Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Harem Shake" - DIY Ankara Pants + Pattern Review

The weather has been quite outrageous over here. It has been pretty much one snow storm after the other. So, I'm combating the 'dreariness' (if that's a word) with some much needed color.

I made this cute pair of modified harem pants earlier in the month using some Ankara fabric that was gifted. It was actually a gift to my hubby, but I "borrowed" a couple of yards to make this. There's still a lot left over, and I'm sure he would be forgiving once I make him a shirt too!

Pattern Review: McCalls® M6291

Pattern: McCalls® M6291 View C

Description: Misses' Pull-on Pants

Fabric used: Gray & Neon Yellow Ankara fabric (gifted).

Pattern Sizing: I cut an XS (4-6)

Ease & Clarity of Instructions: Very easy to sew. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked how quickly the pieces came together. There were no dislikes about this patters.

Alterations: Because I always have a problem of pants being too short for me, I took some precautions, and I used the length of the Medium size instead of the Extra Small. It was also a little too "baggy" for me, so I took in the inner leg seams, tapering to about 2 inches. I also excluded the side and back patch pockets.

Reusing This Pattern: I'd love to reuse this pattern in the future; perhaps, in a brighter color and a lighter weight fabric (for spring or summer).

Recommendations: I recommend this pattern. It's simple enough, and perfect for a beginner's project.

Harem Pants: DIY  //  Blazer: Nine West (old)  //  Neon Tank Top: Previously owned  //  Booties: Burlington Coat Factory

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Mohairs and Mint" - Enlarging My Territory

"Jabez cried out to the God of Israel,
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm
so that I will be free from pain.”
And God granted his request."
~ 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NIV) ~

Hello everyone!

Happy Sunday! It has been snowing outside my window pretty since yesterday. Hope you all are staying warm, dry, and safe wherever you are.

I know that lately, my posts have been few and far between. It's just that sometimes, life get so busy. I'm a full-time mom and part-time nurse, so I'm super busy all the time. However, I do enjoy blogging. So, I try to make out time to do so.

Speaking of blogging, I've been considering "enlarging my territory"..."expanding my coast"...

When I first started blogging at the beginning of 2013, I blogged about my natural hair as a way to document my journey and progress. I kind of fell off track because I've never really been one to focus too much on my hair. The blog, My Beautiful Oasis, is still up; I just don't update it anymore.

**Side Note: I still take good care of my hair, I have a great regimen, and one year into my journey, my hair is healthier than it has ever been. My hair is currently in a protective style, a sew-in weave installed by me.**

Sometime, in the summer of last year, I got into the groove of sewing, as inspired by a few YouTubers & Bloggers (eg Mimi Goodwin). And in September 2013, I decided to start this blog about my DIY/sewing. I have since discovered several other DIY, fashion, and beauty bloggers (KT Reed of KTR Style, Nikki of Beaute J'adore, Erica Bunker, Stella of J'adore Fashion, and Elizabeth of A Keen Sense of Style, to name just a few), and I've been more motivated than ever to improve my sewing skills and fashion sense.

Long story short, I'm thinking of adding a few more things to the blog. I am by no means a sewing, fashion, beauty or health expert, but every now and then, I'd like to share a bit more on the blog. A little bit more about my life, my family, my faith, and yes, perhaps even my hair...something I like to call "My Style Oasis Meets My Beautiful Oasis."

What do you all think? Let me know. Leave a comment below.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!



Sweater: SheInside  //  Nail Polish: Sally Hansen's "Mint Sprint" + "Jaded"  //  Mug: Gift set from my wedding

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Grid Lock" - Midi Ankara Pencil Skirt

My Style Oasis, Ankara Pencil Skirt

Hi y'all!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I know it has been a while since my last outfit post, and I apologize for the momentary break in

Today's post is about an Ankara pencil skirt I made about a couple of weeks ago. I used the skirt portion of the Angela Kane Pinafore Dress pattern I used a couple of months ago. This pattern is so versatile: it can be used together to make a dress, seperately to make a top and a skirt, or as a basis for other creative looks. I definitely plan on using it a lot more. For this skirt, I added a waistband, about 4 inches to the hem, and an element of surprise, but I'll save that detail for a later blogpost. I'll be featuring this skirt again very soon. So, stay tuned!

I made this skirt using some Ankara fabric sent to me by my mom a while ago. There was only about 1½ yards of it, and I'm glad that was all I needed to make this cute midi pencil skirt. I love the fit, and the lining makes it feel even more amazing.

For a casual chic look, I paired it with a chambray top, gold accessories, and black pumps.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Super Easy DIY Gold Chain Necklace
(If you all are interested, let me know, and I'll do a blog post about it).

 Top: Thrifted  //  Skirt: DIY  //  Necklace: DIY  //  Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory

Friday, January 10, 2014

"Keep Calm & Carry Ankara"


Hi everyone!

Hope you've all had a great week so far.

I know it has been a while since my last outfit post; however, this artic weather that has been hovering over the Northeast area of the US has been somewhat debilitating! It's soooo cold! The temperature has actually gone as low as 1 degree Farenheit! All I want to do is stay in bed under the covers, sipping on some hot cocoa... Yum!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

DIY Christmas Gifts - Ankara Clutches & Earrings

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are having a great start to the New Year! I'm still trying to recover from all the holiday festivities!

For Christmas, I decided to give handmade gifts to some of my family members. I made these clutches and earrings a couple of weeks before Christmas, but I decided to wait and blog about it after I had given the gifts to the respective individuals. I kind of wanted it to be a surprise to those who received them. I'm sure you can understand.

The inspiration for these clutches came from watching a YouTube video by Tabitha, a fellow sew sister from Pretty Girls Sew. She has her own blog, Cheap But Chic, as well as a YouTube Channel, CheapButChic.

I used some black faux leather and different colored Ankara with matching zippers. I made these clutches slightly different than how Tabitha made hers. Instead of sewing on the Ankara accents vertically, I sewed them horizontally. And although you can't really tell from these pictures, I also made them in such a way that you can insert your hand between the Ankara and the leather while carrying the cliutch.

Sewing all that leather, my sewing machine nearly gave up! But I really love how they came out, and my sister-in-laws loved them! And to go with the clutches, I made large button earring with matching fabric! Too cute! Perphaps, I'll post pictures later showing how they rocked the clutched when they send some to me. Unfortunately, I didn't make one for myself as I was running out of time before our Christmas trip. But I'll definitely do so...and very soon!

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

Check out the video below for how to make your own clutch!
It's super easy!
Let me know how it goes.

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Friday, January 03, 2014

"Goldi-frocks" - DIY Princess Dress

Hello everyone! And Happy New Year again! Hope you all had a safe and lovely holiday.

My family and I spent Christmas with my hubby's side of the family. We took a 13-15 hour road trip non-stop to St. Louis, Missouri. Sounds like fun, right? Now, imagine doing that with two toddlers in the back seat. Twice. Lol! It was an interesting experience though, and we had fun with friends and family.

We rang in the New Year at church, in the presence of the Lord, and fellowshipping with brethren, which is always refreshing.

The holidays are over. Now, back to reality.

Today's post is about a princess dress I made for my daughter for the Christmas festivities. I used McCalls 5793 pattern mainly for the sizing of the bodice (I cut a Size 5). I made a few minor alterations (like, the lengths of the skirt/tulle, and how I attached it to the bodice, as well as the sash and roses). I originally made it plain, so she could use it with any of the sashes she already had, but I didn't like how they kept shifting around awkardly because they were not sewn in place. So, I sewed one on using a tartan ribbon, and added a few red roses to the neck line. It looks a whole lot better, and it was perfect for Christmas day!

I didn't get to take "official" pictures for the blog, but I was able to get a few shots of her in it both at our church Christmas Carol service, as well as on Christmas day. Good enough for me!

During the children's presentation at our Christmas Carol service

Originally plain, worn with a black sash

Playing with friends at church

On Christmas Day, after a few alterations

With fixed Tartan Sash and Red Roses

So Gorgeous! I definitely prefer this version!

All items (fabric and notions) used for this dress were purchased from my local Walmart.
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