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One Time for the Birthday Chic

Hey Loves!

I'm excited to post this custom birthday attire for a blue-tiful lady of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
She told me what she wanted. I did my best to deliver. It's self drafted.  She loved it!
Here's the sketch:
Here's the final product: Isn't she lovely?!

Until next time, Smooches!
DJ

Getting Dressed

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I'm excited about this post!  I love getting dressed up!  When I think about getting dressed up, I always think of dresses, pretty hair, and a little makeup!
When my hubby announced on a Monday that he was going to be in a wedding that Friday, I immediately thought about making a dress.  I consulted my favorite guy on what I should wear.
I showed him a few options.
He seemed to like the flowing sexy styles of A & B.  Honestly, I was glad because my body needs some work. A fitted dress like C & D would have left me self conscious and trying to cover up all day.
I immediately knew which fabric I wanted to use.  I had a beautiful pleated knit that would hopefully drape like B. I wanted to use it before the weather changed. This was the perfect opportunity.
I mean it's beautiful.  I needed a simple pattern so that the fabric could shine.
I searched through my pattern stash and came across 3 options.
I ruled S8013 out because I've sewn in once already.  I lik…

CKC Patterns for the Win

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I'm excited to share this dress with you.  I tried Creative Kids Couture patterns a few years ago for a kid's blazer.  It turned out great.  So, when I went searching for a plus sized mermaid pattern and CKC popped up in the search, I decided to give it a try.  I was not let down.

The entire dress is lined except for the sleeves.  I had to add an extra 3 inches to the end of the dress body.  My friend asked me to make a deep cold shoulder and bell to the sleeves.  I also opted to not add a band to the neckline.  I prefer to just attach the lining at the neckline and understitching the facing to the lining.

She loved it.  Her smile shows it.

Here's my review:
Pattern Description: Women’s and maternity gown, dress and skirt perfect for all occasions such as prom, pageants, costumes, holiday parties, weddings, or work! Faryn’s includes two skirt options including a short and long mermaid circle skirt, optional lace overlay, optional bodice ruffle as well as three sl…

Press & Shine

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Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don't like them. Stacy London



I've wanted to do a fashion show for a few years.  I've constantly asked myself who would come.  I've said I don't have time.  I've doubted my ability to come up with enough designs, but my circle kept saying you can do it.  I never did!

A couple of weeks back, I was asked to collaborate on a fashion show.  For a second, I said no in my mind.  But my heart spoke up loud and clear and I agreed.  I'm so glad I did.

Today, on the first day of fall (the season when all things shed in preparation for new life), 2 of my designs were showcased in a fashion show.  Baby, they shined (literally and figuratively)!  I'm so grateful for the opportunity! Who would have thought 2 AME church girls would link up years later to make some black girl magic?!  She brought the sty…

First Day Ready: Always Have a Plan B

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It's been a while. I've been busy getting my boys ready for school to start and studying for a certification. So, I haven't been very active on the blog or on social media, but I couldn't let today pass without sharing this cute little shirt that I made for my middle guy's first day of school.


I made it using Siser vinyl & a thrifted Cricut Expression I purchased from Salvation Army for about $40. It came with 3 cartridges which initially I was a little bummed about but I'm so glad that I have those cartridges now.  I ran into a couple of issues while trying to create the shirt:

I broke the power cord for my laptop so I couldn't use the software that I normally use to create images for the Cricut. Who breaks the power cord?!  ME, of course!There was no orange vinyl in the store for the basketball. The only orange vinyl was glitter and that just won't work for a boy. I decided to use blue (What boy doesn't like blue?!) to create the bas…

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons: We're Sewing On Buttons

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I'm excited to share a new video my YouTube channel!

If you hate sewing buttons as much as I do, check this video out.  If you don't have a Brother SE-400, check your machine to see if it can do it too.


You guys don't understand how happy I am about this! Alright, gotta go sew!

Smoothes!

DJ

NL 6519: I Knew It From the Start

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I'm back.  It's been a minute!  I've been busy! But, I took a quick break to make something for me.

I saw the cutest yellow and black polka dot fabric in Wal-Mart on clearance (2 yards for $1.87).  When I saw it, I immediately thought about New Look A6519.  It's just one of those patterns I pick up often and put it back because the fabric isn't quite right.  Well, this was the one.

I got home and printed one of the croquis from Golden Rippy.  I took a few minutes to sketch it out.  I enjoyed it so much! After sketching, I knew jeans would be perfect.

Each time I try a new pattern, I have to read the directions thoroughly...usually 2 or 3 times before I start.  After reading the directions, I got to work.  The directions were so straight to the point and easy to follow.  I decided this pattern was perfect for practicing French seams and I was too lazy to rethread my serger! Don't judge me!  Next to my serger, French seams are my favorite.  Once I got …