Saturday, September 28, 2013

Open Back Frenzy - Dress 2: "Pink Circles"


Believe it or not, I got this fabric from Walmart!

It's a lightweight cotton that could very much pass for Ankara (Similar here or here)

For the top portion, it was a combination of patterns and free styling. I used the New Look® Pattern A6124 (Here) as the base pattern, and shortened the length to a little above my hips. I used the McCall's® Pattern M6647 (Here) for the open back, although I made the opening more like a circle. I cut the neck line free style to what I wanted.

For the bottom part, I used a long stretch of fabric with its length just enough to reach around my knees. I made gathers on it and attached it to the top portion.

The finished look was nice. It was very fitting, and flattering, and the neckline and open back gave the simple dress a unique look.











Open Back Frenzy - Dress 1: "Green with Envy"


I made this dress using yet another African print Ankara fabric that I have had for a while.

I used the McCall's® pattern M6647 (here), and followed it exactly...well, with the exception of a couple of modifications. The pattern comes with different busts sizes, and based on the measurements on the packet, I cut a size 4, and a C cup.
I added black bias tape to the neck line and midriff band to make them stand out more. I planned on wearing the dress to church, and I decided that the opening in the lower back of the dress was too revealing. So, I modified the dress by covering the lower back opening.
Overall, I think it came out nice. The dress has a very fun and flirty look to it.
















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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Omoge Show Me Your Back!" - Open Back Frenzy!


If you're a Nigerian, born any time before the year 2000, preferably IN Nigeria, you know what the title of this post means!

As a kid, I loved to dance to Shina Peters! My parents always recall the story of how I took over the dance floor at the party of their 12th (or so) wedding anniversary. Apparently, I had been sleeping, but as soon as Shina Peters came on, it was like something came over me. Needless to say, I stole the show that day! I was about 4 or 5 at the time, and I have no memories of that day; but any time I'm at a party or event, and Shina Peters comes on, even if I was ready to leave, I get back on the dance floor and get a good workout!

Ok, enough of the reminiscing... On to my DIY post...

So, as the title of this post implies, I went on an open-back sewing frenzy!

A couple of months ago, Joann's Craft & Fabric Store had a sale for McCall's® patterns. They were going for 70 cents each! Unfortunately, by the time I got around to going, more than half of the patterns were gone. I was able to get a few, which I didn't have in mind when I went, but they were 70 cents; so, why not!

One of the patterns was McCall's® M6647 (here) and it was used, in part or in full, for these two dresses.








I will make seperate detailed posts about both dresses later.

Which do you prefer? Let me know below!

Oasis Inspiration: "Trust. Pray. Believe. Receive!"


"But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must belive that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6

This was the first picture from my shoot for my previous post. As blurry as it is, I love it, because it spoke volumes to me. And I just thought I should share.


Life may seem blurry now. You may not clearly see what your purpose is, or what direction you should be going in. But if you continue to serve the Lord diligently, eventually, it will all come into focus. You have to understand that God sees the whole picture. He knows the end from the beginning. And, He is in control!

Trust. Pray. Believe. Receive!

Have a lovely day!

"A Pop of Color on a Rainy Day" - DIY Teal Chevron Print Skirt


I have always wanted to sew something with chevron print fabric. So, I you can imagine my excitement when I found this chevron print fabric (similar here) while fabric browsing at Walmart (by the way: I do that a lot!)

I wanted to make a pleated skirt, but because the fabric was very light, and almost see through, I added white lining fabric, and attached it to the fabric at the hem, making it a bubble skirt.

I didn't use any pattern for this skirt, just my measurements and the idea I had in my head. And, voila! I forgot about how the waistband of the last skirt I made without a pattern came out wrong. So, I made the same mistake on this one, but it wasn't too difficult to fix. Anyway, I cut myself some slack because I wasn't blogging about it then. Now, I am. So, I can always go back and see where to make changes.








The rain stopped. So, I moved the shoot to my back deck for better lighting. My hairstyle is a week-old twistout, and as you can see, the humidity from the rain made the roots puffy!









What do you think? Let me know below!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"To The Max" - DIY Maxi Dress


My favorite maxi dress is a black, blue and white floral dress with a silver embellishment. If I could find it in several other colors, I would buy them all, but it was a gift from about a year ago. Since I had no way to get more, I decided to recreate it.

I was browsing fabrics in the clearance section at my local Joann Fabric & Craft Stores® when I found this pretty material with yellow, red, and orange flowers on it. It was labeled “Active Swimwear” and was a bit heavier than the material of my original dress, but the fabric was too nice to pass up. Plus, it was on sale for $14/yard. I decided to buy 2 yards, just to be safe.

I did not use a pattern for this dress. I just studied my maxi dress thoroughly. On a sheet of paper, I drew out the different pieces of the dress, and wrote down their dimensions. I then cut out my fabric according to my drawings, plus sewing allowance.

I looked in several stores, but could not find an embellishment similar to the one on my blue & black dress. So, I bought a gold ring from Burlington Coat Factory (for $5) and used that instead.

The finished look was ah-mazing! I could not believe I made the dress myself, and without a pattern!

I have worn it on several occasions, and each time, I get lots of compliments! I will definitely be making more maxi dresses like this, and I’ll be rocking them once summer rolls around next year!






Gold ring used as embellishment








Details about my hairstyle

I flat-twisted my hair in an upward direction.
Using marley/kinky hair extensions, I two-strand twisted my hair at the top section.
I twisted the twisted portion and secured them with bobby pins.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

DIY Hi-Low Skirt with Ankara Fabric


Among the many materials I had stored away was this blue and orange African print Ankara material. I wasn't really fond of the design on the material, but since I was just getting back into the groove of sewing, I decided to "experiment" with it.

I did not use a pattern to make this skirt. I just used techniques taught to me by my mother from the many years of watching (aand helping) her sew. Although the skirt was not as full as I would have liked, I was able to get the idea I was going for.

Also, I the waist band was a bit problematic, because, instead of giving a bit of curve to it, I just cut a straight piece of fabric. You live and you learn! Now, I know...for next time. And there will be a next time.

Overall, it turned out alright. I wear it causally with a tank top, to run errands or for Bible Study.









Friday, September 13, 2013

"A Ray of Sunshine and A Swarm of Bees" - DIY Summer Dress


“The rule is simple: Wherever I go, no matter the weather, I always bring my own sunshine.” - Unknown

So, I have several yards of different materials stashed away for a few years now. And once I started sewing this summer, I knew I had to use this yellow one with bumble bees. I mean, you can’t get any more “summer-y” than this!

Fabric Used
The yellow bumble bee fabric feels like 100% cotton to me, but I can’t be so sure, because like many of the other materials I have, I got this several years ago from Walmart (Here or Similar here or here)

Pattern Used
For the top portion of the dress, I used New Look® pattern A6124  (Here)

I have had this pattern for years as well, and I believe I also got it at my local Walmart at the time. The pattern was easy to follow: I cut View A, and modified it (like I do with most of my patterns), by forming a sweetheart neck in front.

For the bottom half of the dress, I didn’t use a pattern. I just made 1-inch pleats on a long stretch of fabric t my waist measurement (plus sewing allowance), and attached it to the top half.

Finished Look
I had a few problems doing the sweetheart neckline (I didn’t use a pattern for that part). However, the finished look came out really nice. Really though: how wrong can you go with a yellow dress?

Style Options
I attended a graduation party wearing this dress, accessoried with a bold black belt, black pumps and a black clutch.




I wore it to church paired with a bold red belt, and red Mary Janes. Either way, I think the dress looks great!



Excuse the squinty face: The sun was extra bright that day!

"Red, White & Blue" - DIY Little Girl's Dress



I wanted to try my hand at making an outfit for my daughter. So, I decided to start with a simple style.

Fabric Used
I used a red, white and blue lightweight fabric. I got this material from Walmart a long time ago. I don't know if it can be purchased there now. (Similar here)

Pattern Used
New Look® pattern A6202  (Here)

I got this pattern at my local Walmart. The pattern was easy to follow; however, I got a bit confused because I was trying to make the different parts in different sizes to fit my growing 3 year old (she currently wears a size 4T). I cut View C and modified it by forming a halter-like appearance with the straps in front, and adding elastic to the back bodice to give it some fitting. I accented by using red bias as a trim for the top of the bodice and at intervals in the flare.

Finished Look
The finished look was ok, but there were some areas in the flare that were askew. It wasn’t really that obvious though, especially since my daughter doesn’t really stand still for long!

Style Options
I added a red sash/pre-tied bow that came with a dress that she already had, and it tied the look up nicely!

Here's how she rocked!




A Welcomed Change...For The Better!



Happy Friday, y'all!!!

Welcome to my new blog! I have created this blog to feature my DIY fashion styles and creations.

Starting this month, I will begin uploading posts of my fashion style and creations that you may have seen on my Instagram page, @MyBeautifulOasis. The posts will include details of the outfits featured, such as fabric and/or pattern used.

I have recently created a seperate Instagram page, @MyStyleOasis, soley to feature these styles and creations. My current page still remains. However, it will be more of personal pictures (of me, my family, and/or my daily activities).

Feel free to follow the new page if it interests you, and look out for new posts on here as well!

Hope you enjoy it!

Have a lovely weekend ahead!

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