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.

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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!

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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.

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

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

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Channeling my Inner Barbie

Today, the Connie dress pattern is helping me soak the last bits of summer while channeling my inner Barbie. Of course in the process of making this simple yet glamorous dress, I had the opportunity to work with boning for the first time. Another first this year 🙂

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I honestly fell in love with this pattern even before I printed it out. The PDF pattern is only about 16 pages which means less cutting for me. The instructions were clear and straightforward, and there’s a video sew-a-along with this pattern. How great is that?

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Items Needed for the Connie Dress:

  • Connie Dress Pattern
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • 16″ invisible zipper
  • 1/4″ boning
  • Coordinating thread & Scissors

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When I put this dress on, I felt like a doll! It’s so cute and perfect for so many occasions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fancy, fun project or a dress for an upcoming event. I love it!

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Sylvia

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XOXO

 

For the Love of African Prints

Wearing vibrant and colorful African prints is one way I love to celebrate my roots and culture. This simple gathered skirt was one of the first handmade items I made using African print. After almost two years, I am finally blogging about it.

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I remember being excited about making this beautiful yet simple piece with the help of a video tutorial from Cheap but Chic. This project is definitely one of the pieces I made that motivated me to keep learning how to sew and I’m glad I did.

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This skirt has no lining or even interfacing in the waistband. Those two things scared me to death when I started sewing so I didn’t even bother using them. It’s funny to think about it now. It’s interesting to look back and see how far i’ve come and how much better I am now at making my own clothes.

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Hoping to eventually take this “hobby” to the next level and start making some money with it part-time. I’m talking to a few potential clients and partners and I’m definitely excited for the opportunities ahead.

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

DIY Dress: Fun print kinda day!

For a change, I decided to sew a dress instead of my regular skirts and I do not regret the decision at all! It turned out great. I used an African wax print for this project.

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BUTTERICK 5982 MISSES’ DRESS – PATTERN REVIEW

Description: close fitting dress with lined bodice, side front seams, and a pleated and gathered skirt.

View sewn: View A (without the belt)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. It looks exactly like it

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I did not find anything that I disliked. This is a great pattern.

Fabric Used: African Wax Print (Cotton)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! I’m actually working on a skirt right now with the help of this pattern.

Conclusion: This is a great pattern. I plan to sew more dresses, skirts, and even tops with the help of this pattern. I love it.

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

DIY DRESS (+ pattern review)

I actually managed to complete my sewing project this weekend! I am officially an advanced beginner in sewing. This pattern was very easy and did not give me any headaches at all. Since I loved it so much, I decided to write a pattern review for it which can be viewed here and below my pictures as well. I also plan to sew the other styles/views that come with this pattern. Happy Monday! 🙂

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NEW LOOK 6342 MISSES’ DRESS – PATTERN REVIEW

View sewn: View A (Dress without overbodice)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. It looks exactly like it

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. Great for beginners

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved how great it fit my body in general; very snug yet comfortable 

Fabric Used: African Fabric (Cotton)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added waist darts to it (view A) for a better fit

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! I’ll be using this again

Conclusion: This is a great pattern for beginners. This was my first time sewing a form fitting dress and I had no issues. It’s a great pattern to use as a base for other dress designs. I plan to sew the other views of this pattern as well.

Sylvia

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XOXO

Work In Progress: New Look Dress

I am so excited yet nervous about this project! Since it’s a new month, I have decided to try to make a dress instead of my usual skirts. I’ll be sewing with the simplest dress pattern (since it’s my first time) with this beautiful African fabric. Hoping to complete this project by this weekend. It’s a busy weekend for me but i’ll try my very best. Wish me luck! *fingers crossed*

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO