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Thanks for checking out my creative space and wanting to get to know more about me.
My name is Chioma and I want you to consider this space as a haven of knowledge, learning, sharing and sisterhood.

How to sew an exposed zipper 2

18 March 2019



 Hello everyone,

Here is another zipper tutorial.

It is another way of sewing an exposed zipper, and you can literally put it anywhere, in the middle of anything, like bags etc to create a faux or functioning zipper.

I hope you find it useful and please do share if you use the tutorial.   

Here are other tutorials in the series

- centered zipper

- invisible zipper with a regular zipper foot  

- exposed zipper 1                                         

Also please do leave a comment if there's a particular zipper you'd like help with.






                                                       
                                                                        

Makeup Bag Tutorial

14 March 2019



Hello everyone,

A makeup bag of some description seems most essential in a woman's arsenal.

I don't know about you guys but I had my first one stolen, the second one I bought at Sperdrugs store in England, over ten years ago.
it's so ragged and busted, and, I just remember saying to myself,

GURLLLLL, EXACTLY WHAT SORT OF A SEWIST ARE YOU?

You should be ashamed of being seen with that makeup bag especially when it's so easy to remake and you have a sewing challenge going on about remaking your old & beloved stuff.








So, I made a video for you guys, hope you enjoy and recreate.







                                                      
                                                                   

new year resolutions/intentions

6 February 2019



Hello everyone,

Even though it's February and not my first post of the year, this is a post about my new year resolutions (mostly as pertains to sewing, this blog and my Youtube channel), so,  I'm officially wishing everyone a VERY VERY HAPPY START TO THE NEW YEAR.

I've already made a new year post on my youtube channel but I didn't talk much about my plans on how to grow and expand my blog, which started making me feel like I might not be taking this blog as serious as I should, which really isn't the case.

I    do feel like the blog is growing, but not at a steady pace, things are very bumpy right now if my google analytics is anything to go by.
But, I have received some offers for guest posts etc, which I'm not against but I must say I'm really stumped as to how to get the blog upward at a steady pace, with Youtube I know posting at least once a week will get you somewhere but blogging feels so much different especially with my niche.

So, while I'm certain I'll be posting content at least once a week because of my Youtube, I just feel like, I should give more to the blog and people who follow it.
Last year I did a post on fashion week trends which received a lot of compliments, maybe posts around the fashion industry might not be a bad idea.

This is turning out to be a cry for help than an actual resolutions video, LOL.

Also, I got an offer from someone to post ads on my site, they asked for rates, which I know nothing about, so, I haven't gotten back to them yet.
Is this a good thing? Does it mean my blog is getting noticed? How does one decipher frauds online? Please if anyone can point me to a blog post where I can find answers, I'll be so indebted.

RECAP OF THE NEW YEAR PLANS

  • Will be posting once a week at least
  • Might be open to niche related guest posts(is this a good idea even?)
  • I'm open to advert opportunities
  • Also will be doing other posts around fashion & style etc

If anyone is interested, here's my new year resolutions video on my Youtube channel. In it, I talk about the sewing challenge I started and invite everyone to join it. Take a look



OK then, what are your new year resolutions? It doesn't have to be sewing, blog or youtube related, drop it here let's hold each other accountable.





                                                
                                                               

Remake Your Ready To Wear 2019 (#RYRTW2019) Sewing Challenge

17 January 2019


Hey peeps,

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I trust this blog meets you all well.

I don't know about you guys but I wasn't all that pleased with my sewing last year, quite fine I made some nice garments that I've had in rotation but my numbers are still down, I don't think I stuck to my secret goal of making one thing a month.

I'm hoping that this challenge will solve that for me, and then some. I'll make things I'll actually wear, use up some of my stash.
 But, with this challenge, I've made public my intention to try and sew one thing a month which is perfect for a slow sewist like me.

So, what's this challenge all about?

I'm calling it the #REMAKEYOURRTW2019 (RTW, in this case, being store-bought clothes) or #RYRTW2019 for short.

                


Basically, it's getting 6 of your most loved RTW items, that you like the style and fit of, then, attempting to REMAKE them. The challenge starts Jan 7th to end the 10th of June 2019.
There are no winners in this challenge, indeed you are all winners for participating, it is supposed to be a fun challenge.

With this challenge, I'm hoping to,
- Encourage/coax more people into giving pattern drafting/self-drafting a try.

- Encourage people with patterns to be more daring and see how they can hack sewing patterns to remake their favourite RTW items.

- Encourage more sewing of styles that we love because they fit and flatter us.

- Have a more realistic and wearable wardrobe that fits into our lifestyles.

The rules are simple

- Go to my Instagram page and repost the picture so that I know you're interested ( you never know which of your followers would be interested in joining you.

- Ready your 6 items.

- Tag me on your post updates and use the #RYRTW2019 tag so I can repost you makes.


I really truly hope you can all join in.
Please do watch my video to see which of my RTW garments I'll be remaking.

















                                               
                                                              

the unboxing of my new sewing machine: janome hd-3000

25 September 2018




Welllllllllllllllllllll, this happened over the weekend.

I've been dying to get a new sewing machine for a longggggg while now, my previous sewing machine was beginner friendly and I'd had for over 5yrs, not that there's anything wrong with a sewing machine that old but I had long since outgrown it and frankly it was making sewing turn into a burden.

First, I can't even explain to you how slow it was, even though I had never used any other machine, I could tell it was mind-boggling slow. Then there was the case of the bobbin winder that went bad and couldn't be fixed, so for at least 3 yrs + I HAVE BEEN WINDING MY BOBBINS BY HAND, yeah, I said it, let that just simmer for a bit LOL.
If that isn't proof of how much I love sewing, then I don't know what is.

Anyways, after much considerations, I settled on a JANOME HD3000, and I couldn't be happier.
This video is just an unboxing, I would prefer to use the sewing machine for a while before I give my thoughts on it.

But do you have this machine or other Janomes in the HD range? How good are they? Any reoccurring problems with Janomes I should be aware of?

Please do tell me, don't forget to sign up for my email updates to know when the actual review will be going up and also for the incredible ride me and my Janome will be going on.






                           
   
 

Summer blogging challenge 2018

26 August 2018

                                               
This is a blogging summer challenge started by Nancy, who has kicked cancers ass. She has kindly made the challenge open to bloggers and non-bloggers of any niche.
Check out her page to see the rules, they're super easy and none stressful.

HERE GOES...........


How long have you been blogging or reading blogs?
Well, I started blogging like 9years ago, it was around that same time I started reading blogs, I did the blog thing for 2years then gave it up. Almost a year ago, I started blogging again and I feel this will be more sustained because I love what I blog about now.

How has your blog changed?
My writing style(whatever that means, lol) is still the same but now i blog about sewing and incorporating it into our general sense of style (style language).

What is your biggest blogging challenge/frustration?
Just carving out time to actually blog. Sewing and tennis frequently get in the way, lol.

What is your favourite post you have written or read?
This is my favourite post I've written because it's the first post I've written that fully represents what I want my blog to be about.

What are your goals for your blog? (why do you read blogs?)
To be a genuine source of inspiration and information for the sewing community.


how many blogs do you read on a regular basis?
WOW, that's hard, I read a lot, a lot of blogs, regularly though I'd say around ten.

How do you determine what to share and what not to share; in other words, do you have blog boundaries or comment boundaries?
I'd like to think I have boundaries. I do like my privacy, so I don't give out info about myself or family that's not directly related to my blog or vlog.
As for comments, I don't like posting anything negative but recently I realized that a lot of young adults believe what they read online, no matter who it's coming from. So, I think it's necessary to correct something that is a blatant misinformation.

When things get hard, what keeps you blogging? or reading blogs?
I read blogs sometimes as a way of seeing what the blogger is up to, its a nice way of distracting myself from my troubles, if only for a while.

What is your biggest pet peeve today, right now, this minute?
Not getting enough sleep recently, lol. Totally my fault as I'm guilty of bing watching series. However, the lack of sleep disrupts my output in other areas.


What one piece of advice would you offer a new blogger?
Don't spend too much money in the beginning, focus on content.

Share something most people do not know about you, a secret sort of thing.
If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore, LOL.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sewing.

I hope I wasn't too boring, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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How to sew a dolman sleeve top, it's super fast and easy

22 August 2018

This is my first attempt at a dolman sleeve top, SURPRISE, SURPRISE.

And it's not because I was scared to attempt it, quite the contrary, I raised my nose at it thinking it was way too easy for me and my sewing superpowers. 
NO, NO..........i craved excitement, challenges, ways to sharpen and grow my sewing skills.......RIGHT?  

Well as it turns out, there's nothing, nothing....and I mean NOTHING like a super easy project, without armholes and sleeves I might add, to get you out of a rut and riding that sewing mojo waves babyyyyyyyy.

Now to the real star of the post THE DOLMAN SLEEVE TOP.

Also sometimes referred to as batwing sleeves have been around for a long time, they were worn by Turks, and it was a favorite style for women clothing during the US Civil war.
The fashionable dolman sleeve that we know now is described as a sleeve with a low armscye, cut as one with the bodice, which can taper at the waist or be cut widely.

Now with that little bit of history out of the way thanks to Wikipedia, My top...

I got the idea to make this top after I borrowed one from my sister-in-law, I don't own many dolman sleeves anything(yes, I had that little regard for the style). Anywayz, I wore it out, liked it so much I decided I'd make mine, DON'T YOU JUST FREAKING LOVE SEWING????????????

Honestly, this top is the easiest thing to make, its got a front and back piece, a turned up sleeve and some bias binding for the neck. That's all.

fabric

I used a yellow with white polka dot crepe fabric for this project. Even though polka dots are not my favourite thing, my love for yellow got the upper hand in the decision lol. 
I can't even begin to describe the shade of yellow to you, pics don't do it any justice at all. it's like a bright egg yolk colour. The crepe fabric is light, feels pleasant on the skin and no fraying so, it gets extra points.

front & back bodice

There are two bodice pieces(front & back) with integrated sleeves, hence the name. You just sew both sides together


turned up cuff
I did a turned up cuff to finish off the sleeves. It was easy and stylish at the same time, instead of the regular hemming.



To achieve the cuffs, I got the measurement of the sleeve after joining the front and back bodice pieces.
  I then decided what height I wanted the cuff to be, plus seam allowance.
I doubled the height & cut it out, giving me a rectangle.
 I folded the rectangle in half and sewed it to the sleeve, then, just tacked the top to the bodice. 

For the neck, I did some bias binding that didn't go as planned but it turned out fine.

Verdict

This is an absolute beginner-friendly project because it's quick and easy, it took me two days to make because I had to watch tennis.

Projects like these are the best when you've had a run of bad makes, they help to release the tension/apprehension from your sewing.

If anyone is interested in a step by step tutorial, please let me know. it's such an easy top to make, I PROMISE.

What other beginner-friendly projects have you made? Have you tried your hands on any other dolman sleeve projects/makes? Share in the comments section.

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