DIY Maxi Skirt 2 (Tutorial)

21 April 2019

Hey peeps,

I hope you got through the first part of our tutorial which showed you how to measure and cut out a simple pattern for a maxi skirt.

Remember, like I said, even though it is a gathered, lined and with inseam pockets, you can decide to do away with those.

For this second part, we are going through the stitching process in great detail.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about anything that is not clear,

I really do want everyone to give the skirt a try.

If you do give the skirt a try, pls be sure to tag me on any one of my socials so I can repost it.


DIY Maxi Skirt 1 (Tutorial)

15 April 2019

 Hey peeps,

Long time no talk, not too long I hope.

I've been sewing up a storm, trying to meet up my deadline for the #RYRTW2019 sewing challenge.
But, I also found time to sew a gathered maxi skirt with some ankara fabric I have from many moons ago.

I decided to make this diy maxi skirt after I realized I didn't have any (ankara) maxi skirts, but, as I'm writing this I just took a mental inventory and realized I only have one other ankara skirt, which is a pencil skirt.


“This situation needs to be handled ASAP”

Anyways, the thing I love most about this tutorial is that you can sew it any way you want.

My version of this diy maxi skirt is gathered and lined with in-seam pockets, you can decide to skip the gathers, lining, and pockets if you so choose.

You can make it a midi or mini gathered skirt, even change up the type of zipper you want( i have a zipper series), change the hem and waistband width, etc


Main skirt fabric
Lining fabric
Zipper 10"/12"( it's always safer to get a longer zipper than you think you'll need, you can always trim it later)
Matching thread for both fabrics
Some type of closure, here I use trouser tabs, but you can use a hook & eye(big ones) if you prefer.

Interfacing( i use a very light one here but use whichever you prefer)
Sharp scissors
Measuring tape
Hand needle & Thread
Sewing Machine (no brainer here....)

Now that we have all that out of the way, let's talk measurements........


waist = 34"
waistband = 2"
hem = 2"
full length = 43" (+ waistband)
skirt body = (FL - waistband) + (hem + seam allowance)
                     (43 - 2) + ( 2+ 1)
skirt gathers = waist x 1.7
skirt front (cut on fold) = (58/2) + 1" SA
                                             29 + 1
skirt back (cut 2x) = (29/2) + 1" SA
                                       14.5 + 1"

                                       15.5" (both pieces)

Also, this first part of the tutorial focuses on how to cut out the skirt, we will not be using a pattern here.


I'm teaching/guiding you on how to do everything from scratch.




Signups For #MEMADEMAY2019

2 April 2019

   Hello everyone,

I've been so looking forward to this post.

The sign-up for #memademade2019 has begun.

For those who don't know what #memademay is all about, lemme fill you in.

It's a sewing activity that has been happening during the month of May for a couple of years now, and, it takes the sewing world by storm.
You take/make a pledge of your choice to wear your self-sewn garments however number of times a week for the month of May.
The creator of this activity Zoe Edwards is very clear that it is not a photo challenge (even tho Instagram gets bombarded with pics of people wearing their genius makes 😂😂😂😂, can you tell I'm excited & I love it?) or any challenge of the sort, there aren't even any prizes.
It's really just a means to make sewist wear more of their makes.

Now I'm extra super excited because I've been planning this since last year.

It was one of the contributing reasons to my sewing challenge I created #RYRTW2019 Remake Your RTW(ready to wear, also called store-bought clothes).

Though at this point in time I feel it's necessary to be open and honest and say I've only finished 1 of my 6 items, the second one is about 75% finished, I've just lost my sewjo for like a week plus now.

Now, as you can tell from my pledge there, I'm keeping things pretty simple my first time out.
I'll only be wearing something me made at least twice in a week, but it could be more.
I'll definitely be posting my makes on Instagram so you can check me out there, but I'm also thinking of doing photo posts on here too, mostly because I saw one of my fav style bloggers doing it.
It might get me into blogging more frequently than I am now.


But, signups have begun, at Zoe's blog, so head over there & also to find out more info.


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,


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.


  • 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.


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