Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"All That Glitters" - DIY Dinner Wear

The reason we struggle with insecurities is 
because we compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else's highlight reel.

~ Deaddre Sidette ~

My Beloved and I

Having a fun moment on the dance floor


I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's weekend. Mine was super busy, but it was so much fun!

Let me first start by saying, I should have finished sewing this gown a very long time ago...

I originally intended to wear it to a Christmas party last year, but when I decided to wear something else, I put off completing it till now.

I used this pretty gold stretch lace fabric from Joann's and lined it with some yellow satin fabric. I came up with this dress, which I wore to my church's annual Red Rose Banquet last Sunday. It was simply gorgeous.

I probably could have gone all out with the design and added a lot of bells and whistles, but I wanted to keep it simple and classy, especially since the fabric is so sparkly.

Hope you're having a lovely week so far.

Dress: DIY  //  ShoesNecklace & BraceletsBurlington

For more "Behind the Scenes" pictures, follow me on my personal Instagram page @mybeautifuloasis

Sunday, February 09, 2014

"Peplum & Pencil" - DIY Peplum Top & Revamped Ankara Pencil Skirt

My Style Oasis, Ankara Pencil Skirt

“Don't shine so others can see you.
Shine so that through you, others can see HIM.”
~ C.S. Lewis ~


Blouse: DIY  //  Skirt: DIY (see post here)  //  Head tie/Gele: Previously owned (similar here)  //  Shoes: Burlington

Remember when I told you all that my Ankara Pencil Skirt had a surprise element to it? Well, here it is!
I originally made the skirt with a pleated slit in front and a contrasting yellow cotton fabric to make it stand out. In my previous post about it, I hand-stitched the slit together. Had I thought about it sooner, I would have made the slit with an invisible zipper so I can open and close it as I please. Oh, well. Now, I have one more reason to make another pencil skirt.

I wore it to church last Sunday with a cute yellow peplum blouse I made last week
(New Look 6124 with several modifications and alterations; I may do a blog post about it later).

I tied my head tie/gele with the help of my new social media friend, Chineye (known as @chicgele on Instagram). You can watch the video tutorial here. Also, check out her YouTube Channel: ChiChiChikito, and her website:

At first, it was a bit difficult to tie because the gele I had was too big (and too hard/stiff), but with the advise of my mom, I cut it in half lengthwise, and that worked out better.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

"Red, White & Black" - Pieces for an Upcoming Fashion Show



Just stopping by to share a few pictures of some pieces I've been working on for the upcoming fashion show I mentioned earlier. It's a Red Rose Banquet hosted by my home church, and since it's centered around Valentine's Day, the colors of the fashion show are Red, White and Black.

The fashion show will feature some of my previous DIY pieces (like my Chevron Print Blazer, and my Faux Leather Circle Skirt), as well as some custom-made pieces from other DIY fashionistas at my church. I'll be sure to post pictures from the event afterwards.

Have a lovely week ahead!


Saturday, February 01, 2014

"Cream of The Crop" - DIY Capri Pants + Pattern Review

New Look Pattern 6189
"Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have."

Happy New Month!

It's February already, and love is in the air! With Valentine's Day around the corner, this look just seems perfect for a date.

I made these red crop pants using New Look Pattern 6189. I've had this pattern for a while, I just can't imagine why I never tried my hand at it. These pants are amazing! The fabric feels great, and the fit is perfect!

These capri pants, along with a some other pieces I've made in the past (and a few still in the works) will be featured in an upcoming fashion show during our church's Red Rose Banquet (around Valentine's Day). Hopefully, I'll get some good pictures to post after the event.

As it is almost impossible for me to find well-fitted store-bought pants, rest assured, I will be making several replicas of these pants very VERY soon, in different colors, and of course, with several variations.

Pattern Review: New Look 6189

Pattern: New Look 6189 View A

Description: Misses' Cuffed Capri Pants with side zipper, belt loops and contoured waistband

Fabric used: Red bottomweight denim fabric

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 8. I'm usually a size 4 or 6 in patterns, but I have found out that New Look patterns tend to run small for me; Lesson learned from previous post, Ankara & Leather Pants). And I was right. I cut a size 6 waistband though.
**The pants were made using a friend's measurement, but our measurements are almost the same.**

Ease & Clarity of Instructions: Super easy! The pieces came together effortlessly. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked how easy these were to cut and sew. There were no dislikes about this pattern.

Alterations: I prefered the look without the cuffs, so I did not form the cuffs on the pant legs. I also opted to exclude the carriers/belt loops.

Reusing This Pattern: I've had this pattern for a while, and I never thought to use it. I'd definitely make several pairs for myself later on.

Recommendations: I highly recommend this pattern. If you're a beginner, you'd be amazed how easy it is to sew.

New Look Pattern 6189

New Look Pattern 6189, DIY Pants
Ironed-in creases

New Look Pattern 6189, DIY Pants
Notch detail on front waistband

New Look Pattern 6189
Seamless side zipper

Hand stitched hem

I've been asked a few times about my finishing.
It's not professional grade, but I do the best I can with the resources I have.

New Look Pattern 6189, DIY Pants
I'm a very meticulous person, and I think that shows in my sewing.

Capri Pants: DIY  ||  Sweater: SheInside  //  Heels: "Matilda" Shoe Dazzle  //  Winter Coat: Guess (gift from the hubby)  //  Nail Polish: Sally Hansen's "Mint Sprint" + "Jaded"

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