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500 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway

29 July 2020 Unnamed Road, Nigeria

Hello,

I'm so glad to be making this post, truly you have no idea.

I have finally made a milestone (small) on my YouTube channel.

I hit 500 subscribers, and with everything happening in the world today, I promised myself to celebrate the little things.

This giveaway is my way of saying THANK YOU to my community on YouTube for all of your support.

Sadly, again, because of what is going on in the world to now. This is only open to my Nigerian residents.

Please, I hope you understand. I do prefer international giveaways because I do have a lot of international subscribers.
Maybe, hopefully. Next time.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

1. YOU HAVE TO BE 18 YEARS OR OVER.

2. THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY OPEN TO NIGERIAN RESIDENTS 😭😭😭

3. SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, TURN ON BELL ICON, COMMENT DONE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8hThB5JIrCYrU7FULCkfFw?view_as=subscriber

4. GO TO MY BLOG, SUBSCRIBE TO MY EMAIL LIST. COMMENT DONE IN THE GIVEAWAY BLOG POST.

5. FOLLOW ME IN INSTAGRAM, COMMENT DONE ON THE GIVEAWAY SNIPPET POST.

Check my Instagram here

6. FOLLOW MY PAGE ON FACEBOOK & COMMENT DONE ON THE GIVEAWAY POST.

Check out my Facebook here

7. GIVEAWAY ENDS ON THE 14TH OF AUGUST.

8. THE MORE ENTRIES YOU HAVE, THE MORE CHANCES OF WINNING.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.






                                               
                                                         

Some classic and trendy necklines you should definitely learn to sew.

28 June 2020

There's something about the neckline of a garment that speaks volumes and will make you stand out from the crowd.

Some of them are timeless really and you should definitelyldefinitely to sew them properly.

What really makes such necklines look sloppy is when the points/edges don't look sharp.
It's makes the style look less captivating.

The necklines I'm talking about today are

- A scalloped neckline
Very lovely and unique neckline, there's nothing quite like it out there.
You can use it on a variety of ways too, for a pocket and also a hem line.

- A stepped neckline
 (I don't know if there's an official name for it) which if you really look at it you can turn it into a square neckline.

Like I said these necklines are always in trend, they are classic and I'm going to teach you a little trick about how to sew them properly.






                                      
                                                

Cool dolman sleeve tops like this happen when you upcycle.

25 June 2020




I'm not going to say the dreaded words but we all know it's given us ample time.

Sooooooo, I've been a busy bee, apart from starting a fashion collection complete with mood boards, fabric swatches and croquis I also started on some upcycling/refashioning I've been putting off.

There's this skirt co-ord set I've had for almost 15yrs that I obviously can't fit into anymore. 
It never washed or went out of shape and it's got this whole colour blocking with prints things going for it(sorry there are no before pics but if you watch the video you might get an idea).

There's also a top I've made before, it was my first attempt at a dolman sleeve, it's gotten so much wear that I felt another one was in order.

Here then starts our story.....

 

 

 

This is what the front of the top looks like, from the right and wrong sides.
On the insides, I didn't bother serging. First, because the fabric doesn't fray, thank you sweet Jesus, and second, at the time I made this top, the lockdown was in full effect.

 

 

These are pictures of the back. 


 

 

 I didn't have enough of the main fabric left to make the sleeves one piece with the main body of the top, so I added this bit of fabric to it. the original fabric had waist ties which I used to make a slight gathering effect.

I think it's nice, no???

 

 

 I also used the plain fabric to do a bias binding for the neckline. 

It gives a clean finish especially when there's no lining.


 


 From my last dolman sleeve top, I realized that the length of the top didn't let me tuck it in, something I've gotten into lately.

So, I also made use of the same fabric to extend the top, but, you can't really tell it's there when I have it tucked in.

 









 
 

Fathers day gift ideas - Sewist Edition

10 June 2020 Nigeria

This blog post has been burning a hole in the drafts section of my blog for years now, I just never got the timing right. I'm finally getting to it and in good time too, my joy knows no bounds.

I want to celebrate dads the way I think a sewist would, not that our way is best but I kinda like the idea of a sewists spin on the occasion.

I am going to be giving out pattern suggestions but please note that some might not be pdf patterns and as such delivery might be an issue with all that's going on unless you have a store near you that carries the patterns.

Also, I have never used any of these patterns so I can't speak to how good the instructions might be, etc but like I said before this



text hat fathers day 

is just to help get the ball rolling.

Now, we love our fathers and they all come in different, shapes, sizes, personalities, etc, so I hopefully have created this list to reflect that as best I could.

There are many more out there, I'm sure but I hope you can seek inspiration from this list, and with that said
HERE GOES...........

SPORTY DAD

Raise your hand if your dad is the type to get up before the crack of dawn to workout at the gym, or maybe even a jog around the estate.

He's even asked you to join him a couple of times. 

Yeah, I'm sure we all know these dads pretty well. So I know you'll agree with me that he'll love a

-gym/duffel bag

 there are some nice bag patterns out there, and if you start sewing now, I'm sure it'll be a big surprise for him.

-workout wear



     Fehr trade made this










-jogging armband



  This particular gift I feel he'll use for a long time   because you can customize it to fit his phone   exactly





GEEKY/TECHY DAD

This dad is all about staying indoors, mostly in front of his keyboard.
For him 

-skinny tie

Name more than one movie where you've seen the geek/techy guy with a big tie?????


-laptop/iPad bag

This would go down so well, I CAN SEE IT


 This iPad case is very beautiful, feel free to make it up with fabric & colours your dad would love.
          
Same thing with this laptop bag.

 


OUTDOOR DAD

This dad is all about the great outdoors, you can't catch him indoors for too long.
He has to be outside communing with nature, fishing, or looking for his next big adventure or idea.

-sunglasses case

These could look cool in different fabrics & colours













-face cap












-cargo shorts

This looks really good I'm sure he'll love all the pockets.





FASHION FORWARD DAD

This papa right here, is the fly papa, always on the latest trend. he'll even give your mum a run for her money in the shoes or accessories department.

-shirt

This shirt would be right up his alley IMHO













-toilet bag

You can make this up with some nice oilcloth fabrics, he's sure to love it.













BUSINESS DAD

Business dad is always busy and on the move. He'll need things that make his on the go lifestyle quick and easy

-dress shirt













-shoe dust cover/ garment bag


ARTSY/CREATIVE DAD

A dad very much like us, in tune with his creative side

-apron

Is your dad always in his toolshed fixing up something? Then this apron will be right up his alley.

If your dad is more in the kitchen cooking up a storm you can still make this up with some nice cotton fabric but maybe ditch the pockets













-Sewing classes

There are not a lot of sewing classes out there geared towards men. But MiMi G has a sewing academy where you can learn to sew online and the best part is that it's also for men.

ECO-FRIENDLY DAD

Very in tune with the earth and its sustainability is this dad.
Any gift will suit him. But use

-eco-friendly fabrics
-no plastic



This list has been great and lots of fun for me to compile for you, but I must admit, IT WAS SLIM PICKINGS ALL THE WAY.

There are just not enough patterns out there for men, let alone being diverse enough. Changing that would really be a great idea.

Also, these wonderful diverse dads of ours can fall into several of these categories at the same time, so please pick and choose from as many categories as you like THIS IS MEANT TO BE FUN.

Before I forget, in like of everything happening in the world right now, I'm doing my part by offering free face mask patters for download.



                                                       
                                                                   

Free Breathable Face Masks Pattern To Show You Care

1 June 2020



Hey people,

I'm super excited to announce that I have something new to bring to you.

Honestly, I've been looking for what else I can do for this lovely community to say 

THANK YOU

for all your love and support all these years. 

And in the wake of everything the world is going through right now ( in my head I'm calling it an extended holiday ) 

I think the only thing that will make any of this make sense is to participate in making things safer & better.

With that said, I have 2 types of masks as free downloads for everyone.
Just go to my downloads page at the top or with this link here.

Whilst sewing the masks you'll need 

Elastic (quarter-inch elastic is most preferable)
Cut (2) six-inch-long elastic strips to go on the sides of the mask
Sew them and the whole mask at a half-inch seam allowance

Let's all try to do our best & together we shall overcome.

Thank you everyone for coming back time & time again.

If you do indeed sew up these masks, tag me on Instagram and Facebook so I can share with others and leave a comment on what you think of the masks.

Again thank you all so much, my best to your loved ones & community.

https://www.chi9ja.com/p/downloads.html?m=1


                                                     
                                                             

 
   

Designer or High Street? Do Nigerians Know the Difference?

28 April 2020

THE SAD REALITY TO THIS QUESTION IS............... MOST DO NOT


LEMME EXPLAIN

When you hear the labels Next, Zara, Aldo, Primark, ASOS what comes to your mind? Designers???????? ERRR you are oh so wrong.

STILL EXPLAINING

Let's start with basic dictionary definitions shall we so that at least you'll know I'm not making it up...

chic, sophisticateluxury, classy, elegant, beautiful, name brand, rich, suave, enriched, quality, high end, expensive.


The UK equivalent of drugstore makeup ... aka cheaper, non-designer brands

DO YOU SEE WHERE I'M GOING WITH THIS?????


Designer(also called luxury or high end) brands are usually A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE, like, a typical Louis Vuitton bag could cost you from $1k5 to $5k. At this stage, purchases are meant to be investment pieces that stand the test of time and crafted with luxury in mind.

Another way to tell designer brands is that there is an actual designer or two behind the brand. It is their company, they are the founders, they are the ones paying the people that work there.

Let me give you some examples 

Nicky & Simone Zimmerman are the founders of the Australian brand ZIMMERMAN
Thomas Burberry is the founder of British brand BURBERRY
Pierre Balmain founded the French fashion house BALMAIN
Maria Nina Ricci is the founder of the French brand NINA RICCI


But with High street brands, it's all about fast fashion and creating fashion (or mostly copying designer looks) with the cheapest materials they can get away with, even workmanship on the items are not of high quality.

There is also no actual designer that owns the brand, it's usually just someone or a group of individuals, usually, business people who decide to make & sell(retail) clothes, they are the ones who pay the staff.

Some examples of high street retail brands 

Husband & wife Do Wan Chang & Jin Sook Chang from S.Korea own FOREVER21
Brothers Isak & Nahman Andic are owners of MANGO
Steve Madden owner of Steve Madden Ltd owns STEVE MADDEN
Jessica Simpson owns the retail brand JESSICA SIMPSON



****NOW FOR SOME CAVEATS****

 It is important to note that not all designer or high street brands follow this "founder/designer" rule as is the case of the high street brand Zara founded by Spanish designers Amancio Ortego & Rosalia Mera, who pride themselves on copying designer brands and making them cheaper.

And on the designer end, some brands have been purchased by a conglomerate, who appoint different designers from time to time to design for their luxury brand, an example of this is French conglomerate Kering, that owns the designer/luxury brands Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, YSL, etc

To non - Nigerians reading this blog, you might be wondering, "WHY DON'T THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?"

I and other Nigerians who know the difference have been wondering too, and I've come up with some reasons

   1. Nigerian boutique owners want to hike up prices

             Unfortunately, we have capitalism to thank for this, any way to make an extra kobo without breaking the law is allowed, and, in this particular case lying is not breaking the law.

             I remember once I was in Abuja, in one of these shops attached to a hotel, minding my own business in the shop, looking for what to buy myself. Then the owner of the shop involves me (at least she tried to because I was already getting angry at the prices I was seeing) in a conversation she's having with a customer. 

           This lady was trying to sell a pair of Next (very much a high street brand) shoes to a customer for 150k naira (my people are you seeing me see this very expensive joke?) Mind you this was when $1 = N250

            She kept telling her "It's serious designers o, hmmmmmm these designers are the ones that don't even bother with fashion magazines unless they have sold 80 of their goods to very exclusive clients, I had to beg serious beg before they gave me this one." My people, I couldn't make this up if I tried SMHHHHHHHH

            As she said "customer abi it's true?" to involve me in the gist, I warned her seriously to leave me out of the gist.

            The final straw that broke the camels back for me was that the lady in question had already bought one pair of Next shoes, all this talk was to convince her to buy ANOTHER ONE.



     2. Most Nigerians are naive & clueless

            I say this because these things are so easy to verify, almost everyone has a mobile phone these days, instead of using them to find out the latest on Linda Ikeji or Davido & Chioma, spare some mb to save yourself from being robbed in broad daylight biko.

            A simple online search of the particular brands' website will show the price of the item you want to buy and sometimes even more important, it will let you know if the brand actually produced that item. 

            In a lot of cases though, Nigerian vendors or resellers usually have stock from 2 or 3 seasons ago, so they might not show up on the website BUT you will have a general idea of what the price point of the brand is.

          Another thing is that most Nigerians don't realize that a lot of our favourite high street brands like New Look, ASOS, Topshop, and even designer brands like YSL, Zimmerman, etc ship to Nigeria.

          I know you must be thinking about the shipping costs but I'm very sure that a lot of high street brands offer free international shipping on orders over $50 and for stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus that sell a lot of designer brands under one roof, they have free shipping for orders a $100 and over.
Now, I can hear you screaming $50????????? $100????????? 'Where the money???????'
And to that, I'm gonna say "SHOP SMARTER" 

HOW????????

Plan your shopping, if you're gonna be spending all this money and your account balance is like mine, LOL. Most likely shopping every month is not feasible.

So maybe you shop every 3 or 6 months, even better to meet the required price for free shipping, shop with a friend or 2, each person can pay for their item and there's no shipping cost to bear, see....... THAT'S HOW TO SHOP SMARTER.

Another question I get is

 "Abeg, why all the stress?" and usually, I think these people are trying to wind me up.

 SOOOOOOOOOO you can spend 50k on something that's supposed to cost 10k even after the vendor has shipped it to Nigeria plus AC in the shop, but you can't spend the same 50k on something better, that'll last you longer and take only 2 weeks to get to you? Errrrrrr I'm sorry, your problem is well beyond me.



Nowwwwww, I'm most certainly not bashing people who buy high street because I'm one of you, I just think it's imperative to know the difference, so that
  • you stay WOKE and actually know what's up, especially in a public setting
  • you know where and WHAT to spend your hard-earned money on, don't go spending 20k on Primark shoes that won't even last you 6months, plsssssssss STOP IT & THANK YOU

For my people who get the difference, are tired of explaining and having people ask you, 

"Are you sure?" Just do the needful, by sending them this blog post, save your saliva biko, LOL LOL LOL plus you can vent in the comments, I'm here for you LOL

And for the ones who claim "They're all the same" & "It doesn't matter".

 I would encourage you to go into those expensive(designer) stores in Lagos and Abuja, you know, those stores that you feel like you have to baff up before you enter. 
Just go there and touch some of the fabric, look at the details and finishings, I'm confident you'll have an epiphany.

So, my people, until next time I have something to get of my chest.

 STAY BEAUTIFUL & FASHIONABLE 

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How to sew an A-LINE Dress 3 - Inserting Sleeves

21 March 2020


Hey you,

I knowwwwwwwww you have realized that statement sleeves seemed to stroll into the year 2020 with us.

They are freakin' everywhere you look, on the runways, in the retail shops and also sewing patterns, even my sewing without patterns is feeling it LOL.

I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GOING ANYWHERE ANYTIME SOON

But, even if you like a big ballooned statement sleeve, sometimes, you might want only a little bit extra on your sleeves right????????

I HAVE YOU COVERED

This sleeve is just a little bit of a statement sleeve without being too too extra.




Nooooooo you're not blind or reading the wrong blog post, this is a post about an A-line dress but with emphasis on the sleeves.

If you'd like to know how to 



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