Thursday, October 31, 2013

"My Brother Got a Brother!" - My New Overlocking Machine

Hey y'all!

Hope you're having a fabulous week.

Just wanted to share some good news with you. I now have an overlocking machine! For those that sew, you know this makes a huge difference in the finishing of your garment. So, I was super excited when I received this awesome surprise in the mail, courtesy of my mother!

If you know me, you'll know that I learned to sew from my mother, who learned from her mother, who probably also learned from hers...and on...and on...

A few weeks ago, I told my mom about my rekindled love for sewing, and I shared my blog with her. She was so excited that she shared it with almost everyone she knows! Little did I know that she was even more excited to get me an overlocking machine!

Brother Homelock 1034D

Can be used with 3 or 4 threads, and 1 or 2 needles

Color-coded threading system

Comes pre-threaded... Sweet!

My Brother got a Brother!
*My sewing machine was also a (wedding) gift from her*

Thanks, Mom! This was a very sweet and thoughful gift.
It was very much needed, and will be put to good use!

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Pink Tribe" - DIY Knit Dress

Hello there!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

My outfit of the day from yesterday was this DIY knit dress that I made using aztec-looking print knit fabric from Joann's Fabric & Craft Stores. I used the New Look Pattern 6000, which I modified, of course. I made it with long sleeves instead of short (fall is here afterall); I excluded the sleeve cuff; I cut it without a center back seam, and made it a low back. I like the details of the pleats on the side, but you can't really see it because the fabric is so "busy"... I'll try using this pattern again on a plain fabric.

I wore the dress to church with black tights, black pumps, and earrings from my good friend at The African Fascinator, and got a few compliments (*big smile*). I like it because it's so form fitting. Simple yet least, my hubby think so!

***Simple Tip***
When working with knit fabrics, try pinning the seams together before stitching. This helps prevent the fabric from shifting or stretching as you sew.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous week ahead!


"Lord, You are awesome!
If it wasn't for Your Love,
If it wasn't for Your Grace,
I don't know where I'll be without You!"

Friday, October 25, 2013

"Checkmate!" - DIY Circle Skirt

Don't just dream: INSPIRE.
Don't just imagine: CREATE.
Don't just believe: ACHIEVE.

Hey y'all! Hope you're having a fabulous Friday!

Today's post is a DIY circle skirt I made earlier this week using this lovely checkered faux leather fabric I got from Walmart (Get the fabric here). Believe it or not, Walmart does have a good selection of fabric suitable for fall fashion. I snagged a few before they were sold out at my local store. I'll be making a few other things soon. So, stay tuned!

Anyway, I made this skirt without a pattern. I just used some free-style cutting skills that I learned from my mother after several years of watching her sew (Thanks, Mom!). I didn't feel like being bothered with making a waistband or adding a zipper, so I just added a 3-inch elastic waistband. The fabric doesn't fray, so I didn't even stitch the hem! That means, for this skirt, there were only 2 seams: one to stitch the elastic ends together, and the other to stitch the elastic to the skirt. And voila!

I decided to wear it with a GORGEOUS orange blazer I recently received as a gift from someone whose kids I used to babysit several years ago when I was in college. I didn't even think she remembered me! (Thanks, Mrs. Caroline!) I absolutely love it! The T-shirt is old and thrifted, but I really like it, because it's a constant reminder that I NEED TO VISIT PARIS...someday!

Hope you like my ensemble. Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Wild About Denim" - Denim & Zebra Stripes

Hey there!

Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

Today's post is another very simple casual DIY top I made using New Look Pattern 6105.

I used a lightweight denim fabric to make this top. I chose to use a different color/pattern of material for the collar, as well as the pocket and sleeve details, just to make them stand out. Although the pattern is intended of a very loose fitting top, I modified the pattern by taking in a bit more at the side seams, especially at the waist, just to give it a bit more fitting...not too much though; otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to get into it! And because I did not feel like being bothered with making button holes (which I still need much practice on), I did not put one in the front center collar, nor on the sleeves. Instead, I added a hook & eye where the button was supposed to go; I folded the arms of the sleeves and stitched the flap over it on the outside.

Everything I used for this DIY projects as purchased from my local Walmart: the pattern (here), the denim fabric (here), the yellow zebra stripes fabrics (similar here)...even the interfacing! Looks like Walmart is beginning to make some money off me! Haha! I paired it with a pair of jeans I've had for a while and gold heels. And no, I did not intentionally plan for the denims to match, but they did!

Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Fall Ready with Faux Fur!" - DIY Faux Fur Cape

The air is cooler... Leaves are falling... Nature's colors are changing... Fall is officially here!

And with the change of season comes a change of clothing. That inspired me to make this cute and comfy faux-fur cape. This piece is so versatile, it can be worn with anything: like with an evening gown to a fancy event, or black knee-highs. Best of all, this cape is fully lined and completely reversible!

Red Dress: Ross (old). Similar here or here (in black)
Leopard Print Shoes: Just Fab "Myra" (Here)

Don't want to make one? Buy it! This cape is available for sale! Yes, you can buy this cape off my back! The size I have on in the pictures above is an Extra Small (I wear a US Size 2). Because it's a loose fitting cape, I think it should fit Size 0-4.

You can also pre-order in different sizes:
Extra Small (0-4)
Small (6-8)
Medium (10-12)
Large (14-16)
Extra Large (18-20)

Interested? Send an email to (**Serious inquires only, please**)

Would your rock this? Let me know. Leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

"That's A Wrap!" - DIY Knit "Cardi-Wrap" and Pattern Review

It's taking a while, but Fall is slowly catching up. I wish I could hold on to summer forever, but I know I can't!

So, I'm a cold-blooded individual...or is it "warm-blooded"? I forget what it's called. Point is: I get cold very easily (do you now understand why I love the summer?) Anyway, with the chilly months ahead, I figured I need something to keep me warm on days that are not too cold for a jacket, yet not warm enough for sleeveless tops.

My outfit of the day is based on this cute "cardi-wrap" I made last week.

Pattern: I got this Simplicity® Sew Simplepattern A1961 at my local Walmart® (Here)

Sizing: This pattern comes with all sizes included, from U.S size XXS to XL. Based on the measurements on the package, I cut the size Small.

Fabric used: I used a grey & black stripped lightweight knit fabric purchased from Joann's® Fabrics & Crafts Store (Similar here or here). It stretches one way, but not the other, so I had to be very careful when I was cutting the fabric.

Was this pattern easy to use? YES! It's called "Sew Simple" for good reason!

Was it worth the cost? For 97 cents, yep!

What did you like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it was only three pieces to cut out, which meant, not much sewing and easy instructions. There was not much to dislike, especially since there are only three pieces to cut! It took me only about 3 hours total to complete this project from start to finish!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I originally cut the sleeves a bit longer than the pattern, but after completing it, I realized it looked better at the length it was meant to be. So, I fixed it.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope when you were done? Yes.

Would you sew it again? Yes, I several different colors!

Would you recommend this pattern? Absolutely! Even if you aren't a pro in sewing, this is a great pattern for beginners.

As a mom of two, ages 3 years and 18 months, I like pieces that are comfy and versatile. So, I found several ways to wear this piece: hanging down by itself, hanging down with a belt across the waist, tied up below the bust, and wrapped around with a belt across the waist.

Let it hang down by itself for a casual look...

...and be at the mercy of the wind! Haha!
Add a belt across the waist...

...and sinch the waist.
Tie it up below the bust...
Wrap it around, one wrap over the other, and add a belt...
...for a sleek look.

The boots are from Burlington Coat Factory. I've had them for about 5 years.

What did you think of the look? Leave a comment below!

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