new tunic dress + knee-hi gladiator sandals

You gotta love tunics as they allow you to binge at all-you-can-eat buffets and not worry about visible tummy bulge. This one was made from an absolutely free tunic dress pattern downloaded from Burdafashion.com — which seems to run very large so keep that in mind if/when you make it yourself. I also shortened the hem to a sexy mini.

Of course, you probably can’t help but also notice my crazy, mother-of-all-gladiator sandals. They’re like the trendy ones you see everyone wearing these days, ‘cept turned up to 11. I bought these after seeing the original Chanel ones (mine are, of course, knock offs from good ol’ ebay) being donned by fashionistas worldwide. To my surprise, I get loads of compliments when I wear them out, which makes me extra happy because I was rather iffy about whether or not I could pull them off. Thought I was destined for fashion-victim-ville for sure. Indeed, these very sandals are to be found on People Mag’s Worst Trends list. But hell–it’s not as if anyone reaches for a sleazy gossip rag like People when looking for cutting edge fashion. Am I right?

spring tunics

I’m glad that tunics are in fashion because: A) they’re flattering to all body types B) they’re easy to sew.

This is a batwing/boatneck that I designed myself and marks the first garment I’ve made by drafting my own pattern. It didn’t come out perfectly, but it was still satisfying to take a project from start to finish on my own.

Here’s one I made from Built By Wendy pattern 3692.

And, of course, I have to talk about the belts. I simply can’t resist a cute waist cincher!

I found this belt at American Vintage in Los Feliz (on Hillhurst). It was a steal at $12:

This one came from Bejon & Deheg, my favorite Los Feliz Village clothing shop.