Over my holiday break (my office is closed from Christmas Eve to the day after New Years). I wanted to sew myself a dress, but there was one problem... I don't know how to sew. I started talking with my Tia Winona about wanting to sew a dress and I asked her if she would help me. She said YES!
My Tia Winona is an AMAZING seamstress and has been sewing for a long time. I was excited to take this opportunity and have her show me a few things about getting started with sewing. One thing that I learned about my Tia is that she went to FIT in New York City!
Since much of my family have some sort of craft that they are really good at--we thought that it would be great to have a craft day. A few days before our craft day my Tia, little cousin and sister in-law went to Joann's for fabric and yarn. One thing that I learned about shopping for fabric is... I LOVE SHOPPING FOR FABRIC! I think I had the cart full of fabric within 5 minutes of being there. I asked my Tia many questions about fabric, patterns and anything else that I could think to ask her.
This dress is an original pattern from a little sketch my cousin Lando made for me.
I wanted a dress that I would be able to wear when riding my bike and one that is comfortable to wear all day at work. I am not much of a dress person (yet) and some of the dress that I have, I don’t feel that comfortable wearing at work or even walking down the street because the fabric clings to my tights (I know that I need a slip).
Once we knew what kind of dress I wanted, we started cutting the fabric. My Tia is a little OCD about cutting pattern fabric and I think I will be too--since I am learning from her.
I took an online sewing class last year and I learned a few basic stuff like...threading my sewing machine, making a bobbin, and a few other little things.
I watched and took notes of every thing that my Tia was doing. Then she had me sit down and sew part of the bottom of the dress. I was not very good--I could not sew in a straight line.
My Tia ended up sewing most of the dress because there was a lot of things that I just could not do. We had to make a few alterations and things started to overwhelm me.
Things that I learned making my first dress
How to cut pattern fabric
How to add darts to a dress
How to add a zipper to a dress
How to add a hidden hem
I bought my Stylit last December and I used it for about a month and then stopped. I bought it because I have been talking about changing my style. Once I got it I was a little overwhelmed because I wasn't ready to plane out all my outfits. So I put my Stylit on my bookshelf and just brought it out the other day. I have slowly been buying new outfits and working with what I have already. When I went to NYC Erin and I went shopping before we left and I got some really cute outfits. I am looking forward to documenting my style change here on my blog.
Here is a little peek inside my Stylit.
I love the month pages because this is where you keep your shopping list and it has a section for a fashion challenge. This month my challenge is to paint my nails a bright color. My shopping list for this month (summer)
Glitter high heels
Bright tank tops
This is one of my summer inspiration pages. These pages are a lot of fun to make and it gives me a great excuse to buy fashion magazines.
The weekly pages are lot of fun because this is where you plan out your outfits. Right now my outfits are simple because I am still finding my new style.