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.

Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below!
Thanks for stopping by!

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!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From "Drab" To "Fab" - My Pretty Girls Sew Challenge

With my reignited passion for sewing, I discovered something new: Pretty Girls Sew. It is a page/blog is where women (and men, I suppose) share their love of sewing and display their creations. Check them out on the web and on Instagram, too.

Each month, there is a sewing challenge posted, and at the end of the month, the followers that participated get to showcase their results.

For the month of July, the challenge was to take a thrifted item (or an already owned item that you were no longer interested in wearing) and transform it from Drab to Fab.

I decided to use an outfit that was gifted. I got this Ankara (African print) outfit as a gift from my cousin in my home country (Nigeria). The material was pretty, but unfortunately, I was never able to wear it, bacuse the design and fit just weren't flattering.

So, I went to work. I think the most "difficult" part of the challenge was taking the entire dress apart. It's so much easier to start sewing an outfit from scratch! Also, because I knew I had a limited amount of fabric, I had to choose my style wisely.

For the top portion, I used Simplicity® Leanne Marshall pattern 1690  (Here)
For the bottom portion, I used Simplicity® Sew Simple pattern A1634 (used in a previous post, DIY Ankara Shorts).

After several modifications, I think it turned out great!

The dress my daughter is wearing was made in Nigeria, and because it was stretchy at the top portion, it fits her just fine. Perfect for a mother daughter photo shoot!

Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below!

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 Vest with Ankara Fabric

I had several yards left over from the Ankara fabric I used for my hi-low skirt, and I decided to keep practicing with it. I made a cute vest that is great for these hot summer days.

Pattern Used
I used New Look® pattern A6013 (Here)

I modified it by excluding the sleeves, and the belt tie at the back, making it fitted to my shape.

Finished Look
Although I had never made a vest before, this came out really good! I would definitely make this again, but probably the long sleeve jacket version, for the colder months ahead. I would probably add lining to it as well.

Style Options
To brighten up the material, I wore it with very bright colors: a neon yellow cami, and bright orange jeggings, with a blue pair of pumps.

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