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    1 Dress, Styled 3 ways

    Heyyy Loves,

    I told you I would be showing you ways to style the Simplicity Pinafore Dress so here it is! Again the reason I love pinafore style dresses is because you have the option to dress them up or down! You can keep it simple and chic by pairing a turtleneck underneath, or you can go a bit more dressy by adding a fancy blouse underneath, or if you want to be really chill you can throw on a vintage tee underneath!

    With a white button up shirt underneath you can take this look to the office or to church!
    Paired with a t-shirt I feel like I’m ready for a concert! lol You can also wear a shirt on top of this dress, to make it appear as if you have on a skirt.

    I couldn’t get the individual pics to upload for some reason.. But which style is your favorite? Have I convinced you to make a pinafore style dress yet? ?

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.,  Pattern Review

    D.I.Y PINAFORE STYLE DRESSES

    Hey lovesss,

    This post is about 3 pinafore style dresses I made. If you are unfamiiar with the term “pinafore dress” it is just a sleeveless dress intended to be worn over a top or blouse. I like the idea of having a dress you can pair with different tops underneath to give it different looks. The first dress is one I made last year and you can view that here.

    The fabric for this dress below is from Joanns. It was actually in the clearance section of fabrics, it was only like $7, and I thought the print was cute. I wanted the top of this dress to come off so I could also wear the dress as a skirt, so I attached 2 snaps in the front and two in the back so it could be removable.

    This dress below is Simplicity #8944. I really didn’t have enough fabric for this dress according to the pattern so I made it work with what I had! In the pattern the bottom skirt is really just 2 huge squares. I just made the squares smaller to fit my fabric. I draped the bottom and played with it until I came up with this layered asymmetric bottom portion! lol

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    Birthday Outfit 2019!!

    Heyyy Booo, I know its been a while since I wrote a blog post! The past couple of months have been a transition for me. I moved from Maryland to North Carolina to Atlanta. It has been so hard to create while moving to different places, not having all of my belongings, starting a new job, and having no one to take my pictures! lol Most of the pictures you see on my page lately have been taken by me using the self timer on my camera. I even had a birthday shoot setup here in Atlanta but the photographer and the weather failed me twice so I had to flick it up by myself. lol

    Having a blog is hard work and I really want to keep y’all inspired and give you my best but sometimes I feel like my best is to give myself a break. Sometimes its best to just chill and not stress myself out with the running to the fabric store, figuring out what am I going to make, writing a post, setting up shoots etc. It’s definitely not that blogging is stressful, its when you combine blogging with all the other things like… Life.. LOL Family events, a job, custom orders, work events, cooking dinner, exercising etc. t can get pretty exhausting quickly… I notice a lot of makers take a step back from it all because they feel constant pressure to create and push out garments like a factory worker. However that is not the reason any of us create.

    We create to feel fulfilled inside, we create because we love it, we love the process, we love working with our hands, WE LOVE INSPIRING OTHERS. So instead of creating something when I’m not in the mood or my heart isn’t in it, I recharge. I used to feel sooo guilty for recharging, I would tell myself “I should just push through and make something anyway.” When I did that I started to feel like I was taking the joy out of sewing by sewing and creating when I’m really not in the right headspace for it. Who wants to sit at their sewing machine with an attitude? Lmao It’s just not a good feeling. Then I realized us sewing bloggers have to give ourselves some grace! Giving yourself grace means we free ourselves from our guilt. Tell yourself IT’S OK and be kind with your words.

    I don’t want to fall into the trap of making garments just to make them. That’s not what I’m about and I want to create from my heart not because I haven’t posted anything in 3 days. I sew to build my wardrobe and because I want to inspire others to create. I hope y’all can understand that and still rock with me when I haven’t posted in a few days. lol

    Ok so onto my birthday outfit. I mentioned that this year it was hard for me to create my bday outfit. Moving and not having all of my sewing supplies here did make things a bit more difficult. My dressforms and pretty much all my sewing patterns are still in North Carolina. I was also running out of time, so not having patterns wasn’t really an issue, it was that I didn’t have time to draft patterns, make muslins, etc. So I had to think of something that was cute and simple. I ended up with a skirt and a vest. I wanted to use my fav simplicity pattern to make a bodysuit to wear underneath but again I didn’t have it and did not find it at my local Joanns here in GA. So I got a cheap bodysuit from Rainbow. Thank God because I was about to be topless. lol

    This skirt was inspired by designer Fenoel. I saw this skirt on her page and it was really a see it, like it, make it moment.

    I seriously loooveeee everything this woman creates. She is such an inspiration and all of her looks are a vibe. I saw this skirt and loved it. Then I thought about how I could style it for fall weather.

    My skirt is similar to hers with the 2 ruffles at the bottom, but I went with another color and a slightly different type of fabric. My fabric is bit heavier that hers but it is still see through. I feel like hers is probably some type of chiffon or organza fabric, my fabric is more of a lightweight polyester. So here is my look below.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate you reading this! Leave comment and let me know how you feel about this post! I want to know as a maker do you feel pressure to keep the garments coming?

    What do you think? Did it come together? I will be doing a loc update/post next soo come back boo! XOXO

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    Simplicity #8513 Bodysuit (Pattern Hack)

    Hey Boo Thang,

    Welcome back to my blog! I’m showing you some yoga and sewing today. I love when I can combine the two! Honestly this D.I.Y came from a top I saw on Pinterest.

    To make this I used the Simplicity Pattern as a base, however the bodice pieces that come with that pattern are for a turtleneck, so the neckline on them is really high. I kept the bottom shape of the bodysuit but I used another basic bodice sloper for the neckline. Once I had that cut out it was just a regular shaped one piece.

    The back has a center seam so I sewed that together, then the shoulder seams and the sides. On my last bodysuit I did snaps in the middle but I didn’t do that with this one. I just closed it up, so yes I would have to take it all the way down if I need to use the bathroom.. Bummer lol

    Now of course since I was doing one side or one sleeve I could have just cut this out with one side from the beginning but I didn’t. I tried it on and then took it back off laid it out and just used. my judgement and cut a curve, trimming off the other shoulder seam giving this the one shoulder look. Then I attached the elastic all around the top and around the 2 leg openings. This bodysuit looks cute but I didn’t think this all the way through to be considered for activewear. LOL Since there is no support on the other side if you wear this without a bra (like me) while doing activities involving a lot of movement (like I did) you could risk having a lil nip slip. lol I don’t see that being a problem if you aren’t running, or exercising, or hanging upside down in this bodysuit, but that is something to make note of if you decide to make this! All in all I like the end result but think I’ll stick to pairing this bodysuit with jeans.

    Also, why did I write this post and not press publish! I’m losing it! Pray for me! lmao

  • Pattern Review

    Simplicity #8648 Duster

    Heyyy Booo! I’m back with another D.I.Y Project. This duster, kimono, coverup, type of thing. lol The pattern says this is a duster (if you want to be technical lol) but I really think this could be worn as a swimsuit coverup or over jean shorts with a tank top underneath. The silhouette of this garment is beautiful and if you follow me on IG you know I was obsessed with this rayon fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.

    It took me a ridiculous amount of time to decide what I wanted to make with this fabric. After looking at tons of kimonos and styles of dusters I decided on this Simplicity Pattern. I wanted something that could be worn to the pool or with denim, so I think this piece is it. My favorite part about this garment is the sleeves. I think the sleeves give it a very romantic feel and I dig it. It’s crazy how just a sleeve can change the whole vibe of the garment.

    I did make a few modifications to the pattern but they were simple.

    • no center back seam in the skirt
    • interfaced the waistband in the middle
    • lengthened the sleeves by about 3 inches all the way around

    This garment took ALOT of hemming. lol So if you make this, (especially out of a lightweight or flowy fabric) I would suggest you do some practice with your rolled hem foot. Although the rolled hem foot can be tricky I really do think it produces the best results and once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad!

    Have you ever made a duster before? Would you give this pattern a try?


  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    D.I.Y Flare Pant & Sports Bra

    Heyyyy boooo! I miss you! lol I know it took a long time to post this outfit! Moving was ALOT! On top of having to pack all my belongings, I was also on an emotional rollercoaster. The whole process was bittersweet. I wanted to move and I’m happy I did; however, I truly am going to miss all of my friends, clients, coworkers, students, family, everyone! As it got closer to my departure date I was an emotional wreck. Asking myself over and over if this is the right thing to do, going over all the what ifs, just OVERTHINKING. Ugh I hate it when I do that.. lol When I did depart Maryland, it wasn’t until I got about 2-3 hours into the trip when I got a sign that stopped my overthinking. I was riding in silence, cruising down the highway, and it was like God whispered in my ear “you made the right decision, you are going to be ok.”

    Then Idk I just started to feel lighter, happier, like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I turned my music on and it was like the ending of a movie when the person drives down the highway into the sunset to start a new life! LMAO!

    “Sometimes you have to remove yourself from environments in order to recharge, to be healthy, to grow, or to just flat out leave a dangerous energy. Never feel bad about doing what you must do in order to save yourself.”

    So yess that’s what took so long to post this outfit, life happened! lol

    Ok onto this lovely Mood Fabrics Italian Metallic Knit Pique.

    I love this fabric, I knew from the moment I saw it online I had to have it.. This is a very simple, easy set. A flare pant with a side pocket and a sports bra, worn as a top. Lol I used Butterick pattern #4526 for the top and McCalls #7843 for the pants. The only alteration I did for the pants was adding a pocket on the sides..

    Ok let’s talk about this fabric for a sec.. The right side has a very small chain like texture. The wrong side of the fabric is plain black. Although this fabric has some texture, the right side of it is not itchy (at least to me it isn’t) so I did not line the pants or bra! I love the fact that it is a knit so it has some stretch. This fabric is medium weight and I think it would be stable enough if you want to do a zipper or darts in your garment.

     I bought 3 yards of this fabric and I believe I have enough left to make a skirt or a top, so I’m excited about that! I went to dinner right after I took these pics so I grabbed a sequin jacket to go with the whole flashy vibe. This jacket is super old it came from H&M years ago. It’s just too flashy for me to get rid of lol. I think it all worked out. I got tons of compliments on this outfit while out wearing it. If you want to make a simple statement piece, this fabric should be your next go to. Scroll down to see more pics and let me know what you think of this flashy outfit!

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    Simple Tube Dress D.I.Y

    A tube dress is a super quick and easy sewing project. I like tube dresses in the summer because they are very versatile. You can dress it up with heels or dress is down by layering it with a top or sweater. I made this simple tube dress to wear during these last few weeks of summer. I originally made the top I’m wearing to pay homage to one of my fashion inspirations, who has since passed away. @KYRZAYDA.

    If you want to see the original post with that top click HERE!

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    Making Swimwear Samples

    Hey Lovessss!! I haven’t been posting that much on IG because in case you haven’t heard I’M MOVING! I’m super excited and nervous about this next chapter in my life. I have been working at a fashion design summer camp, teaching sewing classes on the weekend, and trying to pack and get ALOT of things done before I depart.

    Anyway I’ve wanted to sew an actual project for myself but camp and class has kept me busy. I’ve been seeing all of you make gorgeous swimsuits and reading your blog posts saying how easy the process was, so I figured I would give it a try! Before I decided on an official swimsuit pattern and fabric I wanted to just try out the process.. Which made me bring up the question.

    How often do you make samples or test garments? Is it something you do for every garment or only the tricky ones? I will admit I used to think making a sample of something was unnecessary. I thought it was just a waste of time, why would I spend all that time making something I’m not going to wear. I thought I could just plan the project out meticulously, and then cut it.

    For the most part I never had any huge fabric disasters following that method. LOL However as i move into more expensive fabrics and tailored garments, I find myself making samples of garments more and more. Honestly, making samples can have several advantages. You get to test out the fit, make any adjustments, practice different finishes, and in the end if you use a desirable fabric and you like the fit, you have a new garment! Which some people call a “wearable muslin.”

    So with this swimwear thing I figured since I don’t require much from a swimsuit as far as support, this shouldn’t be too hard. I wanted to try all different stitches and finishes so made 3 pairs of bottoms. Let’s get into it!

    The first pair is a classic panty style swimsuit bottom. This bottom is partially lined and to create it I used Mccalls pattern #6579. This pattern also comes with a boyshort and high waisted style as well. I made all the versions and I think they all fit me great. Let’s talk pros and cons. I like the idea of a partially lined bottom. That just means the front part of the panty is lined and the back is not. When I looked at my RTW swimsuits most of them were fully lined. Again I like the fit. I used 1/4 inch elastic to finish the leg holes. To have a super clean edge you can serge the edge of the fabric first, then add the elastic, but since these are samples I did not do that.

    The second bottom is a full coverage high waisted bottom. To make these I used Butterick pattern 4526. I like the fit of these bottoms. Honestly full coverage high waisted bottoms are not my style. I like to show a little more skin at the bottom and I kind of feel my body is too petite for full coverage high waist. MY only con about this swimsuit is I didn’t really like the elastic casing. I just felt it was kind of bulky. Even though an elastic casing is what the pattern called for I just would have liked a less bulky finish.

    The last style is one I like to call a cheeky high waist. This is a bottom I drafted from a bathing suit I already had. I loove the fit of this bathing suit bottom so I had to try to make it. A cheeky high waist is a bottom that is high waisted but some of your bottom shows and it has a higher cut on the crotch/ leg area. The ready to wear swimsuit I already had, the top was a waistband instead of a casing, so I wanted to do that. I love this method and I like how this bottom came out. I did fully line this bottom and I like that as well. I feel it gives the swimsuit a more durable feel. I think a waistband/facing is the best finish for this particulart type of swimsuit. it still fits great and is not as bulky as an elastic casing. !

    The verdict. I think I have swimsuit bottoms down packed! After making 4 pairs and trying all the techniques I think the cheeky high waist and the classic panty are my favorite styles. When I go to make my real swimsuit the only thing I would change is serging the edge of the fabric first so the Legholes look super clean. As far as changes to the fit I dont think I need to make any! Im moving on to some top samples next. I will keep you posted!

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    Yellow Linen Remix

    Heyy boo, I hope your week has been filled with nothing but wins and great vibes!!

    This is a quick post about how I remixed a couple of my yellow linen pieces I made last year! I was pulling out some of my summer clothes and remembered the “Paperbag Top” I made pictured here. That top is super easy to make and I planned on wearing it again at some point this summer. As I was trying this top on, something possessed me to pull it all the way down to my waist and see if it would work as a skirt. LMAO. Well it did! I had been wanting to make a paperbag waist skirt so I’m happy this top can work as both. However, I probably will make another skirt similar to this one, because I just like it and I want to make one with pockets. lol McCalls Pattern #7932 is a great pattern if you want to make something similar to this skirt.

    As for the top I’m wearing in the picture below, I also made that last year, and you can get details on that top here!

    Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate you! XOXO

    What do you think about remixing your me-made pieces? Is that something you do? Are you a fan of the Paperbag waist skirt?

  • D.I.Y with Nichelle B.

    LOC UPDATE x ANKARA DRESS!

    Hey boo! Thanks for stopping by! Today I’m giving you an update on my locs! I also wanted to show you how I wear my A-line Ankara dress! I really like the chill fit and silhouette of this dress. It has side pockets, darts, and a ruffle at the bottom. To see how I styled this dress in the fall click here. I also made this same dress out of linen last year. I cant find pics of the linen version at the moment, but it’s on my IG page. To see the summer version keep scrolling! Ok, onto my locs!

    So far I am 11 months on this loc journey!! It’s so exciting to see my hair changing and growing. If you don’t know I started my locs in August 2018.. I have 84 thick locs. As the weather breaks I am super tempted to put some color in my hair. I realllly realllyyyy want to do blonde highlights in my locs but I know they are not ready for that. My hair is healthy but I think it needs to be a tiiny bit stronger before I color or bleach it.

    To scratch my itch for color I will probably just do a semi permanent color on the ends, something that you will prob only notice in the sun.

    One thing I regret not doing sooner in my loc journey is hot oil treatments. My hair was looking suuper thirsty and dry and I cannot use regular conditioner on my locs yet so a hot oil treatment was the perfect way to hydrate my hair. I mixed some regular EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), jojoba oil, almond oil, and a few drops of lavender and wild orange essential oils to give my hair a great smell! I heated these oils up on a glass bowl on my stove then I saturated my scalp and hair in the oils. After that I wrapped my hair in a grocery bag (I had to use 2 on my hair) and then I got in the shower. I needed to get in the shower anyway and the steam from the shower is great for this if you don’t have a steamer. After that I sat under the dryer for about 10-15 mins. I did some other things around the house and ended up leaving the oils in for about another 30 minutes. lol Then with cool water I rinsed it out. Since my locs are thick I had to I rinse for a looong time. But it felt great and like I said thus far in my journey my locs have never been this shiny, or soft feeling.

    As far as style I two strand twisted my locs because I was curious what it would look like. When I had loose hair natural I would wear two strand twist all the time just as a temporary style and it works for my locs as well. I also really wanted to see if my hair could crinkle. Here are what the 2 strand twists look like! I left these in for about 2 days.

    And these are the results of that twist out!