Friday, November 29, 2013

"Project Kane" - Angela Kane Pinafore Dress

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I spent mine with family and friends, and had a wonderful time. My outfit of the day was my very first DIY Ankara shorts paired with a black long sleeved top, black tights and black booties (pictures on my Instagram: @MyStyleOasis).

I haven't done a blog post in a while because it has been a bit busy these past few weeks. Nothing major; it's just that around this time of the year, life gets busier than usual (I like to believe it's like that for most people anyway).

So, in my quest to learn the art of lining a dress and inserting an invisible zipper (for a dress I'm currently working on), I came across a YouTube video that led me to a YouTube channel called Angela Kane TV. Whether you're a beginner, moderately skilled, or even an advanced sewer, I bet you can learn something from watching the videos on her channel. They are so clear, as well as easy to understand and follow. And she gives awesome sewing tips that can only come from learning with experience.

While browsing her channel, I noticed that she has a playlist of videos, one in which she walks you through step-by-step the process of making a pinafore dress. She has the free download for the dress pattern on her website (you have to register, but it's free). You print it, cut it out, and follow her through sewing the entire dress. If you're looking for a simple project to jumpstart your love for sewing, I highly recommend it.

Although, I was just looking to learn a couple things, I learned so much more by doing this project. I used some Ankara fabric that I had, and it took me about 9 hours total to complete this dress from cut to finish. I was a bit off with the sizing of the pattern during printing and taping together; so, the dress is a little bit snug on me. I guess it'll be the home of my brand new dress form (from Ebay), at least, until I decide who to gift it to. The great thing about this pattern is that it is plain yet versatile. It can be used seperately to make a top and a pencil skirt, or together to make a dress with extra details added on (like sleeves)... As Angela explains in her videos, the possibilities really are endless. I will definitely be using it again in a few other ways.

There are only four pattern pieces to the main dress, with optional pocket pieces (which I didn't use for this dress).



Invisible zipper...well, almost!

I practiced some Blind Hem stitching, and lined the dress

Back vent

Top half

Bottom half

*This is not a sponsored post.*
*I am not affiliated with Angela Kane, nor am I getting compensated for mentioning her on my blog.*

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Grey Areas" - Tailored Pants and Pattern Review

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...
than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosebelt
Hi y'all!

Hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

If you're tall and skinny like me, you understand the struggle of finding the perfect pair of pants. Either find a pair that is long ennough but the waist is too find one where the waist fits, but you look like you borrowed a child's pants!

Pattern: Some time in the summer, while browsing at Walmart one day (yea, I do that alot!), I looked in their patterns drawers and found this Simplicity Pattern 2700 Amazing Fit Collection. Seeing the description on the package, I purchased one. Mind you, I had never made a pair of pants before (I made these before my Ankara & Faux Leather Pants), but I knew I had to try.

Fabric used: I found the perfect material right there at Walmart as well. I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what it's called, and I can't find a link for it online, but it feels like pants material...if that makes any sense!

Pattern Sizing: Based of the measurements on the package, I cut a Size 6 Curvy Fit, although with the several adjustments I made along the way, I might try making an Average Fit next time.

Ease & Clarity of Instructions: The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Sewing pants with the front zipper was definitely not easy! It was my first time, so hopefully, it'll be easier next time.

Likes/Dislikes: I still can't believe I made these! They look like they were store-bought! The end result was well worth it! I love the options for the different fits. It's not a one-size-fits-all pattern.

Alterations: Because I cut a Curvy Fit, I had to take it in a bit at the hips and crotch.

Reuse of Pattern: I do not have enough great fitting pants, so I will definitely be sewing more of these!

Recommendations: I would recommend this pattern for an average to advanced skilled seamstress/tailor. It isn't really for a beginner.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 18, 2013

"See Spot Run!" - Outfits for the Little Ones

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. My family and I spent our Saturday with extended family in Maryland for one of my niece's 1st birthday. It's always nice to get together with family.

Today's post is soooo long overdue! I made these matching outfits for my children sometime in the summer, but I just wasn't able to get them together to take pictures. So, I took pictures of my son earlier and just recently took some of my daughter (you can probably tell by the colors of the Even with the seperate photo sessions, I was only able to get a few good shots of them. My son did surprisingly well, but my daughter refused to put down the apple, and even when I got her to look at the camera, her mouth was full! Oh well! With that being said, KUDDOS to all children photographers out there! I can't even imagine how they get so many great shots with the way kids are! 

My daughter's dress was made without a pattern. I just used measurements from one of her store-bought dresses, and came up with this. I like it; however, the one thing I would have done different was to add some tulle underneath the lining to give the skirt portion more body.

My son's shirt was made with Simplicity Pattern 5366. This was my first time ever making a male shirt, and I was very skeptical as to how it would turn out. The pattern was from their Easy-To-Sew® collection, and it truly was. Since it was summer time, I decided to make it short sleeved, instead of long as the pattern required. And I saved myself the trouble and opted not to add pockets (he's 1 1/2 years old. What could he possibly need pockets for?! Lol!) Overall, I think it came out great! I made another one, but I didn't get to take "official" pictures. (He was wearing it when he "crashed" my photoshoot for my Chevron Print Blazer post) 

*Fabric from my local Walmart. Similar here*


Monday, November 11, 2013

"Purple Rain" - Ankara Circle Skirt

"Raise your words, not your voice. It's rain that grows flowers, not thunder."
Hello everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. As much as I did, boy, am I glad it's Monday!

My post today is about my outfit of the day from yesterday. I wore a midi circle skirt that I made last week using a purple and cream colored Ankara. The fabric is in two pieces of 3 yards: one half is more purple than cream, and the other half is more cream than purple. For this skirt, I used some fabric from the half that is more purple than cream. I've had this fabric for so long, and just like all my other Ankara fabric, it was given to me as a gift. So, I don't know where you would get this from.

Unlike the last circle skirt I made a few weeks ago, this one was a bit longer (considering the weather, it was necessary, as well as classy), had a pocket on one side, and a zipper on the other. What I like about circle skirts is that they are super easy to make! I made the skirt without a pattern in about 3-4 hours total, from cut to finish, without any previous planning. Yea, it's that easy. Maybe some day, I'll do a video tutorial...if I ever get the time!

I wore it to church with a cream colored sweater and shoes. I decided to try a purple lipstick for the first time. It's a little darker than I'm used to, but I think I like it. It is fall, afterall.

Let me know what you think of the look. Leave a comment below!

Have a lovely week ahead!

Friday, November 08, 2013

"A New Look" - Ankara Pants with Faux Leather

"Don't be afraid to make mistakes. It's part of the learning process."

Thank God It's Friday!

Today's post is about a pair of pants I made using New Look Pattern A6247. I made it out of some left over African print Ankara fabric sent to me by my mom who makes clothes professionally for a living.

I really like the fabric, which has a mixture of colors: light blue/mint, black, pink, with a gold undertone. I had originally intended for the pants to be made entirely out of Ankara fabric. However, I cut the pattern a size too small (I cut a Size 4, but I probably should have cut a Size 6). So, in an attempt to fix my mistake, I added some faux leather fabric to the sides (purchased from my local Walmart; Similar here). And viola! A New Look, indeed!

I wore it to a birthday party last weekend, paired with a black top with little gold "pendants" along the neck line.

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

Have a lovely weekend ahead!

Close up of the faux leather

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