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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sylvia

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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

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DIY: Textured Knit Skirt

I’ve been obsessing over textured/quilted knits for a while now so I was excited to finally buy a couple of yards. Although the fabric is slightly heavy for warmer weather, I whipped up a quick self-drafted pleated skirt because I really cannot imagine waiting for the right time to wear it.

I think the pastel pink makes it appropriate for warmer weather. Right? It’s obvious in the pictures that I love this skirt so much.

Everything I’m wearing is hand made right here on Vancouver Island! (except the sandals of course).

Necklace – Azurea Customs

Tank top – Smoking Lily

Skirt – DIY

Happy Friday!

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New Look Mini Skirt

Spring automatically means mini skirts right? The warmer spring has definitely caused me to push up some more summer appropriate projects up my list. This New Look 6103 pattern was so much fun to sew up. It was very easy which is always a plus. My favorite thing about it is the shaped hem which is a fun feature to the usual regular mini skirt. Another feature for this pattern was a zipper detail but I decided not to put it on this skirt. My review for the pattern is below. Enjoy!

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New Look 6103

Pattern Description: 
Mini skirt with shaped hem & zipper trim detail (View B)

Pattern Sizing:
Size 14 (waist = size 12)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes!

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The hem is my favorite part. It gives a simple mini skirt an additional fun feature.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not do the zipper trim detail on this skirt because I felt it would have been too busy. I’ll try it on a solid fabric next time. I also didn’t add interfacing to the hem and it still turned out fine.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely!

Conclusion: 
Great wardrobe builder. Will be making a few in both fun and solid fabrics.

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Spring has Sprung!

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a tropical girl at heart. I’ve been excited for the warmer weather since January haha! Finally, I can start wearing my extremely vibrant prints. I made this African print dress using Burda 6758. This fabric can also be found on my Etsy store.

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DIY Classy Fall Outfit

The more I practice, the better I get. It’s so exciting! Below is a picture of my most recent sewing project. I used two patterns – McCalls 6373 for the top and New Look 6003 for the skirt. I decided to add the blue bias binding to both pieces for a ‘pop of color’ effect and I happen to have the perfect blue shoes to wear with this outfit.

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