Stripes & Wax Prints (DIY Skirt)

I don’t wear mini skirts much but when I do, they are made by me. I felt the urge to make this colorful African wax print fabric because spring has decided it won’t be showing up on time this year.


I used New Look 6103 for this skirt. Since I made a version of this skirt last year, I will not be reviewing the pattern again. My favorite thing about the skirt has be the hem. It’s different and I love different.


The review for this pattern can be found here.

Things I did differently with this pattern: I used bias binding to finish the waistband instead of facings.


Things I’d do differently in the next skirt: I would like more ease in the hip area and would add an inch or two in my next make.



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Spring Forward (DIY Dress)

It’s almost that time of the year! I can’t wait for the flowers to blossom, the dresses to come out, and the coats to be put away. But for now, I am enjoying my new DIY dress with this gorgeous green coat.


I made this dress using McCalls 7091 and a 100% rayon fabric. It’s a 12 paneled dress (Yes, 12!). It has a close fitting bodice and flares out at the bottom, which I love.


Things I did differently from the pattern: I did not line the bodice and used bias binding to finish the armholes and neck instead.


Two things I’d do differently next time:

  1. I’d go down one size from my regular pattern size as it run a little too big for me.


2. I’d also love to use a medium weight fabric with a nice drape. I felt the rayon was a little too light for this dress. It was windy when I was taking these photos and struggled to get a good shot of the dress as it kept hugging my body in weird places. This is the best photo I got of the front view.



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Peek-a-Boo Top


I thought it would be appropriate to make a cold shoulder, peek-a-boo top as we continue to celebrate the month of love! I made this top using McCalls 7510 and loved it so much I made one for my mum as well. I have decided to write a review for anyone interested in this pattern.



Pattern Description: 
Tops fitted through the bust, cold shoulder details, back hook & eye closure, with sleeve and hem variations.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I was pleased that it looked exactly like the photo. I made View A.


Were the instructions easy to follow?
I was surprised and loved how easy this pattern was considering the cold shoulder detail. I had never tried it but I’m glad I did. Don’t be intimidated beginner sewers.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the sleeve variations and the cold shoulder detail. I didn’t think the lining was necessary (in my opinion) so I skipped it. I wanted my top slightly flowy and thought lining would give it more structure. I also think this is such a basic top why bother with lining?

Fabric Used:
100% Rayon


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I skipped the lining all together and also made a button and loop instead of a hook and eye closure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve made two tops already and I’m working on hacking the pattern to make a shift dress for my mum.

This is great for beginners who want to sew something simple yet trendy. It’s a great wardrobe addition for all levels of sewers. I highly recommend this pattern!

Below is the one I made for my mama.



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The Seamstress Tag

Last week, Erica from The Handmade Wardrobe nominated me for the seamstress tag which is a questionnaire for sewists started by Ms. Jenny Homemaker.


1) Who are you? My name is Sylvia. I recently completed my MBA (I’m actually graduating this week) and love to sew as a hobby. I currently live on Vancouver Island but have also lived in the United States and grew up in Ghana.
2) When & why did you start sewing? I took up sewing seriously after I completed by bachelor’s degree in 2014. There were so many uncertainties in my life at that point and I needed an outlet to release some stress. Although I had attempted some DIY projects in college, I definitely took it way more seriously during this time.
3) What is your favorite or proudest make? My McCalls 6891 shirtdress (pictured above)  is my proudest make of all time. It fit me so perfectly! It was a challenge for when I made it because it had buttons and a collar which I was not very good at making at that point. My cascading coat is however, my favorite make of all time. It’s gorgeous and so easy to make.
4) What is your most disastrous make? I have too many disastrous makes to pick just one! I’ve made clothes that didn’t fit at all or didn’t fit right. I’ve made things that looked down right hideous. I prefer not to take pictures of my disastrous makes.
5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping? Fabricland. It’s pretty much the only fabric store in my town so I really have no choice. It has a huge variety of fabrics so I find pretty much everything I need. I’m scared to try buying fabrics online (I love to feel fabrics when buying) but i’d love to try that one day.
6) What is your most used pattern? Burda 6721 semi-fitted shift dress. I have made this pattern with knit and woven fabrics, I’ve hacked the pattern into a top, among others.

7) Your most dreaded sewing task is cutting/tracing out patterns and cutting out fabric for a project. Ugh!! Once that is done, I’m in a happy zone!
8) And your favorite sewing task? Hand stitching buttons on a clothing item. It’s so relaxing.

9) What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’? Binge watching anything on Netflix or catching up with my TV shows while sewing. Basically, watching anything interesting will do it for me.
10) Printed or PDF? As much as I print out a lot of PDFs, I do prefer good old printed patterns.
11) What sewing machine do you use? I use a Brother SQ9130. It’s a computerized sewing & quilting machine and is perfect for my current basic/intermediate sewing needs.
12) Do you have any other hobbies?I love to read! I don’t read as much anymore (thanks to sewing) but it does feel good to just kick back and relax with a great book.

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone!


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The Power Outfit

It’s been a while since I used African print to make any projects. Well, that changes now because my new addition to my closet happens to be an African print dress I made using Butterick 5982. I paired my new handmade dress with my handmade cascading coat (Butterick 6244) and got this Power Outfit.


This dress pattern was one of the first patterns I bought when I decided to dive into sewing.  I usually only wear one piece of handmade clothing so I felt amazing when I could pair two handmade clothing in the same outfit!


Since I have reviews on both patterns from previous posts, I will not be writing another. Here are the reviews about the Butterick dress and coat.


I’m planning more projects with African print fabrics and I’m so excited to work with such fun fabrics!



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Jumpsuit Premier

Happy New Year everybody!

Starting this new year with my most favorite pattern of last year. This time I made the jumpsuit version and was not disappointed at all. It was easy and came out great!


This is my first jumpsuit ever (yes, ever!). It’s so comfortable and stylish, has a great neckline and I love how the ties emphasize my waist.


If you’d like to see my dress version of this Mitchell pattern, you can read about it here. I’m also sporting my new Colette sewing pin. Can you spot it on my outfit?


Here’s the back view. Have a great day!



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Wrap It Up!

It’s almost the end of the year! Woohoo!!

I’m excited to present to you my latest pattern testing outfit, The Mitchell Dress by Paddle boat Patterns. The pattern comes with a dress and jumpsuit version. How cool is that?


I used a gorgeous red crinkled rayon fabric and paired the final look with a greenish necklace since the holidays are approaching fast. It’s only right 🙂 This is definitely my pattern of the year for three reasons: Ease, Simplicity, Variety. Look at that decline too. So gorgeous!


If you are looking for an easy sew with a stylish result, this might be the pattern for you. The dress had only seven steps and it was so easy to put together I had to read the entire instructions again to make sure I didn’t miss anything.


It’s an interesting shaped dress, with kimono style sleeves and a wrap style. This gets rid of having to sew sleeves in or put a zipper/buttons in which can be intimidating especially for beginner sewers.



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Layered: Peppermint Peplum

I started off my week with a new handmade polka dot peplum top. And the best part? The pattern I used is free and so easy which is perfect for a beginner sewer. Who doesn’t love free?! It’s actually a summer top but I layered it and plan to rock it during these cold seasons.


The Peplum pattern can be found here. The instructions were very clear and straightforward. I loved working with it. Of course I made some changes to this pattern because that is what I do. This simple pattern didn’t need much changes though.


So what did I do differently? I used bias binding instead of facing for the neck and arm holes. I also cut both pieces on a fold instead of the front on a fold and the 2 pieces for the back. (I still sewed the back together just like the instructions stated. It’s a lovely pattern, I’d recommend you give it a try.



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Oh, Baby!

I made one cute baby dress and then I made five more. I can’t seem to stop now that I have caught the ‘baby/kids clothes making’ bug.


They are so cute and making them in African print makes them even more precious and unique. I decided to list a couple on my Etsy shop and they’re already sold out so I know I’m not the only one who loves these these gorgeous vibrant print dresses.


The first few I made were with Cotton and Steel 100% cotton fabrcis but once I switched to 100% African print fabrics, there was no turning back. These cute buttons (above) are from a small business called Arrow Mountain.


I’m planning to make a few more in more sizes and prints for my Etsy shop. I’m thinking of making them in both African print and non-African prints but haven’t made any decisions yet.


All these pictured dresses are for 0-3 months little cuties. However, I’ll make other sizes up to 4 or 5T available.


Do you have any suggestions for me? I’ll be happy to hear them 🙂



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Ashley Kimono Dress

The newest addition to my closet is this Ashley Kimono dress that I had the opportunity to test for On the cutting floor.


I love the fabric and how comfortable the style of the dress is. This was officially my last make of the summer.


I’m currently working on my fall closet. Can’t wait to show them off! Follow me on Instagram to get more frequent updates on my makes.



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