Casual Friday: Creating Options

TGIF all!

A few weeks a go, I was feeling really frustrated by the lack of stylish clothing for plus size women.  As an avid Pinterest follower, I’m constantly wishing the clothes I see on other women were available in my size.  Now don’t get me wrong, plus size fashion has improved dramatically BUT more change is needed.  I would love to see Tibi like full skirts and Peter Pilitto inspired printed dresses for us. Big girls like nice clothes too!

In the middle of my mini tantrum, I decided to take matters in my own hands and contact my blogger buddy Taja of Curvy Urbane (who is a seamstress) to make the clothes that I want.  Since I’m crushing on full skirts, I wanted her to make me a printed one. I met with Taja and we went over the contract and she told me how many yards of fabric I would need.  Armed with that info, I went to Mood Fabrics (yes I watch Project Runway!) with my nephew who helped me pick out this lovely cotton voile fabric.  Taja’s prices for labor are affordable and within reason (she charged me $25 for labor, which included taking my measurements, fittings, ironing and alterations).  Combined with the price of the fabric, the custom skirt cost less than most skirts I own.  I was so pleased with how it turned out, I dropped off new fabric today for another custom skirt! So if you’re in the Philadelphia area and are looking for a good seamstress, definitely give Taja a call.  I promise you wont be disappointed!

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Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Booties: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: Bauble Bar


  1. Taeesha M
    February 7, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    OMG I love this skirt on you! such contemporary colors. You look fab!

    • February 8, 2014 / 6:26 am

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your sweet comment!

  2. Rachel
    February 7, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Chicca, now you are talking! Let me encourage you to go a step further. Start a whole clothes line and I promise you we shall buy. Your taste is much too fabulous to pass up and am sure many of your ogglers…er…readers will surely agree! For instance, if you told me that skirt is available in size 18, even if there are only two left, am sure there will be fight right here on your blog page…just saying… love you much and keep keeping us fashionwise dearest…

    • February 7, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      i’d fight ya for it fer sure!!

    • February 8, 2014 / 6:25 am

      Awww THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I wish I had a talent in designing clothes. I wish I could make the skirt for all of my readers!

  3. Susan
    February 7, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    I too have someone make clothes for me. It’s very satisfying.

  4. February 7, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Love the pattern on the skirt! I need to get back to sewing!!

  5. Donna C
    February 7, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    Your skirt is beautiful – and I can TOTALLY relate to that last picture! I am completely sick of cold and snow and can’t wait until it’s all GONE.

    • February 8, 2014 / 6:22 am

      Thank you! I wish I could fast forward to April so all this snow can just go away!

  6. juliette
    February 7, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    This has been my dream, I just need to find the right seamstress! Love this skirt too – not surprising with your great taste! Yes, start a clothing line and I’m THERE!

    • February 8, 2014 / 6:19 am

      Awww thank you! Once you find a good seamstress youll never let him/her go!

  7. February 7, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    You look Great here in that skirt is so You and one-of-a-kind. That’s the great thing about being your own stylist. I will be hopping over to Taja’s page next. Looking forward to your next outfit. . .

    • February 8, 2014 / 5:47 am

      Thank you so much! Having one of a kind pieces is definitely what Im going for!

  8. Abbi
    February 7, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Great pattern!!

  9. February 8, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Besides eShakti I have never really even considered having custom clothing made, so thanks for sharing this! The skirt is freakin adorable and I can’t wait to see how the next one turns out!

    🙂 Justine from

    • February 8, 2014 / 2:32 am

      Thank you! Im happy you like the skirt! 🙂

  10. Junetta
    February 8, 2014 / 10:17 am

    Wow!! That skirt is the bomb!! I love your choice of fabric. I can’t wait to see the next one. Keep them coming!!

    • February 8, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you! I cant wait to show you the next skirt!

  11. Linda B.
    February 8, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I’ve wanted to find someone in the NYC area that makes custom clothing. You would think being in NYC it would be easy but, plus sizes? Difficult. Does ANYONE know of a seamtress in NY?

    • February 8, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      I can ask around and see what I come up with!

  12. Lorraine
    February 8, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    The black and white print is cute. A full size skirt is pricey in plus sizes.

    • February 11, 2014 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you! Some full skirts in plus are pricey but there are affordable options too!

    • February 11, 2014 / 8:24 pm

      Yes she did an amazing job! I already have her working on my next skirt! LOL