each of my...

MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE JANUARY DRESS

  The January Dress. January is a fresh start to a brand new year. The dress had to be white…and it had to be underwater. January is a time for reflecting on the previous year, and the reflection from the top of the water portrays this.  January is also the...

MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE DECEMBER DRESS

The December Dress is here! Inspired by the magic and wonder that comes with the month of December, I knew this dress needed to pack a punch. This month I wanted the drama to be in the fabric, so I went with clean simple lines in a form fitting silhouette with a full...

MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE NOVEMBER DRESS

The next dress in The Monthly Dress series is The November Dress! I am so excited about this one! (you can see The October Dress here) I wanted this dress to evoke the feeling of fall. I wanted it to capture the golden glow of the sunlight hitting orange and yellow...

MONTHLY DRESS SERIES: THE OCTOBER DRESS

  I’m so excited to finally announce a new series I am bringing to Elle Apparel. Its called, The Monthly Dress Series. It will be one dress each month that I design and sew inspired by that specific month. And what better month to kick things things off...

HALLOWEEN COSTUME TUTORIALS

Halloween is only 11 days away, so I wanted to put all of my past costume tutorials in one spot for you guys to get some inspiration!  If you’re like me, Halloween always gets my creativity going. I love creating a costume that is unique and my own. The links...

KISS KISS

GOLDEN MERMAID COSTUME TUTORIAL

For Halloween this year our family did an ‘Under the Sea’ theme (you can view the post with our family pictures here). I loved how my mermaid costume turned out! It was really simple and if you watch my snapchat, you saw me start this costume at 11:30pm...

POM POM KAFTAN TUTORIAL

For my recent girls weekend trip to the Beverly Hilton, I wanted to make a cute simple swim coverup for the pool. It was so easy to wear AND easy to make! I’ve included the full tutorial for how to make this same coverup at the bottom of this post!   For...

RED SWING TASSEL DRESS TUTORIAL

DRESS: MADE BY ME, TUTORIAL BELOW (SIMILAR DRESS HERE AND HERE both dresses less than $12!) | SIMILAR COGNAC SANDALS |  WHITE CLUTCH | SIMILAR TASSEL NECKLACE (on sale) | LADDER CUFF | SUNGLASSES | LIPSTICK IN “SO CHAUD” (my favorite orange/red color!)...

OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS TUTORIAL

 DRESS MADE BY ME (ALMOST IDENTICAL DRESS HERE AND AN OPTION UNDER $40 HERE AND HERE) | GOLD GLADIATOR SANDALS | STRAW POM POM TOTE BAG | SUNGLASSES I posted a little sneak peek of this dress when I wore it in Hawaii, and I’m excited today to bring you...

THE MODERN GIRL’S GUIDE TO SEWING SUMMER SALE!

Our Modern Girl’s Guide to Sewing Summer SALE is finally here! Merrick and I both love sewing sun dresses, beach coverups, and skirts during the summer, and we want to teach you how to also! We thought a sale would be the perfect way to kick off some summer...

THE FAUX-WRAP DRESS TUTORIAL

WRAP DRESS MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR DRESS HERE AND HERE | SUNGLASSES | GOLD INITIAL NECKLACE | SIMILAR TURQUOISE RING   I made this dress a few months ago and instagramed it when I wore it to one of the parties during the Reward Style Conference I...

THE OFF THE SHOULDER TASSLE TOP TUTORIAL

TOP MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR TOP HERE AND HERE | WHITE SHORTS | COGNAC SANDALS | STRIPED STRAW TOTE BAG | SUNGLASSES | PANAMA HAT | LIPSTICK NARS ‘CLAUDIA’   I’ve been wanting to make an off the shoulder top for a few months now, and...