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    LOC UPDATE!!

    Heyyyy looves!!

    I cant believe its already been 4 months since I started my journey! Time flies! Im happy with the size and this time I am not combing them out. LOL I have about 85 locs, opposed to the 52 I had last time. My hair is in a weird stage right now. I was just getting over this stage with my last set of locs when I combed them out. Its like a love hate type of relationship with my hair right now.. The stage of trying to embrace the frizz. Its so weird, but I kinda like it. Im not in a rush for them to fully form and be full locs yet lol so I kinda like the frizzy stage, I just dont like it for when I want to wear slicker styles like buns.

    I do have a few baby locs. Nobody believes me when I say my hairline is weird because I have hair there but it is! Its always been these 2 areas around my hairline on the left and the right where the hair is shorter  and more fragile. I have no idea why but it just is, so right inthose 2 spots is where my baby locs are! They are very short compared to the rest of my locs but you probably cant tell because they still blend in with my hair. Im just curious to see if those locs will actually grow.

    Another thing I learned about myself with locs is I’m just a tender headed person now and I’ve NEVER been tender headed in my life. But now omggg every little style after 1 day, Im like, “its tight, it hurt, I have a headache, I wanna take the bobbi pins out!” LMAO

    So Im also curious to see if I will grow out of the tenderness because its annoying to me to be so tender headed. Especially because I used to be a stylist and adults that were tender headed didn’t annoy me but I just felt like “omg grow up” lls now Im one of those tender headed people. smh So Im Soorrryyyy If I ever told you “it does not hurt that bad.” Becasue apparently it can… LMAO

    Anyways other than that Im loving my locs, I cant wait for them to growww!

    Check my insta story today I will be posting pictures of my journey!

    Switching lanes from hair to sewing Im working on a printed ankara button up I cant wait to share with you! I used 2 different prints and kind of did a mismatched type of thing. Its so cute! Stay tuned babes.

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    Ruffle Skirt D.I.Y

    Hey Loves!! I hope you all are having an amazing week!

    I dont even know where to start with this skirt. lol I just feel like its a whole story.. Ok so lets start with the fabric. It is actually one fabric here is a picture of it before I cut it. I also bought one more fabric which I didn’t take a picture of (sorry) so I could have 7 layers. I bought juust enough fabric so I was glad about that.

    Now onto the inspiration… I’ve had this picture saved in my phone for a while. It took me so long to make it because Im soo indecisive! How was I going to choose 7 different fabrics to go in one skirt??? LOL I know the skirt is like mismatched fabrics but I at least wanted it to be in the same color family. So when I saw this fabric I was like yes perfect all different fabrics in one. It looks like this skirt may have been pleated and not gathered but I knew pleats would take a little more time and fabric so I just went with the gathers. The designer of this skirt is Stella Jean. Now onto the construction.

     

    Now my original plan was to do an invisible zipper in the back. So I  made a basic pencil skirt to go underneath it out of plain black cotton. It had 2 darts in the front and the opening was in the back.

    So I measured (or thought I measured) it out perfectly where the ruffles would end right at the top and I could just attach the waistband and be done. However things didnt go as planned and when I was done attaching all the ruffles I had alot of skirt left at the top. I needed that skirt portion that was at the top because thats where the darts were and thats what gave the skirt some shape. The base skirt fit like a glove by the way. So I ended up having to cut alot of the top of the skirt off and at that point the skirt was a little too big. In order for me to really really fix it I would have had to take apart all the ruffles and start over attaching them from the top and I just didnt want to do that. So I ended up cutting some off of the top, taking it in a little at bottom, and just doing an elastic waist.

    Soo if you make this skirt and want to do a zipper instead of elastic, start with a basic skirt as the base. Measure and mark where you want the ruffles to go and start attaching ruffles from the top not the bottom That way if there is skirt leftover it will be at the bottom and you can just hem it.

    After I was done with this skirt I was so mad I just stuffed it in the back of my closet. I had to let my frustrations wear off before I could look at this again! lol

    I paired this skirt with a DIY shirt I made. I felt it was already alot of prints going on so why not add more!

     

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    #Sewphotohop Day 19: KNOWLEDGE HUB

    Hey Loves!

    Welcome back and thanks for stopping by! This post is one I’ve wanted to do for a while. If you follow me on IG you know I’m participating in the #sewphotohop sewing challenge. The theme for today is Knowledge Hub and for it I wanted to put all the resources I use as it pertains to sewing in one post. So I’m sharing with you my favorite websites, books, blogs, magazines, patterns, podcasts, people I follow on IG, and my favorite sewing youtubers! LOL It’s a lot I know, so to keep things simple I tried to only list 5 in each category. So 5 blogs, 5 websites, etc. If you’ve never sewn before there are some great resources on this list and you may want to print it out or pass it along to a friend. As self-taught sewist I want you to know there is A LOT OF FREE CONTENT OUT THERE! I also want to thank the people who put out these videos and teach us online for free. People, bloggers, and teachers, making videos and putting out free content has been a major part of my sewing and learning journey.

    Unfortunately I didn’t link to every resource because there are so many but like I said feel free to print this or write some of the resources down!

    So lets get started!

    PATTERNS: Were all familiar with commercial patterns but what about indie patterns? Indie pattern is short for an independently produced pattern. Although indie patterns have been around for ages, I think they really have gained popularity in the last few years and are changing the sewing pattern game. Commercial patterns like McCalls and Vogue are AMAZING don’t get me wrong, but I think us home sewers forget they aren’t the only ones making sewing patterns.

    Pros of buying indie patterns: You can log onto the internet and see exactly who created your pattern, even shoot them a dm or email.  You know exactly where your money is going. I think independent pattern designers are also gaining popularity because they can design whatever they want! Often times they design the items or garments we normally can’t find with commercial patterns, like stylish men’s patterns, plus size patterns, or cute patterns for boys. The fit is much better and directions are easier to understand than on commercial patterns also. If you sew you know the measurements on a commercial pattern are trash. lol If fit is something you struggle with using commercial patterns, try an indie pattern! Mybluprint.com compiled a great list of indie pattern designers, click here to check it out!

    A few other indie patterns to check out are:

    http://ckcpatterns.com/– sewing patterns for kids

    https://www.colettepatterns.com/

    https://closetcasepatterns.com/

    Stylesewmepatterns.com – indie pattern designer, and blogger @stylesewme on IG

    WEBSITESThreads.com Crafsty.com Pinterest.com

    Seamwork.com  (paid membership site but still great)

    Mybluprint.com (the new Craftsy Unlimited, paid membership site where you can stream online classes)

    BLOGS- Now this was the hardest category for sure. Because there are soo many sewing blogs I love and frequently visit. They are all so different too! Just know there are tons of other blogs you can check out and I’m happy you stopped past this one!

    Sewcanshe.com Free beginner friendly patterns and projects.

    Colette is a group of creative people who want to share their love for sewing. They have different brands under them, like Seamwork and Colette patterns. The blog is no longer active but you can still browse their 9 year archive. Seamwork also had a podcast you can check out.

    Malepatternboldness.blogspot.com– The worlds most popular men’s sewing blog. This blog is ran by Peter Lappin who is the Threads Magazine Digital Ambassador. Check this blog out for some sewing inspo if you are a man or woman. Peter makes some beautiful clothing.

    Thelaststitch.com – ran by Johanna Lou (@itchtostitch on ig) she is a sewing vlogger, she’s currently working on a book, and she makes a lot of activewear if you’re into that.

    Weallsew.com– Bernina’s official blog

    BeauteJadore.com-The Art of D.I.Y

    Moodfabrics.com/blog– Mood Fabrics Official Blog

    blog.mccalls.com– McCalls pattern company official blog

    PODCASTS- Sewing with Threads, Mimi G- Business Shet, Love To Sew Podcast,  Modern Sewciety, podcast, The Suuchi Podcast, and The Accidental Creative (has nothing to do with sewing but it great if you are a creative). I’ve listened to all of these podcasts and it was soo hard not to go into detail about each of them.

    MAGAZINES– I haven’t bought any sewing magazines in a while but don’t sleep on them! I have a stash I’ll prob never get rid of. The tips, tricks, and patterns in those magazines are so helpful. Sew News Magazine, Threads, Burdastyle, and Sewn Magazine ran by @thatblackchic are all great.

    BOOKSCouture Sewing Techniques by Claire Schaeffer, Complete Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen, The Sewing Book by Allison Smith, If you want to start a blog the book Blog Inc. by Joy Cho was good, any book by Jan Minnot, Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit by David Page Coffin. I could go on and on in this category, books have been instrumental.

    ON YOUTUBE– My first and fave two sewing teachers on Youtube will always be Mimi G. and Professor Pincushion. The amount of free, quality content these ladies have put out is unbelievable. They are a must subscribe.  Some other great channels to subscribe on youtube are

    Coolirpa– D.I.Y and thrifted transformations

    Madetosew– Sewing tutorials, plenty of beginner tutorials this channel

    Stylesewme– D.I.Y sewing and fashion tutorials, pattern drafting and sewalongs

    Tabitha Sewer– D.I.Y sewing tutorials

    Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness– If you’re into bag making, she is great.

    ON INSTAGRAM– A lot of the people/blogs/companies I’ve mentioned above I also follow on social media and I like searching hashtags. But @sewing_and_design_school is a must follow on the gram and so is @fashionbombdailymag. I also follow alot of other fashionistas like @missenocha, @scoutthecity, @rihanna, @freddieharrel @aureta and @khalanabarfield. 

    CLASSES! And finally if you’re local (in the DMV area) and you want to take a sewing class, I teach classes at Stitched With Style and we have several classes coming up this fall! I’ve added a classes tab here on the blog so you can see the flyers for upcoming classes. Upcoming events and classes include sewing for charity, mommy and me workshops, sip and sews, and kids classes.

    Sooo there you have it!!

    If I missed anything or you have a resource you would like to share please tell us about it in the comment section! I hope this post was helpful.

    Thanks again for stopping by.

     

     

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    Pattern Hacking/ 1 pattern 5 looks

    Hey loves,

    Welcome back! This post is so exciting to me! I love pattern hacking, but the easy kind, that doesn’t involve too much crazy math or pattern drafting. If you are unfamiliar with the term, pattern hacking is when you take a basic commercially or independently made sewing pattern and use it as template to make your own customizations and inspired designs. I like hacking versus drafting patterns because with hacking the hard work is already done, you’re just making your pattern work a little harder. So today I’m showing 4 ways you can hack a basic A- line dress pattern that involve NO pattern drafting! YAAASSSS! LOL

    This is the basic dress pattern I use. I’ve had it for years and its allowed me to make tons of garments. A basic A-line dress is essential to your pattern stash because it is a great foundation and you can do so much with it! Small adjustments make a world of difference. It definitely does not have to be this exact pattern, choose any basic A-line dress pattern that you like the fit of. This pattern has a view with darts and one without them.

     

    So getting to it, the first way you can hack a basic dress pattern is to add a ruffle to the very bottom of it. This hack could also work for a skirt too. For the dress below I used view C and just made it a little shorter and added a ruffle. Easy, Peasy. This dress is made out of linen and I said I wanted to start making more laid back pieces so this was one of them. I loove this dress. It is perfect for summer and I dig the yellow and navy blue combo.

     

    The second way you can hack this pattern is to do hidden pockets. As you can see the pattern does come with an option for patch pockets, but patch pockets don’t work all the time. I rarely do patch pockets. This dress is a prime example. I didn’t think patch pockets would look good for this so I needed hidden pockets. A very easy hack, pockets are always a good idea.

    The third way is to do a winter version. I made this top like 2 years ago and I’ve worn it lots of ways. You can check that post here if you missed it. All I did to hack the pattern was add a turtleneck, a slit on the side, and I made the sleeves long.

     

    The last way to hack your pattern is to add slits! Be creative with those slits girl! For this hack I just made it a shorter tunic, made the sleeves 3/4 and I added slits on both sides. An Ankara fabric choice could turn your pattern into a dashiki.

    *BONUS the 5th way is to play with your hem! Who says a hem has to be straight across? Play with diagonal and uneven hems to switch it up and give it a pop of ohh la la. I’ve worn this top with jeans, as a dress with thigh high boots, and over leggings. It is one of my favorite makes.

    So there you have it adding hidden or patch pockets, slits, a ruffle, changing the length, and doing an uneven hem are 5 easyyy beginner level ways you can hack a basic dress pattern to make it your own. Did you all like this post? Let me know in the comments! Hope you’ve been inspired to switch up your next A-Line dress pattern!

    Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you.

     

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    Kyrazada: This one is for you boo

    Hey Loves,

    This post is dedicated to my WCW @KYRAZADA! She is a lifestyle blogger, entrepreneur, mom, and inspiration to me and many other people in the fashion/ blogging world. I have a few Instagram style crushes but @Kyrazada is one of my favorites.

    If you follow her on IG you know she was diagnosed with stomach cancer a while ago.. When I found out, I was immediately filled with empathy. I was especially touched because I recently lost my grandma to stomach cancer so I truly understand what her and her family is probably going through right now.

    I thought wow I know she’s going through a lot, she’s prob gonna take a break for a few months, stop posting, etc. But, as time went on you didn’t hide, or complain, you spoke your TRUTH and told your story which is BEYOND courageous and inspiring. To see you juggling your doctor appointments, posting pics, sharing how you feel, dressing up, having photo shoots gives me sooo much motivation to just KEEP GOING. You are one brave, amazing, generous, creative spirit. I wanted to do this post to let you know (as your friend said) “No One Fights Alone.”

    I’ve had this picture screenshotted in my phone for months and just decided to go with it. So this outfit and this post, is for you boo.! You are so beautiful and even at what may be a difficult time in your life you are STILL SLAYING, and inspiring us. Keep shining. Keep fighting. Keep healing.

    *Details on how I made this top are mentioned in the post on IG. The fabric and buttons are from Joanns fabric and I did not use a pattern to create this. I followed the silhouette of a double breasted vest I had, and made changes as I went along.

     

    Thanks for stopping by!

     

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    Bye Bye Locs

    Hi Loves,

    If you saw my IG post I know you are here to find out what I’m doing with my hair. And if you REALLY know me then you aren’t really too surprised. Hehe. People with locs please don’t be mad at me and say I betrayed y’all. lol The truth is I love my hair, and I loved my locs, but I decided to comb out my locs of 10 months because I felt I was not properly cultivating them, and was unhappy with a few things. At the time I started my locs last year I was completely frustrated with my hair and I feel like I jumped into the world of locs without properly preparing myself and doing the proper research. There were a few factors that contributed to my comb-out. Here they are…

     

    Size– I wanted my locs to be like a medium thick size. Which they were, however the longer I had them in and the more they started to form, I was realizing they may be a little too big. My hair is super thick and I prob could have had 2-3 locs in every 1 of mines. I felt like I really couldn’t style them in many ways because they were soo thick. Keep in mind the average locd person has about 100-180 locs. I had 52. So I felt very limited in the type of styles I could do without the help of a professional and that was probably my biggest issue.

     

    Starting Method– I started with 2 strand twist as you may know. Which seemed like a great idea in the beginning. This method for me personally was a frizzy twisted mess. I felt like my hair was sooo frizzy and I constantly had strands of hair sticking out of my locs. I think starting with coils over time gives you a smoother more even consistency if that makes sense. My locs were definitely forming but even after 10 months they were not looking or starting to look even and uniformed, like locs. Half of it looked like locs (the part closest to my roots) and the other half of it looked like a raggedy 2 strand twist. Lol It just wasn’t a good look and I was over it.

     

    Overall Maintenance– Again I feel like I jumped into this loc thing without doing the proper research on how to care for them. Like most people, I assumed I didn’t really have to do anything. Just oil my scalp make sure its not dry and I’m good. Lol But that is not the case. I think locs need just as much attention as loose hair. There were several products and tools I bought for my hair over this 10 month period another factor to consider if you plan on caring for your own locs sometimes. Shampoos, oils, leave in conditioners, clips, scarves for bad hair days, and styling products are all things to consider having on hand before you start this journey. Of course I had all these things but the same products for loose natural hair are not always the same as products recommended for locs.

     

    The comb out process was actually not that bad (as long as you have a good show to watch) but I do not plan on going through that again. Lol the next time I loc my hair it will be permanent. Although combing out my locs was extremely tedious, it made me soo grateful I only had 52 locs and they were so thick because that made it a lot easier to comb out. It took me about 5 days to do it because I originally was going to wait until 1 year to decide what I would do but I looked in the mirror one day and I just started combing… After all my locs were out I planned on just putting 2 strand twist back in my hair, but after shampooing and conditioning my hair, I was soo tired. My hands were literally aching from all the combing out and detangling. So I blew it out trimmed my ends (only a tiny bit, they need way more off) and I have been rocking 2 cornrows every since. I plan to leave my hair out for a bit. I do plan to loc it again, I’m not sure when exactly but in the meantime I will most likely do 2 strand twists at some point. Having my hair back just reminds me why I got locs in the first place! lol I just don’t wanna deal..

    I feel like that set of locs was kind of like trial and error for me, so this time when I loc my hair again I am fully prepared for the journey!!

    So there you have it. I combed out my locs because…. I wasn’t readyyyy. *Kevin Hart voice* lol

    And now you know if you are thinking about starting locs; size, starting method, and overall maintenance are 3 major things to consider.

    This is what my locs looked like before I combed them out.

    1 down, 51 to go. lol

    Right after all my locs were out and my hair was shampooed and conditioned.

    The shrinkage is real.

    Finally done and can’t wait to get these nasty ends trimmed!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    2018 Mantra

    It’s finally here! Happy New Year boos and baes! Honestly, going into this New Year I felt way out of balance. I felt drained and weighed down with all the responsibilities I had to fufill. As a Libra I can definitely say the scales describe me perfectly. I can feel when my imaginary scales are off balance and it shows in my attitude and my energy. The main reason I think I have been feeling so off is because I have not been taking time to practice yoga.  Yoga is what keeps me sane and I shouldn’t neglect it because I have work early or I have to make lunch or whatever other activity pops up demanding all my attention and time. No! This year I’ve learned it is essential to set aside time for ME, MYSELF, AND I. I feel I spend so much time helping, providing services, giving advice, and just being there for other people, I forget that I come first and I have to pour into myself. No one cares about me like I do. So therefore its imperative that I take care of myself, and YOU should too.

    Anyway moving on to my 2018 mantra. You ever read a sentence, paragraph, quote, poem, post on ig, etc. and it just resonates with your spirit. Like you feel exactly what the author felt when they wrote those words. I love when that happens. lol That is how I came to my 2018 mantra.

    For those of you who dont know what a mantra is, it is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. So you may have been in in a yoga class or just in general heard the sound “oooommmmm” That is a mantra. It is a sound, meaning universal oneness, and it can be used/repeated in meditation. So a mantra can be a sound, or a word, or in my case a few sentences. lol

    Anyway I when I read this I immediately felt it, and said to myself, that’s what I want, and so it shall be.
    So my mantra for 2018 is

    I am grounded. My spirit is grounded deep in the earth. I am calm, strong, centered, and peaceful. I am able to let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe. I am worthy of all things beautiful.

    Oh how I love this. I love this because there is no other feeling than being grounded. “Being grounded is the ability to be completely aware and conscious during the present moment. It means your energy is planted firmly in your body instead of drifting off into airy-fairy land.  Being grounded means you have stability, security, and control over your life.  It means being ready to handle life’s challenges instead of burying your head in the sand and pretending they aren’t there.  It means you are checked in instead of checked out. Being grounded is important so you can face your life instead of running from it.  And ironically, being properly grounded can help you reach higher spiritual frequencies.”

    So this year I’m going to practice mindfulness even more, by finding more ways to be and stay grounded.  I want my energy planted firmly in my body. I am calm, strong, centered, and peaceful. I let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe. I am worthy of all things beautiful. Come on now! That’s a word!

    If this mantra resonates with you please feel free to use it, copy it, post it, whatever you feel. If you have a mantra for 2018 let me know what it is in the comments!

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    Nichelle B. mini Birthday Collection!! 2017

    Ok so I’m really late with posting this but I just recently got around to shooting all of these outfits. My bday was last month as you know by now I always make my birthday outfit or I have for the last 4 years. I hardly ever know what I’m gonna make until its close to the time of my birthday and this year was no different. I already had this decorative fabric I got from New York in the summer, I hadn’t cut it yet because I had no idea what I wanted to make out of it. As it got closer to my birthday I took another trip to New York and I had picked up some other fabrics. When I got back home and saw them all together it hit me A COLLECTION! Lol Now I didn’t have anywhere in particular to wear all these outfits I just knew what I wanted to create. Honestly, in the end I’m realllyyyyy proud of myself and what I’ve created. I have been challenging myself lately when it comes to sewing. Every birthday I find myself making something I had no idea I could create and it is an amazing feeling to conquer these projects. I am also in love with this collection because its separates!!!  Lawd knows I love me some separates that can be mixed and matched to create new outfits! Pictures of the collection are below, but before the pictures I added a brief description of every outfit.

    *Sidebar* These are NOT my favorite pics at all! *sad face* I had high hopes for my birthday shoot. The location was just all wrong and cloudiness didn’t help but I had already went through so much to get there I had to rock with where I was, and sneak taking pics when security wasn’t around.

    1. Skirt and crop tube top set. Fabric came from New York. Some you may recall me saying it is the most expensive fabric I had ever bought at $120 a yard. Thank God I’m slim because I created that whole outfit out of 1 yard of fabric. lol It is a really really beautiful fabric, and I get tons of compliments when I wear it. I also love how it can be dressed down with a different top.
    2. The velvet dress. I’m sure you all are aware of the velvet trend by now. lol its like everywhere this season so I had to give it a try and make something out of velvet. Velvet is a kind of tricky fabric to sew it takes patience and time. I had a stretch velvet and made a pretty simple dress. The fabric is a mid-weight and I did long sleeves so this is a great dress for going out in the fall or winter.
    3. The orange set. Now this is my second favorite. I am in love with this color and fabric. This fabric came from New York also. I knew I wanted to make pants out of this. So that was the first thing I created. This fabric is extremely thin so I built a pair of leggings into pants. lol Great for added warmth. I like going out in the fall but I absolutely hate being cold, so any chance that I can sneak extra warmth in a garment I’m gonna do it. lol
    4. My last item that didn’t make the cut, but will probably be my next blog post is a wrap skirt. Coming soon.

     

     

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    D.I.Y Ruffle/Pleated Wrap Skirt (McCalls Pattern 7606)

    Helloo and Welcome Back to Nichelle B. Blog! Today I’m sharing this easy wrap skirt I made about a week ago. Its really fun and did I mention its SUPER EASY. Honestly I don’t know when the last time I made something this easy was. Wrap skirts are usually a great beginner project, I don’t know why I’ve never made one. This particular wrap skirt is flattering on many body shapes and can be made out of almost any fabric. Lightweight denim, cotton, twill, rayon, would all be suitable for this skirt.  I chose a fabric (stretch twill) that is a little heavier, I actually planned on using this fabric for something totally different but I was so pressed to make the skirt and dint want to go to the fabric store. Lol I decided to do pleats in my skirt instead of ruffles but if you use a lighter weight fabric like a rayon you can definitely do ruffles. I didn’t do any precise measuring for the pleats I just tried to make them even and sewed it… I think the pleats look better not so precise, it gives the skirt some character.. lol

    If you’ve sewn even a little before on the sewing machine you could probably whip this up in an hour or two.

    Is this a beginner project you would try? Let me know in the comments! Happy Tuesday.

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    D.I.Y Ankara Printed Maxi Jacket/ Duster

    Helloo and welcome back to Nichelle B. Blog! Today I wanted to show you a D.I.Y jacket/duster I recently finished. I’m still not sure what exactly to call it so I say its a duster, jacket, thingy. lol It was about 80 degrees outside when I was trying to shoot in this coat and I was burning up, so that’s why I’m in a tank top dress and sandals. If it wasn’t lined then I’m sure it would be a little lighter, but this jacket is fully lined, has pockets, a belt, and a collar. The lapels are apart of the jacket, so that made it pretty easy to sew. In the future I see myself making a real jacket/coat that is lined and has hardware like zippers, buttons, details etc.. Maybe for my birthday, Idk.. I do l think I cut this jacket a little tiny bit too big.. but I’m ok with it. Do you like the printed duster? Would you like to order a jacket for yourself? Leave a comment or email me! Happy Monday!